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First Quarter Review: Big East

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The Big East has made one of the biggest conference turnarounds so far early into this season, as our Jamal Murphy predicted. Last season, in its first as the “New Big East” the conference was dominated by Villanova, who were joined on the dance floor by only Creighton and Providence. But there will definitely be more than just three teams dancing this year. At this point in the season, all ten teams are above .500 with only Marquette having more than three losses. Continue Reading

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First Quarter Review: Atlantic 10

A10 logoLast season was the most successful year in Atlantic 10 history. The conference sent six teams to the NCAA tournament after sending five the year before and four the year before that. With conference momentum booming, the A10 added Steph Curry’s Davidson to the mix to make an even 14 teams. Last season, the A10 was arguably (not really an argument) the best mid-major in all of college basketball. But things aren’t quite the same this year.

This season, things have been slower and rougher for the Atlantic 10. It isn’t time to abandon ship or write off the conference just yet, there are still some good basketball teams here. Continue Reading

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First Quarter Review: ACC

1450_atlantic_coast__conference-primary-2014With a little more than a month down in the college basketball season, we have seen the ACC’s stock continue to rise. With three very impressive and dangerous teams leaving opponents gasping for air after 40 minutes of play against them, Duke, Louisville, and Virginia mean business. The powerful trio are a combined 26-0 and give the ACC three of the top seven teams in the country. But there are some other gems, some out in the open and some hiding that will help the conference reign supreme throughout the country this season. Continue Reading

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The Pyramid

CHD Pyramid

Welcome friends, family, neighbors, NCAA officials that still don’t know what a block and a charge is, Dick Vitale enthusiasts, Dick Vitale detractors, general basketball fans and the “Marchers” to CHD’s first ever Player of the Year Pyramid. We are truly very excited for you to be here.

If you’re anything like us here at CHD, you eat Top-10/POY lists up like they’re IHOP’s all-you-can-eat pancakes. The only difference is that here; we spare you the stomachache, overall life questioning and eventual realization that something went horribly wrong (don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there before).

So what is the Player of the Year Pyramid?

I thought you’d never ask.

It’s a three-tiered “best of” list, broken down by levels. Each level is named after a former college basketball great and within them are criteria to help figure out who the Top-10 players are, starting in reverse order. Continue Reading

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Getting Chippy: Maine Guard Aaron Calixte

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It hasn’t been an easy journey for University of Maine freshman point guard Aaron Calixte. Passed up by bigger conference schools including Maryland, UMass and Temple because of his 5’11 height, Calixte’s journey has led him 240 miles north from his home city of Boston to play for first year Maine head coach Bob Walsh.

With 16:27 remaining in the first half of the Black Bears contest with Boston College earlier this season, Calixte hit a three from the right side of the Conte Forum court to pull Maine within three points of Boston College. The crowd, filled with family, friends, old coaches and teachers, erupted as they witnessed a milestone, Calixte’s first collegiate points in his home city. Continue Reading

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Take a deep breath: CHD is in the house for Kansas-Georgetown

The Hoyas have already had quite a difficult non-conference schedule with games in the Bahamas against Florida, Wisconsin, and Butler, but their first big home test came last Wednesday against the Jayhawks. Kansas has recovered after an early throttling at the hands of Kentucky to win three straight against Tennessee, Michigan State, and Florida, and was hoping to avoid the vengeance of Georgetown after an 86-64 home win by the Jayhawks in the 1st game of this home-and-home series last December. CHD’s Jon Teitel was at the Verizon Center for this tasty tilt earlier this week, but the game itself ended up taking a back seat to a pre-game presentation by the home team that turned into a front-page story.

One of my co-workers had considered taking her granddaughter to this game…until learning that even seats up in the 400 level were going for $50 a pop. The upside of staying home to watch it on TV was the chance to hear Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery do their thing on the mic. Kansas does not visit the East Coast every month so there were plenty of scouts who signed up to see the action in person, as well as numerous notable names from the world of basketball: Bob Ferry (2-time NBA Executive of the Year), Kevin Grevey (1978 NBA champion), and even the great Bob McAdoo (2000 NBA Hall of Fame inductee). Continue Reading

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Virginia Wins Second Straight Tough Road Game

Virginia LogoAfter winning at Maryland on Wednesday night, seventh-ranked Virginia survived another hostile environment with an impressive 74-57 win at VCU, giving the Rams their first home loss in 22 games. Malcolm Brogdon and London Perrantes controlled the tempo of the game, never allowing VCU to get into their normal transition game.

Brogdon scored 15 points in the win and was the best player on the floor for the majority of the game, dishing out four assists and always making the extra pass, helping to set up Justin Anderson’s 21 points. But Virginia coach Tony Bennett said London Perrantes was the key down the stretch. After VCU’s Treveon Graham knocked down three-straight three pointers to cut the Virginia lead to four, Perrantes hit a shot-clock beating runner from the baseline to stop a 9-2 VCU run late in the game. Continue Reading

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The Devil You Know

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We all saw that in Wednesday night’s ACC-Big 10 Challenge, Duke beat Wisconsin in imprssive fashion, getting great play from their freshman despite a great performance by Frank Kaminsky.

Before I start praising Coach K like some sort of deity, lets talk about Wisconsin.

For starters, this loss does not affect Wisconsin even in the slightest. Continue Reading