Thursday, January 10, 2008

Coast to Tyus Edney against Mizzou

Call me what you want, but another great episode of Gossip Girl last night. The potential pregnancy of Blair and the "who is the father, Chuck or Nate" was the best one we've seen since Sue Ellen Ewing didn't know if the father of young John Ross was J.R.'s or Cliff's on Dallas. Too bad it wasn't true and Blair wasn't pregnant. Gossip Girl and Friday Night Lights - the only two shows worth watching these days other than American Gladiators.

Speaking of Friday Night Lights, the great Lila Garrity, otherwise known as
Minka Kelly, has spilt with boyfriend John Mayer. Give Mayer the nod, he has tapped both Minka and Jessica Simpson in the last year. That is what I call quality over quantity.

You see this Pete Carroll to the Falcons story? Does anyone believe this will happen for one second?
ESPN says "sources" say Carroll is interested. Lets see, you just built a new home in Hermosa Beach, you are a rock star in LA, you coach one of the biggest programs in the country, everyone loves you and you can stay where you are forever. Why would you possibly leave all of that for a bad NFL job in Atlanta?

How does
this douche bag land Ashlee Simpson?

John McCain is running for President, but the bigger story is that he has a good looking trophy wife and a
beav daughter with a blog. But she pails in comparison to Mrs. Fred Thompson

The Miami Heat are so bad,
they are making their fans sick, literally.

Scottie "no Tippin" Pippen is so broke, he is now
playing in the Finnish Basketball League. I don't know if it's sad or pathetic.

#1 North Carolina 93 UNC-Asheville 81 - The Heels coming off that escape job at Clemson got fat on a cupcake and ended their non-conference season 15-0.

#7 Duke 74 Temple 64 - While Temple is just 6-7, any road win against any halfway decent program is a good win. The Devils didn't shoot it well (38%) but a big early lead was enough to hold off the Owls.

#12 Vanderbilt 80 South Carolina 73 - Vandy wasn't pretty again and trailed in the second half, but pulled out another win to move to 16-0. AJ Ogilvy was money again. The Australian sensation led all scorers with 25 and came up big with star Shan Foster having an off night (4-13). The transfer backcourt of the Gamecocks Zam Frederick (GA Tech) and Devon Downey (Cincinnati) combined for 43, but it wasn't enough.

#18 Pittsburgh 79 S0uth Florida 66 - Credit Jamie Dixon's banged up club. They are making due without two senior starting guards. Keith Benjamin stepped up big with 20, including five three's. Sam Young led the was with 22. Good to see former Arkansas coach Stan Heath on the sidelines for South Florida. He got jobbed in Fayetteville.

Charlotte 82 #19 Clemson 72 - Poor Oliver Purnell. His Tigers flat out did not recover from the devistating OT loss to North Carolina Sunday night. Tough to lose to a 8-5 Charlotte team on your home floor. Stat of the night: Charlotte made just 4-14 from deep and was outrebounded. 6-7 Trevor Booker's 32 and 11 wasn't enough for the Tigers.

#22 Dayton 92 #20 Rhode Island 83 - Watch out for the Flyers people. This team is deep and for real. Brian Roberts is a force to be reckoned with on the perimeter. He drops 20 on seemingly everyone. Last night was no different as he controlled the game with 23 to go with seven assists. Rhode Island's Jim Baron Jr, the coaches' kid, dropped 26.

#25 Xavier 83 St. Bonaventure 68 - This Atlantic 10 conference is one to watch this year and nobody is talking about it. There is more depth than the SEC. Xavier is one of four NCAA locks out of the A-10 and a dangerous team. C.J. Anderson and B.J. Raymond each dropped 21 on the Bonnies.

#9 Memphis 99 East Carolina 58 - Nice way to start the Conference USA season. The Tigers extended their home court winning streak to 41 straight with this pounding of East Carolina. Derrick Rose had 19.

Arizona State 64 #25 Arizona 59 OT - The secret is about to come out; the Sun Devils are a legit squad. They are now 13-2 with this huge win over their rival. The Cats were once again without PG Jerryd Bayliss and literally played five guys. Nic Wise shot only 3-11 and Chase Budinger 4-13. On the other side, one of the best Freshman nobody knows about, James Harden scored 26 and grabbed nine rebounds. Herb Sendek's Princeton style offense is all of a sudden a hit in Tempe.

#9 Tennessee 85 #15 Mississippi 83 - The game of the night. I watched at least 80% of this game and came away with a new respect for the Rebels. Andy Kennedy's club hung the entire game and ran with the Vols, which is something not many teams can do. Mississippi trailed by as many as 12 in the second half before they came roaring back to take a four point lead with less than three minutes left. Freshman PG Chris Warren and his backcourt mate Eniel Polynice (combined for 44 points) outplayed the Vols JaJuan Smith and Chris Lofton, while Dwayne Curtis and Kenny Williams (both with double digit rebounds) controlled the glass. But in the end, with the scored tied at 83, Williams missed a front end of a one and one and Tennessee's Tyler Smith did a McHale up and under move, scored with the left hand with 4.2 seconds left, and the Vols escaped. This was a three shirt game for sweat machine Bruce Pearl. "We're way beyond moral victories," Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy said. "Our guys are crushed. I've got grown men crying in there."

Other Scores of Note:

Cincinnati 74 Syracuse 66 - Mick Cronin's got the Bearcats playing much better ball in the last three weeks. Syracuse's Donte Greene is looking more and more like a one and done stud. 25 and 12 for Greene in a losing cause.

Georgia 79 Georgia Tech 72 - Nice win for the SEC who needs all the out of conference wins they can get. Tech is now 7-7 and the cats calls continue to get louder for coach Paul Hewitt.

Ohio State 79 Iowa 48 - The Buckeyes jumped out 45-17 and never looked back. They should be ranked next week if they win this weekend at Purdue.

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