Let’s not protect our house

January 22, 2009
Chest bumps are free, VT can party like a Rockstar

Chest bumps are free, VT can party like a Rockstar

Not a good night to be wearing the home threads. Wednesday night we saw two top 10 teams go down in their own gym, including current top dawg Wake Forest.  The Demon Deacons appeared disinterested in actually maintaining their #1 ranking, and were pounded by Virginia Tech.  Jeff Teague, who we tagged as ACC POY earlier this week, pitched a tent and posted up camp beyond the 3 point line when his team was down in the final minutes.  This kid could be the salesman for those knives that cut through phonebooks with the way he can slash through defenses off the dribble, but his nonchalant attitude towards the end made us question his determination.  Dan Collins of the Winston Salem Journal reports that even Wake’s own James Johnson questions the Demon Deacon’s desire.  Combine the POY statue with the four bulldozer charges in the final minutes and Wake pretty much handed the game to the Hokies.  An ugly win, but a win it was and Seth Greenberg walked off the court as fast as he could, like he stole something. 

Despite missing four consecutive free throws with just under two minutes to play (Big Ten Punchline), Northwestern got their first win in East Lansing since the Reagan administration.  Led by a spastic 6’8″ Kevin Coble and his 31 points, the Wildcats put together their second straight conference win 70-67.  The loss by the Spartans was their first loss at home in 28 games, third longest streak running in NCAA Basketball.  According to Shannon Shelton at the Detroit Free Press, Tom Izzo knew that this day was a foregone conclusion.

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

December 1, 2008

If we could post three of these a week, life would be good. Of course, that consistent feeling of elation is contingent on a close game ending in a miraculous finish, and, more importantly, other rabid fans like us promptly posting the video for others to enjoy.

But since we have it…Wisconsin got a 1 up in the win column for the Big 10, as the 10th installment of their annual series with the ACC got off to an unexpectedly enjoyable start. Bill Raftery “ONIONS!” was courtside, so that certainly helped, but it was interesting to watch the Badgers actually outscore and outlast their opponent, instead of relying on hard nose defense.

It’s difficult here not to notice the Hokies were on the wrong end of our other ‘touch each other’ post just over a week ago. That shot, by Xavier’s Dante Jackson, was roughly 90 percent luck and you can’t really fault Va Tech or even “Monday morning quarterback” it. We’re guessing this time around Hank Greenberg is combating a severe headache and surely would of liked tonight’s hero, Trevon Hughes, to have been pressured closer to half court.

Unfortunately for him, what’s done is done as Wisconsin gets a nice road win against a decent Virginia Tech squad.

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

November 21, 2008

Note: Fast forward to the 6:30 mark

If a player hits a half court buzzer beater to advance to the finals of an early season tournament, but nearly nobody sees it, did it really happen?

Well thanks to things like Channelsurfing.net, and ESPN Gamecast, we saw it and it is real.

Xavier got lucky after trailing the Hokies for the majority of regulation but fortunately forced overtime From there they missed a few FT’s, which would of closed the game out and prevented them from relying on Dante Jackson’s half court heave. Luckily they got God on their side and he happened to be watching this game, even though only a few thousand mortals saw it happen.

So it’s on to Sunday night, with a match-up against Memphis–a game sure to test the Muskies mettle and potentially jump them up in to the top 15

Quickie 11.20 Recap: We’re gonna party like its 1992

November 21, 2008

Oh yes, the nostalgia is hitting us

Oh yes, the nostalgia is hitting us

Now the college basketball season is finally here. Our first huge upset of the season has taken place. On Thursday night in the Mecca of basketball arena’s, Madison Square Garden, an unranked Michigan Wolverines team took down Ben Howland’s #4 UCLA Bruin’s.

Michigan was able to hold off the stingy Bruin’s to get their first win against a Top 5 team in 11 years. The win was propelled by Deshawn Sims 18 points and Manny Harris’ 15 points.

Big Blue needed this victory in many ways. It ushered in new head coach John Beilein, by way of West Virginia…and no, it wasn’t a package deal with Rich Rodriguez. Also, this win should ease the pain of the Michigan faithful, since their football team is an abysmal 3-8. And finally, it is Ohio State weekend, so they will only have 36 hours to enjoy this massive victory before their football team is disassembled in C-Bus like a dog chewing on a nyla bone.

The win for Michigan sets up a final in the Garden with against Duke, who ironically so, was the last Top 5 team Michigan beat (1997 #1 Duke). The Blue Devils beat Southern Illinois on Thursday night, 83 – 58.

So maybe the Wolverines will get to celebrate once more, before the big football game.

Down in the 51st state, Xavier, Memphis, and Virginia Tech win as favorites, and Seton Hall comes up with a minor upset over USC. Those four winners move on to tomorrow’s semi-finals in the Puerto Rico Tip Off. Is it just us or can you almost guarantee nine Big East teams in the big dance? Wow. Anyways, it will be X-A-V, IER facing VA Tech and, by process of elimination, the Tigers against the Pirates.