We here at MTAC are Big Brother fans. It's always good theatre and one of the more underrated reality shows of all time. Because of the writers strike, a first ever, winter season of the show is going on. There are some hot chicks, including Amanda, who prances around in next to nothing and has a killer body, Jen, a good looking blonde with an A body who is a complete liar, and Natalie, a butter face with great cans. Here is why you should be watching; in last night's episode, the token gay guy Joshuah begins screaming at Amanda. Amanda's father committed suicide by hanging himself. Joshuah said "everyone in the house hates you, you should go get a noose like your father." Do you believe people? That is just awful. Next was watching Jen telling someone else in the house that her boyfriend Ryan, who is also playing the game, is a racist. Then when Ryan called her out, she denied ever saying it. Doesn't she know it will come out as it was on national TV? Unreal.
A sad day for all of you Moneyball fans. Jeremy Brown retired.
There is a Gene Simmons sex tape floating around. Gross.
Isiah's Knicks continue to sink to new lows. Here is video of great guy Zach Randolph throwing water and screaming at fellow great guy Nate Robinson on the bench during a time out.
A great under the radar trade. The Spurs acquire PF Kurt Thomas for Brent Barry and Francisco Elson. This is why the Spurs are the best team in the West.
More Kelvin Sampson drama columns: SI.com's Grant Wahl on the wavering of the IU fan base, Luke Winn says Indiana gambled on Sampson and got burned.
Mike Huckabee on SNL? Sweet. He is still going to get housed soon enough by John McCain.
Johnny Knoxville broke his balls. Literally.
The smokin hot #4 MTAC babe, Rachel Bilson, was afraid of doing her first sex scene.
Miami 96 #4 Duke 95 - While Wake wrote the script on how to beat the Devils, The Canes followed it and handed Duke their second straight loss. Greg Paulus, Gerald Henderson, and Nolan Smith couldn't handle the dribble penetration of Jack McClinton (22) and they had nobody in the post to stop Dwayne Collins, who had a career night with 26. It didn't hurt when the Canes shot 57% either. Meanwhile, the Devils almost came back from a 20 point deficit, thanks to poor Miami free throw shooting, turnovers, and Duke's three point barrage. But in the end they couldn't handle the Miami matchup zone, McClinton's quickness, and the turnover bug. They threw the ball away a season high 22 times. Jon Scheyer had a career high 27 in a losing cause. It was the first time Miami has beaten Duke in 45 years. "Our team -- there's something missing this week," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "We are not the same team these last two ballgames. It's almost like someone has come in and invaded their bodies."
#2 Tennessee 89 Auburn 70 - Some were worried that the Vols would look past Auburn for their big game against #1 Memphis. Bruce Pearl's club did no such thing. They led by as much as 31 in the second half and thrashed the Tigers. Ramar Smith had 19 on 6-7 shooting. Tyler Smith had 13 with 15 boards to go with 12 each from Chris Lofton and JaJuan Smith.
#1 Memphis 97 Tulane 71 - Much has been written this week about the big game Saturday. The Tigers did their part by blowing out the Green Wave. Chris Douglas-Roberts was sensational again with 29 points to help John Calipari get his 400th career win. With all of the hoopla surrounding the undefeated Tigers, both ESPN.com's Pat Forde and Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman called out Calipari this week for running a thuggish program.
#3 North Carolina 84 NC State 70 - Tyler Hansbrough just upped the ante on Kansas State's Michael Beasley in the race for National Player of the Year. The man they call "Psycho T" collected a 32 point, 12 rebound night to go with Wayne Ellington's 21 and eight boards. The Heels used a big 31-7 second half run to pull away. UNC shot 53% from the floor. Credit PG Quinton Thomas's improvement over the last three games. He had 12 points and seven assists with just two turnovers.
Nebraska 71 #25 Kansas State 64 - All of a sudden, K-State cannot win on the road. Strangely, the Cats couldn't solve the Cornhuskers zone. The sagging zone didn't not allow Michael Beasley the touches inside and while he had 17 and 10, this is a kid that averages over 25 points per game. The four guards, one center look of Doc Sadler's club seemed to fit the athletic Wildcats style, but Aleks Maric was a load inside, scoring 15 and grabbing 17 of Nebraska's 27 rebounds. Steve Harley led Nebraska with 20. Frank Martin's club fell in love woiht the three point shot and that's not a good thing for a team that doesn't shoot it all that well. They took 26 of them, making just eight. Interestingly, after Bill Walker received a technical, his fourth foul with nine minutes left, he never saw the floor again. Looked like a disciplinary move. "It was the most embarrassing defensive performance of any team I've coached in 23 years, and I've coached 13 year olds," Wildcats coach Frank Martin said. "I saw them shooting uncontested layup after uncontested layup after uncontested layup. And when they chose to miss one, they got the offensive rebound. They caught us, they punched us in the mouth and we ran away."
#8 Butler 51 Illinois-Chicago 46 - Butler just keeps on winning and is now heading into their Bracket Buster matchup with Drake on a roll. They struggled shooting the ball again (33%), but nailed 13-37 from deep. Stat of the night: Butler hit only five two point shots and 13 threes. A.J Graves led the way with 14. Pete Campbell added 12.
#17 Michigan State 86 Penn State 49 - We said this before and it bares repeating this morning: how exactly did Penn State beat the Spartans the first time around? Izzo's boys took out their frustrations from back to back losses to Purdue and Indiana on the Nittany Lions. They sizzled, shooting 58% for the night including 10-17 from deep, something out of character for MSU. Raymar Morgan had 16. "As you can imagine, it was game we really needed," said Izzo. "Not only to win the game, but to get a lot of players involved and kind of bring our group back together and get a little confidence in our shooting. I thought we did a lot of good things."
#10 Wisconsin 71 Illinois 56 - The Badgers just don't lose any games they aren't supposed to. Trevon Hughes led the way with 18 and Marcus Landry added 17. Jason Bohannon continued his great play off the bench, scoring 15. Things keep getting worse for the 11-16 Illini and coach Bruce "Wooden," Brian Randle left the game with a sprained shoulder.
#24 Marquette 73 St. John's 64 - Not much to report here. The Golden Eagles were led by Jerel McNeal's 20 and won their third straight after back to back losses. They never trailed and held leads as large as 23.
Other Scores of Note:
Cleveland State 74 Wisconsin-Milwaukee 64 - Gary Waters' club has righted their ship since that five game losing streak. At 11-6, they sit third in the Horizon League.
Villanova 78 West Virginia 56 - A stunning Big East blowout. Can the 'Cats win their way back to the bubble?
Arkansas 87 LSU 61 - Gary Ervin update: 17 points and he returned to the starting lineup for the bubblicious Razorbacks.
Mississippi 74 Mississippi State 63 - There is a lot of parity in the SEC. When we say parity, we really mean in mediocrity.
UAB 101 Houston 99 - What are the odds that both of these teams make the NCAA Tournament? They both now sit at 8-3 in C-USA.
Virginia Tech 69 Maryland 65 - We thought Maryland was the 4th ACC NCAA team? If that's so, how did they lose at home to Virginia Tech? Seven ACC teams now have between five and seven losses.