Tiger Tanks, Davis Disses Digger, Badgers Bash Buckeys, & Cats Pause . . . Again: SMPG

Welcome to Sunday Morning Point Guard!

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For those of you anxiously awaiting with breaths held, The Return of Tiger, knowing in your hearts it will bring peace to the Middle East, compromise in D.C. between the Tea Partiers and pols who actually know what they’re talking about and a cure for the neuritis, neuralgia and lower back pain you suffer, I have this advice. You best look for another antidote.

One stroke back heading into the final round against a less than stellar field at a Made For Tiger Tournament in Dubai, He Who Used To Be Messiah . . . gagged.

Woods shot a 75 to end up 20th in a golfing competition won by a guy who shot a triple bogey in his final round.

Which I mention at the top, so that we can simply toss Mr. Eldrick Tiger Woods in that pile over there with Brett Favre, and move on.

Please?

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Can this important hoops weekend in February pass without some mention of the Talking Heads we’re forced to endure to fee our addiction?

No.

Actually I’ve come to praise Hubert Davis.

The former Tar Heel is insightful and blissfully succinct. And has the most endearing, infectious laugh on television. Which is displayed often after his sidekick Digger Phelps has uttered some nonsensical inanity, proclamations patently absurd and impossible to decipher. Davis just gets tickled at Digger’s idiocy and lights up the screen with his amusement. It’s way refreshing.

The hardest to swallow nowadays is Jimmy Dykes.

The guy knows the game and actually breaks down what’s happening on the court rather astutely. But his supercilious, pontificatory modulation (To use more than enough purple prose myself.) is too much to bear.

Plus the guy is such a SEC homer there’s one moment ESPN is avoiding like the plague. Were Dykes to interview SEC commish Mike Slive, they know he’d go down on him right there in front of the cameras. Not to hyperbolize or anything.

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Once again, UK didn’t have quite enough to finish on the road in the league, where it now stands a mundane .500, three games behind division leading Florida.

The Cats are talented, but too young at the leadership positions. And too thin to be a major factor on the national scene. They get less than nothing from Vargas, Poole and Hood off the bench. A situation which has fans looking forward to the Golden Arches All-America game — featuring four future one-and-done Wildcats — more than to Selection Sunday.

Of course it all would have been different if the NCAA and Pete Thamel hadn’t felled Enes Kanter out of pure spite.

Speaking of which former future UK superstar, I heard this little nugget from Syracuse scribe yesterday. The reporter chatted up Boeheim last summer after the coach returned from a stint with the U.S. team at the World Championships. Kanter’s name came up.

“He can’t play. The NCAA can’t let that guy play. No way he gets eligible.”

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Ohio State lost. Finally. It’s a good thing.

We’re getting on to our favorite time of the year, my fellow hoopaholics. The Buckeyes, Kansas, Texas and . . . yes . . . Duke seem to be the cream of the crop. Pitt’s tough, but there’s something that tells me Jamie Dixon’s destined to be one of those way better than average coaches, like Lefty Dreisell and others, who never get to the Final Four.

Brigham Young seems poised for a breakthrough. A superstar that can go Carmelo is a good thing to have.

The more I watch San Diego State, the more impressed I am. How they’ll do under pressure is the unknown. But, yesterday, in Vegas, this average free throw shooting team nailed them all at the end to beat a good UNLV squad. Steve Fischer’s squad showed some backbone. And the coach has been there.

I’ve stricken Michigan State from my list of dark horses. Something’s obviously amiss in East Lansing. But I’ve got my eye on North Carolina — if they ever can be considered as under the radar — Notre Dame and pedal to the metal Mizzou for that suprise spot on the last weekend. I need to take a look at Utah State and Arizona.

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Finishing as one of the top 4 in the BEast is a really good thing. Double bye. Sweet.

U of L is sitting precariously on that fourth spot. But can aid themselves in the quest for that bye. This week alone the Cards battle Cincy and UConn, both of whom are but one game behind U of L in the loss column. Plus they finish the season with similarly situated West Virginia. Villanova, also a game behind Louisville, still has to journey to South Bend and Pittsburgh.

Which is to say the coveted spot is there for the taking.

Can anybody outside of Storrs tell me why U of L is hosting UConn Friday night, after both play Wednesday?

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I’ve got a simple question for Cam Newton.

Last week, on a school day, you had a show and tell dog and pony show for the media at some high school field in California.

Why weren’t you in class at Auburn, son?

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Then there’s that employee at the JerryDome who waited until a few weeks before the Super Bowl to file an application for approval of those seats that were determined unsafe. Seems the municipality had requested that documentation six months before.

So, tell me Tony and Michael, what are the odds the guy will be in the unemployment line tomorrow morning?

– Seedy K

5 Comments

  1. Wildcat
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    How could you leave out the Badgers as a Final Four possibility? Bo Ryan is the most underrated coach in the land. Fine with us..Keep underestimating him. My dream? Badgers humiliate Duke in the Final. As for the Cats, hopefully this mess of a season will be the beginning of the end of one and done, which epitomizes so much that is wrong with college athletics.

  2. cbcard
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Permalink

    I’d go for almost anyone humiliating Duke. Especially Nolan Smith.

  3. Bobby Bellarmine
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Permalink

    Forgot one more tidbit…..The Knights close out their road conference season 9-0, three more to an undefeated conference record.

  4. Ernie Muppet
    Posted February 13, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    What Bobby Bellarmine said.

    The Knights are 22-1 and on a big-time roll. Only three more regular season games (all at home, I believe) and BU will be the first team to run the table in the very tough GLVC.

  5. knightwatch
    Posted February 14, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    How ’bout them Knights???

    Were you at the game tonight? Great crowd, hard fought game. I can’t wait for Thursday, should be a sell out on Norris against top 5 Southern Indiana.

    It should be noted that with USI’s loss tonight, Bellarmine has clinched the outright regular season GLVC Championship! Kudos to these kids and the entire university… hopefully we can hang on to Scotty.

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