Monday, November 29, 2010

ACC Big 10 Challenge Preview

The annual ACC Big 10 challenge starts tomorrow night. For the 10 of the 11 years this challenge has been held, the ACC has won 10 of them. They look to continue that dominance this year, I will preview the 3 biggest games in this event.
North Carolina vs #20 Illinois
Harrison Barnes and The Tarheels travel to Champagne to face The Illini. North Carolina has struggled so far, and Roy Williams needs to right the ship. Illinois is lead by star guard Demetri McCamey, and the thing that sticks out about this team is the number of 3’s this team takes. They have taken 127 3’s and have made 47 of them. They are shooting 37% from behind the arc. Then you have the young Tarheels, who are struggling. Harrison Barnes is the star of this team, and needs to play well if The Tarheels want to have a chance to win. They are also going to need some quality play from big man, Tyler Zeller. Ilinois is the better all-around team, and I think they will bury enough treys to beat UNC by double digits.
#6 Michigan State vs #1 Duke
This is the big 1. Tom Izzo and his Michigan State team goes into Cameron Indoor to play Defending National champs, Duke. This Michigan State team is very well-rounded, Kailen Lucas is maybe the best point guard in the country. Draymond Green is a great presence inside, Durrel Summers and Korie Lucious are great compliments to Lucas in the backcourt. Duke has familiar faces, Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, The Plumlees, and a new face that has taken the college basketball world by storm. Kyrie Irving, everyone had heard of this guy in high school, but nobody though he was going to be this good. He is averaging 14.5 points per game, and 5.8 assists. But he will face a massive challenge in Kalin Lucas, this is the key matchup in this game. I think Kalin Lucas wins the battle, and leads his team to victory by 3.
#22 Purdue vs Virginia Tech
E’Twaun Moore and company need this win badly. They are coming off a loss to Richmond, and need a rebound win. The loss of Robby Hummel for the year has really hurt this team both in talent, and in leadership. They look to E’Twaun Moore in the backcourt and JaJuan Johnson down low. They need to have strong nights if Purdue wants a win. The Hokies got roughed up against Kansas State 2 weeks ago, but have rebounded. These Hokies have guys who are prolific scorers in Malcolm Delaney and Derenzo Hudson. The key matchup in this game is the battle going on inside between Jeff Allen of VT and JaJuan Johnson. Jeff Allen has a tendency of racking up fouls . If Johnson can exploit this, then VA Tech will struggle due to the lack of depth at big man. Season ending injuries have plagued both of these teams, and it will be interesting to see which team exploits that injured area the best. I look for Purdue to pound it inside and come out of Castle Colliseum with a 5 point win.

I look for the Big 10 to win this challenge for the 2nd year in-a-row to give them there 2nd victory, all-time, in this event.-Josh Neighbors

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Results Week 13

Last week of full regular season picks is in the books. Things are still very tight at the top of the leader board, and Ranny has a 1 game lead over Connor

Ranny Kennon: This week(14-6) overall(155-65)
Connor Jones: This week(15-5) overall(154-66)
Josh Neighbors: This week(14-6) overall(145-75)
Andrew Reed: This week(11-9) overall(131-89)
Taylor Bostic: This week(11-9) overall(128-92)
Nash Wiley: This week(11-9) overall(124-96)

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Close Encounters

The 10-1 LSU Tigers are the highest ranked one lost team in all of college football at #5 in the country.Those ten wins have been anything but easy. The Tigers most recent game came down to the wire in a seesaw game with Ole Miss which featured 890 yards of total offense. With the Tigers down again late in the 4th quarter by 1 point, recently criticized quarterback Jordan Jefferson led the tigers down the field and finished the drive off  with a seven yard touchdown run by Stevan Ridley. Which was followed by a successful two point conversion by Jefferson to cap off a 43-36 tiger victory .That thriller was just one of The Tigers six games decided by seven points or fewer.
     Earlier in the season The Tigers had to take on Tennessee. This was no pretty game. The Tigers turned the ball over four times in the form of 3 interceptions and a fumble. Late in the game with the Vols leading 14-10, and just seconds remaining.LSU had a 3rd and goal sitiuation, where they almost let the clock tick down to 0. The rest is history. LSU was stopped, and Tennessee players rushed the field. The celebration was halted when officials ruled the Volunteers had 13 defensive players on the field when the ball was snapped. Les Miles had already tossed his headset aside, cutting him off from communication with his offensive coordinator. "I had to call a play because I had nobody to talk to," Miles said. It turned out Les Miles had called the right play and running back Stevan Ridley took it in from a yard away to seal a 16-14 victory, in a mistake filled performance by The Tigers. "It went from a cry, to a frown, to a smile, to a realization of how you really won the game," said linebacker Kelvin Sheppard after the game. Les Miles said afterwards "I don't know that we could play any sloppier. I don't know that we could have planned it any more poorly, he added we're a very talented team. Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley said "Sometimes you do everything right and things don't go your way. All you can do is move on.
          Another one of those six  games decided by seven points or less was against Florida in a seesaw battle in Gainesville. With 35 seconds remaining,  LSU lined up for a game-tying, 52-yard field goal, but holder Derek Helton threw a no-look pitch over his head to placekicker Josh Jasper. The ball took a lucky bounce; Jasper scooped it up on a hop and ran for the first down. The play was reviewed to determine if it was a forward pass, which would have ended The Tigers chances, but of course the ball was not a forward pass. We are talking about LSU here.  Later in the drive Jarrett Lee hit Terrence Toliver for a 28 yard gain to get The Tigers down to the three yard line when once again Lee hit Toliver with a fade to the corner of the end zone for the game-winner."How about that one, huh?" Miles said afterwards. "These games are becoming more routine."
          So why do we bring up these lucky Tigers now? Well, The Byu Bengals are in a curious situation. They trail the SEC West by 1 game to Auburn. They cannot win the division, but the National Title is still a possibility. Help is needed though, they need an Auburn loss in 1 of the next 2 weeks. If this happens, they will need to jump Boise State and TCU, which most people think will happen. A 1-loss SEC team or the undefeated, mid-major teams, that beat up on the little sister’s of the poor.
Before The Tigers can think about this, they need to beat Arkansas this week. Well all know Arkansas, Ryan Mallet, Greg Childs, and an average defense. LSU should win this game, but its going to be a close encounter as always. Moral of the story is, LSU needs luck, and why shouldn’t they get it? They have got the Mad Hatter calling the shots. -Ranny Kennon

Friday, November 26, 2010

Making them Feel Gray

Cyrus Gray was fantastic last night, as Texas A&M defeated Texas 24-17. The Aggies have won 6 in-a-row and capped off there season with a huge rivalry win. Cyrus Gray 223 yards on 27 carries. He had 2 scores as well, both of which were over 45 yards. He had an 84 yard run, and a 48 yard run. Ryan Tanehill  remains unbeaten as a starter for TAMU. Last night he improved his record to 5-0. This Aggies team has made huge improvements since the installment of Tanehill at quarterback. Tanehill has lead TAMU to a 9-3 season, and a possible share of The Big 12 South title.

On the other side of this there is The Texas Longhorns. They finish the season at 5-7, so they will not be heading to a bowl game. This team has made a complete 360 degree turn from where they were last year. Mac Brown needs to take a step back, look at his team, and get them ready to contend for a Big 12 title next year. This is a young team; so this season can be counted as a "growing pain". One thing is for sure though, Texas will not stay down for long. These Longhorns are to talented to be held down for long.-Josh Neighbors

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Picks Week 13

This is the last week of regular picks. We will see if things tighten up, or if Ranny pulls away.
Texas A&M vs Texas           Ranny/Josh/Connor/Nash/Andrew/Taylor.TAMU                .Tex
Louisville vs Rutgers             Ranny/Connor/Nash.L’Ville            Josh/Taylor/Andrew.Rutgers
West Virginia vs Pittsburgh         Ranny/Josh/Connor.WVU               Nash/Andrew/Taylor.Pitt
Souther Methodist vs East Carolina            Ranny/Josh/Connor/Nash/Andrew.SMU              Taylor.ECU
Auburn vs Alabama           Ranny/Nash/Andrew/Taylor.AU                     Josh/Connor.Bama
Colorado vs Nebraska            .Colo                Ranny/Josh/Connor/Andrew/Nash/Taylor.Neb
Arizona vs Oregon            Nash.Zona                 Ranny/Josh/Connor/Andrew/Taylor.Oregon 
Boise State vs Nevada          Ranny/Nash/Andrew/Taylor/Connor.BSU               Josh/.Nevada
Michigan vs Ohio State             Andrew.Mich             Nash/Taylor/Ranny/Josh/Connor.OSU
Michigan State vs Penn State          Ranny/Andrew/Taylor/NashJosh/Connor.MSU                .PSU
Virginia vs Virginia Tech                 .UVA                Ranny/Josh/Connor/Nash/Andrew/Taylor.VT
LSU vs Arkansas               Ranny/Josh.LSU                 Connor/Andrew/Nash/Taylor.Ark
Northwestern vs Wisconsin             Nash/Andrew.NW               Taylor/Ranny/Josh/Connor.Wisc
Florida vs Florida State             Ranny/Connor/Taylor.Fla                    Josh/Andrew/Nash.FSU
North Carolina State vs Maryland              Ranny/Nash/Andrew/Taylor/Josh/Connor.NCSU               
Oregon State vs Stanford              Andrew/Nash/Taylor.OSU            Ranny/Josh/Connor.Stan
South Carolina vs Clemson              RannyJosh/Connor/Andrew.USC             Taylor/Nash.Clem
Georgia vs Georgia Tech                  Ranny/ Josh/Connor/Taylor.UGA                 Andrew/Nash.GT
Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State              Andrew/Nash/Taylor.Okla             Ranny/Josh/Connor.OK State
Notre Dame vs USC                      .ND                      Nash/Taylor/Andrew/Ranny/Josh/Connor.USC

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Results Week 12

We have a new leader for the first time in 10 weeks. Ranny Kennon has taken the lead, but not significantly. Next week is the final week of full picking. Then it is on to conference championships, and bowl games.

Ranny Kennon: This week(18-2) overall(141-59)
Connor Jones: This week(16-4) overall(139-61)
Josh Neighbors: This week(16-4) overall(131-69)
Andrew Reed: This week(11-9) overall(120-80)
Taylor Bostic: This week(15-5) overall(117-83)
Nash Wiley: This week(11-9) overall(113-87)

Friday, November 19, 2010

Saturday Scare

In this week's Saturday Scare, we have a key battle in the Big 10. The #9 Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Iowa to face the #20 Iowa Hawkeyes. The Hawkeyes have already knocked off Michigan State. I think they will do the same to The Buckeyes. Ricky Stanzi needs to be on his A game, and attack this Ohio State defense. I think Iowa's front 4 will get enough pressure on Tyrelle Prior and force him to make mistakes late in the game. I like the Hawkeyes in a close win.-Josh Neighbors

Thursday, November 18, 2010

2K Sports Classic Preview (Part 2)

The 2nd half of the double-header tonight has #22 Texas against # 16 Illinois. After somewhat of a late season struggle last year, The Longhorns look to prove to the nation that they are back. That is no small task tonight, as they are playing a strong Illinois team. This Illinois team has strong leadership from senior guard Demetri McCamey. He is one of the best 3-point shooters in the country. Illinois also has all 5 starters returning.
Then there is this young Texas team. They have a great player in Jordan Hamilton, he is  great athlete and scorer. It is not very often that a sophomore is the leader of a team. This is the case in Texas. Guard Gary Johnson also helps carry the load for The Longhorns. Rick Barnes can coach this young team to an upset victory, but it will be tough. Illinois will win this game because the amount of experience they have.-Josh Neighbors

Picks week 12

Here we go, with the season winding down our picks crew looks to make it an interesting race to the finish.
UCLA vs Washington                  Taylor/Nash/Andrew.UCLA                   Connor/ranny/Josh.Wash
Fresno State vs Boise State            .FSU                 Nash/Andrew/Connor/ranny/Taylor/Josh.BSU
Wisconsin vs Michigan             Connon/Nash/AndrewJosh/ranny/Taylor/Josh.Wisc                     .Mich
Purdue vs Michigan State            .PU                     Connor/Nash/AndrewJosh/ranny/Taylor/Josh .MSU
Pittsburgh vs South Florida              ranny/Josh/Connor.Pitt                Taylor/Nash/Andrew .USF
West Virginia vs Louisville               Connor/ranny/Taylor/Josh .WVU           Andrew/Nash.L’Ville
North Carolina State vs North Carolina          ranny/Taylor/Nash/Andrew.NCSU                  Josh/Connor.UNC
Mississippi vs LSU               .Miss                   Connor/Nash/Andrew/ranny/Taylor/Josh.LSU
Stanford vs California               ranny/Taylor/Josh/Andrew/Nash/Connor.Stan                .Cal
Ohio State vs Iowa                    Nash/ranny/Taylor/Connor.OSU               Josh/Andrew.Iowa
Virginia Tech vs Miami             ranny/Nash/Connor/Andrew/Taylor/Josh .VT             .U
Illinois vs Northwestern             .Illinois               Andrew/Nash/ranny/Taylor/Connor/Josh .NW
Arkansas vs Mississippi State       ranny/Connor/Taylor/Josh .Ark               Andrew/Nash.MSU
UConn vs Syracuse        Connor/ranny/Josh.UConn               Nash/Andrew/Taylor .Cuse
Nebraska vs Texas A&M        Nash/Connor/ranny/Taylor/Josh .Neb                Andrew.TAMU
Oklahoma vs Baylor                  ranny/Taylor/Andrew/Connor/Nash/Josh .Okla             .Bay
Florida State vs Maryland            ranny/Taylor/Josh .FSU             Andrew/Nash/Connor.Mary
USC vs Oregon State              ranny/Andrew/Josh.USC         Taylor/Nash/Connor.OSU
Rutgers vs Cincinnati          .RU              ranny/Taylor/Josh/Andrew/Connor/Nash .Cinci
Tennessee vs Vanderbilt        ranny/Taylor/Josh/Connor/Andrew .UT             Nash.Vandy
Missouri vs Iowa State          ranny/Taylor/Josh/Connor/Andrew/Nash.Mizzou         .ISU

2K Sports Classic Preview (Part 1)

The 2K Sports Classic semi-finals have Our Big East favorite Pittsburgh, facing ACC challenger Maryland. We have already seen 1 ACC team give a top 25 team a scare, as Miami was a couple of baskets shy of beating Memphis. Tonight, Maryland will challenge these Panthers. The Terps are lead by senior G/F Cliff Tucker. They also have a couple of bright young stars in Jordan Williams, and true-freshman Pe'shon Howard. We all know this Pittsburgh team pretty well. They have a couple of guys who are dynamite scorers, in Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker. For reasons already explained I like the Panthers in this game. They are the more skilled and athletic team. If Maryland wants any realistic shot at knocking off Pitt they are going to need big nights from Cliff Tucker and Jordan Williams.-Josh Neighbors

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

They Went to Jared

#5 Ohio State went on the road today and defeated the Florida Gators 93-75. A certain freshman showed us he is a force to be reckoned with. Jared Sullinger had 26 points and 10 rebounds. The Ohio State guards consistently went to Sullinger whenever Ohio State needed a basket. The Buckeyes also got some key leadership from 5th year senior guard David Lighty. He contributed with 26 points of his own. Ohio State showed us that they have got some serious fire power. Watch out Michigan State, because here comes The Buckeyes.-Josh Neighbors

Monday, November 15, 2010

Around The Clock

ESPN is having their annual 25 hours of non-stop college basketball. I am going to break down the biggest games of these next 25 hours.

Miami @ #19 Memphis: This is the tip-off game at 12 AM this morning. Memphis comes into this game with a big distraction. The Tigers just let go star freshman/McDonald's All-American Jelan Kendrick. Regardless, these Tigers are still loaded with talent. This is a young and dangerous team who likes to attack. On the other side you have a solid Miami Hurricanes team. As an ACC team, they will present some what of a challenge. This team is lead by guard Malcolm Grant and forward Reggie Johnson. These guys are very talented scorers. Miami will keep it close, but I like Memphis by 10 at home.

#24 Virginia Tech @ #3 Kansas State: It does not matter the sport, Virginia Tech likes to start of their seasons with huge games. This is no exception. The Hokies travel to The Octagon of Doom. Kansas State is lead by star guard Jacob Pullen. Nick Russel is an emerging sophomore player as well. The issue for this Kansas State team is finding another outlet besides Jacob Pullen. Virginia Tech is an interesting team. They have leadership from their senior guards Malcolm Delaney and Dorenzo Hudson. They also have leadership from their senior big man Jeff Allen. But they have lost a couple key pieces to injury. Guard Allan Chaney and forward JT Thompson could be out for the year. This game will be a dogfight, but Kansas State ,with the home crowd behind them, win by 5.
I will have breakdown of Florida Ohio State game tomorrow.- Josh Neighbors

Results week 11

We have lost a picker during our elimination week. Vince we no longer be picking with us, as he went 9-11 this week. All the picks guys are now over 100 wins. Our 2 leaders are still tied.

Connor Jones: This week(15-5) overall(123-57)
Ranny Kennon: This week(15-5) overall(123-57)

Josh Neighbors: This week(15-5) overall(115-65)
Andrew Reed: This week(11-9) overall(109-71)

Taylor Bostic: This week(13-7) overall(102-78)
Nash Wiley: This week(15-5) overall(102-78)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Picks Week 11

Elimination week number 2. As things tighten up, the pressure is rising. This is the last elimination week.
Pittsburgh vs Connecticut        ranny/Nash/Josh/Taylor.Pitt            Andrew/Vince/Connor/.UConn
Boise State vs Idaho             Andrew/Vince/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.BSU              .Idaho
Indiana vs Wisconsin         .IU                Andrew/Vince/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.Wisc
Iowa vs Northwestern       Vince/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.Iowa               Andrew.NW
Miami vs Georgia Tech      Andrew/Nash.U          Vince/ranny/Josh/Connor/Taylor.GT
Cincinnati vs West Virginia        Vince.Cinci        Andrew/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.WVU
Michigan vs Purdue          Vince/Andrew/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.Mich               .Purdue
Vanderbilt vs Kentucky           .Vandy         Vince/Andrew/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.UK
Kansas State vs Missouri         Vince/Andrew/Connor/.KSU             ranny/Nash/Josh/Taylor.Mizzou
Utah vs Notre Dame            Andrew/Vince/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.Utah           .ND
Georgia vs Auburn          Andrew.UGA             Vince/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.AU
Penn State vs Ohio State         .PSU        Vince/Andrew/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.OSU
Texas Tech vs Oklahoma        Vince.TTU         Andrew/ranny/Nash/Josh/Connor/Taylor.Okla
Virginia Tech vs North Carolina     Connor/ranny/Nash/Josh/Taylor.VT          Andrew/Vince.UNC
Texas A&M vs Baylor         Connor/ranny/Nash/Josh/.TAMU            Vince/Andrew/Taylor.Baylor
Mississippi State vs Alabama      Andrew.MSU        Connor/Vince/ranny/Nash/Josh/Taylor.Bama
South Carolina vs Florida            ranny/Josh/Connor.USC        Vince/Andrew/Nash/Taylor.Fla
Oregon vs California                 Connor/Vince/Andrewranny/Nash/Josh/Taylor.Oregon         .Cal
Oklahoma State vs Texas        Connor/ranny/Nash/Josh/Taylor.OK State         Vince/Andrew.Tex
USC vs Arizona             Andrew.USC         Connor/Vince/ranny/Nash/Josh/Taylor.Zona

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Results Week 10

Suffice to say, it was not an easy week. Everyone had troubles, as upsets were everywhere. Our top 2 are now tied, and it is shaping up to be a good race.
Connor Jones: This week(11-9) overall(108-52)
Ranny Kennon: This week(12-8) overall(108-52)
Josh Neighbors: This week(9-11) overall(100-60)
Andrew Reed: This week(12-8) overall(98-62)
Nash Wiley: This week(12-8) overall(97-63)
Vincent Steenburgh: This week(12-8) overall(96-64)
Taylor Bostic: This week(8-12) overall(89-71)

Monday, November 8, 2010

Panther Warning

Like normal, the big east is going to be very good this year. Every year you see the same teams at the top but you never really are sure who will lead the pack. This year it looks like it will be the Pittsburgh Panthers. The Panthers had a rebuilding year last year after the loss of Levance Fields, DeJaun Blair, and Sam Young. They are lead by last years breakout star Ashton Gibbs. Gibbs is a great shooter and exceptional from the free throw line, last year he shot 89% from the line. Brad Wanamaker will be a big part of the team, as he is a great outside shooter. A down team in the big east this year may be Villanova. Nova is left without star point guard Scottie Reynolds who lead them last year. The recruiting class is good as usual, but they are still to young to be a massive threat. Coach Jay Wright has a long, but promising, path ahead. Once again the big east will be one of the most intriguing conferences to watch.

Connor Jones

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Les Is More

Les Miles once again silenced the critics, as LSU topped Alabama 24 to 21 yesterday. With that win The Tigers eliminated any title hopes The Tide had. With those title hopes went their chances of winning the SEC west. They have LSU and undefeated Auburn ahead of them.
LSU is now #5 in the BCS poll, and they need some help if they want to get any further. The star of this team is on the defensive side of the ball. Cornerback Patrick Peterson is, in my mind, the best cover corner in college football. His ability to lock down star receivers causes problems to opposing cornerbacks. He is also one of the most electrifying players in the country, because of his kick returning abilities.
But lets not forget the genius behind the whole thing. Mr. Les Miles. A man who's luck never seems to run out. A man who has been criticized for some questionable play calling and clock management. He is also the man who is the coach of the 8-1 LSU Tigers. These Tigers have a reasonable schedule down the stretch, which is capped off by a game against Arkansas. For right now, The Tigers are riding high off their big win.-Josh Neighbors

Friday, November 5, 2010

BCS Busted?

The Boise State Broncos are on upset alert this week. They are welcoming in the 7-2 Hawaii Warriors. The Warriors have the #1 passing offense in the country and it is lead by a heisman sleeper Bryant Moniz. This high-powered offense will challenge the Boise State defense. Todd McShay said earlier this week that if this game was on The Island, he would pick the upset. I agree with that, but it is at Boise.
Boise need a convincing win, as their BCS hopes are dwindling. The Broncos must start beating good teams by large numbers. If it is going to happen, then it needs to start this week with Hawaii.-Josh Neighbors

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Picks Week 10

Here we go, as we start the stretch run of the season. Connor's picks are not final as he is at the thursday night game in Blackesburg. His only official pick is The Hokies over The Jackets.

Georgia Tech vs Virginia Tech            Vince/Andrew/Taylor/Ranny.GT           Connor/Josh/Nash/.VT
Wisconsin vs Purdue         Vince/Connor/Josh/Nash/Andrew.Wisc         Ranny/Taylor.Purdue
Minnesota vs Michigan State            .Minn                Andrew/Ranny/Taylor/Vince/Connor/Josh/Nash/.MSU
North Carolina State vs Clemson          Josh/Nash/.NCSU         Andrew/Taylor/Ranny/Connor/Vince.Clem
Illinois vs Michigan          Ranny/Taylor/Vince/Andrew.Illini               Connor/Josh/Nash/.Mich
Louisville vs Syracuse     .L’Ville           Vince/TaylorAndrew/Ranny/Connor/Josh/Nash/.Cuse
Maryland vs Miami         Taylor/Andrew/Josh/.Mary               Ranny/Vince/Connor/Nash/.Miami
Florida vs Vanderbilt        Andrew/Vince/Ranny/Taylor/Connor/Josh/Nash/.Fla    .Vandy
Baylor vs Oklahoma State        Andrew/Taylor/Connor/Nash/.Bay       Josh/Vince/Ranny.OK State
Washington vs Oregon      Nash/Taylor.Wash         Connor/Josh/Vince/Andrew/Ranny.Oregon
TCU vs Utah         Connor/Josh/Nash/.TCU             Andrew/Taylor/Ranny/Vince.Utah
Alabama vs LSU        Connor/Josh/Nash/Vince/Ranny.Bama         Andrew/Taylor.LSU
Northwestern vs Penn State      Connor/Josh/.NW        Ranny/Taylor/Andrew/Vince/Nash/.PSU
Hawaii vs Boise State         Andrew/Taylor.Hawaii       Vince/Ranny/Connor/Josh/Nash/.BSU
Oklahoma vs Texas A&M      Connor/Josh/Nash/Taylor/Vince.Okla           Ranny/Andrew.TAMU
Arkansas vs South Carolina      Nash/Taylor/Andrew/Vince.Ark      Ranny/Connor/Josh/.USC
Oregon State vs UCLA         Connor/Josh/Nash/Andrew/Ranny/Vince/Taylor.OSU       .UCLA 
Missouri vs Texas Tech           Connor/Josh/Nash/.Mizzou     Andrew/Vince/Ranny/Taylor.TTU
Arizona vs Stanford         Josh/Vince.Zona         Connor/Nash/Andrew/Taylor/Ranny.Stan
Texas vs Kansas State       Connor/Josh/.Texas         Nash/Ranny/Andrew/Taylor/Vince.KSU

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Walk on The Wild Side

Take a look as we count down the 5 toughest places to play in college basketball.
1.And the number one toughest place to play is Cameron Indoor Stadium- Only holding 9,300 this place still knows how to be loud. Duke is home to the famous “Cameron Crazies.” Known as the most intimidating of all courts because it gets so loud as the highest volume recorded is 116 decibels. Which is more than a rock concert. Duke’s overall record there is 737-150 which is outstanding. The crazies are truly crazy, as they camp in tents outside the arena to get in. During the basketball season the area turns into “Krzyzewskviile” a makeshift village. During the game Crazies do not sit down they stand and jump around the entire game. Face paint and body paint and the loss of your voice is expected. The fans close proximity to the court makes it such a tough place to play. When an opposing team in inbounds a ball the crazies reach out, and on some occasions, touched players. Cameron Indoor is the toughest place to play in all the land.

2.The Carrier Dome- This dome has the most campacity of any on campus basketball arena holding 33,000 people. When Syracuse plays, their it is a sea of orange. Its so loud because of the dome structure. It is a football stadium so that can contribute to the massive number of people the fit in it.

3.Bramlage Coliseum or The Octagon of Doom- Holds as many as 13,000 people and gets rockin’ in a home game for those Wildcats. Before every game the fans sing Wildcat Victory which is very intimidating. Chanting at every possible moment this arena is tough to cope with. These rabid fans surround opponents from 8 sides, with their octagon signs and purple t-shirts. The fans provide one of the best environments in college basketball.

4.Rupp Arena- Holding 23,500 and the home of the Kentucky Wildcats. This is the “Cathedral of Basketball.” The largest arena in the US built specifically for basketball. The Wildcats are 445-80 in Rupp Arena making it almost impossible to win there. With the success of the recent wildcat teams, these fans are recharged.

5. Gallagher-Iba Arena- The home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys this place rocks with 13,000 people but has been named the “Madison Square Garden of the Plains.” Has been called the “rowdiest arena in the country.” These fans always have their guns up whenever the Cowboys are playing.-Wilson Cecil

Results week 9

Our top 2 guys are separated by 1 game. Most of the field nears 100 wins now and things are starting to get interesting.

Connor Jones: This week (13-7) overall (97-43)
Ranny Kennon: This week (12-8) overall (96-44)
Josh Neighbors: This week (12-8) overall (91-49)
Andrew Reed: This week (11-9) overall (86-54)
Nash Wiley: This week (10-10) overall (85-55)
Taylor Bostic: This week (13-7) overall (81-59)
Vincent Steenburgh: This week (11-9) overall (84-56)