January 11, 2009
First, we jumped on the BC bandwagon after they walked into Chapel Hill and took down UNC, a team with legitimate thoughts of being the first team to go undefeated since the 1975 Indiana Hoosiers. Then in a not so glorious return home to Chestnut Hill, the Eagles were waxed by intra-city rival Harvard, a program who had NEVER before defeated a ranked team.
Down in the Bible Belt John Pelfrey had Arkansas fans thinking hoops, with consecutive wins over top Big 12 teams Oklahoma and Texas. We bought into Courtney Fortson and Pelfrey’s stirring rendition of “Forty Minutes of Hell,” but the Razorbacks too are learning about what it takes to truly be a top 25 team. Mississippi State marched into Fayettteville to spoil the SEC opener for the Razorbacks, winning in convincing fashion 70-56. Courtney Forston was held to five points and was a culprit in the dismal perimeter defending, which allowed the Bulldogs to shoot 11-27 from beyond the arc.
Does Arkansas still deserve to be a ranked team? Should BC be included in the same breath as the usual ACC suspects? Both have signature wins to hang their hat on once we start talking bubble teams. But if you can’t hold home court over a fairly athletically challenged Harvard, or medicore Mississippi State, you shouldn’t be tooting your horn quite yet.
January 7, 2009
Arkansas loves playing David to Goliath
The unranked Razorbacks of Arkansas have done it again. For the second time in one week they have knocked off a top 10 team.
On Tuesday night the Razorbacks took down #7 Texas 67-61. A week earlier they downed a then undefeated #4 Oklahoma. Everyone in the Big 12 is now looking down their schedule to make sure they don’t have this SEC team that will be known as the Big 12 Killers. The Razorbacks were led by Michael Washington’s 22 points but the real engine that makes this team go is Freshman PG Courtney Fortson, who added 10 rebounds and 5 assists to go with his 13 points.
Yes, we know he has long hair but this kid can play. What is the reason for the 12-1 Razorbacks being unranked? Good question, we don’t know either, but we know with their style of play they will always keep a game close (a hint for when you’re filling out your brackets in March).
December 31, 2008
No fun for the Sooners in Fayetteville
The Sooner’s were the next of the undefeated to fall on Tuesday night, and the most we could do was check the score when our browser refreshed every 30 seconds. Arkansas jumped on them early, starting the game with a 25-10 lead. The Razorbacks have flown under the radar all year, even with a 10-1 record, but with this win we’re sure more than just Corliss Williamson and Bill Clinton will be paying attention to PIG Sooie!!! All teams have to fall at some point, unless you have Argyle on your jersey, so a loss to a 9-1 team isn’t the worst way to go down.
Purdue seemed like the “sexy” pick of the year for a lot of people, but now we just want to call them the “Tara Reid All-Stars,” after losing to Illinois 71 – 67 on their own hardwood. It took overtime to pull it off but the Fightin’ Illini improved to 13-1. The stat of the game was “6”: Illinois only committed 6 turnovers, coupled with 21 assists. The Illini, like Arkansas, have been quietly building up force despite being unranked, but today Andy Katz says it’s time to give them their due.
Andy “Rainman” Rautins is back at it. After tying a school record with 9 triples last game, Rautins (26 pts) added 7 more on Tuesday night to aid the Orange to a 100 – 76 shooting clinic. The Orange shot 55% from beyond the arc compared to Seton Hall’s 7.4% on 2 of 27 (Yes, all schools do TRY and recruit players that can shoot). The ‘Cuse also welcomed back Eric Devendorf for their Big East opener to the tune of 20 large.