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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by LetItFly, Nov 19, 2013.
Ranks right up there with Mike Miller against Butler and the "tennis ball" game against Vandy.
Big recruiting battle over Chris Corchiani. When he chose NC State (and Valvano) Sloan went ballistic about the supposed influence of Vitale pumping Italian coaches (Valvano, Petino, etc).
VCU vs fsu
VCU vs Long Beach St
Louisville vs NC...
The list continues to grow, bunch of good teams, but no runaway great teams
Don't forget Peep dueling Jarvis Hayes and getting the last shot.
And also Stacey Poole's shot against Vandy.
And Joe Lawrence in that NIT game.
And Lee Humphrey killing Alabama in the SEC tournament.
Etc, etc, Etc.
Duke struggling again...this time vs Vermont
That Humphrey shot was awesome!
Omg Duke is sooo overrated!!
Kentucky vs Cleveland St.
Syracuse vs Minnesota
Kentucky is bailed out by the refs. They shot nearly 40 FT's, and Cleveland shot 15. Not a surprise. Home court advantage in college basketball is terrible.
Yeah, both Duke and Kentucky squeaked by solely as a result of officiating.
Easily could have been a loss for Kentucky. That being said, the officials called 11 more fouls on Cleveland State, including 3 in the final minutes that were borderline intentional. Its one thing to say UK got the benefit of the whistle (home teams usually do to an extent), but free throw disparity is hardly accurate evidence in and of itself - assumes an equal number of actual fouls took place.
I agree with you REM, in that free throw disparity shouldn't be held against a team. But I watched the game and it seemed like whenever Kentucky got down about ten points, the refs got a lot looser with their whistles. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: home court means having the refs on your side on 99% of those close calls.
I did notice missed calls against UK, but I noticed missed over-the-backs on them also. I'm not saying the refs were fair. Honestly, when the game involves my favorite team, I have to watch it a second time before I'm able to evaluate the refs unless its utterly obvious. I think I'm objective when watching other games, but not watching UK live.
It'll be interesting to see how the top teams end up looking - separating themselves - by the end of the year. Will it be a small group or more like 10 teams? So far I'm not sure I see a small group separating themselves from the pack (which is what I would have guessed). Looks to be a dozen or so teams with a lot of potential. The only solice I can take from bad games like today is that most teams seem to have issues at this point.
The most impressive team to me so far has been Oklahoma State. But way early
One way or the other, I shouldn't have said you guys were bailed out. I've never been one to believe that officiating is enough to sway a game one way or the other (except for a few, rare cases), but I do notice teams like Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and even Florida getting the benefit of a lot of calls at home.
Less than 20 teams out of 351 have played a weaker schedule than Oklahoma State. They won't look so impressive when they face Kansas.
That spin move to the basket by Smart, who plays for Okie State, that they showed on the highlights tonight sure was slick
I was surprised to see UK at preseason #1, despite their phenomenal recruiting. Wonder if their season will be closer to 2013 than 2012...
Gotta assume he's got the best shot at NPOY. Seems like a good kid too.
Lots of room between those two seasons. I re-watched the 2012 championship game recently and just cant' see this year's team ever playing on that level. Lots of time left though. The back court is going to have to learn to play to strengths, because there are some definite weaknesses.