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January 13th, 2016
Like Jordan, Ewing and Miller, the last name Payton is one that is revered by all in the basketball community. The first name that comes to mind is NBA Champion and Hall of Famer Gary Payton, who is still among the NBA's all-time leaders in both assists and steals. And even though "The Glove" has been retired for the better part of 8 years, I doubt you can find anyone in the Pacific Northwest that isn't familiar with that name.
A week ago Kansas and Oklahoma gave us the measuring stick for every other college basketball game we want to refer to as “great”.
Let’s see if another Big 12 Conference tilt – this, too, involving the now-No. 1-ranked Jayhawks in the latest Power 16 – can approach it for sheer joyous entertainment value.
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Last year's winner Leland Page (moochiee) of Victoria, BC scored 120 points and won the 2015 Draft Day Challenge, and received a pair of adidas Eurocamp custom shoes. Congratulations Leland!
The 20th Annual Les Schwab Invitational took place at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon from December 27-30. The tournament tends to feature Oregon schools with a couple of programs from nearby Washington, along with two traditional powerhouses with Maryland’s DeMatha Catholic and Virginia’s Oak Hill Academy. It featured both of the East Coast schools in the final, with the incredibly deep Oak Hill squad gaining an 82-66 win over DeMatha to claim the Les Schwab title.
We didn’t have to go too deeply into 2016 to get a confrontation between No.’s 1 vs. 2.
With the Oklahoma Sooners remaining No. 1 in the Power 16 for the third week in a row and Kansas moving up to No. 2 following then-No. 2 Michigan State’s loss at Iowa last week, that confrontation will take play in Lawrence Monday night when Kansas plays host to the Sooners.
December 28th, 2015
None of the teams in the Power 16 lost last week.
Hence, there is no movement – up or down – in the “updated” ratings.
So, with play scheduled to begin this week in the majority of the conferences, let’s take this time to offer up an “All-American team” for the “15” portion of the 2015-16 schedule.
And it goes like this:
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There was a shakeup in the top 2, with one Big 12 team (Oklahoma) moving in for another (Iowa State) in this week’s updated Power 16 ratings.
With three teams in last week’s rankings losing games, there also are some major changes in the rest of this week’s Power 16.
Most notably among those changes are Duke (which fell to Utah) and Kentucky (falling to Ohio State) dropping out of the latest Power 16.
Lexington hosted top players who could potentially play their college ball in the bluegrass state. The showcase consisted of four games featuring five elite teams. Arizona State, Louisville, Kentucky, and Indiana were some of the teams in attendance. Here are a few players that stood out.
DeAndre Ayton – 7’0 Hillcrest Academy 2017
We’re five weeks into the season and the ACC, Big 12, Big East and Big Ten still have their collective hands in a stranglehold on the Power 16 rankings.
The Big 12 is especially dominant at the top, holding onto the No.’s 2, 3 and 4 slots as Iowa State, Oklahoma and Kansas are a collective 24-1.
And the only loss by those three happened because Kansas lost a big second-half lead and was beaten at still-unbeaten and now-No. 1 ranked Michigan State.