As the college football season starts to wind down you better believe that the basketball season will be heating up. Each week the men are going to continue to separate themselves from the boys until in the end we have the best of the best playing for all the marbles because March Madness will be here before you know it.
Take UConn as an example. The Huskies looked like one of the men early on, but are now on the outside looking in. However a big win this week (like over No. 18 North Carolina State) could go a long way with voters.
Breaking back in (or in for those that haven’t been ranked before, getting in) is the theme for most teams this week. A win of for Texas over Georgetown could be enough to get the Longhorns ranked. San Diego State will have a tough time staying in the top 25 this week. UCLA needs to start putting up before they are told to simply shut up.
The only game between ranked teams is tonight; No. 2 Duke and No. 4 Ohio State. If you can’t watch it you might want to set your DVR.
Every week the action on the field seems to get better and better. Can you really beat Notre Dame earning spot in the BCS title game? Wisconsin’s Montee Ball setting the career touchdown mark? Or how about the wild shootout in the Bedlam Series? Or the crazy finish Baltimore pulled off in San Diego on Sunday? I could go on and on and on and on and on and–you get the picture, right?
As good as the action was on the field there were plenty of action that surrounded the game off the field as well. We got a fan trying to get Philly/Carolina tickets in exchange for leftover Halloween candy, Arkansas fans singing the praises of Jon Gruden, a coach using his bonus to buy fans a drink and so much more!
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Half of the mystery surrounding the BCS title game has been answered; the Fighting Irish are in. All eyes will be on the SEC title game to see whether Alabama gets a chance to repeat or if Notre Dame will be trying to beat up on Aaron Murray and the Bulldogs instead.
Georgia fans might not be too happy with me, but the Bulldogs don’t deserve to be in the title game. They’ve run roughshod over a weak schedule, was decimated by the one top ranked opponent they did play (South Carolina), and squeezed past a Florida team that was trying its hardest to implode. Sorry guys, but the Crimson Tide are going to remind people why they are the defending national champs by time they are done with you.
The rest of the slate of conference championship games look pretty entertaining as well (with the exception of the ACC; FSU is going to roll over Georgia Tech). Some of the best games will not be in an actual championship game. Since they are down to 10 teams the Big 12 no longer has a conference title game so it will be decided by the K-State/Texas game and Oklahoma/TCU.
It’s hard to say who is going to win most of the games, but it is easy to say that some great football will be played!
There is one game every season where it is pretty much impossible to predict who wins. It is the one game where records do not matter. Win and you can make your season; lose and your season is a failure regardless of how high you might be ranked. For this one game the best and the worst come out for no better reason that good ole’ fashioned hate.
I’m talking about Rivalry Week of course.
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I’ve always been a fan of college hoops, but I’ve found that writing about it is a lot like coaching; you never know how much you do know until you try to write (or coach) on it. The more I delve into college basketball season the more I love this game. With 344 teams across the nation there is an endless supply of stopping points for talented players. Not everyone can go to Kentucky after all. Talent is often overlooked and sometimes it plays on losing teams in high school and lies largely undiscovered by the big programs.
What that does is open the door for smaller, lesser known schools to shock the basketball world when they take down one of the big dogs. Anyone ever hear of Chaminade before they beat Texas the other night? Probably not, but what better way for a DII program to get on the map, right?
Over the next week there will likely be more upset, blowouts, and nail biters as teams continue to find out who they are and develop into cohesive units. As more questions get answered, more will pop up? Can Indiana stay on top? Does Louisville deserve to be No. 1? Is Butler back or was the win over the Tar Heels a fluke?
Hopefully we’ll get the answers to those questions and more as the next week in college hoops plays out!
The legend of Jack Taylor is growing. It’s a big story, so of course reporters are going to ask some of the best players in the world what they think of a 5’10″ guard at a D-III school scoring 138 points in just 36 minutes of action. LeBron James told reporters today that the feat sounds ‘unbelievable’ and that he wants to the see the game tape. I hope he does.
Based on all the different articles I’ve read, Taylor’s 138 gets shadier by the hour. He scored his points by taking 108 shots. Taylor often didn’t cross half court into the defensive end. Grinnell College has made the news before for their coach’s scheme, which is to shoot 94 times a game, with a third of those being three-point attempts, to pressure the the other team into playing their tempo, and to rotate players five at a time every minute or so. Except Taylor played 36 minutes, while no one else on the team played more than 15. Read more… »
Whenever there is an injustice in the world it is only natural to look to the highest authority figure in the land for a little assistance. Governors have been known to commute sentences; presidents have granted pardons. While a governor’s pull is limited to in-state affairs there is no power greater than that of the President of the United States (except maybe Tim Tebow).
So when the fans of the once proud Auburn Tigers and Ohio State Buckeyes were not sure who to turn to with their problem they went ahead and shot for the top—President Barack Obama himself.
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