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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Big East dominates college basketball

Sorry SEC, now that it's basketball season there is a new dominant conference.... the Big East. If there was any doubt as to the dominance of the Big East over the rest of college basketball, one would only need to point to St. Johns 93-78 trouncing of Duke on Sunday. The fact that a 12-8 St. Johns team struggling to avoid the Big East basement was able to easily handle the ACC leading, defending national champion #3 Blue Devils, should squash anyone doubting the power of the Big East. There is no doubt that not only is the Big East vastly superior to the ACC, but the Big East is the unquestioned dominant conference in the land.

Monday, January 17, 2011

AP College Basketball Top 25 - Week 11

Just as soon as this new Poll came out, Kemba Walker and #8 UConn won a thriller over #7 Villanova 61-59 at Gampel Pavilion. National Player of the Year candidate Walker sealed the win with a floater in the lane with just over 2 seconds left in the game. And for all you Big East bashers out there who love to pile on the league during football season.... well, the Big East has 9 teams in the top 25... 9 ... Is there any doubt what league dominates college basketball?

AP Top 25
1 Ohio State (49) 18-0 1,606
2 Kansas (6) 17-0 1,526
3 Syracuse (8) 18-0 1,523
4 Duke (1) 16-1 1,393
5 Pittsburgh (1) 17-1 1,382
6 San Diego State 19-0 1,294
7 Villanova 16-1 1,265
8 Connecticut 14-2 1,148
9 Brigham Young 17-1 1,057
10 Texas 14-3 1,015
11 Texas A&M 16-1 996
12 Kentucky 14-3 975
13 Missouri 15-3 758
14 Purdue 15-3 672
15 Minnesota 14-4 513
16 Notre Dame 14-4 495
17 Michigan State 12-5 467
18 Wisconsin 13-4 448
19 Louisville 14-3 438
20 Washington 13-4 409
21 West Virginia 12-4 266
22 Saint Mary's 16-2 195
23 Georgetown 13-5 146
23 Illinois 13-5 146
25 Cincinnati 16-2 125

Sunday, January 9, 2011

BCS Championship 1/10/11 Auburn/Oregon

Monday night, the two unstoppable forces of this college football season take the field to settle the debate. Number one vs. Number two. Auburn vs. Oklahoma. Expect fireworks as two of the top offenses in the country square off. Get ready for a possible instant classic!

Fiesta Bowl 1/1/11 - UConn vs. Oklahoma

I experienced this game firsthand. As a lifelong UConn fan living in Southern California, I felt compelled to make the 5 hour drive to Phoenix to support my Huskies. And I more than glad that I did, what a fantastic experience. Just seeing the Huskies in a BCS game was surreal as they have only been on the FBS level for a short time. Seeing them take the field against mighty Oklahoma was icing on the cake. Watching the "Sooner Schooner" burst on the field was something to behold. Despite the 48-20 final score, this was far from being an Oklahoma rout. UConn trailed only 20-10 at halftime and 34-20 in the 4th quarter with the ball. Two late pick 6's by the Sooners as UConn attempted to rally, sealed the deal and led to the misleading final score. University of Phoenix stadium is one beautiful football stadium and the Fiesta Bowl folks put on one hell of a bowl game. Here is hoping that UConn finds themselves in another BCS game sooner rather than later.