Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:39 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Updated Top 25 (and one)

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

Here's how it will look:
  1. Ohio State (27-2)
  2. Kansas (27-2)
  3. Pittsburgh (25-4)
  4. BYU (27-2)
  5. Notre Dame (23-5)
  6. Duke (25-3)
  7. Purdue (24-5)
  8. Texas (24-5)
  9. San Diego State (27-2)
  10. Wisconsin (22-6)
  11. Louisville (22-7)
  12. Syracuse (24-6)
  13. St. John's (19-9)
  14. Connecticut (21-7)
  15. North Carolina (22-6)
  16. Florida (22-6)
  17. Georgetown (21-8)
  18. Villanova (21-8)
  19. Vanderbilt (21-7)
  20. Kentucky (20-8)
  21. George Mason (25-5)
  22. Xavier (22-6)
  23. Missouri (22-7)
  24. West Virginia (18-10)
  25. Texas A&M (22-6)
  26. Temple (22-6)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 27, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 5:50 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

... here's how my top four lines would look:

No. 1 seeds: Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh, BYU
No. 2 seeds: Notre Dame, Duke, Purdue, Texas
No. 3 seeds: San Diego State, Wisconsin, Louisville, Syracuse
No. 4 seeds: St. John's, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:12 am
Edited on: February 27, 2011 12:22 am
 

Next Saturday is shaping up to be fun

Remember when Duke was undefeated and rolling with Kyrie Irving at the point?

Back then, nobody debated No. 1.

Nobody really even debated who would be our eventual national champion.

But now look.

The Blue Devils just took their third loss -- a 64-60 loss at Virginia Tech late Saturday -- and are no longer a lock (or perhaps even a favorite) to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. Heck, they're now just a North Carolina win over Maryland on Sunday from being in a first-place tie in the ACC with the Tar Heels, which means we're now just a week away from a Duke-UNC regular-season finale that'll likely determine the outright ACC champion.

That's Duke vs. UNC next Saturday.

In primetime.

On CBS.

Yes, I'll be there.

And yes, I'm looking forward to it.

But I never would've imagined three months ago that Duke would be without the No. 1 ranking, at risk of missing out on a No. 1 seed and in need of a strong final week just to secure a league title. Of course, Duke had Irving back then and UNC had Larry Drew II. Now both point guards are out of the picture, which is why the gap between the two programs closed.

Irving's toe injury made Duke worse.

Drew's decision to quit allowed UNC to get better.

Now the Blue Devils and Tar Heels are basically tied atop the ACC.

It must be a thrilling turn of events for Roy Williams ... and infuriating to Mike Krzyzewski.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Videos, videos and more videos!

I recorded previews of six weekend games with Jason Horowitz yesterday.

Click this link to start with BYU-San Diego State.

Then just keep on clicking.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 25, 2011 1:59 am
Edited on: February 25, 2011 2:02 am
 

USC's Vucevic was better than the Pac-10's best

LOS ANGELES -- The subject was Southern California junior Nikola Vucevic.

The quote was one about respect and attention.

"He doesn't get enough," said Arizona coach Sean Miller. I quickly agreed. But now I'm gonna try to change that reality by pointing out that those who don't watch Pac-10 basketball are missing one of the west coast's best players -- a 6-foot-10 forward who is making Kevin O'Neill's rebuilding job a little simpler than it would've otherwise been.

"Thank god the guy in the back was left over [from the Tim Floyd era]," O'Neill said after Thursday's 65-57 win against the 10th-ranked Wildcats while Vucevic stood in the back of the interview room staring at a box score that showed he finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds in a performance that allowed crosstown rival UCLA to pull within a game of Arizona heading into Saturday's showdown between the Bruins and Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion.

The effort also had two rows of NBA scouts scribbling notes and nodding with approval.

"The game is easy for him," one scout told me.

But how many have realized it's been easy for him most of this season? Vucevic is now averaging 19.3 points and 10.9 rebounds in Pac-10 games while shooting 53.6 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from 3-point range. He's scored at least 25 points four different times, and he scored more than four different ways against the Wildcats. He passed out of double-teams when they came early, punished his defender when they didn't come late. Meantime, the likely Pac-10 Player of the Year, Arizona's Derrick Williams, was limited to eight points on a 3-of-11 shooting effort that left little doubt about which future pro got the better of this matchup.

"When you play the best player, you want to go against him and do better than him," Vucevic said.

It's also what Vucevic did.
Posted on: February 24, 2011 11:42 am
Edited on: February 24, 2011 11:43 am
 

Wright has surgery, could return this season

Georgetown point guard Chris Wright had surgery to repair the third metacarpal on his non-shooting hand Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after suffering the injury in a loss to Cincinnati.

"Our medical staff is optimistic," Georgetown coach John Thompson said, according to the Washington Post. "We do not have [an] exact timetable ...[but] we expect to have Chris back before [the] end of [the] season."

Wright is averaging 13.1 points and 5.4 assists per game.

The 11th-ranked Hoyas (21-7) play No. 17 Syracuse (23-6) on Saturday afternoon.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Jimmer still leading POY straw poll

The results of the latest AnnArbor.com National Player of the Year straw poll are now available.

They reflect the exact ballot I turned in yesterday.
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Nolan Smith (Duke)
Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) round out the top five.

Click this link to see all of the results.
Posted on: February 23, 2011 11:17 am
Edited on: February 23, 2011 11:33 am
 

NCAA charges Pearl, Kiffin in UT case

A 22-month investigation into Tennessee's men's basketball and football programs has led to basketball coach Bruce Pearl being charged with unethical conduct, failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and failure to monitor the activities regarding compliance of all assistant coaches, according to the NCAA notice of allegations released Wednesday. Former UT football coach Lane Kiffin, now at Southern California, was also charged with failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance and failure to monitor the activities regarding compliance of several assistant coaches.

(Click this link to read the full notice of allegations.)

Nearly every significant detail in the notice of allegations is information previously reported by CBSSports.com -- most notably that Pearl hosted recruits at his home for a cookout on September 20, 2008 in violation of NCAA rules, then lied to the enforcement staff on June 14, 2010 when presented with a picture taken of him and former recruit Aaron Craft. The existence of the picture and nature of Pearl's lie was first reported by CBSSports.com.

One new detail in the notice of allegations is that the NCAA claims Pearl, also on June 14, 2010, "failed to protect the integrity of the investigation when he placed a series of phone calls to John Craft, the father of Craft, who visited Pearl's home during an unofficial visit. ... Pearl placed the first telephone call prior to the start of Pearl's interview with the enforcement staff and the institution. During a subsequent telephone call, Pearl reminded John Craft that it was a violation of NCAA legislation for his family to have attended the cookout, and that Pearl gave John Craft a choice to attend the cookout. Pearl's conversation with John Craft caused John Craft to believe that Pearl was trying to influence John Craft's statements to the NCAA enforcement staff."

Tennessee has until May 21 to submit a response to the notice of allegations.

School officials will then appear before the committee on infractions on June 10-11.
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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