Archive for November, 2010

YOOOAdrian’s NBA Power Rankings- Week 6

WEEK 5

11/29/10

  1. San Antonio (14-2)
  2. LA Lakers (13-4)
  3. Boston (12-4)
  4. Orlando (12-4)
  5. Dallas (12-4)
  6. Utah (13-5)
  7. Oklahoma City (11-6)
  8. Miami (9-8)
  9. New Orleans (12-4)
  10. Denver (10-6)
  11. Chicago (9-6)
  12. Atlanta (11-7)
  13. Indiana (8-7)
  14. Portland (8-8)
  15. Phoenix (8-9)
  16. Memphis (7-10)
  17. Milwaukee (6-10)
  18. New York (9-9)
  19. Cleveland (7-9)
  20. Houston (5-11)
  21. Golden State (8-9)
  22. Charlotte (6-11)
  23. Toronto (6-11)
  24. New Jersey (6-11)
  25. Detroit (6-11)
  26. Washington (5-10)
  27. Philadelphia (4-13)
  28. LA Clippers (3-15)
  29. Sacramento (4-11)
  30. Minnesota (4-13)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NCAA Football Preview- Week 13

  • (2) Auburn at (11) Alabama (Ala- 29-27)

It’s the Iron Bowl, this one should be a classic.

  • (4) Boise State at (19) Nevada (BSU- 41-24)

Kellen Moore gets all of the praise in the WAC, but Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick may be the most underrated quarterback in the country.

  • (21) Arizona at (1) Oregon (Ore- 51-31)

The Ducks have the Civil War next week, but they have to beat Arizona first.

  • (13) Oklahoma at (9) Oklahoma State (OkSt- 44-36)

Winner of this one goes to the Big 12 Title Game.

  • (5) LSU at (12) Arkansas (Ark- 31-20)

LSU just keeps winning close, tight ball games.

  • (23) North Carolina State at Maryland (NcSt- 30-24)

A North Carolina State win puts the Wolfpack in the ACC Championship Game.

  • Michigan at (8) Ohio State (OhSt- 38-20)

Michigan’s defense is absolutely dreadful.

  • Northwestern at (7) Wisconsin (Wis- 37-20)

A Wisconsin win should put them in the Rose Bowl

  • (10) Michigan State at Penn State (PSU- 27-24)

Michigan State has an outside shot at a BCS Game with a win.

  •  West Virginia at Pittsburgh (Pitt- 23-20 ot)

Something needs to be changed about the Big East affiliation with the BCS.

YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Week 12 Picks

  1. Green Bay at Atlanta (GB- 30-24)
  2. San Diego at Indianapolis (SD- 34-28)
  3. Philadelphia at Chicago (Phi- 31-21)
  4. Tampa Bay at Baltimore (Bal- 35-17)
  5. Jacksonville at NY Giants (NYG- 19-7)
  6. New Orleans at Dallas (No- 26-24)
  7. New England at Detroit (Ne- 27-17)
  8. Miami at Oakland (Oak- 16-10)
  9. Kansas City at Seattle (KC- 23-20)
  10. Cincinnati at NY Jets (NYJ- 20-14)
  11. Pittsburgh at Buffalo (Buf- 27-24 ot)
  12. Tennessee at Houston (Hou- 27-20)
  13. Minnesota at Washington (Min- 19-17)
  14. St. Louis at Denver (Den- 37-24)
  15. San Francisco at Arizona (Ari- 20-17)
  16. Carolina at Cleveland (Cle- 21-6)

Last Week- 12-4

Season- 98-62

Time to Spice Things Up a Bit- Your Guide to the 2010 Old Spice Classic

These early season basketball tournaments are the best way to gauge your team very early on in the year.  You play three games in four days against three different teams in three separate conferences.  Not only do you get an inkling of the strengths and weaknesses of your squad, you also get a sense of how good the conference you play in is.  It’s also a perfect way to put some nice looking wins on the resume before March rolls around.

This is the fifth installment of the Old Spice Classic.  There’s no stand-out team in this year’s field, but five out of the eight teams reached the NCAA Tournament a year ago.  Temple is currently the only team ranked in the top 25.  They’re currently ranked 20th.  The games will be played once again in the HP Field House in Orlando, Florida.

SCHEDULE

SDate

Time (ET) Game Network
Thu, Nov 25 Noon Game 1: Boston College vs. Texas A & M ESPN2
  2 p.m. Game 2: Wisconsin vs. Manhattan ESPN2
  7 p.m.

Game 3: Georgia vs. Notre Dame

ESPN2
  9 p.m. Game 4: Temple vs. California ESPN2
Fri, Nov 26 Noon Game 5 ESPN
  2:30 p.m. Game 6 ESPNU
  5 p.m. Game 7 ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. Game 8 ESPNU
Sun, Nov 27 11 a.m. Game 9 ESPNU
  1 p.m. Game 10 ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. Game 11  
  7 p.m. Game 12 (Championship Game) ESPN2

THE FIELD

Boston College- Last Year- 15-16 (6-10)

  • All-time Boston College wins leader Al Skinner is out, and Steve Donahue is in.  Donahue comes over from Cornell who made three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a magical run to the Sweet 16 a year ago.  Donahue and Skinner have two different styles of play.  Skinner had a very precise flex-offense, while Donahue likes to push it a little more and shoot the three.

Projected Starters

  • F- Cortney Dunn (6-8 Sr)
  • F- Joe Trapani (6-8 Sr)
  • F- Corey Raji (6-6 Sr)
  • G- Biko Paris (6-1 Sr)
  • G- Reggie Jackson (6-3 Jr)

Bench

  • G- Danny Rubin (6-6 Fr)
  • G- Dallas Elmore (6-5 Jr)
  • G- Gabe Moton (6-2 Fr)

PLAYER TO WATCH- Reggie Jackson

  • Jackson was a guy held back a bit in Skinner’s offense last year.  Thus far this year, Reggie has been able to play more with the ball in his hands and push it.

Texas A&M- Last Year- 24-10 (11-5)

  • Billy Gillespie came over to Texas A&M in 2004 and completely changed the culture at College Station.  He got the Aggies to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1987 in the 2004-2005 season.  Mark Turgeon took over the helm when Gillespie left for Kentucky in 2007.  Turgeon has continued the success as Texas A&M has made the NCAA Tournament every year since 2005.  The Aggies have three key players missing from last year’s team in Donald Sloan, Derrick Roland and Bryan Davis.

Projected Starters

  • F- David Loubeau (6-8 Jr)
  • G/F- Khris Middleton (6-7 So)
  • G/F- Nathan Walkup (6-7 Sr)
  • G- B.J. Holmes (5-11 Sr)
  • G- Dash Harris (6-1 Jr)

Bench

  • G- Naji Hibbert (6-6 So)
  • F- Kourtney Roberson (6-9 Fr)
  • F- Ray Turner (6-8 So)

PLAYER TO WATCH- David Loubeau

The Aggies don’t have a stand out player as all five A&M starters are good, but not great.  Loubeau is the lone starter who is a back-to-the-basket player.

Wisconsin

  • No matter the roster, head coach Bo Ryan just seems to get the job done.  He gets the maximum potential out of each player on his team year after year.  Even with all the success, frustration is mounting in Madison as the Badgers have lost to a lower-seeded team in the NCAA Tournament in three of the last four years.

Projected Starters

  • F- Keaton Nankivil (6-8 Sr)
  • F- Jon Leuer (6-10 Sr)
  • F- Mike Bruesewitz (6-6 So)
  • G- Josh Gasser (6-4 Fr)
  • G- Jordan Taylor (6-1 Jr)

Bench

  • G/F- Ryan Evans (6-6 So)
  • G/F- Tim Jarmusz (6-6 Sr)
  • F/C- Jared Berggren (6-10 So)

PLAYER TO WATCH- Jordan Taylor

Jon Leuer is the best player, but Taylor may be the most important player.  With the departures of backcourt starters Trevon Hughes and Jason Bohannon, suddenly, Taylor becomes the guys in the backcourt.  Taylor can drive, but he needs to improve his perimeter shooting.

Manhattan

  • Manhattan and Temple are the only non-BCS teams in this tournament.  The Jaspers have yet to regain the glory since the departure of star guard Luis Flores five years ago.  Unfortunately, Manhattan is once again in rebuilding mode since last year’s MAAC leading scorer, Rico Pickett, decided to take his talents overseas.

Projected Starters

  • C- Djibril Coulibaly (6-9 Jr)
  • F- Andrew Gabriel (6-6 Sr)
  • G/F- George Beamon (6-4 So)
  • G- Kidani Brutus (6-1 Jr)
  • G- Michael Alvarado (6-2 Fr)

Bench

  • F- Rhamel Brown (6-6 Fr)
  • F- Robert Martina (6-8 Jr)
  • C- Kevin Laue (6-11 So)

PLAYER TO WATCH- George Beamon

The Jaspers are a very young team.  Andrew Gabriel is the team’s leading returning scorer, but George Beamon is currently leading the team in scoring through three games averaging 16.7 ppg.

Georgia

  • Georgia got a lot of preseason hype because of Trey Thompkins and Travis Leslie.  Thompkins was named the SEC Preseason Player of the Year.  The truth is the Bulldogs have only made the NCAA Tournament once in the past five years.  This tournament should answer at least a couple questions about the legitimacy of this team.

Projected Starters

  • F- Trey Thompkins (6-10 Jr)
  • F- Jeremy Price (6-8 Sr)
  • G/F- Travis Leslie (6-4 Jr)
  • G- Gerald Robinson Jr. (6-1 Jr)
  • G- Dustin Ware (5-11 Jr)

Bench

  • F- Connor Nolte (6-7 Sr)
  • F- Chris Barnes (6-8 Sr)
  • G- Sherrard Brantley (6-2 So)

PLAYER TO WATCH- Trey Thompkins

Thompkins has missed the first three games of the season due to an ankle injury.  Head Coach Mark Fox is unsure if Thompkins will be ready to go tomorrow.

Notre Dame

  • The Irish may have lost Luke Harangody and Tory Jackson, but Notre Dame brings back a lot of experienced seniors.  In fact, the entire starting five comprosises of seniors.  When Luke Harangody went down last season with a knee injury, coach Mike Brey installed the “Burn Offense.”  Essentially, the team would slow the tempo down and hold the ball until there was about 10-15 seconds left on the shot-clock before attacking.  So far the Irish have been scoring at a high level.  We’ll see if they go back to the burn in Orlando.

Projected Starters

  • F- Tyrone Nash (6-8 Sr)
  • F- Tim Abromaitis (6-8 Sr)
  • F- Carleton Scott (6-7 Sr)
  • G- Scott Martin (6-8 Sr)
  • G- Ben Hansbrough (6-3 Sr)

Bench

  • G- Eric Atkins (6-1 Fr)
  • F- Jack Cooley (6-9 So)
  • G- Joey Brooks (6-5 So)

PLAYER TO WATCH- Ben Hansbrough

There’s a lot of good point guards in this tournament.  Hansbrough is more of a scorer than a point, although he had an excellent 2.4-1 assists to turnover ratio last season.  He’ll slide to the shooting guard spot when Eric Atkins comes into the game.

Temple

  • I did a huge Temple preview before the season began, you can check that out here.  All the lineups and bench players should be there as well.

PLAYER TO WATCH- Juan Fernandez

 

He may be the most exciting player in this tournament.

California

  • The Golden Bears lost a lot over the offseason, most notably Jerome Randle and Patrick Christopher.  I don’t think anyone knows what to expect from California in this tournament.  I will say this, it looks like smarts, defense and toughness is going to be the recipe for success for Cal.  It was a staple for head coach Mike Montgomery during his early days at Stanford.

Projected Starters

  • C- Markhuri Sanders-Frison (6-7 Sr)
  • F- Harper Kamp (6-8 Jr)
  • G- Allen Crabbe (6-4 Fr)
  • G- Gary Franklin (6-2 Fr)
  • G- Jorge Gutierrez (6-3 Jr)

Bench

  • F- Bak Bak (6-9 So)
  • G- Brandon Smith (5-11 So)
  • C- Max Zhang- (7-3 Jr)

PLAYER TO WATCH- Jorge Gutierrez

Jorge Gutierrez Jorge Gutierrez #2 of the California Golden Bears shoots the ball while defended by Rakeem Buckles #4 of the Louisville Cardinals during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena on March 19, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.

He may not be Jerome Randle or Patrick Christopher, but the guy can guard with the best of them.

PREDICTIONS

First Round

  • Texas A&M over Boston College
  • Wisconsin over Manhattan
  • Notre Dame over Georgia
  • Temple over California

Semifinals

  • Wisconsin over Texas A&M
  • Temple over Notre Dame

Championship Game

  • Temple over Wisconsin

 

 

 

  

What’s at Stake- Temple at Miami (OH) Preview

This is an important game for the Owls when it comes to bowl implications.  With the MAC Title no longer at stake, it’ll be interesting to see how Temple comes out.

The MAC is affiliated with three bowls, but the conference can always send more teams as some of the major conferences don’t always fill their bowl slots.  You saw that last season with Temple as they were to Washington to play in the EagleBank Bowl. 

Here’s how it goes.  The MAC winner goes to Detroit to take on the No. 8 team of the Big Ten.  The No. 2 MAC team goes to Mobile, Alabama and, believe it or not, the GoDaddy.com Bowl.  The No. 2 Sun Belt team would be the opponent in that one.  Lastly, the third place MAC team would get shipped to Boise and the blue turf to play in the Humanitarian Bowl.  

With Mobile and Boise being such a voyage for Owl fans, the team may do what they did last year and go to a more local bowl.  The two closest bowls are the Military Bowl (Washington), and the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankees Stadium.  The problem is, it looks like these Bowls are going to get filled.  

So, back to the game being played against the Red Hawks.  If the Owls can win the game, it looks like their most likely destination will be Boise as it looks like they will either take on Nevada or Fresno State.  The Humanitarian Bowls is affiliated with the WAC. 

Like I said in the beginning, the psyche of the Owls will be tested.  Their preseason goal was to win the MAC.  The Owls have more talent than the Redhawks, but will they show up.  The coaching ability of Al Golden will once again be tested.

  With a loss, Temple’s bowl dreams may be dashed.

YOOOAdrian’s NBA Power Rankings- Week 5

WEEK 4

  1. LA Lakers (11-2)
  2. San Antonio (11-1)
  3. Boston (9-3)
  4. Miami (8-5)
  5. New Orleans (11-1)
  6. Orlando (9-3)
  7. Oklahoma City (9-4)
  8. Utah (9-5)
  9. Dallas (8-4)
  10. Chicago (7-4)
  11. Atlanta (8-5)
  12. Portland (8-6)
  13. Denver (7-6)
  14. Phoenix (6-7)
  15. Golden State (7-5)
  16. Memphis (5-9)
  17. Indiana (5-6)
  18. Milwaukee (5-8)
  19. New York (6-8)
  20. Cleveland (5-7)
  21. Charlotte (5-8)
  22. Detroit (5-8)
  23. Houston (3-9)
  24. Washington (4-8)
  25. New Jersey (4-9)
  26. Toronto (5-9)
  27. Sacramento (4-8)
  28. Minnesota (4-10)
  29. Philadelphia (3-10)
  30. LA Clippers (1-13)

YOOOAdrian’s 2010-2011 NCAA Basketball Predictions- Bracketology

This is something I wanted to do a while ago, but I just simply didn’t have the time.  Now I do.  Listed below are my predictions for each conference in Division I Basketball.  I will provide my projections for the NCAA Tournament from the first round all the way to the Final Four and NCAA Champion.

1ST ROUND

EAST

  • 1. Duke vs 16. Quinnipiac/Jackson State
  • 8. Minnesota vs 9. Vanderbilt
  • 4. Georgetown vs 13. VCU
  • 5. Missouri vs 12. Murray State
  • 6. San Diego State vs 11. Xavier
  • 3. Florida vs 14. Central Michigan
  • 7. Texas A&M vs 10. Arizona
  • 2. Illinois vs 15. Morgan State

WEST

  • 1. Kansas vs 16. Boston
  • 8. Richmond vs 9. Louisville
  • 4. Virginia Tech vs 13. North Texas
  • 5. Gonzaga vs 12. Washington State
  • 6. Butler vs 11. Wichita State
  • 3. Purdue vs 14. Oakland
  • 7. BYU vs 10. Colorado
  • 2. Syracuse vs 15. UCSB

SOUTHWEST

  • 1. Michigan State vs 16. Coastal Carolina/Lipscomb
  • 8. Connecticut vs 9. North Carolina State
  • 4. Texas vs 13. Utah State
  • 5. Kentucky vs 12. Marquette/Missouri State
  • 6. Kansas State vs 11. Georgia
  • 3. North Carolina vs 14. Weber State
  • 7. UCLA vs 10. Memphis
  • 2. Villanova vs 15. Stephen F. Austin

SOUTHEAST

  • 1. Pittsburgh vs 16. Lehigh
  • 8. Wisconsin vs 9. Maryland
  • 4. Tennessee vs 13. College of Charleston
  • 5. Temple vs 12. Northwestern/Mississippi State
  • 6. Washington vs 11. UNLV
  • 3. Baylor vs 14. Fairfield
  • 7. West Virginia vs 10. Clemson
  • 2. Ohio State vs 15. Princeton

2ND ROUND

EAST

  • 1. Duke vs 8. Minnesota
  • 4. Georgetown vs 12. Murray State
  • 3. Florida vs 6. San Diego State
  • 2. Illinois vs 10. Arizona

WEST

  • 1. Kansas vs 8. Richmond
  • 4. Virginia Tech vs 5. Gonzaga
  • 3. Purdue vs 6. Butler
  • 2. Syracuse vs 10. Colorado

SOUTHWEST

  • 1. Michigan State vs Connecticut
  • 4. Texas vs 5. Kentucky
  • 3. North Carolina vs 6. Kansas State
  • 2. Villanova vs 7. UCLA

SOUTHEAST

  • 1. Pittsburgh vs 9. Maryland
  • 4. Tennessee vs 5. Temple
  • 3. Baylor vs 6. Washington
  • 2. Ohio State vs 7. West Virginia

SWEET 16

EAST

  • 1. Duke vs 4. Georgetown
  • 2. Illinois vs 3. Florida

WEST

  • 1. Kansas vs 5. Gonzaga
  • 2. Syracuse vs 3. Purdue

SOUTHWEST

  • 1. Michigan State vs 4. Texas
  • 2. Villanova vs 6. Kansas State

SOUTHEAST

  • 1. Pittsburgh vs 5. Temple
  • 2. Ohio State vs 3. Baylor

ELITE 8

  • EAST- 1. Duke vs 2. Illinois
  • WEST- 1. Kansas vs 2. Syracuse
  • SOUTHWEST- 1. Michigan State vs 6. Kansas State
  • SOUTHEAST- 1. Pittsburgh vs 3. Baylor

FINAL FOUR

  • 1. Duke vs 2. Syracuse
  • 1. Michigan State vs 3. Baylor

CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

  • 1. Duke vs 1. Michigan State

NATIONAL CHAMPION

  • 1. Duke