BARKLEY’S BACKBOARD BLOG

Monday, February 13th, 2012

COLLEGE ROUNDUP

Reviewing the week that was and previewing the week to come in college basketball:

Best game: Duke 85, North Carolina 84. Was there even a question? The Tar Heels led by 10 points with two-and-a-half minutes remaining before squandering things away. Austin Rivers’ dramatic three-point game-winner masked the glaring deficiencies that Duke evinced for the first 37-and-a-half minutes. If the Blue Devils don’t shore up their defense, they’re going to have a hard time advancing deep into the NCAA tournament.

Biggest win: Michigan State over Ohio State. The Spartans were not ranked in the preseason in either national poll, but they moved into a tie with Ohio State for first place in the Big Ten with that impressive 58-48 win that ended the Buckeyes’ 39-game home win streak. The Spartans flustered and frustrated Jared Sullinger into an unconventional triple double: 17 points, 16 rebounds, 10 turnovers. (more…)

INSIDE THE NBA

Friday, February 10th, 2012

COIN TOSS FOR RISING STARS CHALLENGE

Shaq wins the official coin toss and the rights to the 1st pick in the Rising Stars Challenge Draft; his newly found persona as “The Black Pat Riley” is also on display.

BARKLEY’S BACKBOARD BLOG

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

CONFERENCE-BY-CONFERENCE BREAKDOWN

On behalf of the college basketball world, I’d like to welcome all you NFL fans to our annual madness party. And you NBA folks whose bash doesn’t start for another two months, welcome to you as well. Please, everyone, pull up a chair. Grab some chips. Get a cold one out of the fridge.

And allow me to set the table.

The NCAA tournament is a great show, but the next four weeks will be filled with plenty of drama. That’s because lots of teams will be trying to play their way into the tournament or to the top of the seed line. So to get you familiar with what you might have missed, here’s a conference-by-conference breakdown of how things look – for now, anyway. (more…)

RANT AND RAVE

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

INSIDE THE NBA

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

 

SHOULD MELO BE STARTING?

Chuck thinks Chris Bosh should be starting for the East as opposed to Carmelo Anthony.