Posted on: August 17, 2009 4:10 pm

I demand that you 'follow' Kim English

I'm still not certain how I feel about Twitter, still unsure whether I need to hear what everybody thinks about everything . But one of the positives of the social-networking service is how it provides a glimpse into the minds of many of the college basketball players I cover and by extension helps me better understand their personalities.

For instance, Georgia Tech might be the nation's funniest team.

I know this because of Twitter.

Iman Shumpert and Alade Aminu are both consistently hilarious, whether they're Tweeting about basketball, television or life in general. Those guys make me laugh. And so I'll be thrilled if Georgia Tech is great this season, because I know (thanks to Twitter) that there are at least two Yellow Jackets with pretty good senses of humor.

Here's something else I learned via Twitter: Kim English is a cool dude.

You remember Kim English, right?

He's the Missouri guard most famous for pinch-shooting free throws during the Tigers' second-round win over Marquette in last season's NCAA tournament. Like most college students, English now has a Twitter account, and he comes across as smart, funny and well-rounded when he Tweets. Naturally, I like him. And now I'm going to try to help him, because English is in the middle of a Twitter Race against Missouri football player Sean Weatherspoon, and, together, I'm certain we can push him to victory and all that it entails.

So here's my request/demand: Follow Kim English!

Just click this link , then click the "Follow" button.

It's fast and simple, and it'll likely change your life.

Or not.

But who cares?

All we're trying to do here is see if we can push a basketball player past a football player.

If it happens, I'll take credit.

If it doesn't, I'll blame you.

Either way, it'll be fun.

First to 2,000 wins.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 31, 2009 8:45 pm
Edited on: March 31, 2009 8:51 pm

Anderson to remain at Missouri

Mike Anderson has reached an agreement in principle to remain at Missouri, sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday night.

A source said the deal is seven years in length.

Financial terms are unclear.

Missouri officials are expected to make a statement later Tuesday night.

Anderson just finished his third season at Missouri.

He made the Elite Eight this season.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 25, 2009 12:34 am

Pretty good at both

Eight schools have won a bowl game and NCAA tournament basketball game this season.

Three are from the Big 12.

Here's the list ...

  • Arizona (Pac-10)
  • Connecticut (Big East)
  • Kansas (Big 12)
  • LSU (SEC)
  • Maryland (ACC)
  • Missouri (Big 12)
  • Southern California (Pac-10)
  • Texas (Big 12)
Posted on: March 22, 2009 8:42 pm

English and his "pinch-shooting"

Like most of America, I thought it was pretty ridiculous when Missouri's J.T. Tiller was "unable" to shoot his free throws with 5.5 seconds remaining in a tie game, which allowed Kim English to shoot them instead. And it looked even more ridiculous when Tiller tried to return to the game moments after English made the free throws.

Trust me America, I'm with you.

That looked bad.

But did you know English is actually a worse free throw shooter than Tiller?

It's true.

Tiller entered the game as 75.9 percent free throw shooter.

English entered as a 68.0 percent free throw shooter.

So technically -- or at least statistically -- Missouri would've been better off with Tiller taking the free throws, and I just thought that was worth pointing out, how this wasn't quite like Jim Boeheim using Eric Devendorf (78.8 percent free throw shooter) to shoot free throws for Arinze Onuaku (29.5 percent free throw shooter). On the other hand, it's also worth noting -- because Marquette fans have almost certainly noted it -- that English was in the middle of his best game ever and thus had a "hot hand," if you believe in such things. And that's a fair point, I guess. But either way, my primary point is that English is technically a worse free throw shooter than Tiller, and with that I'll turn my attention toward the Sweet 16, and all the great match-ups to come.

Posted on: March 12, 2009 6:03 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2009 6:06 pm

Haith is legitimate candidate at Alabama

And the next coach at Alabama will be ... Frank Haith?

It's possible, yes.

In fact, an industry source told CBSSports.com on Thursday that Haith is interested in the opening, and that he'd absolutely leave Miami if presented with a respectable offer. Furthermore, the source said former Alabama coach CM Newton -- who is assisting the school in its search for Mark Gottfried's permanent replacement -- has privately backed Haith's candidacy, meaning Haith is a realistic option if for no other reason than that Newton has tremendous influence at Alabama (and in the SEC, in general).

Miami lost to Virginia Tech in the first round of the ACC tournament Thursday, ensuring the Hurricanes will miss the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in five years under Haith. Among the other serious candidates for the Alabama job is Missouri coach Mike Anderson, an Alabama native who has his Tigers ranked 14th nationally heading into Thursday night's game against Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament.

Posted on: February 23, 2009 6:57 pm

The Big 12 stacks up pretty well, actually

Regardless of what happens in tonight's game between Kansas and Oklahoma, it's pretty clear that Bill Self and Jeff Capel -- plus Missouri's Mike Anderson -- deserve some serious accolades for the work they're doing this season. It's remarkable, really, that the Jayhawks (22-5), Sooners (25-2) and Tigers (23-4) are among the nation's leaders in victories. And to those who would claim all three are merely benefitting from playing in a league not called the ACC, I would offer the following information as a counter argument:

The Big 12 has two teams in the top 10 of the Coaches poll.

Just like the ACC.

The Big 12 has seven wins against non-league top 25 teams.

Just like the ACC.

The Big 12 has three teams in the top 15 of the CBSSports.com RPI rankings.

Just like the ACC.

The Big 12 has six teams in the top 40 of the CBSSports.com RPI rankings.

But the ACC only has five.

So I ask: Is the Big 12 really not at (or at least near) the ACC's level?

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 7, 2008 1:52 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2008 1:54 pm

Big 12 coaches pick OU to edge Texas in hoops

The Big 12, on Tuesday, released its official preseason basketball poll, which I thought was interesting because it basically echoed what I wrote earlier Tuesday while addressing an email about Missouri's NCAA tournament hopes. I was glad to see I wasn't crazy with my assessment, that the Big 12 coaches have the same first four teams that I have (just in a slightly different order). Furthermore, the next three (which are clearly behind the first four, like I predicted) are also the same. So without further ado, let's look at the official Big 12 poll:

Team                     (First-place votes)          Points

1. Oklahoma                 (3)                              109

2. Texas                         (4)                              107

3. Baylor                         (2)                              103

3. Kansas                      (3)                              103

5. Texas A&M                                                    79

6. Oklahoma State                                           69

7. Missouri                                                         51

8. Kansas State                                                50

9.  Nebraska                                                     49

10. Texas Tech                                                 39

11. Iowa State                                                   20

12. Colorado                                                     13

In short, I have no real issues with this poll.

One difference is that I like Texas to win the Big 12 based on the Longhorns returning four starters from a 31-win team. However, it could be argued that no major conference school (except Kansas State) will miss a single player as much as Texas will miss D.J. Augustin. And if you subscribe to that theory and the likelihood that Oklahoma will have the best returning player (Blake Griffin) and best newcomer (Willie Warren) in the league, then I have no problem with you putting the Sooners ahead of the Longhorns.

To be clear, I like OU too.

After that, I think Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Missouri will (like the poll suggests) compete for fifth in the Big 12, which is what I wrote earlier. And that was the basis of me stating that the Tigers have a "decent chance" to return to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. That they're picked seventh, however, indicates they'll have to overachieve a bit. But remember, Mike Anderson made a habit of overachieving at UAB. So again, let's put Missouri on the bubble and see how things unfold.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 7, 2008 7:45 am

Dear Gary (on Missouri's NCAA tournament hopes)

Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...

Dear Gary: So all I have to do to crack your blog is tell you how great you are? In that case, you are the best journalist in the history of journalism and you should win a Pulitzer Prize. You are above Woodward and Bernstein on my list. With that said, do you think this is the year the Missouri Tigers make it back to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003?

-- Daniel

You guys are catching on quickly.

I'm a sucker for compliments -- particularly ones that include the words great and best.

I'll also accept hilarious, thoughtful, smart and inspiring.

(So keep them coming!)

Anyway, now to your question about Missouri: Whenever I evaluate teams in the preseason I first look at where they are likely to finish in their own league. In this case, that's the Big 12. And here's how I have the Big 12 going:

1. Texas
2. Oklahoma
3. Baylor
4. Kansas

That's a solid top four, I think.

You'd have a hard time getting Missouri ahead of any of those schools.

But I see no reason why the Tigers can't compete for fifth in the Big 12 (along with Oklahoma State and Texas A&M), and if you're competing for fifth in the Big 12 you are by extension competing for a spot in the NCAA tournament. So there's my leave-some-wiggle-room answer, that I think there's a decent chance that it could happen. That said, you should consider Missouri as nothing more than a "bubble team" heading into the start of practice ... and enjoy football season until you can't enjoy football season any longer.

I mean, seriously, shouldn't you be focused on football right now?

Category: NCAAB
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