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Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:16 am
Edited on: January 19, 2012 9:19 am
 

Video: Peyton Siva opens up about past

By Jeff Borzello

Louisville point guard Peyton Siva has had his ups and downs leading the Cardinals this season. But it doesn’t come close to comparing to what he went through as a teenager in Seattle.

Siva’s sister was in jail, his brother was in jail, and his father was in and out of jail.

In the video below, Siva and his father talk about how Siva rescued his father from potential suicide when he was just 13 years old, and how Siva’s father turned his life around starting that day.



Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:12 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 7:17 pm
 

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

Louisville junior Rakeem Buckles will miss the rest of this season and all next season with a torn ACL. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

Louisville’s injuries have been piling up all season, but now they will affect next year’s campaign as well.

Rakeem Buckles will miss the remainder of this season and all of next season with a torn ACL in his left knee. The junior forward tore the ACL in his right knee just 11 months ago.

“I don’t think any of us could imagine this happening to such a fine young man,” head coach Rick Pitino said in a release. “All of us are just crushed.”

Because Buckles has already had one major knee surgery, his recovery will apparently take “well over a year,” according to Louisville trainer Fred Hina. Buckles returned after nine months and played in his first game on December 7 against IUPUI.

Even though he has been playing only 13 minutes per game, he’s been one of the more efficient rebounders on the Cardinals. Buckles, a 6-foot-7 Florida native, had been averaging 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11 games.

This is Buckles’ fourth injury in the last two seasons, as he also had a concussion and broken finger during his sophomore campaign. He is the eighth Louisville player to miss a game with injury this year.

The loss of Buckles severely hurts Louisville’s interior depth. Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan will continue to start, but now the only player to back them up is combo forward Jared Swopshire. Stephan Van Treese hasn’t played since November, while freshman Zach Price has appeared in just seven games this season.

Posted on: January 16, 2012 3:29 pm
 

The Poll Attacks

By Gary Parrish

We've got a Murray State problem that needs to be addressed.

And this is a good place to address it.

So let's do some Poll Attacks.

Associated Press poll: Louisville is 14-4 with two losses to unranked teams and zero wins over schools that are currently ranked. Take away everything you thought you knew about the Cardinals in the preseason, focus on what I just told you and then I think, you'll understand why we are no longer ranking Rick Pitino's team in the Top 25 (and one). The Cards have bad losses and no great wins to offset those losses. That's the bottom line. So Louisville does not deserve to be in the Top 25 (and one). Or 23rd in this week's AP poll.

And the Cards sure as hell don't deserve to be 10th.

But guess who has them ranked 10th?

Answer: Ron Morris.

Ron actually has Louisville 10th and Florida 11th even though both schools are 14-4 with two losses to unranked teams and zero wins over currently ranked teams. Meantime, he has Indiana 16th even though the Hoosiers are 15-3 with just one loss to an unranked team and three wins over currently ranked teams, specifically No. 2 Kentucky, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 20 Michigan. I genuinely have no idea how anybody could look at what Louisville and Florida have done and conclude it's A) worthy of a top 15 vote, or B) better than what Indiana has done.

But, somehow, Ron does.

I bet he couldn't explain why he does.

But, according to his latest ballot, he absolutely does.

Coaches poll: I don't think Murray State is one of the nation's 10 best teams.

If you do, that's fine.

I don't have an issue provided you really believe it. But what I do have an issue with is how the Racers are moving up the polls based on little more than the fact that they play in the Ohio Valley Conference and every other relevant team does not. They are advancing because they're spending each week playing grossly inferior opponents while a Big Ten team might host Ohio State one night and be at Michigan the next. Put another way, there are lots of weeks when a split should be considered a good week. But splits almost always move teams down in the polls while 2-0 weeks move folks up. And while that's somewhat OK in most cases because the power-conference schedules tend to balance themselves out over time, this simple approach to ranking creates issues when a solid team from a bad league gets involved.

That's what's happening here.

That's why the Racers are ranked 10th.

So my question is simple: When does it stop?

If Kansas loses to Baylor late Monday but then beats Texas this weekend while Murray State handles Morehead State and SIU-Edwardsville, are voters gonna move the No. 7 Jayhawks below Murray State based on the idea that KU went 1-1 while Murray State went 2-0? I hope not. Because weeks, like overall records, need context, and it's silly to continue to advance the Racers without considering the context of what their wins really show and what others' losses really mean.

That's why we've kept the Racers at No. 20.

Because that's about where they belong regardless of how many consecutive OVC schools they beat.
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 7, 2012 9:33 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2012 11:21 am
 

Night Court: Mizzou, Florida, Louisville all fall

By Jeff Goodman

(NOTE: We will file a Night Court almost every night this season. Follow @GaryParrishCBS, @GoodmanCBS, @MattNorlander, @JeffBorzello and @EyeOnCBB on Twitter to make sure it gets sent to you as soon as it's posted.)

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

Game of the day: No surprise that it was the tilt between Louisville and Notre Dame. These two teams had gone to overtime each of the last three times they met - and this one went to double-overtime before Notre Dame came out on top. The Cards had won 20 straight at the Yum! Center before losing two straight - one to Georgetown and now against the Irish. Notre Dame's Eric Atkins made the game-winning on a pull-up with 14.5 seconds left in double-OT. 

Most exciting game: Stanford's 103-101 quadruple-overtime win over Oregon State in Corvallis. Stanford's Josh Owens' bucket at the end of regulation came just after time had expired -- and the game-winner wasn't until the fourth overtime when Chasson Randle hit a shot with 37 seconds remaining. There were 171 field goal attempts in the game. 

Win to brag about: Kansas State didn't just beat undefeated Missouri. Frank Martin's club, coming off a poor loss to in-state rival Kansas in Lawrence, dominated the Tigers. Rodney McGruder led the way, but this was a team effort - especially on the defensive side. The final score. 75-59. 

Loss to hide from: Cincinnati had reeled off seven consecutive wins since The Brawl - including one at Pittsburgh. The Bearcats had renewed promise of climbing back into the NCAA tournament picture, but those hopes took a significant step back with a loss at home to St. John's. The Red Storm blew a late lead, but came away with the win after a game-winning tip from freshman Moe Harkless. 

Another one to hide from: Florida State was believed to be the No. 3 team in the ACC behind North Carolina and Duke. The Seminoles are now 9-6 overall and got thumped on the road against a mediocre Clemson team. Leonard Hamilton's team has dropped three of its last four games - including a triple-overtime setback at home against Princeton. 

And yet another: UConn got Jim Calhoun back, but the Huskies lost their second straight on the road - this time at Rutgers. It followed a setback at Seton Hall with associate head coach George Blaney running the show. Rutgers has now taken down Florida and UConn on its home court in the last week or so.  

Player who deserves improper benefits: Iowa State's Royce White is one of the best passing big men to come around in a while. The Cyclones finished with a triple-double -- 10 points, 18 boards and 10 assists -- in a 74-50 rout over Texas A&M in College Station. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: As good as Louisville's Russ Smith has been lately, the Cardinals guard was just 1-for-9 from the field and 1-for-6 from beyond the arc and finished with just three points in the double-overtime loss to Notre Dame. 

Numbers don’t lie:

0: That's how many points Xavier point guard Tu Holloway managed. It was the first time Holloway went scoreless since his freshman season. 

11: That's how many double-doubles West Virginia's Kevin Jones has this season after going for 22 points and 16 boards in a win over Georgetown. 

17-0: Syracuse began the season with 17 straight wins last season - and Jim Boeheim's club has done it again after holding off a late Marquette charge. 

3-0: Colorado's record in Pac-12 play, which means the Buffs are in first place in the league. No one expected that. Not even Tad Boyle. 

Five Other notable results:

Florida lost in Knoxville to Tennessee and the Gators will likely fall out of the Top 25. First it was Rutgers and now Tennessee. 

Virginia Tech lost at Wake Forest, 58-55. That's not good news for Seth Greenberg and the Hokies - who will likely be on The Bubble again this March. 

Xavier got a win at Fordham, 67-59. The Musketeers needed this one badly after losing five of six since The Fight. 

Duke struggled to get a win at Georgia Tech. The final score was 81-74, but it was closer than that. 

Temple knocked off Duke earlier in the week. Dayton defeated the Owls in Philly, 87-77. 

Notes:

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, following the loss at Temple, opted to start freshman Quinn Cook at point guard and also re-insert Miles Plumlee into the starting lineup. 

Marquette coach Buzz Williams told CBSSports.com that big man Chris Otule will have season-ending knee surgery Tuesday. 

Kentucky wing Stacey Poole is transferring to Georgia Tech, according to numerous reports. 

Towson set an NCAA Division 1 record with its 35th consecutive setback in a 75-38 loss to Old Dominion. 

On tap: 

Sunday isn't loaded, but there are a few quality matchups. Here's what leads the way: 

Wisconsin at Michigan, 1:30 p.m. ET - The Badgers are struggling and Michigan is coming off a tough loss at Indiana. 

Purdue at Minnesota, 6 p.m. - After the slip-up at Penn State, Robbie Hummel & Co., can ill-afford to slip-up against a Minnesota team that is 0-3 thus far in Big Ten play.

Maryland at N.C. State, 6 p.m. - One of these teams could finish in the Top 5 of the ACC, so this game could be important down the line. 

VCU at Drexel, 8 p.m. - Shaka Smart's team is 2-1 in CAA play while Drexel is 1-2. However, this is an intriguing league matchup. 

Posted on: January 2, 2012 2:36 pm
Edited on: January 2, 2012 2:53 pm
 

The Poll Attacks

By Gary Parrish

You think adopting a cute dog will keep you out of the Poll Attacks?

Think again, Toni.

Think again.

Let's go!

Associated Press poll: Pittsburgh is 11-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big East.

And yet the Panthers are still getting points in the AP poll.

Seriously.

The good news is that all four of Pitt's points came from the same voter, which means 64 of the AP's 65 voters understand the Panthers belong nowhere close to a Top 25 ballot. The bad news is that one voter isn't quite as tuned in. Her name is Toni Ginnetti, and this might be the first time I've ever Poll Attacked a woman. (Insert joke here.) Honestly, it makes me a little uncomfortable. But how can she have Pitt ranked 22nd?

Pittsburgh has no good wins and four bad losses (on the road at Notre Dame and at home to Long Beach State, Wagner and Cincinnati), which means the Panthers are in the running for the nation's most disappointing team considering they were ranked 10th in the preseason. And yet Toni has them ranked 22nd. Which is silly. She also has Xavier ranked 18th. Which is also silly considering the Musketeers have dropped four of their past five games, including Saturday's home game to a Gonzaga team that is now 11-2 and ranked 25th but somehow unranked on Toni's ballot.

In summary, Toni is the only person giving Pitt and Xavier votes.

So she's smarter than everybody or completely unaware of what's happened the past two weeks.

The latter seems more likely.

But, either way, let's end this on a good note. Seems Toni just adopted the cutest dog in the world. I'm for stuff like that. So because she's so generous I promise to never Poll Attack her again ... as long as she gets Jamie Dixon's underachieving Panthers off her ballot by next Monday.

Coaches poll: Jeff Goodman and I ranked Indiana seventh in the Top 25 (and one).

Now for the question you're asking ...

Do we really believe there are just six teams better than Tom Crean's Hoosiers?

Answer: No.

But what do you do with a team that's 13-1 with no bad losses and wins over Kentucky and Ohio State? At some point you have to throw away what you think you know and just rely on the body of work, and IU's body of work is among the nation's best. Again, the Hoosiers are 13-1. The only loss is a loss at Michigan State, and Indiana actually led that game with less than nine minutes remaining. (Michigan State, by the way, is 13-2 with losses only to North Carolina and Duke. So, like I said, IU's loss at Michigan State is not a bad loss.) Meantime, the Hoosiers have wins over Kentucky, Ohio State and Butler. That's really good at this point in the season and why I can't understand the coaches ranking IU 12th.

Let's compare the Hoosiers' body of work to one team ranked ahead of them -- Louisville.

The Cards are 12-2.

They have zero wins over teams currently ranked.

They have a loss to the Kentucky team that IU has already topped.

And, if you're into this sort of thing, the Cards are nine spots behind Indiana at KenPom.com.

So how is Louisville ranked ahead of Indiana? And why is Indiana still outside of the top 10? If the Hoosiers are fraudelant, we'll find out soon enough and adjust accordingly. But for now, they probably belong in the top 10, and they definitely belong ahead of Louisville.
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: December 31, 2011 2:27 pm
 

Is MKG Kentucky's most important player?



By Gary Parrish


LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Terrence Jones was the Preseason SEC Player of the Year.

Anthony Davis will be the No. 1 pick in next June's NBA Draft.

But is Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Kentucky's best player?

It's a fair question to ask after the freshman wing got 24 points and 19 rebounds in the third-ranked Wildcats' 69-62 victory over No. 4 Louisville here at Rupp Arena. Because though there were better prospects (Davis) and bigger stars (Jay Z and Ashley Judd) in the building on Saturday, there wasn't a more important college basketball player on the court than the kid with the hyphenated name on the back of his jersey who dominated this rivalry game from the opening tip till the final buzzer.

He was terrific.

The Camden native had 16 points and nine rebounds at the half, and his motor never stopped. Kidd-Gilchrist continued to defend like crazy on one end of the court and make winning plays on the other, none of which were bigger than his offensive rebound and putback with 3:41 remaining. Louisville's Kyle Kuric fouled Kidd-Gilchrist on the shot but the ball still went in. As it fell though the net, Kidd-Gilchrist, with his back to the rim, stood and flexed. He then made the ensuing free throw, Kentucky led 61-50 and Louisville never got closer than seven points again.

So now Kentucky is 13-1 and Louisville is 12-2.

Bragging rights belong in Lexington for at least another year.

Credit Kidd-Gilchrist as the main reason why.

Photo: US PRESSWIRE
 
 
 
 
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