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Night Court: K and UK take Tuesday's headlines

Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:13 am
Edited on: November 16, 2011 12:30 am
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By Matt Norlander

Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court each night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

Game of the day: Kentucky was a fun watch, but the night's best game was certainly Florida at Ohio State, which ended with an 81-74 win for the Buckeyes. Both teams looked nice. They played well and appeared in mid-season form. But OSU's just so good right now. No shame in the Gators falling the way they did; I'd love to see that rematch in the Sweet 16 or beyond come March. Jared Sullinger and Patric Young going against each other was the highlight of the 24-hour marathon for me.

Win to brag about: A man won his record-setting 903rd game Tuesday night. There is no more appropriate candidate for this category, ever, than that.

Loss to hide from: It was a road game, but still, Iowa State falling 74-65 to Drake doesn't mean good things for a Fred Hoiberg team that's trying to win with duct tape and specialty gadgets. Whatever ISU's trying to do, it backfired Tuesday night.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Let's just have a cop-out here and pick everyone on Kentucky's frontcourt. It's like going up against a bunch of helicopter blades when you play the Wildcats. Kansas was obviously outmatched going into that game -- but there were times when the Jayhawks looked like ignorant robbers running into a tripped bank job. They'd scurry into the paint and scurry right back out.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Parrish may give me grief for this, but for as good as Memphis looked, his boy, Tarik Black, only played 13 minutes and scored six points in the Tigers' swift win over Belmont. Black is believed to have potential that makes him the team's best player. Didn't see any of that Tuesday.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 37. That's what Butler shot from the field, yet still won over Chattanooga, 57-46. It's going to win a lot of games like that this season.
  • 18. Michigan State's Draymond Green is the team's best player, and he's already showing his value, snaring an average of 18 boards through two games against two really good teams in UNC and Duke.
  • 59. That's what Memphis shot from the field Tuesday against Belmont. Tigers surprised me and a lot of people with how well they played. It was so good, I feel bad for thinking they'll never have a game as complete as that again against an opponent as good as Belmont.

Three other notable results

  1. Darrin Horn may not hold on to his job at the end of the year if the administration looks back and sees losses similar to the 58-53 one that happened tonight against Elon. Yep, Elon.
  2. Pepperdine 66, Arizona State 60. Sun Devils are a bad team, no doubt, but are we going to do this miserable Pac-12 spectacle again this early in the season?
  3. Weber State 73, Utah State 63. Utah State's rebuilding this year, but they did defeat BYU over the weekend at home. No luck on the road against Weber State, which only need 12 points out if its best player, Damian Lillard. Scott Bamforth led the Wildcats with 17.

Notes

  • We're really piling on here with the bad losses -- all of these are losses to hide from -- but Trent Johnson and LSU have to get served as well. The Bayou Bengals fell 71-63 to Coastal freaking Carolina.
  • You likely missed it, but Villanova could have very easily lost to La Salle at home. The Wildcats got the game to overtime and won, 76-69.
  • Texas took out URI at home, 100-90, but ... I dunno. The Longhorns looked off. About as off as a team can look when it puts up a Benjamin. I don't know what to expect from that team this year. I do know it's not elite, and the defense is nothing like what it was last year.
  • Vanderbilt didn't have John Jenkins due to a bad ankle, but beat Bucknell at home, 80-68.
  • I don't care how bad you are: you cannot score less than 40 points in a game if you are a Division I college basketball team. Yet Monmouth couldn't crack deuce tonight against George Mason, falling 71-39.

On tap: Long Beach State plays at Pittsburgh (9 ET, ESPNU); my man Nate Wolters and South Dakota State travel down to Georgia; Indiana has a tricky one on the road at Evansville, which beat Butler last week.

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Since: Sep 5, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2011 12:04 pm
 

Night Court: K and UK take Tuesday's headlines

There is no doubt that all the coaches listed in "the greatest mens ncca basketball coach of all time" are good, but the results thus far show the poll would be more aptly named "most popular" or "most media friendly" coach of all time. I would put Wooden firts, but at some point you have to take separate the generations here and realize that what he did could not be done in todays game. So that being said, lets just call 1980 the cut off ponit. Wooden is the greatest of all time, prior to 1980, then I would put either coach K or Calhoun in the "greatest of all time after 1980, category.  I'd have to give the nod to Calhoun, as he has taken a non-existent program to grand heights and 3 national chamionships with 3 completely differnt teams, with none of the recruiting help that the "blue blood" programs get year in year out.  NC, kentucky and Duke get all the media love, and 3 or 4 mcdonald all americans every year just by being media darlings,To dispute this fact is just plain silly. Think of how hard it must be for Calhoun to get 1 or 2 all americans to come every few years!  Think of what teams like Kentucky have every year. They have mcdonald all americans on the bench for Christ sake!! and have'nt won a chamionship in 13 years!!
So give Calhoun his due. You may not like him (he's not the most media friendly guy in the world) but to put guys like Roy Williams in the same category as him is just plain wrong. Blue blood programs should make it to a championship every year, they have top  25 guys on their roster every year for Gods sake!  Calhoun has done what he has done by himself, with no blue blood lineage, no media help, despite the fact that UCONN is in the middle of no where in a freakin cow field! to one of the best programs in the country period. Noone else has done what he has. Even wooden had the UCLA moniker. So all you haters who gave it all to Wooden and coach K, I want you to look in the mirror, forget the biases, media slander and dickie V propaganda and vote for what I know you know deep down, Calhoun is the best coach to coach in 25 years, if not ever.


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