Tag:ACC
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 8, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Night Court: NFL rightly outshines today's hoops

Don't look now, but Michigan's the best team you don't know enough about. (AP)

By Matt Norlander

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

Game of the Day: There was no game of the day. Tim Tebow sucked up all the dramatic energy from every other sport and packed it into what was the fastest overtime game in NFL history.

Win to brag about: Penn State’s not as easy to win at as you think. Indiana survived and got out of there with an 88-82 victory. Winning the games it should. Indiana’s on pace for a two or three seed right now, folks. Continues to be astounding. Tom Crean must be blasting a lot of Jon Secada on the way into work these days.

Loss to hide from: Wisconsin’s going to be one of the most tweeted and talked about basketball teams Monday, because the Badgers, although still a treading-water 12-5, lost 59-41 to Michigan, dropping their third straight. They’re a top-two KenPom.com as of tonight, which means my numbers-oriented friend out in Salt Lake has been taking a whooping all day for his system, which has its flaws.

Back to Wisconsin — as a team and regarding this loss. It signals to me a reason (or four) to not trust the Badgers the rest of the way. Even if they end up pulling out a third-place Big Ten finish, or something like that, I think the tendency to molasses themselves into this position will remain out there.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Let’s give some dap to a small-conference player. Siena junior O.D. Anosike had the best game of his college career, scoring 27 and grabbing 14 against Niagara.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: Maryland’s Pe’Shon Howard hasn’t become the pick-up-the-slack guy the Terps need him to be. Terrell Stoglin and Alex Len can’t carry this team to respectability in the league this year. Howard was 1-of-8 and scored five points in Maryland’s 79-74 loss to N.C. State.

Numbers don’t lie

  • .78. Ohio State didn’t play today. It played yesterday, but per John Gasaway, the Buckeyes are allowing .78 points per possession in Big Ten play. That’s extremely frustrating for other teams.
  • 9.  Iona’s Scott Machado had nine assists against Marist today, which is lower than his NCAA-best 10.1 per game.
  • 14. The number of teams who scored 60 or fewer points on a slow -- take that both ways -- Sunday. The offense problem continues to invade our sport.

Three other notable results

  1. Purdue made little work of Minnesota, winning at The Barn, 79-66. Big day for Robbie Hummel, who scored 13 and had seven rebounds at the site where he first ripped an ACL two years ago.
  2. Drexel's had its problems. The CAA preseason favorite got to 2-2 by beating VCU -- once coming strong, now fading -- to the tune of 64-58 in Philly tonight.
  3. La Salle’s a 2-0 A10 team. The Explorers defeated UMass, 82-75. And they had foru players in double figures, tallied 21 combined assists and hit 12 treys.

Notes

  • Binghamton is still winless, now 0-15.
  • Per sources, Pitt drop-out Khem Birch will decide UNLV or Florida in the next 24 hours, most likely.
  • Fairfield has had a rough go of it. Goodman mentioned on Twitter that the Stags rank among the biggest disappointments in college hoops this season. He’s right. They’re now 8-8 after falling to much-improved Manhattan.
  • Butler may peter out to a slow death — or not. The 76-65 loss to Detroit today slows the Bulldogs to 9-8 and drops them to 3-2 in the Horizon.
  • The NFL was lame Sunday, refusing to allow fans at a hoops game watch the Giants game in the arena. If I’m Siena, I just do it discreetly.

On tap: Allow me to tease you with this: Beginning tomorrow, Borzello’s going to be putting up a daily post around noon or 1 p.m. that previews all the games upcoming, the ones worth your time and attention. So check that out and develop a habit of swinging by here during the lunch hour — as if that wasn’t already part of your routine.

Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:35 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 8:10 pm
 

Kentucky transfer Stacey Poole picks Georgia Tech

By Jeff Borzello

Some people questioned Brian Gregory’s ability to attract high-major talent to Georgia Tech when he took the vacant head coaching job last spring. He continues to prove the doubters wrong, though.

On Friday night, Kentucky transfer Stacey Poole Jr. chose Georgia Tech as his next destination, a source told CBSSports.com.

“Stacey is a done deal,” the source said.

The source went on to say that the Yellow Jackets are still working to get Poole admitted into the school, but it should be official by the middle of next week.

Poole left Kentucky in early November after rumors swirled for weeks about his status for the season. The 6-foot-4 small forward from Florida played only 45 minutes during his freshman campaign with the Wildcats last year. Because he didn’t play in any games this season, Poole hopes to be able to play next season.

Posted on: January 6, 2012 9:21 am
 

Podcast: Gene Wojciechowski talks Duke-Kentucky

By Matt Norlander

Twenty years after Christian Laettner hit arguably the most memorable shot in college basketball history, it's time to look back on that game and ask if it's the best the sport's seen. ESPN.com senior national columnist Gene Wojciechowski wrote the book that is a college writer's dream: a complete chronicle of everything that led up to, produced and fell out from Duke's 104-103 win against Kentucky on March 28, 1992, in the East Regional finals.

Wojciechowski's book, "The Last Great Game: Duke vs. Kentucky and the 2.1 Seconds That Changed College Basketball" is on sale now. Today's podcast is a college hoops junky's dream. I got lost -- in that good way -- just listening to him talk about it. In the middle of a crazy, confounding season, I think you'll love today's podcast. Just storytelling and remember an incredible chapter in college hoops. Can't thank Gene enough for coming on. He's a great writer, a criminally underrated columnist and I can't wait to tear through this book the postman gives it to me.

Timestamps:
  • From the beginning: Introducing Gene and how the title got picked; why this was the Last Great Game to date in college basketball.
  • 3:28: Where does George Mason over UConn or Butler vs. Duke fit in? Couldn’t either one of those be a Great game in the grand scheme of the sport?
  • 7:35: Gene was in fact at the game. He takes us back to covering the game and setting the scene.
  • 14:28: Kentucky now isn’t what Kentucky was in 1992. The fact the program got to an Elite Eight game under Rick Pitino is the most overlooked aspect of this game, two decades later.
  • 18:05: How Pitino feels about the game all these years gone.
  • 21:02: One of the most famous stories that surrounds the game comes from something that happened after it ended, with Mike Krzyzewski sitting down to talk on the radio.
  • 24:02: The most random person and best interview Gene got while doing the book, which included more than 100 sit-downs and phoners.
  • 27:20: Christian Laettner as the nerve center of the book and the irony behind this game being the defining game of Duke hoops, despite the fact it didn’t take place at a Final Four.
  • 32:54: So many great sportswriters were in the building that night. Why’d Wojciechowski end up with it. “I shouldn’t have gotten a crack at it,” he says, because the original author for this type of book was someone you wouldn’t ever guess.
  • 35:18: After Gene casually dropped the fact he attended Pearl Jam’s final concert at The Spectrum, back in ’09, I had to get him to talk Vedder and Co. A really cool Vedder story that relates to a bloody Cubs jersey, too.
  • 39:03: The final touches on the podcast — Gene says the subplots of K/Bob Knight and how that year, 1992, a nine-year “cold war” between the two; and this was also the year of the Fab Five, who Duke beat to win back-to-back titles.

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: January 6, 2012 8:56 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 9:01 am
 

Wakeup Call: Calhoun docked wins and losses

By Matt Norlander

This is what my friend did to his dog.

Space balls. // Yes, there is no topping this story -- at least until the end of January. // Turns out it's harder for Americans than for Europeans to rise from nothing into something. // Great job, stripes. // Hey, we know this is kind of awkward and all, but come on back home ...

★ I don't know what to make of this. It's a weird read. Not a surprising one ... but you're probably going to want to give it a look.

★ I had no idea Rose Hill Gymnasium is the oldest still in use by a D-I team. I'll be there tomorrow to see if Xavier's season turns to ashes once and for all.

★ And I'll keep all this in mind while seeing if Xavier can get a win it desperately needs.

★ Obviously Jim Calhoun shouldn't be credited wins or losses during his three-game suspension. The clarity was needed because all other times Calhoun's not coached games, he's still earned credit, which is stoopid.

#BIAHroadtrip is underway!

★ I liked seeing a deeper look at how Marquette really lost itself in blowing that game to Georgetown.

★ Agreed -- I think Wroten has a very good chance of winding up with the Pac-12 POY if Washington can get mostly right by the end of January.

★ Because Tom Crean definitely needs more energy during a game.

★ Newsflash: Villanova's awful season is being overshadowed by Pittsburgh's skid.

★ My immediate response to this was: I vehemently disagree. I believe Goodman's working on a story about this. Regardless, we'll have something up about it today.

★ I'm fairly certain this was the first time I was ever mentioned in Luke Winn's Power Rankings. I'm quite honored.

★ It may wind up getting overlooked, but Purdue's loss last night was bad news. I have no idea what's happening in college basketball.

There are signs of erosion with St. John's. Maybe this program won't have the long-term comeback to prominence we were expecting.

★ Most surprising of all? Grambling State won! WHAT! They are terrible. But so is two-win Alabama A&M.

► Sans the tea-pouring, this is how I prep for blogging on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays.



♬ The further we move away from Alice in Chains' existence with Layne Staley, the more I appreciate what that band was doing in the early '90s. "Would?" embodies a sound only Chains could exhibit -- yet it got ripped off from 1995-2002 or so. 


Posted on: January 5, 2012 12:56 am
 

Night Court: Hoyas get another impressive win



By
Jeff Borzello

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

Game of the day: Marquette continues to confound everyone. The Golden Eagles dominated Georgetown for the first 27 minutes of the game, taking a 17-point lead with 13:10 left. They then went seven and a half minutes without a field goal, allowing the Hoyas to get back into the game. Hollis Thompson – who beat Alabama earlier this season on a 3-pointer – finally broke a tie with 24 seconds left as Georgetown won, 73-70. Jason Clark scored 18 points in the second half. Marquette has now lost three of five.

Win to brag about: Temple has now defeated a top-10 team in four consecutive seasons, the latest coming against No. 3 Duke on Wednesday night, 78-73. The Owls were extremely efficient from the field, shooting 56 percent from the field, and also outrebounded the Blue Devils. Khalif Wyatt led the way with 22 points, including back-to-back 3-pointers to give Temple a nine-point lead it wouldn’t relinquish. It was Temple’s first win over Duke since 1996.

Loss to hide from: Losing to Illinois isn’t bad in itself, but Northwestern needs to win that kind of game if it hopes to get to the NCAA tournament in March. The Wildcats were up by 10 in the first half, but struggled offensively in the final 20 minutes, falling 57-56. John Shurna had 17 points in the first half for Northwestern, but was held to just three in the second stanza. A Myke Henry free throw with six seconds left won the game for the Illini.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Wichita State avoided a loss at Evansville on Wednesday, carried mostly by 7-foot senior Garrett Stutz. The big man shot 12-for-14 from the floor, finishing with 29 points and 10 rebounds. He also contributed four assists and three blocks. Not surprisingly, he grabbed the game-clinching rebound in the 67-66 victory. On the other side, Colt Ryan went for 31 points.

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: The entire Towson team. The Tigers have struggled this season, but Wednesday’s loss at Drexel might have been the low point. They scored just 27 points against the Dragons, the fewest points ever scored in a CAA game. Towson also tied the NCAA record for consecutive losses, at 34. The Tigers made eight baskets all game, shooting 21.6 percent from the field.

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 43-3. That’s Kansas’ record against Kansas State in their last 46 meetings. The Jayhawks won the latest meeting, destroying Kansas State on the boards en route to a 67-49 victory. Kansas outrebounded K-State, 50-26. Thomas Robinson had 14 points and 15 boards.
  • 2007. That’s the last time Iowa won back-to-back road games in the Big Ten, which the Hawkeyes accomplished Wednesday night by beating Minnesota. They had defeated Wisconsin over the weekend.
  • 15-0. Murray State remained undefeated by beating Eastern Kentucky, 76-67. The Racers are one win away from matching the school’s best start, which was set in 1935-36.
  • 16-0. This is the second year in a row that Syracuse has opened the season with 16 straight wins. The Orange beat Providence, 87-73. 

Three other notable results:

  1. We’re still waiting for Xavier to snap out of its funk. The Musketeers are now 1-5 since the Crosstown brawl, after losing to La Salle, 80-70. On the other side, the Explorers improved to 11-4 with the victory.
  2. Looks like Georgia State is for real. The Panthers went into VCU on Wednesday and knocked off the Rams, 55-53. Georgia State has won 11 in a row.
  3. Dayton led for only about two minutes in regulation, but outscored Saint Louis 15-8 in overtime en route to a 79-72 win.

Notes:

  • Iowa State held off Texas, 77-71. Longhorns’ point guard J’Covan Brown missed most of the second half with an ankle injury.
  • Cincinnati won its seventh in a row, beating Notre Dame 71-55 in Yancy Gates’ first game back.
  • Saint Joseph’s overcame a 16-point second half deficit to beat Duquesne in overtime, 84-82. T.J. McConnell had 28 points and five assists in the loss.
  • Memphis beat Tennessee for the second time this season, 69-51.
  • Rutgers is now 0-2 since beating Florida. West Virginia scored 51 points in the first half en route to a dominant 85-64 victory.
  • The Missouri Valley is going to be fun. Illinois State went into Missouri State and won, while Northern Iowa beat Indiana State by 17.
  • Bet this is the last time Florida State scores 85 points this year. The Seminoles beat Auburn, 85-56.
  • Remember when Tulane was 9-0? The Green Wave have now lost three of their last five, after falling to UCF.
  • Heck of a day for Philadelphia basketball. Drexel, La Salle, Temple, Penn and Saint Joseph’s all picked up victories.
  • Southern Miss improved to 14-2 with a two-point win over East Carolina. Interestingly, the Golden Eagles never trailed.
  • Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins totaled 21 points and 18 boards in a one-point win over Hofstra.

On tap: It’s not as loaded as Wednesday, but there’s plenty of action. The game of the night is in the Big Ten, as Michigan heads to Indiana. Pittsburgh looks to get back on the right track at DePaul, while Arizona trips to UCLA. Stanford also faces Oregon, while California and Oregon State do battle.

Photo: US Presswire

 
 
 
 
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