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



15 comments:

jbtarheel said...

I am a long time Tar Heels fan, and I must say that this is one of the most dynamic, explosive, and well-rounded teams I have ever seen. I'm not just talking former Tar Heel squads either...But I definitely don't want to buy into all the media hype either. Games are won and lost on the floor, not on some blog or message board. This team needs to stay focused, stay healthy, and follow through with Roy's expectations and they will be there in the end. As for the undefeated talk, they have the pieces to do it, but they still play in one of the most demanding conferences in college hoops, and any team can beat them on any given night. The ACC may lack strength top to bottom like in years past but they still have a very good Duke team, and two up and coming teams Wake and Miami....so its no walk in the park. Best of luck to all on another college hoops season. GO HEELS!!!!!!!!!!!

younghuskster said...

This team looks like the best i've seen, they could have a chance to win it all, and all there games.

MauiSponger said...

Dook fans never do learn. Its the same team that failed to make it out of the first round so when march hits and your out of the 2nd round just enjoy watching UNC make another Final 4 run. UNC has been hated on a lot the past couple years but at least they win they went to an elite 8 and final 4 but dook they get hated on and they lose in the 1st and 2nd rounds of the tournament damn that sucks. Deep down you dook fans must be thinking damn UNC is good this year I wish dook was in there position. hahaha dook bunch of losers

bjeremy326 said...

All of this petty bickering is irrelevant to the fact that Carolina is a better team top to bottom than Duke. Although Duke is a quality team, and could possibly beat UNC, they are in no way the better team. Henderson is the only Duke play that would even receive consideration to start for Carolina, and any team that is built around Scheyer and Singler is going to have difficulty beating teams in the tournament. On another note, I would like to point out a major scheduling error on the part of UNC by playing Duke at the Smith Center when students will be on spring break, this may not play much of a factor but someone really dropped the ball.

tarheel487 said...

atleast we are getting consideration as the clear cut favorite...you dont see that for duke they just suck im glad unc is hated it doesnt matter to me i know we are the best this year PERIOD. get over it buddy you have no shot to win it all this year

Blake45517 said...

You string together 6 wins in the tourney you win it all. Duke could do it. Im not going to say theres a great chance of it happening...but there is indeed a chance.

_bk_ said...

Typical UNC sheep. The past 2 seasons UNC was the clear-cut favorite to win it all.....let's see if 'ol Roy can man up and win with his players. Then you can talk. Until then? Well, you know.

raynappy said...

my point is to make the pros you have to atleast be good. all those guys are good, some are just better than the others. If you think Elton never reached his potential then your are right you don't like the NBA (which I don't either). NC looks really good, but like anyone they can be had, ask the 99 Bluedevils (who speaking of good may have been the best NC2A team along with 90's UNLV team i've ever seen). They didn't call it the Duke invitation for nothing that year. They beat teams by an average of 30 pts. until they mey UCNN

repleaf said...

Don't know about you KU fans. 1 title in 20 years and now KU is the greatest program ever. So UNC is only good because everyone left for the NBA. Ok so KU was good because the players from FLA left, and FLA was good because May, Felton, McCants and Marvin Williams left, and UNC was good because Okafor and Gordon left. UNC is a different team this year Lawson is healthy and they got Frasor, Drew, Davis, and Zellar so they are better. KU caught UNC on a bad game and i give KU all the credit for winning but to take away what UNC is doing this year on what KU did last year is stupid. KU fans worry about your own program UNC got its title in 05 and has returned to a Final 4 lets what KU does. UNC will be loaded in the next couple years and when there 09 class becomes Sophs they will be a in title contention KU is far away just look at there recruiting. FLA won back to back and FLA fans were not as stupid. So KU fans keep living on last years title and wait another 20 for your next.

forevah UNC said...

How could KU lose to an un-ranked Syracuse team in the same fashion that happened in 2003? KU fans said Roy Williams choked. I guess it is safe to say that Bill Self choked. This article has got nothing to do with KU, so for a little bit I'm going to talk off topic . Those KU players you mentioned will have to make a name for themselves because no one outside Lawrence will do that for them. Nobody talks about them because people don't know who they are.

UNC lost its top 7 scorers after its 2005 Championship. The rest of the team except David Noel were below average players. Nobody knew who the recruits were; they were not ranked in any preseason polls and they were not even in the top 50. Analysts were predicting an NIT berth for the new kids. People in Chapel Hill and all over the country were asking if these new kids could win a game. These new kids shocked DOOK who was the no.1 team on there senior night. These kids were Tyler Hansbrough, Marcus Ginyard, Bobby Frasor and Danny Green. You know those names now and the rest of the story is history.

You cannot force other college bball fans to give your school attention because you guys won it last year. Its the KU players that will do that. Some KU fans are wondering why there school doesn't get the respect and there share of media glare after winning the 2008 title. If you have seen the movie CARS by Disney especially the last race you would know why. Mario Chalmers & Darell Arthur.

djackon32ku said...

No word about KU????We have already played Syracuse, Washington, Kent State (MAC Champs), New Mexico State (WAC Champs). We play UMass next week, @Arizona, @Michigan State(And I mean @ Michigan State, as in East Lansing, not Detroit), Tennessee, Sienna and then Big 12 which includes OU and Texas. Yeah we play nobody. And how do we suck? We lost seven key contributers from last year and we are still ranked. Yeah we suck. We have a bunch of young players who are only going to get better. I actually really enjoy watching this team forevah UNC. They are very exciting and watch out for Tyshawn Taylor, 23 points last night and superb defender. He is one of the best freshman guards in the country. And Aldrich and Collins aren't bad players either. Do I think KU is a title contender now? Of course not. But they will be a dangerous team come March and I still think they are the team to beat in the Big 12. Rock Chalk!!

th8809@hotmail.com said...

You knew this would happen once Kansas won a title. You'd think they were talking about the '96 Bulls, not the '08 Jayhawks. How long do we have to hear about the players who left? Marvin Williams left for the pro's after his freshman year. Can I now say that a potential UNC front-court of Williams, Hansbrough and Brandan Wright would have routed the Jayhawks off the court in April?

Not to mention that freshman come onto campus and plug holes and add depth (hello Ed Davis and Larry Drew II). Players get healthier (Lawson, Frasor) and better (Thompson). But still, the Kansas 2008 championship squad? They couldn't beat them!

I actually heard a rumor that had Brandon Rush declined the NBA draft last spring, he would have spent two years on a mormon mission and put off his last year of eligibility at Kansas until 2011. Don't tell our friends in Lawrence, though. When Syracuse or UCLA or whoever wins it all in '11, it will only because the rest of the nation lucked out and Rush decided to go pro.

MTigerBlue said...

UNC returned its starters and added some recruits and has a good chance to win the NC, but that, according to Vegas oddsmakers right now, is about a 30% probability, or a 3 in 10 chance of winning it all. Of course, the pundits and UNC fans, just like last year, seem to think it's a foregone conclusion. It isn't.

Just from Memphis' experience last year, the more the hype, the more the expectations, the longer the undefeated streak . . . the more pressure on the players not to lose. That's the way NOT to play the game, but we'll see how it all goes. I think it's going to be an interesting season, and I hope none of these young men from any team suffer a season-ending injury. May the best team win.

ky tar heel said...

UNC has an excellent team, and they are playing more as a team than last year. On paper they could go undefeated, but not likely. I see about a half-dozen trap games during the regular season. Clemson would have beaten them twice last year if the Tigers learned to shoot free throws.

It is still a game played by teenagers with class schedules and girlfriends -- lots of off-court stresses and limited life experience to deal with it. Coach Williams main job will be focus and game plan, and teaching them to win a close game when they are having a bad shooting night.

I was a bit annoyed about leaving the starters in late in the game, until I remembered where the Final Four will be held. Assuming UNC gets back there, that experience of shooting at Ford Field with tired legs should give Carolina an edge.

brizzian1 said...

Carolina is hands down the best team in the country and will no doubt win a majority of games against any team they play. Dickie V. was just trying to make a point that things happen (teams get hot/cold, get in foul trouble, etc.) and that's when the best team doesn't always win. Are you trying to say that Duke has no shot to beat Carolina either time they play? It's been a while since a team went undefeated the entire year genius! Lawson makes that team go, and what if he gets in foul trouble against a solid team? Looking at Carolina's schedule, I think Duke (along with Wake Forest) are the obvious teams they need to watch out for as far as a possible lapse.

Furthermore, Michigan State is garbage. Yes, Carolina destroying them was impressive, but remember, the lowly Terps whipped them by 18 when they were fresher! Does that mean the Terps will make it to the Elite Eight? Why don't you mortgage your house and bet it all that Carolina will go undefeated this year since it's such a sure thing...

Honestly, Purdue is a significantly better team than Michigan State. When the year's over, Purdue will have won the Big Ten, and Carolina will have lost at least one or two games. Won't really matter though since as long as they stay healthy, they'll be cutting down the nets in April.