Friday, November 23, 2012

Mason Plumlee Paces Duke in 89-71 win over Minnesota

College Hoops Player of the Day for Thursday, November 22, 2012

In between mounds of mashed potatoes, stuffing and gravy, some college squads got in a little hoop action on Thanksgiving, like the Duke Blue Devils, who are spending the holiday weekend in the Bahamas at the Battle for Atlantis tourney in Nassau, where they dispatched Minnesota, 89-71, earning a ticket the to a semi-final game against VCU, 78-65 upset winners over Memphis. The two sqauds will tip off at 7:00 pm ET.

Duke got an enormous effort fromsenior forward, Mason Plumlee, who scored 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting and eight of 10 free throws. Plumlee also matched his career high rebounding total with 17, five on the offensive end, notching his second double-double of the young season. Seth Curry pitched in a game-high 25 points for the Blue Devils.

With Plumlee playing a big part - averaging a double-double, with 21.3 points and 10.8 boards, Duke is off to its usual strong start, at 4-0, ranked #5 in the most recent poll.

In the other half of the tournament draw, #13 Missouri matches up against #2 Louisville. Both the Tigers and Cardinals are 4-0.

There is a veritable feast of college basketball on tap Friday through Sunday, with tournaments nationwide, including the Old Spice Classic in Kissimmee, Florida; the Great Alaska Shootout in Ancorage; the DirecTV Classic in Anaheim, California and the Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Grinnell's Jack Taylor Sets New NCAA Scoring Mark with 138 Points

College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, November 20, 2012

This is a special edition of CBD

The collegiate single-game scoring record stood for 58 years until Jack Taylor bombed away for an incredible 138 points Tuesday night in Grinell College's 179-104 victory over Faith Bible Baptist.

Taylor had a mere 58 points at half time, and finished his shooting spree with 80 in the second frame, 52-for-108, including 27 of 71 from the three-point line.

The previous NCAA record of 113 points, set by Bevo Francis of Rio Grande against Hillsdale, in 1954, was shattered by Taylor's incredible performance.

Grinnell College is located in Grinnell, Iowa. Grinnell is a Division III school.

Cashmere Wright Leads Bearcats to 4-0 Record; Indiana Survives over Hoyas, Tar Heels Dumped by Butler

College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, November 20, 2012

As his name implies, Cincinnati's Cashmere Wright is a smooth operator, capable of putting up points from anywhere on the floor, as he did in Wednesday night's 91-72 victory over Campbell, the Bearcats' fourth straight win without a loss.

A 6-foot senior guard out of Savannah, Georgia, Wright tallied a game-high and career-high 28 points for the Bearcats, hitting four of six from three-point range on 8-for-14 shooting overall. Wright also canned eight of 10 free throws, distributed a pair of assists, and made five steals, making up for his four turnovers.

As usual, the Bearcats are pounding lesser opposition in their early season tune-up phase, preparing for headier days ahead when Big East play commences.

Elsewhere, various tournaments were displaying some of the best talent around. In Hawaii, at the annual Maui Invitational, Butler had an incredibly easy time defeating #9 North Carolina, leading the Tar Heels by as many as 27 points as they cruised to an 82-71 win in one of two semi-final games.
A night after topping Marquette by a point to advance, the 3-1 Bulldogs were paced by 17 points apiece from Kellen Dunham and Rotnei Clarke. They held North Carolina to 18 first half points, rolling to a 17-point lead at the break. Butler will face Illinois - an 84-61 winner over Chaminade - in the tournament final Wednesday night. The Bulldogs and Fighting Illini are both unranked.

In Brooklyn, top-ranked Indiana held off a determined Georgetown team, finally dispatching the Hoyas in overtime, 82-72, to capture the Legends Classic title at the Barclays Center.

The Hoosiers are 4-0. Georgetown dropped to 3-1, but should not be disappointed with the result of their trip to the Big Apple. The Hoyas tore up #11 UCLA in the tourney semi-final and fared well against one of the nation's best teams in the championship game. A Top 25 ranking for the youthful Hoyas, who have no seniors on their roster, is a good likelihood in the near future.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Otto Porter Buries UCLA as Georgetown wins in Brooklyn

College Hoops Player of the Day for Monday, November 19, 2012

UCLA got their star recruit into the mix, as Shabazz Muhammad was reinstated off suspension prior to their trip to the Brooklyn, NY, and a meeting with the Georgetown Hoyas in the Progressive Legends Classic tournament at the Barclays Center.

While Muhammad fit right in, scoring 15 points in 25 minutes, the 11th-ranked Bruins were undone by an underrated, unranked Georgetown squad that improved to 3-0 with a 78-70 victory.

Markel Starks, a junior guard, led all scorers with 23 points, but 6'8" sophomore forward, Otto Porter, put on an impressive, double-double performance with 18 points on 6-for-10 shooting, making both of his attempts from beyond the arc, cashing in four of five free throws and nabbing 11 rebounds.

When Porter wasn't busy scoring or rebounding, he got busy dishing to teammates, totaling five assists, or defending, with five blocked shots and three steals.

The game was Porter's first of full time action of the season, having sat against Liberty this past Wednesday due to concussion symptoms resulting from an injury sustained in the Hoyas' season-opening win over Duquesne on November 11. Porter played only six minutes in that game before sitting out with dizziness.

His 35 minutes on the floor against UCLA proved invaluable, as the Bruins found few openings in the Hoya zone defense, within which Porter excelled. The Bruins were held to 41% shooting and just 5-for-19 on threes (26%). On their offensive end, Georgetown sizzled, shooting a cool 55% for the game with seven of 14 threes.

The Bruins dropped to 3-1.

Georgetown will face #1 Indiana in the tournament championship game, Tuesday night, with tip time slated for 10:00 pm ET.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Sean Kilpatrick's 29 Leads Cincinnati to 3-0 Record

College Hoops Player of the Day for Sunday, November 18, 2012

It was back to routine routs for Top 25 teams playing unranked, lesser opponents on Sunday and finishing up tip-off tourneys for others.

A few of the bigger blowouts included #2 Louisville ripping Miami (OH), 80-39, #8 Syracuse's, 88-57, toppling of Wagner, and #19 Gonzaga taking out South Dakota, 96-58.

Brady Haslip pumped in 29 points to lead the #16 Baylor Bears over St. John's, 97-78.

There were a couple of games that didn't exactly come off as planned. #23 Connecticut was taken to double overtime by tiny Quinnipiac before finally prevailing, 89-83. Shabazz Napier led all scorers with 29 points, but made only eight of 23 shots.

#6 NC State lost at home, badly, being roped and tied by the Oklahoma State Cowboys, 76-56. The Wolfpack were held to 36% shooting and made only half (8-16) of their free throws, dropping to 3-1. The Wolfpack becme the seventh Top 25 team to record a loss in just the first nine days of play, assuring a major shake-up in the national rankings.

Cincinnati's 93-39 palindromic victory over NC A&T may have been the most lopsided rout of the day, in which Sean Kilpatrick buried eight of 12 three-pointers and made 10 of 15 overall to lead all scorers with a career high 29 points.

In just 26 minutes of floor time, Kilpatrick, a 6'4" junior swingman, hauled in seven boards, dished five assists and made two steals.

Cincinnati, ranked 24th, is 3-0, and almost certain to move up in the new poll out Monday.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

DeShaun Thomas Leads #4 Buckeyes to 69-58 Win

College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, November 17, 2012

DeShaun Thomas score 25 points to lead the Buckeyes to a 69-58 win over Rhode Island in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off tournament in Connecticut.

Thomas had ten rebounds for the fourth-ranked Buckeyes, who play Washington in the tournament final on Sunday afternoon. It was his first double-double of the season. The Buckeyes are 2-0.

The 6'7" junior forward hit 9 of 18 shots from the field, including going 3-for-5 on three-pointers. Thomas played a full 40 minutes and is averaging 22.0 points per game after scoring 19 against Albany in Ohio State's season opening win.

Last season, Thomas averaged 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ronald Roberts Jr. Leads St. Joseph's Upset Win over #20 Notre Dame

College Hoops Player of the Day for Friday, November 16, 2012

With plenty of tip-off tournaments and Thanksgiving tourneys underway, there was plenty of college hoops action on Friday, a weekday that later on in the season will be fairly bland, unless you're a big fan of Ivy League basketball.

Anyhow, for now, we're loving it, and the biggest upset of the night had to be Colorado's 60-58 victory over #16 Baylor. The Bears had a shot at the buzzer that would have sent the game into OT, but missed.

That makes six ranked teams that already have lost a game. The others are Kentucky, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Kansas. Quite a list, considering we're only a week into the season. Surely, there will be more to come.

One of those ranked teams suffering defeat was Notre Dame, beaten by St. Joseph's, out of the traditionally-tough Atlantic 10 conference. The two met up in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, and it was a classic, with the Hawks winning, 79-70, in overtime.

The main contributor to the demise of the Fighting Irish was St. Joseph junior forward, Ronald Roberts Jr., who tallied 21 points on 5-for-12 shooting, making good on 11 of 16 free throws and doing serious board damage with 16 rebounds, nine of which were on the offensive glass. Roberts also had a pair of blocked shots in his second straight double-double for the 2-0 Hawks, the first coming in St. Joseph's, 61-35, rout of a pretty good Yale squad, back on Monday, November 12.

St. Joseph's win may not have been pretty, but their defense, especially on the interior, was effective, limiting the Irish to 39% shooting, though Notre Dame did hit 10 threes on 28 shots. The Hawks had fewer shot attempts than the Irish, but cashed on 47% of their opportunities. They also went to the free throw often, making 19 of 24 attempts (79%).

Another player with a huge game was Roberts' front court running mate, Halil Kanacevic, who went 6-12 for 15 points, adding eight boards, six assists, three steals and three blocked shots.

As Dick Vitale might put it, that's some serious stat sheet stuffing, baby!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Davon Usher Lights Up Northwestern for 35 as MSVU Loses Third Straight

College Hoops Player of the Day for Thursday, November 15, 2012

There were blowouts aplenty among Top 25 teams on Thursday night. #1 Indiana improved to 3-0 with a breezy, 99-45, victory over Sam Houston. Louisville, ranked #2, blew past Samford, 80-54.

After trailing 36-28 at the break, #7 Kansas scored 41 in the second half and ripped Chattanooga, 69-55. #6 Villanova humbled Penn State, 72-65, in the Puerto Rico Tip Of, and #13 UCLA - still awaiting word on the eligibility of Shabazz Muhammad - pounded James Madison, 100-70.

But, hidden within the plethora of scores and stats around the college hoops universe, Davon Usher, a 6'5" junior guard, lit it up for 35 points as his Mississippi Valley Delta Devils dropped their third straight - all on the road - in an 81-68 defeat at Northwestern.

Usher hit 12 of 18 shots from the field, including 7-8 three-pointers, adding a fo4-for-4 effort from the line and seven rebounds. He single-handedly kept the Devils in the hunt, hitting a three-point shot to knot the score at 58-all, but the Wildcats pulled away in the final minutes, outscoring MSVU, 23-10, down the stretch.

The South Baltimore native is averaging 22.3 points per game while seeing over 37 minutes of court time.

Usher, who toiled his first two years of eligibility in junior college, at Polk State College in Lakeland, Florida, figures to make the most of his two years in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)

The Delta Devils have an imposing early schedule. They've already visited Mississippi and Cincinnati and will continue their non-conference road trip for six more games - including stops at LSU, Virginia, Virgiia Tech and TCU - before opening SWAC play at Arkansas Pine Bluff.

Last season, the Devils followed a similar route, going 1-11 before reeling off 17 straight wins to capture the conference title and went on to win three games in the conference tournament to qualify for the automatic bid to the NCAAs.

That's where the road ended, with a 59-58 loss to Western Kentucky in the opening round. With Usher now adding to the mix, keep an eye out for the Delta Devils as the season progresses. They are among the favorites to win the SWAC for a return visit to the Big Dance in March.

Norman Powell, UCLA: 10-14, 27 Pts, 3 Rebs, 5 Assists
Darrun Hilliard, Villanova: 7-10, 22 Pts, 3 Rebs
T.J. Warren, NC State: 9-12, 22 Pts, 8 Rebs
Pierre Jackson, Baylor: 10-15, 31 Pts, 2 Rebs, 7 Assists

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Erik Murphy Leads #10 Gators over Badgers with 24 Points

College Hoops Player of the Day for Wednesday, November 14, 2012

While the pundits, broadcasters and analysts ooh and aah over John Calipari's success at Kentucky and his youthful 2012-13 squad, there's another SEC team that almost surely will challenge the Wildcats for the conference championship this season: the Florida Gators.

Coached by Billy Donovan - who, by the way, has two national championships on his resume - the Gators have depth, balance and experience, which was on display Wednesday night in a nationally-televised (ESPN), 74-56 rout of a very solid Wisconsin team that was ranked #22 in the latest poll.

The 10th-ranked Gators pt up an early lead and were never challenged by the Badgers, who were held to 36% shooting by the active Florida defenders.

Senior Erik Murphy, who averaged 10.5 points per game last season, matched his career high (notably achieved in a 74-71 loss to Kentucky in last season's SEC tournament) with 24 points on perfect 10-for-10 shooting, including a pair of three-pointers, 2-for-2 from the foul line, with four offensive and four defensive boards.

Murphy led all scorers in his 33 minutes of floor time. The Gators sizzled at 62% shooting and hit 16 of 20 shots from the foul line (80%).

The 2-0 Gators should move up in next week's poll, probably past #3 Kentucky, after the Wildcats dropped a 75-68 decision at home to Duke on Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jordan Adams Cans 16 of 16 Free Throws as UCLA Escapes UC Irvine in OT

College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jordan Adams scored six of his game-high, career-high 26 points in overtime, helping #13 UCLA to a 2-0 record with an 80-79 nail-biter over UC Irvine.

Jordan made all sixteen of his free throws, including four in overtime, having less success from the field, where he was 5-for-12.

A 6'5" freshman out of Oak Hill Academy, Adams promises to be one of the top free throw shooters in the nation. In the Bruins opener, he made five of six and is shooting at 95% from the line.

Last season, UCLA made the NCAA tournament out of a weak PAC-12 field, winning their opening round game over Michigan State, 78-76, but falling to Florida in the next round, 73-65. The Bruins finished the 2011-12 season with a 19-14 record.


Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati: 9-12, 20 points, 8 rebounds
Tray Woodall, Pittsburgh: 8-13, 23 points, 4 rebounds, 8 assists
Keith Clanton, UCF: 9-10, 20 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists

Kansas State 87 Alabama-Huntsville 26 - OK, we all know that this is the time of year that good teams from major conferences have on their schedules games against teams from small conferences that simply can't compete at the same level, but this score is a little embarrassing.

The division II Chargers didn't have any player score more than four points. As a team, they shot 16% from the field, including three three-pointers, but they took 33 shots from outside the arc, a percentage of .091. Kansas State also held a 55-22 edge in rebounding and shot 56% for the game.

Jaime Smith, the co-high scorer for the Chargers, made two of 12 from the field, but was 0-for-9 from long range.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Kadeem Batts, Bryce Cotton Combine for 51 Points as Providence Rolls

College Hoops Player of the Day for Monday, November 12, 2012

There are so many good teams and good players in the Big East, it's tough to keep track of them all, but keep an eye on Kadeem Batts and Bryce Cotton the inside-outside duo for the Providence Friars who combined for 51 of their team's points in an 81-49 thrashing of Bryant College.

The Friars are 2-0 and will probably be 11-0 or 10-1 or something like that before Big East play gets underway in late December, early January.

Cotton a 6'1" junior guard, scored 24 points on 6-for-13 shooting - including 4 of 7 from 3-point range - made 8 of 11 free throws, ripped down 11 boards and handled six assists, while his inside partner, Batts, was 12-for-15, scoring 27 points with 9 rebounds and 2 assists.

The 6'8" Batts, also a junior, fell just short of a double-double, a feat he accomplished just twice last season in limited playing time. The Friars were just 4-14 in Big East play last season, but they soldier on in the nation's most rigourous conference.


Cody Zeller, Indiana: 8-12, 22 points, 9 rebounds
Trey Burke, Michigan: 8-19, 22 points, 3 rebounds, 9 assists
Garrick Sherman, Notre Dame: 8-10, 22 points, 9 rebounds
Fuquan Edwin, Seton Hall: 7-19, 23 points, 10 rebounds

Monday, November 12, 2012

Ryan Anderson Sets Career Highs with 29 and 17 in Boston College Victory

College Hoops Player of the Day for Sunday, November 11, 2012

Buried within the ranks of the ACC, Boston College hasn't made much noise inside the conference dominated by the Tobacco Road teams, notably, Duke and North Carolina, but they may have a spark-plug this season in Ryan Anderson, a 6'8" sophomore forward from Lakewood, California, who pumped in 29 points in BC's, 84-70, season-opening win over Florida Atlantic.

Anderson was 9-for-16 from the field and hit 11 of 14 free throws. He also snatched 17 rebounds - eight offensive - both his scoring and rebounding career highs.

The Eagles took care of business in the opening half, posting a 49-33 edge at the break. Three other BC players scored in double figures, each scoring exactly a dozen points. Besides winning the point total, BC also enjoyed a sizable rebounding advantage, pulling down 46 boards to 28 for the Panthers.

Not completely off the radar as a true freshman, Anderson notched double-double efforts seven times last season, even as the Eagles went 9-22. With a little help from teammates, BC may actually be competitive in the rough-and-ready ACC, though nobody is expecting them to challenge for the top spot.

A trip to the NCAA tournament would be a suitable goal, though realists understand that the best the Eagles may do this season is .500 in the conference and an invite to the NIT.

Other Notable Efforts:
Aaron Craft, Ohio State: 20 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds
Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova: 25 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds
C.J. Fair, Syracuse: 17 points, 10 rebounds

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Isaiah Sykes Powers UCF to Upset Win at South Florida, 74-56

College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, October 10, 2012

For the South Florida Bulls, Saturday's meeting with the University of Central Florida was not supposed to go this way.

Bad enough that the Bulls play in the tough Big East and missed a bid for the NCAA tournament with a 19-12 record last season, but getting ripped at home by the Knights was not exactly in the playbook.

Trouble was, the Bulls could not find a player - or even two - to handle match-up nightmare, Isaiah Sykes, a 6'5" junior guard out of Detroit, who lit up the Bulls for 26 points in UCF's 74-56 road win.

Sykes did all of his damage from within the three-point arc, not even attempting a long-range shot, hitting 10 of 16 from the field. When he wasn't scoring, Sykes was hauling down rebounds, getting 11 (five offensive), or dishing to teammates, which he did successfully on eight assists.

Sykes averaged 12.3 points and 6.4 rebounds last season, but has begun the 2012-13 campaign with a bang. He still needs to work on his foul shots, as he made just six on 14 trips to the charity stripe against the Bulls.

UCF raced out to a 40-24 half time lead and coasted to the win, outscoring their hosts by two in the second half. UCF had a huge edge on the boards, 45-26, and held South Florida to 36% shooting.

If their opening game is any kind of indication, the Knights may challenge Memphis (currently ranked 17) for the Conference USA title. UCF handed Memphis a 68-67 defeat in January, but were demolished by the Tigers twice later in the 2011-12 season.

They were 22-10 overall last season, ending their campaign in mid-March with a 81-56 loss to Drexel in the NIT tournament.

Sykes and his teammates have bigger and better ideas about this season.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

College Hoops Tips Off; Dee Davis of Xavier Stars in 117-75 Rout

College Hoops Player of the Day for Friday, November 9, 2012

College hoops tipped off with a flurry of activity Friday night, including blowout mismatches by #1 Indiana (97-54 over Bryant College), #5 Michigan's 100-62 victory over Slippery Rock, and a close call by #3 Kentucky, getting by Maryland, 72-69.

One of the more lopsided and dominant wins was turned in by unranked Xavier, a perennial Atlantic 10 powerhouse, which got 22 points and 15 assists from Sophomore Dee Davis, in their 117-75 romp over Farleigh Dickenson.

Davis, who played sparingly last season as a freshman, is the starting point guard on this year's Musketeer squad and he came through with a standout performance, hitting 8 of 11 shots from the field, including 5-for-7 from three-point range.

Turning the ball over just three times, for an exceptional assist-to-turnover ratio of 5-1, Davis, a six-footer out of Bloomington, Indiana, had a steal and four rebounds.

The game was never very much in doubt after Xavier opened a big, early lead and had the visiting Knights down 68-32 by the half.

The Musketeeers were ousted from the NCAA tournament last year by Baylor, 75-70, ending the season with a respectable record of 23-13.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Scion FR-S Debuts in June

I don't know about anybody else, but during the hoops off-season, there's nothing like tooling around in a sports car and this new Scion FR-S looks sweet. Can't wait to get down to my dealer and take one for a test drive.

I'll take mine in that hot lava color, thank you.

Here's some info and specs, for all you fellow auto enthusiasts.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Kentucky Captures 8th National Championship with 67-59 Win over Kansas

After a grueling college basketball season and the rigors of the NCAA tourney, fans got the match-up they wanted when the Wildcats and Jayhawks met in the New Orleans Superdome to decide the national championship.

For Kentucky, the game broke down to a frenetic first half and a test of stamina and perseverance in the second, holding off a determined Kansas squad to capture its eighth title with a 67-59 victory.

Kentucky led by as many as 18 points in the first half, which ended with a 41-27 Wildcat advantage. The Wildcats were too quick for Kansas and pushed the ball upcourt with relentless ferocity and were also efficient with the basketball, making 16 of 30 field goal attempts (53%). Though they committed five first half turnovers, the Wildcats dished nine assists and out-rebounded Kansas, 22-14 through the first 20 minutes.

The Jayhawks struggled on offense, hitting just 33% of their first half shots (11-33) but picked up the scoring pace after the break, scoring the first three points of the second half to cut briefly into the Kentucky lead.

As had been their forte throughout the tournament, the Jayhawks deployed their defense to claw back into the fray, though this time they would come up short as Kentucky had forged too big a lead and was reluctant to slow the game down and offer any hope to the Kansans.

With 12:30 remaining, Kansas had cut the lead to 10 points, but Doron Lamb made two three-pointers within a 38 second span to give Kentukcy its largest second half lead, at 54-38.

Anthony Davis, who made only one field goal in the game but dominated the interior with a game high 16 rebounds and six blocks, hit a short baseline jumper with 5:10 left to boost Kentucky back to a 59-44 lead that signaled the end was in sight.

Kansas was relentless down the stretch, however, eventually cutting the lead down to five points when Thomas Robinson made a pair of free throws with 1:37 to go, but that was as close as the Jayhawks would get. Kentucky's Marcus Teague made two of three free throws and Lamb sunk a pair from the foul line with 17.5 seconds left to complete the scoring.

Elijah Johnson threw up a three-point attempt as time wound down, the ball suitably ending up in the hands of Davis as the final buzzer sounded.

Kentucky had survived, giving John Calipari the most cherished coaching prize in college basketball, his first national championship after three years of building the Kentucky program into an NBA feeding ground.

The scrambled second half took its toll on the stat sheet. Kentucky made just seven of 26 shots in the last 20 minutes, finishing with a shooting percentage of 41% for the game. Kansas shot just 35.5%, making 22 of 62 field goals attempts. Kentucky turned the ball over just 11 times - to nine for Kansas - and won the battle of the boards, 39-34.

Freshman Anthony Davis will not likely return to Kentucky, taking the route of winning the national title straight to the NBA, as did Carmello Anthony after his championship with Syracuse in 2002.

The Kentucky program may be decimated by the NBA draft, as, along with Davis, fellow freshmen Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague could also go pro. Sophomore Terrance Jones will almost certainly opt for an early exit as well, leaving only Lamb, a sophomore, as the only returnee from the starting five.

Leading all scorers with 22 points on 7-for-12 shooting, including three 3-pointers and 5 of 6 from the foul line, Doron Lamb's contribution cannot be understated. While Davis had one of his worst shooting performances (1-for-10) of his brief collegiate career, it was Lamb who picked up the scoring, with 12 in the first half and 10 in the second. He is College Basketball Daily's final player of the day for the 2011-12 season.


Conference Tournament Scoreboard FINAL

With Kentucky's victory in the final, the SEC proved to be the best conference through the tournament, racking up an impressive 11-3 record. with the Big Ten and Big 12 also putting in impressive performances. With nine losses and just 14 wins, maybe it's time for the selection committee to pare down the number of Big East teams invited next season, though Louisville may argue with that scenario.

The worst record was that of the Mountain West, which sent four teams but won just one game (New Mexico). The PAC-12 sent just two teams - Cal and Colorado - and won only one game, that being Colorado's win over UNLV, while Cal fell in one of the play-in games, to South Florida.

2012-2013 will see a good number of teams shifting of conferences, but clearly, the best basketball is being played East of the Mississippi, primarily in the heartland, mid-atlantic and mid-southern states.

Through games of Monday, April 2

Conference W L
Atlantic-10 4 4
ACC 6 5
Big East 14 9
Big Ten 11 5
Big 12 10 7
Conf-USA 0 2
Missouri Valley 1 2
Mountain West 1 4
Ohio Valley 1 1
PAC-12 1 2
SEC 11 3
West Coast 2 3
All others 7 20

Monday, April 02, 2012

Kentucky Captures National Championship, 67-59, over Kansas

Kentucky captured the NCAA Men's basketball national championship with a 67-59 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks, Monday, April 2, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Complete report, recap and player of the game on Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

NCAA Final Preview: Kansas- Kentucky Final One for the Ages

NCAA National Championship - Kentucky Wildcats vs. Kansas Jayhawks - 9:23 pm EDT

Just in case you've been asleep under a rock the past month, tonight's the night, the BIG ONE, for all the college hoops marble, the national championship final pitting the Kentucky Wildcats against the Kansas Jayhawks.

They are the two winningest programs in collage basketball. Kentucky has 2,089 victories all-time, while Kansas is a close second with 2070.

Without a doubt, this one will be a thriller. It has all the elements of a classic that will be looked back upon when maybe half a dozen of the players on the court tonight will be NBA stars.

Two of the greatest college hoops programs feature two exceptional coaches. Kansas' Bill Self has done nothing but win in his nine years with the Jayhawks, compiling a record of 269 wins and 52 losses, a winning percentage of .839, seven straight Big 12 regular season championships and five Big 12 tournament titles, a national championship in 2008 and his second trip to the Final Four.

John Calipari, coach of the Kentucky Wildcats, has had his sights set on winning a national championship since he set foot on the Kentucky campus in 2009. In three season, Coach Cal has produced a record of 101-14, winning the SEC championship each year and is making his second straight Final Four appearance.

The teams are highly regarded, as Kentucky owns the best overall record this season at 37-2, while Kansas went through the 2011-12 season with a 32-6 tally. Both teams lost in their conference tournaments, Kentucky falling to Vanderbilt in the SEC final, while the Jayhawks were ousted from the Big 12 tourney by Baylor in a semi-final meeting.

Featured in the game will be the two leading player of the year candidates, Kentucky's Anthony Davis and Kansas' Thomas Robinson. Freshman Davis averages 14 points and 10 rebounds and is a shot-blocking specialist, setting the single-season record for blocked shots. Robinson is the complete power forward, averaging 17.9 points and 11.6 boards.

While those two will almost certainly wage a battle royal in the lane, their running mates, UK forward Terrance Jones and Kansas 7-footer Jeff Withey will also play key roles, while the backcourt battle between point guards Tyshawn Taylor and Marcus Teague will be a determinant of which team gets the better scoring opportunities.

The two teams met back in November, with Kentucky taking a 75-65 win at Kansas, though the outcome of that game is nearly meaningless five months later. Both teams have matured and dominated their opponents since, and there is nary a weakness on either squad.

Nationally televised by CBS, the Wildcats are the bettors' choice, having been installed as 6 1/2 point favorites in most popular venues.

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Anthony Davis Leads Kentucky over Louisville; Kansas Shoots Down Ohio State; Kansas-Kentucky Final Monday Night

College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, March 31, 2012

National Semi-Final: Kentucky 79 Louisville 71 - The highly-anticipated Final Four meeting between Louisville and Kentucky lived up to its billing, but in the end, Kentucky forward Anthony Davis proved virtually unstoppable.

Kentucky led almost the entire game, though the Cardinals mounted a second-half rally that eventually tied the game, but the Wildcats always had an answer, even under pressure situations. Usually, that answer was Davis, who led the Wildcats with 19 points and 14 rebounds, reaching the national championship game for the first time since they won it all in 1998.

Davis had all his stuff working in the win, hitting seven of nine shots from the field and adding four of six from the foul line. On defense, he made the lane a no-driving zone for the Cardinals, blocking five shots, but mostly just imposing his presence in the middle, forcing Louisville into a shooting nightmare of 35% for the game while the Wildcats were hoisting it at a 57% clip.

Despite losing the rebounding battle, 37-32, and Louisville's 16 offensive boards, the Cardinals were forced into tough second-chance shots, many of which realistically had no chance of finding the inside of the rim.

For Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, the irony was bitter, because the last time the Wildcats won the national championship he was their head coach.

John Calipari, who has guided Kentucky to a 37-2 record, has to work his coaching magic for just one more game in order to fulfill his goal of winning a national title. Calipari has coached Kentucky for three seasons, but this team, despite its youth, appears to have all the elements necessary to complete the task and cut down the nets when they face the Kansas Jayhawks Monday night.

National Semi-Final: Kansas 64 Ohio State 62 - Kansas roared back in the second half, erasing a 34-25 Ohio State half time lead, to win their Final Four meeting with the Buckeyes and proceed to the national championship game with Kentucky Monday night.

The Jayhawks couldn't get into a smooth offense in the first half, eventually falling behind by as many as 13 points as Jared Sullinger and Ohio State stormed to what appeared to be an insurmountable lead.

Kansas head coach Bill Self never lost faith in his players' abilities and the Jayhawks used pressure defense in the final 20 minutes to force Ohio State into mistakes and tough shooting chances. Though the game had a helter-skelter quality to it throughout, Kansas kept pressing until finally taking the lead for good with 1.35 left when Travis Relaford calmly tossed in two free throws to give the Jayhawks a 60-59 advantage. A driving layup by Elijah Johnson off a Jeff Withey blocked shot gave Kansas a 62-59 lead with 1:08 to play.

Ohio State eventually cut the lead back to one at 62-61 on a William Buford dunk, but there were only nine ticks left on the clock by then. The Buckeyes fouled Tyshawn Taylor with seven seconds to go, and the senior nailed both freebies to put the Jayhawks back up by three.

With time running down, Kansas chose to foul Aaron Craft, sending him to the line for a 1-and-1. Craft made the front end and purposely missed the second shot and was called for a lane violation as he raced in after his purposeful miss.

With just 2.5 on the clock, Kansas quickly inbounded the ball and the confused Ohio State players failed ot foul, ending the game and sending Kansas back to the championship game for the second time in five years. The Jawhawks won the national championship in 2008, giving Self his first title. The Jayhawks-Wildcats showdown Monday will feature two of the most storied programs in college basketball history.

Kansas will be seeking its fourth tournament championship and sixth overall. Kentucky has won the championship tourney seven times and was also national champion in 1933.

Game time for the final game of the college basketball season is set for an opening tip at 9:23 pm EDT, Monday, April 2nd. The game will be televised nationally by CBS.