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SHOCKing Results

Fred VanVleet has led Wichita St to a 19-0 record

Through almost three months of the season there is one team whose undefeated record is as surprising as its run to the Final Four last season.  Wichita St rolled through its non-conference schedule and with Creighton in the Big East, it looks like the Shockers will face little resistance in the Missouri Valley this season.

Led by one of the best point guards in the country in Fred VanVleet, the Shockers destroyed Indiana St, the only other team in the Valley with real at-large aspirations.  He runs the show and is surrounded by talent that plenty of high majors schools are probably envious of.  Throw in Gregg Marshall, a man who’s legitimately one of the best coaches in the country and this is a team that looks like a national title contender.

Stock Up: Tyler Ennis.  The Syracuse freshman has taken this team to another level.  Any thoughts of a drop off after Michael Carter-Williams have been erased as Ennis has made the Orange the favorite to win the ACC.

Stock Down: Big East favorites.  Both Georgetown and Marquette are sputtering to find themselves as injuries, suspensions and early departures have crushed their respective rosters.  Both squads thought they’d perform much better this season but neither have been close to upholding the standard the each program has set.

Stock Up: Kansas.  The Jayhawks are putting it together and its going to get scary for everyone else.  It appears that Joel Embiid has taken the reigns as the best player on this team and everyone else has followed.  Kansas already has four losses, but it could be a good while before it losses again…if it losses again.

Stock Down: VCU. The Rams have been figured out.  If you limit VCU’s transition opportunities they can’t score.  This team can get hot from deep, but it’s not consistent when the Rams are off, they’re extremely easy to defend.

On to the bracket:

First one of the year.

Last Four In: North Carolina, Stanford, Providence, SMU

Last Four Out: Saint Mary’s, Boise St, Purdue, Georgetown

 

WEST

1.Arizona16.Robert Morris/Chattanooga               San Diego

8.Baylor9.Florida St

5.Ohio St12.Providence/Stanford             Raleigh

4.Duke13.Mercer

6.Memphis11.Texas       San Antonio

3.Wichita St14.Georgia St

7.Kansas St10.George Washington           Milwaukee

2.Wisconsin15.Vermont

SOUTH

1.Florida16.Radford        Orlando

8.UCLA9.Xavier

5.Pittsburgh12.Toledo   San Diego

4.Cincinnati13.Stephen F. Austin

6.Gonzaga11.Clemson   Spokane

3.Oklahoma St14.Boston

7.Michigan10.Harvard    Buffalo

2.Villanova15.Utah Valley

MIDWEST

1.Michigan St16.Southern            Milwaukee

8.California9.Southern Miss

5.Iowa St12.Missouri      Raleigh

4.Louisville13.Manhattan

6.Oklahoma11.Green Bay            San Antonio

3.UMass14.Northern Colorado

7.Virginia10.Oregon        Spokane

2.San Diego St15.UC Irvine

EAST

1.Syracuse16.South Dakota/Morgan St  Buffalo

8.Minnesota9.Colorado

5.Saint Louis12.SMU/North Carolina        Orlando

4.Kentucky13.Belmont

6.Creighton11.VCU         St. Louis

3.Iowa14.Towson

7.UConn10.New Mexico               St. Louis

2.Kansas15.Old Dominion

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Rock Chalk

Marcus Morris leads the Jayhawks

I haven’t seen a more impressive team this season then Kansas. Coach Bill Self’s squad lost Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich and hasn’t skipped a beat.

The Morris twins are proving to be a load in the paint. Marcus and Markieff are averaging 30 points and 15 rebounds between the two of them and in Mondays game against Baylor, they were unstoppable.

Kansas has also been getting good guard play. Tyshawn Taylor held down the fort for the beginning of the season, but now Josh Selby is in the fold giving them another dimension.

Selby is explosive and can create his own shot and shots for his teammates. The athletic freshman out of Baltimore is hell in Nikes and will burn the Big XII up this year.

Stock Up: San Diego St. The Aztecs have run roughshod over their competition this year. With wins over Gonzaga, Saint Mary’s, Wichita St., UNLV and New Mexico, the Aztecs have a very impressive resume. Kawhi Leonard, D.J. Gay and Malcolm Thomas are three of the best players in the nation and come March everyone will become acquainted with them.

Stock Down: Sun Belt. Sun Belt officials tried to come up with strategies to increase at-large bid opportunities for the conference. What’s transpired has been a failure on all levels. The conference has underachieved mightily with no team being more disappointing than Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers went down to the San Juan Shootout hoping to get some quality wins and came back 1-2 with a loss to Davidson. The rest of the conference hasn’t been much better as it is ranked 26 out 31 conferences in RPI. Looks like it might be time to look over the plan for the conference again.

Stock Up: Xavier. It’s almost to the point where it’s like death and taxes with the Musketeers. We shouldn’t be surprised to see them atop the Atlantic-10 again. Year after year they contend for the title and it looks like this year will be no different. They bounced back nicely after their loss to Cincinnati by winning their first three conference games. With a trip to St. Bonaventure followed by two home games, the Musketeers can really distance themselves.

Stock Down: Auburn. How can a BCS conference team be so bad? I know people may be asking if I’ve seen Depaul play. Yes I have live and they’d mop the floor with Auburn. How the Tigers beat Florida St. is beyond me, but they’re already 0-3 in league play and it can get really ugly down the stretch. Thank God for football.

This Week’s Bracket Projections:

Last Four In: Marquette, Butler, Cincinnati, Miami (FL)
Last Four Out: Memphis, New Mexico, Dayton, UCLA

Good for games through 1/17

SOUTHWEST
1.Kansas16.Northern Colorado/Morgan St Tulsa
8.North Carolina9.Tennessee
5.Wisconsin12.Xavier Tampa
4.West Virginia13.James Madison
6.Louisville11.Utah St Chicago
3.Purdue14.Vermont
7.Washington10.Gonzaga Washington, DC
2.Connecticut15.Bucknell
WEST
1.Duke16.Austin Peay Charlotte
8.Vanderbilt9.Missouri St
5.Minnesota12.Cincinnati/Butler Chicago
4.Missouri13.Oakland
6.Colorado11.Old Dominion Denver
3.Villanova14.Coastal Carolina
7.St. John’s10.Boston College Tucson
2.San Diego St15.Chattanooga
SOUTHEAST
1.Pittsburgh16.Long Island Cleveland
8.St. Mary’s9.Oklahoma St
5.Florida12.Southern Mississippi Tampa
4.Michigan St13.Ball St
6.Illinois11.Miami(FL)/Marquette Denver
3.BYU14.Belmont
7.Arizona10.Wichita St Tulsa
2.Texas A&M15.Long Beach St
EAST
1.Ohio St16.McNeese St/Jackson St Cleveland
8.Temple9.Georgia
5.Notre Dame12.Harvard Tucson
4.Texas13.Valparaiso
6.Georgetown11.Florida St Charlotte
3.Kentucky14.Iona
7.UNLV10.UCF Washington, DC
2.Syracuse15.Florida Atlantic

In Graphical Form

Leaders of the Pac(k)

Washington F Jon Brockman
Washington F Jon Brockman

Quick, which team is the best team in the state of Washington?  I bet you answered Gonzaga.  You may be correct, but they have a serious challenger in the form of the Washington Huskies.  Lorenzo Romar has his team tied for first in the Pac-10 with wins over USC, UCLA and Arizona St already.

Led by Isaiah Thomas, Jon Brockman, and Justin Dentmon, Washington is poised to make a run at the Pac-10 regular season and tournament titles and an opportunity to play close to home in the NCAA tournament.  They have four very winnable games upcoming before they go on the road to play the Los Angeles schools.

I know they’re games air late on the East coast, but if I were you, I’d make sure I’d catch a UW game soon.

Stock Up: Kansas.  It’s amazing.  They’re the defending national champions, but no one is talking about the Jayhawks.  They’re rolling right now after a very tough start which included a loss to UMass.  Cole Aldrich is one of the most improved players in America and Sherron Collins is playing out of this world basketball right now.  This team is well on its way to moving out of the shadow of last year’s squad.

Stock Down: Pat Knight.  He took a page out of his father’s book and went crazy on Saturday.  That type of behavior may be ok for his father because his father won games.  Pat is 10-10 right now at Texas Tech.  You can’t use that type of decorum on the court and not win.  You can get fired easily doing that and I don’t care who your father is.

Stock Up: Penn St.  Now THIS is how you get over the Rose Bowl.  This is clearly the best Penn St team since they went to the tournament eight years ago.  That team made it all the way to the Sweet 16.  I don’t know if this team has that kind of success in it, but it could be on it’s way to a tournament berth.

Stock Down: St. Mary’s.  Unfortunately Patrick Mills broke his hand last week.  He’s going to be out for a month and that’s going to destroy the Gaels at-large chances.  This is just not a tournament team without him on the floor.  It’s a shame too, because he’s clearly one of the best guards in the country.

This week’s Bracket Projections:

Last Four In: Michigan, Providence, Georgetown, Texas A&M

Last Four Out: BYU, Baylor, Cincinnati, San Diego St

Sorry Wake Forest fans, as the last #1, you got stuck with the Fri-Sun games because of the play-in game.

This bracket is good for games played through Sunday, February 1, 2009.

SOUTH

1.North Carolina16.Long Beach St Greensboro, NC

8.Davidson9.UNLV

5.Washington12.Georgetown Portland, OR

4.Purdue13.Buffalo

6.Gonzaga11.Florida St Portland, OR

3.Xavier14.Cornell

7.Ohio St10.Tennessee Minneapolis, MN

2.Marquette15.East Tennessee St

MIDWEST

1.Oklahoma16.Holy Cross Kansas City, MO

8.Arizona St9.LSU

5.Illinois12.Providence Philadelphia, PA

4.Butler13.Northern Iowa

6.Missouri11.Siena Miami, FL

3.Clemson14.Stephen F. Austin

7.USC10.Penn St Kansas City, MO

2.Louisville15.Weber St

WEST

1.Wake Forest16. Morehead St/Alabama St Dayton, OH

8.Syracuse9.South Carolina

5.Texas12.Michigan Miami, FL

4.Villanova13.Western Kentucky

6.UCLA11.Kentucky Boise, ID

3.Memphis14.VMI

7.Utah St10.Boston College Dayton, OH

2.Pittsburgh15.Robert Morris

EAST

1.Connecticut16.Morgan St Philadelphia, PA

8.Utah9.California

5.Minnesota12.Virginia Tech Boise, ID

4.Kansas13.Northeastern

6.West Virginia11.Texas A&M Minneapolis, MN

3.Michigan St14.North Dakota St

7.Dayton10.Florida Greensboro, NC

2.Duke15.Vermont