College Basketball

Big East's Catholic 7 Has Nothing On Butler, Illinois

on December 19 2012 3:01 PM
Big East's Catholic 7 Has Nothing On Butler, Illinois

If nothing else, give officials representing the Catholic 7 of the Big East their just due: these guys know when to strike.

Forget tithing; that can come later, when all the dust has settled and TV contracts have been signed. We’re talking timing, baby.

At a juncture when the NFL hits its annual late-season slowdown before the postseason and college sports hold some serious sway with basketball underway and the football bowl season and coaching carousel in play, when better to throw down the attention-grabbing gauntlet?

It was the perfect opportunity to state their “suffering,” their intent for redemption, their willingness to strike out on their own, and, thus, steal a few headlines in the process to prove they still had some pull to potential suitors in the TV industry and partners in the “forming a league” business.

Bravo, Georgetown. Bravo, Marquette. Bravo, Villanova. Bravo, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Providence and DePaul, too.

Individually and especially collectively, the soon-to-be-departing hoops-focused members of the careening-off-the-tracks Big East picked the right time to play their hand – at least the initial one.

Big East's Catholic 7 Needs Reality Check ... And National League

on December 17 2012 5:55 PM
Big East's Catholic 7 Needs Reality Check ... And National League

They’re gone.

It’s official. They’re outta here. See ya later. Sayonara.

With a sweeping stroke of self-righteous sanctimony, the seven Catholic, basketball-based schools in the Big East voted unanimously to depart the Big East as soon as possible, or whenever their football-focused brethren finish turning the conference into a pile of self-destructive rubble.

The only question is, where will they go?

Or, rather, what league of their own will they form?

Not for nothing, but these guys may be thinking a bit beyond their reality. Yeah, Georgetown and Marquette still have some national cachet. Villanova is just three seasons removed from a trip to the Final Four. However, the Wildcats seem to be fading fast as a power even with fashion plate Jay Wright still donning the finest attire a Division I basketball coach’s salary can finance.

As for the other members of the Catholic 7 – St. John’s, Seton Hall, DePaul and Providence … umm, those comments of “who” or “huh” heard resounding across the country should be a wake-up call to those receiving offers to join forces, not to mention those making the offers.

Big East's Catholic Schools ... Why Not Go National?

on December 13 2012 12:50 PM
Big East's Catholic Schools ... Why Not Go National?

It seems inevitable now.

With all the defections, departures and power plays at the intercollegiate athletics level recently, it’s only a matter of time now before the Big East Conference, sadly, even in the deformed, BCS Elephant Man state that it’s currently in, will no longer exist.

Apparently, the self-loathing, guilt-ridden backbone of the religion’s beliefs only stretches so far with the seven Catholic schools who reside in the outfit. If reports are true, the likes of basketball-based Villanova, St. John’s, Georgetown, Providence, Seton Hall, DePaul and Marquette have had enough with their football-focused friends.

The whole intent of the league, from the time it was just a figment in creator Dave Gavitt’s mind until it came to official fruition in 1979, was to appease a hoops-crazy Northeast, to unite the better programs in that part of the country and, as strength in numbers philosophy would suggest, shine a spotlight on the region and the conference, bringing in some serious coin in the process. Football wasn’t even a concern. In fact, it wasn’t even an option.

UCLA Bruins Basketball News: Walk The Walk Or Do Not Talk The Talk: What The Four Letters Mean Today Is A Historical Disconnect

on December 05 2012 6:49 PM
UCLA Bruins Basketball News: Walk The Walk Or Do Not Talk The Talk: What The Four Letters Mean Today Is A Historical Disconnect

 On Sunday, November 25th, 2012, UCLA’s men’s’ basketball team lost to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 70-68 on Neil & John Wooden court in the newly renovated Pauley Pavilion. Would you repeat that! No I cannot! Nothing against Cal Poly. It was great win but they were not the eleventh ranked team in the nation, nor were their last recruiting class unheralded. Despite the matchups it is best to play the games. Clearly, the UCLA Bruin’s men’s basketball program is not walking the walk.

The news that Tyler Lamb a junior was transferring was paramount before the Bruins lost to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. This loss may have helped push the cart that was at the edge, over the cliff. Besides playing time, were there other reasons that a good veteran player, a junior and a good student like Lamb would leave UCLA?

Those outside the UCLA basketball program just could not see that the cart was so close to the edge, but the Bruins had their next opponent Cal State Northridge waiting in the wings. Though the Bruins would be the favorite against Northridge, Coach Bobby Braswell felt his team could get a win against the Bruins.

South Dakota State's Early Season Struggles Could Keep Them From the NCAA College Basketball Tournament

on December 05 2012 11:30 AM
South Dakota State's Early Season Struggles Could Keep Them From the NCAA College Basketball Tournament

Entering the season with high expectations, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits have struggled early in the season. 

Even with National Player of the Year candidate Nate Wolters continuing to produce quality numbers, the team as a whole have yet to be able to regain the same consistent level of play that led them to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in school history this past March. Although the Jacks sport a respectable 6-3 record, that could easily be 8-1, if not 9-0. However, a few unfortunate breaks have led to those three losses in the early season, as well as a few lucky breaks have led to two victories SDSU may not have deserved to pull out. 

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