Notes on the opening night of college basketball, which was essentially for diehards only after being buried by poor decision-making that set the season’s start date on…Election Night? The night did include a few upsets and some individual standouts amidst a mass of buy games.
Tag: Arizona State
From before the season right to the bitter end, 2017-18 was a season to forget for the Pac-12. It can only get better from here for all of them, or so we think, and it gets really interesting trying to look ahead save for one idea: next season will be better.
Short bench, poor shooting, young, Syracuse still found a way to come back late to defeat Arizona State in an NCAA Tournament play-in game, another example of a good coaching job by Jim Boeheim this year.
The 2018 NCAA Tournament selections demonstrated once again that the selection committee seems to have lost sight of what should be the most basic, important thing to ask of teams: winning games.
It’s not the case every year, but once again, the term ‘soft bubble’ is perfectly appropriate this year as NCAA tourney selection beckons.
There’s a big question at hand: How many bubble teams want to earn their way into the NCAA Tournament field? Plus a coach gets hurt in a skirmish, a heralded player returns to action, a bizarre situation in Northridge, and more coaches are out of a job.
It was hard to guess who was the more desperate team going into the latest incarnation of the Duke/North Carolina rivalry, which resumed Thursday night.
On a light day of action ahead of the Super Bowl, a Pac-12 team gets a key win that gives them a chance to gather some momentum. Plus a suspension in Columbus, Owls start to come around, and no real surprises among the few games on tap.
By its own lofty standards, the Big Ten has had a rather lousy basketball season. It’s hard to have much sympathy for a conference that practically prints money, but one supposes the league deserved a night like Thursday for its troubles this year.
Heaven knows there’s too much coach worship in college basketball, an art going back decades in the sport, well before the current best-known media sources. It’s hard not to get caught up in the work Chris Holtmann has done with Ohio State this year.