New Site, Same Address

February 11, 2009

The new site should be rolled over as an SBNation affiliate early evening on February 11th.

You will still find us at http://www.searchingforbillyedelin.com


We’re on a break…kind of

February 7, 2009

About to make the switch over as one of the SBNation.com blogs, representing College Basketball.  Right now we are working on some more tech stuff that gives us a headache.  Be back–at this same address– in a  few days with a whole new layout and look, ranting about the game we love.


YouTube Friday

February 5, 2009

Our favorite commercial from Super Bowl XLIII.

Have a good weekend.


A night of revelation

February 5, 2009
We love Dejected photos of the Dorks from Durham

One of us loves dejected photos of the Dorks from Durham, the other weeps

Monday, March 16th, 2009 will not be any normal Monday.  On that particular morning, after you tap into that free coffee that tastes like muddy water, you will collect your 5 brackets from the printer.  Instead of analyzing financial reports, government projects, or whatever garbage occupies the morning hours of your day, there will be brackets to browse.  This year we recommend taking a different approach, by just freakin’ guessing.

There’s been talk about a pattern of incongruities (can you say that?) throughout this season, with team’s not being able to “find” themselves.  Last night’s slate of games pretty much sold us on that school of thought. Syracuse started all the action with a response victory that had Syracuse fan’s thinking of Eric Devendorf as a Catholic Alter Boy.  Jeff Diveronica of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle referred to the ‘Cuse as a “boxer on the ropes.” Syracuse’s beat down of the Mountaineers helped Jim Boeheim and the Orange out of the corner they were backed into, losing three of their last four.

Wake Forest, everyone’s favorite big game team got waxed on the road by the ‘Canes, 79 -52.  The end result: The ‘Canes snap a three game losing streak and sending Wake to their second straight loss, both to an unranked club.  Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald called the ‘Canes victory, “the perfect remedy.” That’s now three ACC road losses for the Demon Deacons.  Will Wake’s fate be a loss to a 14 seed?

Halftime Score: Michigan State 42, Minnesota 16…Game Recap done.  The #19 Golden Gophers came into The House that Izzo Built after building a 18-3 record on the year.  However, the Spartans defended Sparta from warm ups on, jumping out to an impressive halftime lead.  Durrell Summers dropped in 21 on only 10 shots compared to the entire Minnesota starting lineup’s 19 on 27 shots.  Myron Medcalf of the Minneapolis Star called the Gophers debacle “an identity crisis.” He’s probably right, but let’s not forget the Spartans lost both games to Penn State this year.

Two weeks ago Clemson was downed by the very same Wake Forest team that was previously mentioned.  One week ago Wake eeked out a squeaker over the then #1 Duke Blue Devils.  We saw a completely different Tigers team when Duke rolled in last night.   The swarming press of the Tigers made Greg Paulus, Brian Soubek and the rest of the Dookies cough it up more than a pediatrician conducting back to school physical exams.  Clemson was able to pour it on, handing the Blue Devils their worst loss since 1990, a 27 point mauling 74-47.  Clemson did not let the lead drop below 20 points over the final 9 minutes.  Ron Green Jr. of the Charlotte Observer reports that even Clemson Coach, Oliver Perry was surprised by margin of their victory. Clemson might be a National Contender after all.

Notre Dame came into the season as one of the Big East favorites and a Top 10 ranking.  How the mighty have fallen, losing to Cincinnati on Monday night.  Notre Dame drops its SIXTH straight loss and Mike Brey still think “The beat goes on baby,” reports Joe Kay of the Chicago Tribune. Notre Dame is now on the outside of the bubble looking in at teams like Providence, Cincinnati and WVU.

The one certainty from tonight: Heather Cox should not be in HD.


UCONN takes a Husky on the Cards

February 2, 2009
We miss when he used to look like Jar Jar Binks with those corn rows

We miss when he used to look like Jar Jar Binks with those corn rows

UCONN took over as the top dawg in the NC2A on Monday.  Coincidently HUSKY NATION! was slated to test that #1 spot right away.  Now the test sounded daunting… on the road, versus arguably the hottest team in the nation, the #7 Louisville Cardinals.   The game brewed with anticipation and hype.  Would the #1 team only relish in the ironic glory of the top spot for less than 24 hours?

No.  That did not happen.  However, Jim Calhoun did get his own version of “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” at Rick Pitino’s expense.  Louisville jumped out to a 14-9 lead in the first 5 minutes but then went scoreless for seven minutes.  That allowed the Huskies to climb back into it, taking a 28-26 lead.  Then came the under 4 minutes-TV Timeout.  This is where it got interesting.

 “Round, round, round…I get around!”  What the hell target audience is ESPN going after?  Louisville could have used some of that freedom and mobility, as the Cards did not score for the final 5:12 of the first half.  HAHA, over 12 minutes of scoreless basketball.  That is not the only astonishingly awful statistic for the Louisville Cardinals…2…two free throw attempts, two free throw makes (100%, yes, go ahead and celebrate that).   With a 38-26 lead at halftime, the UConn Huskies would extend and keep the lead at a comfortable 10 to 15 points before closing it out for the 68-51 victory. Mike Anthony of the Hartford Courant tells us, “Louisville fans began leaving with a just under four minutes remaining.”  UConn was led by Jeff Adrien’s 18 points.

If we were Louisville, we would blame the Hoveround and their  “free in-home-test-drive.”  Sadly, that was the most entertaining 2 minutes of the broadcast.


Andy Kennedy is under arrest, Obama calls for DEFCON 1

February 2, 2009

Today, the Cincinnati Police released their video from the now infamous December 18th night that Ole Miss, and former UC head coach, Andy Kennedy reveled in all the Queen City had to offer in preparation for his team’s match-up against Rick Pi(a)tino’s Louisville Cardinals.  Kennedy got a little rambunctious, you remember, and allegedly slapped a cab driver who told the coach there was no room left in the taxi.

In the clip, Kennedy is heard telling the officer fortunate enough to arrive on the scene that because of his prestigious position as an SEC basketball coach,  any formal paperwork documenting this altercation would turn it into an “international incident.”  Huh?  So Saudi princes care about this? Starving children in Central Africa care about this?  What about Canadians? I am not even convinced we even care about this.

Kennedy is still set to appear in court on April 20 on misdemeanor assault charges.  Normally I’d follow that up with some sort of lame jest centered around marijuana, but we’re grown ups who work now.


Let’s stop talking about Georgetown and Notre Dame

January 31, 2009
Gut check time

Gut check time

Two preseason top 15 teams will finally exit the rankings this week, as Georgetown and Notre Dame are struggling so badly their conference affiliation can’t even save them as they continue to take on water.

Today, the Irish were taken care of by Pittsburgh, and Georgetown kept it close but never really made an effort to win, falling to Marquette.  Both teams shouldn’t have been expected to win these games, but now that the two are 3-6 in conference play, it’s time to shed light on their faulty play.

First for Georgetown, they have the road victory over UCONN to hang their hat on, but nothing more. Since then they are 0-5 on the road and, on the whole, have no other impressive wins.  If you want to counter with the “toughest schedule in the nation card,” then we’re going to say they lead the country in missed opportunities.  Plus, they also lost to Tennessee earlier this season.  At the time it was no big deal but as we’ve stated before–the Volunteers lack of fundamentals simply piss us off.

In South Bend, it starts with Luke and ends with Harangody.  The reigning Big East player of the year accounts for 32 percent of the Irish’s offense.  Sounds cool, but it’s never a winning formula for a team with aspirations of making a deep tournament run. His frontcourt running mate, Zach Hillesland ranks among the least talented, regular starters for any Division I college basketball team according to us. Yes, that’s harsh and not based around statistics, but it’s our interpretation of the situation, and proof of how short a rotation Mike Brey is working with.

So is it time to write these teams off?  They currently sit 10th and 11th, (dis)respectfully in the conference, and it’s starting to be less conceivable that many teams will qualify for the field of 64.


Louisville be DOIN! people

January 31, 2009

louisville

They currently sit atop Ken Pomeroy’s defense efficiency ratings, are 8-0 in the Big East, and have toppled they’re last nine opponents with impressive wins over Pittsburgh, Syracuse and today at home against West Virginia.

Yes. Right now the Louisville Cardinals are, dare we say, Baller Blockin.

Rick Pitino’s crew have bounced back in impressive fashion, after a mediocre start that was highlighted by a double-digit loss to Western Kentucky and word that Edgar Sosa was boiling his coach’s blood so much, Pitino wanted him to leave the team and transfer.

Times have changed, and Louisville is now the hottest team in the country. This afternoon, the Cards jumped out to a 45-25 halftime lead.  They only ended up winning by six, and committed a gross 26 turnovers, but remain the only undefeated team in the BE, and are now looking forward to a Monday showdown in Freedom Hall against the presumed #1 UCONN Huskies. A victory here would mean the Cardinals second win over a top-ranked team, and added viablility for a coveted number one seed come March…although it is early.


Let’s all touch each other…EVANSVILLE just won at the the Buzzer

January 30, 2009

Missouri Valley Conference battle comes down to a last second runner.


Don’t (go to) sleep on the WCC

January 30, 2009
Zags fly high late night

Zags fly high late night

On Thursday at 11pm many peeps on the East Coast were either hopping into bed to prepare for another dress-down Friday, or were partaking in Thirsty Thursday because Jager bombs are generally six bucks.  Either way,  St. Mary’s – Gonzaga did not receive the exposure it deserved.

Do you come from a land down under?  St. Mary’s came into Spokane with the nation’s longest winning streak, 15, and they’ve done it with a handful of Aussies. Patty Mayonnaise Mills leads the unit and might be the best point guard in the country, a title he proved worthy of in the first half with six threes that gave him his scoring average in just the first 20 minutes of play…but that would be it for Mr. Mills.  

The all-world guard broke his hand early in the second half, and will be out for the next month according to Andy Katz. The ‘Zags came out salivating and took advantage of a Gaels team lacking a legit ball-handler and scoring threat. Mark Few’s teami initiated the attack with a 12-0 run and never looked back, picking up an important 69-62 victory.

The Zags got their points in “score by committee form,” with 4 players going for double digits, led by Matt Bouldin’s 17 (Dan Dickau wanna-be).  Bud Wither’s of the Seattle Times reports that Zags Coach Mark Few called it a “Morrison-like effort.”  We thought we would be rid of that guy, but he still haunts us.


YouTube Friday

January 30, 2009

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Have a good weekend

Let’s all touch each other…NORTH CAROLINA just won at the buzzer

January 29, 2009

Fans of the kids wearing the baby blue were saved by Ty Lawson last night, escaping with a victory in Tallahassee and avoiding their third conference loss of the season.

Uhhhh…wasn’t this team supposed to go undefeated?

The speedy guard dribbled 3/4 of the court, hitting an unorthodox running three ball to help the Tar Heels save face. All of a sudden, the Tar Heels have morphed into nothing more than a really good basketball team from the ACC.