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Say what you want but I have posted something like 17 of 20 winners in the last 2 weeks on the Express thread.
So take that you haters. Always start heating up as baseball is around the corner.
Amazing what happens when I start paying attention.
-- Turns out the Mavericks didn't send Lamar Odom to the D-League, but they did get their point across. Interested to see how he plays from this point on. It doesn't take a lot to try hard.
-- Odom had 9 points in 18 minutes Saturday, as Mavericks beat Utah by 6 in a game where Odom was +6.
-- Mets 1B Ike Davis may have Valley Fever, a fungal infection that did lot to screw up Conor Jackson's career three years ago. Then again, with the Mets' doctors, Davis may have an ingrown toenail.
-- Nate Wolters on South Dakota State is averaging 20 ppg, five assists and six rebounds a game. He is only D-I kid in America doing that.
-- Siena scored an upset win in the MAAC tourney in Springfield, with an 84-82 OT win over Manhattan. Saints only used six guys-- they all played 35+ minutes. Not sure I've seen that before.
-- Substitute teacher/utility infielder Wes Timmons is 3-5 for the A's in the first two exhibition games. God I hope he makes the team.
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday........
13) Biggest upset Saturday seems to be Illinois State beating Wichita State 65-64 in the MVC tourney in St Louis; Redbirds were 12-point dog, in a game where neither team shot 35% from floor. Shockers led by 8 at half, have to be bitterly disappointed with this result.
12) Utah and Oregon both play in Pac-12; halftime score in Eugene was Oregon 52-14. 52 to freakin' 14. Ducks wound up winning, 94-48. Long way to go in the Utes' rebuilding process.
11) Former Utah coach Rick Majerus forgot to take his blood pressure medication and was hospitalized for a while in Pittsburgh; he missed his team's 75-60 win at Duquesne. Majerus' Saint Louis team is very good, not terribly athletic but they play well together.
10) Tennessee State gave Murray State all they wanted, but the Racers pulled thru at the end and won the OVC title, 54-52. Tigers are going to give somebody some problems in the NIT- they're only team that beat Murray State all season.
9) Long Beach State lost 77-74 at Cal State-Fullerton, 49ers' first loss in conference play this year; not sure if that will relax them or put even more pressure on them next weekend in Anaheim. Long Beach lost in Big West tourney last two years to UCSB; now Fullerton seems like the #1 threat.
8) Iowa State beat Baylor 81-72 after being down 7 at half; Cyclones will be an interesting team to track on Selection Sunday. Fred Hoiberg molded a group of mostly transfers into a cohesive unit.
7) Ben Howland has taken a lot of grief this season, and maybe lot of it is deserved, but UCLA was 7-2 vs spread this season as a home favorite in an arena that isn't their normal home. So Howland may lack people skills, but he can coach. He just needs his players to stay in school longer.
6) Evansville split pair with Creighton during season, with loss by only a single point (93-92), but Bluejays pounded Evansville 99-71 in the semis Saturday, and will face Cinderella Illinois State in the MVC final Sunday. Creighton has an excellent offensive team.
5) San Francisco coach Rex Walters got the cheesiest technical I've ever seen in a college game, when his team was down by a hoop; he didn't say anything to the ref, just clapped his hands and feigned trying to scramble back into the coaches' box. Ref didn't appreciate it and T'd him up, and it hurt the Dons. Sometimes officials get a little full of themselves.
4) Is there a stranger team that Vanderbilt? They whack Florida on Senior Night, a very emotional game, then go to Tennessee and lose to the Vols. You just never know what you're getting with the Commodores.
3) North Carolina jumped out 22-5 at Duke, and the Blue Devils never got closer than 11 points as the Tar Heels won the ACC regular season title with a shockingly-easy 88-70 win. PG Marshall was dominant for UNC, getting to the basket with his dribble over and over.
2) Funny how different leagues have different quirks to their conference tournaments; WCC and Horizon give top two seeds byes to the semis; Summit League has #1/#2 seeds play their first round game a day earlier than the #3/#4 seeds to give them an edge in the semis. Lot of leagues have the tournament on the home court of the #1 seed. Championship Week is great fun; hope the powers-that-be never do away with it.
1) Horizon Final Tuesday night is going to be Detroit at Valparaiso, in an extremely emotional game for Valpo, whose former coach Homer Drew is father of the current coach Bryce Drew-- Homer and his wife are fighting cancer at the same time. Homer's other son Scott coaches Baylor.