Tuesday, January 8, 2013

1/8: BCS Title Game Wrap-up, etc.

Greetings! A lot to get to this morning...
  • Alabama is your BCS National Champion. In case you missed it, you can find my live (and detailed) thoughts here, but suffice it to say that Bama cruised during the 42-14 victory. It was utter domination from the beginning, and ND really was never in the game. Manti Te'o vanished into thin air, the ND offense couldn't generate anything until garbage time in the second half, and Alabama had the best player on the field in Eddie Lacy. I could opine forever on this game, but Alabama was outstanding and they deserve the title. Cue the insufferable SEC fans and their claims on a title that exactly one team was responsible for.
  • Robert Griffin III has a full-blown injury controversy! One report had him missing 14+ months with a complete tear of multiple ligaments, now it is "reported" that he just tore his LCL. At any rate, we can agree that as long as he has a tear of anything, he shouldn't have been out there. Alas, this is a story worth following.
  • In an extremely random NBA moment, Milwaukee fired head coach Scott Skiles after midnight last night. The weird part about it is that Milwaukee didn't play last night. Why the midnight firing? Who knows, but Skiles had Milwaukee in the playoffs at 16-16, and I'm confused by this one. That said, Skiles has a reputation for wearing out his welcome, and I never understood the Ellis/Jennings backcourt with regards to how it would mesh with Skiles. The search begins.
  • There is trouble in Laker land. Pau Gasol (concussion) and Dwight Howard (torn labrum) are both out indefinitely, and Howard could miss months depending on the severity. It's been a full-scale nightmare since the opening tip of the season for LA, but this is the low point. Without Howard, they are going to be a disaster on the interior, and there are even whispers of Metta World Peace playing some center. That's not a joke.
  • NBA Check - Washington shocked the OKC Thunder by a 101-99 final last night in DC. Bradley Beal led the Wiz with 22 points, but the key to the W was their defense holding OKC to 43% FG and just 6-25 from 3-point distance. There's not a lot to take from this one, but it's certainly surprising. Could Boston be turning the corner? Just two days after a crazy, comeback win over Atlanta, the C's went into New York and defeated the Knicks without Rajon Rondo. Boston got 23 and 6 from Paul Pierce, and held Carmelo Anthony to a woeful 6-26 from the field in the win. In another upset, New Orleans topped San Antonio 95-88 thanks to a 4th quarter surge. Eric Gordon seems to be rounding into form with 24 points for the Hornets. Finally, Portland and Orlando played a barnburner in the Rose Garden that saw the Blazers eek out a 125-119 OT win. LaMarcus Aldridge (27/10/5), JJ Hickson (20 and 15), Wes Matthews (24 points), and Damian Lillard (18 points, 10 assists) all had big games for Portland in the win. 
What to watch for on Tuesday (in chronological order)...
  • 7:00 - NCAAB - Alabama @ #10 Missouri (ESPN) - Pressey and company are worth watching.
  • 8:00 - NBA - Lakers @ Rockets (NBATV) - Metta World Peace at Center! No, really!
  • 8:00 - NBA - Hawks @ T-Wolves (SportSouth) - Minnesota is battling big-time injury issues, but they're still 15-15 in the loaded West, and this is a tough spot.
  • 9:00 - NCAAB - #15 Ohio State @ Purdue (ESPN) - Every road game in the Big 10 is a tough one and this is no different.
  • 9:00 - NCAAB - Pittsburgh @ #19 Georgetown (ESPNU) - In a normal year, this game would never be on ESPNU, but that's where the Big East is at the moment.

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