Posted: Tuesday January 16, 2007 1:17PM; Updated: Tuesday January 16, 2007 3:47PM
The more Levance Fields tries to take over games the way Carl Krauser did, the closer Pitt will come to winning a national championship.
Pat Knight told me last week he could envision his dad taking some kind of media job after he retires, but not necessarily as a college hoops TV analyst. Can you imagine how entertaining Bob Knight would be as, say, the host of his own radio show? He could talk sports, history, culture, politics, fishing, whatever. I know I'd listen.
Seth Davis will periodically answer questions from SI.com users in his Hoop Thoughts column.
I'm not sure who else is on the all-underrated team, but I do know Texas A&M center Antanas Kavaliauskas deserves a spot.
I'm sorry, but Georgetown just doesn't have the guards to get it done.
Everyone talks about the challenge UCLA had in replacing Jordan Farmar, but it's apparent the bigger challenge has been replacing 7-foot center Ryan Hollins, who suddenly grew into a dominant center the last month of last season. Lorenzo Mata has not played well the last few weeks, which puts more pressure on the Bruins to score off their defense.
You don't really think Greg Oden is coming back to school next year, do you?
Did you happen to catch the very chilly postgame handshake between Seton Hall's Bobby Gonzalez and Rutgers' Fred Hill two weeks ago? If those guys shook hands a few more times, they'd reverse global warming.
Gotta like the way Sasha Kaun is playing at Kansas these days. A healthy, aggressive Kaun could be the final piece in the Jayhawks' puzzle.
I don't know about you, but I look at the Big Ten and I see four NCAA tournament teams, tops.
I know Marquette's guards get most of the attention, but keep your eye on the development of 6-10 junior forward Ousmane Barro. He had his best game of the year (17 points, 13 rebounds) in the Golden Eagles' win at UConn last week. If he can consistently produce like that, it will really change the game for Marquette.
The First Installment of the Seed Report
EAST 1. Florida 2. Pittsburgh 3. Ohio State 4. Washington State
WEST 1. UCLA 2. Oklahoma State 3. Air Force 4. Duke
SOUTH 1. North Carolina 2. Kansas 3. Arizona 4. Notre Dame
For the first installment of this Seed Report, I'd like to begin by thanking the NCAA for reinstituting the simple region titles as opposed to calling these things East Rutherford, St. Louis, San Jose and San Antonio. I should also add that at this stage of the season, I give much more weight to the polls than the RPI. The closer we get to that magical Selection Sunday, the less subjective this exercise will be.
Still, you have to give some consideration to what the RPI data tells us. For example, you might be surprised to see Ohio State, which is ranked No. 7 in both polls this week, as a No. 3 seed. But the Buckeyes, who are ranked 14th in the RPI according to Jerry Palm's collegerpi.com, got their best wins at home against Tennessee and Indiana, with their best road win at Illinois. I gave a very slight edge to Pittsburgh because the Panthers' best road win was at Syracuse, which I think is much better than Illinois. And I gave Oklahoma State a No. 2 seed because the Cowboys beat Pittsburgh. Like I said, this is highly subjective right now.
Butler will present an interesting case for the committee. The Bulldogs are 5-0 against teams ranked in the top 50 of the RPI, so they're an easy choice for a No. 3 seed this week. But how will that hold up six weeks from now, when all the BCS conference teams will play several more games against highly-ranked teams while Butler will be playing none? Not so well, I'm afraid. In the end, I'm guessing Butler will sink to around a No. 6 or No. 7 seed, even if it keeps winning.
You might also be surprised to see Duke hanging around in the top 16, but remember, the Blue Devils handed Air Force its only loss and also beat Georgetown, Indiana and Gonzaga. Overall, they have the fifth-rated strength of schedule in the country, including 10th in the non-conference.
The top teams left out of my Sweet 16 are Kentucky (No. 5 in the RPI), Clemson (7), Memphis (11), Alabama (12), Missouri State (19) and Indiana (20). Ironically, Alabama does not get credit for having any top-50 wins because right now LSU is ranked 51st. But as conference season goes on, all of the SEC teams are going to rise, so you can expect both 'Bama and LSU to rise along with it.