For the last 20 hours, Dan’s brain has been trying to disect everything he heard from ESPN’s Tip Off Marathon, featuring 29 straight hours of college basketball. Maybe not the most glamourous games like we’ll see Tuesday night, but good games nonetheless. Here are some notes & observations from the overnight hours, until about 4 a.m.
7:00 p.m. Game #1: Kent State vs. Temple
7:06 p.m. Kent State came off a big W against Ohio Northern, 84-48, but didn’t look good from what I’ve heard; neither team did. Bryce & I both attended/currently attend the school and the game apparently counted as a real game for Kent, despite the two-division difference.
7:09 p.m. Temple basketball just isn’t the same with Khalif Wyatt. Wyatt is a Dan favorite & is a year removed from being names A-10 POY, averaging 20.1 PPG. He was signed by the 76ers but cut on the final day. He currently plays for the Guangdong Southern Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. Fun fact: this year’s Temple starting five scored 660 points combined last year, Khalif Wyatt scored 697 points BY HIMSELF last season.
7:12 p.m. First TV timeout of the evening & I can’t express how excited I am for the next 12+ hours of basketball
7:19 p.m. First missed dunk of the marathon by Temple’s Will Cummings.
Random time during the Kent/Temple game: Could Kent State’s uniforms be more generic & boring? I’ll give out a best uniforms & best court design at the end here of these notes, Kent will ne be in the running.
7:48 p.m. Color guy just said the Niagara vs. Seton Hall on Saturday had 102 free throw attempts combined. This can’t be a real stat and I’m 77% sure he made it up.
8:44 p.m. Temple must really like to choke away leads in close games. Remember in the third round of the tournament they were up on 1-seed Indiana by 4 with 3 minutes left and went on to lose that one by 6 (Khalif had 31 points in the game). In this one, they were up by 6 points with 7 minutes left.
9:00 p.m. Kent State beats Temple 81-77. Game #2: Colorado State vs. (15) Gonzaga
9:14 p.m. Good to see that Colorado State is saving money by only having 8 players on scholarship this season, I’m sure the board of trustees will appreciate that.
9:18 p.m. Kevin Pangos makes a basket. It’s safe to say he likes this Tip Off Marathon event. His freshman year & first start was the first game of this event two years ago. He made 9 three-pointers and scored 33 points.
9:32 p.m. Learned that Colorado State led the country in rebounding & rebounding margin last season. Came to the conclusion that it’s why they made the tournament. But gone is 80% of their scoring & 75% of those boards.
9:54 p.m. Gonzaga up 21 at half, knew I should have gone to school there. They even have sport management!
Sometime during halftime: 2 games, 2 Under Armour teams so far tonight, with more on the way. Making a splash in the basketball industry, & have some nice looking shoes
10:14 p.m. Red haired girl in the Gonzaga student section: you are beautiful. Hope you’re reading this blog, and if you’re not you should be.
10:22 p.m. Gary Bell Jr. doing his best Kevin Pangos impression. 6 three pointers with 16 minutes left to go. Colorado State finally ends a 23 unanswered-point streak from the Zags.
*10:32 p.m. Make that 8 threes (8-of-10)*
10:27 p.m. Adam Morrison is an undergraduate assistant coach at Gonzaga as he finishes his degree. Good thing he left for the NBA early… Learned a handful of fun facts through 1.5 games, & it’s not even 10:30 yet!
10:53 p.m. Best stat line of the whole night will probably go to Jon Octeus of CSU with almost half of the team’s total points. His line looks like this:
27 points (of team’s 61 total), 7/15 FGs, 3 reb, 3 stl, 1 ast, 13/16 FT
11:00 p.m. Gonzaga beats Colorado State handily 93-61. Game #3: BYU vs. Stanford
11:23 p.m. “It’s hard to score 37 in a game, you gotta make a lot of shots.” –Seth Greenberg. So there’s that for the night.
11:57 p.m. Halftime, BYU up 8 and I really have to go pee. At this time Seth Greenberg points out: “I was on the bubble for 48 straight months.”
Early in the 2nd half: ESPN reminded me 27 times now that Dwight Powell of Stanford was the most improved player in the Pac-12 last season.
12:48 p.m. First near-fight of the night after Stanford’s John Gage got all up in BYU’s business despite being down by 25. It did not help to bring his team back.
1:00 a.m. BYU beats Stanford 112-103. Game #4: Western Kentucky vs. Wichita State
1:02 a.m. Can’t get over how much I love when announcers call the Missouri Valley Conference “The Valley.” Also, Wichita State is the leader in the clubhouse in coolest court design department.
1:47 a.m. ESPN shows two elderly women sharing an energy drink, both equally disgusted by how it tastes. In basketball action, Cleanthony Early is starting to hit his stride now.
1:56 a.m. “Run MVC” shirts spotted in the Wichita State student section. Awesome.
2:37 a.m. If the Shockers would have worn their gray Jordan uniforms, this contest would be over. Those are crispy.
3:00 a.m. Wichita State beats Western Kentucky 66-49. Game #5: Akron vs. St. Mary’s
3:11 a.m. Post moves aplenty in this one through 3 minutes of game time. A couple of good big men featured.
3:48 a.m. “Gaelectrifying” was a thing on a St. Mary’s College commercial, that’s not a real word. Good effort though, St. Mary’s
3:55 a.m. Either call him Demetrius or Tree, don’t keep calling him both: Demetrius ‘Tree’ Treadwell, every single time he touches the ball. I’d go “Tree” if it was my name, then again if it was my name, I’d probably be playing division 1 basketball.
Fell asleep from about 4 until 8:30. No, I’m not happy with myself, but it’s something that had to be done. Then had to go to class, but caught most of the UMass vs. LSU game from time to time throughout the day.
Chaz Williams is one of the toughest guys in college basketball, I’m sure of it. He reminds me of a guy like Nate Robinson, and I will be referring to him at Nate 2.0 from now on. I really like how UMass plays, getting up and down the court, wanting to run, then shooting the basketball from anywhere, and it’s not just Chaz. He may not get the national attention, but you can’t guard him, and you definitely can’t keep him out of the lane.
UMass jumps to the top spot of my ESPN3 team to watch rankings.
Chaz Williams is the next in a line of small school point guards that understand the way to play the game. It started with John Stockton from Gonzaga, continued with Damian Lillard of Weber State and now its Nate 2.0’s turn.