As the Michigan State Spartans did their finest Roberto Duran and begged – ‘no mas’, the North Carolina Tar Heels secured a six to five advantage for the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2008 Big Ten/ACC Challenge . Tyler Hansbrough dropped 25 points and Ty Lawson dished out eight assists as the Heels spanked the […]

When 50% or thereabouts will get the job done

Fifteen years in the classroom can make a guy crazy. All those numbers -1200 on the SATs, 4.0 GPA, yeah, yeah, yeah. 65% is passing. 70% is rather mediocre, but it is a C. 80% earns a B. 90%? Well that is an A. Somewhere we decided that 85% represents mastery. That point when a […]

NCAA Hoops – Early Returns

Once was a time when November college hoops consisted of nothing more than glorified scrimmages with fans in the bleachers. Top 25 teams looking to catch their stride would schedule games against bottom of the barrel squads in contests that would amount to nothing more than a match up resembling the one-sided affairs of the […]

Breaking down the pre-season AP Top 25: #s 21-25

On one hand the Demon Deacons will start three juniors – Ishmael Smith, L.D. Williams, and Chas McFarland – and two sophomores – Jeff Teague and James Johnson. In comparison to many teams on the AP’s pre-season list the Deacs might look a little green. On the other hand Wake Forest returns 100% of last […]

Breaking down the pre-season AP: #s16-20

A quick glance at the Golden Eagles’ starting lineup could raise a few eyebrows. First year coach, Buzz Williams, will start four seniors and one junior. Of those starters senior forward, Dwight Burke, is the tallest at 6’8”. Yes, Marquette will create match-up problems for themselves and opponents. Seniors, Dominic James, Jerel McNeal, and Wesley […]

Breaking down the AP Pre-Season Poll: #s 11-15

Continuing our look at the Associated Press pre-season poll. In the past week I have reviewed 1-5 and 6-10 (and Rey thought he was the only writer who shamelessly linked his own stuff) Five starters return from a Boilermaker squad that went 25-9 last year. But the sophomore jinx watch is on high alert in […]

Breaking down the AP Pre-Season Poll – #s 6-10

Michigan State returns last year’s leading scorer – junior, Raymar Morgan, and leading rebounder – senior, Goran Suton. Tom Izzo preaches rebounding as a means to the promised land (I’m trying to imagine a game between UConn and MSU – that wouldn’t be for the faint of heart). His war drill – characterized as football […]

Breaking down the AP Pre-Season Poll (#s1-5)

Did someone mention college hoops? Was it Wally who expressed his longing for the campus hard wood? All the major media outlets have published their Top 25 lists. Figured I take a look at the old standby – the AP – and breakdown their predictions. Sporting News has provided a list of dates that should […]

Final 4 and beyond … who will wear the crown?

Okay, boys. This is the moment (okay, one of the key moments) we’ve been waiting for. It’s the opportunity to fill out those doggone brackets and figure out who’s going to the Final Four, and more specifically, who’s gonna claim that chan’ship. We’re gonna play “closest to the pin”, cuz nobody’s gonna ace this quiz. […]