College Basketball Nation: Grant Wahl
January, 12, 2010
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
- Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician decided to dust off an old sports blog chestnut -- the classic "let's compare X athlete to Y pop culture artifact" -- and comes out with a classic of the genre: The 2009-10 Syracuse Orangemen as quotes from "Jersey Shore." My favorite: "'I dance because it's something inside of me. I feel the beat, right? It might just so happen that my fist might pump in the air.' -- Vinny Aptly describes Arinze Onuaku's free throw shooting. He feels the beat of the free throw shooting experience. It's inside of him. It just so happens that the ball might not touch anything but air."
- That John Wall-Grant Wahl Sports Illustrated feature is out, and it's a doozy. Read up.
- This is apropos of nothing, but here's a quick look at some NBA draft projections as we bear down on the end of college hoops, and thus the beginning of that weird transitional cocoon-to-butterfly experience known as the "NBA draft." Guess who's projected to go No. 1? (Hint: His name rhymes with "Wahl.")
- Some Pac-10 NCAA tournament speculation: Andy Glockner says the conference is a one-bid league. Seth Davis disagrees, writing that the Pac-10 should get two or three teams in the tournament at minimum (I'm not sure if this is a hard and fast rule, or if Davis thinks three Pac-10 teams are worthy in 2009-10, but I'm not sure about either conclusion). For what it's worth, Joe Lunardi's latest Bracketology also disagrees; Lunardi doesn't have a single Pac-10 at-large team in the tournament.
- Kevin Pelton diagrams just how inconsistent the Oregon State Beavers have been in 2009-10. The Beavers, for whatever reason, don't seem to give a lick about who the play. They don't play better against better teams, or worse against worse teams. They just sort of play.
- The Sporting Blog's Chris Littman reminds you never to turn off a Big East game in the second half, even if it looks like a blowout.
- Jerry Tarkanian did his grammatically suspect anti-NCAA dance this weekend, saying the NCAA was the "crookedest" organization. Crooked organization? Or the crookedest? Stephen Colbert continues to have widespread influence over the zeitgeist.