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.

Searching For: Kevin Pittsnogle

January 19, 2009


Not your average middle-school teacher

He's not your average middle-school teacher

Only two full seasons removed from the college basketball spotlight, Kevin Pittsnogle has returned to his hometown of Martinsburg.  He’s a regular guy– a middle school teacher and unpaid assistant basketball coach.  The New York Times’ John Branch updates us on the former WVU odditywho is living in a double wide (cue the “trailer trash” chants) with his wife, contemplating his next attempt at professional basketball.

Frankly we couldn’t stand Pittsnogle during his glory days.  This is due in large part to his atrocious last name and the fact he looked more like a ratly mountaineer than a basketball player. The article portrays Pittsnogle as a likebale guy however, and we’re willing to give him a pass as he seeks to carve out his future.

Quickie Recap 12.9: Stephen Curry is still captivating, ‘Horns top Cats

December 10, 2008
Can't stop, won't stop...he'll get his, eventually

Can't stop, won't stop...he'll get his, eventually

Four things were made apparent tonight at MSG:

  • Stephen Curry knows how to share (10 Assists)
  • Stephen Curry needs to shave the ‘stache
  • Stephen Curry will take an average Davidson team back to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament
  • Dexter Pittman is fast becoming a Dexatrim success story.

Yes, Davidson pulled off another attention grabbing victory with Curry providing the last minute heroics once again.  You saw it coming.  He couldn’t of been more off with his shot for the first 38 minutes, but it was just for effect and Curry flipped on the switch for the last two minutes, sealing West Virginia’s fate, 68 – 65.

We shouldn’t look past the fact the Mountaineers were a fairly depleted unit tonight.  No Joe Mazzoula and no Alex Rouff, which you can attribute their lackluster 33 percent from the field.  They did get 24 points and 14 rebounds out of emerging star The Da’ Sean Butler– who looked stellar in-person, according to our correspondent who was on hand.

The night cap proved to be very uneventful.  Texas was clearly the better team, teasing the ‘Cats all game long, but pulling away to win 67 – 58.  AJ Abrams did his part in the cause, again, with 18 of his 26 coming in the second half.  Had Texas shot free throws “granny style,” the ‘Horns might have finished off ‘Nova midway through the second half.

Now we love this event, and the Jimmy V speech never gets old.  But we don’t understand why it’s not a true tournament, because Curry vs. Abrams would be appointment television.