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Posted on: November 9, 2009 5:17 pm

Because I know some of you gamble ... likes Kansas and Kentucky just as much as I like Kansas and Kentucky .

I visited the gambling site not because I'm a gambler, but because I wanted see the championship odds for certain schools. What I found is that Kansas (4-to-1) is the favorite followed by Kentucky (5-to-1). North Carolina (15-to-2) is third. Then it's Duke (10-to-1), Michigan State (12-to-1), Louisville (12-to-1), Texas (12-to-1), and Villanova (12-to-1).

Click this link (and scroll down) to check it out.
Posted on: October 8, 2009 4:47 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2009 2:16 pm

Aldrich and Warren not consensus All-Big 12?

The Big 12 released its official preseason honors Thursday, and the first thing I noticed was that Texas' Avery Bradley won Freshman of the Year instead of Kansas' Xavier Henry. Truth be told, that's how I'd vote, too (as my All-America teams show). But I wasn't sure if the league's coaches would see things similarly. So I found that interesting.

Anyway, that's the first thing I noticed.

But the next thing I noticed was insane: Cole Aldrich and Willie Warren were not consensus All-Big 12.

Is it as silly as the Tim Tebow snub by Steve Spurrier?

Probably not.

But I'd love to hear somebody explain how Aldrich and Warren -- both of whom are First Team All-Americans -- don't belong on the All-Big 12 team, because there is at least one coach who voted that way. Meantime, Sherron Collins and Craig Brackins were unanimous selections, and I'm OK with that. But not voting for Aldrich and Warren is inexplicable, I think.

Here's how the All-Big 12 team should look:
  • G: Sherron Collins (Kansas)
  • G: Avery Bradley (Texas)
  • G: Willie Warren (Oklahoma)
  • F: Craig Brackins (Iowa State)
  • F: Cole Aldrich (Kansas)
Posted on: October 2, 2009 9:52 am
Edited on: October 2, 2009 9:53 am

Arizona considered leader for in-state product

Arizona coach Sean Miller spent Thursday night with Daniel Bejarano and is now a strong candidate to gain a commitment from the in-state product who this week decommitted from Texas.

“I just want him to be happy wherever he goes," Bejarano's high school coach, Joseph Bustos, told's Jason Hickman. "For whatever reason Texas was no longer the place for him."

Among those reasons is Bejarano's reported desire to stay close to his Phoenix home after his father, Damion Gosa, was shot to death in June. Bejarano had been committed to Texas since last October. He's now considering Arizona and Arizona State but, at this point, seems more interested in the Wildcats.

“His first words when he decommitted was, `Hey, get a hold of coach Sean Miller,'" Bejarano's mentor, Ray Arvizu Jr., told the Arizona Daily Star's Bruce Pascoe. "He’s very excited.” ranks Bejarano No. 28 overall in the Class of 2010.
Posted on: September 22, 2009 5:32 pm

Prediction: Brown will be UT's starting PG

I got to spend a good bit of time with the Texas staff and Avery Bradley while in Austin, the result being Monday's column . But one of the other great things about the weekend was watching pick-up Saturday at the Longhorns' practice facility, where I saw recruits Tristan Thompson (already committed to Texas) and Corey Joseph (still uncommitted) run with UT's players (the only exception being Dexter Pittman, who was out with flu-like symptoms).

So what did I learn?

First, that Rick Barnes has a lot of options.

He's got two all-league (and possibly All-American) type players up front with Damion James and Dexter Pittman, three capable point guards in Dogus Balbay, Jai Lucas (eligible at the semester) and J'Covan Brown, a pair of freshmen who will someday be pros in Avery Bradley and Jordan Hamilton, and a trio of battle-tested veterans in Gary Johnson, Justin Mason and Varez Ward to compliment things. No question, Barnes can go 10 or 11 deep and feel comfortable, if he wants. But more than anything I walked away from the pick-up games impressed by Brown, who will eventually be UT's starting point guard, I'm predicting.

My pal Jeff Goodman over at had been pushing Brown hard, raving about him, really. Still, I remained skeptical, if only because I hadn't seen the Texas native enough to have an intelligent opinion, and because Brown missed all of last season after failing to be cleared by the NCAA for freshman eligibility. That's usually not a good sign -- a point guard who struggles academically (Derrick Rose being an exception, obviously). But after a couple of hours of pick-up, I can report with a degree of certainty that Brown is UT's most talented option at point guard, and he's apparently demonstrated as much all summer.

"J'Covan's really good," James said. "He's been great, man."

Great enough to make you think he'll be the starting point guard?

"At this moment, yes," James answered without hesitation. "He's a guy who really distributes the ball, and you can't [leave him] and double-team me or anybody because of the fact that J'Covan can shoot the ball real good. So he's going to help us a lot."

I think so, too.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 18, 2009 8:08 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2009 8:10 pm

One of Muss's favorites visiting Texas (like me)

AUSTIN, Texas -- I'm on football duty this weekend.

I've got Texas Tech at Texas -- otherwise, known as a game so good Cory Joseph decided to visit.

"He's phenomenal," said former NBA coach Eric Musselman. "He's mature beyond his age and very, very confident."

Musselman familiarized himself with many of the elite Class of 2010 prospects last month at the adidas Nations event, and it should be noted that when I asked for the player who most impressed he immediately started talking about Joseph -- a 6-foot-3 point guard who is currently on campus here visiting Texas. Joseph averaged 24.8 points and 5.6 assists at adidas Nations, where he caught the attention of Musselman and everybody else, really. ranks the Canadian as the 22nd-best prospect in the Class of 2010.

"He just has total control of the ball, and he's very composed," Musselman said. "He's confident yet not cocky."

As for Musselman, he worked the adidas Nations event for the same reason that he helps with a local high school team and both of his sons' youth squads, because he's a coach who still enjoys coaching and doesn't want to get too far away from his profession. Musselman hasn't coached in an official capacity since the 2006-07 season with Sacramento, when a year with Ron Artest resulted in a 33-49 record. But the recently married Bay Area resident is still in the gym all the time, and next week he'll head to Russia to conduct a coaching clinic.

"I don't want to get rusty," Musselman said. "Just like a hitter needs reps in a batting cage, a coach needs reps, too."
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 13, 2009 1:15 pm
Edited on: June 13, 2009 1:17 pm

James withdraws from draft; Holiday staying in

Two of the bigger names in college basketball have finalized their decisions about the NBA Draft.

Texas junior Damion James has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft, a source close to the Big 12 program told on Saturday. Meantime, UCLA freshman Jrue Holiday told Brian Dohn of the Los Angeles Daily News that he will sign with an agent and effectively end his college career after one season.

James' return should make Texas a preseason top 10 team.

The 6-foot-7 forward was not expected to go in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Holiday, on the other hand, is a sure-bet lottery pick despite an underwhelming season.

The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the 2009 NBA Draft is Monday at 5 p.m. ET.
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 21, 2009 6:09 pm

This will be a hostile environment for Duke

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- I know Texas believes it's at a disadvantage playing Duke in Greensboro. But I think the opposite will be true because the Greensboro Coliseum is filled with North Carolina fans, and if the Tar Heels beat LSU those fans will almost certainly hang around to cheer against Duke, meaning about 85 percent of this building should be booing Mike Krzyzewski.

Advantage: Texas.

Although the Longhorns still have that point guard problem to address.

Category: NCAAB
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