Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Coast to Coast...like Tyus Edney against Mizzou

The new rankings are out and it's no shocker that Memphis is now #1. The longer my Jayhawks stay away from that top stop, the better. What's more interesting is Duke ascending to the #3 spot in the coaches poll. Does anyone really think they are the third best team in the country with ZERO inside game? This is why the rankings are a joke. You lose one game, and you drop. I can buy Tennessee in the #3 spot, but Duke? Come on with that. Drake has appeared in both polls for the first time in forever, and Baylor makes a rare appearance at #25 in the AP poll. check out both polls here.
Mad props go out to Chargers QB Phillip Rivers. He played his guts out Sunday in the loss to the Patriots. As it turns out, he played with a
torn ACL.

Here's one you don't hear on Sports Center, but you can get on SNY
"the white boy puts it in."

Great action in last night's
Democratic Presidential debate in Myrtle Beach.

Could the beautiful
Scarlett Johansson be engaged?

Can't say that I'm shocked by this. First Oregon State fires coach John Jay, and now
Kansas transfer C.J. Giles has gotten the boot.

Akeem had it correct when he was talking about the game with his boss, Cleo McDowell.

#9 Georgetown 64 Syracuse 62 OT - A classic Jim Boeheim choke job. Do they ever run offensive sets? With a seven point lead in the last five minutes, the Orange went into "play not to lose mode," passed the ball around the perimeter and jacked up bad shots. MTAC spies say once again Boeheim's players were completely dead by the time OT came around as all five starters played at least 39 minutes and four played 41 or more, including Jonny Flynn who played all 45. Flynn was magnificent until he ran out of gas. He was on fire for the first 25 minutes of the game, until JT3 went to defensive wizard Jeremiah Rivers to guard Flynn. It was the move that completely changed the game.

Down two in OT, Syracuse literally dribbled around the perimeter until there was two seconds left, and Flynn took a wide, off-balance three that went in and out. "We wanted to see if Jeremiah could do what he had done the whole second part of the game, stay in front of him, make him take a tough shot," Georgetown coach John Thompson III said. "You can't stop him from getting shots off, you just have to make it a tough shot, and we made it a tough shot." Flynn led the Orange with 24. Overrated Roy Hibbert had 15 and nine boards, but was being out-quicked on the offensive end by Arinze Onuaku. He had 11 and 13 boards.

The line of the night was from Syracuse's Scoop Jardine who played 39 minutes, scored zero points, took just three shots, grabbed zero rebounds, and had one assist. That is what I like to call a lack of production. Donte Greene, playing in front of family and friends for the first time, was an awful 5-19 and for some reason spent most of the night chucking up bad three's (nine). He is a Power Forward.

#23 Texas 63 Oklahoma State 61 - OK, so we were big on the Texas bandwagon, but their last two wins have been less than impressive. They have struggled to beat two below average teams in Colorado and Oklahoma State. In this one, UT coach Rick Barnes went back to using five players, with Gary Johnson returning to the bench and playing just five minutes. All five starters played 36 minutes or more. It was apropos that UT shared big Monday with Syracuse.

D.J. Augustine saved the Longhorns with 26, nailing 3-4 from deep. They needed every one of them because backcourt mate A.J. Abrams missed all seven of his deep shots, and scored just 6 points in 39 minutes. Damion James added 12 and 12, the only other Horn in double figures. On the other side, OSU Freshman James Anderson showed his all-around game, scoring 17 points and grabbing six rebounds. He had a chance to tie the game with 11 seconds left, but his three rimmed out. True it was a win for Texas on the road, but we came away unimpressed. "We knew they were going to make runs. They play well at home, and we knew that," Augustin said. "The crowd's going to get behind them and push them, and they were going to feed off of that. "We just had to get stops and play together, and that's what we did."

#24 St. Mary's 87 Loyola Marymount 55 - A big blowout for the Gaels who returned to the rankings this week, much to the chagrin of their WCC brethren Gonzaga. Diamon Simpson was sensational, nailing 7-8 shots on his way to a game high 21. Simpson and Omar Samhan (19 and 11) keyed a decisive 17-2 run to start the second half. Samhan was 8-9 from the field. This team will be a forced to be reckoned with in March.

Davidson 82 Western Carolina 67 - Stephen Curry and the boys are now 9-0 in the Southern Conference. Curry had 29.

Gonzaga 72 San Francisco 64 - Eddie Sutton came back to get his two wins for 800 in a completely weak move. He got one. He is still looking for the other. It didn't happen last night in Spokane.

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