By Jim Tal Evans,
Having lived in San Diego County for many years, the annual tussle between intra-city foes San Diego State and the University of San Diego has always moved this writer’s needle. But for yours truly, this year’s 46th edition held even more fascination and intrigue than normal. And with good reason. (more…)
By Jack Crouter,
It’s honestly hard to determine which the team the 72-40 final score of #1 Kentucky v #5 Kansas says more about.
The Wildcats dominated the game with their defense. In addition to holding the Jayhawks to just 40 points in the game, they allowed their opponents to shoot an incredibly low 19.6% from the field. (more…)
By Jim Tal Evans
On so many levels, Notre Dame coach Mike Brey gets it right.
He’s a writer’s dream, always informative, upfront, engaged and rarely do his interviews leave the audience unsatisfied. He’s widely acknowledged to be a superb and talented instructor, which figures since it’s his most heartfelt desire to be a teacher first and foremost. (more…)
By Jack Crouter
The University of North Carolina academic fraud scandals will likely result in the NCAA doling out some kind of punishment once their investigation concludes. It’s too early to foresee what the sanctions will be, however given the severity of punishments in response to typical recruiting violations and illegal benefits at schools like Southern California and Connecticut, including temporary bans from postseason play, the sanctions of a scandal will likely be severe. (more…)
By Jack Crouter
On November 20th, 2012 Grinnell guard Jack Taylor set an NCAA record scoring 138 points against Faith Baptist Bible College. Taylor’s performance put D-III Grinnell in basketball spotlight nationally. No matter how you look at it 138 points is extremely impressive accomplishment though the achievement says a lot more about Grinnell Basketball than it does about Jack Taylor. The radical system head coach David Arseneault implemented at Grinnell is as polarizing as they get. While many critics dismiss it as gimmicky, Arseneault’s system has stood the test of time. It serves as a reminder that the game of basketball will continue to evolve to adapt to the limitations of other systems. (more…)
In the last decade of college hoops, we’ve had the privilege of watching several mid-major players show that they are among the best players in the whole country. Stephen Curry dominated at Davidson College and provided us some of the most entertaining March Madness moments of the last decade. In fact historically some of the best players in the history of basketball were products of mid-major programs including Steve Nash (Santa Clara), Karl Malone (Louisiana Tech), Julius Erving (Massachusetts), and Larry Bird (Indiana State). While it’s unlikely that any current mid-major college player will go on to have a career comparable to any of the aforementioned players, there are some extremely talented players performing well in less publicized conferences. These players are among the most underappreciated in college basketball, and there happens to be one whose name every fan should know. (more…)
Washington Huskies basketball fans should know better than to expect anything more than mediocrity from their team this coming season. The absences of star player CJ Wilcox, and starter Perris Blackwell leave the team with shaky shooting, and unreliable big men. In a team filled with players that remain question marks, Nigel Williams-Goss, a soon to be sophomore point guard, is the only known commodity. The Huskies are his team to run, and ultimately they will only go as far as he can carry them. (more…)