The 4 - 0 Tide keep rolling. With last year's NIT championship loss to Wichita State in their minds, Alabama secured revenge with a 70 - 60 win over the Shockers http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/boxscore?gid=201111180648 . The Tide had a whopping 14 blocked shots and 6' 8 250 lb freshman Nick Jacobs had 5 of them in just 9 minutes! Swat!
Tony Mitchell shot 9 of 15 for 26 points leading the scoring for the Crimson and White. The Tide are for real and to be feared. March and early April might be quite busy for Alabama fans. You can't help but pull for a classy coach like Anthony Grant. Plus, I like his pedigree. NEXT
Some pundits have half-jokingly suggested that injured Peyton Manning might deserve the MVP award in the NFL this year because with him missing all of the games of the Indianapolis Colts they are winless. Could Arkansas's powerful 6' 7 235 lb Marshawn Powell possibly capture the SEC "Manning MVP" award this year?
Reports out of Arkansas are that Powell suffered a severe knee injury in practice Thursday. How much time he will miss has not been determined but he did have to sit out Friday's 87 - 78 loss to Houston http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/boxscore?gid=201111180019 . The Razorbacks were outrebounded 38 - 27 by their Conference USA opponent, an indication of how much they missed Powell's bulk. NEXT
Southern Conference's Davidson Wildcats gave a scare to the Duke Blue Devils on Friday night leading by one at the half. Then Duke turned it up a notch as they are known to do and came out on top 82 - 69 http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/boxscore?gid=201111180173 . Gator decommit Austin Rivers scored 17 points on 8 for 13 from the field but suffered 4 turnovers. Seth Curry also contributed 17 points on 6 for 11. NEXT
Just because your dad played in the NBA like the sons of Doc Rivers and Dell Curry mentioned above, does not guarantee that you will have an impact on college basketball. Eastern Michigan's Quintin Dailey, Jr. fits that category. The Eagles senior only scored one point in just 8 minutes of play last night in the 62 - 51 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock. For the year, Dailey is only averaging 1.7 points per game and for his career just 2.4 http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/players/88455 .
Quintin Dailey, Sr, the troubled University of San Francisco star who played in the NBA for 10 years, died a year ago with heart complications http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/sports/ncaabasketball/11dailey.html . NEXT
Continuing the theme of NBA offspring, Georgia Tech was led by Glen Rice, Jr. off the bench in the Yellow Jackets 73 - 60 Friday win over last year's Final Four darling, VCU http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/boxscore?gid=201111180232 . Rice, who missed the team's first three games because of a rules violation, had 19 points, 7 for 11 from the field, 3 for 6 beyond the arc.
In 1988, I was one of the 10 Gator fans in Salt Lake City, Utah to I see his dad, Glen Rice, Sr, score 39 on 16 for 24 shooting for Michigan to defeat Florida 108 - 85 in a Final 32 game of the Big Dance http://www.gatorzone.com/basketball/men/media/2003/pdf/142.pdf .
That Michigan team had a Fab Five before the more famous early 90's version (that included Chris Weber and Juwan Howard). The 1988 Fab Five had five starters who played in the NBA. We will make this a trivia question, can you name them? Scroll down at the bottom for the answer. Reply if you answered correctly without googling. That would be impressive and I want to know. You already have one. NEXT
Mississippi State might be the only team that has already played five games. Their development as a top-notch SEC team was evident last night defeating 15th ranked Arizona 67 - 57 to win the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer at Madison Square Garden http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/boxscore?gid=201111180366 . The Bulldogs showed balanced scoring with UTEP transfer 6' 11 230 lb , junior Arnett Moutrie, who had a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards, the only one in double figures.
With preseason All-SEC first teamer, senior Dee Bost at the point and 6' 10 270 lb Renardo Sydney's presence in the post, along with Moutrie, Coach Rick Stansbury has an outstanding nucleus which will be a force in the SEC. NEXT
Congrats to Bloggee Alan who as AD saw his Jacksonville Dolphins win their first of the year, defeating his former employer, Samford, 70 - 57 http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/boxscore?gid=201111180281 . The Dolphins, who try to repeat last year's upset at Florida on Thanksgiving Friday night, shot an efficient 50 % led by Aloys Cabell and his 17 points. Samford's senior Jeffrey Merritt seemed to be the only Bulldog in sync offensively with 22 points on 9 for 14, including 3 for 4 long-range. THAT'S IT.
Enjoy....former Gator assistant, Lewis Preston, won his first game as head coach at Kennesaw State with a 65 - 59 victory over Southern Conference's Chattanooga.....you newbie bloggees, let me know what you think so far....I always look forward to reading feedback, positive or negative,