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College Hoops Monday: Your Commentary

January 31st, 2010
Louisville's Samardo Samuels

If either Connecticut or Louisville shows up at Freedom Hall not understanding the magnitude of the game they should be eliminated from at-large consideration. Hate to be so harsh but both teams are essentially at the point where they need to go on a run if they're to make the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies, who have been without head coach Jim Calhoun for the last four games due to health reasons, own just one Top 25 win (Texas) and they've yet to beat anyone of consequence on the road (as a matter of fact they've yet to win a true road game).

College Hoops Saturday Recap: Jayhawks Survive the Little Apple

January 31st, 2010
Kansas point guard Sherron CollinsThe "Octagon of Doom" offered up a charged atmosphere on Saturday night, a given when the rival Kansas Jayhawks are in the building. And the game didn't disappoint either, requiring an extra five minutes and a great play from Sherron Collins to determine the winner. With the 81-79 win the Jayhawks assume total control of the Big 12 race and stand a good chance of taking over the top spot in the national polls come Monday.

College Hoops Saturday: Your Commentary

January 29th, 2010
Kansas freshman Xavier Henry
There are good games throughout the day on Saturday, beginning with Duke visiting Georgetown in front of an audience that will include the President of the United States. The Blue Devils will show up confident thanks to their wins this past week over Clemson (on the road) and Florida State. Their three primary scorers can be a handful for anyone but the Hoyas must find someone to guard the versatile Kyle Singler, who can play either inside or out offensively. Georgetown will also have its share of matchup advantages, most notably Greg Monroe in the high post.

College Hoops Thursday Recap: Can Georgia Tech Win the ACC?

January 29th, 2010
Gani Lawal battles for a loose ball
That question is more than valid and if they play the way in which they did in the second half of their 79-58 win over Wake Forest an ACC title could become a reality for Paul Hewitt's squad. The Yellow Jackets shot 53.7% from the field and finished with five players reaching double figures (D'Andre Bell led the way with 16 points) in the win, which also featured Tech holding Wake Forest to 32.8% shooting.

College Hoops Wednesday Recap: Vanderbilt Wins in Knoxville

January 28th, 2010
Vanderbilt guard Jermaine Beal
Before recapping Wedneday's happenings I just wanted to relay a very good idea from College Hoops Journal's Matt Norlander, who is also a contributor to Yahoo's "The Dagger" college basketball blog.

College Hoops Thursday: Your Commentary

January 27th, 2010
Wake Forest point guard Ishmael Smith

Two big games in the ACC and another in the Big Ten highlight Thursday's schedule. Wake Forest visits Atlanta in a homecoming game for Al-Farouq Aminu, but he and the rest of the Demon Deacon frontcourt will have their hands full. Derrick Favors, Gani Lawal and Zachary Peacock make up one of the more talented frontcourt trios in the nation and lead a Yellow Jacket squad that can expect multiple NBA scouts every night. But that has little bearing on whether or not Paul Hewitt's team wins games, with the backcourt being the key.

College Hoops Tuesday Recap: Gamecocks Knock Off Kentucky

January 27th, 2010
South Carolina's Devan DowneyAfter Kentucky whipped Arkansas to ensure their move up to number one in the polls few people paid much attention to South Carolina in regards to their chances of upsetting the Wildcats. But thanks to the ability of senior guard Devan Downey to take over a game the Gamecocks stunned Kentucky 68-62 in Columbia. Head coach Darrin Horn has now won his last three meetings over Kentucky, who will most likely drop from the top spot come Monday.

College Hoops Wednesday: Your Commentary

January 27th, 2010
Vanderbilt guard Jermaine Beal

An in-state rivalry will be one of the top matchups on Wednesday night with Vanderbilt heading east to take on Tennessee in Knoxville. Thanks to South Carolina knocking off Kentucky the Commodores lead the SEC East with a 4-0 league record but they could have some company after Wednesday night. Kevin Stallings' team has won nine straight but this will be their toughest challenge by far, especially considering their tendency to struggle away from Memorial Gym in big games.

College Hoops Monday Recap: Quick Start Fool's Gold for the Hoyas

January 26th, 2010
Syracuse's Kris Joseph

Monday's rivalry game between Georgetown and Syracuse didn't get off to the best of starts for the home team, who fell behind 14-0 before the game was even three minutes old thanks primarily to the shooting of Austin Freeman (3-3 from deep during that sequence) with a Jason Clark trey being the final salvo in that outburst. The outside shots were coming easily for the Hoyas, something that actually make the Syracuse zone more effective especially if you don't commit to getting the ball inside.

College Hoops Tuesday: Your Commentary

January 25th, 2010
Jacob Pullen

Tuesday's a big day for teams in need to resume-building wins with many games providing teams the opportunity to further their causes. Rhode Island, who fell victim to Jordan Crawford in the second half of their loss at Xavier, could really use a win at Dayton to help their at-large chances. The same goes for the Flyers, who have lost two of their past three (both defeats came on the road). Losing to the Musketeers is by no means a bad thing but the 60-59 loss at St. Joseph's could be one that comes back to haunt Brian Gregory's squad if they don't pick up a few more quality wins.

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