Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Coast to Coast...like Tyus Edney against Mizzou

Mad props out to The Big Lead for putting us in their PM Roundup yesterday and even naming it after our column. On their site yesterday was a link to a must read Q&A with the godfather of sports blogs, Will Leitch of Deadspin. It's a phenomenal read and has a couple of gem quotes, including this blast: I think people are no longer just believing everything. I remember loving Chris Berman. I remember loving Dick Vitale. It was like, 'Wow, they are so enthusiastic, that's great.' I realized that part of the reason of that is that they are pitched at very, very young people. I mean, I also used to like Sesame Street.

It's amazing what difference a year makes. Everyone is stroking the NBA right now after a successful All-Star Weekend and the blockbuster trades, including Bill "my columns are not as funny as they used to be, but still as long" Simmons, and the fat man Jason Whitlock.

Jay Mariotti is at it again, he just loves to rip Ozzie Guillen, who now says the "old Ozzie" is back.

Your week of College Hoops announcers schedule along with a photo of a smokin' hot Cheerleader from the school that produced the great Randy Rash himself.

If you like looking at plastic surgery gone wrong then peep this scary looking biatch.

Coming to the defense of Kelvin Sampson, besides us, is none other than
Bill Rhoden of the NY Times.

Finally, what we've all been waiting for, real topless photos of Lindsay Lohan. All we can say is HEY NOW....

Peter Vescey... making things up as usual.

A good read from Joel Sherman of the NY Post that says the worst is still ahead for Andy Pettitte.

Here's a good idea, The Super Bowl in Indianapolis in 2012.

Fidel Castro quits as President of Cuba.

Curt Schilling, once again at odds with Red Sox management. Is there a bigger ego maniac? "If some people want to believe this was me taking advantage of the situation financially, I wouldn't have done it here. I would have done it in at least two other places for $14 million."

#7 Texas 77 #22 Texas A&M 50 - Don't look now, but the Longhorns are streaking. There are two things that werer re-affirmed to us last night: 1. Texas is very good and a tough matchup for any team. 2. Texas A&M is weak. Watching the Aggies play for a full 40 minutes last night, I wondered how they have gotten this far with such a lack of scoring options. They have no go to guy and when Josh Carter's shot isn't falling, they are screwed. He was 3-11 last night. He is a third option on most teams. Bryan Davis is a hard worker in the post, but he is very chippy and not that skilled offensively. Donald Sloan and Dominique Kirk are fine role players, but they are lead guys on this team. Over-hyped Freshman DeAndre Jordan is way too raw.

Now to the Longhorns. They ran circles around A&M's pressure defense. I'd say the mini-slump of D.J. Augustin is all but over, as we went off for 27 points and nine assists. Damion James added 15 and nine boards. The Horns didn't let Texas A&M do anything offensively. They shot 1-4 from deep, 30% from the game, and had 12 shots blocked. How the Aggies beat Texas earlier this year is beyond us; these are clearly two teams going in different directions. Augustin was truly the man of the night. "He did everything for that team tonight, give him credit. He came out and played at a level no else played at," A&M's Josh Carter said. "It was embarrassing tonight. It was like a different team." Texas now sits tied atop the Big 12 with Kansas at 9-2, but hold the tie-breaker with their head to head win last Monday night in Austin.

#23 Louisville 51 Syracuse 50 - First off, lets say what needs to be said, Jim Boeheim is such an average coach. The Cuse continues to show no offensive identity against a zone, which was they they see constantly these days. His use of timeouts, or should we say lack their of, is headscratching, and he never uses his bench, so his kids are dead at the end of every game. Tied at the half, The Cardinals took control behind an absolute domination of the glass. Louisville outrebounded the Orange 53-34 and had a whopping 19 offensive boards. Think that may have had something to do with fresher legs? Cuse shot 29% from the field. The Cardinals were led by Terrance Williams and Andre McGee with 12 each. Also, watching this game, since when did David Padgett become Tyler Hansbrough? Listening to Dan Shulman and Bill Raftery stroke him, you'd think he was a first team All-American, instead of an injury prone, fifth year Senior who averages 10 and four.

Boeheim's top three players, Donte Greene (40 minutes), Jonny Flynn (39), and Paul Harris (39) were a combined 9-40. Greene, who looked like a star the first half of the season, has regressed while inexpilcably turning himself into a three point shooter. He was 1-10 from deep. He is now 6-37 in his last four games. Did we mention he is a POWER FORWARD?

#12 Xavier 81 Rhode Island 77 - Just another impressive win for Sean Miller's club. The Rams came in 20-5 and in dire need of this game to put themselves in prime NCAA Tournament position. The bad news for them was they ran into a buzzsaw named Josh Duncan. Maybe the most impressive feat of the season, Duncan followed up his 7-7, 25 point career-high game against Charlotte with an 8-8, 23 point performance. That's 15-15 in his last two games, including 7-7 on threes. They needed him too. None of the Xavier starters scored in double figures (though they all scored seven or more) and they turned the ball over 14 times. Rhode Island also shot 10-21 from deep. "I'm just playing with confidence, I guess," Duncan said. "The couple times I've been open, just trying to be confident when I shoot -- along with everybody else on the team."

#11 Georgetown 68 Providence 58 - The Hoyas kept pace with Louisville with this afternoon road win. They struggled yet again, trailing at the half by one, but Roy Hibbert took over. Hibbert scored 18 and grabbed eight boards, Jonathan Wallace hit four threes, and the Hoyas forced 14 turnovers. "I felt we came out flat in the second half and that we needed a boost of energy and that came from Patrick (Ewing) and Tyler (Crawford)," G'Town coach John Thompson III said. "There was no sense of panic since we've been there before. We started getting stops and started making plays."

#20 St. Mary's 100 Pepperdine 64 - Patty Mills scored 18 and his backcourt mate Todd Golden had 15 with 10 assists and the Gaels cruised to the winners circle. They were sizzling from the floor, shooting 58% from the field and nailing an unbelievable 17-29 three point shots, a school record. They also outrebounded the Waves 43-28.

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