Monday, February 13, 2006


Keegan’s report: college basketball


J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene. Here are his thoughts this week:

Player of the week: J.P. Batista, Gonzaga

If only David Padgett had informed Bill Self of his plans to transfer one week earlier, Batista would be playing at KU. The Brazilian behemoth is averaging 19.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. In two wins this past week, the 6-foot-9, 269-pound Batista averaged 22.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. He and guard Derek Raivio are perfect complements to Player of the Year candidate Adam Morrison.

Team of the week: Ohio State

With victories over Michigan and Illinois, Thad Matta's Buckeyes are in the national spotlight one year ahead of schedule. Next year's freshman class, already dubbed "The Thad Four," is led by No. 1-ranked recruit, 7-footer Greg Oden of Indianapolis, and has three others in the top 26.

Bust of the week: Indiana

A portion of the fan base showed a lack of class in clamoring for ouster of coach Mike Davis, and the Hoosiers lost to Wisconsin and Iowa. If Davis, who missed the Iowa game and said he had the flu, resigns or is fired, consider KU the favorite to land prize Dallas recruit Darrell Arthur.

Game to watch: UConn vs. Villanova

If trades were allowed in college basketball, these teams would have cooked a deal a long time ago. Top-ranked UConn has an abundance of big men and could use one of Villanova's hot-shooting guards. Villanova starts four guards.

6 p.m. tonight, ESPN (Sunflower Broadband Channel 33)

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