Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For January 28th, 2015

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

Pac-12---- Even though many of us would like for this to different, the Pac-12 for sure is not as strong as the past couple of years in men's basketball.

Yes, Arizona is pretty darn good, but when you think about it, they are also vulnerable to being beaten as they showed at Oregon State earlier this month.

The bottom half of the league is pretty anemic with the likes of USC and California, with the Bears showing lots of promise in December games, but certainly folding to 1-6 so far in January.

Then throw in the fact that Washington, Colorado and UCLA are just average so far, it really makes for a weak Pac-12.

With all the glitz and glamour, I have often thought Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott should figure out a way for the Pac-12 men's basketball teams to stand out nationally. Despite the fact the league will argue they do, they do not.

With TV perhaps now the biggest part of college basketball, my suggestion would for the Pac-12 to play one game each Monday night, 6:00 pm and work it out with some network, saying we own the world on that night.

Coaching--- It is really nice to see two great people who care much more than just coaching basketball, having great years coaching basketball. Tom Crean at Indiana and Mark Turgeon at Maryland both have teams have played great basketball in the Big Ten and good for them, you could not ask for nicer human beings.

Gregg Marshall---- I first saw Gregg Marshall coach a game live in Portland, Oregon when he brought his  Winthrop team into play at U of Portland. I went on the radio the next day and said I saw a guy coach last night that I feel will be a major star someday in the coaching ranks.

Sometimes you get things right, sometimes wrong. On Marshall, I hit a home run. Marshall's present team, Wichita State is once again having a banner year at 18-2 and once again is a threat to go a long way in the NCAA tournament.

It is now obvious Gregg Marshall could coach the Washington Generals and win. I am really hoping Marshall will not succumb to the many offers he will get from the NBA. He is a college guy who has what it takes and always will be.

Yes, if I had one choice of a coach today to start a men's basketball program, it would be Coach Marshall.

Crawford's NWAC Men's Power Rankings-----It is Wednesday, so it is once again time for Crawford's NWAC men's basketball power rankings, out in afternoon before a nearly full slate of NWAC games on Wednesday night. Per usual, we do things in 9s, out of respect for the great game of golf.

9. Wenatchee Valley 14-6, -3-2--- Tough road losses this past week at Treasure Valley and Blue Mountain.

8. Everett 13-7, 4-1--- Tied for second in league, chance to move into first Saturday, when they host Bellevue.

7. Clark 13-5, 6-1---- 5 game win streak put to the test tonight at Highline.

6. Big Bend 16-5, 4-1--- Big game tonight at Wenatchee Valley.

5. Columbia Basin 11-8, 4-1----Two big road wins last week put Columbia Basin into a tie for 1st in East.

4. Highline 14-5, 6-1--- Host Clark tonight in battle for first in the West.

3. Chemeketa 14-6, 5-0--- 8 wins in a row for the Storm.

2. Edmonds 16-4, 4-1----Remain in 2nd spot in power rankings after overtime loss to Bellevue.

1. Bellevue 18-2, 5-0----Wins over Edmonds and Peninsula push their win streak to 9 games.

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