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Night Court: Guess who's leading the Big 12?

Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:21 am
Edited on: January 17, 2012 12:28 am
 

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the night: Baylor-Kansas was Monday's biggest matchup and still a must-see game even if it wasn't all that close. The seventh-ranked Jayhawks dealt the third-ranked Bears their first loss. The final score was 92-74. Thomas Robinson finished with 27 points and 14 rebounds (and showed why he's leading CBSSports.com's Player of the Year Watch), and now the Jayhawks are -- surprise, surprise -- all alone atop the Big 12 standings.

Win to brag about: No. 21 Marquette trailed by 16 early but rallied for a 74-63 win over 23rd-ranked Louisville. It was the Golden Eagles' third straight victory and the Cards' fifth loss in their past seven games. So now Louisville is 14-5 with two losses to unranked teams and zero wins over schools that are currently ranked. That's why I left Rick Pitino's team out of the Top 25 (and one) and spent Monday Poll Attacking AP voters who didn't follow my lead.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Fairleigh Dickinson's Melquan Bolding got 38 points in an 87-83 loss to Longwood. The performance would've been better had it A) come in a win, and B) not featured Bolding missing 12 shots. But whatever. When a college player gets 38 that's worth pointing out. Regardless of the circumstances. And especially when he only averages 13 points per game.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Dash Harris took eight shots, missed seven of them and finished with just two points in Texas A&M's 70-51 loss at No. 5 Missouri. To be clear, Harris doesn't have to be a great scorer for A&M to win; he just has to run the team. But it would be nice if he didn't miss 88 percent of the shots he takes.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 0: That's the number of games ESPN's Dick Vitale predicted Syracuse would lose during the regular season after the top-ranked Orange beat Pittsburgh 71-63. With all due respect, I disagree. My guess is the Orange will lose at least one road game and then again at some point in the Big East tournament. (They'll still be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, though.)
  • 62: That's the number of wins Missouri has recorded in its past 65 home games.
  • 876: That's the number of career wins Jim Boeheim now owns. He's tied for fourth on the all-time list with Adolph Rupp.

Three other notable results

  1. Belmont improved to 6-1 in the Atlantic Sun with a 95-53 win over Florida Gulf Coast.
  2. Rutgers moved to 3-3 in the Big East with a 65-58 win over Notre Dame.
  3. Jacksonville got its first Atlantic Sun win with a 77-74 overtime victory over USC Upstate.

Notes

  • Memphis freshman Adonis Thomas will have surgery this week to repair an injury suffered last Friday. He's likely done for the season.
  • Kyle Kuric did not play in Louisville's loss at Marquette because of an ankle injury. It was the second straight game he's missed.
  • Syracuse was ranked No. 1 in the AP poll Monday for the sixth straight week. Seven straight weeks would represent a new school record.
On tap: No. 9 Michigan State at No. 20 Michigan highlights Tuesday's slate of games. Maryland at Florida State and Arkansas at No. 2 Kentucky are two other interesting matchups.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:53 am
 

Night Court: Guess who's leading the Big 12?

Really Gary, let me get this straight, your saying Syracuse could go 30-1 in the regular season, be upset @ MSG to finish say 32-2, and still get a number 1 seed?  Way to go out on a limb.

Given the weak field of teams after SU this year, I think we could have a one seed with 5 maybe even 6 loses.


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