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Missouri SEC Bound?


Welcome back everybody! I realize it’s been a long time since I last posted on here.  I’ve been extremely busy with work, staying in shape, studying, and coaching middle school football.  Well, my first season coaching has recently ended and I now have a few minutes a day to read and write about college basketball! I apologize for the long wait on a new post and I hope to be posting more regularly now that my football season has come to a close. 

The topic that’s been on my mind recently is the rumor that Missouri may leave the Big 12 (should be known as the Big 10 now) and join allegiance with the SEC!  Honestly, I think this is absolutely ridiculous.  Now, I’ve always been and always will be a fan and supporter of the Big Ten.  But, I can’t refuse the fact that the Big 12 has some rich history in it’s short existence.  Having produced multiple championship contenders not only in football (mainly Texas), Basketball (mostly Texas and Kansas and some would argue Oklahoma?), and in baseball (again mainly Texas). 

I love the competitive nature of the Big 12. The history of the schools and the heated rivalries amongst the schools within the conference.  Missouri is playing with fate if they’re actually considering making this move.  Yeah, it may (and this is a huge may) increase football commits from recruits but I highly doubt they’ll have any success on the football field in the SEC within the next 20-25 years.  As for basketball, which I feel Missouri is better known for, this move will only hurt them. 

Okay, so Missouri does make the move and they gain an additional $12 million a year in revenue from conference TV agreements….SO WHAT!?!  Money can not buy you a national championship…..I suppose my last statement is debatable. I guess you could build better facilities with that money or hire better coaching staffs…or even pay recruits more money to get them to sign! However, I just see Missouri leaving the Big 12 for the SEC to be a huge mistake. 

Here’s my thinking. Let’s just say for this post that Missouri is in the SEC.  They’re on their recruiting term (let’s say for football).  They’re recruiting and each recruit brings up the fact that Alabama, Florida, and all these other power houses are in the same conference and the odds of them winning a conference championship are slim to none.  Whose going to argue that their chances to win a conference championship in football is more likely to happen in the Big 12? Not many people. 

Now let’s move to basketball, which is why we’re all here.  I see Missouri making the move from a very well respected, competitive, and national power conference to a weak, and not very well respected basketball conference. If you want to argue that the SEC is a respected basketball conference look at all the bubble teams from last year’s field that didn’t make the big dance, especially Alabama. One of the top ranked defenses and didn’t make it.  You’re a basketball recruit being talked to by Missouri and they’re feeding you their speil and you say, “you know what? The Kansas rivalry just isn’t the same without the conference on the line.  If for some reason we don’t win outright the conference we may not be given a chance in the Tournament to prove ourselves due to our presence in the SEC. I’m going to need more time”.  Then you end up signing with another school outside of the of SEC and in the Big 12….good job Missouri. 

Overall I think the move is a bad idea for Missouri. It would be certain basketball suicide. But, obviously the school officials know more than what any of us know and whatever their decision may be will probably be a good one…at least I hope. 

Thank you for reading and I look forward to hearing some feedback and comments!

It’s good to be back!

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Purdue Ballamakers


Purdue basketball is my most favorite thing in the world.  When I was a young basketball player defense was my game.I could stop anybody I was put on and had fun doing it. I personally relate to Purdue’s style. I could also shoot pretty well, something Purdue seems to be struggling with lately but defense is Purdue’s identity.  That’s what Purdue basketball is known for, solid pressure D.

This year was supposed to be the Boilermakers year. I thought they were under ranked with their preseason ranking before Hummel re-tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and I was for sure Purdue was going to win the National Championship.  But, that’s the great thing about Purdue basketball.  Once Hummel went down everybody dropped Purdue from their list of teams that could make a final four run in March 2011.  However, Purdue fans still knew they had a chance.  Matt Painter coaches team basketball and it shows. Purdue is currently ranked 17th in assists averaging 17.7 assists/game.

We also still have JaJuan Johnson and E’twaun Moore.  It’s no lie to Boiler nation that the Boilermakers are better with Hummel but not down and out! Both Johnson and Moore are averaging over 19 points/game.  Two scorers averaging almost 20 points a game? that’s not too bad at all.  All they need is a little bit of a supporting cast right? So far, that’s been Purdue’s biggest problem.  We haven’t had somebody step up consistently and show that they’re the go to guy when Moore and Johnson are being held in check.  Sure, Hart and Barlow have shown signs of being that guy but neither have stepped up every game thus far.  And then you have Terone Johnson, our own little diaper dandy.  With more experience he’ll be a great player but he’s no Josh Selby from Kansas.  He’s not going to be able to win us a ball game single handedly. I don’t think he quite has the composure just yet to do something like that.

Now, I’m not saying that Purdue is going to crash and burn because they don’t have that 3rd role scorer.  There’s still time. Like I’ve said, Hart and Barlow have shown glimmers of hope and Terone is going to be great and is a very good option as a scorer now.  The two guys that we really need to step up and make buckets this season are our outside shooters; D.J. Byrd and Ryne Smith.  They need to pick it up and start shooting consistently to take some pressure off Johnson inside and by shooting well from the outside the defense will have to step out and guard and won’t be able to pack the lane.  In turn this will open up more space for Moore to beat his man off the dribble and open up cutting lanes.

Purdue’s success solely relies on their ability to play solid defense (which I know they will) and on Byrd’s and Smith’s consistency from the outside.  Smith showed great potential and guts in the conference opener against Michigan scoring 17 to go along with Johnson’s 22 and Moore’s 20.  If Smith can continue to produce like this I look forward to Purdue putting up big numbers and becoming a favorite to win the Big 10 and to make a run to the final four in March!

Washington State vs Baylor


It’s been awhile since I last posted.  I’ve been working doubles and have had little time to sleep let alone watch and write about basketball.  However, I’m a dedicated fan and while at my second job managed to watch a little basketball.

The Washington State Cougars have recently caught my eye.  I admit that before watching the Baylor game I knew little about them other than their W over Gonzaga (81-59).  While watching I noticed some really good basketball on the Cougar’s side of the ball.  I also think Baylor is overrated and it showed tonight.  I’ll start out by talking a little about Wash. St., then Baylor, and I’ll finish up with some thoughts I have about each team.

The Cougars impressed me, particularly in the first half.  Their team ball movement created a lot of open shot opportunities and easy points in the lane.  They only average 14.9 assists/game but tonight the pass really helped propel them to a victory.  Washington St. is also a very hot shooting team, 9th in shooting percentage/game.  Give them open shots and they’ll hit them, that’s exactly what happened to Baylor.  Baylor seemed a bit slow on D and was a little lackadaisical and Wash St. took advantage of Baylor’s poor defensive effort and put up 77 (1.9 points lower than their season average).  Klay Thompson also exhibited leadership skills second to none in this game.  He had 20 points and 3 assists and basically sat out the second half due to foul trouble.  When Thompson was out the Cougars seemed a little lost and this concerns me.  It’s always good to have a team leader and a go to guy but when he’s out you still have to be able to make stops on defense and put up points as a team.

Baylor. I don’t want to roast them too badly. After all they are DI ball players and I’m not. But, even I can see mistakes and weaknesses in teams.  As mentioned before the Bears defense was mediocre at best.  They only gave up 77 points but that was with Wash St.’s leading scorer out most of the second half.  They didn’t play help D at all and seemed to have no clue how to get through screens.  They also lacked consistent offense.  They lacked effective ball movement and penetration and settled for too many threes.  They passed the ball around the arc and would launch ill advised shots from the perimeter, a coach’s (and fans) nightmare.  To Baylor’s credit they did go on a 9-0 run midway through the second half when the Cougar’s Klay Thompson was out due to foul trouble.  However, they still lacked knowledge of what a good shot was and decided to play 3-point challenge instead of basketball and it cost them the game.

I think that if Washington St. can find somebody to step up and make buckets to take some pressure off of Thompson they’ll be a very tough team to beat come tourney time (both conference and March Madness).  I think with time they’ll find that guy because of the style they play. They seem to like to share the ball, even though their national rank doesn’t suggest that.  They also have good ball movement and penetration that creates open looks and easy opportunities to score.  As for Baylor, I have no idea how they’re ranked #15.  They have no solid wins and lost to a struggling Gonzaga squad. By conference play they’ll have more losses and will be unveiled as an overrated team.  Kansas and Kansas State will make them look silly and I’ll have a good time watching those games.

Josh Selby a Hero?


Josh Selby came up big in his debut again USC scoring 21 points.  Selby is the second highest scoring freshman in Kansas history. Xavier Henry scored 27 against Hofstra last season in his debut.  To continue the history lesson, Wilt Chamberlain put up 52 big ones in his debut but was a sophomore.  It’s no lie that Kansas fans love Josh Selby but does he really deserve all the praise he’s receiving?

I’ll let it be known that I love Kansas basketball.  When I was little, probably six or seven years old, I saw them play on television and thought their mascot was cool and became an immediate fan.  Since then my two favorite teams have been Purdue and Kansas, respectively.  In all my posts I will do my best to not be biased in any way.  So far I’ve done a post on Duke, who I despise with all my heart, and feel like I did a good job at not being biased.  With that said I will now address whether or not Selby deserves all the hype and praise.

It’s hard to deny the fact that Selby had an outstanding performance in his debut.  He put up 21 points, pulled in 5 boards(all defensive), and had 1 assist.  What’s most impressive about Selby’s performance are his 5 triples including the go ahead 3 he hit with 26 seconds to go in the game.  He was also 6 of 7 from the free throw line.  For all the mathematically challenged that means all of Selby’s points came from the charity stripe and from behind the arc, no 2-pointers.  Only seeing him play once isn’t enough to make an educated guess as to whether or not this will be a problem or that it’s a flaw in his game.  However, at this stage I’m not concerned by him not hitting any 2-pointers.

I was very surprised with Selby’s poise throughout the game.  The first time he touched the ball he turned it over but was absolutely amazing from there on out.  He went on to hit 2 consecutive 3’s and had 10 points at halftime, which led the team.  Kansas fans were definitely pleased with their freshman phenom’s debut up to that point.  If they only knew how much more happy he would make them.  For those of you who do not know why this was Selby’s debut he was suspended by the NCAA 9 games for accepting impermissible benefits.  I said it in my Duke post that Kansas thus far has been the only consistent team that I think would give Duke a run for their money this point in the season and that was before Selby was in the lineup but, they needed Selby more than ever today.

I also want to point out USC’s effort today. I still think Kansas is a very solid team and I don’t see them losing anytime soon.  Hats off to the Trojans.  They played a terrific game and with a few bounces of the ball the other way they walk away with the victory.  Kansas is now 10-0 (1-0 with Selby playing) and ranked #3 in the nation.  If they continue playing the way they have I can see them moving up to the #2 spot once conference play starts (I’ll talk about #2 Ohio State in a post very soon to come).  It’s very apparent that Josh Selby is the player he was projected to be (most highschool recruiting sites had him ranked as the top recruit for this freshman class).  I wouldn’t say he “saved” the Jayhawks today but he definitely hit shots when they needed him to to help catapult the Jayhawks to another win.

So, is Josh Selby a hero? Does he deserve all the hype and praise? I definitely think he deserves all the hype, he showcased his talents and abilities today and put on a very convincing performance.  I look forward to watching this diaper dandy throughout the rest of the season. For his performance today I would say he does deserve the praise.  Here’s a kid who made an honest mistake, paid the price, and was able to hold his emotions in check and put up 21 points and hit the game winning shot.  Is he a hero? For the time being he’ll be whatever Kansas fans want him to be.  If they consider him a hero for his showing today then so be it.  I personally think it’s too soon to say and I said earlier that I don’t think he “saved” the Jayhawks today.  But, who am I to take away this Kid’s amazing day and whatever praise that may come with it…