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Thursday, January 27, 2011

College Hoops Top 25: Jimma Donna! & The Road to New Orleans...


Ever just wanna get away?  Well, after the Cuse got dropped by 20 at home at the hands of Seton Hall, their 3rd straight overall and 2nd in the Carrier Dome, I had that very question creep into my mind.  So I figured, why the Hell not?  Why not 'just get away'?  So this weekend, I am just getting away.  And better yet, I'm using this weekend as sort of a college basketball therapy.  Yup, in just a few short hours (weather permitting), I will be on my way to pay homage to one of the greatest sports achievements of my lifetime.  I'm headed to New Orleans, kids, to celebrate the 8th anniversary of the Syracuse men's basketball National Championship.  In the very city in which it was viciously fought for, and on the very streets in which it was rightfully earned...

OK, truth is I'm just heading down there for a 4 day bachelor party that's been 4 months in the planning, but forgive me if I tried to tie things together nicely and include some sort of half-assed theme.  After all, you know my penchant for those sort of things.  And that's 'half assed themes', NOT 4 day bachelor parties at remote and slightly exotic locations.  Although I'm sure that after this weekend, I'll probably have a penchant for those as well...

SO here ya go, my damies.  A little college hoops action for your Super Bowl bye week viewing pleasure.  And don't worry, I'll be back next week with all the betting info you'll need to know for the big game.  And seeing as how I've been straight ON FIRE! lately (see: predicting the championship games to within 3 points total), it'll definitely be in your best interest to see what I've got to say.  That, and I'm sure I'll have some hilarious yet monetarily beneficial props that you're gonna wanna have some action on.  Like, ya know, the length of Rodgers facial hair at kick off...

Yeah, it should be a good time.  And speaking of good times, I gotta get this thing down so I can get to the airport.  SO here we go, friends.  Enjoy...      




College Hoops Top 25
1. Ohio St. (21-0)

I had basically given the Buckeyes a pass.  Lose a close one in Illinois, and you'll still be my #1.  Well, they pulled it out against the Illini, then thumped the #12 Boilermakers by 23.  You're move, Duke...

2. Duke (18-1)

3. Pittsburgh (19-2)

4. Texas (17-3)

Winning back to back road wins @ Kansas and then an emotionally charged OK State, may be the best such stretch any team's had so far this season.  Ricky Barnes is coachin' 'em up, baby!  And this Longhorn squad is gonna be a tough out.  A REAL tough out...

5. Kansas (19-1)


6. UCONN (17-2)

I've officially taken off the "UKemba" tag, as some of his suite mates have finally started to show up (namely Jeremy Lamb).  Just make sure Shabazz Napier doesn't have the ball at the end of the game, and the Huskies should be all set for a steady, season long run at the top of the Big East...

7. Villanova (17-3)

Their loss @ Providence isn't as bad as it seems, and their win @ Syracuse is looking a little less impressive as the days creep by.  Jay Wright's Cats still have the ability to shoot your lights out, like they did in the Carrier Dome, and combined with great senior guard play that will always make them a dangerous squad in the one 'n done format that is the NCAA Tournament...

8. Missouri (17-3)


9. Syracuse (18-3)

Things are bad in the Cuse right now, I'm not gonna lie.  It's just the fact remains they probably aren't nearly as bad as they seem.  I don't care how good you are, if team's consistently open up against you hitting 70% from NBA 3 range to beat your zone, it's gonna be pretty damn tough to win.  Now don't get me wrong, a lot of that onus falls on the Orange themselves.  Their sloppy ball handling and inefficient offensive possessions certainly aren't helping the cause...

That being said, they're still one of the Top 10 teams in the country on talent alone, and barring this temporary slide turning into a prolonged losing streak, that's exactly where I'll keep them...

10. Notre Dame (17-4)

11. Wisconsin (15-4)

12. Texas A&M (17-2)

13. BYU (20-1)

Pretty sure his name had been "Jimmy" Fredette up until this year, but whatever, "Jimmer" is great.  Especially for someone like me, who likes to predict possible headlines or come up with hilarious game calls.  My head's already flooded with everything from "The Jimmer Man" to "Jimma Donnnnna!".  And just you know Gus Johson will be bustin' out that second one out when Fredette is making it rain from the parking lot in the early rounds of the tournament.  And when throwing to commercial he'll say...

"Jimm Jimmer! He's got the keys to the Beamer!.  And he's driving the Cougars right into the Sweet 16!..."

I'm right, you know I'm right, but that does nothing to take away from how awesome it's gonna be when he actually does it.  DO you, Gus,  DO YOU!...

14. Purdue (17-4)

15. Washington (15-4)

16. Vanderbilt (14-4)

17. Kentucky (15-4)


18. Florida (16-4)

Impressive 2 OT win vs Georgia, but I'm still not gonna buy these Gators until I see some better consistency.  The past few seasons, inconsistency has been there MO.  Never a good thing.  But they have the talent to contend if they can ever steady the ship.  So far, not so bad...

Oh and a great line from this week: "Remember when Billy Donovan left to coach the Magic?....oh wait."

Ha!  What a Ted.  Great coach, but a Ted nonetheless...

19. Illinois (14-6)

20. San Diego St. (20-1)

It's never good when you take a huge dump on your first real National stage, especially when you came in with a really soft looking 20-0 record.  Get ready for the Aztecs to fall as quickly as they rose if they don't right the ship, and get back to smokin' the also-rans in the Mountain West...

21. Florida St. (15-5)


22. Louisville (16-4)

I'm thinkin' that loss @ Providence, his first loss ever to the Friars, really got under Pitino's collar.  Ya know, just that chick that tried to extort him did that time on that restaurant table?  Yeah, so he's fired up, and he's got his boys playin' a good brand of defense that should serve them well and prepare them for the type's of games that are going to become more increasingly common as the season progresses...

23. Minnesota (15-4)

24. Utah St. (18-2)

25. Cincinnati (18-3)

Hasn't been a lot of love for this 3 loss Big East team, so allow me to toss some their way in the shape of a Top 25 spot.  Their only 3 losses on the season are @ SYR, @ NOVA & @ ND, and no one can blame them for those.  It would be nice if they had a marquee win to point to, but that still doesn't mean they're not a good ball club...

Besides, I bet they nail down that big winner sooner or later.  That's how it is in the Big East.  You can't survive on beating up the beat squads, because there just aren't that many.  I wrote them and asked that they just change the conference name to "THE BEAST", in all caps, and be done with it, but I'm still waiting to hear back.  I bet they opt to use it, though.  I mean, how could they not.  IT's gold, Jerry! Gold!


just missed: Georgetown; West Virginia; Arizona; Georgia 


There you have it, friends.  Now, I'm off to retrace Carmelo's historic footsteps, and hopefully collect a pair of beads or two.  Which I'm pretty sure, if I follow exactly in the trail he blazed, shouldn't be too much of an issue...


Have a great weekend, and I'll see you for the Super Bowl...


Teddy Williams...
100...

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