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Night Court: USF won again

Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:31 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2012 10:37 pm
 

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day: Florida lost at Rutgers. So did Notre Dame. But Syracuse managed to escape Piscataway with a 74-64 victory thanks to C.J. Fair's career-high 21 points. The Orange now have a 2.5-game lead in the Big East standings. It's hard to imagine them not getting a No. 1 seed.

Win to brag about: South Florida just won't stop winning, and that's gonna be a problem for the Selection Committee. The latest victory is the Bulls' 56-47 win at Pittsburgh. They're now 17-10 overall, 10-4 in the Big East. And though their resume lacks quality wins, they haven't lost to a school currently unranked in the AP poll since December 28. You know how many teams can say that? Four. Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina and USF. That's gotta be worth something, right?

Loss to hide from: Indiana took a 78-68 loss at Iowa, so that's another bad loss for the Hoosiers and seven losses overall. But those wanting Tom Crean's team out of the national rankings should recognize that IU owns wins over Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame, point being the Hoosiers' entire body of work is still pretty impressive.

Player who deserves improper benefits: John Jenkins shot the ball well at Georgia and Vanderbilt got another nice road victory. The 61-52 win featured Jenkins making six of eight 3-point attempts to finish with 28 points. When he's good, Vandy is tough.

Players who do not deserve improper benefits: Stanford's starting backcourt of Aaron Bright and Chasson Randle combined to miss 15 of 19 shots in the Cardinal's 68-64 loss to Oregon. That means they shot 21 percent from the field.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 4: That's the number of Syracuse players that scored in double-figures at Rutgers. The Orange's balance and depth might be unmatched.
  • 9: That's the number of consecutive games Tennessee State has won after its 68-61 victory over Miami-Ohio. One of those wins, of course, came at Murray State.
  • 10: That's the number of 3-pointers John Jenkins has made in Vanderbilt's past two games. He's only taken 12.

Three other notable results

  1. Duke's 75-50 win over Boston College kept the Blue Devils in a first-place tie with North Carolina and Florida State in the ACC standings.
  2. Wisconsin's 65-55 win over Penn State kept the Badgers alone in fourth in the Big Ten standings.
  3. Loyola's 69-56 win over Boston University kept the Greyhounds alone in second in the MAAC standings.
Notes
  • Western Kentucky announced Sunday that intermin coach Ray Harper is now permanent coach Ray Harper. The decision doesn't make much sense on the surface, but it's good for Ray Harper.
  • Kentucky is still No. 1 in the updated Top 25 (and one). New Mexico and Vanderbilt are this week's new additions. Saint Mary's and Gonzaga dropped out.
On tap: Monday doesn't offer much in the way of great matchups. Baylor is at Texas. That's OK. If you're into great programs that are struggling this season, don't miss Connecticut at Villanova.
Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Jan 1, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 8:06 am
 

Night Court: USF won again

The number of players scoring in double figures per team per game is not the same as the number of team members averaging double-digit scoring.  You've perhaps misunderstood the point of Gary's stat. Remember, Syracuse is spreading that balance over 10 players, it's absolutely no surprise that only a few of them are _averaging_ more than 10 ppg on the season. 



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 7:18 am
 

Night Court: USF won again

USF deserves to get in, but they probably won't.  The politics of being USF override any considerations like being 10-4 in one of the toughest conferences in the country.  Besides, they just aren't sexy enough.  They don't have a star.  They don't have anyone who can dominate inside.  They don't have anyone who can fill it up from outside on a regular basis.  All they do is play hard, play like a team, and play very good defense.  

If they make the NCAA Tournament, Stan Heath deserves to be Coach of the Year.   He has this team playing much, much better than the sum of its parts.  



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 20, 2012 1:06 am
 

Night Court: USF won again

I think the Bulls are going to have to win 3 out of their final 4 regular season games plus a win at MSG in the conference tournament to get a at-large bid. The committee is fully aware of the benefits USF have gotten from the unbalanced schedule in the Big East.  There are no quality wins at the present time but they can earn a bid with their play in the next two weeks.




Since: Oct 3, 2009
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:52 pm
 

Night Court: USF won again

I'm not saying that you're necessarily wrong that Syracuse might have unmatched "balance and depth", but the statistic you used to support that statement doesn't work very well when Syracuse has 3 players averaging 9.6 PPG or better and Kentucky has 6.

And Duke has 4, and UNC has 3.  And Texas A&M has 4.  And Stanford has 3.    And plenty of teams probably have 4 players or more who score 10+ points a game.  I agree with you, visiblehowl, that this is a bizarre statistic to use to show Syracuse's depth.  In fact, having less depth might contribute to this statistic well (Kansas has 3 players averaging double figures and NC State has 5) since that allows the scoring to stay concentrated among fewer players.



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:27 pm
 

Night Court: USF won again

4: That's the number of Syracuse players that scored in double-figures at Rutgers. The Orange's balance and depth might be unmatched.

4: That's the number of Kentucky players that are averaging double-figures over the course of the season (Syracuse has 2). That doesn't include Miller, who is averaging 9.9 PPG, and Teague, who is averaging 9.6 PPG.

I'm not saying that you're necessarily wrong that Syracuse might have unmatched "balance and depth", but the statistic you used to support that statement doesn't work very well when Syracuse has 3 players averaging 9.6 PPG or better and Kentucky has 6.



Since: Jan 23, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:17 pm
 

Night Court: USF won again

Hey Gary,
 You missed at least one more team that hasn't lost to an unranked team since last year...New Mexico's last loss to an unranked team was on November 24. 



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