College Basketball: 20 Random Observations..

January 8th, 2009

20 Random Rants, Thoughts, and Observations from the Week in college basketball by Editor Shawn Siegel:

1 - So if beating #1 makes you go from a nobody to a somebody, does BC go back to being a nobody after losing to the 199th (RPI) team at home? (or were they just somewhere in the middle the whole time).

2 - Forgotten because of BC's loss to Harvard, there was another big ACC upset last night. Maryland lost to in-state MEAC opponent Morgan State. The Bears had never beaten Maryland in their history. Todd Bozeman has done a great job there.

3 - Morgan State's win pushed the MEAC to 28th in the RPI. This might not sound like much, but its been years since the MEAC didn't finish in the bottom two along with the SWAC.

4 - Jake Kelly apparently doesn't have a very good internal clock. In a close game against Minnesota, the Iowa soph heaved up a half-court shot even though there was almost 3 seconds remaining. It was so much time that the missed ball bounced all the way back to the 3-pt line, and Iowa almost got off another shot.

5 - Western Carolina was one of the worst teams in the country last year.. RPI of 291. But thanks in large part due to the play of freshman Harouna Mutumbo, the Catamounts are 7-5, and 2-0 in Southern Conference play. Tonight, he had his best game yet with 29 points and 8 boards in a win over struggling UNCG.

6 - If your girlfriend, or wife, or mother, or any female asks you to see Marley and Me.. simply refuse. No matter what.

7 - I don't see Ernie Kent lasting beyond this season.

8 - If you haven't noticed, Oregon State has won 5 of 6 games. Yes, Oregon State. And they've beaten teams I've actually heard of in that stretch. Kudos.

9 - Northwestern's come back down to Earth, now having lost 4 of 5, including their first 3 Big Ten games. Unless they can show some toughness knocking off Purdue or Minnesota at home next week, mark down the Wildcats for another 4 or 5 win league record.

10 - In a battle of potential America East champs, Binghamton knocked off Vermont in OT. The Bearcats were led by 29 points from DJ Rivera.. who was written up this afternoon by our own Rob Carpentier. Despite the loss, Vermont is still my pick to win the league.

11 - Florid'a brought in a lot of big name recruits over the last few seasons, but without Nick Calathes, they'd be going nowhere.

12 - BJ Mullens is only averaging 17.8 mpg, but outside of Blake Griffin, I'd probably pick him over any other college player out there.

13 - Perhaps Matta is bringing Mullens along slowly because he's tired of so many kids leaving early..

14 - Oral Roberts struggled to a 2-10 record in non-conference play.. but is now 3-1 in league play. The Golden Eagles played a brutal schedule to start the season, almost entirely on the road, but are better than their record suggests. They face a big lithmus test this weekend against favorite Oakland.

15 - Despite Harvard's nice win over BC, Cornell is still the clear favorite in the Ivy. Louis Dale is just starting to get healthy, and with him at full strength, look out.

16 - If you didn't notice, and its okay if you didn't, one of the few remaining unbeaten teams fell this week. Illinois State lost a 4-point decision to Bradley. The Braves are now the MVC's lone team without a loss.

17 - Not going to lie, I have no clue who Johnny Moran is. But the UNI freshman put up 22 points on 6-8 shooting from three, and even added 8 boards, in the Panthers upset over MVC favorite Creighton. He's certainly a player I/we need to keep an eye on.

18 - LSU.. 12-0 at home, 0-2 on the road with an average deficit of 20.5 points. Lame.

19 - Craig Brackins was one of the bigger names in last year's freshman class.. but the ISU big man never lived up the hype. This year Brackins is averaging 18.3 ppg and 8.5 boards, the numbers the experts expected.

20 - Nothing new here.. but how bout them Hogs?

That's all for now.. post your thoughts below. Happy hooping!