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CHD at the 2K Classic

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In yet another one of the the many preseason tournaments at Madison Square Garden, CHD was in the house for the two semifinal games, with a combined three ranked teams playing. In the opener, we saw the classic tale of two halves as Texas started slow but lit up Iowa in the second half on their way to a 71-57 win. The Longhorns scored 47 points in the second half while holding Iowa to a dismal 29.6 percent from the floor.

Iowa stormed out to a 13-2 lead with Aaron White and company controlling a sloppy first 18 minutes of the game. The Hawkeyes controlled the pace of play throughout the entire first half, until the final 1:30 before the break when Texas finished the first half on a 6-2 run to cut the lead at half to 30-24 largely in thanks to three bad Iowa turnovers in the last 90 seconds. Continue Reading

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0 to 100, Real Quick: The Freshman

The Freshman Top 10. You know ‘em. You love ‘em. You’ll continue to hear about ‘em…but not here. “0 to 100″ is an exercise in honoring the oft-forgotten diaper dandies that find themselves outside of the ESPN headlines. The freshman that will take a path less traveled by becoming sophomores rather than millionaires. These 90’s babies that take the lack of hype as a slight agains them and use it as motivation to take it to their opponent night in and night out. Like our modern oracle Drake insisted, these guys know themselves, know their worth…their actions been louder than their words, man. Here’s to them.

 

1181250Vince Edwards, Purdue

You know you’ve entered the Midwest/B1G when you hear basketball players saying things like:

“My role is just playing hard and trying to help my team win. Whatever I can bring to the team to help to help the team win, whether it’s getting rebounds, or making open shots or making an extra pass, I just want to win-that’s it. All the coaches, they all believe in me. I just want to play hard and help us win.”

Team. Team. Team. Win. Us. Playing hard. Getting rebounds. Making open shots. Making extra passes. Play hard. Us. Win.

PURRRRRR-DUUUUUUE BAAAAAASKETBALL!

In two wins against IUPUI and Samford, Edwards has scored 39 points (16-23 from the field, 4-8 from three), grabbed 16 rebounds, blocked three shots and added two assists and one steal just for good measure. Continue Reading

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Big 12 Preview: Can the Mayor unseat the Kansas Governor?

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Like the great Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson once said, “It’s preview season!” (alright, maybe they didn’t say exactly that). With the college basketball season greatly approaching, CHD is bringing you the most important, up-to-date information on your favorite NCAA basketball conferences. We’ll even throw in a little dash of nonsense and a heaping plate full of hype to go along with it (all for free!). Hunker down and strap it in folks, it’s almost time to Rise and Fire once again. Today, the Big 12.

11 Straight?

Or perhaps “11 Straight!” would be a more suitable title?

Kansas and head coach Bill Self once again find themselves in the Top-5 of the AP Poll and look primed to win at least another share of their 11th straight Big 12 regular season title, which is tied for third behind UCLA’s 13 and Gonzaga’s 11. And while things look extremely different in Kansas from last year, they kind of look all the same.

The Jayhawks are a lot like the show The Walking Dead. Not in the sense that there are ravenous zombies with alleged toupees looking for yet another meal around Lawrence. But in terms of the cast of characters. What the Walking Dead does so perfectly is it gives you a core cast, but continues to fill in the spaces around them with new faces. While the scenery and the ensembles change, it’s still the same show. Still the same winning concept. Continue Reading

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Atlantic 10 Preview: The Best (Not-So) Mid Major Conference

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With a conference-record six teams dancing in March a year ago, the Atlantic 10 Conference grew right before our eyes. With six teams, the A-10 was tied for the second most bids by any conference behind the Big 12’s seven. As the 11-seed in the South Region, a Vee Sanford, Jordan Sibert, and Devin Oliver lead Dayton Flyers team dazzled college basketball fans on their way to an Elite 8 appearance.

Saint Louis had a tournament win over NC State before losing to a tough Louisville team in the round of 32. VCU, Umass, Saint Joseph’s, and George Washington all lost in their first games of the tournament, though that VCU loss still stings deeply in Richmond.

Last year it was the Flyers who carried the conference deep into the tournament with their upset over 6th seeded Ohio State in one of the best games of the first weekend. They followed that up with a nail-biting win over the 3-seed Syracuse. After winning their first two games by a combined three points, the Flyers comfortably thrashed a hot Stanford team before finally succumbing to the #1 seed Florida in the South Regional Final.

The conference has grown each year with six teams in the dance last season, five the year before that, and four the season before that. I think the conference will lose it’s Mid Major Status and become a Power Conference.

Not convinced? Let this article do the trick.

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SAVE THE DATE! November’s Must-See College Basketball Games

After seven months off, college hoops came back with a vengeance this weekend. Even though a lot of teams will schedule a few cupcakes to ease into the season, there are still several games worth watching before the calendar turns to December. CHD’s Jon Teitel brings you a viewing guide for November and ranks the top-5 games of the entire month. See below, adjust your television sets accordingly, and enjoy some of the best non-conference action of the year.

kyks 1. Kentucky vs. Kansas in Indianapolis (11/18): The Wildcats lead the all-time series 21-6, including an 8-point win over the Jayhawks in the 2012 NCAA title game. Kentucky still has nine McDonald’s All-Americans on its roster even after losing Julius Randle and James Young in the first round of the NBA draft, and Coach John Calipari has decided that the best way to make use of all that talent is to implement a platoon system with two separate groups of 5-6 great players. Kansas coach Bill Self has “only” four McDonald’s All-Americans on his own roster, but he lost two big pieces from last year after Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid were selected within the first three picks of the draft. Newcomer Cliff Alexander and veteran Perry Ellis should allow the Jayhawks to compete with Kentucky’s frontcourt, but Aaron and Andrew Harrison gives the Wildcats a big advantage in the backcourt, and the dominant depth means that foul trouble will never be an issue with Calipari’s team.

midu 2. Michigan State vs. Duke in Indianapolis (11/18): The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 8-2, including a 10-point win over the Spartans win in the 2013 Sweet 16. Duke lost its two best players from last year in the first round of the draft (Jabari Parker/Rodney Hood), but still has plenty of McDonald’s All-Americans including a couple of super-frosh in Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. Continue Reading

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Welcome to the new… poor?… Big East

Ahh, the Big East. What is there to say?

Poor Big East.

No longer is it the big, bad bully of college basketball. No longer does it possess multiple Hall of Fame coaches and get nine or 10 of its teams into the Big Dance. Those attributes have likely been passed to their formal rival, the ACC.

Now, the poor Big East simply has 10 purely basketball schools.

The thing is, those 10 little basketball schools are all currently pretty good and all have varying degrees of rich basketball tradition. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with new Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski about playing/working for Coach K.

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In 1994 you were named a McDonald’s All-American: which of your fellow honorees impressed you the most (Raef LaFrentz/Trajan Langdon/Antoine Walker/other)? The guys I paid the most attention to were my future Duke teammates, and it was my first time to watch Trajan play extensively in person.

As a freshman in February 1995, Jeff Capel made his legendary 37-foot runner at the end of the first OT in what remains the highest scoring game in the history of the Duke-UNC rivalry (102-100): where does that rank among the most amazing shots you have ever seen, and how do you explain the rivalry to people who have never experienced it firsthand? That shot goes down in history: you can be sure it is in the highlight package leading up to every UNC-Duke game. It is as good a rivalry as there is in sports. It is unique because the schools are only eight miles apart: you are competing and living in the same area and both schools have had amazing coaches and long-time traditions. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Auburn coach Bruce Pearl

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl about coming back to the SEC.

pearlYou worked for Tom Davis as a team manager/emergency mascot at Boston College and an assistant at Stanford and Iowa: what made him such a great coach, and what is the most important thing that you ever learned from him? He was a great teacher who looked at himself as a classroom teacher and his class was basketball. He was very smart and had tremendous integrity. He taught me the system that I have used my entire career and taught me to be patient as a teacher. He got stuff out of guys who most coaches would have never stuck with because he was patient.

In the 1987 NCAA tourney as an assistant at Iowa, Kevin Gamble scored 26 points (11-13 FG) and made a 21-footer with two seconds left in a 2-point overtime win over Oklahoma: where does that rank among the most clutch shots you have ever seen? It was big: I would say it probably ranks in the top-5. Oklahoma had a great team: both of us were very talented teams with a lot of guys who eventually played in the NBA. That shot got us to the Regional Final were we shoulda-coulda beat UNLV. We had an 18-point lead in the first half against Vegas to go to the Final 4. 1987 was the year that Keith Smart hit the jump shot from the baseline to win the title, while Billy Donovan and Rick Pitino were together in the Final 4 for Providence. Continue Reading

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Pac-12 Preview: Cats Up, Bears Down

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Like the great Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson once said, “It’s preview season!” (alright, maybe they didn’t say exactly that). With the college basketball season greatly approaching, CHD is bringing you the most important, up-to-date information on your favorite NCAA basketball conferences. We’ll even throw in a little dash of nonsense and a heaping plate full of hype to go along with it (all for free!). Hunker down and strap it in folks, it’s almost time to Rise and Fire once again.  Next up, the Pac-12.

The Drought in Arizona

I am not a weather man. I cannot read a forecast. When I see green blobby waves on my TV during the weather report, part of my childlike brain pretends the west passed gas on the east. If I hear someone talking about “the Thunder last night”, I automatically assume they’re talking about something Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook did. And twisters will forever make me think of Helen Hunt and that flying cow.

Again, not a weather man.

After attending college in the state of Iowa for four years, I do know about two things weather related: Floods (unfortunately) and droughts (corn-corn-corn-corn-corn-corn-corn).

Before I explain further, lets think back all the way to the year 2001 and the events that occurred: 9/11, Dale Earnhardt’s passing, Wikipedia started (found that out by wikipedia-ing Wikipedia), Apple released the iPod, Friends was still on TV, everybody really did love Raymond, Miami was still good at college football, Bjork wore a goose as a dress, Barry Bonds hit 73* home runs in a season, Jay-Z didn’t have a wife, and the future Mrs. Z was still one of Destiny’s children.

Why did we conduct this exercise?

Well, 2001 was also the last time Arizona made the Final Four. Continue Reading