Last week I discovered how much fun ESPN’s live chats are because they allow fans to converse directly with the personalities that they follow on a daily basis. With the ridiculous number of upsets and exciting conference matchups, much of my attention is devoted to following college basketball. This afternoon, ESPN college basketball writer Myron Medcalf held a live chat on ESPN.com. I asked him about the five overtime thriller between No. 11 Louisville and Notre Dame on Saturday night that extended into Sunday morning.
Louisville junior guard Russ Smith is the Cardinals’ leading scorer at 18.3 points per game and Rick Pitino’s squad would not be national title contenders without him. Against the Fighting Irish, Smith scored 21 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out three assists. However, he was just 4-19 from the field in addition to missing game-winning or game-tying shots at the end of the first, second, fourth and fifth overtime periods. I asked Myron Medcalf how much blame Russ Smith deserves for the loss.
To read the full live chat, click here.
On Wednesday, I asked ESPN college basketball writer Dana O’Neil how many future NBA players she sees on No. 1 Indiana’s roster and she sees two: sophomore center Cody Zeller and junior guard Victor Oladipo. To view the entire live chat click here.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs (21-2, 8-0) are ranked sixth in the country and have a half-game lead over Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference. However, Gonzaga has lost two of its three games against ranked opponents. The Bulldogs lost at home to No. 11 Illinois 85-74 and at No. 13 Butler 64-63 this season. Even though they have one of the best records in college basketball, most of their wins have come against unimpressive WCC teams and good but not great non-conference opponents.
This afternoon, ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi held a live chat on ESPN.com at I asked him if Gonzaga’s seed can (not will) only get worse from their current two seed projection. Click here for the full live chat.
On Monday afternoon, ESPN college basketball writer Myron Medcalf held a live chat for fans on ESPN.com. Fortunately, he got around to answering two of my questions involving the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers and their star wing Victor Oladipo. Click here for the full live chat.