Saturday, January 31, 2009

Nightcap




Four (ranked) teams enter. No teams leave.

Saint Mary's, Wake Forest, Texas and Kentucky (no surprise) all go down today.

Cue the ominous music...



Because your dreams ain't like that when you slip...


On to Sunday!



Weekend schedule and Blogpoll stuff

We're gonna be watching the evening games for the most part tonight starting with Florida at Tennessee. Sunday we hope to catch Virginia at former No. 1 Duke among other games.

Oh yeah, we'll watch the Super Bowl too.

Also, the weekly Blogpoll as you know it is going away. But never fear, it will be replaced by the most excellent MGoBlog college basketball Blogpoll. Actually most all the current Blogpoll participants will be moving over there as well. So now we will post our ballot here and a link to the compilation vote. While it was fun running it, we also know Brian at MGo will do a way better job.



The Blogpoll is dead. Long live the Blogpoll!



Friday, January 30, 2009

Gotta git me out of dis jail tonight

Fresno State guard and team captain Dwight O'Neil is in jail (way to show leadership oh captain my captain!). Seems like he had a little warrant out and his evading came to an end early this morning.

Fresno State basketball player Dwight O'Neil is in Fresno County Jail today after he was arrested late Thursday night on a warrant for driving with a suspended license.

According to jail booking information, he was arrested about 11:15 p.m. by Fresno police. The charge is a misdemeanor; it carries a $1,140 fine.


Poor lad. This coming just days after his uncle died in a fire and he needed to take some time off.

Maybe he should have taken some time off and straightened out that warrant.

The Bulldogs are hoping that he will be released in time for that game against Utah State.



It's Division 1 basketball!

South Alabama was leading Lousiana-Lafayette by 1 with two seconds left. The Ragin' Cajuns took those two seconds and scored 3 points to win the game 67-65. This sent Jaguars coach Ronnie Arrow into a conniption fit.

What follows is a lot of F-bombs and something about wanting to watch TV. Parental discretion is advised.

video

It ain't intramurals...



Thursday, January 29, 2009

Well, he was already suspended

We knew Miami's Eddie Rios has some communication issues. He's a man that does what he wants when he wants without informing his coaches about the whats and whens in particular. That got him suspended this month. So with some free time on his hands he decides to broaden his knowledge by taking a course in burglary and grand theft.

On Wednesday, Rios was booked into a Miami-Dade County Jail on charges of burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and third-degree grand theft. By late Wednesday, he was out on bail.

Ocean's Eleven Twelve Thirteen he is not. Also, say goodbye to your free ride and basketball career.

UPDATE: Mr. Rios tried to take several thousands dollars worth of laptops, Xbox game consoles and a credit card among other items (HT: NCAA Basketball FanHouse).



He's unstoppable

More proof that Davidson's Stephen Curry could just play from the team bus at this point. Just hand him the ball and let him shoot.





(HT: Everyone)



And just like that

Duke makes turtle soup of Maryland, defense is just too strong.
- The Sports Network, January 24th

Duke is good enough to be No. 1.
- The Sporting News, January 24th

Duke worthy of No. 1 ranking.
- Wilmington Star-News Online, January 24th

Duke's Defensive Explosion Defies Definition.
- Bleacher Report, January 25th

We are still not sold on Duke as number 1.
- March To Madness, January 28th at 3 pm



Defensive breakdown dooms Blue Devils in loss to Wake Forest.
- Winston-Salem Journal, January 29th at 1:30 am

Doot doot



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Week 9 Blogpoll

Here is the official consensus top 25 blogpoll -



1) Duke
2) Connecticut
3) Pittsburgh
4) North Carolina
5) Oklahoma
6) Wake Forest
7) Louisville
8) Marquette
9) Michigan State
10) Clemson
11) Xavier
12) Arizona State
13) Texas
14) Butler
15) Syracuse
16) Illinois
17) Purdue
18) UCLA
19) Memphis
20) Gonzaga
21) St. Mary's
22) Kentucky
23) Villanova
24) Washington
25) Georgetown

Everyone's vote can be found here.

Comments - Wow, the Fighting Illini jumps up 7 spots while Notre Dame falls completely out and Georgetown is hanging on by their fingertips. We are still not sold on Duke as number 1, but there are only two of us left in the blogpoll.

And it did surprise us that Kentucky made the poll. Maybe we'll need to rescind our POV on them.

Buh-Bye Cal. Thanks for stopping by.



Your Wednesday Moment of Zen

March to Madness presents... Vodka endorsement

Technically NSFW... We actually like that brand.



Sugar come by, and get really high



Michael Mercer was a promising bright young star on Georgia's squad over a year ago, but he got bounced for doing too much pot. He landed at USF and instantly became one of their star players. He just got bounced again for... Guess?

Doing too much pot.

Mike Mercer relocated his life and basketball career to Tampa, but unfortunately problems still followed the former South Gwinnett star.

One of those problems cost Mercer his spot on the South Florida men's basketball team on Monday, when head coach Stan Heath dismissed him from the program. Heath made the tough decision after Mercer was arrested last Friday night on charges of marijuana possession, his second arrest in four months.


Submitted without comment. Because we are sitting here with our collective jaws agape.



Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It's gone

Tennessee women's coach Pat "raccoon wrestler" Summitt is beyond fed up and is now kicking ass, taking names and benching the prima donnas:



"I was trying to be patient," Summitt said. "I've lost my patience. It's gone. We've got some non-competitive people on this team and that's not going to get it. They're not going to play."

She's turned up the volume of her criticism and ordered more intense drills. On Monday, the team had to make 23 defensive stops against the practice squad -- one for each of its turnovers against the Tigers.

Summitt said she was also sick of watching the Lady Vols fall behind to opponents. Tennessee has trailed at least once in each of the past 11 games, including all of its SEC matches.


Now that's a woman on fire. If we watched lady hoops we could probably comment more on this.



Picture Pages


(HT: MGoBlog)

Pain. The Ducks have it. Thank whatever God you believe in that you are not them.



What kind of f*ckery is this?

So Mark Gottfried gets up and quits on Alabama in the middle of the season...

Nothing really ticks us off more than a coach just leaving his kids in the middle of a campaign. It doesn't freakin' matter if it was a losing campaign, we were always taught to finish what we started. He has basically told his players if the going gets rough, just walk and sip some blueberry almond martinis on the beach somewhere.

So good luck Crimson Tide. Try to get some motivation to finish respectably out of that.



Monday, January 26, 2009

The Mountain West is the ACC of the... West



WARNING: Reading this might give you hope.

This season the MWC is ranked as the No. 7 conference in the country, ahead of respected mid-major leagues the Atlantic 10 and the Missouri Valley.

The Mountain currently has six teams - out of nine total - ranked in the Top 90 in the country and three teams in the Top 40. The top three teams in the MWC are currently BYU (No. 21), Utah (26) and San Diego State (40).

Here is a thumbnail look at each team and their prospects moving forward:

(fast forward)

San Diego State - I love this team, and if they make the NCAA Tournament they will beat whomever they play in Round 1. That's a promise.

I think that the Mountain West Conference deserves to be a three-bid league.


If only dreams came true. Imagine that, three bids. And SDSU not only getting to March Madness but BEATING someone in the first round. We're getting light headed.



Friday, January 23, 2009

Agreed and good night

We saw this comment about the Blogpoll while perusing the most excellent A Sea Of Blue...



That sums up exactly how we feel, except for the Kentucky rambling nonsense. No standout team, no consensus. Any one of these schools could take the national title and it would not surprise us (well, except Cal).

On any given day anyone can take down anyone else this season.

Good Friday!



Security is maximum and that's a law

You can say Providence fans are passionate. If someone has a disagreement with the referee, they'll just walk on to the court during the game and discuss the matter. But we guess the school did not like that display and now have gone all ape shit with the security.

Providence College officials said yesterday that they have taken steps to prevent a repeat of what they call an "embarrassing" incident in Saturday’s loss to Marquette University at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

In the second half of the nationally televised men’s basketball game, Jonathan Xavier, 24, of Pawtucket, came out of the stands and walked through the PC team bench and onto the court where he confronted a referee.

PC released a statement yesterday that read, in part, "following the incident, Providence College and the Dunkin’ Donuts Center recognized that there was a need to take precautions to prevent further incidents during our men’s basketball games. As a result, the number of security personnel was increased and uniformed Providence police officers are now strategically positioned near the team benches."


President Bush Sr. would definitely call this place Little Beirut now.



Thursday, January 22, 2009

Below the number 2

Iowa guard Anthony Tucker has been suspended for the rest of the season for getting a "D" in school.

Iowa freshman basketball player Anthony Tucker was ruled academically ineligible hours before Wednesday night’s game against Wisconsin because his grade-point average did not meet Big Ten Conference and University of Iowa requirements.

Associate athletic director Fred Mims would not disclose Tucker’s first-semester grade-point average, but said conference "qualitative" guidelines call for at least a 1.65 average for freshmen to be academically eligible.


This is just wrong on so many levels. 1.65 is considered academically eligible? 1.65 is the minimum standard for the Big Ten?

1.65 is considered "passing"...

"I passed all my classes," Tucker said. "There was one class that I struggled with. It was kind of a struggle toward the end of the semester ... but I passed all my classes."

The Big Ten. A symbol of student-athlete excellence.



And that's that

King of the mountain no more, Wake Forest falls to Virginia Tech.

WINSTON-SALEM – Wake Forest’s undefeated season came to an abrupt end Wednesday night as the Virginia Tech Hokies upset the nation’s top-ranked college basketball team 78-71 in Joel Coliseum.

The Deacons (16-1, 3-1) had ascended to the No. 1 spot in the national rankings on Monday but Division I’s last remaining unbeaten couldn’t sustain its winning streak.


You gotta love it when the Blogpoll becomes irrelevant less than five hours after it was published. Now comes the free for all, the "Duke's number one!" chants and the general mischief, mayhem and soap that comes with no consensus leader.



Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Week 8 Blogpoll

Here is the official consensus top 25 blogpoll -



1) Wake Forest
2) Duke
3) Pittsburgh
4) Connecticut
5) North Carolina
6) Oklahoma
7) Michigan State
8) Clemson
9) Syracuse
10) Georgetown
11) Louisville
12) Marquette
13) UCLA
14) Arizona State
15) Texas
16) Butler
17) Xavier
18) Purdue
19) Notre Dame
20) Gonzaga
21) Minnesota
22) Memphis
23) Illinois
24) Villanova
25) Cal

Everyone's vote can be found here.

Comments - It is about a 70%/30% split right now between Wake and Duke for the No. 1 spot with the bloggers. We are still high on UNC as we think they could probably beat most of the 25 teams on this list. Gonzaga seems to be creeping back in after that little meltdown early on. Cal is still there? Hmmmmm....



Your Wednesday Moment of Zen

March to Madness presents... The Coppertone Girl all grown up

NSFW...



Tuesday, January 20, 2009

He knew the rule but just didn't care



NCAA rules define contact as "any face-to-face encounter between a prospect or the prospect’s parents, relatives or legal guardian(s) and an institutional staff member or athletics representative during which any dialogue occurs in excess of an exchange of a greeting."

Kansas is now investigating a possible violation of this rule by coach Bill Self.

A column in the Springfield News-Leader detailed an exchange that took place between Self and (prep recruit John) Wall outside Wall’s locker room after his game had finished.

Self reportedly said to Wall, "Johnny, great win, man. You really played well." Wall thanked Self, who then said, "I’m not supposed to be talking to you, and you know that, but I just wanted to tell you that was a great win."


When we first saw that we were like meh... But something kept bothering us. The fact that Self acknowledged the rule prohibiting him from talking to a recruit and still continued to talk to him.

That alone deserves a slap upside the head and a "you big dummy". Not a big deal but a what were you thinking deal.



Clemson fans are an angry lot



(HT: NCAABB FanHouse)



Monday, January 19, 2009

Razorback drankin'

Arkansas forward Brandon Moore was caught partying just a wee bit too much this weekend. He got himself arrested and suspended for the usual underage drinking and driving.

The 19-year-old Moore was stopped by a campus police officer at 1:51 a.m. after the officer noticed his vehicle crossed a double-yellow line to pass another vehicle. According to campus police records, the officer said Moore smelled of alcohol and told her he had been drinking.

Coach John Pelphrey released a statement Sunday evening about the incident: "Brandon Moore has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules."


Cheers to you, sir. Got that out of the way early in your career.



Now that's sportsmanship

Greeley girls basketball team beats Boulder school 94-1

Frontier Academy, a charter school in west Greeley, led 48-0 at halftime against Boulder's Justice High School, which is designed to educate at-risk youth.

"I've had 100 points scored on me before, and I think it's important to respect the game and to respect your opponent," Frontier Academy head coach Nathan Buxman said this morning in a phone interview. "We show the most respect for our opponents by continuing to play hard."


Well, if that is the case coach Buxman, why didn't make it 200-1?

Buxman said his team never used any kind of a pressure defense and stayed in a man-to-man, half court defense. He rotated five girls into the game every four minutes once the score became lopsided.

But wait, you just said that you want to respect your opponent by playing hard. Now you are saying you let up because of the score?

Whatever, dude. You're a douche.



Friday, January 16, 2009

Wake up

File this under "Dad of the Year" -

Valparaiso's Logan Jones, after being freshly reinstated because of underage drinking and dope smoking reminisces about what happened after his arrest and suspension:

He thought about Dec. 13, the night he spent in jail, busted for underage drinking, a cloud of marijuana smoke having spilled out from the passenger-side window of the car Jones was driving.

"I thought it was over," Jones says. "I definitely thought it was over. I had my AAU coach start looking for other schools, junior colleges that I could get into. I thought it was over."

He thought about all the brutal and unforgiving message-board comments from supposed "fans" his dad had made Jones read online -- "good riddance" was the general theme. (emphasis ours)


Get that? Dad made him read about what he did and what people thought. Most craptacular dads would have said "oh well!," and hope there was still some NBA eligibility left with their sons to pay for their bills. But not Daddy Jones, no sir. A hip hip hooray to you. Your son will be better for this.

Now, for Indiana we just had to say "what in blue blazes is wrong with that school?" After former teammate Eric Gordon spilled the beans about the rampant drug use during coach Sampson's tenure, now the University president's kid has joined the party:

The 18-year-old son of Indiana University president Michael McRobbie was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges.

Lucian McRobbie was arrested early Sunday on two preliminary charges of possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.


Nice. Bring Bob Knight back and make HIM president of the school. And what's up with the name Lucian?



Thursday, January 15, 2009

WHAT?





The NCAA voted Thursday to redefine college basketball prospects from ninth grade to seventh grade. This move was in response to an increase in the number of camps for elite seventh and eighth grade players.

What?! Have these coaches lost their cotton-pickin' minds? If it was up to us, you couldn't prospect until they were juniors. Geez, this is so bad just because of the precedent it sets. *shakes head* What were they thinking anyways?



Don't harsh on their now

Undefeated Clemson is raking in sellout crowds?



That could all change on the 17th. Or the 21st.

Oh, and here is the quote of the day:

"I don't even think it was mentioned in the newspapers here, that we were No. 2 in the polls. Fact, I know it wasn't mentioned, so I guess nobody really cares."
- Duke University basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, The News & Observer

Not true, Mike. We care. We care a lot.



Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Week 7 Blogpoll

Here is the official consensus top 25 blogpoll -


What does Wake Forest have to do to get some respect?

1) Pittsburgh
2) Wake Forest
3) Duke
4) Connecticut
5) North Carolina
6) Oklahoma
7) Michigan State
8) Clemson
9) UCLA
10) Syracuse
11) Georgetown
12) Texas
13) Marquette
14) Notre Dame
15) Arizona State
16) Xavier
17) Butler
18) Minnesota
19) Purdue
20) Louisville
21) Gonzaga
22) Cal
23) Baylor
24) Illinois
25) Villanova

Everyone's vote can be found here.

Comments - Face it. If UNC were any other team they would be in the high teens by now. And finally Tennessee gets the punishment it deserves here as well as elsewhere. A certain blogger of the George Mason variety voted a certain George Mason school #25 (you need to click-y on the "here" link to see). Now that's homerism! No one else had them anywhere.

Hey, San Diego State is off to a great start... Maybe we should put them in... Naw! Temporary insanity there.



Your Wednesday Moment of Zen

March to Madness presents... Wow, that's a wide stance

NSFW... Speechless, really.



Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Psych!

We did have an apology post up for not having anything today, but we took it down because it looks like our day just opened up.

Now here is some suspended news, but without the John Mayer metrosexual vibe...



Junior forward Kenny Cooper is suspended for the season at Louisiana Tech for repeatedly fucking up.

"Unfortunately, Kenny is not willing to make the commitment necessary to remain a member of our team, (coach Kerry) Rupp said in a statement released through the La.Tech media relations department. "He will continue on scholarship for the remainder of the year which will allow him to concentrate on obtaining his degree."

At least he gets to keep his scholarship ride. Nice.

Mizzou senior forward Leo Lyons is suspended indefinitely for:

a) driving without the car’s lights on (at 11 pm at night)
b) no proof of insurance
c) an outstanding warrant for his ass

All of this led the cops to say "Welp, we gotta arrest you now. Don't think you'll be playing at the Colorado game."

Hey, did you hear that Bob Knight and Billy Packer are going to host a series of 1 hour college basketball analysis shows?

In Las Vegas. At the Wynn Sports Book.

Something doesn't seem quite right with that. We would think that the NCAA may raise an eyebrow. We know they are not coaches or players or school admins, but still. They lend a certain bit of credibility which could be tarnished as people are walking by them saying things like:

"Packer just said UNC's gonna win at Duke! I'm putting my kids college fund money on that!"

Meh.



Monday, January 12, 2009

Holy hanna...



Our mouths dropped to the floor at the last six seconds of this clip. Was Kathy Griffin drunk? Live TV at it's best.

(HT: Hey Jenny Slater)



Sunday, January 11, 2009

Breath me



Wake Forest follows Boston College's lead and beat the Tar Heels. What do you say now about the supposed NCAA Basketball champs?



Saturday, January 10, 2009

They want Paulus...

Finally, what we talked about earlier... Not so much for the video as for the hilarious audio.

video

We don't know if Greg Paulus could have made the situation any better for the Seminoles.

We're currently doing the night shift, watching UCSB/Cal State Fullerton.



Yeah, we're here

Finished watching the 30 second mental breakdown of the Villanova / Louisville contest.

We caught something on the Duke / Florida State game but are having MAJOR trouble downloading it. So frustrating. We might just go and buy a better video camera.

Be back later on...

P.S. Watching the OSU/Zona snorefest currently.



Friday, January 9, 2009

What the hell is ADD

First -

Damn that Hamas/Israeli military clash! The Turks vs. Jews basketball game has been canceled. C'mon guys, can't we all just get along?


Not cool

Second -

Cal State Northridge's coach Bobby Braswell is an old school dad. When his son and two other players on his team were arrested he was asked about posting bail for his son. Response?

"Just put it this way, I fulfilled a promise that I made. I told my children a long time ago that there's responsibilities that they have."

So he let him rot in jail for three days. Nice.

Third -

Morehead State forward Maze Stallworth has been suspended indefinitely for using OPC (Other Peoples Credit cards). The thing about this is that he has been charged with a felony because he spent over $100, but the bail was posted for $500. So we're thinking that the actual amount is probably between the two, so an indefinite suspension seems excessive for one of your leading scorers.

Yeah, we usually come down hard on this stuff. But to a point. Maybe 1 month suspension while they sort it all out?

Fourth -

This marks the first weekend where we have nothing to do. No responsibilites are holding us back. We cleared it with the wives. So be prepared for weekend posts, an impromptu livebog, etc. And lots and lots of drankin'!

Happy Friday.



Thursday, January 8, 2009

Thanks for the memories



(HT: the always awesome EDSBS and Snarkastic)


As we sit here waiting for the end game that is Florida vs. Oklahoma in the BCS title match, we are kind of giddy. Not about watching what should be a very interesting football contest, but the fact that come tomorrow, January 9th, 2008 in the year of our Lord, college basketball officially takes over and dominates the sporting world until April 8th. We're getting misty-eyed just thinking about it.

Some quick thoughts -

* The University of North Carolina Tar Heels will NOT win the NCAA Tournament. Believe that. Who will? Dunno...

* We're re-installing our "Duke will choke by the Sweet 16" comment. Again.

* Davidson's Stephen Curry will NOT go pro after this year.

* Illinois and Cal are not screwing around. Expect them to go deep come conference and tournament time.

* And who would have thought the the Illini would look as good as they did when they had Dee Brown?

* This is our year; someone from the MWC will make a deep run in the Tourney.

So get in, buckle up and hold on tight citizen. The ride has begun. And some of us are already neck deep in it.


The perks of playing basketabll for born again Christians...



Worst airball ever?



(HT: With Leather)



Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Are you kidding me?



Harvard dismantles Boston College 82 - 70.

From giant killers to killed in the blink of an eye. The score is misleading as well as the Crimson controlled most of the game with the Eagles looking kinda like how UNC looked three days earlier. The sad thing was BC's coach Skinner was warning and warning about this. His players just didn't give a damn we guess.

Wow.



Week 6 Blogpoll

Here is the official consensus top 25 blogpoll -




UNC and UConn are still walking around shell shocked after their losses. Will they be able to forgive themselves? And will Pitt be next?

1) Pittsburgh
2) North Carolina
3) Duke
4) Wake Forest
5) Connecticut
6) Oklahoma
7) Texas
8) Georgetown
9) Michigan State
10) UCLA
11) Syracuse
12) Clemson
13) Notre Dame
14) Purdue
15) Arizona State
16) Xavier
17) Marquette
18) Villanova
19) Butler
20) West Virginia
21) Minnesota
22) Tennessee
23) Boston College
24) Gonzaga
25) Illinois

Everyone's vote can be found here.

Comments - We were stunned that Duke got a vote for 1st place. Over Pitt? Wake? We were also surprised (although not so much) that UNC got a vote for 1st place as well. Do we think that Pitt is the clear number one? Obviously no (reference above Pitt story link), but they are good right now and that is all that matters this week. We think they will lose sometime in January. Then the Tar Heels will most likely be No. 1 again.

Why on earth is Tennessee still here?! How many games do they have to lose? We think coach Pearl may have some sort of hypnotic hold on some of the blogpollers.



Your Wednesday Moment of Zen

March to Madness presents... Blue cups

Technically NSFW... We're still wondering why girls do this.



The time is now

Tonight on ESPN the NCAA Basketball and NBA announcers will switch places. That's right, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson and Mike Tirico will call the Blue Devils / Wildcats game, and then after that Dick Vitale and Dan Shulman will call the stupid Denver Nuggets / Miami Heat game.

This is so cool on so many levels:

1) It will be fun to listen to Jeff, Mark and Mike as they experience the pure, refreshing excitement that is college hoops. They might even say on the air "What have we been doing with our lives? This is where its at!"

2) Those who prefer all dunks and no offensive or defensive strategy (translation: NBA fans) will be subjected to the raw, powerful annoyance that is Dickie V. Good luck with that. You deserve it in a way.

Correction. No one really deserves Dickie V. But it will be nice for us to have the night off from him.

(HT: The Dagger)



CSUN Crime Syndicate

The Matadors show that crime pays, until you get caught...

A Cal State Northridge basketball player, along with a coach’s son and two other men, is facing charges for allegedly stealing more than $6,600 in merchandise from a Best Buy on New Year’s Day, officials said.

CSUN player Deon Tresvant, 23; Phannuel Gbewonyo, 28; and Dallas Rutherford, 19, along with (son of CSUN head basketball coach Jeffrey) Braswell, as the suspects in the theft at a Porter Ranch Best Buy. Tresvant is a guard for the Northridge Matadors men’s basketball team, and Rutherford is the son of Dudley Rutherford, a pastor at the Shepherd of the Hills Church in Porter Ranch.


So we got a player, the coach's son and the son of a preacher man stealing shit on New Year's Day. What, the sales going on were not good enough?


Where Northridge goes to shop steal



Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Short and sweet

Our daily column at Sports Illustrated is up. Which means if we say that we will probably not get around to doing a substantial post here today.

We're gonna try though. Usual work culprit is to blame.

Btw, we love our SI editor. She makes our retarded babel sound so professional.

Also, get ready for some major movement in the blogpoll this week. We just released the compilation/discussion ballot and it looks very interesting. As expected, no clear No. 1 anymore.



Monday, January 5, 2009

Bow your heads!

We know we complain about how San Diego State storms through the conference but can't get any signature wins (Arizona, Arizona State, St. Mary's). Our self-deprecating views about the Aztecs may tend to give readers the impression that we think the whole Mountain West sucks.

BUT dear citizens, that is not the case. Witness the power that is the MWC.

In Salt Lake City, Luke Nevill scored 15 points to help Utah edge No. 16 Gonzaga 66-65, sending the Bulldogs to a third straight loss for only the second time in the last eight years.

UNLV 56, #18 Louisville 55: Oscar Bellfield hit an acrobatic layup with 16.1 seconds remaining to lift the visiting Runnin' Rebels (12-2) to the upset.


WOOT! Yes, it would have been better if SDSU was among those wins, but we'll take whatever we can get.


We're feelin' ya...



Ka-BOOM

And then there were none.



We were actually at a bar (Hooters) on Sunday morning where a friend of ours mentioned to a group of patrons that we write for Sports Illustrated (dot com)...

A Patron: Hey, you think North Carolina will go all the way and win the National Championship?
Us: I don't know.
Patron: I think they are going to go all the way undefeated and win the Championship.
Us: That would be amazing...
Patron's friend: (punches patron in the arm) See, I told you fool. No way they'll make it...

CBSSports.com wire reports - Rice proves to be bad for the heart once again as Boston College teaches the sin of hubris with the Tar Heels.

We guarantee two things this week in the blogpoll:

1) There will be at least three teams as a number one pick
2) Tennessee will drop out

In other news -

Fans are so outraged at the piss poor officiating in the BYU / Wake Forest game (49 fouls?) they start throwing all kinds of shit on the court.

The sellout crowd of 23,096, the second-largest in Marriott Center history, grew increasingly frustrated with the officiating and midway through the second half, after a foul was called on BYU's Jonathan Tavernari , the crowd threw some T-shirts and an empty water bottle onto the floor.

Images of Taiwan's parliament pop into our heads.

Finally, Britney Spears was the top scorer in win over Pepperdine.

Ha.



Saturday, January 3, 2009

Drunken post

Yeah, we've had a few cocktails watching our second love and the Sugar Bowl where Utah wiped the floor up with Alabama.

Conference root. WOOT!

MWC SPEED!

But the main reason for this post is to say once again that Cort over at The Bracket Board is a genius and we go to his blog whenever we need some analysis for the layman. Just because we don't do that here. We shamelessly and unabashedly poke good natured fun at college hoops with an occasional serious post here and there. So go, citizens. Do your duty.

Finally, we'll be traveling this weekend and may catch a game here and there but probably will be unable to post about it. We should be back to our weekend posting schedule next week. Did you know we also write a college basketball column of sorts for Sports Illustrated called the Reporters' Notebook? You did? Sorry, we can be a bit whorish about that.

Happy Friday and happy weekend everyone.



Friday, January 2, 2009

Why so secretive?

There was a lot of swirl around why Eastern Washington University coach Kirk Earlywine was not at Monday's game against Boise State. Maybe we should have paid more attention to the name earlyWINE...

video

EWU Men's Basketball Coach Kirk Earlywine wasn't able to attend the team's game Monday night at Boise State due to an arraignment following his arrest on suspicion of DUI early Saturday morning.

Tsk tsk coach. Set a good example for your kids.



It's fan-tastic...

Hey everyone, welcome to another edition of Numbskulls Brawlers and Assholes.

Former NBA player and now NBA analyst Charles Barkley was arrested because he was speeding, drunk, on his way to a blowjob!

"I was going to drive around the corner and get [oral sex]," the basketball Hall of Famer told police in Scottsdale, Ariz., a police report said.

He said the woman had performed the sex act for him last week and "it was the best one he had ever had," the report said.


Can we like have the NCAA Clearinghouse either have Barkley speak to incoming basketball freshmen, or maybe have the freshmen write a 20 page essay on how they will not become a typical pro ball thug? Geez Louise.



Our sister-in-law is dating this guy who loves the pros. He tries to tell is how good it is. We try to listen. But stuff like this makes us throw up our hands and turn off the TV after April 9th.



Thursday, January 1, 2009

Week Five Blogpoll

Here is the official consensus top 25 blogpoll -



1) North Carolina
2) Pittsburgh
3) Georgetown
4) Oklahoma
5) Duke
6) Connecticut
7) Wake Forest
8) Texas
9) Notre Dame
10) Purdue
11) UCLA
12) Syracuse
13) Villanova
14) Michigan State
15) Gonzaga
16) Clemson
17) Arizona State
18) Xavier
19) Ohio State
20) Tennessee
21) Baylor
22) Louisville
23) Minnesota
24) Michigan
25) Memphis

Everyone's vote can be found here.

Comments - Some weirdness going on in the blogpoll. Even though Mizzou dropped out, they were still technically above Illinois who put the hurt on them. Too bad about the Tigers, they were rising stars for awhile. Everything else was kinda meh as there was really no major movement. Be on the lookout for Butler and the Illini as they stormed in strong after impressive performances but didn't crack the top 25.

And yes, we are really late with the blogpoll results. Work has been fucking insane as of late. Lo siento.



All she wanted was

Who would have seen that coming? Arkansas beat Oklahoma in stunning fashion...



Awwww, don't cry. Maybe a decent win for the Sooners can accompany that snow.