Thursday Game Day: Twiddling Until TipOff

No Blue Jay Way. I was oh so sure it was a Blue Jay kind of year and Creighton would prevail in the national hoops obsession that is the post-season collegeinsider.com tournament.

But noooooooooooooooooo! The Bears of Missouri State clipped their wings last night in the semis, and will meet the survivor of the tonight’s Pacific vs. Appy State game for the crown.

Doubt that WLKY32 will get many complaints about the failure to telecast that one tonight. Then again, if the feed gets messed up and that game flickers on screens around here instead of the Cats, look for a fireball in the sky emanating over on Mellwood Ave.

Something About Cornell That Probably Fascinates Only Me. Tonight’s game has already been parsed from pillor to post by every pundit with a keyboard. Which is to say that there isn’t any aspect of the upcoming encounter that has not been factored when considering what chance, if any, the Big Red has of winning.

Except one, which, as the headline reads, probably only seems germane to me.

Because of the Ivy League’s unique scheduling mode, Cornell played back to back games 7 times this season. Twice they played with only a day’s rest. And they won three days in a row in November, including a W over an NCAA team. Only two of the team’s four losses came in any of those encounters.

So, what’s it all about, Alfie? Probably, nuttin’, honey. It does mean Cornell is capable of adapting to changed circumstances. But I doubt if that will translate when the treys aren’t falling against the Cats, and Wall and Bledsoe are beating blowing by them down the court for bunnies.

Say Thank You to 32. One loyal reader was in Indy last weekend. It’s the home of the NCAA, right? Not to mention where Oscar Robertson grew up. Home of Hinkle Fieldhouse. And this year’s Final Four. A veritable Hoosier Hotbed of Hoops . . . one would surmise.

Anyway he advises that there were games on only one channel up there last weekend. Unlike Louisville where we got two choices most of the time, assuming you have Insight’s HD package.

In Spring, A Young Man’s Fancy Turns To . . . Football.

Didn’t make it out to U of L’s first spring practice because of a conflict. But I did attend Charlie Strong’s presser the day before. He didn’t reveal anything new of substance. Nor did he make any promises. But it was clear there’s a new sheriff in town.

A note on the door to the weight room reads: “Absolutely No Headphones in Training Room.”

On the wall of the team’s meeting room, painted large and indelibly, are the program’s “Core Values,” which are non negotiable according to Strong. 1. Honesty 2. Treat Women with Respect 3. No Drugs 4. No Stealing. 5. No Guns.

In Spring, A Young Man’s Fancy Turns To . . . Baseball.

Shame on me, but I haven’t been out to see U of L’s ascending Cardinals yet. The Cardinal 9 is 18-2, Top 10 in the land, and seems to keep finding ways to win, especially late. U of L has 11 comeback Ws already this season.

Big East play starts at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday) at Patterson Stadium. UConn comes to town. First pitch of Saturday and Sunday’s games are at 1:00.

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. fred
    Posted March 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I really liked the end of Eric Crawford’s column when he reiterated the NCAA slogan that there are thousands of NCAA college athletes who will “be going pro in something *other* than sports,” then reminded us that “none of those athletes start for the University of Kentucky basketball team.” If this isn’t the year for Kentucky, I don’t know when better.

  2. Beth
    Posted March 25, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    DITTO!! I’m just hoping they don’t trip and fall before they can bring home to KY the championship. I’ll be watching every minute.

  3. gnash001
    Posted March 25, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Permalink

    I’ll repeat what I said to an early post: Syracuse is under coachedx. Go Bulldogs!

  4. fred
    Posted March 26, 2010 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    gnash001: … and you can repeat it again. That game reminded me of last year’s Michigan State-Louisville in the Regional Final. Izzo just had a plan to find the seams in the UL zone and Rick couldn’t find a counter. And how ’bout that post game handshake from Jimmy B?

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