New Site, Same Address

February 11, 2009

The new site should be rolled over as an SBNation affiliate early evening on February 11th.

You will still find us at http://www.searchingforbillyedelin.com


We’re on a break…kind of

February 7, 2009

About to make the switch over as one of the SBNation.com blogs, representing College Basketball.  Right now we are working on some more tech stuff that gives us a headache.  Be back–at this same address– in a  few days with a whole new layout and look, ranting about the game we love.


YouTube Friday

January 30, 2009

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Have a good weekend

YouTube Friday

January 16, 2009

Exhibit A on why we accept YouTube Friday suggestions…

Have a good weekend.


Bruce Pearl probably doesn’t like Jodie Meeks

January 14, 2009


Oh where to begin in the show that Jodie Meeks put on last night in Knoxville. We tuned in at halftime to see that Kentucky’s number 23 had already put up 26. Great stuff, despite Hubert Davis mistakenly commenting that the Wildcats were going to have to find offense from other players…”unless Jodie Meeks is gonna score 52 points.”  Davis added that he didn’t see that happening and that Tennessee should prevail.

Hubert, if only you knew.

While Meeks could of probably put up 54 on just about any team last night, it just shows how undisciplined and fundamentally awful Tennessee is.  We had a hunch this team was terribly overrated earlier this season, and we’re starting to see that manifest itself here in mid-January.  This team refuses to do simple things like play transition defense, pass (only 9 assists on 25 field goals against UK), or contain their opponents scoring threats (Meeks is the sixth player to record a career high against the Vols this season).

Kentucky now propels themselves to the top of the watered down SEC, and Meeks is now on a short list for national player of the year candidates.


Arkansas does a good Boston College impression

January 11, 2009

 

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First, we jumped on the BC bandwagon after they walked into Chapel Hill and took down UNC, a team with legitimate thoughts of being the first team to go undefeated since the 1975 Indiana Hoosiers.  Then in a not so glorious return home to Chestnut Hill, the Eagles were waxed by intra-city rival Harvard, a program who had NEVER before defeated a ranked team. 

Down in the Bible Belt John Pelfrey had Arkansas fans thinking hoops, with consecutive wins over top Big 12 teams Oklahoma and Texas.  We bought into Courtney Fortson and Pelfrey’s stirring rendition of “Forty Minutes of Hell,” but the Razorbacks too are learning about what it takes to truly be a top 25 team.  Mississippi State marched into Fayettteville to spoil the SEC opener for the Razorbacks, winning in convincing fashion 70-56.  Courtney Forston was held to five points and was a culprit in the dismal perimeter defending, which allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 11-27 from beyond the arc.

Does Arkansas still deserve to be a ranked team?  Should BC be included in the same breath as the usual ACC suspects?  Both have signature wins to hang their hat on once we start talking bubble teams.  But if you can’t hold home court over a fairly athletically challenged Harvard, or medicore Mississippi State, you shouldn’t be tooting your horn quite yet.


The NBA is awesome? Baby?

January 7, 2009

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In an intelligent move by ESPN to drum up some interest, we tuned into the unique NCAA/NBA double header and were generally entertained at the dichotomy between the two levels of play and respective announcing crews involved.

At Cameron Indoor, Jeff Van Gundy was astounded that two basketball coaches could tell his players to run an offense for an entire game, Mike Tirico seemed perplexed that a campus could be so bereft of the quintessential college coed, and Mark Jackson had nothing, absolutely nothing, to say. 

Davidson got off to a slow start, and didn’t seem too interested in actually keeping this game close until about seven minutes left in the game, getting down by 27 at one point.  Too late however, as Duke gets another convincing victory.

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Sixteen turnovers killed the Wildcats, seven coming in the first eight minutes of the game. Steph Curry smugly walked around chewing on his mouthpiece, but his impact was not extraordinary.  That said, he still managed to “get his,” finishing with 29 points on 10 of 22 shooting.  While the ESPN producers pushed the crew to discuss, ad nauseam, Curry’s prospects in the NBA, it’s clear Van Gundy can’t stand college basketball players.  He lauded the atmosphere and Duke as a program, but clearly wouldn’t draft one of these guys if given the chance…to coach again.

For Duke they’re supposed to win games like this, but it was their fifth consecutve convincing victory — winning by an average of 27.4 points. As Caucasian-laden as they are, the Blue Devils clearly belong in the Final Four equation.

The varsity game featured Dwayne Wade in a uniform, and Carmelo Anthony in a sharp red suede sport coat.  Vitale was naturally lively, and seems to do a much better job keeping up on professional basketball then Van Gundy and Jackson do on the interscholastic game.  Score and story line don’t interest us too much here, as we eventually moved on to round two of Gonzaga – Tennessee.