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No. 4 Duke 78, Miami 75, OT: This is Miami’s Dwayne Collins

Duke looked a little more comfortable Saturday, but still needed a furious comeback to force overtime before outlasting Jack McClinton and a tough Miami team.

McClinton made shots from all over the court to help the Hurricanes build a 16-point lead in the first half. Duke rallied behind Gerald Henderson and Jon Scheyer, who combined for 41 points. The usually-awful David McClure also played well, grabbing 13 rebounds and hustling all over the court.

McClinton put on a show in historic Cameron Indoor. He poured in 34 points, including a long 3-pointer in the closing seconds of regulation that sent the game to overtime.

Duke is now 20-3 overall and 7-2 in the ACC heading into Wednesday’s matchup against North Carolina. Miami appears to be on the fringe of NCAA tournament contention with a 15-8 overall record and a 4-6 mark in the ACC.

The game featured a number of exciting plays, none better than this ferocious dunk by Miami’s Dwayne Collins. This is Greg Paulus getting some familiar “sac time” courtesy of Collins…

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Feb. 7 Wake-Up Call and College Hoops Weekend Preview

I should get into coaching

I should get into coaching-Pic via SF Chronicle

EVD has decided to hit the majestic slopes of Illinois this weekend, so I am left to hold down the fort all by myself. If you see a 6’7″ dude sipping on some peppermint schnapps and falling on his ass, it’s probably EVD.

Since today is all about college hoops, let’s go on campus to get our daily dose of estrogen. Meet Layla Kiffin, the wife of Tennessee head football coach Lane Kiffin. The adorable mother of two is the definition of a trophy wife. Nice going Lane.

This should be a great weekend of hoops. There are several great match-ups in college basketball this weekend, including Villanova-Syracuse, Gonzaga-Memphis, Clemson-Florida State, and Notre Dame-UCLA.

On Sunday Kobe and the Lakers travel to Cleveland to take on LeBron and the Cavs, Boston hosts the Spurs and the Pistons welcome the Suns in the battle of dysfunctional teams.

I’ll be posting reaction to today’s games, so stay tuned.

But before I give you a preview of today’s college hoops action, here are some scores and nuggets and tidbits from Friday night…

South Florida 57, No. 8 Marquette 56-The Bulls got an unlikely Big East victory Friday night as Dominique Jones scored on a drive with 15.9 seconds remaining. This game was not a thing of beauty, and Marquette couldn’t have played much worse. The Golden Eagles are now 20-3 overall and 9-1 in the Big East. Watch the game highlights here.

-When the Blazers drafted Greg Oden in 2007, I thought they had made a big mistake. Oden dominated the paint during his one season in college, but I wasn’t a believer. He was the only true big man in the below-average Big Ten, lacked a go-to offensive move, and didn’t seem to be overly quick or athletic. Oden did appear to have good size and shot-blocking ability, just like this guy named Sam Bowie.

Meanwhile, Kevin Durant was putting up historic numbers while carrying a relatively average Texas team in the terrific Big 12. He had handle, range, and a good all-around game despite being relatively raw physically. His skills clearly spelled success at the next level, but everyone loved Oden, who was billed as the NBA’s next great big man.

Kevin Durant and Greg Oden met for the first time Friday in Oklahoma City, and Durant showed that he is close to superstardom while Sam Bowie 2.0 was a non-factor as usual. Durant dropped in 31 points to lead the Thunder to victory while Oden finished with 4 points and 2 rebounds in 17 minutes.

Right now, Joe Przybilla is a better option for the Blazers inside.

I am certainly not writing off Oden’s career, he is still young and will probably make an impact someday. He could even be an All-Star. But Durant is special.

-Mark Jackson spent much of the ESPN broadcast of Suns-Warriors Friday defending Amar’e Stoudemire. Without his partner Jeff Van Gundy on hand to talk some sense, Jackson said that Stoudemire is a great talent who should finish his career where it started. Not one mention of Amar’e’s pathetic defensive effort or his complaints about not getting the ball. Don’t look for Jackson to secure a GM job anytime soon, unless it’s in the NBDL.

Stoudemire recorded a double-double and Grant Hill scored 27 points as the Suns got a much-needed win.

-The Pacers got 33 points from Danny Granger and beat the Magic 107-102 despite the struggles of the mustached Mike Dunleavy.

College Hoops Preview

No. 20 Syracuse at No. 17 Villanova-This should be one of the best games in the Big East this season. The game features fantastic guards, led by Nova’s Scottie Reynolds and Syracuse’s Jonny Flynn. Arinze Onuaku has been limited lately by a bad knee, but the Orange still figure to have an edge inside with Paul Harris and Rick Jackson. Reynolds is coming off a 31-point performance and should have another big game to lead Villanova to victory.

No. 14 Memphis at No. 18 Gonzaga-This should be an interesting game, but it won’t be pretty. Both of these teams dominate in conference play against vastly inferior opponents and will be hungry for a non-conference win to improve possible NCAA tournament seeding. Memphis has really ugly outside shooting but also has Tyreke Evans. The Zags are a much more balanced team than Memphis and should win at home. I look forward to watching Gonzaga senior guard Jeremy Pargo battle Evans.

Notre Dame at No. 15 UCLA-This game could be the Irish’s death knell unless Luke Harangody and Kyle McAlarney have big games. The Bruins really d-up under Ben Howland, and Josh Shipp should shut down the perimeter. Harangody has an advantage inside, but he needs to stay in the post and not shoot weird-looking fade-aways. UCLA wins in a close game.

Miami at No. 4 Duke-Jack McClinton leads Miami into Cameron against an angry Duke team. I doubt that Duke has discovered mental toughness in three days since that horrible Clemson loss, so this should be a good game. Miami has toughness, but Duke is at home. Too close to call.

Oklahoma State at No. 21 Kansas-I think that the Jayhawks are very underrated in the Big 12, but I smell and upset here. I really like what Travis Ford has done at OSU, and the Cowboys have some talented perimeter players led by James Anderson. Sherron Collins and Byron Eaton offer an interesting point guard match-up of short, stocky dudes. I give Collins the edge, partially because Eaton is so fat, but mainly because he is better.

Florida State at No. 10 Clemson-FSU is flying under the radar but has a good shot to make the NCAA tournament, especially if a win in Death Valley can be added to the resume. The Tigers could still be suffering a hangover from Wednesday’s big win, so I expect a close game. Too close to call.

Michigan at No. 1 UConn-The Wolverines are vastly improved from a season ago, but they don’t have a chance in this one. The Huskies are too big and strong and should win easily.

No. 19 Minnesota at Ohio State-Tubby’s boys got worked by Michigan State Wednesday and face another tough road test in Columbus. The Buckeyes are playing well and the Gophers are very offensively challenged. Ohio State wins and moves into the top-25 next week.


Feb. 4 College Hoops Roundup: Duke gets scared, Wake gets slaughtered, Michigan State rolls, Missouri wins again, ND loses again

Tonight was an absolutely ridiculous night of college hoops. I won’t be able to recap all of the games because it is after 1 AM Pacific time and I need my beauty sleep, but here is a look at some of the more interesting contests played Wednesday…

No. 10 Clemson 74, No. 4 Duke 47-Duke looked positively scared from the opening-tip Wednesday night in South Carolina, as Trevor Booker and Clemson used full-court pressure to rattle the Blue Devils early and never looked back. Booker scored a loud 21 points, including a ferocious dunk that we will try to post tomorrow. Duke shot 30 percent from the field, committed 16 turnovers, and got only 6 points from star forward Kyle Singler.

After watching Duke lose to a suddenly struggling Wake Forest team, I thought they needed better guard play in order to be a real threat to make noise in the NCAA tournament. Wednesday’s game showcased Duke’s lack of speed and ball-handling and raised questions about the Blue Devil’s composure. Meanwhile, Clemson looked great and played with amazing energy.

Miami 79, No. 7 Wake Forest 52-I don’t know what has gotten into Wake, but the Deacons got destroyed in Miami and looked disinterested at times. Underrated G Jack McClinton scored 32 points and the ‘Canes held Wake to 30 percent shooting, including a woeful 3-20 performance from 3-point land.

Miami has a good deal of talent and has a decent shot to make the NCAA tournament for the second straight season. Wake Forest needs to find another perimeter shooter besides Jeff Teague, because teams are really clogging the middle against the Deacons. The ‘Canes are now 15-7 overall and should finish strong.

Devendorf was jaw-jacking as usual Wednesday night

Devendorf was jaw-jacking as usual Wednesday night

No. 20 Syracuse 74, West Virginia 61-Eric Devendorf and Jonny Flynn led an energetic effort to propel the Orange to a nice home win. ED and Flynn scored 22 apiece and Syracuse held West Virgina to 35 percent shooting.

The Orange had lost four of five, but have enough talent to make a good run to finish the regular season. C Arinze Onuaku has a mysterious knee injury that is apparently some type of tendinitis. He has played limited minutes over the last two games and needs to get healthy.

No. 13 Michigan State 76, No. 19 Minnesota 47-MSU completely dominated Tubby’s boys, harassing the Gophers and racing to a 42-16 halftime lead. Durrell Summers scored 21 points on 8-10 shooting to lead the Spartans.

Summers has really emerged since Raymar Morgan went down with pneumonia. Michigan State is without question the best team in the Big Ten, and should have Morgan back at full strength by mid-February. Minnesota is probably a flash in the pan, but we’ll see how the Gophers finish this season.

No. 2 Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 71-Tyler Griffin, the more-bald less-good of the Griffin brothers, made a layup with 46 seconds remaining to complete a late rally by the Sooners against the Aggies. Oklahoma led by 15 in the first half, but Josh Carter’s 15 points helped Texas A&M make a surprising comeback. Blake Griffin had 16 and 14 for Oklahoma.

The Sooners dodged a bullet Wednesday, but I believe that Oklahoma is still the best team in the country. Meanwhile, Mark Turgeon has done a good job this season and has an excellent recruiting class coming in next year. The Aggies have 17 wins but have some work to do with just a 3-5 conference record.

Missouri 69, No. 16 Texas 65-Zaire Taylor completed a 3-point play with 10 seconds remaining to give the Tigers a thrilling road win. Missouri couldn’t stop Texas C Dexter Pittman, who scored 25 points and helped the Longhorns build a early lead. But the Tigers kept chipping away and trailed by one before Taylor’s drive.

Missouri is quietly having a great season under former UAB coach Mike Anderson. The Tigers are 19-4 overall and 6-2 in Big 12 play and should have a good run in the NCAA tournament. DeMarre Carroll and Leo Lyons lead the fast-paced attack that averages over 80 ppg this season.

No. 17 Villanova 94, Providence 91-Scottie Reynolds highlighted an offensive explosion with 31 points to lead the streaking Cats to a fourth straight win on the road. Villanova led by 15 in the first half, but Friar G Sharaud Curry scored 25 points to help the Friars rally late.

Both of these teams are underrated, but Nova should climb into the top-10 next week. Meanwhile, Providence is only 14-8 overall but maintains a solid 6-4 record in the Big East. First-year head coach Keno Davis led Drake into the NCAA tournament last season and could do so this season with his talented Providence squad.

No. 15 UCLA 76, USC 60-Jrue Holiday outplayed DeMar DeRozan in a matchup of allegedly terrific freshman and the Bruins rolled to a victory against the inconsistent Trojans. Josh Shipp led UCLA with 19 points.

I’m not sold on UCLA, mainly because of a relatively average front court, but Shipp and Darren Collison are really good defensively and have the Bruins in contention for another Pac-10 title. USC is one of the most underachieving teams in College Hoops this season.

Cincinnati 93, Notre Dame 83-I am officially writing off Notre Dame this season. I don’t care what the ESPN “experts” say, the Irish are done, after losing for the sixth straight time Wednesday in the ‘Nati. Deonta Vaughn erupted for 34 points to lead the Bearcats, while Dicky V’s Big East Player of the Year (as stated Monday night during the UConn-Louisville game on ESPN) Luke Harangody scored 28 points and grabbed 14 boards for the Irish.

Don’t worry Irish fans, ND signed some good recruits today that will help the Irish return to glory on the gridiron next season. Or at least beat Washington State.

Indiana 68, Iowa 60-I would bet that Tom Crean would never have imagined that his first victory in Big Ten play would not come until February. It wasn’t easy, as the Hoosiers survived an unlikely comeback by the woeful Hawkeyes to escape with a home win. JC transfer Devan Dumes poured in 27 points for Indiana on 8-9 shooting. Iowa looked horrible once again. Both of these teams have a great chance to finish last in the Big Ten.

This is DeQuan Jones (and Vicious)

This is DeQuan Jones, who currently plays for the Miami Hurricanes.

Jones’ dunk is one of the sickest I’ve ever seen.  It loses to LeBron’s dunk over Damon Jones, but just barely.