If there was a team that I'd bet not to lose at home, it would have been the Billikens at Chaifetz Arena. SLU got Duquensed by Duquense at home. Good for the Dukes in that it was their first time since 1962 beating a top 10 team. I don' necessarily subscribe to the idea of losing before the Tournament but if this is what SLU needs in order for them to get to the second or third weekend than so be it. Fairly surprised to see Memphis lose on the road in Houston. If there was a game Pastner wants to win, I gather it would've been in his old hometown. Memphis looked flat. Thing is before the AAC tournament the Tigers play host to Louisville, at Cincinatti, and then host SMU. Strange Memphis is lately. They are 2-2 in their last four games beating Temple only by three points in overtime and Rutgers by five points. Memphis is tricky. They're showing me now the flaws. Talent wise, I think unlimited and can turn it on and play with anyone. Still wouldn't want to see any American Athletic Conference Team in the NCAA tournament.
Five of six ranked teams in the top 25 lost last night, Louisville being the exception. Florida Gulf Coast lost on the road at Lipscomb getting schalacked by 21, opening the door for Mercer to take sole possession of the Atlantic Sun. Surprisingly Mercer, at home no less, lost in overtime to North Florida last night. So tonights finish between East Tennessee/SC Upstate at Hodge will be a very important game for the FGCU Eagles and the Mercer Bears. Vermont flexed its America East muscles last night taking care of second place Stony Brook 69-53. Big win for the Catamounts. Big wins for High Point and Utah Valley. I don't know if Weber State will ever exact any revenge for losing at Sacramento State but they did exact a win by beating the Hornets at the Dee last night 79-67. Weber now goes 13-4 in Big Sky play. Was surprised to see the Thunderbirds of Southern Utah take Montana State to overtime last night in Bozeman. SUU eventually lost but they maybe the worst team in all of D1 basketball team dropping to 1-25 overall. Interesting to listen to college basketball on the radio. Two nights ago I gave UNLV's broadcast a listen. Considerable homers with a decent play by play guy and a shaky color guy. Last night I tuned into USC's broadcast and was impressed with their tandem. Granted not too much going well for the Trojans but have to say their overall broadcast was much better than the Runnin' Rebels. March is tomorrow. Can't wait.
This is also the annual ladder season...brought to you by...Werner. Just thought I'd be the first to remind you.