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    Week in Review: Bad, bad rebounding

    by Ken Pomeroy on Friday, November 30, 2012


    The 3 most appealing games (according to FanMatchTM):
    1) Duke 73, Ohio State 68 [66]. (Wednesday) Duke rebounded poorly (again), got about nothing from Seth Curry, and still won after digging itself out of a ten-point deficit early in the second half. The point guard job is now Quinn Cook’s. He went 40 minutes against (mostly) Aaron Craft and performed very well considering the opposition. On the Buckeye side - has Amir Williams finally been freed? He performed reasonably well in a career-high (by 12!) 27 minutes, scoring 4 and rebounding 10 (6 offensive).

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    Which two teams last lost longest ago?

    by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, November 28, 2012


    A few days ago, after witnessing Wisconsin losing to Creighton and Belmont’s late night collapse to Northeastern, I wondered how long ago it had been since Belmont and Wisconsin had lost on the same day. Both programs have been consistent winners in recent years, so it figured it may have been a while. It turned out the last time this occurred was on January 16, 2010.

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    2012 ACC/Big Ten Challenge

    by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, November 26, 2012


    The ACC/Big Ten Challenge commences Tuesday night and the Big Ten is a solid favorite to win the event for the fourth consecutive season.

    As of today’s ratings here’s the list of chances for the favored teams, ordered from most favorable to least favorable from the Big Ten’s perspective…

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    Weekend in Review: Bruinses collapses

    [Programming note: The Day After is being replaced with Week/Weekend in Review on Mondays and Fridays. It’ll work better this way.]

    The 3 most appealing games (according to FanMatchTM):
    1) Duke 76, Louisville 71 [74]. (Saturday) The Cardinals were playing without Gorgui Dieng—who Coach K wisely referred to as “the big guy” or something like that after the game, presumably deferring on the pronunciation – and Louisville could have used him. The Krzyzewski/Pitino reunion produced a compelling tight game, even though Louisville led for just one possession of the second half.

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    Log5: Thanksgiving tournaments

    by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, November 21, 2012


    This is the final installment of log5 analysis for November tournaments that have real brackets…

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    The Day After: 11.20.12

    [Programming note: The Day After will be observing Thanksgiving break and return Monday. At which point this feature will be posted on Mondays and Fridays only. There are actually interesting basketball-related things to write about now, and the other days will be filled in with such content.]

    Most appealing game (according to FanMatchTM): Saint Louis vs. Kansas.

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    The Day After: 11.19.12

    by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, November 20, 2012


    Most appealing game (according to FanMatchTM): New Mexico vs. Connecticut. Some of the key moments of this game were not shown due to “weather problems” or some such thing, according to CBS Sports Network. But hey, that Jimbo Fisher documentary was kind of neat. The Lobos built a comfortable lead early in the second half only to see it evaporate as UConn got warm from three-point range. The Lobos held on and their 66-60 [61 poss] win was fueled by a 21-of-21 performance from the free throw line. No, it was not an upset.

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    Log5: Maui Invitational

    by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, November 19, 2012


    The Maui Invitational starts today (bracket) with UNC, Texas, and Marquette headlining the field.

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    The Day After: 11.18.12

    Most appealing game (according to FanMatchTM): Belmont at Stanford. The Bruins (not those Bruins) beat the Cardinal 70-62 [76] in a rather odd contest. Stanford’s 6-7 Josh Huestis, who’s not exactly a shot-blocker, blocked eight Belmont shots which doubled his previous career high. Stanford’s Dwight Powell fouled out with 16:37 to go. That’s not a record, but it’s pretty unusual. Stanford’s 0.81 PPP would have been its second-worst performance last season, an encouraging sign for a Belmont defense that underperformed last season.

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    The Day After: 11.17.12

    by Ken Pomeroy on Sunday, November 18, 2012


    Most appealing game (according to FanMatchTM): Florida State vs. Saint Joseph’s. The Seminoles’ offensive ways continue and after a 73-66 [65 poss] win over the Hawks, FSU’s offense officially ranks better than its defense. Over a full season, this has only happened once in Leonard Hamilton’s previous ten years in Tallahassee.

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