Hey coach Cronin, your Cincinnati Bearcats actually won against 10th ranked UConn. It was an albeit sloppy game but there were several times you looked like you were gonna break your players necks.
Xanax, coach. And enjoy the win.
When we started the college basketball blogpoll around these parts it was for two reasons; 1) there should be a basketball blogpoll and, 2) we wanted to pay homage to the college football blogoll which we were very found of. So, our official view is that it will happen again this year. Unofficially, we are waiting just like you:
Ex president Richard Roberts approves
Oral Roberts lays the lumber to New Mexico, beating the 13th ranked school in the country 75-66. The Lobos were going for their 2nd 13 win season in school history but ORU founder denied them this milestone from beyond the grave:
Oral Roberts, who died last week at age 91, was honored in the invocation and players wore black, circular patches with his initials on their jerseys. New Mexico ended up becoming the highest-ranked opponent to lose at Oral Roberts.
Of course, if you ask New Mexico fans they would say it's a good loss. Where we come from no loss is "good". Especially if you are an overwhelming favorite.
So congrats Golden Eagles, you so deserve the This Is Sparta award for the week. Don't go crazy with it.
You know you're in a world of hurt when your own coach says he scheduled too many tough games for you and would take it back if he could. Judging by the tally so far coach John Beilein may have a point.
M2M: Iowa guard Anthony Tucker was arrested for being drunk.
You: Yeah, we know. He got fucked up last December behind some bar.
M2M: Ummmm, yeah... But we are talking about last Sunday.
You: WHAT?! Tucker got arrested again? For what?
M2M: Well, he was drunk of course. Took a cab which was very responsible of him. But he didn't want to pay the fare. So he ended up behind bars. Again.
"Anthony will be suspended for an indefinite amount of time," Iowa athletic director Gary Barta said in a statement. "First and foremost, I wanted to make sure Anthony is OK from a physical safety standpoint, and he is. Certainly, I am disappointed because this is not the first legal incident involving alcohol."
Iowa coach Todd Lickliter proves to be a difference maker coming back from serious surgery as Iowa escapes a close game with Drake. How close was it? Well it came down to one missed shot for the Bulldogs, and fans knew just how crucial that shot was:
USC, you just beat 9th ranked Tennessee! You win this week's The Is Sparta! award. Major upset, guys. How do you feel?
Eh, whatever. Anyone up for SkyBar?
Weakest rush the court ever. We almost want to revoke the Sparta award.
And Coach Pearl. Losing to a team who obviously does not care?! WTF?!!
Disinterested Bill Self destroys another opponent
Yeah... That happened. We are unable to show you highlights of the game due to copyright violations we can show a reenactment of how the Jayhawks bitch smacked the Wolverines:
This is quickly looking to be the third straight losing year for the Hawkeyes with losses to UTSA and directional Iowa teams. They have yet to win against ranked opponents and they're staring down a barrel of a gun this Saturday with a Drake team that can run the floor.
Iowa's recruiting has been atrocious, they are being used as virtual punching bags by lesser teams and even the fans are starting to get restless.
But hey, coach Todd Lickliter is back after serious surgery so there is a little hope. We said a little...
The players admitted, though, that there was plenty of frustration about the team's start.
"It's never easy to lose," (junior forward Jarryd) Cole said.
"I think there was a sense of frustration," (freshman guard Cully) Payne said. "We're definitely in a hole."
If the Hawkeyes don't right this ship by mid season the clamoring for a coaching change will most certainly get louder, health issues or not for the Lick-ster.
(Pic HT: Doc Saturday)
This is so off-topic but we HAD to post it.
Chattanooga’s NewsChannel 9 reports that (4 year old) Hayden Wright was found Tuesday at 1:45 a.m. wandering around his Hamilton County neighborhood wearing a girl's dress and sipping a 12-ounce can of beer.
According to the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office report, Hayden rang the doorbell of a house a few doors down from his. He then broke into another house through an unlocked front door and stole five Christmas gifts from under their tree. One of the presents was a brown dress, which the boy was wearing when police found him.
(Mother April) Wright is in the midst of divorcing her husband, who is currently in jail. She suggests he is partially to blame.
"[Hayden] runs away trying to find his father," Wright said. "He wants to get in trouble so he can go to jail because that's where his daddy is."
That's exactly what we said to ourselves when we read this. We're not big fans of women's b-ball but sometimes you just have to take notice. Especially when two of your star players beat the bejebus out of a little ol' cheerleader:
Amanda Hanneman and Jessra Johnson, the Tigers leading scorers, were arrested early Friday morning after Justin Short, a Missouri cheerleader, called police complaining there were people who would not leave his apartment. When police arrived, Short said he had been assaulted by the basketball players and he was taken to a hospital with a swollen nose and a cut on his eye.
Hooray for the ticky-tack NCAA who once again in their infinite wisdom shows how they can make collegiate sports excruciating:
Three members of the Arkansas men’s basketball team may have violated NCAA rules by appearing in a Northwest Arkansas magazine wearing clothing from local retailers. Guards Rotnei Clarke, Courtney Fortson and Jeff Peterson — along with men’s basketball coach John Pelphrey — are featured in a nine-page spread inside the December issue of "Celebrate Arkansas."
According to the NCAA rulebook, which can be found at NCAA.com, bylaw 12.5.2 details the "nonpermissible" use of a student-athlete in advertising. Rule 18.104.22.168 says that an athlete is not eligible for participation if the individual "accepts any remuneration or permits the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote directly the sale or use of a commercial product or service of any kind."
is was the third best team in the country. They came into Temple walking on air. No way the Owls were going to beat them, they've lost four years in a row. They are totally rebuilding right now.
And then this happened...
Like our man crush Keith Olbermann would say, and now a special comment...
We want to officially go on record in saying that the NBA should adopt the NFL rule of players being 3 years removed from high school before being able to enter the pros. We have felt this for years as players such as Kobe Bryant went pro while we were left thinking "Could you imagine him at Duke?"
Then the NBA came up with this one year removed rule. This just pissed us off more. If you want to go pro, then GO! Don't waste our time and make a mockery of the collegiate system by enrolling, signing up for classes only to drop out when the semester is over. The term is Student-Athlete, not Possible-Millionaire-In-Waiting.
We were reading the Bible and John Gasaway made the following comment about Kentucky's super frosh John Wall:
I’m on the record as thinking one-and-done has got to go and, post-Wall, I still believe that. Wall should be in the NBA right now. (Duh.) To keep him out is unfair. But to love hoops as I do is to love what you’ve been seeing, however it came to be. Again, enjoy Wall while you can.
Yes, Wall is good but imagine if he remains at Kentucky longer? And when Kentucky loses (and they will) would that say Wall is NOT ready for the NBA? Should Michael Jordan have jumped ship and not played at UNC (or worse only play one year)? Was he THAT much better than the college competition?
Ok, we're done. < /soapbox>
The Syracuse 2-3 Zone looks sad. Sad for kicking Florida's ass up and down the court tonight.
We know that almost every year the NCAA contemplates expanding the Tournament seeding, this time around to 96 teams. Looks to have some financial backing too:
Though the discussions are being characterized as preliminary, they shed a light on the NCAA's thinking as it decides whether to exercise an escape clause in its 11-year, $6 billion deal with CBS, the NCAA's longtime partner.
The idea talked about with TV networks would likely take it from its current field of 65 teams to 96 teams and add another week to the competition, with the top 32 teams receiving byes. The move has been characterized as folding the NIT into the NCAA tournament.
This has got to be the silliest meme out there. Our post title is apt.
Pronunciation: \ˈbläkt\–verb (used with object)
To obstruct (someone or something) by placing obstacles in the way (sometimes fol. by up): to block one's exit; to block up a passage; to bitch smack someone going to the hole.
Watching (or watched) -
VCU / William & Mary (congrats Tribe)
Kentucky / UNC (congrats Wildcats)
Washington State / Kansas State (currently ongoing)
and Charlotte / Louisville (see below)
Texas Tech has just beaten 10th ranked Washington by a last second three point shot and the crowd goes wild...
After loses against San Diego, Houston and ugly cheerleaders, Oklahoma catches a breather with Arkansas Wednesday. Storming The Floor has a great look at the Sooners and their extreme over reliance on Willie Warren (complete with chart!). They say the best way to think about Oklahoma is this...
6th ranked Purdue wins their game against Wake Forest by 11 points but fans are still not happy. Like the lady below they simply... can't... believe... this shit.
With UCLA suffering from a trio of embarrassing loses and near the bottom of the barrel in the Pac-10 standings Drew Gordon calls it quits.
UCLA basketball's starting center, is leaving the team and transferring at the end of the quarter. The announcement came through a weekly press conference today and coach Ben Howland did not cite any specifics about why his player is leaving.