Wednesday, August 31, 2011

John Wall at the NC Pro Am!!!

Long armed John Henson at the NC Pro Am, but Henson was not the biggest star named "John" at the Pro Am! All videos and pictures were taken live at the Pro Am by this blog's staff and are exclusive to Don't Buy The Hype. You will not see this footage anywhere else.

John Wall(red shorts) came back to his hometown to play at the Pro Am. Wall's team was stacked. He played with former UNC star Jerry Stackhouse and current UNC players P.J. Hairston and John Henson.
John Wall wearing number six.

John Wall knocking down the free throw.

John Wall with his hands on his hips, frustrated by his play. Wall was visibly upset since his team lost that night to an undermanned team.

This is not a great picture of Wall, but this is him leaving. You can see by the expression on his face that he is pouting about the loss.

John Henson watching Tar Heel teammate hit the free throw.


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John Henson and his UNC teammate P.J. Hairston warming up at the Pro Am.

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John Henson showing off the outside game.

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Dunking during warm-ups.

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John Henson making it look easy. You can see John Wall in the red shorts. John Wall is a local product from the the Triangle area, who came back to play in the NC Pro Am.

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Washington Wizard's star John Wall with the monstrous over the head jam!

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UNC's P.J. Hairston dunking in warm ups.

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Marquette's Darius Odom-Johnson, dunking. Old man Jerry Stackhouse knocking down the jumper. High flying dunks are no longer a part of Stackhouse's game. John Wall, trying the acrobatic dunk.

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John Henson dunking.

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Jerry Stackhouse, John Henson, P.J. Hairston and John Wall are all on the same Pro Am team. Yet, the star of night was NC Central's Dominique Sutton(who was the best player on his team and the court this night). Sutton was not intimidated by Wall. Early in the game Sutton got into a jawing match with Wall. Sutton a few weeks earlier got into it with Duke's Austin Rivers and dominated Rivers and his team the entire night. Wall is a legit NBA starter and maybe a star, but Sutton seemed to throw Wall off his game and Sutton led his undermanned team to victory!

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For more highlights and details of this game at the Pro Am check out John Wall at the NC Pro Am Part II coming soon...

Monday, August 29, 2011

2011 DBTH Top 25 Countdown to Kickoff: #15, #14 and #13

Today we will continue the Don't Buy The Hype 2011 College Football Countdown, showcasing teams #17 and #16 in the polls.

Here's what you've missed so far:
#25 Arizona State
#24 BYU
#23 Clemson
#22 Southern Miss
#21 Michigan State

#20 Oklahoma State
#19 Ohio State
#18 Arkansas
#17 USC
#16 Stanford


I will be predicting the games from each teams' schedule, using this key:
Sure Win  Swing Game Win  Swing Game Loss  Sure Loss




#15 TEXAS LONGHORNS

2011 Season Forecast
9/3 Rice
9/10 BYU
9/17 @ UCLA
10/1 @Iowa St.
10/8 Oklahoma
10/15 Oklahoma St.
10/29 Kansas
11/5 Texas Tech
11/12 @ Missouri
11/19 Kansas St.
11/24 @ Texas A&M
12/3 @ Baylor

My Take:  Last year, Murphy's Law was in full effect for the Longhorns.  If it could go wrong, it did.  Give Mack Brown credit, as he evaluate his program and made some changes to correct the problems.  Last year's 5-7 record was the only season in Mack Brown's tenure in which the Horns didn't win at least ten games!  Expectations have been lowered for Texas, and that could help motivate them to return to national prominence.  The schedule is very manageable, and they should be favored in all their road games with the exception of Texas A&M.  As I stated in THIS ARTICLE back a few weeks ago, Texas is a lock to overachieve this year, and is wins over Oklahoma and A&M away from possibly playing for a national championship.

Final Prediction:  10-2


#14 SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS

2011 Season Forecast
9/3 East Carolina (Charlotte)
9/10 @ Georgia
9/17 Navy
9/24 Vanderbilt
10/1 Auburn
10/8 Kentucky
10/15 @ Mississippi St.
10/29 @ Tennessee
11/5 @ Arkansas
11/12 Florida
11/19 The Citadel
11/26 Clemson

My Take:  Last year, for the first time, South Carolina made it to Atlanta and played for the SEC Championship as winners of a watered-down SEC East. Because of this, they are being rated in the Top 10-12 in most preseason polls.  As good as the Gamecocks appeared at times (in the Swamp last year, for example) people are forgetting they LOST 5 GAMES!  South Carolina is notorious for winning big games and blowing winnable games.  They also have a ticking timebomb at quarterback, and that's never a good thing.  I rank Carolina at #14 because they will start higher in the polls, but this year is prime for a step back in Columbia.  I give them the nod over Tennessee because they will have a week off before, while UT is getting beaten on at Alabama, despite the fact they've only won once in Knoxville.  As is the case every year, the Georgia game is the key to the season.  Whoever wins that game always has a much better season than the loser.

Final Prediction:  9-3


#13 TCU HORNED FROGS

2011 Season Forecast
9/2 @ Baylor
9/10 @ Air Force
9/17 ULM
9/24 Portland St.
9/30 SMU
10/8 @ San Diego St.
10/22 New Mexico
10/28 BYU (Jerry World)
11/5 @ Wyoming
11/12 @ Boise St.
11/19 Colorado St.
12/3 UNLV

My Take:  TCU has a lot to replace, especially at quarterback.  Andy Dalton leaves as the all-time winningest QB in Mountain West history.  With only three returning starters, the offense will take a few games to gel.  I do think this will cost them in one of the first two games, most likely at Air Force.  Defensive Coordinator Dick Bumpas will have the defense rolling, but with a trip to Boise in November, TCU won't be going undefeated this year.


Final Prediction:  10-2


As you noticed, I released three teams today, and will be doing so in order to get all of the Top 25 released by this Saturday.  Stay tuned for #10-12 tomorrow!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

2011 DBTH Top 25 Countdown to Kickoff: #17 and #16

Today we will continue the Don't Buy The Hype 2011 College Football Countdown, showcasing teams #17 and #16 in the polls.


Here's what you've missed so far:
#25 Arizona State
#24 BYU
#23 Clemson
#22 Southern Miss
#21 Michigan State

#20 Oklahoma State
#19 Ohio State
#18 Arkansas





I will be predicting the games from each teams' schedule, using this key:
Sure Win  Swing Game Win  Swing Game Loss  Sure Loss





#17 USC TROJANS

2011 Season Forecast
9/3 Minnesota
9/10 Utah
9/17 Syracuse
9/24 @ Arizona St.
10/1 Arizona
10/13 @ California
10/22 @ Notre Dame
10/29 Stanford
11/4 @ Colorado
11/12 Washington
11/19 @Oregon
11/26 UCLA

My Take:  Lane Kiffin has managed to stockpile some talented young players, despite scholarship reductions and a two-year bowl ban.  USC could go 12-0 this season and would still be watching the Pac-12 title game on television.  The Trojans have a pretty light home schedule (Stanford is the best game) but there are some tough road contests to navigate.  Back-to-back road games at Cal and Notre Dame will determine just how good the Trojans will be.  If they can win both of those games, a possibility, then they could show up at the Autzen Zoo with a 10-0 record.  USC may be overlooked by pollsters this season due to their postseason irrelevance.  At much as it pains me to say it, Lane Kiffin is picking up Pete Carroll's pieces quite well.  

Final Prediction:  9-3 


#16 STANFORD CARDINAL

2011 Season Forecast
9/3 San Jose St.
9/10 @ Duke
9/17 @ Arizona
10/1 UCLA
10/8 Colorado
10/15 @ Washington St.
10/22 Washington
10/29 @ USC
11/5 @ Oregon St.
11/12 Oregon
11/19 California
11/26 Notre Dame

My Take:  While Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck might be the best player in the nation, the Cardinal lost a lot when head coach  Jim Harbaugh bolted to the 49ers.  They have an unproven head coach and return only 12 starters.  They will begin the season ranked in the Top 10 and will take advantage of a light early season schedule to be in the national title race at mid-season.  Andrew Luck will most likely be the Heisman front-runner, but a three game stretch beginning with a game at USC will determine their fate.  My prediction for nine wins could even be a little bit on the high side; a 7-5 season would not be surprising to me at all. 

Final Prediction:  9-3

Come back tomorrow for #15 and #14!

2011 DBTH Top 25 Countdown to Kickoff: #19 and #18

Today we will continue the Don't Buy The Hype 2011 College Football Countdown, showcasing teams #19 and #18 in the polls.


Here's what you've missed so far:
#25 Arizona State
#24 BYU
#23 Clemson
#22 Southern Miss
#21 Michigan State

#20 Oklahoma State


I will be predicting the games from each teams' schedule, using this key:
Sure Win  Swing Game Win  Swing Game Loss  Sure Loss




#19 OHIO STATE BUCKEYES

2011  Season Forecast
9/3 Akron
9/10 Toledo
9/17 @ Miami (FL)
9/24 Colorado
10/1 Michigan St.
10/8 @ Nebraska
10/15 @ Illinois
10/29 Wisconsin
11/5 Indiana
11/12 @ Purdue
11/19 Penn St.
11/26 @ Michigan

My Take:  This is the most tenuous selection in my Top 25.  The Buckeyes' are still under investigation by the NCAA, although it appears unlikely that any further sanctions will be levied before this season begins.  Luke Fickell begins his head coaching career in a pressure cooker, and you can assume that will cost Ohio State at some point this season.  As you can tell by the schedule, there are eight games that I think could go either way for the Buckeyes.  Even though they will be without some key players early, there is enough talent remaining to get the job done.  Also, I believe these other guys will be playing with a purpose, to prove that Ohio State football isn't about entitled thugs.  They have a  proud tradition in Columbus and if Fickell can rally the troops, Ohio State will exceed expectations.

Final Prediction:  9-3


#18 ARKANSAS RAZORBACKS

2011 Season Forecast
9/3 Missouri St.
9/10 New Mexico
9/17 Troy
9/24 @ Alabama
10/1 Texas A&M (Jerry World)
10/8 Auburn
10/22 @ Ole Miss
10/29 @ Vanderbilt
11/5 South Carolina
11/12 Tennessee
11/19 Mississippi St.
11/25 @ LSU

My Take:  After the recent season-ending injury to SEC-leading rusher Knile Davis, many people are discounting the potential of the 2011 Arkansas Razorbacks.  Let me say this: Ronnie WIngo and Broderick Green will pick up the slack just fine, and Arkansas will still be good.  The road to Atlanta is very tough for the Razorbacks, as they have to face the two best in the West (Alabama and LSU) on the road.  They also have a date with a very good Texas A&M team in the House that Jerry Built.  If they can pull off one of the tough road games, especially at Alabama, Arkansas could be in Atlanta in December with a chance to play for a national title.

Final Prediction:  9-3 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

2011 DBTH Top 25 Countdown to Kickoff: #21 and #20

Today we will continue the Don't Buy The Hype 2011 College Football Countdown, showcasing teams #21 and #20 in the polls.


Here's what you've missed so far:
#25 Arizona State
#24 BYU
#23 Clemson
#22 Southern Miss


I will be predicting the games from each teams' schedule, using this key:
Sure Win  Swing Game Win  Swing Game Loss  Sure Loss




#21 MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS


2011 Season Forecast
9/2 Youngstown St.
9/10 Florida Atlantic
9/17 @ Notre Dame
9/24 Central Michigan
10/1 @ Ohio St.
10/15 Michigan
10/22 Wisconsin
10/29 @ Nebraska
11/5 Minnesota
11/12 @ Iowa
11/19 Indiana
11/26 Northwestern

My Take:  Michigan State has a very good team this year, but a daunting road schedule that will keep them out of Big 10(12) title picture, most likely.  If the Spartans do make it to the championship game, they will have certainly earned the right to be there.  Road games at Notre Dame, Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa will test their meddle and they need to win one of those conference road games to have a chance to make it to Indianapolis.  The best chance at stealing one of those will be at Ohio State, since their key players will still be serving their suspensions.  They have generally played poorly at Iowa and seem to always find a way to beat Notre Dame, though I don't see that happening this year.  


Final Prediction:  8-4




#20 OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS


2011 Season Forecast
9/3 UL-Lafayette
9/10 Arizona
9/17 @Tulsa
 9/24 @ Texas A&M
10/8 Kansas
10/15 @ Texas
10/22 @ Missouri
10/29 Baylor
11/5 Kansas St.
11/12 @ Texas Tech
11/18 @ Iowa St.
12/3 Oklahoma


My Take:  Mike Gundy, with help from T. Boone Pickens' check book, has turned Oklahoma State into a hot commodity in the college football landscape.  They are highly rated in the preseason year-after-year, mainly due to the flashy firepower of their uptempo spread offense. They return 9 starters on offense and have the best receiver in the country, Justin Blackmon.  While they will be the sexy pick to unseat favorite Oklahoma in the Big 12(10), a tough road schedule will make that a dream instead of a reality.  A September date at Texas A&M will be a huge challenge, but the Cowboys' season rests on a two week road trip to Texas and Missouri.  If they can beat Texas in Austin for a second straight year, and finish off Missouri in Columbia, the Pokes could set up a showdown in the Bedlam Game for a shot at the Big 12(10) Title, and possibly an undefeated season.  I don't see that happening, though, as the road schedule is just too tough this year.

Final Prediction:  9-3

Stay tuned as we continue the countdown to #1!