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Old 01-13-2014, 07:21 PM   #46
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Kansas vs. Iowa St.

KU's Andrew Wiggins is out of his mind tonight. So are the referees in Ames.

The Jayhawk freshman has 12 points and 11 rebounds.

It is only halftime. Tie game at 36.

KU's junior guard Naadir Tharpe is 5-5 and 2-2 from the arc for 14 points. ISU's senior guard DeAndre Kane was a gametime "go" having mostly recovered from an ankle injury, limping slightly but has 12 points, including a 3 at the buzzer to tie the game. He also committed a flagrant foul, shoulder-checking KU's Joel Embiid as Embiid was going to the glass, but took a yellow-card-worthy dive to sell the contact technical on Embiid instead.

ISU only 2-13 from the arc as the second half begins.

Edit: KU starts the second half with a 9-0 run. Refs start the second half calling Embiid with a foul he didn't do, then letting him get pushed in the back to lose a rebound in about 5 seconds. So they're consistent. Just bad. Another momentum swing caused by a bad call. And Embiid goes to the bench with 3 fouls.

Looks like the touch foul rule is only in effect on the left side of the screen. KU was called for a bunch in the first half. Now KU's Wiggins goes to the line for reasons that are unclear. FTs still comedically lopsided in favor of Cyclones, though. So are the turnovers. KU has 15, ISU just 3. KU now up by 11 with 13:31 to go. ISU calling timeout after a KU run punctuated by a Perry Ellis alley-oop.

Meanwhile, my #1 Syracuse with their hands full in the Carrier Dome, leading Boston College by just 2 with 8 minutes left in the game.

Edit 2: Crunch time follies with 4 and a half to go as ISU's main man DeAndre Kane re-injures his ankle while falling down all by himself. Refs call Wiggins with the foul just because. Now Ejim goes limp when Embiid touches him. 4th foul on Joel. On the way back down, KU's Tharpe lowers a shoulder and draws a questionable foul on ISU's Monte Morris as we go to the timeout with 3:35 left.

Ooh. You can feel it through the screen: a missed trey with 3:15 to go, followed by an inbounds turnover, and a pall has been cast on Hilton Coliseum. KU running clock with an 8-point lead. Kane misses a three but gets Embiid off his feet for a three-point foul, then misses two of three FTs. KU with the rebound and Wiggins puts KU back up 7. This time for good.

Final: KU 77, ISU 70. KU starts conference play 3-0 for the 8th year in a row. Tough win for KU, maybe their best yet. Wiggins scores 17 and gets NINETEEN rebounds. Embiid goes 7 for 8 and is shooting 68% on the season.

Tough loss for the 'Clones, their second in a row after starting out 14-0. ISU with 4 guys in double figures, let by Kane's 21. But they shot a dismal 4-25 from the 3-pt arc. ISU relies on threes: they've shot more treys than free throws this year, and normally shoot around 35%. Not tonight. KU has won 17 of the last 18 against Iowa State.

BTW, Syracuse held on for a 10-point win over BC, and Duke beat Virginia by four at Cameron despite scoring only one basket in the last 4:20--Rasheed Sulaimon hit 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to put Duke on top to stay.

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Old 01-15-2014, 10:34 AM   #47
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Schnickelfritz's Week 11.5 Top Ten, Badgers lose

Big night in Hoosierville! Indiana beat my #2 'Sconsin! 75-72 last night in Bloomington. IU came back from 10 down in the second half with a 12-0 run to take the lead with 9 min to go. Hoosiers then held off the Badgers, who got back to within a point with 30 sec left but missed two game-tying 3-pointers in the last 15 seconds. It was the Hoosiers' first win over the Badgers in 13 games. Wisconsin shot just 4 FTs in the game. Indiana's sophomore guard Yogi Ferrell led all scorers with 25 points.

Meanwhile, down in Fayetteville, the unranked Arkansas Razorbacks beat AP#13 Kentucky in OT 87-85. Exciting finish to regulation time: Ark's Alandise Harris hit a three with 9 sec left to put the Woo-Pigs up 3, but UK's Andrew Harrison came right back down and hit a three to tie with 1.2 left. Even more exciting finish to OT as Michael Qualls rebounded Ky Madden's missed three-pointer and monster-dunked it with 0.2 sec left to win the game. It was a great bounceback for Arkansas, who had had their 23-game home win streak broken by Florida on Sunday.

In two games with the same 72-50 final scores, AP#5 (still unranked in my top 10) Wichita State beat Bradley to stay undefeated and #7 Florida beat Georgia.

Tonight, Mich. St., Okla. St., and SDSU all face unranked foes.

Here's my eleventh-Wednesday, double-blind, highly scientific poll.

1 - Syracuse (17-0) Just 4 games left vs. ranked teams (#22 Pitt and #23 Duke, twice each).
2 - 'Sconsin! (16-1) Badgers schedule quirk: they will play MSU and OSU only once each, both in Madison.
3 - Arizona (16-0) 2 games vs #21 Colorado and 2 vs now-unranked Oregon are the only bumps in their road ahead.
4 - Mich. St. (15-1) Beat Ohio St. in OT last week. Will play 'Sconsin only once, and OSU once more in season finale.
5 - Villanova (14-1) Only loss was to Syracuse. The Big East is a weak conference.
6 - Florida (14-2) 25-game home win streak.
7 - Oklahoma St. (14-2) Visit Kansas on Saturday.
8 - Ohio St. (15-2) Two losses in a row last week (MSU, Iowa) to drop into 5th in the Big10.
9 - San Diego St. (14-1) Mountain West is one of the few conferences weaker than the Pac12. Them and the Big East.
10 - Iowa St. (14-2) 9th in NCAAs in scoring. Also on a 2-game skid after beating Baylor a week ago.
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Old 01-19-2014, 09:26 AM   #48
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Did I mention carnage in the Big12 and Big10? Yes. Yes, I did.

'Sconsin! and Ohio State down, Iowa up in the Big10. The Badgers and Buckeyes on 2- and 3-game losing streaks, respectively. Iowa, quietly 5th in the nation in scoring and 3rd in the nation in rebounding, moves into my top ten. Tonight, the Hawkeyes host Minnesota, who took down Ohio State by ten points three nights ago.

In the Big12, Baylor and Iowa State down: the Bears have lost 3 of 4 and the 'Clones on a 3-game skid. Kansas and Oklahoma up: KU back in my top ten, looking more consistent and improving (and they'd better improve after the second half yesterday), the Sooners appeared in the AP rankings last week and have beaten ISU and Baylor, both ranked, in the last 10 days.

Five teams that should stay in the top ten the rest of the way, thanks mainly to favorable schedules: Syracuse (ACC), Arizona (Pac12), Villanova (Big East), Florida (SEC), San Diego State (Mountain West). Among these, both Syracuse and Arizona have a legitimate shot at going undefeated in the regular season. Arizona has a slightly better shot thanks to the weakness of their Pac12 sked, while Cuse must still travel to Pitt and Duke.

Yeah I know it's only been 4 days, but we got a mess to clean up here:

1 - Syracuse (18-0) Came from behind in the last 5 minutes to beat #22 Pitt at home.

2 - Arizona (18-0) Still there. Hosts #21 Colorado this Thursday.

3 - Michigan State (17-1) Solid win at Illinois to go to 6-0 in the Big10.

4 - Villanova (16-1) Hmm. Big East has…#20 Creighton? No, you’re fine here. Good luck in March.

5 - Florida (15-2) Their win streak, which started nine games ago with a win over Kansas on Dec 10, should continue at least until they travel to Kentucky on Feb 15.

6 - 'Sconsin! (16-2) Two-game losing streak, both to unranked teams.

7 - San Diego St. (16-1) Meh. Like Zona and Nova, lots of nothing on the calendar ahead, only more of it.

8 - Iowa (14-3) Big10 > MVC by a mile. Sorry, Wichita State. What, you don’t like 3-loss teams in the top ten? Then you’re going to love:

9 - Kansas (13-4) Was going to leave them out after they followed one of the best halves of hoop this year with one of the worst, but after all they did beat:

10 - Oklahoma St. (15-3) Followed one of the worst halves of hoop this year with one of the best to barely and I mean just barely lose to KU at AFH.
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More bigs down yesterday!

#4 Villanova absolutely crushed at home by unranked Creighton, who hit 21 three-pointers and won 96-68. To be fair, Creighton was ranked at #20 last week…before losing to Providence. As I mentioned in my last ranking: good luck in March, Nova. Looks like that's the next time you'll play a good team.

Not sure if the Nova result is more of a shocker than #17 The Ohio State University's four-game losing streak, though. Buckeyes are officially in free fall after losing 68-62 to unranked Nebraska in Lincoln. The Cornhuskers have a new building and they're 8-1 in it so far this year. Unfortunately for them, they're 1-7 away from home, including an 84-53 squishing at OSU back on Jan 4. OSU has company in Oregon, another previous top ten who lost their fourth in a row (to Oregon State) to fall out of the AP rankings.

In the only non-upset of the night, #8 Kansas beat #24 Baylor 78-68 behind 18 points from soph Perry Ellis and 17 from Andrew Wiggins. It was KU's fourth consecutive win over a ranked team. Baylor was led by senior guard Brady Heslip, who hit 6 of 9 threes and scored 19 points. KU won with typical hustle, defense, and…free throws??? Yea the Jayhawks were 26-29 from the line. Meanwhile, Baylor shot just 39% from the field and only 9 of 20 from the FT line. Kansas is now 5-0 in the Big12.

Tonight:

#3 Michigan State stayed undefeated in the Big10. Spartans, playing without main man Adreian Payne, held off the Hoosiers to win 71-66 in East Lansing. Gary Harris picked it up for MSU with 24 points, 20 in second half.

In a minor upset, Texas beat #22 Kansas State 67-64 in Austin, on a last-second three by Jonathan Holmes. KSU dropped out of the AP rankings last week after losing to KU on Jan 11, then reappeared this week with home victories over #25 Oklahoma and West Virginia. Back out next week. Longhorns and Wildcats now tied in second place at 4-2 in the Big12, ahead of ranked teams Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Baylor, and Oklahoma.
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:23 PM   #51
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Dunno. He's got the chops: two NCAA titles, has won 72% of his games at Florida. Maybe suffering from high-expectation syndrome among media?
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All ten go today except Arizona, who beat Colorado in Tuscon on Thursday night to stay unbeaten at 19-0. They're on a glide path to an easy Pac12 conference title.

Also on Thursday, #5 Florida beat Alabama, and The Ohio State University managed to get hold of the stick and leveled off after their four-game nosedive, beating lowly Illinois by 7 (but the game was closer the whole way) in Columbus. But it might not be enough to keep the Buckeyes, now AP#17, in the rankings.

Best matchup today is #21 Michigan at #3 Michigan State. The Wolverines are hot hot hot, 6-0 in the Big 10, have beaten #6 'Sconsin! and #8 Iowa in their last two games, and are knocking on the door of the top 10. The Spartans are 7-0 in the Big10, but will be missing 26 points from their starting lineup, as Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson are both injured. Dawson broke his hand hitting a table. During a film session. Could be a chance for the Blue to steal one in East Lansing.

#4 Villanova at Marquette. After their loss to Creighton, it's win or plummet for Nova. Marquette returns home after two road games, including a win at Georgetown, and will be pretty fired up after all the trouble they've had with that Russian tanker.

#16 Iowa State hosts #22 Kansas State in a matchup between two Big12 teams about to drop out of the AP top 25. ISU is on a 3-game skid.

Edit: Michigan rides a 10-0 run in the second half to a big win at State, 80-75. Michigan hit 11 of 19 threes, and 25-30 from the FT line to overcome 11 turnovers and MSU sophomore guard Gary Harris's career-high 27. Wolverines have beaten 3 top ten teams in a row and now lead the Big10 at 7-0.

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Schnickelfritz's Week 13 Top Ten

So which one of you FFs bought Laettner's jersey? The Duke star's #32 jersey from the famous 1992 game vs. Kentucky sold for $119,500. According to ESPN, it was the second-highest price ever paid at auction for a game jersey behind Julius Erving's Virginia Squires jersey, which sold for $190,414 in 2011.

Other items sold alongside Laettner's jersey in the Jan 12 auction at lelands.com included Jackie Robinson's 1947 Rookie of the Year Award ($401,968), Red Schoendienst's Baseball Hall of Fame presentation plaque ($46,999), Juan Gonzalez's 1996 American League MVP Award ($23,287) and Livan Hernandez's 1997 Florida Marlins world championship ring ($18,752).

Games of the week:

Tues: #3 Michigan State at #9 Iowa
Wed: #16 Iowa State at #6 Kansas
Sat's possible sleepers: Duke at #1 Cuse. #2 Arizona at Cal. Ohio State at Wisconsin.

1 - Syracuse (19-0) Defense does it. Trailed at Miami with 7 min to go, but held the ‘Canes scoreless the rest of the way.
2 - Arizona (20-0) Aaaand…still there. Trailed Utah with 7 min to go, but pulled out the win at home.
3 - Michigan State (18-2) Tough loss at home to Michigan on Sat. But never fear—Gary Harris is here to keep the short-handed Spartans at the top of the charts.
4 - Florida (17-2) Have just two games vs. #14 Kentucky and one vs. Mizzou.
5 - San Diego St. (18-1) Yeah they're in the weak MWC, but props coz they did beat:
6 - Kansas (15-4) Beating TCU 91-69 in Ft. Worth was no big deal, but 75 of those points came from freshmen. The rest came from sophomores. Oh, and 6-0 in the Big12, five of those wins vs. ranked teams.
7 - Oklahoma St. (16-3) Tough road ahead: four of their next six games, and 8 of their last 12, are against AP top 25s.
8 - Michigan (15-4) 7-0 and in first place in the Big10. Yeah. They're in.
9 - Iowa (16-4) Huge home game vs. Michigan State tomorrow.
10 - Villanova (17-2) Still maybe overrated here.
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Hard to argue with that, I'll admit.

Oklahoma State was (mildly) upset by Oklahoma in Norman last night. I turned it on just in time to see OSU's Marcus Smart at the free throw line late, smiling though down by 10 or so, then almost airballing the first and clanging the second off the heel. Not a good look for the once-mighty Cowboys, who fell to 4-3 in the Big12.

G'town had a chance at home against #10 Villanova, but Markel Starks failed to capitalize on a Ryan Arcidiacono turnover with two minutes left, missing a tying three and then turning it over on a charge as Nova escaped with a 65-60 win.

Duke beat Pitt in Pittsburgh, using a 12-point run in a two-minute span in the second half to put the game away. Still plenty of time for the Dookies to get it together.
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#1 Syracuse taking care of business at Wake Forest tonight with a 67-57 win. Wake shot just 34% from the floor, but trailed by only 5 at the under-4 timeout. Cuse, who shot just 36%, then went on a 12-3 run to put the game away. Orange freshman guard Tyler Ennis led all scorers with 18.

#2 Arizona survives at Stanford! Stanford led by 7 after John Heustis hit two FTs with 12:34 to go, but the Cardinal scored just 6 points the rest of the game. Zona's Nick Johnson led the Cats to victory with 16 points and hit what proved to be the winning three-pointer, breaking a 55-55 tie with 49 sec left in the game, then hit two FTs with 5 sec left. Chasson Randle missed a tying three at the buzzer and Arizona goes to 21-0 despite shooting just 37%.

#6 Kansas firing on all cylinders. Jayhawks beat Iowa State 92-81 at AFH. Wiggins with 29p/7r, Ellis 20/6, Embiid 14/11, Tharpe 12 assists. KU shot 52% and 10-22 from the 3pt arc. Five guys scored in double figures. Soph forward Georges Niang led the 'Clones with 24p/4r.

Outside the top ten and inside the Big10, 'Sconsin! and The Ohio State University are dropping out of sight. Both lost at home to unranked teams tonight. Badgers have lost 4 of 5, the Buckeyes 5 of 6. The two teams play each other this Saturday in Madison.

Big news yesterday was #3 Michigan State won 71-69 in OT at #9 Iowa, and without Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson. That is the stuff, right there! Ten guys scored for Iowa, who led by 4 with just under 10 min to go, but did not score another FG until 6 sec remained in OT. Four guys scored in double figures for MSU, and soph forward Matt Costello grabbed 12 rebs for the Spartans, who are now 8-1 and in second place in the Big10.

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No love for Wichita State at 23-0, that's ok it only feeds the monster....and wins me the brackets $$$ just like last year.



he needs a helmet for the backboard and he's only 6'2", and he's the defender that made all the "big time" scorers in the tourney last year literally cry
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No love for Wichita State at 23-0, that's ok it only feeds the monster....and wins me the brackets $$$ just like last year.
They're really good. I liked them before it was cool. I picked their win over the Zags and everything last year.

Helluva weekend. Maybe the Shockers make my Week 14 top ten tonight or tomorrow. If they'd yet played one, just one, ranked team, they'd be in like SDSU and like 'Nova (was), two other teams in conferences full o' nobody but who have gone outside their conference for really tough games and won. That's why I rank those teams, despite their losses, ahead of WSU.

23-0 is really good. 23-0 with WSU's schedule is...really good.
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WSU beat St Louis on thier court, they are ranked 13th.
Played and beat Tennessee and Alabama among others.
Shockers RPI is 6, better than MSU, Iowa st, Duke, Wisconsin and many others.
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WSU beat St Louis on thier court, they are ranked 13th.
Played and beat Tennessee and Alabama among others.
Shockers RPI is 6, better than MSU, Iowa st, Duke, Wisconsin and many others.
No doubt they are getting NO Respect....but who cares about rankings? As long as they get a decent deal come March Madness....when they thumped our Ohio State Buckeyes last March in the Regionals, I figured they were the real deal, and this year proves just that.

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