Archive | February, 2013

Ranked Run Down for 2/26

27 Feb

#1 Indiana 73   Minnesota 77

Indiana: Hoosiers Downed by Minnesota

Minnesota: Gophers Take Down Indiana

#8 Florida 58   Tennessee 64

Florida: Gators Fall to Tennessee

Tennessee: Vols Upset Florida

#17 Wisconsin   77 Nebraska 46

Wisconsin: Badgers Roll Past Nebraska

Nebraska: Huskers Routed by Wisconsin

#19 Memphis 62   Xavier 64

Memphis: Tigers Tamed by Xavier

Xavier: Xavier Holds on too Beat Memphis

Ranked Run Down for 2/25

26 Feb

#6 Kansas  108  Iowa State 96

Kansas: Jayhawks Rally Past Iowa State

Iowa State: Cyclones Defeated in Overtime

#12 Syracuse  71  #22 Marquette 74

Syracuse: Orange Fall to Marquette

Marquette: Golden Eagles Drop Syracuse

#13 Kansas State  75 Texas Tech 55

Kansas State: Wildcats Pull Away From Texas Tech

Texas Tech: Red Raiders Routed by Kansas State

Ranked Run Down for 2/24

24 Feb

#4 Michigan State 60 #18 Ohio State 68

Michigan State: Spartans Stymied by Ohio State

Ohio State: Buckeyes Take Out Michigan State

#6 Duke 89  Boston College 68
Duke: Blue Devils Dominate Boston College

Boston College: Eagles Grounded by Duke

#7 Michigan  71 Illinois 58

Michigan: Wolverines Roll Past Illinois

Illinois: Illini Defeated by Michigan

#20 Pittsburgh 63  St. John’s 47

Pittsburgh: Panthers Pound St. John’s

St. John’s: Red Storm Fall to Pittsburgh

#25 Notre Dame 62  Cincinnati 41

Notre Dame: Irish Rout Cincinnati

Cincinnati: Bearcats Bounced by Notre Dame

Final Year of the Big East Has the Makings of a Roller Derby Jam

24 Feb

Since 1979 the Big East Conference has been a bastion of college basketball.  From Providence’s trip to the Final Four to the 1985 title game between Villanova and Georgetown and six overtimes in the Big East Tournament between Syracuse and Connecticut.  The conference has been the source of countless memorable moments. From Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing to Ray Allen and Derrick Coleman to Carmelo Anthony, Luke Harangoady and Kemba Walker the league has also been home to some of the memorable players in the landscape of college hoops.  Not to mention historic coaches such as Jim Boeheim, Lou Carnaseca, John Thompson, Rollie Massimino, Jim Calhoun and Rick Pitino, the conference has housed some of the most legendary coaches in college basketball.

The historic league is its final year as we know it.  Conference realignment has dismantled the league that plenty of fans have grown up on.  Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Notre Dame are all headed to the ACC in the next couple of seasons and Rutgers is leaving for the Big Ten.   Central Florida, Memphis, Temple, Tulane, Houston and SMU enter to replace the departing teams. Some of the remaining teams in the conference, the “Catholic 7” (St. John’s, Villanova, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, Seton Hall and DePaul) are soon to announce that they will be breaking off to form their own basketball conference. There may be replacements in place but there are no replacements for the history, rivalries and passion that has been developed and nurtured over the past 34 years.

In the final season of this Big East in its current incarnation has the look of roller derby jammers jockeying for position, sling-shotting to the front and then falling back and fighting their way back to the front.  With four games remaining on the regular season schedule the top five teams (Connecticut is ineligible for post-season play) are within two games of each other.   League-leading Georgetown (11-3) fresh off an impressive win at Syracuse leads the Orange, Louisville and Marquette (10-4) by a game and Notre Dame (9-5) by two and hold wins over the four teams chasing them.

Villanova (9-6), St. John’s, Pittsburgh (8-6) and Cincinnati (7-7) are just two games behind the Irish in the loss column. All nine of these teams are either in the field of 68 or on the cusp of it according to bracketologists.  By the time March 9th rolls around the league could be even tighter as Villanova finishes with games with Pittsburgh and Georgetown, in addition also has a game with St. John’s.   The Red Storm may have the toughest schedule remaining with three of their four games against Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Marquette and finally Cincinnati has road games against Notre Dame and Louisville left on their docket.

The final Big East Tournament as we know it could be wild and wooly leaving us all with a lasting memory of what we remember and what we will be missing going forward.   It is the end of an era, let’s enjoy it.

Ranked Run Down for 2/23

23 Feb

#2 Miami 65 Wake Forest 80
Miami: Canes Stunned by Wake Forest
Wake Forest: Demon Deacons Pull Upset of Miami

#3 Gonzaga 81 San Diego 50
Gonzaga: Zags Handle San Diego
San Diego: Toreros No Match for Gonzaga

#5 Florida 71 Arkansas 54
Florida: Gators Defeat Arkansas
Arkansas: Hogs Humbled by Florida

#8 Syracuse 46 #11 Georgetown 57
Syracuse: Orange Fall in Last Game with Rival Georgetown
Georgetown: Porter Leads Hoyas by Syracuse

#9 Kansas 74 TCU 48
Kansas: Jayhawks Get Revenge on TCU
TCU: Horned Frogs Gored by Kansas

#10 Louisville 79  Seton Hall 61
Louisville: Cardinals Cruise by Seton Hall
Seton Hall: Pirates Taken Out by Louisville

#12 Arizona 73 Washington State 56
Arizona: Wildcats Run by Washington State
Washington State:Cougars Caged by Arizona

#13 Kansas State 81 Texas 69
Kansas State: Wildcats Corral Texas
Texas: Longhorns Lose to Kansas State

#14 Oklahoma State 73 West Virginia 57
Oklahoma State: Cowboys Top West Virginia
West Virginia: Mountaineers Mauled by Oklahoma State

#16 New Mexico 91 #22 Colorado State 82
New Mexico: Williams Leads Lobos to Win
Colorado State: Rams Home Winning Streak Snapped by New Mexico

#17 Marquette 56 Villanova 60
Marquette: Eagles Edged by Villanova
Villanova: Wildcats Upset Marquette

#21 Memphis 89 Southern Mississippi 73
Memphis: Tigers Take Control of Conference USA
Southern Mississippi: Eagles Downed by Memphis

#23 Oregon 77 Stanford 66
Oregon: Ducks Down Stanford
Stanford: Cardinal Can’t Stop Oregon

#24 VCU  75 Xavier 71
VCU: Rams Rally to Beat Xavier
Xavier: Xavier Falls to VCU

Ranked Run Down for 2/22

23 Feb

#15 Butler  61 St. Louis 65

Butler: Bulldogs Bounced by St. Louis

St. Louis:Billikens Beat Butler

Ranked Run Down for 2/21

22 Feb

#6 Duke 88  Virginia Tech 56

Duke: Blue Devils Blow Out Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech: Hokies Humbled by Duke

#23 Oregon 46  California 48

Oregon: Ducks Fall in the Last Seconds

California: Cobbs Lifts Cal to Victory

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