February 26, 2013
The theme of the weekend was "Overtime". Ten of the 160 games this weekend went into overtime. Tennessee and Texas A&M went to quadruple overtime. Alabama and LSU went to triple overtime. Milwaukee and IUPUI went into double overtime. Seven other games featured an extra session. In all, we got 80 minutes of free basketball this weekend.
Let's hit the links.
Monday's Top games:
7:00 p.m. – No. 8 Syracuse @ No. 17 Marquette
7:00 p.m. – Texas Tech @ No. 13 Kansas State
9:00 p.m. – Villanova @ Seton Hall
9:00 p.m. – No. 9 Kansas @ Iowa State
Georgetown exacts their Big East revenge by exposing Syracuse: John Thompson III used the 2-3 zone against Syracuse to perfection on Saturday and Otto Porter did the rest, as the Hoyas ended their rivals' 28-game home win streak.
Kendall Williams' 46 points lead New Mexico to huge win at Colorado State: Williams' put on one of the best individual performances of the season against a ranked Colorado State team. Oh yeah, he was 10-13 from beyond the arc.
Will Miami's loss to Wake Forest be a wake-up call or a sign of trouble?We all knew this was coming. The 'Canes looked vulnerable in their three previous games, and they spotted the Demon Deacons 19 points early on, a deficit Miami was unable to close.
Stony Brook clinches third America East title in last four years: Steve Pikiell is one of the most underrated coaches in the country. He took over a Stony Brook program that was an utter mess in 2005. He turned them around quickly and has led them to three America East championships in the past four seasons.
Aaron Craft's offensive explosion keys Ohio State win over MSU: Aaron Craft makes his living as one of the top defenders in the country. But on Sunday it was his offense that fueled the Buckeyes marquee victory over Michigan State.
Oregon State freshman gets technical for dunking pregame, Beavers lose by 1 to Cal: The headline says it all.
In you had forgotten, Trey Burke is still in the Player of the Year race: Victor Oladipo and Otto Porter have stolen the Player of the Year spotlight as of late, but we shouldn't forget about what Trey Burke is accomplishing.
Small ball gets North Carolina their third-straight win: Roy Williams changed things up last week, deciding to go with a four-guard lineup that better fit his team, and so far it seems to be working.
- Seton Hall recruit Aquille Carr is keeping his options open and may spurn college in favor of playing overseas. (New York Post)
- Montana's postseason hopes took a big hit this weekend when Will Cherry re-broke his foot. The Grizzlies are already without Mathias Ward, their leading scorer. (Big Sky Bball)
Observations & Insight:
- The New York Times rips Duke and "Krzyzewskiville", citing that the university is for education, not sleeping in tents. This is ripe. (New York Times)
- Nebraska head coach Tim Miles did not a make single substitution in the second half against Iowa on Saturday. It worked. The Huskers won 64-60 after trailing by as many as 19 points. He didn't like the look of his eight-man rotation, so he shortened it up to just five. (Lincoln Journal Star)
- The City-6, also known the Big-5 plus Drexel, has three teams trying to get off the bubble and in to the big dance as the season comes to an end. (Penn Live)
- The Georgetown-Syracuse rivalry has had a lot of mediocre players. Wait, what? (Deadspin)
- Ryan Fagan takes a look at the teams on the bubble that improved their odds this weekend and those who did not. (Sporting News)
- Some NIT-ology for you because we can never have enough NIT-ology. (Big Apple Buckets)
Odds & Ends
- The ESPN Game Day bus is the ultimate road trip vehicle. But did you know that it's unnocupied during the week? (USA Today)
- Mike Bruesewitz got a new haircut, and it's awesome. (The Dagger)
- Right after Kansas lost to TCU, I tackled the "Top 10 upsets" of the season. CHD does a good job rehashing the bizarre 18-point home loss Villanova suffered to Columbia, and fills you in on two that just nearly missed my list. (College Hoops Digest)
Dunk of the Day:
There is no player in the country better at in-bounds ally-oops than Sam Thompson.
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