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.
December 20, 2008
We can learn a lot from Saturday’s action. Not all Mormon prayers are answered. Tubby Smith still loves beating Louisville teams. Belmont can hang in there with the best. And the ‘Cuse can actually make free throws.
Harden and ASU got the best of the Good ole' Boys...barely
BYU almost got to “touch each other after the buzzer,” but when Charles Abouo’s bucket to beat the clock was overturned, Arizona State was able to avoid a detrimental loss. BYU lead the whole second half until nine ticks remained when James Harden knocked in his sixteenth “freebie” from the charity stripe to give the Sun Devils the 76-75 edge. Harden finished with 30.
Louisville may not be the team everyone thought they would be at the beginning of the season, falling to the (surprising) undefeated Golden Gophers of Minnesota, 70-64. Tubby Smith still knows how to coach against that other team from Kentucky. Pitino could of blamed a nine minute scoring drought on the bus company neglecting to pick the team up at the airport, but all credit should go to Tubby and his staff. He got the final laugh and his team is now 10-0.
The Bruins from Belmont put a huge scare into Bruce pearl’s Tennessee Volunteers, but Tennessee was able to hold on 79-77. The Bruins returned four starters, all seniors, to a team that you remember nearly upset Duke in last years tournament. Belmont got 30 from their slasher Alex Renfroe, and almost had us fooled they were capable of pulling off an upset. Close but not close enough once again, as missed free throws prove costly. Vols win.
Syracuse overcame a wild week in order to pick up a massive “W” at the Pyramid in Memphis, 72-65. With Devo preparing to pick up trash on I-81, the Orange were led by Jonny Flynn’s 24 points and 6 assists. Flynn answered every run the Tigers could muster and in the end the Orange overcame their biggest problem this year and knocked down their free throws to seal the deal.
December 18, 2008
We’re just a couple of bloggers, new bloggers at that, so our credibility is minimal. In order to get some real “stuff” on here, we’ve reached out to some esteemed beat writers who actually know what they’re talking about. Writers whose name carries significant weight in the circle they work in.
With league play upon us, it’s as great time to get the word from college basketball writers across the country and find out their take for what’s ahead.
Since 1981, Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald has been on the beat for Kentucky and the SEC. He previews the upcoming league schedule, and brings up an ex-Wildcat player fond of the prospects of passing gas in Hong Kong.
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December 1, 2008
On Sunday while everyone was watching the home teams in the NFL go 2-10 , the Courtney Lee-less Western Kentucky Hilltoppers were doing their best to find their own identity, much like the genderless blob that is their mascot.
After taking down the #3 Louisville Cardinals 68-54 on a neutral court, this WKU team may have found what they were searching for. The undersized Big Red took the lead from the beginning and never let go. The ‘Ville looked like the kid in preschool trying to put a square block in a circle hole, shooting 27% and only hitting on 6 of 30 three point attempts.
What the hell is a “Hilltopper?” And why is it overweight?
In the championship of the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, #12 Tennessee took on #10 Gonzaga. The game remained close until about 15 minutes remaining in the second half and then the Zags pulled away, at one point leading by 18 points. The ‘Zags hit eleven from behind the new 3 point arc, and prevailed 83-74. Five players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, something we will come to expect from them as the season progresses. They will now spend their next four games preparing for UCONN, who visit Spokane on December 20th.
November 29, 2008
Blake Griffin: All-American, bully who throws balls at his peers
It’s only the Preseason NIT, but it might carry more weight than its sister tournament held in March. Oklahoma took home the trophy tonight over Purdue. Blake Griffin adds more hardware to the Blake and Taylor Griffin trophy mantle, taking home Tournament MVP honors.
It’s no secret that freshman in Madison Square Garden can get a little caught up in the moment, and we saw that in this game. Down 83-80 with nine seconds left, Purdue’s Freshman PG Lewis Jackson froze in the middle of the lane like a early teenage boy forced to slow dance. He panicked and threw the ball directly out of bounds, which ensured victory for the Sooners.
We’ve got to think this infuriated Purdue’s Namanja Calasan, a guy we’re already handicapping as the “2031 Suburban Indianapolis Adult Men’s League MVP.” After playing his bum off the entire game and getting slapped around by the better Griffin, he has to settle for some sort of moral victory. For the record, since he’s really good, let’s note that Griffin put up 18 and more importantly had 21 “window cleans.”
Down in Disney Tennessee and Georgetown put on a shooting clinic, essentially playing 40 minutes of L-A-K-E-B-U-E-N-A-V-I-S-T-A-F-L-O-R-I-D-A (that’s ‘Horse’ but much longer, obviously) before the Vols finished off the Hoyas, 90-78. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the field but the Vols just made more of ’em, and got the victory. Props to ESPN for breaking the Lane Kiffin new hire story during a Tennessee basketball game. Always love to have something like this provoke John Sciambi into a conversation with Fran Fraschilla about his Heisman favorite. We’d rather hear Dicky V talk about the Tampa Bay Rays, or even his analysis of President elect Barack Obama naming his cabinet. That’s just our take.
Tennessee now will meet Gonzaga in the finals. The Bulldogs brought Gary Williams and his Maryland Terrapins back down to earth, after they took down Sparty of Michigan State in the quarterfinals. Maryland never led in this game so there’s no point in overanalyzing. Maryland’s consolation prize: We’re not really sure.
November 28, 2008
Fear the Turtle? There’s been nothing of the kind for the latter part of this decade, but Gary Williams’ kids just raised their fans expectations for the season with a convincing T-Giving win over Michigan State. The game went back and forth until about midway through the 2nd half, right when we woke up from a nice nap. Maryland was running away with the game and Gervais Vasquez was running around desperately seeking attention and affirmation from anyone in the building. We love the enthusiasm, but frankly he’s annoying.
So should we expect this to serve as foreshadowing for what’s going to go down in the ACC / Big 10 Challenge next week? We were really looking forward to UNC – Michigan State, but that excitement is quickly dissipating. Anyone think there is an audience for ACC / MAC Challenge next season? Not to embarrass Raymar Morgan but Dave Neal, a four year Terripan bench warmer, had more points (17) than minutes Morgan logged in the game (14). Somewhere, Tom Izzo is scratching his head wondering what happens next.
In the second game of the night session down in Disney, Gonzaga showed their “length”–,said Jay Bilas, in a nice win over Oklahoma State. Kidding aside, this team has the personnel to outscore nearly any team in the country, and we probably should of included them in our preseason Top 10. Despite his reliance on the undershirt, Austin Daye is a pretty good player who can beat you in a number of different ways, and Jeremy Pargo dribbles around the court with the tenacity of an angry bull.
So Maryland now plays Gonzaga, with Tennessee meeting Georgetown on the other side of the bracket. Sorry though, we got nothing on the Vols and Hoyas, too busy eating. We’ll try and multi task better next time.
November 14, 2008
“A slutty girl who would hang out at the cowgirl hall of fame.”
Ever wanted to be a poster boy/girl for your wicked sweet, highly-acclaimed university? A chance to be BMOC despite having no handle or leaping ability? Well ESPN almost gave you a shot…but only if you fit one of a long list of stereotypes that apparently can be found at a number of college campuses across the country.
A memo from Anolomy, an ad-agency in New York that has worked previously with the worldwide leader, was leaked regarding a campaign that upon further review was not gonna fly in mainstream America.
That campaign has been nixed, quickly, but USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has all the juicy details.
Obviously this is a terrible idea, one that would infuriate those targeted, and ESPN did the right thing by putting it to bed. But aside from all the (ignorant) generalization Anolomy had in mind, the biggest question to ask is… where the hell is Perdue University?
ESPN drops ad campaign that was to portray college stereotypes — USA Today