The schedule for Big Monday during the 2014-2015 season has been released, and as you might expect, it is loaded.
The games kick off when league play begins for the ACC and the Big 12, which is in early January, and will be comprised of eight double-headers, one on each Monday from January 5th through March 2nd with the exception of January 12th.
North Carolina and Virginia both lead the ACC with three appearances on Big Monday, while Pitt, Syracuse and Duke are all on twice. Louisville makes just one appearance in their inaugural ACC season, as does Notre Dame, Florida State and Georgia Tech.
Six of the first seven Big 12 Big Monday games will feature either Kansas or Texas, with Iowa State visiting Oklahoma being the only game that doesn’t. That makes sense given that those are the four best teams in the conference; Kansas and Texas will both be in the top ten in the preseason with Iowa State and Oklahoma are both preseason top 25 ball clubs.
The final Big 12 Big Monday game will be determined at a later date. It will either be Baylor at Texas or Iowa State at Oklahoma, meaning that every Big Monday game in the Big 12 will feature one of the two top ten teams in the conference or it will be a battle between two preseason top 25 clubs.
That’s a good thing.
Here is the full schedule:
When it comes to discussing some of the game of basketball’s best players, specifically those who went directly from high school to the NBA, a question that’s often asked is where said player would have attended college if forced (by rule) to do so. Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are among those who have been discussed in this manner, and in the case of LeBron he’s got connections to two programs within his home state of Ohio.
LeBron’s connected with the Ohio State program, which is outfitted by the Nike’s LeBron signature line, but there’s another program with an even closer connection. That would be Akron, which is led by head coach Keith Dambrot, and all he did was serve as LeBron’s high school coach at St. Vincent/St. Mary’s HS in Akron during the player’s freshman and sophomore years at the school. Also on those teams were two future Akron Zips in guard Dru Joyce and forward Romeo Travis.
Thursday the school announced that it would be honoring James, Joyce and Travis with bobble head dolls to be given out before Akron’s home games against Buffalo (February 16; Joyce’s bobble head), Bowling Green (February 26; Travis) and Ohio (March 1; James).
All three bobble head dolls are wearing Akron uniforms, which in the case of LeBron allows fans to think back and imagine what could have been. Season ticket holders guaranteed one bobble head per account (on each of the three giveaway days), with the first 750 fans in attendance to receive one as well.
The gang is back together again for another episode of the NBCSports.com College Basketball Talk Podcast, with Rob Dauster hosting and Raphielle Johnson and Scott Phillips joining him. Today’s episode touched on big wins picked up Thursday night by California and Indiana, discussing the performances of those teams and also touching on their prospects down the line.
Also discussed were the recent performances of Iowa State, Providence and Texas A&M (which are you more worried about?), and some of the top games on this weekend’s schedule headlined by Kansas visiting Oklahoma. And if you’re a fan of seafood, you may take umbrage with some of Rob’s comments at the beginning of the podcast.
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