Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday Morning Dump

- In their first game since the Crosstown Brawl, Xavier shot just 32% from the field and lost their first game of the season, to Oral Roberts by 18.

- D-III hoops provides arguably the coolest dunk of all time

- Goodman and Parrish provide their weekly Top-25 (and-1)

- Terrence Jones had another woeful performance on Saturday. Sure, he injured his finger, and yeah, it looks pretty painful. But Jones was asked to play through the pain and he refused to do so.

- With Jared Sullinger hobbled by various injuries, Deshaun Thomas has stepped up as tOSU's scoring threat. The Mikan Drill breaks down the sophomore's offensive tendencies

- The Indy Star provides some good insight on the first Crossroads Classic and why this four-team Indiana state classic needs to continue

- Glen Logan provides some detail on the biggest surprises and disappointments in the SEC thus gar

- BYU played Baylor very tough, but couldn't pull off the upset. Gonzaga absolutely manhandled Arizona. So, who is the favorite in the West Coast Conference?

- Baylor was able to defeat BYU because 5-foot-10 Pierre Jackson made a game-clinching block on 6-foot-10 Brandon Davies

- If you are a fan of New York metro-area college basketball, Big Apple Buckets is a daily must-read

- No state has more underachieving teams than Tennessee. Belmont, Memphis and Vanderbilt all were thought to be March Madness threats. All three are looking like they might be left out come March

- Mike DeCourcy recaps the Memphis/Louisville game and wonders if Peyton Siva is the most complete point guard in the country

- Gary Parrish believes that Memphis will be fine despite another close loss

- Ryan Greene provides a "Five Up and Five Down" for Saturday's game results

- Andy Katz has five observations from the college hoops weekend. Jason King does the same

- Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor could return to action on Monday night. The senior tore his meniscus two weeks ago and had surgery to fix the tear last week

- Cal forward Richard Solomon will miss some time due to a stress fracture in his foot

- Miami's DeQuan Jones has retained an attorney and will appeal his season-long suspension for his involvement with Nevin Shaprio

- Speaking of Miami, big-man Reggie Johnson made his return to action on Saturday. The junior center had been sidelined since June because of knee surgery

- On Sunday, Washington suffered a shocking loss to South Dakota State. But according to ehad coach Lorenzo Romar, it's not time to panic yet

- Virginia Tech sophomore Tyron Garland will transfer to LaSalle. The Philadelphia-native is the third-leading scorer in Philadelphia Public League history with 2,198 career points

- If you watched the Indiana/Kentucky game last week, then you undoubtedly heard Dick Vitale complain about the Hoosiers inability to get Cody Zeller the ball on a consistent basis. Well, The Mikan Drill put together some pics and vid explaining why

- Speaking of Indiana, the Hoosiers remained focused despite a hectic week of publicity, exams, and an in-state rivalry game

- An awesome-read on Bradley's Dyricus Symmes-Edwards (Sleeper-stud and B.I.A.H All-Name Team member)

- The Columbus Dispatch put together a great feature on Bob Knight and his connection to Orrville, OH

- Butler got a must-needed victory by defeating Purdue at the buzzer. But did Butler really earn the win or did Purdue give the game away?

- A look at the top offensive impact players from the major conferences

- The design of the new Rupp Arena has been approved, but still won't be funded by the city

- The Pac-12 continues to be woefully-awful. Stanford is the only team yet to suffer a mind-boggling loss. Just how good is Stanford?

- The Iowa Hawkeyes are really struggling, even for a team in "rebuilding mode"

- This weekend provided a tremendous amount of #POSTERIZED-dunks. We tried our best to document them all: Washington's Terrence Ross threw down the exact same dunk he had against Marquette two weeks ago. Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis has the longest arms in the entire world. Akron's Quincy Diggs got some help from a foolish Florida A&M defender. Alabama's inability to score hasn't stopped Tony Mitchell from dunking on everybody. The Hawks of St. Joseph's put on the most dominant display of dunks I have ever seen

Yeah, this is awesome

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