Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For January 13th, 2015

By Gregory Crawford--- TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst--- on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Gregg Popovich--- For a guy who always seems to be leaving players at home to rest them during the NBA season, many times cheating the fans, it seemed a little bit hypocritical that Popovich had the whole team at the White House to meet the President Obama recently. If he would have been consistent,  wouldn't he have at least left a couple of guys home?

Oregon State/Arizona--- Even though it has been two days since Oregon State beat #7 ranked Arizona in Corvallis, 58-56, some in the basketball world are still buzzing about the Beaver win. It is interesting to note that many basketball experts felt the Beavers would be lucky to win five total games this year, at the same time saying it would be tough for the Beavers to even win one in Pac-12 play.

Yes, it is early, but the Beavers are 2-1 in Conference and 11-4 overall. Wayne Tinkle is the real deal, he will put Oregon State basketball on the map before it is all said and done, as the Beavers have a top 15 recruiting class coming in for 2015-16.

One sour note, only 6,191 fans showed up at Gill Coliseum on Sunday night to see the nationally ranked Wildcats. Shame on you Oregon State fans and shame on basketball fans in general in the state of Oregon. With limited live and TV competition, this game should have been sold out, well in advance, it is not that hard to get 9,500 people in Corvallis to see an improved Oregon State team.

Linfield College---- Linfield is a member of the D-3 Northwest Conference. Under second year coach Shanan Rosenberg the team is striving to get better and get back up in the top rung in future years in the Conference.

No matter who it is, you have to feel for Linfield, as at present they are  the midst of playing 7 of 8 games on road, almost unheard of in the modern era of college basketball scheduling. While you do at times see some NBA teams, play 7 of 8 games on the road, as everyone knows the NBA plays a regular season schedule of 82 games. The Northwest Conference plays 16 league games. When you play 7 of 8 games on the road in a 16 game league schedule, please do not mention to me the term student/athlete. Kind of takes the student side out, if you get the drift. Another words, UNFAIR, no matter what school or conference to have a schedule like that.

NWAC Sports---- Doing the NWAC Sports power rankings each week for both the men and women basketball, it means I love the league as a basketball conference. 34 wonderful schools in Oregon and Washington,  who many have long time, dedicated coaches on both the men's and women's side. The league games started last week, as most NWAC games are played on Wednesday and Saturday, with the exception of the NWAC western region which often plays on Monday night as well.

Every Tuesday, we will be giving you a coach and player of the week, starting next week from each of the four regions of the NWAC. Glad to do it and get out and see a game, for sure you will go back.

more of Gregory's blogs--- http://crawfordsgolfdaily.blogspot.com (golf and sports biz).

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