Archive for February, 2009

I LOVE this time of year. This part of the season, I think, is a little underrated. The last couple of weeks of the regular season are almost just as entertaining as the Big Dance itself (keyword: almost).

That being said, here are the games I’ll be keeping an eye on today:

# 18 LSU @ Kentucky
ESPN’s Rece Davis just told me a great stat. The Bayou Bengals haven’t won at Rupp since 1989. Whoa. Is this year the year? Marcus Thornton may very well be the most underrated player in SEC. Kentucky’s two-man team must…

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So he is human. In a match that on paper he is supposed to win handly, the rust showed, & it is again proven that match play is truely anyone’s game. Flashes of last year’s match up against JB holmes, when Tiger came stoming back from 4 down with 5 to play, was on everyones mind as he holed that incredible bunker shot on the 14th hole for the win, but a wayward tee shot on the following hole sealed the deal and Tim Clark wins 4&2. Who do you think was more disappointed, Tiger or the TV executives? I went on record with Ragone & Padgett this morning saying that Tiger would not win this event but I did not see Tim Clark coming……….

The matches will go on & some interesting matches are slated for tomorrow. Two of the matches that are must see, Villegas/Ogilvy & Mickelson/Cink, as the first pairing has a past champion (Ogilvy) and Camillo who has been mowing down his opponents. The other match has lefty against last years runner up with both having an exceptional record at match play. Should be good.

Tennessee Kentucky BasketballThis could be like choosing between apples and oranges but what has bothered me and others is that for all the love the media is giving Meeks, there is none for the Arizona State Sophomore guard. Both have similar builds, with Meeks measuring in at 6’4 208 and Harden at 6’5 218.


No Harden has not scored 54 points in a game this season. He (Harden) has reached the 40 point mark once this season(Meeks has done it 3 times) but while Meeks is averaging 25 points a game, Harden is putting up 21 points a game.

Both can score…there is no arguing that but there is more then scoring in the game of basketball. While Meeks may be putting up 4 more points a game, he (Meeks) has also taken 120 more shots this season and even though Meeks is shooting a good 46% from the field, Harden is shooting a better 52%.

Meeks has longer range then Harden, hitting 43% of his 237 three point attempts but Harden can still burn you from deep as well(knocking down 44 of 116 threes). 


 Here is where I think Harden may separate himself from Jodie though….Meeks is a poor ball handler and passer and that is a nice way to say it. He (Meeks) contributing 1.6 assists a game but is also turning the ball over 2.8 times a game(44 assists-99 turnovers). Harden on the other hand is averaging 4.5 assists a game but is averaging 3.5 turnovers but unlike Meeks lopsided A/T ratio, Harden has committed 90 turnovers this year compared to 110 assists. UCLA Arizona St Basketball Three times this season Harden has had a double double with points and assists, with his season high 11 assists coming against UCLA earlier. Meeks though hasn’t had a game with more then 6 assists in a game and that was against Lamar. Harden has not had a game this season without and assist. Meeks has had 8 games without one (assist). James by the way doesn’t even lead his team in assists a game. Both players average just over a steal a game. Meeks is grabbing 3.5 boards a game, while Harden is snagging 5.4 a game.

Like I said it’s like choosing between apples and oranges.

I keep on staring at the top of the Big East standings trying to make sense of it.

Whose got the edge? Where does Louisville fit in?

What happens in case of a tie?

That last question is the one I attempted to tangle with last night after Jim Calhoun’s 800th win as UConn beat Marquette.

So I was starting to do some scenarios, and actually, there is ONE scenario where all four teams can tie for first place at 14-4. Obviously, that would mean that UConn (14-2 in conference) would have to lose both of it’s last two games (fat chance), Louisville loses at home to Marquette and at West Virginia, and Pitt LOSES at Seton Hall (fatter chance) before coming back to win at home against Marquette and UConn.

But, forget about that.

Here’s what we got at the moment:

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Posted: February 26, 2009 by Steve Steurer in Posted by Steve Steurer

Acid Flashback….

Posted: February 25, 2009 by Bacon in Kentucky Basketball, Posted by Larry Loobers

Some past moments in Kentucky and South Carolina match-ups….

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m obsessed with college basketball bracketology. What seed will UK be? Will they even be in? Can Louisville get a 1-seed? Is Davidson an at-large bid contender? Whatever.

But how often do we look at how the conference tournament brackets would set up?

Well, let me help you.

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