Posted on: January 3, 2011 3:48 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2011 4:02 pm

The Poll Attacks

Arizona lost at Oregon State late Sunday.

One voter apparently didn't get the memo.

He'll suffer the consequences in the Poll Attacks.

(Details of AP ballots courtesy of PollSpeak.com.)

Associated Press poll:
Let me start by saying that Lindsey Wilhite's top seven is perfect.

It looks like this:
  1. Duke
  2. Ohio State
  3. Kansas
  4. Syracuse
  5. Pittsburgh
  6. San Diego State
  7. Connecticut
That's exactly how the first seven of the Top 25 (and one) looks, too. So, needless to say, Lindsey (from the Daily Herald in Illinois) got off to a nice start, and he's pretty good for the most part. I mean, I don't know why he ranked Cincinnati (undefeated with no good wins) 22nd and left UCF unranked (undefeated with a win over Florida), but whatever. My issue is this: Lindsey ranked Arizona 24th.

Arizona entered the weekend with no good wins and two losses -- one of which was reasonable (87-79 to Kansas in Las Vegas) and another that was not (87-65 to BYU in Salt Lake City). So ranking the Wildcats last week would've been a mistake. But how in the world can anybody rank them after Sunday night's 76-75 loss to an Oregon State team that had previously lost to Seattle, Texas Southern, Utah Valley, Colorado, Montana and George Washington?


How. In. The. World?

Arizona is now 12-3 with no good wins, a reasonable loss to KU, a blowout loss to BYU and a head-scratching loss to Oregon State. The only explanation is that Lindsey worked on his ballot early like I do every Sunday afternoon and constructed it as if Arizona would win (I do similar things every Sunday afternoon). So from our top seven to how we operate on Sunday afternoons, Lindsey and I are similar. Where we part is that I don't file anything until every team I'm considering is done for the day, and Lindsey (again, I'm assuming here) goes to bed early on Sundays because "True Blood," "Boardwalk Empire" and "Eastbound and Down" are all out of season. In theory, not a bad move. But if it leads to you ranking Arizona, well, something's got to change.

Coaches poll: The thing I like best about Lindsey's ballot is that he has UConn at No. 7.

Any lower is wrong.

I mention that because the coaches have UConn ninth, which isn't a big difference but still wrong because the only one-loss team that can reasonably be ranked ahead of UConn (at this point) is the one-loss team that just beat UConn, i.e., Pittsburgh. If you want to rank all the undefeated teams (except for Cincinnati and UCF) ahead of UConn, I'm OK with it. I have Duke (13-0), Ohio State (14-0), Kansas (13-0), Syracuse (15-0) and San Diego State (15-0) ranked ahead of UConn, and Pittsburgh (13-1), too. But do those who dropped the Huskies drastically after last week's loss at Pittsburgh realize that UConn (11-1) is the nation's only one-loss team whose lone loss came on the road to a team currently ranked in the top 10? And do they realize UConn is one of just two one-loss teams with two wins over teams currently ranked in the top 20?

The the other is, of course, Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh has wins over No. 9 UConn and No. 12 Texas.

Connecticut has wins over No. 11 Kentucky and No. 19 Michigan State.

(And both of UConn's key wins came on a neutral court.)

Tennessee (wins over No. 5 Pittsburgh and No. 7 Villanova) is the only team besides Pittsburgh with two wins better than UConn's best two wins, but the Vols are irrelevant to this conversation because they have four bad losses. Again, UConn's only loss came at No. 5 Pittsburgh. So if anybody can explain why the Huskies are behind Villanova (no Top 25 wins/one loss came to currently unranked Tennessee) and Missouri (best two wins are over No. 20 Illinois and No. 24 Vanderbilt/one loss came to No. 13 Georgetown in Missouri), please do because I can't figure it out.

I have no idea what the future holds for UConn, obviously.

But anything lower than a No. 7 ranking in the present is wrong.
Posted on: September 19, 2010 2:26 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 2:31 pm

Arizona lands elite point guard

Potential McDonald's All-American Josiah Turner committed to Arizona during a visit to campus this weekend, Scout.com recruiting analysts Dave Telep and Evan Daniels reported Sunday.

"I knew that they would be in my top three [on a list of potential college destinations], but when [I] came on this visit it was crazy,” Turner told Scout.com. "I could have [gone anywhere] on the East Coast, but now my family can come to my games. I just really wanted to be a part of the tradition."

MaxPreps.com has Turner ranked 30th in the Class of 2011.

The 6-foot-3 point guard is from Sacramento.

He reportedly chose the Wildcats over UCLA and Kansas.

Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:22 am

Coaching clinic in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- I'm spending the next couple of days -- i.e., Monday and Tuesday -- here on the Florida campus, and not because I'm starting graduate school. Rather, I'm speaking at an annual coaching clinic organized by Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt. It should be both fun and educational. I'm glad I'm involved.

Here's the rundown of Monday speakers:

9:15: Brad Stevens
10:30: Del Harris
12:00: Me
1:45: Jeremy Foley
2:30: Jamie Dixon, Shaka Smart, Matthew Driscoll
4:00: Buzz Williams
5:15: Rick Turk
6:30: LuAnn Humphrey
7:45: Billy Donovan

Coaches scheduled to speak Tuesday include Matt Painter, Sean Miller, Travis Ford, Scott Duncan, Mike Hopkins, Brendan Suhr, and Kevin Eastman. I'll try my best to Tweet anything interesting. So make sure you're following me at this link.
Posted on: February 5, 2010 6:46 am

Report: Arizona to cut scholarships, visits

Arizona will reduce the number of future scholarships, July recruiting days and official visits the men's basketball program can use because of recruiting violations tied to an AAU tournament held on its campus while Lute Olson was still the coach, according to a report by Jeff Goodman at FoxSports.com.

An official announcement could come Friday.

Arizona reported a potential violation in 2008 after Olson, now retired, sent a letter to booster club officials asking them to financially support the Cactus Classic -- an AAU tournament that was held at the McKale Center for three consecutive Mays. The event brought many of the nation's top prospects to the Arizona campus and was thus regarded as a major recruiting tool for the Wildcats.

The letter to boosters had Olson's electronic signature on it.

Still, the Hall of Fame coach denied ever seeing or approving the letter.

Sean Miller now coaches Arizona.

Nobody on his staff was involved in this matter.

The Wildcats are 12-10 overall, 6-4 in the Pac-10 in Miller's first season.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 15, 2009 3:37 pm

Arizona's Parrom out with stress fracture in foot

Arizona freshman Kevin Parrom is expected to miss at least four weeks (and perhaps as many as eight) because of a stress fracture in his left foot, the school announced Sunday before its game with Northern Arizona.

Parrom was a consensus Top 100 prospect in the Class of 2009.

He averaged 8.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.5 rebounds in Arizona's two exhibitions.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 29, 2009 12:07 am
Edited on: October 29, 2009 12:09 am

Another elite prospect about to commit

Adreian Payne is expected to announce his college decision Thursday.

The 6-foot-9 center will pick between Arizona, Kentucky, Michigan State and West Virginia.

MaxPreps.com ranks Payne No. 51 in the Class of 2010, but Scout.com and Rivals.com have him 19th and 20th. Either way, Payne is a devastating defensive presence with the physical gifts necessary to play in the NBA someday. He'll be a great recruit for somebody, either Sean Miller, John Calipari, Tom Izzo or Bob Huggins.
Posted on: October 27, 2009 2:41 pm

Blue Devils/Bruins lead way in NBA players

It's Opening Night in the NBA, and there are a combined 28 former Duke Blue Devils and UCLA Bruins on NBA rosters, according to research done by Duke recruiting coordinator Dave Bradley.

Here's how it breaks down:

1. Duke (14)
1. UCLA (14)
3. Connecticut (13)
3. North Carolina (13)
5. Arizona (10)
5. Kansas (10)
Posted on: October 8, 2009 8:47 am
Edited on: October 8, 2009 8:50 am

Bejarano on campus at Arizona

Daniel Bejarano is on the Arizona campus today and will soon commit to the Wildcats barring a major change of plans. That common theory in recruiting circles is based mostly on Bejarano's affection for Arizona, but somewhat due to a process of elimination considering Arizona State has stopped recruiting the 6-foot-4 guard, leaving the Phoenix-area product with no viable in-state option other than Arizona.

Bejarano, you might remember, decommitted from Texas last week.

The Top 50 recruit immediately expressed a desire to remain close to home.

If Bejarano announces for Arizona -- and he will -- he'll become the second Class of 2010 prospect to commit to first-year coach Sean Miller, whose work in the Class of 2009 after getting hired in April should make UA's rebuilding job quicker than most anticipated. Rod Odom, a 6-8 wing from Massachusetts, committed to Arizona earlier this week. Scout.com ranks Odom as the 22nd-ranked small forward in the Class of 2010.
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