Monday, February 21, 2011

The Weekend That Was

We're #1! Wait, who is? That is the question this Monday morning. Over the weekend, #2 Texas lost at Nebraska, #3 Ohio State lost at Purdue, and #4 Pitt lost at St. John's. Throw-in the fact that #1 Kansas got spanked at K-State last Monday, and you have a week where the top 4 teams went down. Next in line is #5 Duke, who after a slow start, disposed of Georgia Tech by 22 points last night. So who deserves the #1 ranking at this point in the season? To be honest, who cares. Let's just rank the Top 5 teams as one group, and list them alphabetically. In our opinion, this is what the Top 5 should look like: #1 Ohio State, #2 Duke, #3 Pitt, #4 Texas, #5 Kansas. We'll see in a few hours if we are correct.

Guess Who's Back? Back again... Johnnies are back, tell a friend. Kudos to Steve Lavin, his hair gel and the rest of the St. John's basketball team. Once upon a time, back on January 4th, we alerted Daily Onions nation to the situation (no Jersey Shore reference intended) at St. John's. Lavin had the kids playing well, and they were coming off opening conference wins against West Virginia and Georgetown. We were hesitant to put both feet on the bandwagon at that point because of a brutal January schedule. We'll the Johnnies survived, and their recent list of wins have included a pummeling of Duke a few weeks ago, wins over Top Ten teams UConn and most recently Pitt, and overall they've won 6 of their last 7 games. With four games remaining, St. John's has a legitimate shot to finish the season 20-10 overall and 12-6 in the beastly Big East. That noise you hear is Steve Lavin's name being etched in the Big East Coach of the Year trophy.

Elsewhere: West Virginia got a "we should be in the tournament" win on Saturday, beating #7 Notre Dame by 14. There were reports that the win would be redacted after the student section stormed the court (as they did after beating Purdue earlier this season), but the Big East will keep the win with the Mountaineers. But seriously, stop storming the court guys. Just go burn some couches or something. Other notable games in the Big East included Villanova and Syracuse both needing overtime to take care of DePaul and Rutgers respectively. Nova and Cuse square off tonight in Philly on Big Monday.

Block heard round the....Pac-10: Exciting finish in Tuscon, as #13 Arizona nipped Washington 87-86, to extend their win streak to 8 games. The Huskies got a good look in the lane with about three seconds left, but super sophomore Derrick Williams had an emphatic "Return to Sender" block to save the potential game winner. Believe me, its worth the watch.

Jimmer Mania: It was a ho-hum day at the office for Jimmer on Saturday, dropping 23 points on TCU, as the Cougs cruised to a 79-56 victory. Trap game for the Cougs on Wednesday night as they host Colorado State, but they'll have their eye on the showdown Saturday at San Diego State. The last time these two teams met, Daily Onions had a running diary of Jimmer mania. Take a look to prep yourself for this weekends rematch.

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