Thursday, January 24, 2013

1/24: Alive and Well

In the aftermath of the disaster that was Sunday afternoon in the Georgia Dome, I'm sure my absence wasn't surprising, but here we are again. Let's get to it, in a hurry....

  • #1 Duke got blasted last night in Miami by a shocking 90-63 result. In a way of wrapping this into a small bow, Miami shot 57% from the field including 9-19 on threes, held Duke to under 30% from the field and 4 of 23 on threes, and out-rebounded the Blue Devils 44-39. Done and done. I wouldn't indict Duke based on this loss, because it's college hoops and going on the road is troublesome always. 
  • The other upset in college hoops was much more surprising actually. #9 Butler fell at the hands of La Salle 54-53. The Bulldogs had been playing out of their minds, but again, going on the road in-conference is no small task, and they couldn't avoid the upset bug.
  • The Lakers are an unmitigated disaster. More losses, more trouble (including "reports" that Kobe went after Dwight last night), and Howard got injured again in last night's 106-93 loss to Memphis. Just another day in LA!
  • Justin Upton... Atlanta Brave? We've been here before with reports of a "close" deal, but never like this. Julio Teheran and more would be headed to Arizona, but dreams of an Upton-Upton-Heyward outfield for three years make up for that loss. Hopefully, this will be done today.
What to watch for on Thursday...
  • 7:00 - NCAAB - Purdue @ #2 Michigan (ESPN) - Go Blue.
  • 7:00 - NBA - Raptors @ Magic (League Pass) - I'm only putting this here to remind you that League Pass is free this week. That's the only reason.
  • 8:00 - NBA - Knicks @ Celtics (TNT) - Boston is in turmoil, but these two teams always play entertaining battles. 
  • 9:00 - NCAAB - UCLA @ #6 Arizona (ESPN) - Really, really nice Pac-12 game, and the fact that it's on the Worldwide Leader makes it more interesting.
  • 10:30 - NBA - Clippers @ Suns (TNT) - Who's idea was it to put the Nash-less Suns on TNT?
  • 11:00 - NCAAB - BYU @ #10 Gonzaga (ESPN) - One of the better games in the WCC this season. Brandon Davies is worth watching for BYU. 

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