Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday Morning Dump

- Duke lost to St. John's by 15 a MSG is a game that was never close. Is Duke still a #1-seed? Gary Parrish wonders if they can get the #1-seed with two bad losses and no good wins. Wait what? Yeah I was thinking the same thing. Johnnies show signs of progress in rout. The Blue Devils can't really be this bad, can they?

- This win for St. John's puts them on the path to taking back New York City

- Jeff Goodman puts together his list of the top-30 Naismith Award candidates. Goodman also provides ten storylines from a jam-packed Saturday

- Dana O'Neil reminds us not to forget about Georgetown's Austin Freeman. The Big East preseason PoY is averaging 24.3-ppg in the last four games, including 30-points in the Hoya's road victory over Villanova, 69-66

- Andy Katz made a couple of observations from the weekend's slate of games

- If you a shot at beating OSU you are going to have to slow the pace down and value time of possesion

- USC lost to Arizona on Saturday 82-73 and big-man Nikola Vucevic thought his entire team "played like women"

- NC-State coach Sidney Lowe must be on the hot-seat, right? I think we're all amazed he's been coaching there as long as he has

- The UCLA Bruins have been letting opposing fans get inside their heads

- Harrison Barnes received a bunch of criticism following his slow start to the season. But following a clutch late-game performance against Miami, he's fine with all the talk

- I too love Chipotle, and it's only partially because the burritos cause Syracuse to lose games

- The legend of Tony Mitchell looks like it's coming to an end

- Can South Carolina make the NCAA Tournament? if they can, how do they do it?

- A solid interview with NAIA superstar Taylor King. We discussed his move from Duke to Villanova to USC to Concordia over the summer, and this is a solid follow-up

- Florida lost a crucial conference game at Mississippi State on Saturday in which the Gators scored only one basket in the final five minutes

- Some news and notes from Saturday hoops action in the CAA

- The five best players this weekend from the Atlantic-10

- TNIAAM is none to pleased that a fan is tweet-hating on the Syracuse players

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