share

Archive - Blog entry

January 23rd, 2017

Frequent Flyer

Player of the Week

Charles Cooke, G, Senior, Dayton Flyers

January 22nd

Raising Arizona

Player of the Week

Lauri Markkanen, Forward (Arizona)

Cowboy Up

We’re starting to settle in to conference play, and this week helped further establish teams that should be playing in the NCAA tournament when March rolls around. With their blowout win over Baylor, West Virginia has established themselves as a legitimate threat to Kansas for the regular season title. Those three teams, Baylor, Kansas, and West Virginia, have all but guaranteed themselves a spot in the NCAA tournament.

Upward Dog

5-28. That is what the SEC’s record is against opponents in the current AP top 25 so far this year with all 5 wins coming from a combination of Kentucky and South Carolina who happen to play this Saturday. Anyway, there are three good teams in the SEC and they all happen to be ranked. And depending on the day, Arkansas may show up and look impressive, but the rest of the league is pretty putrid outside of those four teams. Auburn has flashed potential, but they still seem to be a year away.

January 19th

Hoops Artisan

Player of the Week

Jamel Artis - Pittsburgh

January 16th

SEC Thorn in the Side

In the beginning of the season SEC basketball seemed as if it was going to overachieve and more than three teams would punch their tickets into the tournament. When looking at the resumes of every team in the SEC, three seems about right. Kentucky, South Carolina, and Florida look like the only three locks to play in meaningful games past the conference tournament. No, the NIT or CBI do not count when talking about a power five conference and being successful.

January 15th

Markksman

Player of the Week

Lauri Markkanen, Forward (Arizona)

Wooden Worthy

Before I begin this week’s mid major blog, there are two mid major players that deserve some recognition. With the 2016 Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 candidates being announced, senior forward Alec Peters of Valparaiso and junior guard Nigel Williams Goss of Gonzaga have been named finalists. Both players are having spectacular seasons for their respective schools and conferences. Peters is averaging 23.8 points per game, 10.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while he is shooting 45 percent from the field and 92 percent from the free throw line.

January 11th

Swanigan Again

Player of the Week

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue

January 10th

Jackson of All Trades

It was quite a week in the Big 12, with quality games around the conference, including an upset in Lubbock and near upsets of Baylor and Kansas. Texas Tech defeated West Virginia by a score of 77-76 in overtime, scoring the biggest upset of the season to this point in the Big 12. Baylor was taken to the wire by Iowa State and Oklahoma State, while the Jayhawks took down Kansas State on a very controversial game-winning layup by Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.