2018-19 College Hoops Game Thread

Deathofthebambino

Drive Carefully
SoSH Member
Apr 12, 2005
30,186
Figured we'd need to get one of these started. Got #10 Michigan State playing #1 Kansas to tip things off tonight, immediately followed by #4 Duke and #2 Kentucky.

Kansas looks solid early on, jumping out to a 10 point lead on MSU halfway through the 1st half.
 

HomeRunBaker

bet squelcher
SoSH Member
Jan 15, 2004
17,671
So bizarre seeing Reid Travis in a Kentucky uniform. Ah, the innocence of "amateur" athletics.
 

Deathofthebambino

Drive Carefully
SoSH Member
Apr 12, 2005
30,186
Every point through the first four minutes of the Duke/UK game has been scored by Freshman, studs all over the floor. Wow, fun to watch.
 

Deathofthebambino

Drive Carefully
SoSH Member
Apr 12, 2005
30,186
My God, Duke doesn't look like they can be stopped. The athleticism is fucking outrageous. Zion Williamson is 6'7 and at 285, he outweighs every player in the NBA except Bogdanovich, who is 7'3? What? He has a 45 inch vertical, and just ran the point on the fast break like Magic. Oh, and the consensus 2019 #1 pick, Barrett, is on the floor with him, and Cam Reddish is draing 3's...Kentucky is getting some looks, and missing a bunch of open shots, but even if they were making them, I don't know how you stop Duke on the other end.

Oh, Zion made his first shot, a 3 that touched nothing but net, and then just converted an and 1 while posting someone up. Wow.
 

Deathofthebambino

Drive Carefully
SoSH Member
Apr 12, 2005
30,186
Neither of these teams can shoot free throws. Pretty much the only negative you can say at this point.

And there's a two handed monster jam by Zion on the break. It's not even right.
 

Deathofthebambino

Drive Carefully
SoSH Member
Apr 12, 2005
30,186
The dude is the same height as Aaron Judge, and outweighs him by 3 pounds, and has a 45 inch vertical. It's almost unimaginable.
 

Deathofthebambino

Drive Carefully
SoSH Member
Apr 12, 2005
30,186
Kind of surprised to see the refs calling every ticky tack foul both ways. A ton of fouls called so far in the 1st half, which is a pretty big departure from the way the MSU/Kansas game was officiated.
 

Kliq

Member
SoSH Member
Mar 31, 2013
9,564
Duke looks great; they might score 100 on the #2 team in the nation. All three freshmen look like potential #1 picks.
 

BigSoxFan

Member
SoSH Member
May 31, 2007
31,089
Why does Duke have such a terrible OOC schedule this year? They usually load up.
 

HomeRunBaker

bet squelcher
SoSH Member
Jan 15, 2004
17,671
Why does Duke have such a terrible OOC schedule this year? They usually load up.
It may seem this way due to a couple high profile games but Duke plays the same creampuff schedule as most everyone else prior to conference play.
 

Deathofthebambino

Drive Carefully
SoSH Member
Apr 12, 2005
30,186
Duke looks great; they might score 100 on the #2 team in the nation. All three freshmen look like potential #1 picks.
100? LOL, they finish with 118. It's one game in, and I'm going to say it right now, if they stay healthy, this could be the best Duke team ever. Kentucky is a long, athletic and really good defensive team, and they literally had no chance at slowing down Duke. None. From the opening bell, Duke just overwhelmed them. Barrett is as good as any freshman I've ever seen at getting to the hoop, Zion is a freak like we haven't seen since Lebron and Reddish (the #3 recruit in the nation) would be the best player on any other team in the country. Tyus Jones little brother Trae, who was the #10 recruit in the country, is their point guard, and nobody even acknowledges he exists. This squad is outrageous.

Kentucky is going to be a top 5 team all year, and Duke just demolished them. I can't even imagine what Duke is going to do against average teams.
 

BigSoxFan

Member
SoSH Member
May 31, 2007
31,089
It may seem this way due to a couple high profile games but Duke plays the same creampuff schedule as most everyone else prior to conference play.
I must be remembering the big ones but I feel like a couple years ago they played like Mich State, Kansas, Florida etc. in the same year.
 

BigSoxFan

Member
SoSH Member
May 31, 2007
31,089
100? LOL, they finish with 118. It's one game in, and I'm going to say it right now, if they stay healthy, this could be the best Duke team ever. Kentucky is a long, athletic and really good defensive team, and they literally had no chance at slowing down Duke. None. From the opening bell, Duke just overwhelmed them. Barrett is as good as any freshman I've ever seen at getting to the hoop, Zion is a freak like we haven't seen since Lebron and Reddish (the #3 recruit in the nation) would be the best player on any other team in the country. Tyus Jones little brother Trae, who was the #10 recruit in the country, is their point guard, and nobody even acknowledges he exists. This squad is outrageous.

Kentucky is going to be a top 5 team all year, and Duke just demolished them. I can't even imagine what Duke is going to do against average teams.
Watching this team makes me annoyed that SAC may not cooperate this year in Tankathon.
 

RedOctober3829

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 19, 2005
38,294
deep inside Guido territory
Why does Duke have such a terrible OOC schedule this year? They usually load up.
I don't think they have a bad OOC schedule. Kentucky, a decent chance of SDSU/Auburn/Gonzaga in Maui, Indiana, Texas Tech, and a very good St. John's team in February. So they have a shot to play 2 of the top 5 teams in the country and 5-6 NCAA tournament teams in the non-conference.
 

HomeRunBaker

bet squelcher
SoSH Member
Jan 15, 2004
17,671
100? LOL, they finish with 118. It's one game in, and I'm going to say it right now, if they stay healthy, this could be the best Duke team ever. Kentucky is a long, athletic and really good defensive team, and they literally had no chance at slowing down Duke. None. From the opening bell, Duke just overwhelmed them. Barrett is as good as any freshman I've ever seen at getting to the hoop, Zion is a freak like we haven't seen since Lebron and Reddish (the #3 recruit in the nation) would be the best player on any other team in the country. Tyus Jones little brother Trae, who was the #10 recruit in the country, is their point guard, and nobody even acknowledges he exists. This squad is outrageous.

Kentucky is going to be a top 5 team all year, and Duke just demolished them. I can't even imagine what Duke is going to do against average teams.
Imagine if Coach Kaye didn't take the air out of the ball with about 9 minutes to go? They were on pace to exceed 130!
It really could be SCARY!!! Not only are the Dukies loaded but they have pieces that fit with one another to go along with all the elite talent. The most underrated aspect of this team is the Tre Jones/Alex O'Connell backcourt and their roles.
 

uk_sox_fan

Member
SoSH Member
Nov 11, 2006
1,154
London, England
Why does Duke have such a terrible OOC schedule this year? They usually load up.
It may seem this way due to a couple high profile games but Duke plays the same creampuff schedule as most everyone else prior to conference play.
I don't think they have a bad OOC schedule. Kentucky, a decent chance of SDSU/Auburn/Gonzaga in Maui, Indiana, Texas Tech, and a very good St. John's team in February. So they have a shot to play 2 of the top 5 teams in the country and 5-6 NCAA tournament teams in the non-conference.
Looking at the KenPom data for the last 10 years, this would appear to be Duke's 2nd toughest OOC schedule behind only 2012 when they played @ No. 2 Ohio St (KP rankings), Nos. 3, 4 and 22 Mich St, Kans and Michigan on neutral courts and home vs No. 25 (!) Belmont. I assumed matchups vs Auburn and Gonzaga at Maui making this year's top 7 NC opponents include neutral-site matchups against No. 8 Gonzaga, No. 9 UK, No. 13 Aubn and No. 21 TxTech plus home vs No. 27 Indiana and No. 39 St Jns and neutral vs No. 68 SD St.
 

Kliq

Member
SoSH Member
Mar 31, 2013
9,564
Imagine if Coach Kaye didn't take the air out of the ball with about 9 minutes to go? They were on pace to exceed 130!
It really could be SCARY!!! Not only are the Dukies loaded but they have pieces that fit with one another to go along with all the elite talent. The most underrated aspect of this team is the Tre Jones/Alex O'Connell backcourt and their roles.
Yes, it wasn't just the Barrett/Reddish/Zion combo, the entire team looked like aces. White and Bolden in particular looked like good, versatile defenders that did a lot of little things throughout the game that led to Duke's success. On the Zion tomahawk two-hander, the play was made by White switching onto a defender, poking the ball away, keeping it inbounds and the feeding it to Zion at the free throw line.
 

RedOctober3829

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 19, 2005
38,294
deep inside Guido territory
Imagine if Coach Kaye didn't take the air out of the ball with about 9 minutes to go? They were on pace to exceed 130!
It really could be SCARY!!! Not only are the Dukies loaded but they have pieces that fit with one another to go along with all the elite talent. The most underrated aspect of this team is the Tre Jones/Alex O'Connell backcourt and their roles.
Jones, O'Connell, and Jack White are all really good players who will have complementary roles on this team. What impressed me is no one seemed to be out there trying to get theirs. Everyone shared the ball and got their offense in the flow of the game.
 

uk_sox_fan

Member
SoSH Member
Nov 11, 2006
1,154
London, England
Last night was the worst margin of defeat ever for an AP No. 2 team and the 2nd worst ever of an AP Top 2 team. (No. 1 St John's lost to No. 2 Kentucky 81-40 in December 1951!)

In fact, since the AP rankings started in 1948 this is only the 10th time a Top 10 team has been defeated by a lower (or un-) ranked team by as many as 34 points - and it's the first time since Mar 2001. By order of favourite's rank:

Code:
Date   Loser   Rk Winner    Rk   Score Margin
12/51 St John's 1 Kentucky   2   40-81  -41
11/18 Kentucky  2 Duke       4  84-118  -34
03/71 Penn      3 Villanova 19   47-90  -43
03/50 Kentucky  3 CCNY     Unr   50-89  -39
03/87 Purdue    3 Michigan Unr  68-104  -36
03/65 Prov      4 Princtn  Unr  69-109  -40
02/56 Louis     5 Xavier   Unr   59-99  -40
03/96 Villanova 6 Gtwn       8  68-106  -38
03/01 Virginia  7 Maryland  16  67-102  -35
01/73 La-Laf    8 Jckville Unr  78-120  -42
 

Bleedred

Member
SoSH Member
Feb 21, 2001
6,993
Boston, MA
That shit was crazy! Dude will be lucky if he's not facing any type of criminal charges. He's done with school, kicked off campus as well as the team. Whew, no excuse at all.
The kid who got clocked stayed in the game and knocked down the 2 FTs.
 

DrewDawg

Dorito Dink
SoSH Member
Dec 16, 2010
34,176
The dude that threw the elbow is a criminal justice major.

Here’s why he was pissed. He did the "kick out the legs" thing on his shot and wanted a call.

 
Last edited:

moondog80

heart is two sizes two small
SoSH Member
Sep 20, 2005
5,135
A local boy!

Kick him off the team, sure, but barring him from campus seems extreme, like they are afraid of the wrath of social media.
 

MillarTime

Member
SoSH Member
Oct 31, 2013
1,265
Jesus, Michigan kicking the shit out of Villanova 52-23 in the 2nd half.
This is what happens when you lose your top 4 players all at once. Jay’s got a great recruiting class in this year and a monster one on the way, but this is clearly going to be a reset year.
 

Deathofthebambino

Drive Carefully
SoSH Member
Apr 12, 2005
30,186
Jesus, Michigan kicking the shit out of Villanova 52-23 in the 2nd half.
Yeah, was just coming in to see if anyone was watching. That's a beatdown in progress.

But it's not Duke, who are up 48-13 at halftime on Eastern Michigan or something. My God, they look unstoppable.
 

tims4wins

PN23's replacement
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
21,001
Hingham, MA
Zion is 28-34 for his career

edit: Duke didn’t even play all that well on offense. Like 36% from 3, 9 turnovers. Could have been worse.
 

Average Reds

Dope
Staff member
Dope
V&N Mod
SoSH Member
Sep 24, 2007
24,832
Southwestern CT
Yeah, was just coming in to see if anyone was watching. That's a beatdown in progress.

But it's not Duke, who are up 48-13 at halftime on Eastern Michigan or something. My God, they look unstoppable.
I’m sure Duke is great and all, but beating up Eastern Michigan is not equivalent to dominating the 8th-ranked defending champs on the road.
 

RedOctober3829

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 19, 2005
38,294
deep inside Guido territory
This is what happens when you lose your top 4 players all at once. Jay’s got a great recruiting class in this year and a monster one on the way, but this is clearly going to be a reset year.
I honestly think they will have a decent year. Paschall and Booth are good players, Roundtree is a solid player, and Albany grad transfer Joe Cremo is a lights out shooter. It won't be a national title type of year, but they have a shot at getting to the 2nd weekend.
 

tims4wins

PN23's replacement
SoSH Member
Jul 15, 2005
21,001
Hingham, MA
I’m sure Duke is great and all, but beating up Eastern Michigan is not equivalent to dominating the 8th-ranked defending champs on the road.
UNC lost to Wofford last year. Not because Wofford was awesome. But because UNC wasn’t close to as good as their title team. It’s not rocket science.
 

Bleedred

Member
SoSH Member
Feb 21, 2001
6,993
Boston, MA
That is a really f**king exciting team to watch. I am sure they will go through some struggles (they have to, right? right?) but damn they are good.
 

RedOctober3829

Member
SoSH Member
Jul 19, 2005
38,294
deep inside Guido territory
Big time win for Dan Hurley and UConn over Syracuse at the Garden. Let's see how they do tomorrow against either Oregon or Iowa. Eric Cobb looks 100% different than he did last year and Gilbert/Adams are healthy and playing with a chip on their shoulder.