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SPOOKY'S BRACKET BUSTER WEEKEND WHY I HATE BETTING BASKETBALL EXPRESS
-- Knicks signed JR Smith, then went out and lost to Smith's old team, the 7-23 Hornets, 89-85. Rough first half for Jeremy Lin, turning ball over eight times. New York hosts the Mavericks Sunday.
-- 76ers led Dallas 51-37 at the half, then got outscored 45-24 in second half; both teams are now 20-11. How does an NBA team, expecially a good team, score 24 points in 24 minutes?
-- Minnesota is the only NBA team with a winning road record and a losing home record; 15-16 T'wolves won 111-98 at Houston Friday, as they beat one of Coach Adelman's former employers.
-- Miami was up 23-5 at Cleveland, won by 24; can't be lot of fun for Cavalier fans to see Lebron James come to town as the enemy.
-- Monta Ellis/Russell Westbrook both got hurt in Golden State's loss at Oklahoma City. Condensed schedule is causing lot of injuries, and even if thats not the cause, people like me will say it is.......lol
-- Home teams won both Bracket Buster games, VCU by 9 over UNI and Loyola Marymount over Valparaiso by 8.
Saturday's List of 13: Nobody asked me, but.........
13) Felt bad the other night watching a 9-minute clip of Bruce Weber’s press conference after Illinois lost at home to Purdue; at first, I thought Weber was going to resign on the spot, but he just vented for a few minutes, obviously disappointed with where his program his headed.
Rumors are out there that it might not be his program much longer, if things don’t turn around. Illinois is a talent-rich state; while there is no doubt that Weber is a skilled tactician, there is a lot of doubt whether he can recruit well enough to stay at the top of Big Dozen standings. Got to have players to win.
12) There are two main arguments against Illinois pulling the plug on Weber after this season:
a) He’s an honest man/solid coach who has taken his team to the Final Four and........
b) Illini paid football coach Ron Zook $2.6M to go away; it would cost them $3.9M more to buy out Weber’s deal.
Might be simpler to give Weber one more year to see what he can do to salvage his program, which is 60-56 in conference play since the Final Four season in 2005. Thats not exactly horrendous, just that people get greedy and expect their team to win all the time.
11) There are 120 I-A college football teams; since West Virginia bought out of its game this fall with Florida State for $350,000, Seminoles have talked to 31 different programs, trying to replace WVU on its schedule. So far, no luck, but hard to believe someone won’t take FSU’s money to go down south and get spanked in September.
Otherwise, guess they’ll schedule a I-AA opponent, which cheats the fans out of seeing a decent game.
10) Tuesday night, Creighton had one of the greatest shooting games in college basketball history; they shot a ludicrous 77.5% (31-40) from the floor, 12-14 from the arc, only 14-20 from the foul line. Weird thing is that Bluejays lost their last three games before that, supporting the theory that says defense is more of a constant than offense.
9) Speaking of hot shooting in the MVC, Indiana State set a record last week, going 12-12 from the arc in a game; it was the most made 3’s in one game without a miss.
8) One of the newest rumors has Sacramento Kings moving into the new $450M arena they’re going to build in Seattle, where they’re also trying to lure an NHL team (Islanders?). Both Seattle/Sacramento deserve an NBA team; why not the Hornets to Seattle?
7) College baseball starts this week, which is good for me, since I have about 1,000 TV stations on DirecTV, got to catch end of the Washington-San Diego State game Friday. Nothing like the sound of a composite bat meeting the cowhide ball, or something like that.......
6) Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney bagged $265,000 in bonuses for Clemson’s season LY; he passed that money onto his assistant coaches, so they could get raises. Now that’s how to foster loyalty amongst your employees.
5) NC-Charlotte is starting up a football program, which will make them a more attractive candidate for conference expansion. 49ers haven’t been same in hoops since they bolted Conference USA for the Atlantic 14.
4) Turns out that NBA players haven’t been getting their full licensing check from the Players’ Association for the last five years; union was holding back money as a war chest for players in the event of a cancelled season this year. Now the players will be getting that money. Every player makes the same amount, by the way; Lebron James gets the same licensing check that Brian Scalabrine does.
3) From Easy Decision Department: Marlins offered Cuban OF Yoenis Cespedes $36M for six years; Oakland offered him $36M for four years. Advantage, Oakland.
2) Once Final Four is over, does that mean all these college conferences start switching teams again? I mean, there is a rumor that East Carolina and Hawai’i might wind up in the same football conference. That is just plain dumb, but only slightly dumber than San Diego State/Rutgers being conference rivals, and that’s already etched in stone.
1) Been a big month in New York for greedy bastards; Gas is up to $3.87 a gallon my friends have told me, they’re making smaller candy bars while charging same amount, but at least Time Warner/MSG Network settled their messy dispute, in part due to demand from New Yorkers who want to watch the Knicks, now that they're good. So of course, with MSG back on cable, the Knicks go out and lose to a 7-23 team. Maybe it was Time Warner's fault.
So on Thursday night I play on Portland up by 20 points in a game they are getting points and wake up to find they lose by 3 points and blessed that I bought the point and got a push out of it.
Last night Milwaukee Bucks score 11 freaking points in the 4th quarter to lose by 9, again lucky enough to get a push since I bought the point. And there was only 33 points in the 4th quarter combined so the Over which was looking so good just shits the bed. Then we have the Sixers which I posted here at the forum up by 14 at halftime. Just kicking Dallas's ass and they score 24 points in the 2nd half. 24 in a half. Are you fucking kidding me. How do you score 8 points in a quarter.
Oh yeah, Northern Iowa not ever in danger of losing the cover yesterday of course loses it in the last few seconds of their game last night. I can go on and on. I just hate betting basketball and give anyone that does well all the credit in the world.
Give me baseball and football without a doubt. Basketball is for fun and entertainment purposes only.
Lots of stuff to play today. Lets just throw out a couple that I am following today.
Today starts March Madness for me and the time that I start bringing out my game. You may notice I play a lot of moneyline's in basketball. With so many ups and downs there is no way I like laying small amount of points in hoops.
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up Bracket Buster Saturday.........
13) Murray State hammered banged-up St Mary's 65-51; looks like that loss to Tennessee State relaxed them; Racers visit TSU in their next game, which will be an interesting result. Better team with a revenge motive.
12) Drexel looked powerful is dismantling Cleveland State 69-49, holding the Vikings to 27% from the floor. Dragons have now won 15 in a row.
11) Arizona State didn't look powerful, trailing 36-8 at Washington State at halftime. No typo- it was 36 to freakin' 8, before Cougars won 72-50. Going to be interesting to see whether Herb Sendek comes back to Tempe next season; doubt they would fire him, but does he want to be there?
10) You look at how pathetic Arizona State and USC are on offense, then you realize they both lost their point guard before the season started, as USC's Fontan blew his knee out in Brazil last summer, and Arizona State never got prize PG recruit Carson eligible this year. Huge losses.
If you don't think so, look at the difference Jeremy Lin has made for the Knickerbockers; having a solid floor general makes all the difference.
9) Veteran refereee Karl Hess has some 'splainin' to do. Apparently two NC State basketball alums, Tom Gugliotta/Chris Corchiani, sit behind the scorers' table at NC State home games and root for their school, while at the same time critiquing the officials. They don't use profanity, but they are relentless and Hess had enough during Florida State's 76-62 win over the Wolfpack, and ejected the two of them.
Is it legal to eject fans who don't swear or throw things? Something tells me the officials need to get thicker skin. Their wallets are thick enough.
8) Notre Dame was down 39-19 with 1:30 left in the half, down 11 at the 5:30 to play mark, but rallied to beat Villanova 74-70 in OT in Philly, as Mike Brey builds his case for National Coach of the Year.
7) Ohio State lost 56-51 at Michigan; as good as the Buckeyes are, they are just 4-3 on the Big Dozen road. Sullinger doesn't get the ball enough; they're going to miss him when he's cashing those NBA paychecks.
6) Baylor has now lost three of its last four games, and is 5-5 in its last 10 after Kansas State came to Waco and upset the Bears, 57-56.
5) If you go to San Francisco home games, you had a fun week; Dons got beat by a point by BYU Thursday, 85-84, then upset Gonzaga 66-65 on Saturday night. Rex Walters is doing a good job at USF.
4) Finally caught South Dakota State and excellent guard Nate Wolters-- Jackrabbits have four players other than Wolters who shoot 40% on the arc. Wolters scores 22 a game but isn't good behind the arc. Jackrabbits are 22-7 and won at Washington by 19, so they're a legit threat to win in the Summit League tournament, but its not an easy league to win.
3) Memo to whomever it is that directs college basketball games on TV:
I say this several times of year, but no one listens: if the clock is running, never, ever, ever take the camera off the basketball, especially if one team is pressing. Don't show the fans, don't show the coach, keep it simple and show the freakin' game. Its not a lot to ask.
2) Clemson is now 0-56 in Chapel Hill, not that anyone though they had a shot this year. Thats not a typo; they're really 0-56 there, and they've had some pretty good teams the last few years. Maybe next year.
1) Last TV tilt of the night was a high-level game with Long Beach State going to Creighton and losing 81-79 at buzzer. Tremendous game, a very tough one to officiate. Doug McDermott, the coach's son, had 36 points and 11 rebounds for the Bluejays. Long Beach shot 58.8% for the game, but just 12-20 on foul line in game they led most of the way. Will be too bad if either one of these teams doesn't make the NCAA tournament.