Posted on: April 27, 2010 12:02 am

McDonald's All-American Jones announcing Friday

Terrence Jones, the top unsigned prospect in the Class of 2010, will announce his college decision Friday, according to Scout.com's Evan Daniels.

Jones is a 6-foot-9 McDonald's All-American from Portland.

He'll reportedly choose between Kansas, Kentucky, Washington, UCLA, Oklahoma and Oregon.

MaxPreps.com ranks Jones as the No. 6 prospect in the Class of 2010.
Posted on: April 17, 2010 8:55 pm
Edited on: April 17, 2010 9:04 pm

Selby commits to Kansas

McDonald's All-American Josh Selby ended his recruitment Saturday by committing to Kansas.

The 6-foot-2 guard announced his decision during the Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden. MaxPreps.com ranks Selby as the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2010. He was committed to Tennessee for about a year before famously decommitting last July. The Baltimore native considered many schools but ultimately settled on Kansas, where he'll be expected to make a major impact given the losses of Sherron Collins, Xavier Henry and Cole Aldrich.

Selby's commitment leaves just two of the top 10 prospects from the Class of 2010 uncommitted.

They are No. 6 Terrence Jones and No. 9 Cory Joseph.
Posted on: April 7, 2010 12:22 pm

KU's Henry entering draft this afternoon

Kansas freshman Xavier Henry has scheduled a press conference for Wednesday afternoon, at which point he is expected to join teammate Cole Aldrich in formally declaring for early entry to the 2010 NBA Draft.

Henry averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 rebounds this season.

He's long been considered a one-and-done prospect and is projected as a first-round pick.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 29, 2010 12:49 pm
Edited on: March 29, 2010 12:51 pm

Source: KU's Aldrich entering NBA Draft

Kansas center Cole Aldrich is entering the 2010 NBA Draft, a source has told CBSSports.com.

An official announcement will come Monday afternoon.

Aldrich is a projected lottery pick.

He averaged 11.3 points and 9.8 rebounds for the Jayhawks this season.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 10, 2010 1:31 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2010 1:34 pm

The pregame video from the Memphis-KU title game

I wrapped our list of the "10 best NCAA March Madness games from last decade" today.

Predictably, No. 1 was the 2008 title game between Kansas and Memphis.

While doing research to refresh my memory, I ran across a video that was shown on CBS before that game, and it is wild to go back and watch it now. In fact, click this link and watch it now. The best part comes around the 1:20 mark, when Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose basically mock critics who think they might be undone by poor free throw shooting.

Douglas-Roberts: "We never lost a game from a free throw."

Rose: "I know. So what's all the talk?"

Douglas-Roberts: "I don't know."

After that, the five starters sit around and laugh about free throws, then Antonio Anderson says, "When they need to get made, [we'll] make them." As you know, it didn't go down like that. Douglas-Roberts missed three free throws in the final 75 seconds; Rose missed one with 10.8 seconds left that, if made, would've created a four-point margin and essentially clinched the national title.

Anyway, just thought it was interesting to look at two years later.

Do so, then carry on with your bubble-watching day.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Kansas, Memphis
Posted on: March 6, 2010 4:27 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2010 4:36 pm

All together now: KU is No. 1

Look at the bright side, Syracuse fans: At least we won't have to argue this week.

I mean, we can all agree now, right?
  1. Kansas
  2. Who cares?
As I tried to explain last Saturday , Kansas maintained the nation's best body of work even after the loss at Oklahoma State (and even if AP voters went the other way). We spent the subsequent 48 hours debating. It was fun. But any and all debates ended this afternoon thanks to a pair of games that went final within minutes of each other.

It was ...
  • Kansas 77, Missouri 56
  • Louisville 78, Syracuse 68
So the Jayhawks will move to No. 1 in the AP poll and remain No. 1 in the Top (25 one). Meantime, the Orange will be (or at least they should be) second or third in the rankings, and they're still all but assured a top seed in the NCAA tournament, point being the loss at Freedom Hall isn't a huge deal for Syracuse in the grand scheme of things.

But it's a massive win for Louisville.

Not only did it allow one of the nation's great programs to close its legendary arena in about the most memorable way possible -- with 22 points from Kyle Kuric, no less -- it cemented the Cards' place in the NCAA tournament. Louisville is now 20-11 overall and 11-7 in the Big East with two wins over Syracuse, two wins over Connecticut, a win over Notre Dame and just one loss outside of the top 80 of the CBSSports.com RPI. That's not great, I know. But it's plenty enough to remove the Cards from this weak bubble and ensure Rick Pitino will coach in the NCAA tournament for the 13th time in his past 15 seasons as a college head coach.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 2, 2010 2:58 pm
Edited on: March 2, 2010 3:01 pm

Xavier among best at avoiding bad losses

One of the keys to building a nice body of work is to avoid bad losses.

Would you believe almost nobody does that better than ... Xavier?

It's true.

I just went through pretty much every relevant school's body of work, and I could only find four teams that have avoided losing to a team Jerry Palm describes as unqualified to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Those teams are Syracuse (only losses to Pittsburgh and Louisville), Kansas (only losses to Tennessee and Oklahoma State), Villanova (only losses to Temple, Georgetown, Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Syracuse), and Xavier (only losses to Marquette, Baylor, Kansas State, Butler, Wake Forest, Temple and Dayton).

So what does all this mean?

I'm not sure beyond the obvious.

I just found it interesting that Xavier doesn't really have any bad losses, and that pretty much everybody else has at least one. Makes me wish I would've put the Musketeers higher than 26th in the Top 25 (and one). I plan to adjust Sunday night provided Xavier doesn't, you know, take a bad loss between now and then.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 1, 2010 4:37 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2010 9:47 pm

The Poll Attacks

First things first: I knew Syracuse would be No. 1 in the AP and Coaches polls.

And guess what?

It's not stupid to have Syracuse No. 1.

It's a perfectly reasonable thing to do. I don't agree. But it's not irrational even though Kansas has just as many wins over fellow Top 25 teams and a better RPI, even though KU's two losses came on the road while Syracuse's came at home, even though Jerry Palm still has KU as the No. 1 overall seed. I could use most of that information -- and perhaps all of that information -- to try to convince you that it's stupid to rank Syracuse No. 1. But I'm not going to do that because that's never been the point. I don't think you're stupid if you think Syracuse should be No. 1; I think you're stupid if you think a good case can't also be made for Kansas.

But I'm over it.

I'm more worried about the coach voting Duke No. 1.

That guy is an idiot.

He's about to get Poll Attacked!

AP poll: If Syracuse fans think I'm stupid for having the Orange at No. 2, then I bet they think Tom Keegan is brain-dead. Keegan has the Orange third on his ballot behind Kansas and Kentucky. And did I mention Tom works for the newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas? Yep, the sports editor in Kansas ranked KU No. 1 and Syracuse No. 3. So please click this link and direct your hatred toward him, and forget about me. Thanks.

Coaches poll: It's OK to have Duke in the top four, projected as a No. 1 seed, whatever. All reasonable. But there is no way to reasonably put Duke ahead of both Kansas and Syracuse on a ballot like one coach did this week. Duke has a 25-4 record featuring a loss to North Carolina State. Meantime, Syracuse has a 27-2 record featuring no losses to non-NCAA tournament teams, and Kansas has a 27-2 record featuring no losses to non-NCAA tournament teams. So Syracuse and Kansas both have more wins than Duke, fewer losses than Duke, better wins than Duke, fewer questionable losses than Duke, and I could go on for days.

So who's the guilty coach?

No way of knowing.

Coaches ballots are private.

I can't see them.

But my guess is that the guy who voted Duke No. 1 is the same guy who voted Murray State No. 25 after a loss to Morehead State. Murray State is a great OVC team, but that doesn't translate to a Top 25 team, not when the Racers have four losses to unranked teams and just one win over a team ranked in the top 100 of the RPI.
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