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Night Court: Royce White gives ISU another win

Royce White's shot with 1.8 seconds left capped a 14-point comeback, giving Iowa St. a win over Kansas St. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …

Game of the day: Iowa State looked like it was headed for a letdown game against Kansas State, getting down by as many as 14 in the second half after its big win over Kansas over the weekend. However, the Cyclones stormed back late in the game and tied it up on a Chris Babb free throw with under a minute left. On the last possession, Royce White isolated himself and hit a short jumper with 1.8 seconds left to give Iowa State a 72-70 win.

Win to brag about: Arkansas was the last team in my projected bracket on Monday afternoon, and the Razorbacks solidified their at-large profile with an 82-74 victory over No. 25 Vanderbilt. Arkansas simply didn’t miss midway through the second half, knocking down 3-pointers on five of six possessions, including three in a row, to gain an 11-point lead that it wouldn’t relinquish. The Razorbacks now have wins over Michigan, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.

Loss to hide from: It’s not a bad loss, but Seton Hall has now dropped four in a row after its 66-59 defeat at No. 15 Marquette. The Pirates were up by 11 in the first half and led for most of the first 30 minutes of the game, but they struggled immensely on the offensive end and couldn’t stop Marquette during the Golden Eagles’ 20-5 run in the second half. Jordan Theodore went just 3-for-14 from the field, getting held to seven points.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Oklahoma State sophomore Markel Brown went for 30 points and seven rebounds to lead the Cowboys to an 80-63 win over Texas Tech. Brown is averaging fewer than 10 points per game on the season, but has totaled 71 points in his last four games (17.8 per game).

Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: The entire Michigan State vs. Illinois game was horrendous. Michigan State shot just 24 percent, with Illinois lighting it up at 33 percent. The Fighting Illini held on for a 42-41 victory, as Brandon Paul knocked down two free throws with 45 seconds left and Keith Appling missed a layup with two seconds left for Michigan State. 

Numbers don’t lie:

  • 3-for-22: Michigan State’s top three scorers – Draymond Green, Keith Appling, Brandon Wood – were horrendous offensively against Illinois.
  • 11: Kentucky made its first 11 shots from the field against Tennessee.
  • 9: Wisconsin scored just nine points in the first 16 minutes of its game against Penn State, but had 43 in the next 24 minutes. The Badgers won, 52-46.
  • 0: Texas Tech is still winless in conference play – the only BCS-conference team without a league win.

Three other notable results:

  1. North Carolina struggled offensively, but still topped Wake Forest behind 18 points and 18 rebounds from Tyler Zeller.
  2. Virginia held off a late rally from Clemson to improve to 5-2 in the ACC with a 65-51 victory. Mike Scott went for 23 points and 10 rebounds.
  3. Anthony Davis went for 18 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks to lead Kentucky to an easy 69-44 win over Tennessee.

Notes:

  • New Mexico certainly didn’t overlook Air Force, hammering the Falcons on the road, 81-42.
  • Northern Iowa had lost five of seven heading into Tuesday, but beat Southern Illinois. They have Creighton and Wichita State up next.
  • Michigan State’s Draymond Green left the arena on crutches after leaving the game with a knee injury. He will be evaluated in the morning.
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Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:38 am
Edited on: January 30, 2012 9:50 am
 

Weekly poll is back; pick the games here

By Matt Norlander

Due to college football's signing day falling on Wednesday this week, we've been pushed up in the polls. The good news is, we've got more games than before for you to vote on. Five of the results will air on "Courtside with Seth Davis" tonight at 7 p.m. ET, and another five will be revealed on "Inside College Basketball," which goes live at 11 p.m. ET, both shows on the CBS Sports Network, of course.

Get to clicking.



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Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:30 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 4:03 pm
 

Podcast: Seth Davis hates the Giants so, so much

By Matt Norlander

One of, if not the biggest, names in college basketball sportswriting, Seth Davis, is back on the program. All that great football overshadowed what transpired in hoops, so we're here so you can hear all about it.

What were the biggest results? What of Fab Melo not playing at Syracuse? Why can't we focus on the positive with Murray State? And why on earth does Seth root for the Redskins? All extremely important topics that are covered in the Monday edition. It's one of our best this season, so get to clicking. And if you'd like to read Seth's recent work, head on over here and check out his columns, plus the fantastic annual Hoop Thoughts editorial.

Topics:
  • From the beginning: We recorded this last night, so we start with our reactions to the football games. How could we not start with that? Unfortunately, it devolves into Redskins talk pretty quickly.
  • 2:43: Outside of Syracuse and Murray State's games, what was the most meaningful result from Saturday or Sunday?
  • 8:07: Syracuse. Let's discuss the Orange and what they are, the Fab Melo situation, and how good they really are. Seth has his doubts, and I think it's fair -- even though I still want to believe this team has a very good chance at this year's Final Four.
  • 14:02: So far ... what do we make of this basketball season? Has it been a good one?
  • 17:30: Seth and I deviate from the hoops talk to lament how great we are and how awful our lives become when people request to talk to us on the radio. I do this after having asked Seth to come on my podcast. It's all so insufferable in its meta existence.
  • 20:17: Let's talk about Murray State, the great story, not Murray State, the when-will-they-lose story. Seth takes a second to stroke Parrish's ego as well.
  • 28:00: Seth and I pick our fringe bubble teams that we believe will play themselves into the field. We also take the inverse: good teams likely to play themselves into the NIT.
  • 32:10: Chip Kelly to Oregon almost happened, but this doesn't really much happen in college hoops -- that hot coach with the sexy scheme who can bring a new flair to the pros. Why not?

Again, I thank you for taking the time to listen to the podcast--whenever you can. I ask that you, if you like what we're doing here, encourage like-minded hoopheads to subscribe in Tunes as well. Guests like Jay Bilas, Seth Davis, they're the guys who make me sound better and make the podcast worthwhile. The other guys? Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman, they really make it entertaining, and of course you can count on our trio show each Wednesday. The RSS feed is another way to keep the podcasts coming to you ASAP. We've got a Zune download link as well.


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Posted on: January 12, 2012 3:15 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Weber needs consistency from Paul, Leonard

Brandong Paul, left, and Meyers Leonard, right, have been good but need to actually improve to give Illinois a chance at a good seed and good run. (AP)

By Jeff Goodman

Bruce Weber's Illinois team was a question mark for many this season. 

Some figured losing veterans Demetri McCamey, Mike Davis and Mike Tisdale - - despite their production over the course of their careers -- would force the Illini to take a step back. Others felt it could be addition by subtraction since that group had underachieved, going to a pair of NCAA tournaments, one NIT and even failing to advance to the postseason in one of the four seasons on campus. 

Troubled, yet talented freshman Jereme Richmond was also gone -- which clearly appeared to help the chemistry of the team. 

Weber was left with a core group consisting of ultra-talented 7-footer Meyers Leonard and a bunch of solid, yet not spectacular perimeter guys that included Brandon Paul and D.J. Richardson. Weber's expectation was that Paul would quickly emerge as the team's go-to guy. but it didn't happen. In fact, Paul struggled for much of the season -- until his spectacular 43-point outburst on Tuesday night in a win over Ohio State. 

"I've seen some great performances, when Glen Robinson went for 49 and when Scott Skiles had 40-something against us when I was at Purdue," Weber said. "This one was right there. It was pretty special -- and the crazy thing is he did it on just 15 shots." 

Now the key for Weber will be if Paul and Leonard -- who has also been erratic this season -- can establish a level of consistency the rest of the Big Ten slate. Can they sustain it?

Weber is optimistic that starting point guard Sam Maniscalso will return to practice this weekend and return on Jan. 19 at Penn State, but said he'll likely keep freshman Tracy Abrams in the stating lineup for the time being. 

Illinois improved to 15-3 with a trio of respectable losses: against UNLV in Chicago, against Missouri in Saint Louis and on the road to Purdue. The Illini now have two resume wins: against Ohio State and Gonzaga at Assembly Hall. 

Now the key will be whether Paul can use his most recent performance to kick-start the rest of the season -- and whether Leonard can avoid the ups and downs that have plagued him much of this season. 

Posted on: January 11, 2012 12:20 am
Edited on: January 11, 2012 12:34 am
 

Night Court: Paul with the game of the year (?)

Brandon Paul should probably ask the prettiest girl he knows out on a date before his next game, because it's not getting better than this. (AP)
By Matt Norlander

Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday night’s slate of games …

Game of the Night: Baylor-Kansas State. We already wrote on it here, but I'll add this. Kansas State isn't one of the 16 best teams in the country. Winning at K-State is not easy at all -- it's an achievement for any team -- but Baylor's so nice, folks. This was affirming, but nothing to vault them. The Bears play at Kansas Monday night. Then we get the real answers. I don't think we need to adjust the kaleidoscope because of what happened in Manhattan, Kan., tonight.

Win to brag about: Illinois proved once again it’s tough to win on the road in conference against tournament-worthy teams. The 79-74 win was one that speaks to the depth of the Big Ten, a league that’s going to send more teams to the tournament than anyone … maybe. How do you like that for conviction? It should have more teams with higher seeds than any, though. We’ll get to Brandon Paul in a sec, but as for the rest of the team, four guys scored in double figures and went the distance against a thin-benched OSU.

Loss to hide from: C’mon. You know what it is. Louisville put up what will be measured as one of the worst losses of the season when this year’s said and done. A 90-59 sleep job to the Friars in Providence is inexcusable for a Rick Pitino team. Who knows what’s wrong. It’s more than Siva. It’s more than them being tired. This team could have peaked, though. And I still think they make the tournament, but thing is, they’re certainly no sure thing, not with these warning signs.

Player who deserves improper benefits: Borzello asks, “43 points, eight boards, two assists, two steals, four blocks. Five-point win over the No. 5 team. Brandon Paul: performance of the season?” And then there's this, from ESPN.com college basketball editor Brett Edgerton, "Paul was also incredibly efficient, becoming the 1st CBB player in the last 15 years to score 43+ on 15 or fewer FG attempts." An incredible performance. The hoop was eight feed wide for Paul -- but he did everything tonight. If he can channel half of what he did tonight on a regular basis, look out for Illinois.

Player who does not deserve improper benefits: I put out the feelers on Twitter and the overwhelming response was Peyton Siva. As Louisville goes, so does he? (Notice how I didn’t phrase that the other way around.) Siva fouled out in 19 minutes, score two points -- but only one turnover!

Before we move on, WASHINGTON, YOU'RE THE BANE OF THIS POST'S EXISTENCE. The Huskies actually almost gave the game away, a home game, to three-win Seattle, causing me to sit around like the loser I am, waiting to see if they actually blew it. UW got out of the arena with a 91-83 win. Issues abound. The Huskies are not to be trusted.

Numbers don’t lie

  • 33. This wasn't the worst U of L loss for Pitino's tenure. The Cards fell by 33 to Notre Dame two years ago.
  • 0.  The number of bench points in the Ohio State-Illinois game.
  • 2. Quietly, Harrison Barnes was bad at home against Miami. He made 2 of 12 field goals.

Three other notable results

  1. Virginia Tech is right where it wants to be: behind the ball in the ACC, falling to 0-2 after the 63-59 loss at home to Florida State. Seth Greenberg is in muted despair.
  2. Wichita State pulled off a 65-62 home win against Illinois State, who will be the thorn of the Missouri Valley this year.
  3. Creighton 63, Northern Iowa 60. It’s the type of game that will ultimately ensure Creighton becomes a lock as February comes, and what’s going to make things very hard for UNI, which is now a 2-3 Valley team. A very good 2-3 Valley team, but it’s all uphill now.
  4. This is notable. Fran McCaffrey got vicious with a chair.

Notes

  • They can’t know if it will last, but Notre Dame being 3-1 in the Big East has to feel great for that program right now. Reaching the NCAA tournament is a tall order, but even just getting top eight in the Big East would be an incredible coaching job by Mike Brey. Long way to go, though.
  • Not a good sign that Harvard got a close 70-61 win at 3-13 Monmouth tonight. Convinced the Crimson will get plucked at least once in the Ivy.
  • One that’s easy to overlook: Florida 70, Georgia 48. Now, Florida’s 22 points better than Georgia at home, but it’s how the Gators respond to that awful Tennessee loss from Saturday. Good sign by Donovan’s team.
  • After flirting with the horrifying, San Diego State put on its pants, won 73-65 and kept Chicago State winless. UNLV is next, Saturday.
Posted on: January 3, 2012 10:19 pm
Edited on: January 3, 2012 10:29 pm
 

Hall of Fame coach Gene Bartow dies

John Wooden, left, and Gene Bartow at a press conference on March 26, 1973, in St. Louis. Bartow was coaching against Wooden while at Memphis State. He would succeed him at UCLA less than three years later. (AP)

By Gary Parrish

Hall of Fame basketball coach Gene Bartow died Tuesday night after a long battle with cancer.

He was 81.

Bartow is a notable figure in the sport for three reasons:
  1. He coached Memphis (then Memphis State) to the 1973 national championship game.
  2. He replaced John Wooden at UCLA.
  3. He built UAB's basketball program from scratch.
Memphis coach Josh Pastner told CBSSports.com that he spoke with Bartow just last week.

"I called him before our game against Robert Morris, and I told him he was my associate head coach and that I just wanted to get osmosis through him, and he chuckled about that," Pastner said. "When you look at that 1973 team with Coach Bartow and Larry Finch and Ronnie Robinson, that is Tiger Basketball. And it's an honor and a privilage for me to sit in the same chair where he once sat."

Bartow spent his final years working with the Memphis Grizzlies.

That's when I got to know him.

I won't pretend I knew him well because I didn't. But I knew him a little and he was a gentlemen, just one of the best people you could ever hope to meet. People love in times like these to talk about how an individual was a better person than player or better person than actor or whatever, and I almost always roll my eyes because it's cliche and usually untrue. But it really might be true in Bartow's case. He was a Hall of Fame coach and a Hall of Fame man. I've never heard anybody say a bad word about him.

"Gene Bartow was a coach that cared about other coaches," Tweeted former coach Tom Penders. "If you didn't like Gene Bartow, you had a problem."
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:35 pm
Edited on: December 27, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Sophomore guard Crandall Head leaves Illinois

By Jeff Borzello

With only hours remaining until Big Ten play begins for Illinois, the Fighting Illini have a last-minute roster adjustment.

Sophomore guard Crandall Head has left the basketball program and will look to transfer, Paul Klee of The News-Gazette first reported.

“I’m just looking for a fresh start,” Head told Klee. “I mean, I wanted to stay. But I just can’t do it anymore. I didn’t feel like it was the right place for me.”

Head, a 6-foot-4 guard and the brother of Luther Head, was suspended four games earlier this season for a violation of team rules. He then returned against Lipscomb, but then did not play during the team’s trip to Cancun for two games after getting in Bruce Weber’s doghouse once again.

“I love the school. I love the atmosphere,” he said. “I love everything about it. But when you get there, things start to change.”

Head has played in the eight games since, but has only totaled six points on 3-for-14 shooting from the field. Overall this season, he was averaging 1.0 point and 1.0 assist in 9.2 minutes, shooting 23.5 percent from the field.

The Fighting Illini shouldn’t miss him too much. Weber has plenty of perimeter options, with D.J. Richardson, Brandon Paul and Sam Maniscalco all entrenched in the starting lineup. Joseph Bertrand and Tracy Abrams have been consistent options off the bench.

Illinois is 11-2 this season, including a win over Gonzaga.

Photo: US Presswire

 
 
 
 
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