Thursday, January 3, 2013

1/3: Down with the SEC!

Greetings! Short today....
  • Louisville upset Florida by a 33-23 tally in the Sugar Bowl last night. It was a semi-shocking sight to see the Cardinal up by 3 touchdowns in the second half, but they were the better team all night and got all of the breaks. Deadly combination, and a black mark for the vaunted SEC (which I love). 
  • Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim won his 903rd game last night, which pushed him to 2nd place all time behind Coach K. Boeheim doesn't get mentioned enough as one of the best ever, but he's proved it over and over again, and with his longevity combined with the national title, he's on the short list.
  • NBA Check! - Memphis gave Boston their 4th straight loss with a 93-83 decision in the garden. Mike Conley led the way with 23 points and 9 dimes for the Grizz, who are now a stellar 20-9. Miami rallied from a late deficit behind a 32/12/9 from Lebron and beat Dallas 119-109 in overtime. These lines are becoming "typical" for Lebron, but that doesn't make them less absurd. Tim Duncan had 28 points and 13 rebounds to lead San Antonio to a 117-110 road win in Milwaukee. He's the best. Kevin Durant got ejected (what!?) in OKC's home loss to Brooklyn last night. OKC was getting beat before his early exit anyway, but it was the first ejection of his career and they had no prayer without him. Finally, the Clippers have now lost two straight after suffering a 115-94 blowout loss to Golden State last night. Steph Curry led the way for GS with 31 points and 8 assists, and the Dubs basically ran LA out of the gym.
What to watch for on Thursday (chronological order)...
  • 7:00 - NCAAB - #2 Michigan @ Northwestern (ESPN2) - I'm overly excited about this Michigan team as they enter conference play, but this is no easy game on the road in Evanston. 
  • 8:00 - NCAAB - Colorado @ #3 Arizona (ESPNU) - Arizona is probably overrated at #3 but that doesn't mean they aren't an elite team, and Colorado is playing well at 10-2. 
  • 8:30 - NCAAF - Fiesta Bowl - Oregon vs. Kansas State (ESPN) - This is the 2nd-best game of the bowl season, as two top-5 teams face off. I think Oregon's speed and offensive firepower is too much for K-State, but the Wildcats are well-coached and they do have a Heisman finalist in Klein. Tune in for a fun match-up. 

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