Archive - Feb 2011 - Article
We’re down to the final week of the regular season and we have some conference races coming down to the wire. Pitt’s loss at Louisville puts the Big East up for grabs, while the ACC will come down to a showdown between Duke and North Carolina next Saturday. Purdue kept itself within striking distance of Ohio State, while Kansas pulled even with Texas in the Big 12. Meanwhile, BYU virtually clinched the Mountain West crown with its biggest win of the season at San Diego State.
Utah: Derrick Favors, Devin Harris, 2011 first-round draft pick, 2012 first-round draft pick from Golden State, and cash considerations
New Jersey: Deron Williams
Climbin' the Board
It was another tough week for the Power 16 as nine teams, including the top four, suffered defeats. We argued the point a few weeks ago, but perhaps there are no great teams in college basketball this year. That being said, we have little movement in the rankings as all nine Power 16 losses last week were away from home. It certainly goes to show how difficult it is to win on the road during conference play. On to this week’s rankings…
Villanova Senior point Corey Fisher guard embodies the toughness of the area of NYC he comes from, the Bronx. On Saturday, Fisher went off for 34 points, knocking down a game tying 3 pointer in the closing seconds and willing the Wildcats to victory in overtime. We caught up with Fisher to discuss his start his season, his game and his future. We previously interviewed Fisher in August after his incredible 105 point Summer League game.
With the regular season winding down, it's time to update the top 100 Big Board.
As we approach the magical month in which everyone’s a college hoops fan, individual performances are put under the microscope in what becomes the premiere opportunity for players to increase their stock as an NBA prospect. Let's check out who's made the biggest moves in the past week on the 2011 draft board.
Climbing The Board
Jordan Hamilton, Texas, SF
We have a shake up at the top of the Power 16 following Ohio State’s first loss of the season. However, the new look at the top might not be what you anticipated. We reevaluated our thought process around the rankings and focused on body of work to determine a pecking order. You could clearly make an argument for any of the top four teams to be #1, but here’s how we see it…
French NBA prospect Evan Fournier (6'6, 18 years old, shooting guard) scored 21 points during the French League game between SLUC Nancy (Top team in the league) and Poitiers. Poitiers won the game 69-61.
Fournier became the youngest player to score more than 20 points in French League history. He did it at a younger age than NBA Players Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs), Roddy Beaubois (Dallas Mavericks), Mickael Pietrus (Phoenix Suns), Nicolas Batum (Portland Trailblazers), and Boris Diaw (Charlotte Bobcats).
Everybody is waking up from their Super Bowl Sunday hangovers with the realization that March Madness is nearly one month away. College basketball will now take center stage and seasonal fans will find tremendous balance throughout the sport this year. We’re ready for an exciting stretch run, but here’s how this week’s Power 16 shakes out: