Homecourt advantage has been more like road-court advantage in the Big East this season.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Double Dribbles, Charges and Three-Pointers At The Buzzer:
Whatever happened to homecourt advantage in the Big East Conference?
The floor is now open for suggestions and answers because the visiting locker room has become a place of celebration in the Big East. Visiting teams have been so successful that I'm wondering why any program wants out of the league.
After 29 conference games, road teams have already won 18 times, a jarring winning percentage of 62 percent.
Get this: The only Big East team that has not won on the road is South Florida – and the Bulls' trip to Louisville was last weekend was their only road opportunity.
Meanwhile, seven Big East teams are winless in league home games, including Cincinnati and Pittsburgh. The Bearcats and Panthers have already been beaten at home twice.
Thoughts? Answers? Wild guesses?
*As good as Rick Pitino's Louisville team has been on defense this season, Jim Boeheim and the 2-3 zone that Syracuse employs remains the gold standard in the league. Syracuse ranks first in the league in defensive field goal percentage (35.4 percent) and teams are making only 27.6 percent of their threes.
*Kentucky's 10-point victory against Tennessee Tuesday night translated into a three-spot jump for the Wildcats in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) as UK moved to 64th. Coach John Calipari's team remained No. 17 in Ken Pomeroy's computer formula.
*My first reaction when I heard Calipari suggest that Kentucky needed to "steal," a road victory at Auburn Saturday night was wonder how he was going to sell this one. Yes, the Tigers have won three straight, but they've also lost games to Winthrop and Rhode Island.
Here's how: Auburn is coached by two of Cal's guys – head coach Tony Barbee and assistant Milt Wagner. Of course, he's going to talk Auburn up, up, up.
You don't want to stand in front of the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee and be asked to defend a loss to Auburn.
*Indiana, meanwhile, took a moderate hit in their computer numbers. The Hoosiers slipped in RPI (10 to 14), Pomeroy (3 to 4) and Sagarin (3 to 4).
Several folks have asked if IU coach Tom Crean has beaten Bo Ryan of Wisconsin. Crean's final Marquette team beat Wisconsin, 81-76, leaving him with a 3-5 record against Ryan during his time as the Golden Eagles' head coach.
*Former Western Kentucky and South Carolina coach Darrin Horn remains bullish on both Louisville and Indiana. He believes they're the two best teams in the nation.
Horn, who called U of L's win over South Florida last Saturday, said the strength of the Cards is their unmatched ability to pressure ball-handlers and get points from every position. He likes the Hoosiers because of Cody Zeller's versatility, the toughness of Victor Oladipo and their ability to shoot from the perimeter.
Despite what happened against Wisconsin in Assembly Hall Tuesday night.
*Big East teams are 6-7 in non-league games against Top 25 opponents. Teams from the Southeastern Conference are 3-11.
*DeMarcus Cousins didn't appreciate what former San Antonio star Sean Elliott had to say about him on a TV broadcast in November when Elliott criticized Cousins for trash-talking Spurs' star Tim Duncan. In fact, Cousins confronted Elliott after the game.
I can't imagine how Cousins, the former UK star, will react to the things that Charles Barkley recently said about him to Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.
I'll keep it short: Barkley is not a fan.
"Talent is not his problem," Barkley told Deitsch. "You can't continually do stupid stuff. At some point you have to grow up. He's got it all [talent-wise] but he isn't ever going to get it. I've been around the NBA for 30 years and I've seen guys who have this type of talent and we spend their whole career saying, 'When will he get it?' "