Archive - Dec 2013 - Article
And now things get really serious in college basketball...
Conference play begins in earnest this week and, as any coach will gladly proclaim, those are the toughest games to play because the opposition always has you scouted so well and knows your personnel just about as well as you do.
The holiday season can mean only one thing: conference play is right around the corner. No more breathers against cupcake central, as the mettle of the freshmen will be truly tested game in, game out for the first time. Until then, let’s take a peek at the latest Stock Watch:
Joel Embiid, Kansas
Pay Heed, We’ve got Embiid – Georgetown guard Aaron Bowen learned this the hard way.
Looking for some post-Christmas gifts for you favorite college basketball fans?
Remind them to watch that CBS-televised set of games that will be played Saturday:
*The first (at 2 p.m. ET) has a showdown of unbeatens when No. 3-ranked Syracuse (11-0) plays host to another 11-0 club, Villanova.
*National champion and No. 7 Louisville (11-1) and Kentucky (9-3) follow at 4 o’clock or so from Lexington.
Lock those two contests into your DVR indefinitely. They’re going to be dandies.
It's June 26 and after years of evaluation, months of contemplation, hours of deliberation, and minutes of hesitation, NBA teams must leave their perspective war rooms and finally submit their choice for each year's draft. From the moment commissioner Stern receives the selection and ascends that podium, Scouts, GM's, coaches, and fan bases alike wait with baited breath and open ears in anticipation of the decision their franchise has made. Hoping that the choice has the potential to change the direction of their team.
The first five teams – three of the next seven – teams in the week’s Top 16 remain unbeaten.
Which stand the toughest tests at remaining that way a week from now?
I’m going with top-ranked Ohio State, which faces Notre Dame Saturday in Madison Square Garden.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of watching some great basketball at the Marshall County Hoopfest in Benton KY. Some of the top teams and players in the country battled snowy conditions to get there and play in this prestigious event. Here is a recap of some of the top individual players and their performances.
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Emmanuel Mudiay PG 6’5 SMU
Of the 8 sophomores taken in the 2013 Draft, 6 were among the first 11 picks. This sophomore group figures to be closer to the 2012 draft with 13 draftees, it also should have a few taken in the lottery. A large amount of players from last year's freshman class decided to return, maintaining a great deal of talent in this class.
1. Marcus Smart 6-4 220 PG/SG Oklahoma St.
With many of the marquee non-conference battles already in the books, the rising/falling candidates become more difficult to identify. With that said, this week’s Stock Watch puts forth an interesting blend of finished product upperclassmen and potential laden-underclassmen from across the collegiate landscape. Without further ado…
Shabazz Napier, Connecticut