Bog Announcement: All College Basketball Blog
I'm going to disappear any day now to try to be a father for a little bit. Like, a few weeks. While I'm gone, this space will turn into a full-time college basketball blog, featuring The Post's fab college basketball staff, possibly including Adam Kilgore (Virginia, Virginia Tech, unhealty food), Camille Powell (Georgetown, humor, don't let me down Camille), Steve Goff (George Mason, American, soccer), Marc Carig (GW, Maryland), Eric Prisbell (Maryland, odes to Jerry Palm) and editor Matt Rennie (RPI, sarcastic comments). The college staff will blog from conference tournaments, from NCAA tournament sites (men's and women's), and from the Final Four, and will have primary possession of this space until the national championship games are over. I will chime in as fatherhood allows. Local Poll voters will be encouraged to post comments early and often. The Poll will continue, as will the pithy comments.
To get us in the mood, here's a links heavy review of this week's action, which has been momentous.
No. 1 Georgetown continues its unbelievable roll by winning its 10th straight, its longest Big East winning streak in 20 years. Cincinnati takes a bizarre level of pride from slowing down Roy Hibbert, John Thompson III says the Hoyas were "extremely fortunate" to have beaten a one-win Big East team and Jeff Green says the team still hasn't peaked, which sounds scary. If they go to the Final Four, I'm going with. And yes, KenPom still has them as the most efficient offensive team in the country, although an e-mailer wishes the term was "effective" rather than "efficient."
No. 2 Virginia loses at Miami, but the big news is this lede from the Charlottesville paper:
A warm-weather city with lots of Hispanic folks. Not very many fans in the stands. Some very ugly basketball.
If there had been pina coladas on sale in the concession stands, Virginia's performance against Miami on Wednesday night could have easily been mistaken for one of its nightmarish efforts in the San Juan Shootout.
Awesome. This is why so many Missouri Valley league losses feel familiar; all them white people in the various college towns out there. Elsewhere, Darryl Slater predicts a Mount Leitao eruption but the coach seemed pretty reserved in these quotes. Here's another game story but I didn't find a single interesting thing in it.
As for Local No. 3 Virginia Tech, solid bounce-back win over BC. Bob Lipper says the Hokies are impossible to figure out, David Teel can't make sense of 'em either, Postie Adam Kilgore gets a quote that fires up the Hokies and then writes that yesterday was a "statement win," A.D. Vassallo says they had "anger in our hearts," the Boston Herald calls is a "bushwhacking," Coleman Collins says BC still has a "Big East mentality," and it's time to start wondering just how far this team could go in March. Heck, if they go to the Final Four, I'm also going with.
And Local No. 4 Maryland is on a major rampage. The Terps are above .500 in the ACC for the first time in a year, the Baltimore Sun says Gary Williams "went berserk" at one point last night, Bog friend Rick Maese calls it the biggest win of the season, and Gary says the Terps are "pretty good," while a student columnist praises his patience.
You'll be hearing a whole lot about our CAA friends over the next two weeks, with Local No. 5 ODU on every bubble list out there, but Blaine Taylor isn't down with the internets (scroll down). After the Monarchs' 10th straight win, their beat writer is talking Bo Derek, and Joe Lunardi says they still have work to do. (that was pre-last night, but still holds I'm sure. And Patrick, that's a great idea, asking a national expert to break down the NCAA tournament hopes of all the MD/VA/DC hopefuls in your blog.)
Local No. 6 VCU beats JMU, but without a single good non-conference win the Rams are clearly an at-large longshot. Sorry, VCU-loving Gheorghe the Blog. And to jump around, Local No. 10 W&M loses at Drexel, which is also in at-large no-man's land. Local No. 7 GW, meanwhile, smashes Richmond after a third straight lineup change, which Karl Hobbs doesn't want you to care about. Fine, I don't care. And if you never read it, Joseph "the Ominpresent Beret" White wrote a long feature on Local No. 8 George Mason, with Larranaga still sticking up for the mid-majors who can't find home games and trying to keep this year's team distinct from last year's. A year can be a long time, though, huh?
Also, don't sleep on Hampton, which has won six of seven, or American, which has won three straight and pretty conclusively established superiority to Navy, settling all those early-season debates and earning Poll Voter Jamie Paquette's 10th-place vote next week.
And if you've got any other good links, bring 'em on.
February 22, 2007; 3:02 PM ET
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