Tag:Big East
Posted on: January 13, 2012 2:02 pm
 

St. John's transfer Lindsey headed to Arkansas

By Jeff Goodman

Nurideen Lindsey wanted to remain close to his mother, but it didn't work out -- and now he's headed to Arkansas.

The St. John's transfer should be an ideal fit with the breakneck style that Mike Anderson employs down in Fayetteville. The 6-foot-3 guard, who averaged 11.9 points before opting to leave the Red Storm, is quick and athletic. 

"The whole idea of staying close to home was definitely more ideal," Lindsey told CBSSports.com shortly after announcing his decision via twitter. "But unfortunately, the schools close to home weren't a fit and most didn't have scholarships." 

Lindsey said Temple and Saint Joseph's were among them. 

"Arkansas seems like a great fit with the way I play," Lindsey said. "They showed a lot of interest and made me feel excited about wanting to be a Razorback." 

Lindsey said he will leave for Arkansas in the next few days, sit out this semester and the start of next season before becoming eligible at the break -- and having 1 1/2 year left of eligibility. 

He'll give the Razorbacks more quality depth. Anderson has freshmen B.J. Young, Rashad Madden and Hunter Mickelson, leading scorer Marshawn Powell should be healthy next season and guards Mardacus Wade and Rickey Scott have played well this season. 

Posted on: January 12, 2012 2:08 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Video: Parrish gabs Syracuse and Kentucky

Gary Parrish isn't ready to declare Syracuse the best team in the country. As for Kentucky, he takes UK over UNC -- something that wasn't the case in the preseason. Parrish went on Tim Brando's radio show this morning to discuss three of the country's top teams.


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Posted on: January 12, 2012 10:29 am
 

Which program boasts most NBA players?

By Matt Norlander

OK, so take your guess. Which college program do you think has the most representation at the NBA level right now?

What jumps to mind? North Carolina’s superb lineage? You know Ben Howland had all those pros at UCLA in the past seven years. What about UConn? It’s always got a few future millionaires wearing its threads for a year or two.

The answer’s actually …

Duke: just plain more athletic and more talented than anyone else. (US PRESSWIRE)

Duke. It’s ironic at face value, since the joke’s always been something to do with Duke’s players always being so great at the college level and amounting to nothing beyond that. But Duke’s been consistently getting guys into the Association.

You want to know how Mike Krzyzewski’s really keeping his program at the top? Well, winning that 2010 title helps, but just as importantly, he can walk into any recruit's home, flash those four rings, and also proclaim he’s putting more guys into the NBA than John Calipari, Roy Williams, Jim Boeheim, Bill Donovan and Jim Calhoun. Most wouldn't think that was the case. Until I came upon this information, I would've maybe put Duke in the top five; certainly not atop the list.

According to rosters listed on the NBA official website as of the season-openers on Christmas Day, here’s who is sending the most players to David Stern's empire.

1. Duke, 17
2. UCLA, 15
    Kentucky, 15
4. Texas, 13
    Connecticut, 13
6. North Carolina, 12
    Kansas, 12
8. Arizona, 10
    Florida, 10

Credit for this information goes to the Arizona sports information department, which sent me a notice that this was the 12th straight season the NBA’s employed at least eight former Arizona players.  As for conference play? Yeah, let's throw out some more ammo for the ACC honks, who can rightfully proclaim their league brings in the most elite talent -- by a wide margin.

1. Atlantic Coast, 62
2. Pac-12, 53
3. Big East, 49
4. Southeastern, 45
5. Big 12, 40
6. Big Ten, 25

Some think these facts mean little, but that's not the case. Here's how it boils. What's a coach's job? Win games. How do you win games? You get the best players possible. How do you do that? What are the best players thinking about? When it's not their next meal or girls, they're daydreaming about playing in the NBA. And at the heart of it all, a coach who puts players into the NBA dangles the biggest carrot in the garden.

The names on that list aren't surprising, and they're not going to change. Winning titles doesn't go hand in hand with elite talent, but keeping your program at the forefront of college basketball does.
Posted on: January 12, 2012 9:16 am
 

Wakeup Call: Syracuse, the Lakers of the Big East

Anything but bald Britney. This is from last night's Georgia Tech-N.C. State game. (Getty Images)
By Matt Norlander

Without a hint of embarrassment, four of the songs on this list are in my iTunes. // We're eating less meat. Why? // Five shockingly bad websites. // . // The 30 best taco crimes -- that we know of ...

The first fantastic profile on the unassuming, humbled Cody Zeller has been written, not surprisingly, by Mrs. O'Neil.

★ My envy keeps growing to a sheenier shade of green.

★ Catch up on Andre Drummond's timeline at UConn -- lots gone down.

★ E.B. coming with the negativity! It's the transformation into the college basketball Vader, I can feel it.

★ Syracuse is becoming the Lakers of the Big East.

★ Nineteen percent of college basketball hasn't won a road game this year. Sounds about right, actually.

★ It's an odd, but perfectly fair, question.

★ This is so original and so hilarious. I need video.

★ High school play vs. AAU play. An illuminating read.

★ The Mountain West is attracting transfers and piling them like pancakes. League will be even better next year than it is this year, and this year it's damn good (and not getting its due).

★ What the Buckeyes say needs to be done to avoid hitting a true skid.

★ The Cam Newton rule is classic.

★ Lastly, we're trying to get to 300 likes on Facebook by the weekend. We'll be breaking news, sharing stuff you won't see on the blog there, and surely posting embarrassing pictures of us in time. So whaddya say?

► Let's travel the world in five minutes.



♬ Today's music rec comes from the corners of my mind still cobwebbed thanks the the '90s, which is when Soul Coughing and Mike Doughty were making music that still doesn't make sense between the hours of 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. "Circles" is one of the more approachable tunes, though. Coughing can get pretty brown at some points -- not as much as Ween, but close -- yet it was able to tap into a genuine melody here and there.

Posted on: January 11, 2012 9:49 am
Edited on: January 11, 2012 11:53 am
 

Podcast: Does CBB not have 25 great players?

By Matt Norlander

There's a grouping of surprising college basketball teams who've yet to feel the swoon of conference play. But are they for real? Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman present their cases. They also discuss UConn's Final Four chances, why they'll come together.

There's also the matter of the Mountain West, which I believe is the fourth-best league in hoops, better than the ACC and Pac-12. Goodman and Parrish can't quite go there. It's a longer podcast today, 42 minutes, and at this point you know what you're getting on the Wednesday show: unfiltered bickering mixed in with some smart analysis.

Timesheet:
  • From the beginning: We had to record this Tuesday afternoon because Goodman is travelling to New York today. We started talking the Wooden Award ballots, primarily the bickering behind them.
  • 6:39: Compiling a list of 25 worthy players for this list proved to be tough. Isn't that a bad sign? Parrish equates it to the bubble.
  • 7:40: UConn is going to get it together, meaning they're going to resemble a team most will see making the Final Four, Elite Eight at the worst.
  • 12:51: UNLV landed Khem Birch and damn are the Rebels getting it done immediately with Dave Rice.
  • 16:35: I make the case the Mountain West is the fourth-best league, top to bottom. My superiors scoff in my general direction. Actually, they do more than that.
  • 19:54: The A10 is a jumbled mess -- can it afford to be one?
  • 23:37: Who's for real? There are six teams out there. "I think they're a real basketball team" makes me laugh much more than it should.
  • 32:08: The final 10 minutes ... it's just a bunch of gabbing. Goodman's schedule, Parrish feeling slighted I didn't ask about his schedule, me lamenting the most epic #whitepeopleproblem of all-time, me vs. Bob Huggins.

Continued thanks from me to you for keep coming back and listening. Please: spread the word. Hoops season is ramping up, and I'd love more hate mail. Spread this page and the iTunes subscription link to anyone you'd think would like this sort of think. We post three times per week, with the Wednesday show being a low-rent sitcom wannabe of a half hour, thanks to CBSSports.com national writers Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman Skyping in their opinions. The RSS feed is another way to keep the podcasts coming to you ASAP. We've got a Zune download link as well.


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Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:20 am
Edited on: January 11, 2012 12:34 am
 

Night Court: Paul with the game of the year (?)

Brandon Paul should probably ask the prettiest girl he knows out on a date before his next game, because it's not getting better than this. (AP)
By Matt Norlander

Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday night’s slate of games …

Game of the Night: Baylor-Kansas State. We already wrote on it here, but I'll add this. Kansas State isn't one of the 16 best teams in the country. Winning at K-State is not easy at all -- it's an achievement for any team -- but Baylor's so nice, folks. This was affirming, but nothing to vault them. The Bears play at Kansas Monday night. Then we get the real answers. I don't think we need to adjust the kaleidoscope because of what happened in Manhattan, Kan., tonight.

Win to brag about: Illinois proved once again it’s tough to win on the road in conference against tournament-worthy teams. The 79-74 win was one that speaks to the depth of the Big Ten, a league that’s going to send more teams to the tournament than anyone … maybe. How do you like that for conviction? It should have more teams with higher seeds than any, though. We’ll get to Brandon Paul in a sec, but as for the rest of the team, four guys scored in double figures and went the distance against a thin-benched OSU.

Loss to hide from: C’mon. You know what it is. Louisville put up what will be measured as one of the worst losses of the season when this year’s said and done. A 90-59 sleep job to the Friars in Providence is inexcusable for a Rick Pitino team. Who knows what’s wrong. It’s more than Siva. It’s more than them being tired. This team could have peaked, though. And I still think they make the tournament, but thing is, they’re certainly no sure thing, not with these warning signs.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Borzello asks, “43 points, eight boards, two assists, two steals, four blocks. Five-point win over the No. 5 team. Brandon Paul: performance of the season?” And then there's this, from ESPN.com college basketball editor Brett Edgerton, "Paul was also incredibly efficient, becoming the 1st CBB player in the last 15 years to score 43+ on 15 or fewer FG attempts." An incredible performance. The hoop was eight feed wide for Paul -- but he did everything tonight. If he can channel half of what he did tonight on a regular basis, look out for Illinois.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: I put out the feelers on Twitter and the overwhelming response was Peyton Siva. As Louisville goes, so does he? (Notice how I didn’t phrase that the other way around.) Siva fouled out in 19 minutes, score two points -- but only one turnover!

Before we move on, WASHINGTON, YOU'RE THE BANE OF THIS POST'S EXISTENCE. The Huskies actually almost gave the game away, a home game, to three-win Seattle, causing me to sit around like the loser I am, waiting to see if they actually blew it. UW got out of the arena with a 91-83 win. Issues abound. The Huskies are not to be trusted.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 33. This wasn't the worst U of L loss for Pitino's tenure. The Cards fell by 33 to Notre Dame two years ago.
  • 0.  The number of bench points in the Ohio State-Illinois game.
  • 2. Quietly, Harrison Barnes was bad at home against Miami. He made 2 of 12 field goals.

Three other notable results

  1. Virginia Tech is right where it wants to be: behind the ball in the ACC, falling to 0-2 after the 63-59 loss at home to Florida State. Seth Greenberg is in muted despair.
  2. Wichita State pulled off a 65-62 home win against Illinois State, who will be the thorn of the Missouri Valley this year.
  3. Creighton 63, Northern Iowa 60. It’s the type of game that will ultimately ensure Creighton becomes a lock as February comes, and what’s going to make things very hard for UNI, which is now a 2-3 Valley team. A very good 2-3 Valley team, but it’s all uphill now.
  4. This is notable. Fran McCaffrey got vicious with a chair.

Notes

  • They can’t know if it will last, but Notre Dame being 3-1 in the Big East has to feel great for that program right now. Reaching the NCAA tournament is a tall order, but even just getting top eight in the Big East would be an incredible coaching job by Mike Brey. Long way to go, though.
  • Not a good sign that Harvard got a close 70-61 win at 3-13 Monmouth tonight. Convinced the Crimson will get plucked at least once in the Ivy.
  • One that’s easy to overlook: Florida 70, Georgia 48. Now, Florida’s 22 points better than Georgia at home, but it’s how the Gators respond to that awful Tennessee loss from Saturday. Good sign by Donovan’s team.
  • After flirting with the horrifying, San Diego State put on its pants, won 73-65 and kept Chicago State winless. UNLV is next, Saturday.
Posted on: January 10, 2012 9:46 pm
Edited on: January 10, 2012 10:07 pm
 

Louisville's free-fall down to earth continues

Has Louisville played its best basketball this year?. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Jeff Goodman

I have said it all season. Louisville is overrated. 

When the Cards rose all the way to No. 4 in the rankings, it was clear to just about everyone outside of Louisville that the Cards did not belong in the same class with the Kentucky's, North Carolina's, Ohio State's and Syracuse's of the world. 

They had reeled off a dozen straight, but had only ventured out of the Yum! Center once - against a Butler team that is still trying to find itself. It was fool's gold. This is an solid Louisville team, maybe one that that win a couple games in the NCAA tournament - or maybe one that will be one and done, as was the case last season.  

Russ Smith gave Rick Pitino's team hope when he nearly single-handedly kept Louisville competitive at Rupp, but this team is a fringe Top 25 club these days in terms of pure talent. 

They can't shoot - and they aren't nearly as efficient defensively as the numbers indicated through the team's first 12 games of the season. In the four losses -- which have all came in the past five games -- the Cardinals are shooting just 27 percent from beyond the arc. 

Pitino's team got crushed on the glass against Kentucky -- but there's no shame in that. But Louisville also lost the battle on the glass to Georgetown and allowed a lackluster Providence frontline to dominate. 

Kadeem Batts went for 27 points. 

Yes, Kadeem Betts. 

Russ Smith has been a non-factor in the last couple of games, there's been virtually no production from the bench -- and after a home date against DePaul, Pitino & Co. will head out on the road for games against Marquette and Pittsburgh. 

The Cards could well be 2-5 seven games into league play. 

It just goes to show how quickly things can change -- especially in the Big East. 

We ranked Louisville in the Top 10 of the preseason with the thought that the Cards would have the prize of their recruiting class, Wayne Blackshear. However, the Illinois native has been out with a shoulder injury and it's anyone's guess when -- and if -- he'll return to the court. 

Even if Blackshear does come back, it's difficult to ask a guy who hasn't played a game in eight months and is a true freshman to make an impact this season. 

So, what you see is probably what you'll get -- and that's a decent Louisville team. 


Posted on: January 10, 2012 1:07 am
 

Night Court: No BCS title game in these parts



By
Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Certainly not the BCS title game. Cincinnati bounced back from Saturday’s last-second loss to St. John’s with an impressive four-point win at Georgetown. The game was tied with 1:07 remaining, when Cashmere Wright hit two free throws. Cincinnati went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the final 67 seconds, holding off the Hoyas, which lost their second straight game. Sean Kilpatrick had 27 points for Cincinnati.

Win to brag about: Monday’s game against West Virginia was a game Connecticut should have won. And the Huskies did, 64-57. But the way they did it had to give them confidence going forward. Andre Drummond had his best game of the season, putting up 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, while Jeremy Lamb scored 25. Connecticut also held the Mountaineers to 32.3 percent shooting.

Loss to hide from: There weren’t any terrible losses on Monday, but Oklahoma is reeling and needed a solid performance against Oklahoma State. The Sooners didn’t get it, trailing by as many as 17 points en route to a 72-65 loss. Le’Bryan Nash had 21 points for Oklahoma State, which has now won four of its last five against Oklahoma. Oklahoma is now 0-3 in the Big 12 after going 10-2 in non-conference play.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Matthew Dellavedova hit six 3-pointers en route to a career-high 27 points, helping Saint Mary’s beat San Francisco, 87-72. Dellavedova also dished out four assists and grabbed six rebounds. His teammate Stephen Holt came one rebound short of a triple-double, getting 11 points and 10 assists.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: West Virginia’s Darryl Bryant had been rolling lately, scoring at least 25 points in three of his last four games. On Monday against Connecticut, however, the senior guard shot 2-for-13 from the field and finished with just eight points. Bryant was 1-for-7 from 3-point range. 

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 59.1. That’s the percentage Georgetown shot from the field, but turning the ball over 17 times did the Hoyas in against Cincinnati.
  • 24. Wyoming has now defeated Idaho State twice this season, with both victories coming by 24 points.
  • 17-3. That’s the run Connecticut went on after head coach Jim Calhoun picked up a technical foul in the second half.

Three other notable results:

  1. Norfolk State improved to 4-0 in the MEAC, the Spartans’ best start since 2004-05, with a 68-48 win over Howard.
  2. Mississippi Valley State beat Alabama A&M on the road, moving to 3-0 in the SWAC.
  3. Air Force overcame a slow start to beat Texas-Pan American, 67-50. 

Notes:

  • In its first game without suspended head coach Todd Bozeman, Morgan State lost to Savannah State, 57-55.
  • Former Oklahoma transfer Ray Willis had 21 points, seven rebounds, four assists and five steals for North Carolina Central, as it beat Bethune-Cookman.
  • A couple of recent transfers made their announcements. Khem Birch (Pittsburgh) decided on UNLV as his next destination, while Jamal Branch (Texas A&M) opted for St. John’s.

Photo: AP

 
 
 
 
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