The SEC needed USC (that is South Carolina) to pull out a win to stay one point ahead of the Pac-12, +17 to +16, as the top conference. In the system explained here, both USC (that is Southern Cal) and Arizona State won to improve the Pac-12 to 3-0 but gained less than a point each for the conference by winning by less than the spread.
The Pac-12 had the best regular season of any conference, and their quest to also top the SEC in the Bowl season started well with a blowout win by Utah, which has now won 11 of their last 12 holiday season games, including a blowout of Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.
College basketball Christmas remains more than two months away. But there's no harm in predicting what teams might find themselves on the NCAA Tournament's "nice" list come March.
Defense dominates the All-American team at the break. Kentucky's duo underneath held UCLA Saturday to 3 of 37 shooting in the first half to rank as the best center and power forward, while the son of Gary "the Glove" Payton of the same name remains the only player in the country among national leaders in seven of eight categories.
Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), Delon Wright (Utah), Gary Payton (Oregon State), and Luke Fischer (Marquette) had phenomenal weeks only to have Wesley Saunders move atop the www.valueaddbasketball.com ratings while studying at Harvard instead of playing basketball the past ten days.
Incarnate Word’s Shane Meling told me recently that he thought the second year team could get a win at UTEP or Nebraska–and I was shocked when this jumper proved him right. The team has a majority of the All-Southland team
Like Division III Schools, the Ivy League offers no scholarships. Yet the conference has clearly risen to the status of “mid major,” as one of seven conferences that can go toe-to-toe with the seven power conferences. Columbia just gave Kentucky
Sterling Gibbs eliminated Villanova with this last second shot and never skipped a beat in helping Seton Hall, and the Big East, provide big surprises this season. The seven high major all-conference teams are listed below, and the Big East’s
A couple of clicks on www.valueaddbasketball.com gives you the precise value of any player on any team on the screen above. The new and improved Value Add (click here for story on recent improvements) once again lets readers know exactly
Miami joins powers Duke and Kentucky as the only schools with more than two Top 100 players in the early Value Add rankings, which appear here first and then will be updated on the www.valueaddbasketball.com list of all 4,000 players.
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