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2007 Collegehoops.net All-Excitement Team

March 20th, 2007
Kansas

Whether because of sheer physical talent, basketball savvy, impressive hustle, or a sterling personality, the Collegehoops.net All-Excitement Team is for players who make it fun and exciting to be college basketball fans.

All-Excitement Team
G: Acie Law (Texas A&M)
F: Chase Budinger (Arizona)
F: Kevin Durant (Texas)
F: Julian Wright (Kansas)
C: Greg Oden (Ohio State)

Second Team All-Excitement
G: Dominic James (Marquette)
F: Deron Washington (Virginia Tech)
F: Al Thornton (Florida State)
F: Jaokim Noah (Florida)
C: Stephane Lasme (UMASS)

Collegehoops.net All-Freshman Teams

March 8th, 2007

Nat'l Freshman of the Year: Kevin Durant (Texas)
High-Major Freshman of the Year: Jeremy Wise (Southern Miss)
Mid-Major Freshman of the Year: Stephen Curry (Davidson)

CHN First-Team All-Freshman
G: DJ Augustin (Texas)
G: Mike Conley (Ohio State)
F: Kevin Durant (Texas)
F: Brandan Wright (UCLA)
C: Greg Oden (Ohio State)

CHN Second-Team All-Freshman
G: Stephen Curry (Davidson)
G: Javaris Crittenton (Georgia Tech)
F: Chase Budinger (Arizona)
F: Ryan Anderson (Cal)
C: Spencer Hawes (Washington)

Daily Dribble: Final BCS Power Ranking

March 7th, 2007
ACC

In the last Dribble, I ranked all 66 2nd tier conferences. Today I've put together a 73-team ranking of BCS schools. I also did this late in January, and those rankings are in parentheses..

BCS Power Ranking, 1 to 73

1. Ohio State 15-1 27-3 (6)
2. UCLA 15-3 26-4 (1)
3. North Carolina 11-5 25-6 (3)
4. Florida 13-3 26-5 (2)
5. Kansas 14-2 27-4 (9)
6. Wisconsin 13-3 27-4 (4)
7. Texas A&M 13-3 25-5 (7)
8. Georgetown 13-3 23-6 (24)
9. Pittsburgh 12-4 25-6 (5)
10. Washington State 13-5 24-6 (13)
11. Oregon 11-7 23-7 (8)
12. Notre Dame 11-5 23-6 (16)
13. Marquette 10-6 23-8 (12)

Oden & Durant: Like the Plot of an Eighties Movie

February 24th, 2007
NBA Draft

NBA general managers don’t see college superstars the way most people do. GM’s see them as potential soul mates. Or, more aptly, potential soul team-mates.

Daily Dribble: Stats Give Away Final Four?

February 23rd, 2007
Kansas

I love sports stats. Its as simple as that.. baseball has the best stats obviously, but college basketball has some underrated numbers. And I'm not talking about the RPI, I'm talking about Ken Pomeroy's offensive and defensive efficiency numbers. Its not my place to explain these numbers, but you can check out http://kenpom.com/blog/index.php/weblog/stats_explained/ for what the stats mean. But basically a good offensive efficiency rating means a team is good at offense and a good defensive efficiency rating means your good at D. Ken combines these two efficiency ratings into the "Pythag Winning Percentage" which basically predicts how a team will do against an average schedule. For example, last year's national champion Florida, ended up #1 in the Pythag category. They were projected to have a 97.4 winning percentage against an average schedule. The worst, not suprisingly was 1-26 Savannah State with .8% Pythag winning percentage. This means (theoretically), Savannah State would only have won 1 of every 100 games against an average NCAA schedule last year.

Fantasy Hoops: 2nd Bananas

February 23rd, 2007
Boston College

These guys might not be the stars of their teams.. but players like Tyrese Rice, JamesOn Curry, and Martin Zeno put up numbers with the best of them.

Daily Dribble: 2//22

February 22nd, 2007
Mississippi St

Ohio State's won 12 in a row, but are they really getting better? I envisioned them not only being a grind-it-out, half-court team that beats you 65 to 55.. but also a team that if they were hot offensively would beat you 85 to 55. Oden's quietly putting up 16, 10, and almost 4 blocks per game.. but no one's been exceptional on offense. Luckily no team in the Big Ten can really score the ball this year, so it will be interesting to see how they fare against good teams that push the tempo in March.

Oklahoma State's tumble continues (5 of 6 losses).. getting rocked at home by Texas A&M last night. Its too early to say the Cowboys are done, because they have winnable games left (at Texas Tech, vs Kansas State, at Baylor, at Nebraska).. but they need to get a move on. If they win those 4 and end up 23-8 and 9-7 in the Big 12.. they'll be in the Dance.

Court of Law: Legality of Coaches Using Physical Force

February 22nd, 2007
NCAA Legal IssuesIs a coach such as Bob Knight permitted to use physical force as part of his coaching style?