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Posts Tagged ‘UCLA Bruins’

ESPN Ranks the All-Time College Basketball Teams

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Tubby Smith

While the Worldwide Leader might be all about the NFL and the upcoming MLB Playoffs, they are also preparing for college basketball. One such way is to generate mounds of page views and discussion concerning team rankings. Since the preseason Top 25 isn’t quite ready for the printing press, ESPN decided it would offer an all-time ranking of all the Division 1 college basketball teams, with the help of Jeff Sagarin. You see, ESPN is getting ready to release a book called “ESPN College Basketball Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Men’s Game” and one of the book’s features is it ranks college basketball teams on an all-time basis.

In order to quantify these rankings, Sagarin took data from the last 72 years (wins and losses as well as the scoring differential) and created a ranking algorithm that gave us the following top 10:

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College Basketball Is Closer Than You Think

Today’s date is September 17, 2009, and in exactly two months, November 17, 2009, something greater than you or I happens:

College basketball returns.

Naturally, ESPN will be all over it, offering 24-hours of coverage. The idea alone, even if Kentucky is not on the WWL’s opening day schedule, is enough to make one giddy with anticipation. Here’s the upcoming schedule, which, if you are a college basketball, should read like what happens when you get to heaven.

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Surprise: UCLA Undie Run a Success

Undie Run

As expected,UCLA’s finals week annual underwear run was a fantastic success. Co-eds in panties running around Southern California? Sign me up. Anyway, as I indicated earlier, the undie run signifies an exponential increase in the college basketball slate, something I fully support as well. I mean, is there a better way than to kick off the end of the semester (and the increase of college basketball) than running through campus in your underwear?

If there is, I don’t want to know about it. After the jump, video from the outstanding event >>

PSA: UCLA Undie Run Tonight

UCLA Undie Run

It’s that time of year again for UCLA students to “streaking through the quad,” to poorly quote Frank the Tank. Yes folks, the Finals Week Annual UCLA Undie Run is tonight and the blogosphere world is waiting for the results. The route has been changed from the last time for safety reasons, and if I’m reading this correctly, the run will be in a more well-lit area. You know what that means:

Better pictures for all.

You may also be asking, “what in the Wide World of Sports does this have to do with, well, sports?” I’ll tell you: After finals week, college basketball coaches can practice their teams until their eyes bleed because the 20-hour rule is suspended. Not only that, but there’s also a noticeable increase of the amount of college basketball on TV, as if there’s not a lot on already.

So you see? The UCLA Undie Run is beneficial to us all. It provides lovely images of the celebration and it’s a reminder the college basketball slate is about to explode. Sounds like a win-win to me.

via Deadspin

All Out Blitz – Week 1

Roll Tide

All Out Blitz is our contribution to the world of college football wrap-ups. This will be a recurring post focusing on the weekend of college football that was.

The first week of college football has come and gone and what did we learn? Quite a bit, actually:

If National Champions were voted after week one, USC would be first with Alabama as a close, close second. Both teams played teams from the ACC conference — Virginia and Clemson respectively — and both teams put a beating on their opponents.

Mark Sanchez

Mark Sanchez Arrives
USC whacked the Cavaliers in a such dominant fashion, some are already looking ahead to the BCS Championship. Is this a little premature? Probably but if USC continues to play that way on offense, coupled with their NFL-like speed on defense, they’ll be really hard to keep out of Miami. Another area of interest concerning USC has to do with quarterback Mark Sanchez.

After his brilliant performance against Virginia — 26-35 for 338 yards and three touchdowns and a “not his fault” interception — the “Leinart or Sanchez” discussions are already heating up. Based on my limited expertise, it certainly looks like Sanchez has the better skill-set than the Heisman-winning Leinart but he has a long way to go before he’s considered “better.” Remember, he has to at least win a National Championship before he can overtake Leinart.

Next up for USC is the much-anticipated battle with Ohio State, which takes place a week from Saturday.

Bama Rolls

Tide Rolls
After all that happened this weekend, if USC is number one, Alabama is a close second. Now, this will probably change as the season progresses, but after the first week and because you are only as good as your last game, Nick Saban’s Tide has to be considered one of the top teams. Their destruction of Clemson was so thorough — and surprising — Bama should vault into the top ten after starting the season ranked 24th.

Who says true freshmen need to be redshirted?

Special Teams Irony
Isn’t it ironic to watch Virginia Tech, a team noted for its sound special teams play, get beat on a special teams error? I wonder if Frank Beamer enjoyed the irony as much as I did. It’s doubtful, but you never know.

Tennessee Disappoints the SEC
Tennessee’s season got off to a rough start against UCLA. After a dominant, defensive first half that saw the Vols intercept UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft four times, giving them a 14-7 edge going into the second half, the Vols apparently left their defense in the locker room when the second half started.

Phil Fulmer

In the second half, Craft was as great as he was horrific in the first, throwing for almost 200 yards and a touchdown. He also threw zero interceptions in the second as UCLA shocked Tennessee in overtime. If you think “shocked” is a little over-the-top, description-wise, be sure and read the reaction of Volunteers fan. If the vomiting doesn’t translate to shock, nothing will.

In other news, LSU avoided the Appalachian State pitfall; Kentucky’s defense outscored Louisville’s offense in a game no one thought UK would win, making your author very happy indeed; and Rich Rodriguez started his Michigan tenure with a loss. Missing out on Terrell Pryor is going to haunt him until he gets a quarterback capable of running his spread offense.

Too bad Pat White is in Morgantown West Virginia tearing new holes into his opponents.

The Intentional Foul top five*:

1. USC
2. Alabama
3. Ohio State
4. West Virginia
5. LSU

*This is not based on preseason hype. It’s based on who looked the best during the weekend and accumulates from there. Yes, Bama started the season ranked 24th in the ESPN poll, but if they didn’t look like the second best team in the country as they dismantled Clemson, you weren’t watching close enough. However, if they look bad against Tulane, they will drop out, just like any other team in the IF top five.

Weekly Pwnage: CDR Wrecks Josh Shipp and Kevin Love

Welcome to the Final Four guys. I hope you enjoyed your stay. I’m guessing the Kevin Love factor, you know, the thing everyone kept saying would make all the difference in the Memphis/UCLA game, didn’t really manifest.

Unless you consider a player who is almost 7 feet tall standing there with his hands up while he’s getting absolutely hammered by an opposing player’s dunk a factor.

Hey Kevin, maybe should — you know — foul him next time.

The Four Horsemen of San Antonio

Final Four

And then there were Four. The Fantastic Four. Four Square. Whatever Final Four-inspired name you’d like to use to describe this weekend’s games and the bunch above me is fine. I’m sure they all fit. In the amazingly slight chance you don’t know what I’m referring to, the Final Four is this weekend with all four teams fighting for a chance to go to Monday night’s National Championship game.

So, who ya got? We’ll try to make it a little easier for you.

A lot of folks are picking UCLA to win here, saying they are due after three straight Final Four trips and while that may be so, isn’t a group that’s going for the first time kind-of due as well?

What we have here is Memphis’ scary athleticism versus Ben Howland’s defense-first attack. Can the Bruins turn the game into a 51-49/Texas A&M slugfest or will the Tigers run the court with ease like they did against Texas?

Can Joey Dorsey slow down the Kevin Love train? How about the Darren Collison/Derrick Rose match-up? Who has the edge? Youthful talent or a savvy, veteran guard who isn’t an athletic slouch by any means? Will Josh Shipp get abused by Chris Douglas-Roberts, much like everybody else who has tried to guard him during the Tournament (22.5 ppg during Memphis’ run to the Final Four)?

Considering the fact that Memphis has been consistently the best team since the Dance started, I’m going to go out on a limb here and pick the Tigers in surprisingly easy game – 75-62.

I don’t see UCLA keeping up with the horses in Memphis’ stable. However, if the game is close, I would expect UCLA to win because John Calipari has a habit of over-coaching his team in tense situations. And no, I’m not going to bring Memphis and free throw shooting into the discussion either.

If you are an opposing coach and that’s your strategy — counting on a team to miss charity shots — you don’t have much of a chance to begin with.

Ah yes, the headline bout. Roy “Coca-Cola” Williams versus Bill “Soon-to-be hounded-by-Oklahoma-State” Self.

While most of the free speaking media members in the world will present this game in that light — rightfully so — I think it’s going to come down to Darrell Arthur andTyler Hansbrough. Which one of these immovable objects will win the battle of the paint?

Looking at it, these teams couldn’t more equal matched if they were using exact clones of each other. For every Ty Lawson and Danny Green, there’s a Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush waiting to counter.

Both teams have depth, athleticism and a whole heap of talent. Both teams also have great coaches; and a great subplot to go along with them — Roy Williams was the previous coach of his current opponent, of course — which gives us one hell of an intriguing match-up.

Instead of going on stats and match-ups and this coach versus that coach, this one’s coming down to a gut feeling: Kansas – 83, North Carolina – 79.

And the Jayhawks go marching on.

Kevin Love Has Some Range

We’ve all seen Kevin Love display a nice shooting touch all the way out the 3-point line, but who knew his range was this deep:

Yes, like CO-ED Magazine pointed out, we are reminded of the LeBron James/Powerade commercial; the difference being Kevin Love’s display is actually real. No computer-enhanced special effects here.

Maybe he’ll get a chance to unleash his impressive shooting range against Memphis…