January 31, 2009
They currently sit atop Ken Pomeroy’s defense efficiency ratings, are 8-0 in the Big East, and have toppled they’re last nine opponents with impressive wins over Pittsburgh, Syracuse and today at home against West Virginia.
Yes. Right now the Louisville Cardinals are, dare we say, Baller Blockin.
Rick Pitino’s crew have bounced back in impressive fashion, after a mediocre start that was highlighted by a double-digit loss to Western Kentucky and word that Edgar Sosa was boiling his coach’s blood so much, Pitino wanted him to leave the team and transfer.
Times have changed, and Louisville is now the hottest team in the country. This afternoon, the Cards jumped out to a 45-25 halftime lead. They only ended up winning by six, and committed a gross 26 turnovers, but remain the only undefeated team in the BE, and are now looking forward to a Monday showdown in Freedom Hall against the presumed #1 UCONN Huskies. A victory here would mean the Cardinals second win over a top-ranked team, and added viablility for a coveted number one seed come March…although it is early.
January 30, 2009
Missouri Valley Conference battle comes down to a last second runner.
January 30, 2009
Zags fly high late night
On Thursday at 11pm many peeps on the East Coast were either hopping into bed to prepare for another dress-down Friday, or were partaking in Thirsty Thursday because Jager bombs are generally six bucks. Either way, St. Mary’s – Gonzaga did not receive the exposure it deserved.
Do you come from a land down under? St. Mary’s came into Spokane with the nation’s longest winning streak, 15, and they’ve done it with a handful of Aussies. Patty Mayonnaise Mills leads the unit and might be the best point guard in the country, a title he proved worthy of in the first half with six threes that gave him his scoring average in just the first 20 minutes of play…but that would be it for Mr. Mills.
The all-world guard broke his hand early in the second half, and will be out for the next month according to Andy Katz. The ‘Zags came out salivating and took advantage of a Gaels team lacking a legit ball-handler and scoring threat. Mark Few’s teami initiated the attack with a 12-0 run and never looked back, picking up an important 69-62 victory.
The Zags got their points in “score by committee form,” with 4 players going for double digits, led by Matt Bouldin’s 17 (Dan Dickau wanna-be). Bud Wither’s of the Seattle Times reports that Zags Coach Mark Few called it a “Morrison-like effort.” We thought we would be rid of that guy, but he still haunts us.
January 30, 2009
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Have a good weekend
January 29, 2009
Fans of the kids wearing the baby blue were saved by Ty Lawson last night, escaping with a victory in Tallahassee and avoiding their third conference loss of the season.
Uhhhh…wasn’t this team supposed to go undefeated?
The speedy guard dribbled 3/4 of the court, hitting an unorthodox running three ball to help the Tar Heels save face. All of a sudden, the Tar Heels have morphed into nothing more than a really good basketball team from the ACC.
January 28, 2009
James Johnson gives hope to young men looking to make it out of Cheyenne
It always blows our mind when we see a player or team disregard fundamentals, emit a brain-fart, then subsequently lose based on that breakdown.
Tonight Gerald Henderson–after hitting very Kobe-like mid range jumper that tied the game in the final seconds–forgot about the Cardinal rule of defense: stay BETWEEN your man and the ball. This forgetfulness allowed Demon Deacons forward James Johnson to slip to the basket for an easy lay-in, giving Wake Forest a 70-68 win with just 0.8 seconds remaining.
After the game the Blue Devils seemed to play the “well…what ha..what happened was…” card and said they are taught to switch on all-screens, and weren’t sure what went wrong. That’s probably the right approach, and it will be interesting to see how Coach K covers up this mishap. Bottom line, they lost because they effed up.
What’s overlooked in all this is that Wake Forest looked like the better team tonight, frankly, playing great defense that resulted in 10 steals and nine blocks. They may have let a 13 point lead slip away, but they were clearly superior down low, and hindered the Blue Devils from behind the arc (where they were 4 of 22), something we know they are highly reliant on.
So Duke’s view from the top will last just as long as the team able to dethrone them, and have now lost in five of their last six visits to Winston-Salem.
Let’s welcome UCONN to the top spot…for now.
January 28, 2009
Baylor? Really? #1 PG Recruit John Wall
…I’ve got some candy in the van, wanna come play basketball for me?” Does that sound sleazy and creepy? Well it should. What if during those long and grueling recruiting trails that was the reality? In many cases that kind of sleaziness may be an actuality, but who holds the upper hand in recruiting these days, the recruit, the recruiter or the recruit’s coach?
In an era when Mid-Majors are constantly creating parody, making them more dangerous than BCS inter-conference foes, an edge in recruiting extends further than just the pimply faced, SAT taking teenager. Both coaches and players have caught on. You want to reel in the big fish, you have to use the big AND familiar bait.
Gaining a strong hold on a Blue Chipper has now started behind the scenes, before their Senior year even starts. Just ask Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew. Drew went out and hired Dwon Clifton before the 2008-2009 season. Ever heard of him? Yeah, we thought not. Dwon Clifton has no high school experience and barely made a name for himself as a college player. He has been hired as the 6th, yes, we said #6 coach of the unranked Baylor Bears (we’re pretty sure the Grad Assistants get better seats on the bench than the #6). His credentials extend only as far as the head coach of an AAU team known as “D-One Sports Basketball” Under 17 team. Significant? YES!!!
Scotty Drew of the Baylor Bears is trying to land the #1 Point Guard of the 2009 class, John Wall, member of Clifton’s AAU squad. Desperate ploy? Could be, but it has worked on others. Just ask John Calipari after he inked one hit wonder DeJuan Wagner with his hiring of Milton Wagner. Or would Bill Self have been slow dancing to Luther Vandross’ “One Shining Moment” had he not lured the big shot kid, Mario Chalmers with the hiring of Papa Chalmers as Director of Basketball Operations?
Apparently the NCAA is trying to crack down on these package deals, but will the Baylor Bears be able to make a splash with these used-car-salesman type tactics before the hour glass is empty?