Battle on Tobacco Road (cont.)
Posted: Wednesday February 6, 2008 11:25AM; Updated: Wednesday February 6, 2008 2:08PM
Talk about a hangover: In the wake of Kansas State's historic upset of Kansas, assistant coach Delonte Hill was suspended for one game following his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. Then last Saturday, K-State lost at Missouri to a team that had three players still suspended because of their participation in a nightclub brawl. Not exactly keeping an even keel there, fellas.
Speaking of Kansas, I am surprised the Jayhawks dropped to No. 4 and 5 in the writers' and coaches' polls, respectively. They still only have one loss, and you can see how much it took out of Kansas State to beat KU at home.
Here's why we love sports. When Florida State sophomore forward Ryan Reid hit a three-pointer with 8.1 seconds remaining against North Carolina to send the game into overtime, it was the first time in his college career Reid had attempted a three-pointer.
I'm a little surprised that Georgetown senior guard Jonathan Wallace is not having a better season offensively. All of his numbers -- points, field-goal percentage, three-point percentage, rebounds and assists -- are down from last year.
Even so, the good news for Georgetown is that it is heading into the easy part of its schedule. The Hoyas don't play a ranked team until March.
Indiana might have the best one-two punch in the country, but the Hoosiers need to find a consistent perimeter scoring option to complement Eric Gordon. I thought it would be freshman Jordan Crawford, but he has sunk to the bottom of Kelvin Sampson's rotation.
Good to see Texas' 6-7 freshman Gary Johnson respond with a quality performance (12 points, seven rebounds) in Saturday's win over Baylor. I'm sure a lot of Longhorns fans were hoping to see those kinds of numbers consistently from Johnson when he was medically cleared to play in January, but given all the time he missed, that was probably unrealistic.
In case you weren't totally sure I was a dork, allow me to inform you that I have One Shining Moment on my iPod.
Here's a long-term diamond in the rough for you: Larry Sanders, a 6-9 freshman at VCU. Sanders is very raw offensively, but thanks to his quick instincts and ridiculously long wingspan, he's averaging 2.8 blocks (15th in the nation) in just 15.5 minutes. If he works his tail off the next three years, he'll be a first-round draft pick.
Y'all know that Saint Joseph's is on a tear, right?
I can't tell you how elated I am that Art Monk is finally going into the pro football Hall of Fame (alongside his former teammate, Darrell Green). Now all we need is to get The Radiators into the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame and the world will be perfect.
Talk about the unexplainable. George Mason guard Dre Smith set an NCAA record by going 10-for-10 on threes on Jan. 19. In the four games since, he has gone a combined 3-for-23.
So I'm sitting courtside at the UConn-Louisville game last week, and this fan starts yelling at referee Mike Kitts about a call one of his partners had made against the Huskies. Instead of ignoring the guy, Kitts turns to him and deadpans, "I didn't make the call! You're yelling at the wrong guy!" A few minutes later, Kitts blew a whistle on Pittsburgh, and as he ran downcourt he yelled toward the fan, "How'd you like that call? Better?" The fan gave him a thumbs-up. The whole thing was hilarious. Good for Kitts for having a little fun on the job.
You know how people describe a point guard as having the ability to dribble the ball like it was on the string? Well, I've never seen anybody exemplify that better than Kenny Anderson. Just thought you should know.
Purdue is in an ideal building situation right now. The Boilermakers rely mostly on freshmen who are good enough to form the nucleus of a future Big Ten champ, but who are not quite good enough to turn pro early.
If you're wondering why Miami guard James Dews has been such a non-factor of late, it's because the word is out around the ACC that he doesn't like to drive. So if you overplay his three-point shot, he'll pass it off or turn it over.
Given that Xavier lost its top three rebounders from last year's team, it's pretty impressive that the Musketeers are leading the Atlantic 10 in rebound margin.
I'm very surprised freshman guard Chris Allen isn't having a bigger impact at Michigan State. He has scored a total of three points in the Spartans' last three games and has played at least 20 minutes in just one Big Ten game.
Boy did USC dodge a bullet when it got Daniel Hackett back after that nasty fall against Arizona last Thursday. If he had been lost for an extended time, it would have essentially knocked the Trojans out of the NCAA tournament.
I try not to make it a habit to disagree with Jay Bilas, but I think he's wrong when he argues that the NCAA should get rid of the RPI. To me, the RPI is like the SAT test: It's a necessary standardizing tool, but it is only flawed if it is applied improperly. The biggest benefit from the RPI is that it exposes power conference teams who try to play weak nonleague schedules. I guarantee you if you got rid of the RPI, you'd see fewer quality games in November and December.
Bet you didn't think Villanova would go into mid-February worried about making the Big East tournament.
Another day, another injury to report from UCLA. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute is lost for a week because of a sprained ankle.
On the flip side, Darren Collison is playing like Darren Collison again. That's bad news for the rest of the Pac-10.
Gotta give Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon credit for benching DeAndre Jordan, his stud freshman center, five games ago. Sophomore forward Bryan Davis might not have the NBA future that Jordan does, but Davis understands the game a little better right now and is proving to be a better fit.
Arizona forward Chase Budinger is a perfect example of a very good college player who will be even better in the wide-open pro game.
Mississippi State is a tough defensive team, but when the Bulldogs' offense entails Jamont Gordon going one-on-one as his teammates stand around and watch, they are beatable.
I know fans are generally impatient, so let me be clear: Dennis Felton will get it done at Georgia, and Norm Roberts will get it done at St. John's. Both are very smart coaches with great character who inherited disastrous situations.
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