Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Coast to Tyus Edney against Mizzou

The stunner of the night did not involve Roger Clemens (thank goodness), rather it was Hillary Clinton winning the Democratic New Hampshire primary. We watched both Hillary and Barack Obama's speeches last night, and I don't know what it is, but Hillary is really starting to turn me off, while Obama is one amazing speech giver. Meanwhile, John McCain took the Republican primary, proving to be a very formidable force in this race. While we still don't know who we are voting for, our opinion is that if it's Obama vs. McCain, the country can't lose.

If you love Friday Night Lights the way we do,
read this. Speaking of the show, we have turned the corner and are way more into Tyra than Lila, though there is room in our hearts for both.

More good news for Barack Obama, the great comic genius
Larry David was out stumping for him last night in New Hampshire.

Cousins of Ron Mexico has joined us on the bandwagon with their
love for American Gladiators. As we told you two days ago, the show is legit and worth watching, especially since there is currently nothing else on other than sports these days.

Our boy from KU, Kirk Hinrich, got
absolutely broken off by Jamal Crawford last night.

Good news for Buckeye fans,
Michigan is losing stud WR's Adrian Arrington and Mario Manningham to the NFL and QB Ryan Mallett to transfer. This has been confirmed by new coach Rich Rodriguez. On the flip side for Buckeye fans, the Mallett transfer opens the door for Prep QB Terrelle Pryor to come in and start from Day One if he so chooses.

Looks like the
ratings for the BCS games, Championship game included, are all down from last year. This horrible system is officially hurting the game.

#3 Kansas 90 Loyola-MD 60 - The first 10 minutes were brutal. Loyola was hanging and Bill Self was pissed. Fast forward the next 30 minutes and KU was outscoring by 30. No Mario Chalmers pushed Sherron Collins into the starting lineup and he was the best player on the floor, scoring 18 points. As expected, the KU post men dominated the game and another alley-oop fest was in effect. Sasha Kaun continued his much improved play with 14 points and eight boards. Little used Jeremy Case hit 3-4 off the bench in his first extended minutes of the season.

#6 Michigan State 78 Purdue 75 - Just when I want to love Michigan State, the put together two straight clunkers at home. After struggling with Minnesota, the Spartans almost handed this one to Purdue and needed a Travis Walton jumper with 10 seconds left to seal it. Stats of the night: Purdue shot 41% from the field to MSU's 61%. Purdue was outrebounded 33-22 and trailed by as many as 22. Yet they almost stole one at Breslin. Said coach Tom Izzo: "The toughest team lost by a couple of points tonight, and that wasn't us."

#8 Georgetown 76 Depaul 60 - Roy Hibbert must be an MTAC reader. After I ripped him to shreds last week, Big Roy delivered his best game of the year, scoring 17 points and grabbing 11 boards. "In many ways his scoring is irrelevant. ... Just his effort and energy level was terrific and it was infectious to the rest of our team," Hoyas coach John Thompson III said. "The rebounds he ran down and the defensive plays that he made. His decision-making is always good. He just set the tone, set it early." An equation: Depaul taking Vanderbilt to OT + Georgetown ripping Depaul in Chicago + Kansas ripping Depaul by 20 plus = MTAC not buying Vanderbilt.

#11 Indiana 78 Michigan 64 - With Pistons GM Joe Dumars amongst the dozen NBA scouts in the stands, Eric Gordon put on another show of his deep range. Hitting four threes, Gordon led all scorers with 23. Meanwhile, his inside companion D.J. White had 21 to go with 22 rebounds. The game was never close. On the other side, John Beilein has done nothing to show he is improving this sad Michigan Hoops program. They are now 4-11. Doing talk shows and granting interviews is nice and all, but things haven't changed one bit on the floor in Ann Arbor.

#16 Marquette 61 Seton Hall 56 - Marquette is an enigma to me. There is no reason they should be losing at the half at home to a bad Seton Hall team, then struggling to finish them off. If not for Dan Fitzgerald's three pointer with just under 10 seconds left, the Pirates come down with a chance to tie or win the game. The game was marred by a nasty hard fall by Marquette's Dominic James. He did return to the game at the end, but at the time, a neck injury was feared.

Florida 90 Alabama 83 - The SEC is bad. Really bad. When a Florida team who replaced it's entire rotation can go on the road and win at Alabama, it speaks volumes of the lack of depth the SEC has. The Tide blew a seven point half time lead and were abused by Freshman Nick Calathas and Jai Lucas. Alonzo Gee's 32 points were all for naught. Florida is now 14-2.

Wake Forest 79 BYU 62 - Here is one of these games that will get lost in the shuffle but will have big implications for two NCAA Tournament resumes. The problem for BYU was that star PF Trent Plaisted mad just three of 10 shots and the Cougars shot a porous 35%. A big win for Dino Gaudio's Demon Deacons who moved to 11-3.

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