College Basketball Wordplay

Eric ThomasonCorrespondent IFebruary 10, 2009

And One

Indiana wins a conference game, ending the school's longest losing streak ever at 11.  Enjoy the champagne Hoosiers, because it might be the last time you celebrate all season. 


Bluegrass Misery

Kentucky’s struggles continued, turning the ball over 15 times in a 66-57 loss to Mississippi State. The Wildcats were booed at halftime and most of the second half by their Rupp Arena faithful.

After starting conference play 5-0, Kentucky has dropped three straight, joining the likes of Syracuse, Georgetown, and Notre Dame, without playing the same type of quality opponents the Big East offers.

Teams have figured out that if you stop Jodie Meeks, it’s really not that tough to beat Billy Gillispie’s squad. Kentucky has moved from a possible four seed to possibly missing the tournament in just three games.



Team that failed to stop the bleeding this week

It looked like Georgetown had recovered from five straight losses with a win over Rutgers earlier in the week, but the Hoyas had their wound reopened with an overtime loss to Cincinnati. 

Can you really still believe these same Hoyas beat UConn in late December?



Let’s play how many points we can score in 40 minutes; sound fun, Gary Williams? 

North Carolina might have the best offense in the country (92.3 ppg) but need to improve on the defensive end—the Heels rank 253rd in the nation, allowing 71.2 ppg.

Roy Williams' bunch gave up 44 to Maryland in the first half, which was the same point total the Terps managed to score against Duke for the entire game.






Tyreke Evans scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds in a dominating 77-60 win over Gonzaga on Saturday night.

Evans had filled the void left by Derrick Rose, and Memphis has once again very quietly started to come together as a team.


Got Mail

Dear Ticketmaster,

I was wondering if I could purchase group tickets for the NIT championship game.


Longhorn and Irish faithful




Impact Freshman


Jumping to conclusions (Predictions for next week)


Upset Special:


Could be in trouble:


Close than you think:


No way Jose:





Looking forward:


Mid-major Paradise: Bracketbusters announced.

Bulldogs suffer second loss of the season.



Villanova might be the most overlooked team in the country. Silently this team that made a Sweet 16 run last season has things rolling again. Great guard play is a key come tournament time. Does anyone remember Reynolds?




Player of the week:

Jack McClinton.


Question of the week:


Recruiting News:


Storm's a Bruin

UCLA is playing great basketball right now.

Ben Howland's team has to be considered as having an outside shot at an unprecedented fourth straight Final Four appearance.


Top Five


Upcoming: (Five things to watch for next week)


Wacky Wednesday

Clemson's defense has shut down Duke so far in the first half.  Kyle Singler got in foul trouble early and had four fouls. Without Gerald Henderson and him, the Blue Devils really struggled in the Devils' two losses.

What has happened to Wake Forest?  They have been completely turned around as a team, and have struggled offensively. Remember, this is a very young team. Miami is a very veteran team with four senior starters.


X-tra points

The Missouri Tigers are now 20-4 (7-2 in Big XII) and have wins over California, Southern Cal, Texas, and Baylor.

This Tiger team is a very athletic group, which will run teams up and down the court for 40 minutes, wearing opponents down during the stretch of games. If you haven’t had a chance to watch Missouri play this season, you might want to start paying attention.


Your projected seed line as of today:


Zzzzz: Teams the country shouldn’t sleep on.