Thursday, February 5, 2015

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For February 5th, 2015

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

Phil Jackson--- Jackson was quoted this week, saying, "my experiment with the Knicks has fallen flat on its face." Yes it has, with a 10-39 record. What Jackson failed to say is many people in the NBA have been great coaches, but lousy in the front office. As well, many have stunk as coaches and have been great in the front office.

As great as Jackson was a coach, so far it does seem to be transferring into him being great in the front office.

NCAA----ESPN had tremendous ratings for the all the rankings shows they did leading up to the College Football Playoff.

For now the NCAA has said there will not be a shows like football for the college basketball rankings. Probably a poor decision because of the strong interest always for March Madness. Of course CBS and Turner Sports holds the rights to televise March Madness through 2024.

Big Men--- For the most part, Oregon's men basketball has been pretty good for the last 15 years or so. But for some reason, the Ducks never seem to have a great big man. The last person who performed consistently great as a big man for Oregon was Richard Lucas, who played for the Ducks from 1987-91.

That is exactly why everyone needs to keep a close on Jordan Bell, the Ducks' 6-9 freshman out of Long Beach. It probably is not a coincidence that last night the Washington Huskies shot .566 from the floor, as it was the first game this year that Bell has not blocked at least one shot. Bell could leave the school as the Ducks' best big man since Lucas.

Pac-12--- You make the call here, but obvious so many surprises at the bottom of the Pac-12. In a league of 12, here are the bottom six in the Pac-12 and their records going into Thursday night play.

Colorado 4-5
Washington State 4-5
California 3-6
Arizona State 3-6
Washington 3-7
USC 1-8

It is a very weak Pac-12 this year, which probably means only 3 teams make the NCAA tournament.

NWC/CCC Power Rankings---- It is Thursday, so that means another edition of  Crawford's combo Nothwest Conference/ Cascade Collegiate Conference power rankings. Many, many changes this week, but it is totally fair to make the changes, based on the way teams are playing. We always do things in 9s, based on the respect for the great game of golf.

9. Lewis and Clark
8. Puget Sound
7. Pacific (Oregon)
6. Southern Oregon
5. Concordia
4. College of Idaho
3. Whitworth
2. Whitman
1. Warner Pacific

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