Monday, January 27, 2014


       This blog dedicated to the trending hashtag #ThingBetterThanKay and the late Tom Gola(RIP). UNLV survived a voracious Fresno State squad in overtime at Thomas and Mack saturday night. Fresno had two shots to win at the end of regulation but the Rebels dodged the home loss. Clearly Vegas is not as stealthy this year when compared to last. In other Mountain West action Utah State looked to extend their home game winning streak against the Aztecs up in Logan. Oddsmakers had only favored the 7th ranked Aztecs by two points. I wondered aloud. But the oddsmakers were near perfect because San Diego State needed overtime to defeat the Aggies 74-69. Playing up in Logan is crazy as Steve Fisher said, "My 1st trip in here: incredible atmosphere. This is an atmosphere that everyone in America should witness. I was immensely impressed how they stayed engaged and involved and without question it helps their team. It's a big reason why they win about 90 percent of their games here." Yes Steve, welcome to the Spectrum. 
       Running down the Wasatch front, Weber State extended their home court winning streak to 23 straight games defeating Montana. BYU looked to defeat Gonzaga but came up short at the Kennel. Gonzaga now leads the nation with 24 straight wins at home. Utah kept it close most of the game at Arizona yesterday but the number one team prevailed 65-56. Surprising Utah Valley State remains unbeaten in the WAC. Southern Utah stinks.
       Marshall Henderson back to his ways with cussin out Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray the other night. God forbid I find it funny. But we're not robots yet. Stony Brook protected home floor against Vermont. This has to be the year for Stony Brook. Texas took care of the Baylor safety patrol and the horns looking better game to game. USC looking like they can actually compete this weekend defeating Cal but losing in overtime to Stanford. Oh well. Getting back to Utah State, right now it looks like the Aggies are in danger of not winning 21 games for the first time in 14 seasons. Who knew that Gonzaga, Duke, Kansas, Syracuse and Utah State were the only teams to win 21 games each year the past 14 seasons.
       Kudos to Cincinatti, Stony Brook, Syracuse, St. Louis, Michigan, Kansas, Delaware, Green Bay, Wichita State, San Diego State, Robert Morris, Arizona, American, Florida, Chatanooga, S.F. Austin, Georgia State, and the Wolverines of Utah Valley State. They remain undefeated thus far in conference play. I purposely left out the Ivy because they have only played 4 games thus far. 
Some Buzzer Beaters

       Gee Whiz! Nice shot from the Mocs' Gee McGhee: 
       Crazy shots courtesy of the Big West's Hawaii-UC Irvine game: Hawaii wound up losing in overtime. 
       While perusing the Bob's Blitz website I came across the Zoran Planinic buzzer beater: Too bad it had to come off of Keith Langford's missed free throw, sorry Jamaal.

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