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 All my thoughts and opinions on college basketball for the week of January 28, 2015:

 

Oklahoma State really helped its NCAA tournament cause with a big win over Baylor Tuesday. 

Travis Ford's team is now 14-6 overall, 4-4 in the tough Big 12. That is a better league record than three ranked teams --Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma. The Cowboys are in the midst of a rather difficult stretch. Look at this schedule, baby: Oklahoma. at Texas, Kansas, at Baylor, at TCU, Iowa State, West Virginia in the next seven games. 

Those results could make or break Oklahoma State.

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There have been a number of surprise teams so far this season. Let's look back at some preseason conference expectations among the shock city squads so far this season:

TEAM                 PRESEASON LEAGUE RANK

NOTRE DAME   7TH-ACC

WEST VA.          T-6TH BIG 12

TULSA                5TH-AAC

BUTLER             T-7TH BIG EAST

MARYLAND        NOT IN TOP 3 OF BIG TEN (ONLY RELEASE TOP 3)

The Irish have been special this season. Entering Wednesday, look at some of their national ranks:

PPG     T-8TH, 81.9       

FG PCT 2ND 52.1 (GONZAGA 1ST) 

3-PT FG PCT 16TH 40.0

ASSTS/TO RATIO 1ST 1.72-1 (DAVIDSON 2ND 1.70)

FEWEST TURNOVERS  T-7TH  191

FOULS PER GAME  3RD 13.7

SCORING MARGIN  4TH 18.7  (TOP 3 KENTUCKY, GONZAGA, VIRGINIA)

TURNOVERS PER GAME  4TH 9.0 (TOP 3 WISCONSIN, CAL-POLY, VIRGINIA)

W-L PCT  4TH 90.5 (TOP 3 KENTUCKY, VIRGINIA, GONZAGA)

Very impressive indeed. 

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How about a salute to North Florida. 

The Ospreys are the lone unbeaten in the Atlantic Sun at 5-0. This is a team that upset Purdue earlier this season. 

Credit a tough non-conference schedule as a positive. The Ospreys played Northern Iowa, Iowa, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida State and Northwestern prior to conference play. That toughened them up for the Atlantic Sun.

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Alabama has had its share of hard luck lately. The Tide seems to play close games all the time. 

In fact, four of the last five games have been decided by two points, the one that wasn't was a defeat against #1 Kentucky. Alabama lost a heartbreaker to Florida on Tuesday, so three of the last four setbacks have been by just two points. 

If the Crimson Tide had won those games, things would look a lot different. 

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Saturday's Bucknell-Colgate game could be for first place in the Patriot League. Both teams enter Wednesday with 6-2 records in conference play. The next four teams are bunched up at 4-4. 

Colgate is a pretty good story. The Raiders were 3-10 in non-league play, beating Campbell, Morrisville State and Binghamton. Could you see them staying hot and playing Kentucky in the big dance?

 
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Week of January 26th, 2015

Each week I will write about the world of sports:

*Congrats to Coach K, the best of the best! 1000 and counting, baby!

*So sorry to learn of the passing of Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. He was a legend in Chicago and so special to so many fans. He will be missed.

*Looking for the edge is great coaching but cheating cannot be tolerated! Pats must be given a stiff penalty!

*The Atlanta Hawks are winning big without a true superstar. They are a real team! 

*So happy that Dick Enberg is still going strong. No doubt he is one of the best play-by-play guys of all time!

*Texas Tech got a big win over Iowa State. Credit Tubby Smith with a special win for his Red Raiders.

 
 
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