With early season tournaments providing plenty of compelling matchups across the NCAA Basketball landscape, as they tend to do on an annual basis, one such showdown from this past Sunday (Nov. 23) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut is where this week’s College Campus Tour begins.
Chris Paul passed Jerry West on the all-time assists leaderboard and Jamal Crawford is now top-10 in all-time made three-pointers. Dirk Nowitzki passed Oscar Robertson on the all-time field goals made list on Robertson’s birthday. The Cavaliers snapped a four-game losing streak and the Sixers remain winless, falling to 0-14 after missing all eight three-point attempts against the Blazers, ending a streak of 209 straight games with at least one made three-pointer.
I watched Klay Thompson miss a dunk and a layup last night and then witnessed Gerald Wallace lead the fast break after picking off a pass near mid-court only to shank the uncontested layup. Marreese Speights and Draymond Green both flubbed dunk attempts as well. It was a nice reminder that athletes are human, too.
There are typically three kinds of commercials while you’re watching football: (1) Outright lies; (2) Based on lies; and (3) Misleading. In Category 3, are your basic cellphone and car commercials that display the product to which they purport, but associate with it all sorts of glamorous activities to which they have no relation whatsoever. Yeah, sure LeBron James is pulling up in a Kia. Category 2 includes the fast food commercials that have good-looking people or hipsters eating at those places, having a great time. It’s possible you’d find on rare occasion (2 am, drunk) some of them there, but if an ad agency went the documentary route, we’d be seeing mostly poverty, misery and ill-health. In Category 1, there are the flat-out lies, like the notion low-quality, mass-produced light beer is a staple at great parties/bar scenes, or Papa Johns (Fritos?) has “natural ingredients.” I suppose everything’s “natural” in some sense – after all uranium is an element, so nuclear waste is ultimately from nature too. But I don’t think that’s what they were going for.
This is our weekly cheat sheet based on our player’s projected output and number of games. It assumes an eight-category league with the following categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, three-pointers made, free-throw percentage, and field-goal percentage.
These are my rankings. They do not necessarily correspond with the RotoWire cheat sheet or our projections for the season. I use both as a rough guide, but I primarily factor in number of games played for the week, current player trends and pertinent information about the team (injuries, time share situations, etc.). The weekly player rankings are written up following Saturday’s games. We will try to update the meter with any breaking news that happens on Sunday, but in most cases, any injuries, lineup changes, etc. that happen on Sunday won’t be accounted for in the rankings until the following week.