Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:56 am

Pat Summitt, Coach K Sportswoman/man of the Year

By Matt Norlander

In a year when the college coaching profession has taken arguably its greatest hit, Sports Illustrated has unprecedentedly picked two for its Sportsman/Sportswoman of the Year.

And since they're both involved in the sport we deal with here, the subject is naturally getting its own post. The winningest coaches in each of their sports, Pat Summitt and Mike Krzyzewski, earn the distinction that's kept a pretty high mark of class and esteem over the years.

The decision makes sense and is timely, considering K just became the all-time wins leader in men's college basketball. Summitt continues to press on with her recording, currently tallied at 1,075. You can easily make the argument K never catches Summitt, who is now and likely forever the face of women's college basketball.

(As an aside, I would've had no issue with Summitt getting the sole nod, as she's done enough in her career to warrant getting the standalone treatment. But the synergistic choice makes a lot of sense, too. )

Summitt has been in the news this year, sadly, because she was diagnosed with early onset dementia. She has pressed on and continued to coach. And it speaks to who Summitt is, what she's accomplished and the nearly universal respect she's earned that this choice doesn't feel like a pity pick -- Summitt could've received this honor a decade ago and it still would've been appropriate and deserved.

As for Krzyzewski, it does feel like a longtime coming. He's become the most recognizable coach in college basketball since Bobby Knight left the game -- and that distinction was true a good decade before Knight checked out. There are plenty of people that will roll their eyes at K getting this (Duke hate: a special kind of hate), but his win total, four national titles (which, by the way, is just half of what Summitt has achieved) and perpetual domination at Duke leads to a logical choice.

Not to mention, the sport was due for another Sportsman/Sportswoman. This is only the third college hoops-related SI Sportsman of the Year. The two previous: Dean Smith in '97 and John Wooden (with Billie Jean King) in '72. Per SI, the only other coaches to earn the distinction: Joe Paterno (1986); manager Terry Francona (2004, along with the Red Sox); Herb Brooks (1980, along with the U.S. Men's hockey team) and Tony DiCicco (1999, along with U.S. Women's soccer coach).

If you'd like to check the history of past Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year, you can do so here.

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 9:37 am

Podcast: Seth Davis makes his return

By Matt Norlander

It is my honor to welcome back on to the podcast CBS/Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis, who was on this back when it was the College Hoops Journal Podcast. Seth is one of the classiest guys in the business; a true treat to have him come on.

I want to mention: today's podcast is a little "hot" here and there on Seth's end. Normally I record these podcasts Skype to Skype, but we did this one via Seth's house phone line, and I had no idea until after the call was done that his levels were so harsh at some points, so forgive the audio since it's not as smooth as it normally is. I'll make sure Seth boots up his Skype account for his next appearance.

Seth writes a weekly Hoop Thoughts column that I can't recommend enough, and you can also follow him on Twitter. Loved having him on, and will aim to get him back on in January and February as well.

The rundown:
  • From the beginning: One more time, with gusto: the Syracuse story. I can't recommend this part of the podcast enough. Seth and I have a respectable, intelligent (on his end) debate over morals and ethics with this story. It's about 14 minutes long, and I think is the first time I've ever really butted heads with someone on the podcast.
  • 14:45: Jim Boeheim's legacy and future.
  • 16:50: Ohio State, the fact Aaron Craft as the best point guard in the country, which Seth stated in his most recent column (linked above).
  • 19:39: What does Deshaun Thomas do for Ohio State if he becomes the offense force he's flashed himself to be?
  • 22:00: Seth's pick for best freshman so far. You won't see it coming.
  • 24:10: Seth will be at Vandy-Louisville before UNC-UK, so we touch on that one first.
  • 26:52: Here's the juicy part: Carolina-Kentucky talk. We close out the podcast talking this big game, and why Seth disagrees with my UK-will-win-by-double-digits prediction.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts go up here and on iTunes. The Wednesday show is dedicated to keeping the egos of CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish inflated. Mondays and Fridays are for the real people to come on. Here's the iTunes link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. If you're still going strong and hanging on to a Zune, then, yes, you can listen on that as well.

Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:44 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 11:47 pm

UNC edges Wisconsin, sets stage for trip to UK

By Gary Parrish

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- It wasn't pretty or sharp or even fast.

But it was a win.

And North Carolina needed a win.

So who cares that the Tar Heels looked sloppy and turned the ball over five more times than they recorded an assist? And who cares that the Tar Heels didn't look like a team worthy of all those preseason No. 1 votes they received last month? All that matters is that they escaped the ACC-Big Ten Challenge with a 60-57 victory over ninth-ranked Wisconsin here at the Dean Smith Center late Wednesday, which means UNC won't be at risk of a three-game losing streak as it enters Saturday's showdown at top-ranked Kentucky.

That's what last weekend's loss to UNLV did.

It put UNC in a position where one surprising defeat could easily turn into a three-game losing streak.

But that's now off the table.

It took 20 points from Harrison Barnes to get it off the table, but it's off the table. So now Roy Williams and all his pros will fly to Lexington to play John Calipari and all his pros, and it really should be terrific. No, it won't be the No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle of undefeated teams we thought we'd get when the game was announced this past offseason. Again, UNLV messed that up last weekend. But it'll still be a game featuring two of college basketball's great programs and who knows how many future lottery picks. And nobody will enter on a three-game losing streak.

At times on Wednesday, it looked like UNC might.

But that's now off the table.

So now the table for Saturday is set.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 30, 2011 2:38 pm

Podcast: Does/should Boeheim keep his job?

By Matt Norlander

The Syracuse/Bernie Fine/Jim Boeheim story is the biggest story in college basketball right now; just how it is. There are a lot of nuanced elements to it -- then there is what people are naturally gravitating toward: Should Jim Boeheim keep his job?

A fair question. It deserves a conversation on our podcast, so Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman discuss it with me today. We do talk plenty of basketball as well, though, so if the Syracuse topic is starting to become white noise to you, feel free to just skip ahead to the Duke bashing! (Kidding -- but we do talk Duke, Ohio State and more.)

The rundown:
  • From the beginning: Syracuse, Boeheim, Fine, job security, ESPN's responsibility.
  • 13:20: Parrish was at Duke-Ohio State. Takeaways from him on the game, from Goodman on what Duke is lacking.
  • 19:08: Looking ahead to Wisconsin-North Carolina. "They are not going to win tonight," Goodman says. Parrish wholeheartedly agrees.
  • 21:23: How good is the Big Ten, because that 2-7 race is probably going to be riveting. (Hey, I mean it!)
  • 23:12: Xavier is just plain nice.
  • 26:21: How brilliant was Roy Williams to change the conversation after his team lost to UNLV? He made it about the fans.
  • 29:35: Our typical babbling BS to wrap it up. Always the the fun part.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts go up here and on iTunes. The Wednesday show is dedicated to keeping the egos of CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish inflated. Mondays and Fridays are for the real people to come on. Here's the iTunes link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. If you're still going strong and hanging on to a Zune, then, yes, you can listen on that as well.

Posted on: November 30, 2011 11:51 am
Edited on: November 30, 2011 11:57 am

Duke has deficiencies, but don't write K off yet

By Jeff Goodman

Let's not bury Duke just yet.

Obviously, the Blue Devils looked rather ordinary last night in the 22-point shellacking against Ohio State in Columbus -- and "ordinary" is being awfully kind to Coach K and his team.

This is a Duke outfit that certainly has its deficiencies.

Austin Rivers is truly the only guy on the team that can create for himself and his teammates. There's not a front-line true point guard -- or a big wing - on the roster. Defensively, the perimeter group of Rivers, Seth Curry and Andre Dawkins leaves plenty to be desired. There's not much depth. Coach Mike Krzyzewski basically goes seven deep - Rivers, Curry, Dawkins and Tyler Thornton on the perimeter with Ryan Kelly and the Plumlee's -- Mason and Miles - up front.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

While Kansas and Michigan State aren't exactly what they have been in the past, the Blue Devils still took care of both - on neutral courts. Duke dispatched Kansas in Maui and beat Michigan State in Madison Square Garden.

Is Duke an elite team?


But they can still make a Final Four run, depending on health and matchups.

Rivers showed he is the most talented - and fearless player - on the team. He's capable of getting to the basket virtually whenever he wants. You won't find two more lethal perimeter shooters in the country than the duo of Dawkins and Curry. Mason Plumlee has made significant progress and is nearly averaging a double-double (12 ppg, 9.8 rpg) thus far.

Last I checked Duke has a decent coach as well. 

The missing piece that would solve many of Duke's issues? A long, talented scoring wing who can put it on the floor some and also defend. Coach K almost got that guy a couple years ago. Now he resides down the road in Chapel Hill and goes by the name of Harrison Barnes.

Duke is still 7-1 following the pasting in Columbus in which all their weaknesses were exposed and everything went right for Thad Matta's team.

The Blue Devils defense was brutal, Jared Sullinger had his way with the Plumlee Boys and Aaron Craft made mince-meat out of the Blue Devils in every manner possible. Deshaun Thomas, a streaky shooter, was making his shots and Duke had no answer for underrated senior William Buford.

It was an embarrassing display for the Dukies. But it was just one game.

Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:45 pm

Night Court: Ohio State pummels Duke

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 Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: There was honestly no game worthy of this space, so I'm going with the post-game news conference from Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim - who did more than his fair share of smirking while fielding and deflecting questions regarding the Bernie Fine situation and investigation. It was probably more entertaining than any game on Tuesday night. 

Win to brag about: I'd say that Ohio State has plenty to brag about right now - following the good, old-fashioned shellacking over Duke. The Blue Devils were never, ever in this game. Final score: 85-63. Coach K's team was dominated in every facet by the Buckeyes. The Blue Devils couldn't guard Ohio State, had difficulty scoring and were also overmatched on the glass. 

Loss to hide from: Iowa getting blown out by Clemson in Iowa City. The final was 71-55, but it wasn't even that close. The Hawkeyes brought nearly everyone back from last year's team and some figure Fran McCaffery's team could make a run at the top half of the Big Ten. However, Iowa got pounded at home to a Clemson squad that lost to College of Charleston and Coastal Carolina in the past week or so. 

Player who deserves improper benefits: Virginia's fifth-year senior big man Mike Scott, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds in a win over a ranked Michigan team in Charlottesville. It was Scott's third double-double thus far this season. Scott missed the final 21 games a year ago following ankle surgery. 

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Tim Hardaway Jr., got into early foul trouble and managed just five points on 2-of-9 shooting in the loss at Virginia. 

Numbers don’t lie:

200: That's the number of wins that Illinois coach Bruce Weber has now as the Illini head coach. 

4-2: That's what the scoreboard reads thus far in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge - in favor of the Big Ten.

1: That's the number of field goals that Seth Curry made against Ohio State. The reason?  Aaron Craft was given the defensive assignment on Curry for most of the night. 

Three other notable results:

Purdue held off Miami, 76-65, in West Lafayette to run its record to 7-1. It was the 22nd straight win at Mackey Arena for the Boilermakers. 

Northwestern did what it needed to do, went on the road and took care of Georgia Tech, 76-60. John Shurna had 25 points and eight boards in the win. 

Illinois stayed unbeaten with a 71-62 victory over a small and thin Maryland team in College Park. 


Baylor sophomore forward Perry Jones III, who sat the first five games of the year due to an NCAA suspension, scored 27 points in his season debut. 

Baylor freshman forward Quincy Miller sat out due to a sprained ankle, but it expected to play Sunday against Northwestern. 

Providence guard Vincent Council nearly had a triple-double (19 points, 11 assists, 7 rebounds) in the Friars win over Holy Cross. 

On tap: 

No shortage of quality games on Wednesday. We'll start with the ACC-Big Ten matchups: 

1) Wisconsin at North Carolina, 9:30 p.m. ET

2) Florida State at Michigan State, 7:30 p.m. ET

3) Indiana at N.C. State, 7:15 p.m. ET

4) Virginia Tech at Minnesota, 9:15 p.m. ET

5) Notre Dame at Gonzaga, 11:15 p.m. ET

6) UNLV at UC Santa Barbara, 10 p.m. ET

7) Creighton at San Diego State, 10:3p p.m. ET

Posted on: November 29, 2011 11:35 pm
Edited on: November 30, 2011 12:36 am

Ohio State dominates Duke from start to finish

By Gary Parrish

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- One school entered ranked second in the Associated Press poll, the other was ranked third. So on paper not much separated Ohio State from Duke. But on the court -- at least on this Tuesday night -- the two storied programs couldn't have been farther apart.

Final score: No. 2 Ohio State 85, No. 3 Duke 63.

Yep, it was a beatdown from start to finish here at Value City Arena.

Ohio State opened on an 11-0 run, led 47-28 at the half, by as many as 25 in the second half and cruised to a lopsided victory that legitimized it as a true national contender before a star-studded crowd featuring former Buckeyes (Michael Redd, Evan Turner, Greg Oden, Mike Conley, etc.), a current NBA coach (Doc Rivers) and two NBA stars (LeBron James and Dwyane Wade). The Buckeyes are now 7-0 with five 30-point wins -- plus victories over No. 3 Duke and No. 10 Florida. They haven't done anything on the road yet, obviously; they'll get that opportunity on Dec. 10 at No. 15 Kansas. But what Ohio State showed against the winningest men's coach in Division I history -- and his team that just won the Maui Invitational -- is that it has rock-solid point guard who understands and appreciates both ends of the court, a pro wing and college basketball's best big man, and those things combined to overwhelm Duke.

The point guard (Aaron Craft) finished with 17 points and eight assists.

The wing (William Buford) finished with 20 points and four assists.

The big man (Jared Sullinger) got 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Blue Devils?

They got 22 points from freshman star Austin Rivers.

That was a bright spot.

But mostly, Duke just got slaughtered -- from the opening tip to the final horn.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 27, 2011 11:33 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 11:35 pm
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