Week in Review: Bummin' on Sparty
December, 10, 2010
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com
As we get set for a hoops-filled weekend, here's a linky look back on the week that was at the College Basketball Nation blog:
- After Michigan State's wide-margin defeat to Syracuse Tuesday, readers discussed whether it was fair to start worrying about the Spartans. The verdict? An enthusiastic "maybe."
- Syracuse proved it has another Big East title-caliber team on its hands. But that doesn't mean it's time to stop worrying about that outside shooting.
- Kyrie Irving injured his toe, and it didn't look good.
- As Cam Newton prepared to accept his Heisman, Kentucky hoped the NCAA's ruling on Newton would open a new eligibility door for Turkish freshman Enes Kanter.
- UCLA, fresh off a close loss at Kansas, dropped a baffling game at home to Montana.
- We found out the reason (or one of the reasons) why Fab Melo has started so slowly at Syracuse.
- Portland promoted its long-distance shooting.
- The continually impressive Kansas Jayhawks held off an athletic but unpolished Memphis team without freshman Josh Selby at Madison Square Garden Tuesday.
- College basketball finally got the season-opening event it deserves.
- Northern Iowa proved that the Missouri Valley is again a one-bid league.
- Lon Kruger was good at shooting free throws.
- The endlessly impressive San Diego State Aztecs just kept rolling along.
- Illinois and Oakland played seven minutes with a women's ball. I still can't believe this happened.
- Jimmer Fredette went home, boosting the local economy in the process.
- The NBA players union took up the cause of eliminating the one-and-done.
- Jared Sullinger scored set a freshman record at OSU with his 40-point effort against IUPUI.
- Tennessee somehow focused on basketball.
- And my friends, somehow, managed to organize a group outing to see the Lakers play the Bulls at the United Center Friday night. Enjoy your weekend, especially the part with all the awesome college hoops, and I'll see you Monday.