Quickie Recap 1/15: Purdue prevails, X edges Rams, Tubby remains atop the Big 10

January 16, 2009
A game that should not have resulted in this picture

A game that should not have resulted in this picture

How about a round of Boilermakers? some applause for the Boilermakers?  Down by eleven with just under eight minutes to go, Purdue rallied to prevent a potential upset by Big 10 dormat Northwestern.  JaJuan Johnson was the hero by hitting two free throws with two ticks left on the clock, but he got it twisted.  He meant to miss the second of the two to force a long distance heave, the result: an intentionally unintentional bank in, which gave the Wildcats a decent shot at a desperation three ball.  Rick Gano of the Indianapolis Star believes the defense of the Boilermakers is what helped them overcome their 22 turnovers. Purdue will now be tested on the road, facing Wisconsin and Minnesota in upcoming games.  Mike Greenberg’s school drops to 0-4 in the conference.

Moving over to the A-10, the X was able to squeak by Rhody the Ram 67-65.  This game was ugly on both ends, with multiple series of turnover…fast-break…turnover…fast-break.  A vicious cycle. Dante Jackson gave X the lead for good with 1:30 left , moving them to 14-2 on the year.  Paul Kenyon of the Providence Journal says the Rams are living a real life version of the movie “Groundhog Day.” Xavier should walk all over La Salle and St. Bonaventure before making their trip to the Bayou to take on LSU, who is undefeated at home this year.

Over in Madison, it took extra time for the Tubby Smith’s Golden Gophers to put away Da Badgers of Wisconsin.  After forcing OT with a long range bomb with two seconds left, Lawrence Westbrook reeled off 9 of the Gophers 16 points in OT to secure the win.  Mark Stewart of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel quotes Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan saying “the Badgers wilted under the pressure.” Yep, Bo knows wilting. The Golden Gophers are quietly making some noise at 16-1 and walking into The Barn is no easy task.


ESPN runs another marathon, we’ll just drink

December 30, 2008

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They’re at it again, an all-day extravaganza that is supposed to pique our interest, instead it only mildly intrigues us.

To ring in 2009, ESPN will have college basketball games from noon to midnight, which in most cases will simply serve as background filler while you’re prepping for a night filled with wine stains on slacks and stories that start with “so I was blacked out and…”

Looking at the slate of games, we do like Wisconsin – Michigan. The Badgers, as we all know, like to take it slow while Michigan is offensive minded averaging 74 points a game, an anomaly in the grind-it-out Big 10.

Speaking of grinding, hopefully your doing it on the East Coast by the time UNC – Nevada tips off. But just in case you got no plans, tune-in for what should be another show by the undefeated Tar Heels. Nevada is a mediocre 7-5, and they’re #211 in defensive 3-pt percentage (34.8 percent). This means that when Ty Lawson gets bored cutting up the Wolfpack D, he can just kick out, at will, to the plethora of Tar Heel shooters.

Happy 09, don’t drink and drive.



Quickie Recap 12.6: No Percy no problem, Big 10 earns some respect

December 7, 2008

Rulers of the South

Rulers of the South

Oh what a dreary day to be a ‘Bama fan; a waste of a resurgent season, in our opinion. Granted they exceeded expectations, but this is where college football becomes irritating, We’re glad we have no deeply rooted allegiances and can instead crush Bud heavies every Saturday, all while watching 118 programs slowly widdle away like a slug doused with salt.

‘Bama can now likely look forward to a Sugar Bowl match-up with non-BCS children, Utah or Bosie State. Boring.<a name=”5476386886″></a>

In the other quasi-semifinal, Bob Stoops continues to proves he’s the biggest bully in college football by putting up 60+ points for the fifth consecutive game. It was over before it started and to us, Chase Daniels looked disinterested.

So it’s most likely going to be the Sooners vs. Gators for in the BCS Championship Game. Start your fact checking now Mr. Thom Brennaman.

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In roundball, the Big 10 may have gained some respect with two upset victories…

Meeeechigan’s Deshawn Sims had his shining moment, leading all with 28 in a win over the Dukies, who played like absolute sissies. Coach K’s boys didn’t get to the free throw line even once in the first half, and shot 2-18 behind the new arc. The Wolverines now have two signature wins (UCLA) to hang their hat on come March.

No football left in South Bend? No problem! There’s still reason to be pissed off…as the Buckeyes take down the Irish in Indy. Luke Harangody is back and looking healthy, but the story here is Ohio State’s Evan Turner. He also led all scorers with 28, and has basically emegred as the team’s go-to-guy.

One final game of note, attention-seeking Marquette protects their house, with a win over identity-seeking Wisconsin. Both of these teams have talent but right now aren’t really getting any chatter, especially from us.


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.


Quickie Recap 11.24: Hawaii is nicer than Kansas City

November 25, 2008

The same goes for early season tournaments.

While Syracuse – Florida was a good measuring stick game, showing the Orange are definitely a top 20 team, it lacked drama and excitement. Dickie V seemed like he drank 5 “Sparks” but was the only one drunk at the party. Syracuse did their part in building that “Tournament Resume,” with one of those marquee wins that Joe Lunardi talks up in March. The ‘Cuse received help from everyone in a 51% shooting effort, led by the linebacker/tight end Paul Harris’ 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Andy Rautins’ five first half triples.

Grandma’s Boy …Anyone?

JP Grandmas Boy...or...is it...

JP Grandmas Boy...or...is it...

Andy Rautins!

Andy Rautins!

Florida was led by none other than Nick Calathes (See Post from 11.24), Billy Donovan’s “Golden Boy.” Excellent set shot!

Today while you’re at work, there’s 2nd round matchups in Maui you have good reason to look forward to…

#8 Notre Dame vs. #7 Texas, 7 pm ESPN – Expect AJ Abrams and Kyle McAlarney to rain threes the entire game.

#1 North Carolina vs. Oregon, 9:30 pm ESPN – Points aplenty here. Oregon gives up 73 a game, and UNC is pretty good at scoring.


One more thing on the CBE Classic, where the Kansas – Washington game felt over hyped. Why is ESPN all of a sudden making a big deal over Jon Brockman??? The guy is talented yes, but, he’s a 4 year starter who has been visible on the college basketball scene since his freshman year. Maybe we’re missing something here but he didn’t just arrive, we already knew he was decent. Kansas will now play Syracuse for this prestigious title.


Down in the Virgin Islands, UCONN beat Wisconsin to capture the Paradise Jam title. Could these teams be any different? UCONN reminds us of cool kids who party (and steal computers, HAHA) while the Badgers play by the rules and listen to their parents–who in this case is Bo Ryan. Yes, we know Madison is like some crazy party school, full of liberal, free spirits who don’t follow conventions, but this is strictly basketball talk so don’t get it twisted. Regardless, UCONN certainly silenced some haters this weekend and, in our opinion, have solidified themselves as the second best team in the country.