Thursday, February 20, 2014

Bill Walton and other college basketball news

       There were a lot of games to chew on last night. Obviously, Syracuse finally lost. Look no further  than last week to Coach Boeheim's post game interview after the buzzer beater victory at Pitt. The same was echoed last night. The offense needs to get better. Dan Dakich also chimed in during a halftime show, "You can analyze the heck out of this game....but it just comes down to making shots".
       Belmont and Murray State are primed to meet up in the Ohio Valley Conference championship. But I have been tracking Morehead State. Last night the Eagles won at home in double overtime over Austin Peay. Here are the highlights: Morehead State sits a game behind Belmont at 10-3 in the OVC East division. I think they should make some noise come OVC tournament time.
       It is interesting to watch George Mason University. Last night the Patriots lost their second game to St. Louis in overtime, again. Stan Van Gundy, color commentator for the broadcast last night said it was tough to watch Mason lose. He's right. I'm pro Billikens and St. Louis was lucky to escape Fairfax with the win. George Mason is 9-17 overall and are cellar-dwelling the A-10 at 2-10. However it is not as if they are rolling over and getting spanked by opponents. Of the 10 games lost in A-10 play six games were lost by six points or less. In 3 non conference losses, the Pats lost by five points or less. Just like recently fired Pat Knight said, "you have to win games" and like Parcells says, "you are what your record is". I'm sure there are similar situations around college basketball nonetheless interesting to plug George Mason into the equation.
       Creighton once again goes onto win. Last night in Milwaukee, Marquette came to play in one of those "signature win" games. Not to say any one game is more important than any others but if you're a team like Marquette, last night was a prime opportunity. And you could feel Marquette clawing back into the game down 5 points with 7:10 left. The crowd standing as one, roaring the chant of defense. Marquette gets a stop here the momentum will surely be with the Golden Eagles. Enter Greg McDermott. He gets the ball and makes a highly contested 3pt. shot with 6:53 left. It was at that moment that I knew, the game, the energy had shifted. Creighton wound up winning by 15. Very impressive.
       Weber State lost their second overtime game of the month in Big Sky play on the road in Pocatello. The Wildcats still sit atop the Big Sky at 11-3 but 4 of their remaining 6 games are away from the Dee. The all important Montana road trip begins tonight in Missoula concluding saturday in Bozeman. If this isn't the Wildcats year I don't know what will. Two overtime defeats and still leading the Big Sky. A big trip for Weber State this weekend is very much understated.
       I was able to catch some of the Oregon/Washington game last night. I can't get over how awesome Bill Walton is.  I'm happy to see that awful announcing was able to provide the clip I'm sharing with you. Here's Bill, as only Bill can be: Love the love to Woody Guthrie.
       Vermont once again winning dealing New Hampshire a crushing loss. I'm surprised to see Ohio University sitting middle of the pack in the Mid-American. I thought they would be a little bit better in conference play. I have yet to touch upon UConn and Iona this year and by no means am I overlooking them.  Intriguing to look at Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall's coaching record. I live close to Wintrhop University and I think you should look at his coaching record. Not too shabby.

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