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Posted on: January 29, 2012 8:03 pm

Updated Top 25 (and one)

By Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman

The Top 25 (and one) will be updated on the college basketball page shortly.

Here's how it will look ...  
  1. Kentucky (21-1)
  2. Syracuse (22-1)
  3. Ohio State (19-3)
  4. Missouri (19-2)
  5. Baylor (19-2)
  6. North Carolina (18-3)
  7. Duke (18-3)
  8. Michigan State (17-4)
  9. Kansas (17-4)
  10. Creighton (20-2)
  11. UNLV (20-3)
  12. Murray State (21-0)
  13. San Diego State (18-3)
  14. Georgetown (16-4)
  15. Virginia (17-3)
  16. Marquette (18-4)
  17. Wisconsin (17-5)
  18. Indiana (17-5)
  19. Michigan (16-6)
  20. Florida (17-4)
  21. Mississippi State (17-5)
  22. Saint Mary's (21-2)
  23. Kansas State (15-5)
  24. Florida State (14-6)
  25. Gonzaga (17-3)
  26. West Virginia (15-7)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 28, 2012 6:43 pm
Edited on: January 28, 2012 6:49 pm

UK looks like the sport's only trustworthy team

By Gary Parrish

Kentucky played another basketball game and killed another basketball team on Saturday.

This time the victim was LSU.

And it's starting to look like the Wildcats are the lone trustworthy thing in the sport.

Sure, John Calipari will continue to question his team and build others up because that's what he does. But there's no denying that the third-year Kentucky coach doesn't just have the nation's most talented roster. He's also got the country's top team. And the Wildcats are playing like it. And they're just a wild 3-pointer away from sitting here in late January with a 22-0 record.

Think about that.

If Christian Watford's buzzer-beater doesn't swish, Kentucky is undefeated.

Nobody else is literally one shot away from perfection.

Syracuse was handled at Notre Dame. Ohio State was handled at Illinois. Missouri was handled at Oklahoma State. North Carolina was handled at UNLV (and destroyed at Florida State). Baylor was handled at home by Missouri. Kansas was handled at Iowa State. Duke was handled at Temple. Georgetown was handled at Pittsburgh. Michigan State was handled at Northwestern and Michigan. And I just listed everybody else in the top 10 of the latest AP poll. Put another way, seven (Syracuse, Ohio State, Missouri, Kansas, Duke, Georgetown and Michigan State) of the nine schools not named Kentucky that are ranked in the top 10 have lost to a currently unranked opponent, and the other two have either lost at home (Baylor to Missouri) or been routed (North Carolina at FSU).

Meantime, the Wildcats are rolling.

I'm not saying they'll finish the regular season with one loss.

But they sure look like they could, don't they?
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 27, 2012 2:02 pm

Report: Cremins taking leave of absence

By Gary Parrish

College of Charleston coach Bobby Cremins is taking a leave of absence effective immediately because of non-life threatening health problems, the Charleston Post and Courier reported Friday. According to the report, it's unclear whether Cremins will take an extended leave of absence or eventually resign.

Assistant coach Mark Byington will serve as head coach in Cremin's absense.

Cremins is 64 years old.

He's been at Charleston six seasons.

He's best known for coaching Georgia Tech to the 1990 Final Four.
Posted on: January 26, 2012 11:30 am
Edited on: January 26, 2012 11:40 am
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Posted on: January 25, 2012 11:47 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2012 12:02 am

Night Court: Maryland needed Gary and Greivis

By Gary Parrish

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

Game of the day: Gary Williams walked out, gave his usual fistpump and sent the Comcast Center crowd into a frenzy before tipoff, and it really did feel just like old times. But then Williams had the court dedicated in his honor and exited, and the average team he left behind was left to deal with Mike Krzyzewski's eighth-ranked Duke Blue Devils. The game was close for a while and mostly interesting. But Mason Plumlee's 23 points and 12 rebounds were enough to lift Duke to a 74-61 victory. (Somewhere, Greivis Vasquez wept.)

Win to brag about: Notre Dame backed its huge win over Syracuse with a 55-42 victory at Seton Hall. The Irish are now a surprising 5-3 in the Big East heading into Sunday's game at Connecticut. Meantime, Seton Hall has dropped three straight since entering the national rankings.

Loss to hide from: Marshall is in Jerry Palm's latest Predicting the Field. But I bet the Thundering Herd are out after their 56-49 loss at home to UAB considering the Blazers entered with a 6-12 record that included a 1-4 mark in C-USA. This is not a loss Tom Herrion wanted to take heading into Saturday's showdown at Memphis. Or anytime, really.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Arnett Moultrie got 28 points and 12 rebounds -- and recorded his 12th double-double -- in No. 18 Mississippi State's 76-71 win over LSU. His reward will be his addition to the CBSSports.com National Player of the Year Watch that'll be updated Thursday.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Marcus Denmon took 16 shots and missed 12 in No. 2 Missouri's 79-72 loss at Oklahoma State. His punishment will be his removal from the CBSSports.com National Player of the Year Watch that'll be updated Thursday.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 2: That's the number of Louisville starters that fouled out during the Cards' 84-74 victory over Villanova. Russ Smith fouled out first, then Chane Behanan. But Rick Pitino's team still escaped and improved to 16-5 overall, 4-4 in the Big East.
  • 5: That's the number of freshmen St. John's started in a 78-62 win over West Virginia. It was reportedly the first time St. John's had started five freshmen since the 1927-28 season. 
  • 37: That's the number of consecutive home games fourth-ranked Ohio State has now won. Their 78-54 victory over Penn State -- in which Jared Sullinger got 20 points and 13 rebounds -- kept the streak alive.

Three other notable results:

  1. Pittsburgh beat Providence 86-74. It was the Panthers' first Big East victory. They opened with seven straight league losses.
  2. Doug McDermott's 30 points were enough to lift No. 15 Creighton to a 77-69 win at Drake. It was the Bluejays sixth consecutive road victory.
  3. BYU went to Blacksburg and handed Virginia Tech a 70-68 loss.The Hokies are now 12-8 overall, 1-4 in the ACC. They might not even get to make the bubble of the NCAA tournament this season.


  • Will Barton and Tarik Black were both ejected during Memphis' 73-51 win over Rice for leaving the bench after teammate Joe Jackson was fouled on a dunk attempt. Barton and Black did not participate in a fight. Therefore, will not be suspended for Saturday's game against Marshall.
  • Saint Louis' 73-68 win at Xavier snapped the Musketeers' 43-game home winning streak in Atlantic 10 games. Xavier's last A-10 home loss (before this) came in 2006.
  • Michigan State's 68-52 win over Minnesota represented Tom Izzo's 400th career victory. The future Hall of Famer was reportedly wiping celebratory tears from his face in the final minutes of the game.
  • Pittsburgh wasn't the lone power-conference school to get its first league win on this night. South Carolina got its first in the SEC courtesy of a 56-54 victory over Alabama in which Bruce Ellington scored the game-winner with 1.4 seconds remaining.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 24, 2012 2:14 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2012 3:06 pm

It took SDSU 20 hours to get to Laramie

By Gary Parrish, Jeff Goodman

Steve Fisher told the San Diego Tribune on Sunday that his team's chartered flight for tonight's game at Wyoming had the "potential to be a huge advantage." It was just the second charter in the program's history.

Turns out, it's just been a huge pain in the ass.

“Landed to get gas and now we’re stuck in the snow,” SDSU's Garrett Green Tweeted Monday. “Not looking good.”

Credit Green with an accurate assessment.

The 13th-ranked Aztecs left San Diego around 2:30 p.m. Monday and got stuck in Cedar City, Utah after they were grounded by a snowstorm while stopping to refuel.

"We tried to land and refuel in St. George, but the weather was so bad we had to land in Cedar City," San Diego State spokesman Darin Wong told CBSSports.com on Tuesday afternoon.

They checked-in at a Cedar City hotel, spent the night there and finally reached Laramie today around 1:30 p.m. ET after another stop to refuel, this one in Grand Junction, Colo. That was, as the San Diego Tribune's Mark Zeigler put it, about 20 hours after they left San Diego and just seven hours before their 8:30 p.m. ET tip at Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium.

"Our guys seem to be taking it in stride," Wong said. "Their spirits are high." 

Wong said Fisher scrapped the team's scheduled shootaround, allowing the players to rest in their hotel room prior to the game. The team will get to the arena about 30 minutes before normal so the players can get up extra shots. 

So are the Aztecs about to take their first MWC loss?

Man, I don't know.

But they've got an excuse if they do.
Posted on: January 23, 2012 4:07 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 4:10 pm

The Poll Attacks

By Gary Parrish

The Missouri beat writer is voting Missouri fourth.

I don't like it because it's wrong.

But I kinda like it because it's ballsy.

Either way, I wrote about it (and other things) in the Poll Attacks.

(Don't believe me, keep reading.)

Associated Press poll: Jeff Goodman and I ranked Missouri second in the Top 25 (and one). I believe that's right where the Tigers belong based on their body of work, but I can understand somebody putting Kentucky, Ohio State and/or Syracuse ahead of them. It would be wrong, in my opinion. But a reasonable argument could be made. So I'm not gonna freak out about the five AP voters who have Missouri ranked fourth this week. I just think it's funny that one of them is Steve Walentik from the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Yes, Steve covers Missouri in Columbia.

And he's one of the few ranking the Tigers too low.

But I kinda dig it because I know Steve must be catching hell -- especially since he has Big 12 rival Kansas ranked one spot ahead of Missouri despite the fact that KU has three losses (including a loss to unranked Davidson) while Missouri has just one loss (at Kansas State) and is coming off a road win (at Baylor) that's better than any road win the Jayhawks possess. I mean, how strong-willed do you have to be to (incorrectly) rank the team you cover lower than 60 of the other 65 AP voters? That takes some balls.

So I hereby declare Steve Walentik an anti-homer.

He could make the CBSSports.com All Anti-Homer Beat Writer Team that'll be unveiled in March.

Anyway ...

Norm Wood screwed up pretty good this week.

He writes for a newspaper in Virginia.

He has Wisconsin ranked 10th and Marquette unranked, which is stupid for three reasons.
  1. Wisconsin shouldn't be ranked 10th anywhere.
  2. Marquette shouldn't unranked anywhere.
  3. Wisconsin shouldn't be ranked ahead of Marquette
Marquette is ahead of Wisconsin in the AP poll, the Coaches poll and the Top 25 (and one) because though Marquette and Wisconsin have similar bodies of work -- both have one win over a currently ranked team -- Marquette actually has a win at Wisconsin. That's got to count for something. But Norm has Wisconsin ranked 10th and Marquette unranked, and I bet that doesn't make sense to the folks in Milwaukee.

Or the folks in Moraga.

My guess is they're just as confused about Norm's decision to put Wisconsin so far ahead of Marquette as they are about his decision to put Gonzaga seven spots ahead of their Saint Mary's Gaels. In case you haven't been following the WCC, here's what you need to know: SMC and Gonzaga -- like Wisconsin and Marquette -- have similar bodies of work, but SMC owns an 83-62 win over Gonzaga.

Again, that's got to count for something.

I'm not saying Saint Mary's is clearly better than Gonzaga.

I'm just saying you can't have Gonzaga ranked seven spots ahead of Saint Mary's right now.

I mean, you can.

I guess.

But look at what happens when you do it.

Coaches poll: Last week was a prove-it week for New Mexico.

Some folks were already ranking the Lobos.

Others -- like us -- were not.

But what we all agreed on last Monday was that New Mexico would have a chance to prove or disprove it belongs because the Lobos had upcoming games against nationally ranked San Diego State (at home) and UNLV (on the road), and I had basically decided that a split would be enough to launch Steve Alford's team into the Top 25 (and one).

But the Lobos lost both games.

They lost 75-70 at home to San Diego State and 80-63 on the road at UNLV.

So why is New Mexico still getting votes in the coaches poll?

Answer: I don't kow.

New Mexico is 15-4 with zero wins over schools receiving votes in either major poll and two losses to teams (New Mexico State and Santa Clara) that aren't receiving votes. In other words, the Lobos are good ... but they're good with an extremely thin resume. They had two chances to record a notable win last week, but they couldn't do it. And that's why they shouldn't be on anybody's ballot until they show that they can.
Posted on: January 22, 2012 8:03 pm

Updated Top 25 (and one)

By Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman

The Top 25 (and one) will be updated on the college basketball page shortly.

Here's how it will look ...
  1. Kentucky (19-1)
  2. Missouri (18-1)
  3. Syracuse (20-1)
  4. Ohio State (17-3)
  5. Kansas (16-3)
  6. Baylor (17-2)
  7. North Carolina (16-3)
  8. Duke (16-3)
  9. Michigan State (16-4)
  10. Creighton (18-2)
  11. San Diego State (17-2)
  12. UNLV (18-3)
  13. Georgetown (16-3)
  14. Kansas State (14-4)
  15. Indiana (16-4)
  16. Murray State (20-0)
  17. Virginia (15-3)
  18. Mississippi State (16-4)
  19. Michigan (15-5)
  20. Marquette (16-4)
  21. Wisconsin (16-5)
  22. West Virginia (15-5)
  23. Florida (15-4)
  24. Florida State (13-6)
  25. Saint Mary's (19-2)
  26. Connecticut (14-5)
In: Florida, Florida State, Saint Mary's
Out: Alabama, Seton Hall, Illinois
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