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Quick Hits from the World of College Basketball

January 16, 2008

– Maryland might be really struggling this year, but at least they beat on Wake Forest behind Adrian Bowie, Barnbale Osby, and my favorite crazy sloppy Venezuelan, Greivis Vasquez. Gary Williams played the freshman Bowie for much of the game (32 minutes) and he scored 10 points with 8 rebounds. On Vasquez, from Billy Packer (by way of the Baltimore Sun’s blog by Ray Frager):

Assessing how much the Terps need Eric Hayes to return to play point guard, Packer said how Greivis Vasquez is miscast in that role: “The more he has the ball in his hands, the more he feels the pressure to make plays.”

Or pressure to dribble it so fast it leaves his hands.

– Baylor is 14-2, 2-0 in the Big XII which sports tough teams in Kansas, Texas, Texas A&M, with perhaps Nebraska (who lost to Colorado), Kansas State, and Missouri. They could be top 4 in their conference and dancing this year. Here’s a long article on Baylor and Scott Drew from ESPN.

– Miami suffered their second loss of the year, to Boston College, famous for losing to Robert Morris College this week. This Hurricane team is going to fall off like a drunk on a twin bed.

– Penn State had hopes of a solid year, and maybe even a tournament appearance for once… then they lose Geary Claxton. They’re going to score under 45 at some point this season.

– Mizzou ran all over the Texas Longhorns, if you missed it last weekend.

– The Kentucky Wildcats are under .500 again after the loss to Mississippi State.

– Early NCAA bracket thoughts from Bracketography and ESPN.

Dick Vitale and his voice are returning on February 4th. My earplugs are at the ready.

Notre Dame is looking serious after beating Cincinnati by nearly 20. This could be the year that Mike Brey has a second-round win? How am I going to make out a bracket without my usual Notre Dame upset.

– Drake is in Iowa but still, 14-1 gets some notice . Like Tony Bennett before him, and like Sean Sutton hasn’t yet done, Keno Davis takes over for his father and is likely heading to the NCAA for the first time since 1971 from of the Missouri Valley Conference, where Southern Illinois and Wichita State have fallen down.

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