So take a look at our Super Bowl Preview Show. We discussed some matchups for the game, some x-factors, a little bit of everything. I also had the privilege of interviewing the NFL Insider from the Washington Post, Mark Maske. It was a really good interview. He is an extremely knowledge guy and knows his stuff. He provided some insight into the Redskins, Raiders, Dolphins/Cowboys trade, and of course, the Super Bowl. In my opinion, one of the better interviews we’ve had because of his knowledge and the timing of the interview with the SB right around the corner.
This time tomorrow we will finally have a Super Bowl champion. I’m sick of talking about all the matchups and who will win. They just need to hurry up and play the freaking game. But today news about the Patriots came out that they videotaped the Rams’ pre-game warmups in Super Bowl XXXVI. All I’m going to say about this is that if this is true, then the Patriots need to be stripped of their rings that year. Nothing should be taken away from this year and what they have accomplished. I take no credit away from this year. But if they did indeed use illegal videotaped material against the Rams, then they need to be penalized…
Anyway, Saturday was another big day for college basketball. Here are the three teams I think really helped their case for an NCAA tournament berth and some teams that didn’t…
For a team playing extremely short-handed, this was a huge win this was for the Orange. This was their third straight win over a team that will be competing with them for an at-large spot into the tournament. They still need that marquee win to put the finishing touches on their resume, but getting three straight wins go a long way in the Big East. This was also critical victory because Villanova came into the Dome and beat the Orange two weeks earlier, so making sure the Wildcats didn’t have two wins over them could go a long way.
Banter shout out to the Niagara Falls duo, Paul Harris and Jonny Flynn. The two combined for 52 points today en route to the victory. Harris had a career high 28 points.
After the non-conference slate, the Terps seemed dead in the water. But Gary Williams has this team playing as well as anybody in the ACC. After beating UNC in Chapel Hill and taking Duke to the wire last weekend, Maryland picked up huge wins at home against UVA and at Georgia Tech on Saturday. Any road win in the ACC is a great win especially against a team desperate for wins. Another bonus is the fact that the game against the Yellow Jackets was the only meeting between the two teams, giving Maryland the advantage in any argument between these teams come March. However, UMD still needs six more wins, 10 overall, for a shot at the tournament.
Banter shout out to Bambale Osby. Talk about a big man on a tear. In the six conference games in the new year (ACC teams play one in November), Osby has averaged 15.2 ppg, 10 rpg, and 1.67 bpg.
The Razorbacks followed up their great win over Mississippi State with another win over a ranked opponent. This is a team that needs a great showing in conference because of their lack of quality wins out of conference. They have three losses to Providence, Oklahoma, and Appalachian State (the giant killers) and only one quality win outside of conference against Baylor. With two strong wins over the Mississippi State and the Gators, Arkansas can now focus on a really tough stretch in their schedule: Mississippi, @ Tenn, @ MSU. That made this win over Florida even more important.
Banter Shout out to Sonny Weems. He led the Razorbacks with 17 points and three 3-pointers on Saturday. So far in the seven conference games he has average 19.1 ppg and three 3-pointers.
This team is simply in trouble. After beating Syracuse in the Dome two weeks ago, this team hasn’t come close to winning a game, losing by 12 points a game. On Saturday, they got absolutely mishandled by the Orange, especially inside. This team is now 3-6 in conference and with their best non-conference win against George Mason, the Wildcats find themselves in a tough position. Their first priority should be making the Big East tournament, but if they want a shot at the Big Dance, this team needs at least 10 wins in conference. With games at Georgetown and Louisville and against Connecticut and Marquette, this team might need Lance Armstrong to climb this mountain.
Bum of the team = Scottie Reynolds. Where did he go on Saturday? It took him 24 minutes to get his first field goal of the game and spent most of the second half on the sidelines with a towel over his head in foul trouble.
I want to start by saying that this team is extremely overrated. They are somehow ranked 19 in the country and they got absolutely run out of the gym against Arkansas. But I got some stats from our boy, Joe Lunardi, on Florida’s tournament resume. In the non-conferenc, Florida played two teams against the top 50 (FSU and OSU) and lost them both. 12 of their 18 wins have come against opponents in the bottom half of Division 1. This team has played a soft schedule and haven’t earned their place in the tournament. A number that explains it all is Florida’s strength of schedule which is 163. A 19 points blowout to another bubble team, Arkansas, will not help their case.
Bum of the team = I couldn’t come up with one player because the whole team frankly laid an egg. Pathetic performance.
The Minutemen have to be very careful. They had great non-conference wins at Syracuse, Boston College and against Houston, but if they don’t start performing in conference, they will find themselves on the outside looking in. They are now 3-4 in conference after their loss to Saint Louis and now host Rhode Island and travel to Temple in their next two games. They could very well be 3-6 and if this team doesn’t finish above .500 in conference, they will have a hard time getting in the tournament even with their great computer numbers (RPI 21, SOS 11). Right now, eight teams in the tough A-10 are competing for 4-5 tournament spots and UMass can not afford to let those non-conference wins go to waste.
Bum of the team = Ricky Harris. This is the problem with shooters. If they have an off game, they keep chucking. Harris was held to six points on 2-14 shooting from the field. This man averages 20 points a game.
Sunday Basketball Game of the Day
Enjoy the Super Bowl