Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Yes, they play hoops in the SEC as well

Top 25 Games
TIME (ET) MATCHUP
9:30 PM ET Siena at No. 3 Pittsburgh om
7:30 PM ET North Carolina-Asheville at No. 6 Duke
7:00 PM ET Canisius at No. 11 Syracuse
11:00 PM ET Loyola Marymount at No. 12 UCLA
9:00 PM ET Jacksonville at No. 16 Ohio State
8:00 PM ET Arkansas-Little Rock at No. 21 Memphis
8:00 PM ET Citadel at No. 22 Michigan State

Florida and Kentucky won't drop from SEC East contention anytime soon, but a conference companion of these two premier, established programs passed them last season and likely will do so again this season.

Tennessee might find it harder to secure the long-term staying power that Florida and Kentucky have built. Through Florida head coach Billy Donovan's hard work and historic consecutive national titles in 2006 and '07, the Gators became an established national power. Kentucky has produced more than a half-century of consistent winning and fan turnout that can challenge that of any program in the country for supremacy. Tennessee, meanwhile, has had to be both creative and resourceful in putting together its program. That it has found success doing so was evident during the Old Spice Classic tournament at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., two weeks ago. The Vols have used high school graduates, redshirt freshmen, junior college transfers and four-year school transfers to become an elite program again.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Weekly Re-Cap

Tuesday's Top 25 Scores

No. 6 Texas 67, No. 12 Villanova 58
No. 17 Purdue 68, Ball State 39
No. 22 Davidson 68, West Virginia 65

There was no doubt there would be plenty of defense when Texas and Villanova met in the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday night. Both teams played the style they like, only No. 6 Texas did a bit better in a 67-58 victory over the Wildcats, notching their second win over a top 15 opponent in one week. Deserving of a top 5 ranking, the Horns are doing the type of necessary to gain a number one seed come March.

Despite relatively poor shooting compared to his normal 50% Stephen Curry missed 12 of his first 13 3-point attempts before making the last three and scoring 13 of the Wildcats' last 15 points of the game and the shots that counted the most with only a step-back distance hit two threes in the last minute and a half to seal the victory. Despite Curry's heroics and improvement over last year, Davidson does not look like a school that will make it out of the regionals. They are simply too easy to stop if you double SC, and force the others to beat you. They had their magic run last year but the dream ends soon.

Wednesday's Top 25 Match-ups

10:00 PM ET No. 4 Gonzaga at Washington State
8:00 PM ET Maine at No. 5 Oklahoma
7:30 PM ET Ohio at No. 9 Xavier



Top 25 Games
TIME (ET) MATCHUP 10:00 PM ET No. 4 Gonzaga at Washington State Tickets
8:00 PM ET Maine at No. 5 Oklahoma
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7:30 PM ET Ohio at No. 9 Xavier Tickets

Saturday, December 6, 2008

As ‘Patsy Season’ comes to a close ‘Heels look like the team to beat

We’re still in the midst of ‘Patsy Season’ as most of the AP top 10 is beefing up their records with non top-25 teams with Duke and Gonzaga being the only exception as they face off with Purdue and Tennessee respectively. What has become perfectly clear is that North Carolina is in the same position as Florida was on the second leg of their back-to-back run of 06-07(without having the previous ring), as clearly the best team in nation and only needing to stay healthy, AND MOTIVATED, to get back to show. Others that look good playing division II schools are UConn, The Ville, and Pitt. The jury is still out on Duke until they get by Purdue. Are NCAA Hoops getting top heavy, with the too many one-n-dones causing the talent to become diluted? We don’t think so, and believe this will be a year where the 3 of the top 4 seeds in the dance could have as many as five losses. True, every game counts, just ask UCLA how important November games are as they have bolstered them to a top seed for two of the last three years, but this season doesn’t start until league play. Who do you think are the best schools in the country? Which is the toughest division? Let us know here and in the NCAA hoops chat rooms.