Tuesday, January 29, 2013

1/29: Tiger, etc.

Greetings! My apologies on missing Monday... let's get it going!
  • I'll go ahead and apologize because I have to lead with this because I bleed maize and blue. The Michigan Wolverines are the #1 team in the country when it comes to college hoops. I'm fully aware that this is arbitrary, and a single loss to Indiana on Saturday (very possible, maybe likely) will send them spiraling down the poll, but I'm going to enjoy this while I can. Go Blue. 
  • Tiger Woods won for the eighth time at Torrey Pines yesterday, winning by 4 shots over Brandt Snedeker. It's really nice to see him actually dominate something, and even though it's a course he loves, it's blindly encouraging. He. Is. Coming.
  • In the midst of the Lakers explosion, Rondo's ACL, and never-ending rumors surrounding Rudy Gay and Josh Smith, the NBA trade market is heating up! The aforementioned Gay is the subject of the most "substantial" talks as Toronto is reportedly in discussions to grab him from the Grizz. Don't believe anything until it's done. 
  • In actual on-court news, Golden State toppled Toronto 114-102, but it wasn't without incident. Steph Curry left the game early with an injury (to his ankle again!) and Andrew Bogut returned from his season-long absence to notch 12 points, 8 boards, and 4 blocks in just 24 minutes. They are nothing if not entertaining. Memphis went into Philly and snuck out with a 103-100 win behind 27 and 7 from Marc Gasol, 26 from Rudy Gay, and 21 points & 9 assists from Jerryd Bayless in the absence of Mike Conley. Evan Turner put up 27 for Philly, but they continue to struggle without Bynum. Denver eeked by Indiana 102-101 in the Pepsi Center in the best game of the night. Danilo Gallinari led all scorers with 27, but the Nuggets basically had to hang on for dear life in the 4th quarter to get the win. And finally, Houston went on the road and crushed Utah 125-80 in Salt Lake. No, that's not a misprint, and the Rockets ran them out of their own building. James Harden led the scoring with 25 but it was a balanced effort, and Houston killed them on the glass and in turnover margin. Shocking result. 
  • In college hoops, Kansas won their 18th straight game with a 61-56 win in Morgantown over West Virginia. It was somehow the two schools' first ever meeting, and Kansas managed to win despite just 7 field goal attempts from Ben McLemore. Nice. Elsewhere, Louisville broke their losing trend with a 64-61 win over Pitt. Russ Smith had 20 for the Cardinals, and Gorgui Dieng added 14 points & 12 boards.
What to watch for on Tuesday... 
  • 7:00 - NCAAB - Wisconsin @ #11 Ohio State (ESPN) - The fact that Wisconsin is unranked is the biggest travesty of the polls, and Bo Ryan is my hero. That said, going to Columbus and winning would be a feat. 
  • 7:00 - NCAAB - #19 NC State @ Virginia (ESPN2) - Virginia will slow the game to a halt and they have a real chance at home. 
  • 9:00 - NCAAB - Kentucky @ #16 Ole Miss (ESPN) - Remember when Kentucky would've been favored here? I do, but Ole Miss is a veteran team and they should take care of business at home in Oxford. 
  • 10:30 - NBA - Hornets @ Lakers (NBATV) - Yay! More Lakers! (sarcasm font)

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