Best hair in college basketball 2017

10.  Isaiah Zierden, Creighton

We start with a classic barbershop part and neat comb.

9.  Ky Boyman, Boston College

Boston College may not be in the tournament, but that won’t stop this “red head” from cracking our top ten.

8.  London Perrantes, Virginia 

Are you old enough to remember Kid n’ Play?

7.  Xavier Cooks, Winthrop 

The Winthrop big man alternates between Bone Thugs and Bob Marley

6. D’Mitrik Trice, Wisconsin 

Beware opponents, it’s building towards a Taxi Driver look

5. Dylan Ennis, Oregon

Just a touch of Oregon’s neon yellow.

4.  Hanner Mosquer-Perea, ETSU 

He spent his layover year after the Indiana transfer to master his hairdoo.

3.  Justin Tillman, VCU

Sensational hair, posterized

2.  Jalen Moore, Utah State

Jalen returned for his senior season to make this list

1. Kyle Guy, Virginia 

The man bun wins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does Florida State pass the eye test?

Yes.  Florida State’s basketball team is really good.  The Seminoles are a perfect example of why the eye test is important.  There could be a moment when you are watching this Florida State team dominating a half during the elite 8 and ask yourself, “why didn’t I know about these guys?”  The Seminoles have three pros.  Jonathan Isaac and Dwyane Bacon are locks.  I would argue Xavier Rathan-Mayes will make an NBA roster.  And that trio epitomizes why this Florida State team is special.  Generally, like Virginia and Wisconsin, coach Leonard Hamilton’s Florida State teams are known for their defense, but an inevitable scoring drought would kill them in the tournament.  Not this team.  Rathan-Mayes stormed into the SEC in his freshman year, scoring at will.  Now, as a junior, his game has evolved into a traditional point guard, something that this talented Seminoles squad needs.  Senior center Michael Ojo (like Villanova champion Daniel Ochefu) is the typical under-appreciated utility center  who does his job.  If Bacon or Isaac play offense like the first round picks they’re projected to be, this is a very dangerous team.

Does Gonzaga pass the eye test?

Yes.

With Gonzaga, everything begins with big man Przemek Karnowski.  The 7-1 center is generously listed at 300 pounds.  As one commentator put it, he doesn’t protect the rim as much as he clogs the driving lane on defense.  Karnowski is surrounded by the most talented crop of transfers we can remember in recent years.  Jonathan Williams III is a power forward who does everything.  Nigel Williams-Goss gives coach Mark Few another point guard in addition to last year’s holdover Josh Perkins.  The bulldogs can score in an up-tempo game but also a grind-it-out ballgame.   The main critique that can be made is that Gonzaga really doesn’t have a traditional small forward in the rotation.  Jordan Matthews is another awesome transfer joining Gonzaga, but he is a traditional shooting guard.  Losing to BYU in late February may have been the best thing to happen to this bunch — it guarantees not going into the big dance undefeated.  As the Wichita State experience taught us in 2014, that undefeated mark may not be an asset for the tournament.

 

Brent Musburger’s new job in Vegas

An empty stage covered by a black curtain awaits a broadcasting legend at a Las Vegas mega casino.  After 77-year-old Brent Musburger calls his last game for ESPN Tuesday, January 31st, he will launch a new sports gambling network from the South Point Casino.  Staff at the hotel were tight lipped this week about what this new stage will become.  However, as Musburger called his final game of Kentucky versus Georgia, sources inside the South Point Casino started disclosing more details about the Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN).  During his Super Bowl Sunday launch, Musburger is expected to be joined by guest host and fellow broadcasting icon, Al Michaels.

Earlier this week, Musburger’s nephew Brian Musburger divulged new details about the network through a news release.  He indicated that more veteran broadcasters and producers would be allocated to the new venture, which is said to bring sports gambling out from the shadows.

The South Point Hotel and Casino is a 25-story hotel tower with a state-of-the-art sports book and convention center.  Its 60 acres sit roughly 5 miles from what’s considered the main Las Vegas Strip.

Does UNC pass the eye test?

Yes.   We don’t know what the hell that late January loss down in Miami was.  Nonetheless, this Tar Heel team keeps creeping around the 10th overall AP-ranking.  But this team is not much different from the squad that was one shot short of winning the 2016 national title.  Yes, they lost Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson from last season.  However, Paige was gone to injury for long stretches of last season, and Nate Britt and Joel Berry stepped up to carry the load.  We think the true UNC team is the one that beat up on a surging Florida State team in mid-January.  The increased playing time of former McDonald’s All-American, Isaiah Hicks, gives UNC a different dynamic down load with some lane-stuffers (he, Maye and Meeks).   Theo Pinson, now a junior, adds a punch off the bench with a full court style that thrives in the freedom of movement era.

Does Xavier pass the eye test?

The Crosstown Shoutout was a perfect example of the type of season the Musketeers are having.  Trevon Bluiett was red hot, making 10 of his first 10 shots.  Bluiett finished with 40 points, but Xavier still lost by 8 to Cincinnati.  Although Xavier has scoring punch in Bluiett, it misses the steady point guard play of Myles Davis, who left the program following a suspension.  To add insult to injury, Edmond Summer is out for the season with a torn ACL.  Xavier also obviously misses the intense play of Jalen Reynolds (now playing in Italy) on the inside.  Xavier just does not appear to have the versatility and balance that it had enjoyed over the past 5 or so years.  For that reason, we are flagging Xavier as a candidate for an upset round 1 of the NCAA Tournament.