College Basketball Short Takes

  • Updated: January 24, 2014 - 9:49 PM

Three unbeaten teams remain: Arizona, Syracuse and Wichita State. Of course, history tells us it’s very, very difficult to continue that trend for a full season — no team has gone undefeated since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. But according to kenpom.com, one team has a relatively respectable chance at doing so — Wichita State has a 33.6 percent shot at the distinction, compared with a 13 percent chance for Arizona and 0.7 percent chance for Syracuse. Still a long shot, to be sure, but not as bad as one might think.

• The weirdness of the ACC extends beyond its flip-flop of power. As John Gasaway points out on his blog, the conference has been unusually slow this season, averaging 62.6 possessions per game as a whole. Looking through kenpom.com, that’s the slowest by far the conference has been in at least 10 years, and it was only a few years ago, in 2008, that the ACC was the fastest league in the nation. Syracuse is a big part of the new slow-down, managing a stunningly sluggish 54.8 possessions per game.

• By now, everyone has heard plenty about Creighton’s 21-three-pointer game. Can that stat get even more impressive? Maybe it can. According to a markup of the Bluejays’ momentous 96-68 win at Villanova, found on reddit.com by ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan, 18 of those came from behind the NBA three-point line (23 feet, 9 inches, compared to 20 feet, 9 inches in the NCAA). Wow.

• The midseason Wooden Award watch list was released with 25 names on Wednesday, but most would agree it was far from complete. Joel Embiid, who has been the major factor, rather than Andrew Wiggins, for Kansas’ resurgence, was nowhere to be found. Neither were Big Ten players Gary Harris (Michigan State) or Nik Stauskas (Michigan), who have both improved tremendously from a year ago and have led their respective teams to the top of the league despite major injuries on their squads. No matter:

• How much is a perfect NCAA tournament bracket worth? Warren Buffett says ONE BILLION DOLLARS. The tycoon is offering that amount to anyone who puts together a flawless one — start strategizing now.

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Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs 0 Bottom 8th Inning
NY Yankees 2
Cleveland 3 Bottom 8th Inning
Detroit 1
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle 2 Top 7th Inning
Texas 0
Boston 1 Top 5th Inning
Chicago WSox 1
Kansas City 2 Top 6th Inning
Houston 2
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland - T. Milone 9:05 PM
LA Angels - T. Skaggs
Colorado - J. De La Rosa 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Los Angeles - P. Maholm 9:15 PM
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 91 4th Qtr 9:11
Milwaukee 87
Dallas 69 3rd Qtr 1:31
Memphis 75
Detroit 87 4th Qtr
Oklahoma City 79
Houston 81 4th Qtr 8:38
New Orleans 87
LA Lakers 97 4th Qtr 5:27
San Antonio 88
Brooklyn 70 4th Qtr 8:54
Cleveland 90
Philadelphia 80 3rd Qtr 1:54
Miami 65
Utah 89 4th Qtr 8:42
Minnesota 80
Washington 97 4th Qtr 8:27
Boston 79
Toronto 74 4th Qtr 10:53
New York 74
Golden State 9:30 PM
Denver
LA Clippers 9:30 PM
Portland
Phoenix 9:30 PM
Sacramento
Montreal 4 3rd Prd
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 3 3rd Prd 11:10
Pittsburgh 4
Dallas 9:00 PM
Anaheim
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2

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