I first mentioned when I was in Punta Cana at the beginning of November that Joe Paterno would not survive one year after being forced out of Penn State. Roll up the cuffs of your pants, put on your white sox. Rest in Peace Joe.
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday........
13) Saturday was first time in ten years UConn/Duke/Syracuse all lost on the same day. Lot of interest games throughout the day........
12) Syracuse's 2-3 zone works when you have a big body in the middle to discourage intruders; Fab Melo isn't on this Syracuse road trip, because of concerns with his grades last semester. Intruders to the Syracuse lane weren't discouraged in South Bend Saturday, and so Syracuse lost.
11) Florida State has beaten North Carolina by 33, won at Duke, and also lost to Harvard and Princeton. Hard to figure.
10) Purdue's flight to Michigan State never got off the ground, so team got on a bus and drove to East Lansing, where they got their heads handed to them 83-58 by the Spartans. Expected a little more grit from the Boilers.
9) Former Bowling Green coach Dan Dakich is excellent as an analyst on ESPN; he's good natured, but will be critical if he needs to be. He knows the Big Dozen inside and out, having played/coached at Indiana.
8) NBA isn't doing such a good job running the Hornets' franchise; team lost its last seven games, is 1-7 vs spread in last eight home games. Not 100% sure, but think they should've let Chris Paul play there this year.
7) There was an NHL game in Anaheim Saturday afternoon, then one in Staples Center 6.5 hours later; wonder how many fans saw both games? That sounds like it would've been a fun day.
6) Cal Poly tied a record by making 11 treys in a row in their 100-54 win over Cal State-Northridge. Cal Poly/Fullerton are the #3-4 teams out in the Big West behind Long Beach State/UCSB, and they're pretty good.
5) UCLA was up by 13 at the half at Oregon, then lost to the Ducks, as this season continues to unravel for the Bruins. The Pac-12 isn't good.
4) Hard to believe that Pitt is now 0-7 in the Big East, but they are.
3) Mississippi State is hard team to watch; don't like the way they play, too casual with the ball, but they came back from down 11 at the half to upset Vanderbilt 78-77. Commodores had been playing better of late.
2) For what its worth, Bob Huggins is now 4-2 against Cincinnati, his old team, with the underdog beating the spread in all six games.
1) Its January 23, and there's one unbeaten college hoop team. Is anyone going to have the onions to vote Murray State in the top 10 next week?
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