hey readers! welcome to my first college basketball update of the season. to day, here are 3 things in particular that jumped out at me:
1. OHIO STATE CAN BE BEATEN...AND ITS NOT THAT HARD EITHER
Well, if you didnt see this one coming youre either kirk herbstreit or just a total moron. Wisconson beat #1 OSU today, leaving no undefeated teams left (pop the champagne, bob knight and the 1976 indiana team!). But OSU is definitely not youre typical "last unbeaten team in college basketball." Throughout the season, not once have i thought, "Hey, this might be the best team in the country!!!" This team doesnt belong in the discussion with teams like Duke, UT, KU, and Pitt. For weeks teams that were not very high quality (Michigan and Penn St. to name two) couldnt close the deal on OSU. It took a great coach like Bo Ryan to cme up with this bright idea:
If you have a bunch of tall white guys who can shoot outside, and Ohio St's best player, JD Sullinger, is unguardable in the post, then maybe we should spred the floor so Sullinger has to go outside to play D and get out of his comfort zone.
Somehow none of the other braindead coaches in the Big 10 realized this so Ohio St. started the year 24-0. Anyway my message is this, if you wanna impress your freinds come tournament time, predict OSU to lose in the Sweet 16.
2. THERES SOMETHING ABOUT JIMMER
Pretty soon, the Versus and The Mountain Channels are going to have to start giving about half the money they earn to Jimmer Fredette, cause hes the only reason people watch those channels. I cant rave enough about this guy. Maybe its the way he reminds me of pete marivich with his off-balance, super deep 3s. Maybe its his story, chronicled in this SI article. Maybe its because the Celtics GM (Danny Ainge) just happens to have huge ties to BYU and will do probably anything to get the Jimmer. But in all honesty, this guy is incredible. Nobody should be putting up the numbers hes making, especially when you consider teams are using entire defensive schemes to solely shut down him. If you dont have Versus or The Mountain (understandable), clear your calender for February 26, when the Jimmer and BYU have their biggest test of the year televised on CBS @ San Diego St. Im praying they pick Gus Johnson to announce that game because Gus and Jimmer are a match made in heaven.
3. TOMMY'S TEAM TO LOOK AT: GEORGE MASON
No, this is not a column from 2006. The Patriots are back and they have been ripping through the CAA. But that 2006 magical run to the Final Four definetely had an effect on the teams succes for 2011. That team made it easier for GMY to score better recruits like star player Cam Long. anyways, GMU has won 11 straight and lloks lke the favorite now to win the CAA.
Lets leave this post with a little Gus Johnson