Tag:Big 12
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:28 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:30 am
 

Night Court: Two unbeatens fall, Baylor escapes



By
Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Baylor went into Tuesday 12-0 and Mississippi State had won 11 in a row. On Tuesday, a Pierre Jackson layup with 28 seconds left was the difference, as Baylor stayed undefeated, winning 54-52. Mississippi State had a chance to tie, but Rodney Hood’s attempt was knocked away when going up. The Bulldogs didn’t score in the last 1:35, when Renardo Sidney fouled out and then picked up a technical foul.

Win to brag about: People had varying opinions of Louisville heading into Tuesday, but the Cardinals were 12-0 nonetheless. Then Georgetown went into the KFC Yum! Center and handed Louisville its first loss of the season, 71-68. Freshman Otto Porter had 14 points and 14 boards for the Hoyas, which held off Louisville after the Cardinals went on an 11-0 run in the final three minutes.

Loss to hide from: It’s not exactly a bad loss, but Creighton’s 12-point home defeat to Missouri State to open MVC play was not what the Bluejays needed. They came into the game as the conference favorite, but gave up 45 points in the second half en route to a 77-65 loss. Kyle Weems had 31 points and seven rebounds for Missouri State.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Coming into the season, most questioned Michigan State’s lack of a true point guard. Keith Appling quieted some of the doubters on Tuesday night, when he led Michigan State to an 80-65 win over Indiana – the Hoosiers’ first loss of the season. Appling had 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Spartans.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: Northwestern wasn’t expected to beat Ohio State on Tuesday, but a 33-point loss was certainly not in the Wildcats’ plans. Drew Crawford and John Shurna combined to shoot 9-for-30 from the field, and just 2-for-8 from 3-point range. On the other side, Ohio State’s William Buford had 28 points and nine rebounds.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • UNLV scored 124 against Central Arkansas – the most points the Runnin’ Rebels have scored since 1990-91.
  • UNLV’s bench scored 82 points.
  • More from UNLV: the Rebels had 40 assists – and 36 rebounds.
  • Saint Joseph’s sophomore Halil Kanacevic had eight rebounds, 12 assists, seven blocks – and 0 points.
  • UAB’s Cameron Moore outrebounded the entire George Washington team, 24-22. 

Three other notable results:

  1. Fab Melo racked up his first career double-double, going for 12 points, 10 blocks and seven rebounds to lead Syracuse to a 75-49 win over Seton Hall.
  2. In Connecticut’s first game without head coach Jim Calhoun, the Huskies needed a big second-half run to hold off South Florida, 60-57.
  3. Darryl Bryant scored 34 points to lead West Virginia to an 83-69 win over Villanova.

Notes:

  • Terrence Jones returned after missing two games with a dislocated pinky on his left hand. He came off the bench and played 27 minutes.
  • Maryland’s Alex Len made his season debut against Albany, scored 14 points in the 83-72 win.
  • Anthony Lee scored a putback with 0.3 seconds left in overtime to give Temple a two-point win over Buffalo.
  • Drake opened Missouri Valley play with a 15-point win over Indiana State.
  • Drew Gordon had 23 points and 19 rebounds to lead New Mexico to an 89-69 win over New Mexico State.
  • Purdue escaped in its Big Ten opener against Iowa, 79-76.

On tap: There’s a nice mix of conference and non-league matchups on Thursday. Vanderbilt looks to notch a marquee win at Marquette, while Florida travels to Rutgers as Mike Rosario visits his old stomping grounds. Cincinnati will try to keep its winning ways going against 9-1 Oklahoma, and Belmont plays Marshall in an underrated game. The top intra-conference battle is BYU visiting Saint Mary’s in a WCC tilt, while the Pac-12 docket is highlighted by Oregon State and Washington.

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Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:53 am
 

Wakeup Call: Christmas break basketball myths



By Matt Norlander


Happy to be back in the routine of the Wakeup Call after a few days off. We've got a worthy batch of links to share, so let's ...

Man inherits Pearl Jam-signed guitar from deceased brother. Guitar gets stolen. Pearl Jam sends man another guitar. // The future of Internet monitoring seems scary but inevitable. // My two youngest brothers live together. I bought them a ping pong table for Christmas and have forwarded them the best table tennis shots of the year. // MY HEART, IT'S IN A PUDDLE ON THE FLOOR ...

★ What was the college basketball play of 2011? A very tough vote.

★ I and others believe that teams don't play as well from about Dec. 20 to the 27 because of natural distraction. John Ezekowitz went to the facts and disproved that. Still, if I were a coach I wouldn't schedule in theat eight-day time frame because I wouldn't want to chance it.

★ The fellas behind the best non-mainstream sports blog are prepping for an epic road trip. You know their stuff -- toss a few quarters their way and help make a great college basketball project come true.

★ Georgetown has a significantly better chance at winning the Big East than UConn. Do you believe that?

★ The Christmas weekend lends itself to a good story or two falling through the cracks. I did my best to keep tabs on all of them. This is one of the best stories of the month.

★ Almost did a standalone post on this story yesterday. Jim O'Brien slinging it at the D-III level and loving life.

★ I slipped up as well by picking Georgia State to finish 11th in the CAA. Panthers are playing quite well and could be a factor in that league.

★ Dion Waiters will retweet almost anything you say about him. Andre Drummond at UConn is like this as well.

★ Again, this is the place for all your critical Big Sky information.

Few pieces will better inform you on the critical, essential differences between stats and eye test, why both are necessary and how both so easily muddy debate and conversation.

★ Darnell Dodson: fairing well in his new home.

★ How college basketball went all NBA last night.

★ More on the death of Mac Irvin, a power player and positively influential figure in prep basketball.

★ Which teams are getting what odds in Vegas right now?

► Kemba Walker's been lost to the NBA now, but I can't not show this video. Great stuff. Kemba remains a class act and genuine article.



♬ We're back on schedule with a band/artist recommendation daily. Let's go with Muse, an amazing live band with a few reliable/predictable tricks up its sleeve but is still kickass nonetheless. This is one outside the Muse formula in that it's early work (2002) and pretty hard compared to what the guys are composing these days. Warning: This will bump your speakers, so check that volume.



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Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:59 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 3:35 pm
 

Conference Reset

As well roll into January that can only mean one thing -- we're about to launch full swing into conference play.

For some teams, non-conference play was a wake-up call. Teams that many thought would easily stroll into the NCAA tournament come March will now have to pick up the pace in league play.

Through Jan. 5, the CBSSports.com college basketball crew will be putting the spotlight on every major league, letting you know what you may have missed and what do you need to watch out for going forward.

  • ACC
    The ACC is going to be great soon with the additions of Syracuse and Pittsburgh. But is it great right now? Not really. North Carolina remains a national title contender, Duke is Duke (despite Wednesday's loss at Temple) and Virginia is a surprise. But the league's other nine teams are either unproven or proven to be average or bad, and that's not a good look for a conference that prides itself on playing a high level of basketball. Read More >>
  • Atlantic 10
    For a while, it appeared the Atlantic 10 might finish without a conference champ. Xavier got off to a sizzling start with nine straight victories. Then came The Brawl -- followed by the Fall. Xavier suspended Tu Holloway, Mark Lyons and Dez Wells after the fight with cross-town rival Cincinnati -- and it all fell apart. Chris Mack's team lost three of its next four, including setbacks to Oral Roberts and Hawaii, which gave hope to everyone else in the league. Now Rick Majerus' Saint Louis team, which has only one loss thus far, may have a shot. Temple has struggled at times, but the Owls could challenge. And Saint Joseph's finally appears back in contention after two brutal campaigns. Read More >>
  • Big 12
    The Big 12 title is up for grabs. Kansas has been king of the league for most of the past decade, but this season the Jayhawks look vulnerable. No one can match the talent and length of Scott Drew's Baylor squad, but the Bears haven't been the most impressive team in the conference thus far -- that honor belongs to Missouri and new coach Frank Haith. But don't count out Kansas State as long as Frank Martin has this group of somewhat anonymous Wildcats buying into his brand of basketball -- which means playing hard. Read More >>
  • Big East
    When compared to last season, the Big East might look down this year. It's not going to be in the mix for 10 or 11 NCAA tournament bids, and the bottom of the league is not very strong. With that said, don't underestimate the conference too much; it has at least three legitimate top 10 teams and six teams who should receive top-four seeds in the NCAA tournament. Read More >>
  • Big Ten
    How many teams can enter league play these days and legitimately say they have eight teams in the equation for an NCAA tournament bid? Probably just one, and that's the Big Ten. After Ohio State, there's plenty of depth in this conference, which has established itself as the premiere league in the country this season. Read More >>
  • Conference USA
    Though Memphis is a disappointment, it's still the best team in Conference USA by a wide margin. But don't take my word for it. Take Ken Pomeroy's. His invaluable site (KenPom.com) still has Memphis ranked 31st and projected to be favored in every game it plays the rest of the way. So that 8-5 record is likely to turn into something like 26-8 on Selection Sunday (barring serious injuries or notable suspensions, the latter of which is always a possibility at Memphis). So Memphis will win C-USA. The real question is whether C-USA can put two teams in the NCAA tournament. Read More >>
  • Horizon League
    It doesn't seem likely that the Horizon will produce a national finalist for the third year in a row, but that doesn't mean the conference has taken a huge fall. Cleveland State and Wisconsin-Milwaukee have played well during non-conference play, and the league has had a few marquee clips against BCS-league teams. And what about Butler, the aforementioned two-time national finalist? The Bulldogs are turning things around as we enter conference play. But the rest of the league won't let Brad Stevens' troops waltz to a yet another Horizon title. Read More >>
  • Missouri Valley
    It's been a few years since the Valley was this good, even though the bottom part of this one (like most leagues) has a few bad teams. The race to win the league should be among four teams. For whatever reason, MVC clubs capture the hope of many in the tournament. Creighton, Northern Iowa, Bradley, Southern Illinois are all schools that have had big March moments. Two of the aforementioned can and should get into the Big Dance this year. Read More >>
  • Mountain West
    It's better than the Pac-12, and the case could be made it's the fourth-best collection of teams in college hoops. There isn't one group that's even flirting with .500. For a non-BCS conference, that's pretty unexpected and really good. And its success so far goes much deeper than Vegas' defeat of UNC back in November and Steve Fisher's insistence on looking like he teaches grad-level lit classes. Read More >>
  • Pac-12
    The Pac-12 has become the rebellious teenager that gets in its own way and is hurtling toward a life with no future. Here we are again having the same discussion we’ve been having the past few years. Nothing seems to be changing. This league is putrid yet again, and where’s the hope? Not an overstatement: Three Pac-12 teams making the NCAA tournament will be a genuine achievement. Read More >>
  • SEC
    Some fans take joy in the fact that John Calipari has never won a national title. If you're one of those, you might be in trouble. Kentucky really might do it this year. The Wildcats are big and strong and long and talented. They have shooters. They have shot-blockers. They've got everything you need to win a national championship, and they are, right now, the favorites out in Las Vegas. Read More >>
  • West Coast
    Outside of the six BCS-affiliated conferences, the No. 7 spot in league rankings is up for grabs. Why not the West Coast Conference? With three legitimate threats to win a game in the NCAA tournament, the WCC has as good of an argument as anyone. Moreover, with some of the non-conference wins the bottom half of the league picked up in November, the quality victories are there as well. Read More >>

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Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:56 am
 

Texas A&M loses Roberson for 4-6 weeks



By
Jeff Borzello

Thursday night was a rough one for Texas A&M.

The Aggies had their 67-game home nonconference home winning streak by Rice, a team who had beaten three non-D-I teams and no one ranked better than No. 323 by KenPom.

But they also lost sophomore forward Kourtney Roberson for four-to-six weeks with a fractured ankle, according to Brent Zwerneman of the San Antonio Express-News. Zwerneman said earlier that Roberson was helped off the court with a left leg injury.

Roberson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Louisiana, was averaging 4.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 12.7 minutes off the bench for the Aggies. He was shooting 60 percent from the field. His minutes had dropped considerably over the past month, limited by a foot injury. He only played 21 minutes in his last six games, including not appearing at all in two of them. However, earlier in the year, he was productive, averaging 6.4 points and 7.4 rebounds in the first five games of the season.

The Aggies should be able to replace Roberson, but they have bigger problems. They have no one (besides Elston Turner) knocking down shots from the perimeter, and are also struggling to get free opportunities from the charity stripe. Dash Harris doesn’t have the shot to get defenses honest, and freshman Jamal Branch hasn’t proven himself at the point either. Khris Middleton, Ray Turner and David Loubeau are fine up front, but the backcourt needs to step it up in a hurry.

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Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:59 am
Edited on: December 23, 2011 9:08 am
 

Wakeup Call: For kids from 1 to 92 ...

By Matt Norlander

Santa Claus is coming to town. // The final tweets of some famous people who've passed on. Kill me if Gaga or Kim K is part of my final digital burst to the world. // Some of the most beautiful libraries. // The tracking-Santa-on-Christmas-Eve is an entertaining thing. // And isn't this nice: an estimated $1.84 billion will get shoplifted this holiday season ...

Good idea for a CBB Tumblr.

★ Good look at teams playing freshmen a lot of minutes. No squad is overcoming being green like Georgetown.

★ The best dribbler in college hoops?

★ I had to drive to Hartford and cover UConn last night, so I've read very few things in today's Call. What I'm not nervous about sharing: Luke Winn's Power Rankings.

★ I thought we'd get through the week without hearing from Bobby Davis. I thought wrong.

★ Damn. I wanted to believe in Stanford.

★ If you missed my interactive timeline and column on Rick Pitino ...

★ ... read that, but then read John Gasaway's similar-but-different take on the Cards.

★ College players singing Christmas carols.

★ Pe'Shon Howard coming back today for Maryland and boy is that big.

★ Get to know Mississippi State's Dee Bost, who is undervalued right now, for sure.

★ You think you know why Creighton's good? You don't know until you read this.

★ What Florida needs to be asking from Santa.

► Here's Voltron (Florida's Patric Young) with one of the best blocks I've seen at the college level.



♬ This is THE DEFINITIVE CHRISTMAS SONG. In fact, it's the absolute best song to play at approximately 10:43 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It's not my favorite, but without question it's in the top three. I always wish the guitar solo was 15 or 20 seconds longer.


Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:35 am
 

Wakeup Call: Happy, happy Hannukah!

By Matt Norlander

The 10 biggest discoveries in our world in 2011. // A different set of discoveries: the best viral videos of the year. // This could be a day-maker. // The lava lake and abandoned Ferris wheel are my favorites. // A devastating, tragic story, because the girl never knew she was about to die. Her last memory/vision is an innocent millisecond before non-existence. // Vote for the worst Christmas song here; I actually don't have anything against "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" ...

★ I really love what Goodman's done with his informative/notebook-esque Tuesday column. A mushy stew of great info.

★ How about this St. Joe's transfer story from two years ago.

★ In wake of the Xavier-Cincy mess, I think two games would've been better than one, but either way, any punches thrown in hoops need to result in suspension, almost always.

One of the five best things Rob Dauster has written in 2011.

★ Will Shabazz Napier be out for Thursday's game against Fairfield?

★ "As long as the schools make rules to give the Todd Grahams of the world all the power, the Todd O'Briens don't stand a chance." Agreed. But the Todd Grahams are never losing the power.

★ I still disagree -- silly, stupid, irrelevant writer's opinion, I know -- with playing Sullinger when he's got tweaks to kink out, but he did play well against Lamar last night.

★ Seth Greenberg has some interesting protocol his players must cater to on Twitter.

★ If we must ditch "true point guard" then I'm immediately going to start using "pass-first point guard."

Saint Mary's has won eight straight, but I've gotta see them against better competition. No one talks about how Randy Bennett tends to schedule so lightly.
 
★ By mid-January, I think we see Brad Beal become a real force.

★ Bernie Fine accuser Zach Tomaselli pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of his own.

★ Forgot to link this yesterday, but it's been officially one year since this blog was launched. Very proud of what we've done here in 366 days, and hope to get even better, even prettier and even tighter in the next year. Thank you for continuing to come back -- our numbers have been improving more and more. We love you.

► Robbie Hummel once again can jump. He couldn't get six inches off the ground two months ago.



♬ This is an order from the Member of the Tribe who resides at this blog, one Mr. Goodman, who wanted Sandler's holiday tune in this spot today.



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Posted on: December 19, 2011 8:35 am
 

Wakeup Call: 1 vs. 2 in women's hoops delivers

By Matt Norlander

Kim Jong-il's death will dominate the news today. A photo gallery of the neglected/repressed country he leaves behind. // It was quite a weekend for world news. This is the face of the last U.S. solider to leave Iraq. // How social networking has predictably killed off so much of the fun of high school reunions. // Can't remember if I linked this last week or not, but either way I don't care, because it's that good: the best/worst of 2011 band names. // This is what it looks like to have your life flash before your eyes ...

★ So much for the three-week injury. Tyshawn Taylor is apparently going to give it a go tonight against Davidson.

★ Baylor knocked off UConn in a big night for women's hoops Sunday.

★ If there was a must-read from over the weekend, it was this.

★ This is a biggie: the University of Houston has seen a considerable amount of its assets vanish in the wake of David Salinas' suicide.

★ You need to go back and watch every one of these dunks.

★ Basketball "through the eyes of a child" was one of my favorite reads of the weekend.

★ An interview with SI.com college hoops writer Andy Glockner, who understands the importance of clarity when conveying his thoughts.

★ A great look at how assist-makers in college basketball get their help.

★ The West Coast Conference fascinates me, and this post examinating who can do what in the league is worth a look.
 
★ Herb Pope, who's like 25 by the way, is getting closer and closer to playing at a level he probably didn't think possible.

★ No. 1 Syracuse is the fifth-biggest favorite to win it all. UK is now atop the betting lines.

Deaf player gets clearance from NCAA to play final 20 games of his fifth season. Good on you, NCAA.

★ Summit League just dominated Night Court this weekend. Here's what lies ahead for a conference that will probably only be a one-bid league, but it's a hell of a race getting thre.

★ Have always loved me some Weekly Watch, but the video of Katz is unsettling to me for reasons I can't explain.

► My buddy Jeff Eisenberg introduced me to this insane D-III dunk over the weekend.



♬ I've been posting some of my favorite Christmas tunes, and The Carpenters' "Merry Christmas Darling" is among the guilty pleasures, although maybe guilty pleasure isn't the right term. This is a great missing-you Christmas tune, and the best part comes at the end: that layered harmony is so buttery.



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Posted on: December 17, 2011 5:10 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2011 5:36 pm
 

Afternoon Delight: Plenty of daylight drama

By Matt Norlander

On busier Saturdays and Sundays this season, we’re not going to make you wait until the end of the slate of games to catch up with all that’s happened. Afternoon Delight (3-pointers in flight!) recaps the first five hours worth of action, the perfecta appetizer right before dinnertime.

The best we’ve seen so far: Baylor went into Provo and got a win in one of the toughest environments in college basketball, 86-83 over BYU. Brandon Davies was blocked by 5-10 Pierre Jackson as Davies tried to put up the game-tying 3. No Jimmer in the building, but Baylor had plenty of firepower from Brady Heslip, who drained six 3s. By the way, Perry Jones will be a guaranteed top-four draft pick. He had an injury scare in his leg/knee, but not matter: Jones came back in the game. He finished with 28 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Love the royal blue Santa suit.

Deserving of a free dinner at the restaurant of their choice: It was about as quiet of a top-25 game as you could ask for (and not want). Florida got out early against Texas A&M and coasted 84-64 in what they're calling the Orange Bowl Basketball Classic. The worst thing about the Gators were their hideous orange-on-blue uniforms. This was more about A&M not being a top-25 than Florida proving its worth against a ranked team, which UF finally did by way of a victory.

No soup for you: That was a worse loss for Purdue than it was a good win for Butler. Andrew Smith picked up the trash and tipped the game-winner in with one second to give the Bulldogs a 67-65 win, but the Boilers gave away a 15 point led and was on the wrong end of a 21-8 run. Shaky free-throw shooting and not enough interior presence, either.

Afternoon all-stars

  1. Deshaun Thomas 30 points on 13-of-16 shooting and six rebounds as he showed just how good he can be in a spot when Ohio State needs him. Buckeyes won a 74-6 road game against slippery South Carolina.
  2. The two-overtime game you might have missed was a blast. All sorts of bonkers buckets and Miami beat Florida Atlantic 93-90. Reggie Johnson came off the bench, played in his first game back from a knee injury and 15 points, nine rebounds, five assists and five blocks in 36 minutes. Damn, son!
  3. Arnett Moultrie (17 points, 13 boards) was huge in Mississippi State’s tough road win at Detroit. Speaking of that:

Other afternoon action

  1. Mississippi State got a clutch block late from Moultrie and won 80-75 against the Titans, who could be a tournament team down the road. Mississippi State will climb into the top 15 of the polls now that it’s 11-1.
  2. Iona keeps gritting out road wins in the midst of its nine-game away-from-home trip. The Gaels won 63-62 at Vermont this afternoon.
  3. We’d give Temple a lot of credit if it went in and beat Texas on the road. It didn’t happen, and so the Longhorns deserve just as much credit for beating the Owls (77-65), who can finish second in the Atlantic 10.

Delightful thoughts

  • It’s a delightful thing when you can rally twice from double digits. That’s what the Big Red of Cornell did, knocking off Albany in overtime, 85-82.
  • As for the Horizon, consider: Detroit at home can't close out against Miss. St. Butler on neutral floor overtakes Purdue. Muscle memory, coaching, etc.
  • You see Cincinnati play teams like Radford, you see why Yancy Gates only got suspended for one Big East game and the remainder of this patsy schedule.
  • We'll see what the night brings, but after such a down week without any games, this start to a Saturday was uplifting and a joy to see. Felt like mid-February, almost.

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