Posted on: December 29, 2011 8:55 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 8:57 am
By Matt Norlander
You'll love Honest Logos. // Samoa quits Friday, leaves our side of the dateline. // The most illegally viewed movies of the year. // I often link to cool picture galleries. I've never seen a sports photo like this. // Dangerous package at the library turned out to be ...
★ Rest in peace, Voice of Cameron.
★ USA Today took the lead on writing about coaches and power and if it's too much and whether it can be curbed. Start here.
★ Why that Louisville loss was inevitable last night.
★ Some more end-of-2011 college hoops awards to vote on.
★ Uh, wow. Here's a suggestion of how distant Harvard is from everyone else in the Ivy this season.
★ Telling you, the Hurley stories will come weekly if Wagner starts resembling a respectable program in greater NYC.
★ I spent 2,100 words passive aggressively (and just plain aggressively) going after the Pac-12, so I guess the joke's on me.
★ Already looking like another Carrier Dome attendance record will be set later this season.
★ Even with NBA players the past few years, the Pac-12 has sucked, though.
★ Big, wanted changes are coming to the recruiting trail in April. Here's how things will be altered.
★ I know Ohio State's a juggernaut, but Northwestern getting pasted like this reaffirms my belief: Wildcats won't be dancing this year, either.
★ Pat Forde writes on Rick Majerus. Pat Forde writes very well on Rick Majerus.
★ Hand down, man transferring. Mark Jackson Jr. leaving Louisville.
★ By the way, if you'd like to get primed on all our conference resets, click on this. Info and jokes and not-taking-ourselves-too-seriously prose.
♬ Ween. Such an interesting band. I really, really love a lot of what they do (like this one, "Chocolate Town," one of my favorite early-morning songs) but hate a portion of their catalogue as well.
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Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:28 am
Edited on: December 29, 2011 12:30 am
Here’s everything you need to know about Wednesday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Baylor went into Tuesday 12-0 and Mississippi State had won 11 in a row. On Tuesday, a Pierre Jackson layup with 28 seconds left was the difference, as Baylor stayed undefeated, winning 54-52. Mississippi State had a chance to tie, but Rodney Hood’s attempt was knocked away when going up. The Bulldogs didn’t score in the last 1:35, when Renardo Sidney fouled out and then picked up a technical foul.
Win to brag about: People had varying opinions of Louisville heading into Tuesday, but the Cardinals were 12-0 nonetheless. Then Georgetown went into the KFC Yum! Center and handed Louisville its first loss of the season, 71-68. Freshman Otto Porter had 14 points and 14 boards for the Hoyas, which held off Louisville after the Cardinals went on an 11-0 run in the final three minutes.
Loss to hide from: It’s not exactly a bad loss, but Creighton’s 12-point home defeat to Missouri State to open MVC play was not what the Bluejays needed. They came into the game as the conference favorite, but gave up 45 points in the second half en route to a 77-65 loss. Kyle Weems had 31 points and seven rebounds for Missouri State.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Coming into the season, most questioned Michigan State’s lack of a true point guard. Keith Appling quieted some of the doubters on Tuesday night, when he led Michigan State to an 80-65 win over Indiana – the Hoosiers’ first loss of the season. Appling had 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Spartans.
Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: Northwestern wasn’t expected to beat Ohio State on Tuesday, but a 33-point loss was certainly not in the Wildcats’ plans. Drew Crawford and John Shurna combined to shoot 9-for-30 from the field, and just 2-for-8 from 3-point range. On the other side, Ohio State’s William Buford had 28 points and nine rebounds.
Numbers don’t lie:
Three other notable results:
On tap: There’s a nice mix of conference and non-league matchups on Thursday. Vanderbilt looks to notch a marquee win at Marquette, while Florida travels to Rutgers as Mike Rosario visits his old stomping grounds. Cincinnati will try to keep its winning ways going against 9-1 Oklahoma, and Belmont plays Marshall in an underrated game. The top intra-conference battle is BYU visiting Saint Mary’s in a WCC tilt, while the Pac-12 docket is highlighted by Oregon State and Washington.
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Posted on: December 28, 2011 8:53 am
By Matt Norlander
Happy to be back in the routine of the Wakeup Call after a few days off. We've got a worthy batch of links to share, so let's ...
Man inherits Pearl Jam-signed guitar from deceased brother. Guitar gets stolen. Pearl Jam sends man another guitar. // The future of Internet monitoring seems scary but inevitable. // My two youngest brothers live together. I bought them a ping pong table for Christmas and have forwarded them the best table tennis shots of the year. // MY HEART, IT'S IN A PUDDLE ON THE FLOOR ...
★ What was the college basketball play of 2011? A very tough vote.
★ I and others believe that teams don't play as well from about Dec. 20 to the 27 because of natural distraction. John Ezekowitz went to the facts and disproved that. Still, if I were a coach I wouldn't schedule in theat eight-day time frame because I wouldn't want to chance it.
★ The fellas behind the best non-mainstream sports blog are prepping for an epic road trip. You know their stuff -- toss a few quarters their way and help make a great college basketball project come true.
★ Georgetown has a significantly better chance at winning the Big East than UConn. Do you believe that?
★ The Christmas weekend lends itself to a good story or two falling through the cracks. I did my best to keep tabs on all of them. This is one of the best stories of the month.
★ Almost did a standalone post on this story yesterday. Jim O'Brien slinging it at the D-III level and loving life.
★ I slipped up as well by picking Georgia State to finish 11th in the CAA. Panthers are playing quite well and could be a factor in that league.
★ Dion Waiters will retweet almost anything you say about him. Andre Drummond at UConn is like this as well.
★ Again, this is the place for all your critical Big Sky information.
★ Few pieces will better inform you on the critical, essential differences between stats and eye test, why both are necessary and how both so easily muddy debate and conversation.
★ Darnell Dodson: fairing well in his new home.
★ How college basketball went all NBA last night.
★ More on the death of Mac Irvin, a power player and positively influential figure in prep basketball.
★ Which teams are getting what odds in Vegas right now?
► Kemba Walker's been lost to the NBA now, but I can't not show this video. Great stuff. Kemba remains a class act and genuine article.
♬ We're back on schedule with a band/artist recommendation daily. Let's go with Muse, an amazing live band with a few reliable/predictable tricks up its sleeve but is still kickass nonetheless. This is one outside the Muse formula in that it's early work (2002) and pretty hard compared to what the guys are composing these days. Warning: This will bump your speakers, so check that volume.
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Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:59 am
Edited on: January 6, 2012 3:35 pm
As well roll into January that can only mean one thing -- we're about to launch full swing into conference play.
For some teams, non-conference play was a wake-up call. Teams that many thought would easily stroll into the NCAA tournament come March will now have to pick up the pace in league play.
Through Jan. 5, the CBSSports.com college basketball crew will be putting the spotlight on every major league, letting you know what you may have missed and what do you need to watch out for going forward.
Posted on: December 24, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: December 24, 2011 7:46 pm
By Gary Parrish
Mac Irvin, the namesake of the Chicago-based and Nike-sponsored Mac Irvin Fire summer basketball program, has died, multiple sources confirmed to CBSSports.com on Saturday. The exact cause of death was not immediately known, but Irvin had been fighting diabetes.
Duke assistant Jeff Capel was among the first to Tweet about Irvin's death.
"RIP to Mr. Mac Irvin," Capel Tweeted. "A mentor to so many. You will be missed!"
Countless elite prospects have spent summers playing for the Mac Irvin Fire. The most recent 17-and-under team featured Jabari Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward who is regarded as the nation's No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013. Parker is being recruited by Duke, Kentucky, Michigan State, Kansas, Illinois and a host of other top-tier programs.
"My condolence goes out to the Irvin family," Tweeted NBA veteran Damon Jones. "MAC was a super dude and did a lot for our youth with his aau program."
Posted on: December 23, 2011 8:59 am
Edited on: December 23, 2011 9:08 am
By Matt Norlander
Santa Claus is coming to town. // The final tweets of some famous people who've passed on. Kill me if Gaga or Kim K is part of my final digital burst to the world. // Some of the most beautiful libraries. // The tracking-Santa-on-Christmas-Eve is an entertaining thing. // And isn't this nice: an estimated $1.84 billion will get shoplifted this holiday season ...
★ Good idea for a CBB Tumblr.
★ Good look at teams playing freshmen a lot of minutes. No squad is overcoming being green like Georgetown.
★ The best dribbler in college hoops?
★ I had to drive to Hartford and cover UConn last night, so I've read very few things in today's Call. What I'm not nervous about sharing: Luke Winn's Power Rankings.
★ I thought we'd get through the week without hearing from Bobby Davis. I thought wrong.
★ Damn. I wanted to believe in Stanford.
★ If you missed my interactive timeline and column on Rick Pitino ...
★ ... read that, but then read John Gasaway's similar-but-different take on the Cards.
★ College players singing Christmas carols.
★ Pe'Shon Howard coming back today for Maryland and boy is that big.
★ Get to know Mississippi State's Dee Bost, who is undervalued right now, for sure.
★ You think you know why Creighton's good? You don't know until you read this.
★ What Florida needs to be asking from Santa.
► Here's Voltron (Florida's Patric Young) with one of the best blocks I've seen at the college level.
♬ This is THE DEFINITIVE CHRISTMAS SONG. In fact, it's the absolute best song to play at approximately 10:43 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It's not my favorite, but without question it's in the top three. I always wish the guitar solo was 15 or 20 seconds longer.
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:35 am
By Matt Norlander
The 10 biggest discoveries in our world in 2011. // A different set of discoveries: the best viral videos of the year. // This could be a day-maker. // The lava lake and abandoned Ferris wheel are my favorites. // A devastating, tragic story, because the girl never knew she was about to die. Her last memory/vision is an innocent millisecond before non-existence. // Vote for the worst Christmas song here; I actually don't have anything against "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" ...
★ I really love what Goodman's done with his informative/notebook-esque Tuesday column. A mushy stew of great info.
★ How about this St. Joe's transfer story from two years ago.
★ In wake of the Xavier-Cincy mess, I think two games would've been better than one, but either way, any punches thrown in hoops need to result in suspension, almost always.
★ One of the five best things Rob Dauster has written in 2011.
★ Will Shabazz Napier be out for Thursday's game against Fairfield?
★ "As long as the schools make rules to give the Todd Grahams of the world all the power, the Todd O'Briens don't stand a chance." Agreed. But the Todd Grahams are never losing the power.
★ I still disagree -- silly, stupid, irrelevant writer's opinion, I know -- with playing Sullinger when he's got tweaks to kink out, but he did play well against Lamar last night.
★ Seth Greenberg has some interesting protocol his players must cater to on Twitter.
★ If we must ditch "true point guard" then I'm immediately going to start using "pass-first point guard."
★ Saint Mary's has won eight straight, but I've gotta see them against better competition. No one talks about how Randy Bennett tends to schedule so lightly.
★ By mid-January, I think we see Brad Beal become a real force.
★ Bernie Fine accuser Zach Tomaselli pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of his own.
★ Forgot to link this yesterday, but it's been officially one year since this blog was launched. Very proud of what we've done here in 366 days, and hope to get even better, even prettier and even tighter in the next year. Thank you for continuing to come back -- our numbers have been improving more and more. We love you.
► Robbie Hummel once again can jump. He couldn't get six inches off the ground two months ago.
♬ This is an order from the Member of the Tribe who resides at this blog, one Mr. Goodman, who wanted Sandler's holiday tune in this spot today.
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Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:31 am
Edited on: December 21, 2011 12:32 am
Here’s everything you need to know about Tuesday’s slate of college basketball games …
Game of the day: Kenpom.com anointed North Carolina State vs. St. Bonaventure as the game of the day prior to Tuesday – and he certainly wasn’t wrong. It was a back and forth game throughout, but it looked like it was heading to overtime once Eric Mosley tied it up at 65 with 3.1 seconds left. Then C.J. Williams launched a full-length pass to C.J. Leslie, who somehow got a shot off to win the game for the Wolfpack. Check the really high-quality video above.
Win to brag about: Northern Iowa was 6-0 on its homecourt heading into Tuesday, but Ohio went into Cedar Falls and came out with a 17-point win. The Bobcats shot 52 percent from the field, 52 percent from 3-point range and stifled Northern Iowa on the defensive end. Ivo Baltic went for 22 points in the win for Ohio, which is now 10-1.
Loss to hide from: There weren’t any truly bad losses on Tuesday, but Stephen F. Austin dropping one to Prairie View A&M tops the list. Prairie View didn’t have a Division-I win all season and had won just two games away from home in the last season and a half. Stephen F. Austin expected to contend in the Southland this season, but going 0-for-8 from 3-point range en route to a 53-50 loss isn’t going to do it.
Player who deserves improper benefits: Richmond’s Darien Brothers scored 38 points to lead the Spiders to a 90-82 overtime win against Old Dominion. Brothers jumpstarted the extra period with a four-point play to give Richmond a lead it would never relinquish. Overall, he had 19 points in the last 11 minutes of regulation and overtime.
Player(s) who does not deserve improper benefits: Coming off Butler’s win against Purdue over the weekend, we expected the Bulldogs to show better against Gonzaga. Instead, they got behind early and fell, 71-55. Three of Butler’s top four scorers – Andrew Smith, Chase Stigall and Chrishawn Hopkins – combined to shoot 3-for-21 for a grand total of seven points.
Numbers don’t lie:
Three other notable results:
On tap: There are several good games to check out on Wednesday. The best game of the night should be Texas taking on North Carolina, with Myck Kabongo going head-to-head with Kendall Marshall. Seton Hall also faces Dayton, and Alabama looks to bounce back against Oklahoma State. A couple of teams with gaudy records battle in DePaul and Cal Poly, and Parrish will be at Mississippi vs. Middle Tennessee State.
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