College Basketball: Teams, Players, Coaches to Watch

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College Basketball:  Teams, Players, Coaches to Watch
It was a great weekend of marquee match-ups, but before we get to those games, let’s rewind a week: 

After the Louisville “White Out” game, we now know Rick Pitino brings a minimum of two suits to each basketball game. Great, but a few questions come to mind. 

Halftime is 15 minutes.

In the time it took Pitino to change suits, re-comb and reapply the ‘Dapper Dan’ gel to his hair, get his hourly Botox treatment, and call to check the status of his horses, what exactly did he have time to say to his team? Did he even go into the locker room? Did any of his players think to ask, “Where’s Coach?”

Check the college sidelines sometime. Between recruiting, watching film, and cashing in on endorsement money, when do these guys have time to buy a different five thousand dollar suit for each game?

This is why I’m such a Bruce Pearl fan. 

We’ve all seen the pictures of a shirtless Pearl painted in Tennessee orange. But beyond that, the guy always wears his team colors—and he certainly doesn’t worry about changing suits if he gets too sweaty. Pearl is possibly the only man in the world who can sweat all the way through a suit. In a game last year against Florida, it literally looked like Pearl got caught in a rainstorm. 

So what does Pearl do when the biggest game of the year against Memphis is on national prime-time TV? He rocks the burnt orange suspenders. 

After his team beat Memphis to become the top-ranked team in the nation, Pearl’s well-dressed and slick-haired counterpart, John Calipari, gave the standard “I just lost a home game and my undefeated season to a guy I hate” walk-off handshake.  Unfazed, Pearl gave a great post-game interview to Erin Andrews that can be summed up with one short sentence, “It’s about the kids.”

Bruce Pearl is exactly what college basketball needs. 

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Davidson dominated Winthrop on Winthrop’s home court—and leading scorer Stephen Curry only scored 12 points. We’ve known this for a while, but a reminder never hurts: Davidson is good.

After so many near-upsets of big-time teams, this has to be the year Davidson finally gets to the second round of the Dance. Has to.       

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Unranked and inconsistent Oklahoma State shockingly upset Kansas in Stillwater. I’m telling you, there is something magical about that ugly court of theirs, which I wrote about in a recent column titled “College Basketball: A Mess on the Hardwood.” This has to beg the question: Is Kansas gearing up for yet another early exit from the tournament? 

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Drake’s upset of Butler this weekend at Butler should prove the doubters wrong, including me. I definitely didn’t see this one coming. But I still don’t believe in these Bulldogs.      

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Quick question: What’s different about Roy Hibbert from last year to this year? 

Answer: nothing.   

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Even if Oregon had a superior team to UCLA, the sparkling letters on their jerseys still would have prevented them from winning Saturday’s game. Who is responsible for making such a decision?

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Michael Beasley is a man.  A full grown man.  His 44-point performance against Baylor was plain nasty.  But those expecting him to lead K-State to the Promised Land had better think again.  Beasley might be comparable to Carmelo, but Frank Martin is no Jim Boeheim.   

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NJIT, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, finished their season 0-29. That stinks. Before resigning earlier this week, head coach Jim Casciano was 66-119 in seven seasons at NJIT.
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