Monthly Archives: December 2009

The Games Of The Decade

From now until the end of the season, the Beadlemaniacs will be dishing out our end of decade awards. I have no idea what they will all be, but hopefully they will be entertaining. Today’s post is the top 10 games of the decade. In reverse order, of course…

10. Hampton 58, Iowa State 57 – 2001 NCAA Tournament 1st Round

Iowa State was coming into the NCAA Tournament as champions of the Big 12. They had Marcus Fizer, who would be a top 5 pick, and Jamaal Tinsley, who is still in the NBA. Hampton, meanwhile, had two players who took over half of their shots (when they were in the game, of course). Iowa State was up 57-48 with 7 minutes left, but didn’t score the rest of the way as Tarvis Williams scored with 5 seconds left, prompting one of the most famous celebrations of the decade. Too bad I can’t find it on YouTube.

9. Maryland 75, UNC-Wilmington 73 – 2003 NCAA Tournament 1st Round

Maryland was the defending national champions. Wilmington had staged an upset the year before. Wilmington’s best player, Brett Blizzard, struggled for most of the day, but previously unknown Frosh John Goldsberry didn’t mind. He was a tournament record 8-8 from three. Down by one with just seconds remaining, Drew Nicholas took the ball the length of the court, and drilled a fallaway three to give Maryland the win.

Oddly enough, even though they were the higher seed, Maryland wore their road red jerseys because three of their home ones had been stolen earlier in the week. Continue reading

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One Last Huzzah Before Conference Season Starts

While there’s a few more non-conference games of note mixed in the schedule once conference season begins all around, there is one game that should peak your interest on New Years Day while all of the kiddies entertain us.  No, not the many, many bowl games that take place on New Years Day.  Besides, that game on January 5th in Miami is really the only game besides the title you should pay attention to.

There’s another game involving the Big East and Big Ten that should excite you more than a Sonic Cherry Limeade.  Come to think of it, I bet Robbie Hummel worked at a Sonic at some point in his life.  He just looks like it.

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Just a Little Reminder…

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Happy Birthday, Fetch.  And if Beadle sees this, the gift for LeeRoy Jenkins is in the mail.

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Happy Fetch-tivus!

Last week, we all came together to celebrate Festivus. You see, today is Fetch’s birthday and we figured we would choose one of two ways to celebrate it; and since we’re pretty sure you guys get enough Kansas posts from him on a regular basis, dedicating all of today’s posts to Kansas was out of the questions. So we settled on the other choice.

Today, we ask all of you, our loyal readers, to join us in celebrating Fetch-tivus! We won’t be making any donations in your name to the Human Fund, however, we do ask that you all use the comments section to air any grievances you have with Fetch.

Also: obligatory Beadle … in a Favre shirt, for Fetch.

Happy Fetch-tivus!

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Best Individual Performances of the Decade

As the year — and the decade — comes to an end this week, we here at Beadlemaniacs will be taking a look back at the decade that was. We’ll be doing it through various lists, no doubt, because that’s what all the cool kids are doing nowadays. Today, we bring you our first installment: college basketball’s best individual performances of the Aughts. Enjoy.

10. Jason Williams vs Maryland (January 27, 2001). Jason Williams — the Duke one — rallied the Blue Devils from down 10 in the final minute of a game against the Terrapins. The “Miracle Minute,” as it’s known, saw Williams score eight points in the final 54 seconds as Duke rallied from a 90-80 deficit in the final minute of regulation to force overtime. Williams finished the game with a game-high 25 points, and Duke won in OT, 98-96.

9. Kevin Durant vs Texas Tech (January 31, 2007). The Durantula, as a freshman, had plenty of monster games. But on this day, he made the Red Raiders pay, as he put up 37 points and 23 rebounds. Just another day for the freshman phenom.

8. Cole Aldrich vs Dayton (March 22, 2009). The Kansas big-man became the eighth player in NCAA tournament history to record a triple-double. In his team’s second-round victory over the Flyers, Aldrich scored 13 points to go with 20 boards and 10 blocks. He joins Dwyane Wade as the only other player to record one in the NCAA tournament this decade.

7. Sami Wylie (Lincoln University) vs. Ohio State Marion. This would be higher on the list, except that it was a D-III game. Still, it garners recognition. Wylie put up 44 shots in his team’s 201-78 thrashing of Ohio State Marion. But the 44 shots aren’t the most noteworthy part of his performance — that would be the fact that Wylie drained 21 three-pointers. 21 THREE-POINTERS… in a single game. Let that soak in and resonate for a moment. Alright? Let’s continue on with our countdown.

6. Lester Hudson vs Central Baptist College (November 15, 2007). Another one that would be higher on the list, except that Hudson, from Tennessee-Martin, put up this stat-line against a D-II opponent. On this November day, Hudson became the first D-I player to record a quadruple-double: 25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, 10 steals.

5. Jodie Meeks vs Tennessee (January 13, 2009). Jodie Meeks made the Vols defense looks like Swiss cheese this past January, when he set a school-record with 54 points. Not only did he set a school-record for points in a game, but also made 10 threes, as well as set the decade record for points in regulation.

4. Blake Griffin vs Texas Tech (February 14, 2009). Some refer to it as the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre; I just refer to it as “poor Texas Tech,” as it’s the second time on this list that they were on the defending end of an individual performance. Anyhow, on this night, Griffin went off for 40 points and 23 boards, marking the first time in conference history that a player had put up 40 and 20 in a game.

3.  Carmelo Anthony vs Kansas (April 7, 2003). What ‘Melo did in the 2003 title game was impressive, for anyone, but he put up 22 points and 10 boards as a freshman for Syracuse in helping Jim Boeheim win his first national title as a coach. What makes this performance equally impressive, was that in Syracuse’s Final Four game, Anthony put up 33 and 14 rebounds. Again, this was as a freshman, on the biggest stage in college hoops.

2. Eddie House vs Cal (January 8, 2000). House went off on the Golden Bears, tying a Pac-10 record with 61 points. He was 18-30 from the field, 7-10 from behind the arc, and 17-18 from the stripe en route to a 11-108 2OT victory. The 61 points was the highest individual effort of the decade.

1. Dwyane Wade vs Kentucky (March 29, 2003). In the Elite Eight of the 2003 NCAA tournament, third-seeded Marquette faced off against the one-seed, Kentucky, in the MetroDome. That game, Wade led Marquette to an 83-69 victory. He posted the seventh triple-double in NCAA tournament history with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Oh yeah, the win also snapped Kentucky’s 26-game win-streak.

The Aughts were filled with plenty of great individual performances, many of which, we’re sure, were omitted from this list. Feel free to discuss your thoughts on our picks, as well as any individual performances that you feel should have been included in this installment of our Best of the Decade series.

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Trivia Question Of The Day

I was browsing statsheet.com and I came across the unlikeliest of unlikelihoods.

Your trivia question of the day: Who led the country in Offensive rating in the 2001-02 season? The answer will be posted later today.

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Twas The Night Before Christmas

A Christmas poem for you all. Merry Christmas. And a special welcome to our new readers.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the court

Not a thing was stirring, except basketball shorts.

Calipari had hung his checkbook with care,

In hopes that new recruits would soon be there.

The Jayhawks were all snuggled in their beds,

While visions of a title danced in their heads.

And Tomas Verde in his handkerchief, and SC in his cap

had settled down for a nice Xmas nap (together!) Continue reading

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