Archives for January 2010

Big East Basketball Power Rankings 1-29

By: David Kay

1. Villanova: 8-0, 19-1 (LWR: 1)
‘Nova’s had a fairly soft start to their conference schedule but things will pick up after this week with road trips to Georgetown, West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse, and Cincinnati still remaining.

Up Next: vs. Seton Hall (Tues)

2. Syracuse: 7-1, 20-1 (LWR: 2)

The Orange quickly erased a 14-0 deficit to Georgetown by out-scoring the Hoyas by 31 the rest of the way.  Their top seven players are averaging at least 8 points per game.

Up Next: at DePaul (Sat), vs. Providence (Tues)

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Big Ten Power Rankings 1-28

By Paul M. Banks

1. Michigan State (19-3, 9-0)

The first 9-0 (or even 8-0) team in State history. As the Spartans begin to pull away in the conference race, those early season losses to Florida and North Carolina look like they happened in 2002. Some of their wins have been ugly yes, but then again so is Big Ten basketball some of the time.

2. Ohio State (15-6, 5-3)

West Virginia’s Devin Ebanks proved that the league’s best player, Evan Turner can be guarded, and limited. Not shut-down, but certainly limited. That individual match-up, and overall game said a lot about the respective strength of both conferences.

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Derrick Rose 1st Bulls All-Star Since Jordan Era!

The 12 year drought is over for the Chicago Bulls! Derrick Rose was voted by the NBA coaches a reserve on the Eastern Conference All-Star roster today. The official announcement will come later tonight on TNT, but the rosters have already been linked. Read the whole article to see the list.

Thank you to our good friends at Bleacher Report

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R. I. P., Mr. Salinger

By Paul Schmidt

“Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them—if you want to. Just as some day, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”
-J.D. Salinger, Catcher In the Rye

As I was preparing a post on the Illinois men’s basketball team, the news came across from the Tribune Breaking News Alerts that J.D. Salinger had passed away.

He was 91 years old.

It seems a little trivial now to write about whether or not a team that elected team captains mid-season has finally turned a corner.

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Allen Iverson is no longer “A.I.”

By Paul M. Banks

In his 2004 hit “Heart of a Champion”, a hip-hop song with more sports references than any in history (it also appropriately sampled the ’90s “NBA on NBC” theme song in its beat), Nelly rapped: Can’t stop me from scoring so they resort to just hacking. So there’s, three of us now – me, A.I. and Shaq’n. But this isn’t 2004 anymore, and Allen Iverson is now just a shell of what he once was. Plain and simple- his best days are far behind him.

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Brandon Jennings cherishes opportunity to play against his idol, Allen Iverson

By Jake McCormick

Wednesday night, Milwaukee Bucks rookie Brandon Jennings got to face his childhood idol for the first time on an NBA court: Wrestler Randy “The Ram” Robinson. [Read more…]

Bucks vs. A.I. Live Blog

By Paul M. Banks and Jake McCormick

And Brewers GM Doug Melvin just passed as by, so far he’s had a chance to enjoy a 12-8 Bucks lead with 3:38 to go 1st period

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Charting a Northwestern NCAA Tournament Course

By Paul M. Banks

January is the most murderous month on the schedule for the Northwestern Wildcats. February/March should be much easier for the Cats, and when it’s all said and done- they could quite possibly have that elusive first NCAA tournament bid in program history.

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Michigan State 8-0 In Big Ten For 1st Time Ever!

By Jeff Ghiringhelli

Michigan State is off to its best Big Ten start in school history at 8-0. Barely. The Spartans escaped another upset bid tonight. This time at the hands of their bitter rivals, the Michigan Wolverines.

Kalin Lucas hit another clutch jump shot with 3.5 seconds left to carry MSU to the 57-56 victory. On Saturday, it was Lucas again who hit the go-ahead three-pointer against Minnesota with just 1:30 left. Tonight’s game was very close throughout, with neither team holding a lead greater than seven points.

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Hey, a Top 10 Team is Playing in Chicago Tonight!

#9 West Virginia visits DePaul Tonight. Here’s what’s going down.

By Paul M. Banks

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Take it easy Wisconsin; the Milwaukee Brewers aren’t going to Florida

By Jake McCormick

Brett Favre will go down in history as one of the worst quarterbacks to every play professional football in the NFL. [Read more…]

Tim Tebow’s pro life Super Bowl ad spells trouble for CBS

By Jake McCormick

November 2, 2008, played host to a series of events only seen every four years in the NFL. But the games themselves weren’t anything out of the ordinary. [Read more…]