Medcalf/Brennan: At The Watercooler
Editor's note: Myron Medcalf and Eamonn Brennan met Thursday to look ahead to the weekend's college basketball action including Kansas-Missouri, Ohio State-Wisconsin, Virginia-Florida State and Vanderbilt-Florida.
Who's your pick in that game?EB: I think you have to give the nod to Florida State. The Seminoles have played lights-out for three weeks now. Their offense is better than we've seen it in, what, three years? More? And defensively, they have one of the few combinations of players in the country (Bernard James, particularly, but Okaro White and co. as well) that can make Virginia forward Mike Scott's life particularly difficult around the rim. I like FSU. MM: I agree. We talked about this on the podcast. The major question mark about Florida State tends to involve its offense. But the Seminoles have averaged 78.6 points in their last five games. And they have the bodies inside to neutralize Mike Scott. And they're at home. Looks like another good win for FSU. Do you expect FSU's success to continue? Is the ACC going to be a three- or four-team race in mid-Feb.?
MM: Exactly. I was just looking at that game. That could be the best of the bunch. Kentucky is clearly on top, but both teams are playing like they believe the SEC is a true race. Both squads get two shots at the Wildcats. So I expect a real war between Kentucky's biggest threats. But which Vanderbilt will show up? The one that lost at Arkansas really struggled. That version of the Commodores can't beat Florida, right?EB: No, it cannot. For the first time in SEC play, Vandy's defense betrayed it. Or went back to normal. In fact, the latter may be true: Vanderbilt played really, really good -- and also really out of character -- defense for the first six conference games. Only Kentucky was better on a per-possession basis in portions of that stretch. But the Commodores gave up 1.24 points per trip to Arkansas and, well, if that happens at Florida on Saturday, look out. The Gators are too good on offense, particularly at home. They can bury you with the quickness.
MM: Predictions?EB: I knew I shouldn't have taken us down this road. Hmmm -- I'll say Florida by five. MM: Too late to turn back now. I think Vandy pulls off the upset. 6 points. EB: Finally, we disagree. That was getting eerie for a second there. MM: I agree. EB: Well played. So here's the next big question: When confronted with a Saturday of basketball like the one to come, what's your go-to midday delivery food choice? I tend to go with bagel sandwiches from a shop by my house, which was actually my No. 2 most-Googled search term in 2011. But sesame chicken is always close at hand, too. By the way, my No. 1 search term was "ESPN RPI." Love you, Bubble Watch! MM: Bubble Watch is back! Great stuff, by the way. I think you have to go with Asian. New spot opened up about five minutes from my house. They're in that "let's give it away now" so that they'll become permanent customers mode. $7 and you get great stuff. And lots of coffee. EB: "Coffee and Kung Pao." If we ever want to rename this little chat of ours, I think we just struck title gold.
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