Chat with Eamonn Brennan
Welcome to SportsNation! On Tuesday, ESPN.com college basketball blogger Eamonn Brennan will be here to chat some college basketball.
Brennan started with ESPN.com in December 2009. He writes for the College Basketball Nation blog.
Send your questions now and join Brennan Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET!
Eamonn Brennan (2:01 PM)
Hey everyone! College football is (finally) out of the way, and all you college sports fans can focus on the sport that actually settles its national championship with something resembling logic. Welcome! In the immortal words of Rihanna, I want you to make me feel like we're the only chatters in the world. Let's do this.
Right now, one of the most over-looked teams in the nation is Texas A&M, I mean, sure they're ranked 13th, but they seem to be never talked about, heck, they aren't even talked about in their own conference, why?
Eamonn Brennan (2:03 PM)
That's a pretty good question, Mike. Of course, we do our best to highlight every team worth highlighting here at ESPN.com. (And no, I was not contractually obligated to say that. It's just true.) But it does seem like A&M consistently exists under the radar in college hoops. I'll call it a combination of factors: Lack of big name talent (Acie Law was the last true A
Ted (Charlottesville, VA)
The Purdue Boilers have played very well as of late starting 4-0 in conference. With the addition of Smith as their third scorer, do you think the Boilers are back in the hunt for a Big Ten title, or do you think their lack of size (with the exception of J. Johnson) will lead to their eventual downfall?
Eamonn Brennan (2:05 PM)
Ryne Smith isn't going to shoot this well forever, but as long as Purdue can continue to get standstill shooting contributions from him and good stuff from Lewis Jackson, they're a Big Ten contender, yes. Size is an issue, but I think Johnson is good enough to make up for the Boilermakers' lack of frontcourt depth against any team in the conference with the exception of Ohio State.
Gus (Los Angeles)
Tomorrow's San Diego State vs UNLV in San Diego should be a great test to both teams, what is one thing you think each team needs to do to win?...Your Pick?
Eamonn Brennan (2:08 PM)
I like SDSU. They're not at an athletic disadvantage, which was the concern for BYU in the UNLV game. As long as the Aztecs backcourt can handle UNLV's pressure defense, I think SDSU is the favorite. Another huge game in the MWC. I can't wait.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
Who is the Worst team so far this season in NCAA Men's College Basketball?
Eamonn Brennan (2:09 PM)
The worst team overall? Centenary. Look at its tempo-free profile and weep: http://kenpom.com/team.php?team=Centenary. The worst team among BCS conferences? I'll go with Auburn.
steven (Toledo, OH) [via mobile]
Does ohio state have a legitiment shot at a national championship this year?
Eamonn Brennan (2:10 PM)
The answer is an unequivocal yes. Next question.
Spencer F (Columbia, MO)
What is the holdup on Mizzou recruit Tony Mitchell? Why hasn't the NCAA decided on his fate yet, they decided on Kanter and Selby pretty quickly? Or is it because Mizzou isn't Kansas or Kentucky or Duke or one of the blue-blood college basketball programs?
Eamonn Brennan (2:12 PM)
This is one of the most common questions in the Wednesday Hoopsbag each (by the way, submit your questions there, too! http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/mailbag/_/id/34673/college-basketball-nation) and I'm afraid to say there's no good answer. There has been an utter dearth of news on Mitchell's eligibility. I'm assuming that's because the NCAA is still looking at his grades from junior college this semester and evaluating whether he's done enough to get eligible by the time Missouri's second semester starts next week. But there's no question this has gone on much longer than anyone had reason to expect.
Eamonn Brennan (2:13 PM)
And by the way, no, it's not because Mizzou is not a blueblood. The NCAA, for all its inconsistencies and apparently hypocritical choices, doesn't really work that way.
When will mark few win a national championship? will it be with gonzaga? I have heard rumors about him leaving for another job, after this years team is not as good or exciting as teams in the past. I feel as if they are under achieving. They should have beat both Notre Dame and San Diego State. They should be 12-3 not 10-5. Thoughts?
Eamonn Brennan (2:15 PM)
First of all, thanks to drewd for posting this question over 200 times today. Your dedication is both admirable and supremely annoying, drewd. (Note to other commenters: This is not the best strategy for getting your question answered. Stop.) Anyway, yes, this year's Gonzaga team has been disappointing, but I don't think Mark Few is planning on leaving anytime soon. Anything can happen, sure, but he's been pretty clear on his desire to stay in Spokane with his family in the near future. All things considered, he's got a pretty good gig there.
dusty (st. louis)
do you think colorado has a shot at making the tournament? the win against mizzou definately helped right?
Eamonn Brennan (2:16 PM)
The win definitely helped, but no, I think Colorado is a big-time long shot to get the tournament. Too many bad nonconference losses (that Harvard blowout? woof) to make up much ground in a tough Big 12.
Muhlenberg, Ky [via mobile]
Do you think that UK haS a legit shot at going far in the tourney even with these young guys? I say no, maybe next year.
Eamonn Brennan (2:17 PM)
It will depend on seeding, of course, but Kentucky is looking like a No. 2 seed at this point, according to Joe Lunardi, and Calipari has been a pretty good tournament coach with young talented teams before. I think the Cats are a Sweet 16 team at least.
That was an ugly game for Notre Dame last night. Do you see the Irish rebounding quickly and righting the ship?
Eamonn Brennan (2:18 PM)
Yeah, they'll be fine. More than anything, last night's loss to Marquette was the product of a hot Marquette team hitting everything (12-of-17 from three) and a cold ND one missing everything (3-of-16 from three). Plus, ND was on the road, and Marquette is better than people think. No reason to freak out here.
Considering the close calls they've had against Michigan and USC and their apparent inability to put away other opponents, do you think Kansas would benefit from a loss (perhaps especially an upset loss)?
Eamonn Brennan (2:20 PM)
I'm not a huge believer in the idea that players "need" to lose to reach their full potential. That can just as easily go the other way -- guys that aren't used to losing can lose confidence, start sniping at each other, all of that. Kansas has been living on the edge in nonconference games, and they'll lose soon enough. Whether or not they "need" it is questionable to me.
Do the Badgers have a chance at a win in East Lansing tonight?
Eamonn Brennan (2:22 PM)
They sure do. Wisconsin has to my mind (and by Ken Pomeroy's efficiency metrics, which don't have a mind but are pretty smart all the same) been the better team than Michigan State thus far this season. MSU has been vulnerable at home this season (see the lackluster loss to Texas), so yes, Wisconsin can absolutely win there.
People keep killin Cincy for their non conf schedule but no one mentions Duke and Syracuse abmissal schedules and not leaving home until Jan 10th or so. I think its media is afraid to criticize 2 hall of fame coaches so they attack mick. what do you think
Eamonn Brennan (2:24 PM)
The discussion of Cincinnati's nonconference schedule isn't about criticizing its coach. Honestly, Cincy's nonconference schedule should have been a lot better. (Oklahoma is suddenly abysmal, Xavier's down, etc.) When I criticize Cincy's schedule, it's just about the schedule, which, whether intentionally or not, has been terrible.
Whats your take on the illini? If they shoot like there capable they can beat anybody in the country(And yes duke). The lack of a big inside presence and defender worries me though?
Eamonn Brennan (2:26 PM)
Illinois has shot the ball in historically crazy fashion thus far: http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/20924/purdue-illinois-rolling-big-ten-early. That won't keep up forever. The only things that can hold back this Illini team are, as you mention, lack of consistent interior scoring, and a predilection for statistically unreliable 17-foot two-point jump shots. If Illinois' bigs aren't going to get post buckets, then McCamey and the rest of the guards need to get into the lane and score. But you're right: Even if Illinois shoots merely "well," they are capable of beating just about any team in the country.
Andre (reno, nv)
who are your top 3 leading candidates for NPOY? and who's on pace to win it?
Eamonn Brennan (2:28 PM)
It's a wide-open race. My top three in the clubhouse are Jared Sullinger, Kemba Walker, and Jimmer Fredette, with a nod to Wisconsin forward Jon Leuer, who, despite everyone (or maybe just me) saying he's underrated all the time, is still somehow underrated.
Final Four on the line. Who do you take? Jimmer Ferdette, Kemba walker, JJ reddick, adam Morrison
Eamonn Brennan (2:29 PM)
Tough call between Jimmer and J.J. I'll go with Jimmer, if only because he creates so many more of his shots than did Redick at Duke. That's huge in a late-game scenario.
bill self (rock chalk land)
true or false? when all is said and done i will be one of the greatest coaches ever at kansas
Eamonn Brennan (2:30 PM)
I think that's probably fair, Bill. You've won a national title. That puts you in some pretty rare company already, and you're young enough to win a few more before you call it quits.
It's insane not to include Nolan Smith in the NPOY race. He's overshadowed by someone named Kyle Singler and the fact that his whole team is great, but Nolan is having a spectacular year. The way he's filled in for Irving has been remarkable.
Eamonn Brennan (2:31 PM)
I agree with that. I don't have Smith over Fredette or Walker, but he's been very, very good. He was good even when Irving was in the lineup, for that matter.
john brogan (INDY)
I am loving the colonial this year. They remind me of the Mac 10 years ago - Where they ate their own . I think they should get 2 in . What do you think?
Eamonn Brennan (2:32 PM)
Agreed. Both ODU and VCU will probably end up deserving bids, and there might even be another squad (Drexel?) that makes a push by the time the season is over. The Colonial has been great so far this year. Very fun mid-major conference.
I have been reading a lot of comments about preseason/non conference schedule. Shouldnt the goal be to have your team playing well come march? So what if you dont leave your state. Who cares if you dont play a true road games. Last I checked you dont play any true road games in the NCAA tourney there mostly all neutral. I think Coach K and Jimmy B know what they are doing.
Eamonn Brennan (2:34 PM)
I'm fine with that. The only reason we've criticized some teams' nonconference schedules is because those schedules make it hard to know just how good those teams are when conference play begins. See Northwestern and Cincinnati, among others. In Cincy's case, Mick Cronin was vocal about the "lack of respect" his team got in the rankings, but there was nothing to build that respect on in the first place.
tyler (new jersey)
in the big picture of things, how much did the loss to missouri state hurt wichita state?
Eamonn Brennan (2:35 PM)
It depends whether you see Wichita State as a possible at-large candidate or not. If so, then Missouri State could go on to win a contested conference race, and the Shockers could still get in. If not, then it means the MVC is a one-bid league, and Wichita State will have to put it together in the conference tournament to make sure they get back to the NCAA tourney this season.
J.J. Redick (Orlando)
Thanks for considering picking me even though I never got my team to a Final Four.
J.J. Redick (Orlando)
I'll write you a poem.
Eamonn Brennan (2:36 PM)
Little contributions, J.J. They all make a difference.
Speaking of the NPOY race, there happens to be a forward in Tucson that averages 19 points a game while making almost two of every three shots. Even though Williams is a forward, he has made 17 of 23 three point attempts (71%).
Eamonn Brennan (2:38 PM)
Yes, Derrick Williams is one of the best players in the country, no question. His offensive rating is off the charts, and he's one of the best rebounders in the nation, too. Unfortunately, he probably won't get much All-American or POY love, because most media types don't look at efficiency stats and Arizona is looking a little too bubbly to propel him into that conversation. But Williams is that good.
kevin d (st. louis)
will K-state ever put things together or is frank martin's head going to explode at some point this year?
Eamonn Brennan (2:40 PM)
To be determined. It's hard to get a read on this K-State team, because just when it should have been coming together -- the last two weeks or so -- it was torn apart by Jacob Pullen and Curtis Kelly's suspensions. We'll see. (Though even if K-State does pull it together, Martin's head still might explode. Let's not rule anything out.)
Redick did take his team to the Final Four, they lost to UConn in 2004 there. Where do you see the Huskies being seeded as of now?
Eamonn Brennan (2:41 PM)
Let's go with Joe Lunardi on this one. He has Connecticut as a No. 3 seed in the west. http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/bracketology. I can dig it.
Eamonn Brennan (2:42 PM)
And yes, to those of you sending corrections, J.J. Redick did indeed go to the Final Four in 2004. Thank you. (And sorry, J.J.)
How far do you see my Nova Wildcats going this year in the Final Four
Eamonn Brennan (2:43 PM)
I assume you meant "NCAA tournament" and not "Final Four," because that would have been a little presumptuous. Anyway, I'm not ready to render a verdict on Villanova just yet. I want to see how this team handles its elite peers in the Big East -- Pittsburgh, Syracuse, etc. -- before I decide whether your question was actually presumptuous or not. But there's no questioning the Wildcats' talent.
Ali Farokhmanesh (Northern Iowa)
Hey, everyone. Just wanted to let you all know, I'm STILL the man. Have a nice day.
Eamonn Brennan (2:44 PM)
Rest assured we assumed as much, Ali. But it's always nice to have a reminder.
JOhn Riley (Richmond VA)
Do you think Bobby Huggins is starting to show signs that WVU is going to be pretty good by tournament time or is Georgetown overrated?
Eamonn Brennan (2:45 PM)
I don't think Georgetown is overrated. I just think they've struggled in their past few games, mostly because they're the sort of guard-oriented team that has to be shooting the ball well to win games. As for WVU, yes, the Mountaineers appear to be coming together, though they still have a long road of prove-it wins in the Big East ahead of them.
Adam (Detroit, Michigan)
Best NBA prospect in Big East?
Eamonn Brennan (2:47 PM)
Kemba Walker, and I'm not sure there's a close second. He's a little undersized to play the two in the pros, but the things he's added to his game this year are worth the lottery projections he's suddenly garnering. He has a coterie of NBA moves in his arsenal now.
ali made me break my cell phone last march and ruined my birthday
Eamonn Brennan (2:47 PM)
Sorry, Tom. Every legend must stand on the shoulders of shattered cell phones.
Granted if my Devils have a weakness, it's in the paint, but be that as it may I was extremely impressed with Maryland's Jordan Williams the other day. Big fella can ball. He's got a remarkable combination of imposing strength, good footwork and soft hands. What do you think the ceiling is for this kid?
Eamonn Brennan (2:49 PM)
If we're talking about the NBA, I think his lack of athleticism might hurt Jordan Williams a little bit. But in college? His ceiling remains as high as any player's in the country. I really do believe that. He's a fantastic interior scorer and rebounder already, and he is still refining a host of little things that should make him even tougher to guard.
john Calipari (lexvegas)
Will I ever win a Nat'l Championship at uk with my one and done players every year?
Eamonn Brennan (2:50 PM)
Well, you were seconds away from winning one at Memphis, so I don't see why not. Experience is nice, of course, but talent reigns supreme in college hoops.
Eamonn hows it going?? Any chance Kyrie comes back next year to team up with Austin Rivers? And what about Mason Plumlee? He coming back or is he looking at the draft?
Eamonn Brennan (2:52 PM)
I'd say it's pretty much guaranteed Irving's gone this year, toe injury or not. It's doubtful Austin Rivers would have signed at Duke if he thought he would be playing behind, or sharing the ball with, another top point guard prospect. As for Plumlee, well, who knows? He's a putative lottery pick at this point, but he's not a lock, and with the NBA lockout looming, it might be prudent for him to come back next year, develop his game more, and then try again in 2012. I could see him going either way.
Steve Lavin (NY, NY)
EB, Lavin here. Do I have a better chance of making the Sweet 16 or joining the cast of the Jersey Shore?
Eamonn Brennan (2:54 PM)
Um, I'll say Sweet 16, only because I don't think Lavin -- who by all accounts is a supremely nice human being -- has the lack of shame to exist in the proto-human world that is the Jersey Shore. (Speaking of which, how about Thursday's season premier? So much DRAMA! Why do I still watch this show? Ugh.)
Garrett (Richmond, VA)
Is Virginia a contender for the ACC next year with Mike Scott getting a fifth year of eligibility?
Eamonn Brennan (2:55 PM)
I don't know about contender, because, you know, Duke will still be awfully good. But I think Virginia will be vastly improved next season. They were already looking much better before Scott's injury this week.
If Ohio state wins the big ten but has 4 conference losses, can they still get a one seed? Thanks
Eamonn Brennan (2:58 PM)
I'm not much of a Bracketologist -- and I haven't had a winning bracket in a pool since high school -- but yes, I would expect that to be the case. It might depend on the losses. If all four are to tournament teams on the road, for example, OSU will finish the season something like 27-4, and it'd be hard to pick someone else at that No. 1 spot. But if the losses are bad, and Syracuse, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, or Villanova makes a strong case, then OSU could potentially slip out. Hard for me to envision, but possible.
thats kinda wierd that you watch jersey shore
Eamonn Brennan (2:59 PM)
I agree, and I don't know know what to say.
Is this the year the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions finally cut down the nets, or should I spend my season ticket money on a Seadoo instead?
Eamonn Brennan (3:00 PM)
If the Stallions sign Enes Kanter, those tickets get hot in a hurry! As one of Jim Cramer's interminable buttons would say, "buy buy buy!"
Mike (Fairfax, VA)
You pick Auburn as the worst BCS hoops program. Interesting dynamic that their football program just one the BCS title and its hoops program is a mess. Good thing nobody there has noticed....yet.
Eamonn Brennan (3:01 PM)
The nice thing about being bad at Auburn? As long as you're winning national championships in football, no one is ever going to notice.
No one wants to talk about Butler this year.. again. Are they capable of surprising everyone with another late season run?
Eamonn Brennan (3:02 PM)
Not if the Bulldogs don't fix their defense, they're not. That's been the key difference between this year's team and last year's, and thus far, Butler hasn't proven they can right the ship in time to make another tourney run.
Is your chin really that BIG, or is it just a bad photo?
Eamonn Brennan (3:02 PM)
Just a really bad photo. I'm not sure why we're using that one; I'm pretty sure I took it with my cell phone way back when I hadn't taken a mug shot yet and they needed a photo of me for the chat. Please, do not be alarmed.
should i read much into the top 3 teams playing really close games last weekend? only kansas played on the road the rest were at home
Eamonn Brennan (3:05 PM)
If anything, the only thing I'd read is that while these three teams (Duke, Kansas, Ohio State) appear to be near-lock favorites to win their conferences (especially Duke, given how bad the ACC is), none of them are likely to maintain their undefeated records much longer. Duke has the best shot, but I think the Blue Devils lose a game or two in the ACC. Everyone's vulnerable.
You look like Perez Hilton
Eamonn Brennan (3:05 PM)
How dare you. HOW DARE YOU!
auburn will just say war eagle when you bring up basketball. how annoying is that?
Eamonn Brennan (3:06 PM)
Come on. If you were an Auburn fan, you'd do the exact same thing.
Spartans (East Lansing)
PANIC! 5 losses in the first 15 games!!! MSU looks like a shell of its usual self and we're starting to see something much different than normal in East Lansing. Please comfort us in our time of need!
Eamonn Brennan (3:08 PM)
Here's a silver lining: If the Spartans decrease their turnover rate even slightly, their offense gets much, much better, and the team in general will start looking better. Here's the bad news: Turnovers are nothing new in Spartyland, and they're probably not going away.
Mike (Washington, DC)
How about a non-conference rivalry game you'd like to see, not currently scheduled? Mine- Maryland and Georgetown
Eamonn Brennan (3:08 PM)
I'm not sure I can come up with a better one than that. Most of the best nonconference rivalries in the country are already scheduled.
Keith (West Lafayette)
Why can't the Boilermakers get more hype on the chat today? If Painter and The Boilers win on the road at Minny, will they earn the respect of the so called "talking heads"?
Eamonn Brennan (3:09 PM)
Dude, read the whole chat! I already said the Boilermakers can compete for the Big Ten title if Smith and Lewis keep giving Matt Painter key contributions. Scroll up!
Reggie Jackson from BC. How good is this lad and can he lead BC to the tourney?
Eamonn Brennan (3:12 PM)
Speaking of underrated players, we've already mentioned Jon Leuer and Derrick Williams. Reggie Jackson is another. Just look what he's done on a per possession basis this season: http://kenpom.com/team.php?team=Boston College. Thanks in large part to Jackson's excellence, Boston College's offense is the third-most efficient in the country. And yes, if he keeps playing this well, he can take BC to the tourney, especially in an ACC ripe for the picking. Lunardi already has the Eagles as a No. 9 seed in his bracket, after all.
Do you think Kemba walker can be a star in the NBA? The last guy to have this type of body and be a star was Iverson, but I still would say Kemba is nowhere near as talented as A.I. Who would you compare him to?
Eamonn Brennan (3:15 PM)
I'm no NBA scout, but I think Walker is a little bigger and stronger than Iverson was when he came into the league. Obviously, I don't think he's that skilled ... but if he keeps up the efficiency he's displayed so far this season, and keeps finding ways to score even when he's missing shots (i.e., the free throw line), then I think you have to see him as a potentially productive NBA guard. The nice thing is that he can score and handle point guard responsibilities, so NBA teams can slot him at a variety of positions. Besides, look at all the small but athletic guards excelling in the NBA right now. The game has gotten smaller on the perimeter throughout the league. Maybe Kemba is the next Monta Ellis?
That battle of bigs. JuJuan Johnson vs Jared Sullinger. Is this gonna be one of the most exciting match ups this year or what?
Eamonn Brennan (3:16 PM)
Answer: yes. Johnson is another player that probably doesn't get enough POY love. Sullinger is, well, Sullinger. Can't wait.
Keith (West Lafayette)
Eamonn...I'm not lumping you in with the so called "talking heads"...you know the BigTen, and I was hoping for something a little more than just can compete for the BigTen title. How about a clear prediction of where the Boilers finish?
Eamonn Brennan (3:17 PM)
Fine, fine. I'll go with second place behind OSU, just in front of Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan State.
What about Marcus Demnon or Alec Burks? Those are 2 superstars that noone talks about.
Eamonn Brennan (3:18 PM)
Good calls on both, though I highlight Denmon in my Big 12 Primer last week. Burks is a different case, because he's a clear star and an NBA talent at the two, but he plays for a woeful program at Colorado on a team that has two good guards (Burks and Cory Higgins) and not much else. But there's no denying his talent.
do you like the leaders or the legends more? or just a really bad idea all together?
Eamonn Brennan (3:19 PM)
Horrible idea. Still not sure what the Big Ten was thinking, but, yeah, wow.
or Andrew Nicholson. There is a superstar not even Eammon Brennan is talking about.
Eamonn Brennan (3:20 PM)
There are 10 or 20 guys in Nicholson territory that deserve more love but don't get it because a) there are so many teams in college hoops, b) there are so many good players, and c) there are only 24 hours in the day. But yes, Nicholson, as you can see here, has been very good despite his high usage rate for St. Bonaventure this season: http://kenpom.com/playerstats.php
eamonn brennan (espn)
i'm pretty amazing? your thoughts?
Eamonn Brennan (3:21 PM)
I'm Ron Burgundy?
Eamonn Brennan (My Head)
Should I go for the marathon longest chat session today?
Eamonn Brennan (3:21 PM)
Absolutely not, brain. First of all, I did 25 hours to start the season. That has to count somewhere in the chat history books. Second of all, no chance. Too much other work to do. A few more questions and then I'm off.
Greg Jennings (Green Bay)
Who is the college basketball version of me? In other words, who PUTS THE TEAM ON THEIR BACK (for Madden)?
Eamonn Brennan (3:22 PM)
Kemba Walker. No team needs one guy to play so well to compete with the best teams in the nation.
How do you think the SEC East shakes out 1-6 and who gets in the NCAA Tourney? Will Tennessee sweep Kentucky and lose to LSU and Auburn?
Eamonn Brennan (3:24 PM)
Tough question, but I'll venture a guess: 1. Kentucky, 2. Vanderbilt, 3. Florida, 4. Georgia, 5. Tennessee, 6. South Carolina. UK, Vandy, UF, Georgia, and Tennessee (somehow) all get in. Five SEC teams seems about right to me, and we know no one's getting in from the West, that's for sure.
Trevor Mbakwe (Minneapolis, MN)
Am I going to be able to play this week? Or again this year? Stupid facebook post....
Eamonn Brennan (3:26 PM)
We don't know. The whole thing will have to shake out, but given your history, Trevor, it'd be a shock if you weren't suspended while the case is being sorted, and maybe longer. Stupid Facebook post indeed. (Note to the guys out there: Don't pester the females on Facebook. No one likes that. Other note to the guys out there: If a woman files a restraining order against you, she isn't playing hard to get. Let it go.)
Trevor Mbakwe (Jail)
Follow me on Facebook or Twitter!
Eamonn Brennan (3:27 PM)
I'm going to go ahead and stay at least a thousand feet away from this one. No pun intended.
Epps (Spartanburg, South Carolina)
Do you think the lackluster Vols are going to have even more trouble staying consistently driven and motivated without Bruce Pearl on the sidelines? (in other words, could they possibly get even MORE inconsistent?)
Eamonn Brennan (3:28 PM)
I'm not sure you can possibly be more inconsistent than Tennessee has been so far this season. Anything more inconsistent than this, and I'm pretty sure Tennessee will rip a hole in the space-time continuum. In other words, I think these Vols will stay this way whether Pearl's on the sidelines or not.
Me (Looking for recognition)
Is this good enough to get posted? I like basketball, too.
Eamonn Brennan (3:29 PM)
Renardo Sidney (Mississippi State)
Am I really worth all this trouble?
Eamonn Brennan (3:31 PM)
No, no you are not. If you were producing like the elite recruit and NBA prospect you were slated to be, Rick Stansbury's questionable ethical treatment of your behavior would be slightly more justified. But as it is, you're out of shape, unproductive, and your team is getting blown out by Alabama at home. You're a bad return on investment, Sidney.
Me (Looking for recognition)
Thanks, you made my day!
Julian Assange (London)
Now you tell me!
Eamonn Brennan (3:31 PM)
Julian Assange jokes in a college hoops chat? Check. (You guys rule.)
Your thoughts on the 'Cuse so far and into the future.
Eamonn Brennan (3:34 PM)
There's not much to dislike. Syracuse has the 16th most efficient offense and 14th most efficient defense in the country. It has quality players in the frontcourt and on the wing. And its won every single game you've played this season. The only thing that gives me pause is shooting: The 'Cuse is very mediocre from beyond the arc and just plain bad from the free throw line, and that could rear its ugly head more than once down the line. But all in all, the Syracuse Orangemen are pretty great at this basketball thing. No shocker there.
Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota)
Seriously though, if you're gonna file a restraining order against me then why don't you block me on Facebook? Why are we still "friends"?
Eamonn Brennan (3:36 PM)
This is an excellent question, and one of the first things I thought of when the news came down last night. If this woman had blocked Trevor, he wouldn't have been able to send her a message, let alone post on her wall, right? I don't know. I try to stay away from Facebook, so I might be wrong. But the whole thing is profoundly strange.
Eamonn Brennan (3:37 PM)
All right, guys, I think that's going to do it. Thanks for your time, participation, and for impersonating Julian Assange. Be sure to check in on the blog regularly, especially tomorrow, when we'll have more question and answer fun ready to go for you in the Wednesday Hoopsbag. (I might even use some of the unanswered questions from today. You guys are that good.) Thanks as always, everyone. Peace.