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Shame on Your Weak Week 12 Schedule, SEC

Shame on you, for real.

No, not you, Ohio State. I don’t think you were looking ahead, to the last game on your schedule. You were dealing with a typically tough conference rival in their house. You won the game, and that’s all we needed to see.

No, not you, Colorado. What a fantastic season you’ve had. However, let’s not get it twisted. Storming the field has lost all meaning, if you’re motivated by the “lifetime achievement award” type season. Taking down Washington State may have been your best home win, but that was hardly a moment of goal post uprooting.

Kansas, you should be ashamed of a lot of things, but the pandemonium in Lawrence makes sense to me. It shouldn’t have been the second trespassing incident on that turf this season. It shouldn’t have been the Jayhawks’ first win in 24 tries versus FBS competition. I sincerely hope Saturday’s win over Texas doesn’t end up being the backdrop for Charlie Strong’s Final Act as head coach at Texas. Standby on that.

The SEC-Southern Conference Challenge

Shame on you, Alabama. For the record, I don’t care to see any of the game’s traditional juggernauts play a televised game against a scout team any time of year, but when it happens in Week 12, the exhibition adds insult to injury. I’m not mad that Tennessee-Chattanooga led the Tide, 3-0 after one, and I don’t think it should matter to anyone. Whether Alabama won that game by a single possession or earned the 28-point victory they actually etched out against their 8-2 FCS opponent, no one should have cared about that game. I hope no one of any significance did.

It’s just a shame. I think we’re being gypped. It’s become clear to me that how good you are matters more than what you’ve achieved, and if that’s the criteria, I don’t want the best of the Southeastern Conference playing anyone that isn’t Power 5 after October 1st, let alone in Week 12.

They weren’t alone in the SEC, seeking out a Southern Conference opponent from the lower tier. South Carolina hosted the Catamounts of Western Carolina. Down in Auburn, the Tigers survived Alabama A&M from the SWAC, edging the Bulldogs 55-0. What do these contests tell us?

Nothing. It’s a shame they even partake in the practice.

Florida and LSU Found a Way to Play

It’s funny how it ends up being a blessing in disguise for the conference to bail themselves out of the cluster-you-know-what created in the aftermath of Florida canceling their scheduled game with LSU on October 8th. Remember all of that finger-pointing? Did you think maybe Florida was digging their own grave?

It turns out they didn’t. They got a trip to Atlanta out of it, and they don’t have to go to Baton Rouge next year. We’ll see how much of it matters after they rendezvous with Saban and company. It may not matter much after they play Florida State. The one we don’t get, is the 2-9 Presbyterian Blue Hose. Their coach is stepping down; South Alabama gave them a whooping in Florida’s place, and faithful Gator fans were spared an essentially unwatchable game.

Rutgers Just Isn’t Good Enough For the Big Ten

Shame on the Big Ten for the latest expansion. I don’t care if anyone thinks it pisses on tradition. You stuck all of these decent teams in the Big Ten East with Maryland and Rutgers. Two teams that really could have used showcase games, a week before Ohio State and Michigan own the conference spotlight, got stuck with cake walk games–versus Maryland and Rutgers.

That’s your Big Ten Championship, if the dominoes fall a certain way next Saturday. Nebraska and Penn State, they might as well have played Youngstown State and Villanova. The chalk says Wisconsin plays Penn State, but it sure would be a shame if the winner of Ohio State-Michigan didn’t win the Big Ten Championship.

Would it be a shame to appoint our first team without a conference title in hand? I would not be ashamed to see a Buckeyes team with wins over Oklahoma, Wisconsin, and Michigan in the College Football Playoff.

That would only be a shame for people that think seasons should disintegrate due to blocked field goals in hostile road environments. Shame on you, people like that.

The next few Saturdays should be a lot of fun. It’s just a shame we couldn’t get more quality from the 205 this weekend.

Photo Credit: Matthew Tosh, via Flickr

College Basketball Invitational Moves to Quarterfinals

The College Basketball Invitational first round action wrapped up last night, with seven games being played. We have a recap of all of the action, starting with Morehead State vs. Siena on March 15.

Morehead State vs. Siena

In their first postseason victory since upsetting Louisville in the NCAA Tournament in 2011, Morehead State defeated Siena, 84-80, in the opening round of the College Basketball Invitational. Senior Lyonell Gaines had a career-high 20 points and 11 rebounds and junior Xavier Moon scored 17 points as the Eagles hit 7-of-8 free throw attempts to seal the victory in the closing moments. Morehead State will host Duquesne on Monday night.

Nebraska-Omaha vs. Duquesne

In a game where defense was optional, Duquesne defeated Omaha120-112 on Wednesday night. Both teams broke the CBI single-game scoring record set by Creighton and Davidson in 2011. Derrick Colter scored a career-high 28 points for Duquesne as his Dukes move on to face Morehead State on Monday.

Albany vs. Ohio

Ohio redshirt senior forward Treg Setty recorded a career high 30 points to go with 10 rebounds to lift Ohio to a 94-90 win in overtime on Wednesday night. Setty hit a corner three with a hand in the face to give the Bobcats an 87-86 lead with 1:34 left in the game. After an Albany miss, Setty grabbed the rebound and hit a clutch layup to give Ohio an 89-86 lead they would not lose. Ohio moves on to face UNCG on Monday night.

Houston Baptist vs. UNCG

The UNCG men’s basketball team earned their first-ever postseason tournament victory on Wednesday as UNCG fought out a 69-65 victory over Houston Baptist. UNCG rallied from a six-point second half deficit before going on a 20-2 second half run to take the lead for good. UNCG will face Ohio in the quarterfinals on Monday night.

Western Carolina vs. Vermont

Kurt Steidl scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in his 100th career game as Vermont beat Western Carolina, 79-74 on Wednesday night. Vermont led the entire game until a 15-0 run tied the game at 39 with 16:43 left to play.  Vermont used a 10-2 run to take the lead for the rest of the game and move on in the tournament. They face Seattle in the quarterfinals on Monday.

Pepperdine vs. Eastern Washington

Eastern Washington earned their first victory in a national tournament as a member of NCAA Division I by defeating Pepperdine, 79-72 on Wednesday night. The victory came as a gift for head coach Jim Hayford, who coached in his 500th career game as a collegiate head coach. Eastern Washington will face Nevada in Reno on Monday night.

Montana vs. Nevada

Nevada rallied back from a 12 point deficit with just over 15 minutes to play to defeat Montana, 79-75 on Wednesday. Junior guard D.J. Fenner scored eight consecutive points to tie the game at 56-56, but the Grizzlies took control of the game and lead 63-57 with 4:50 left. It took a three pointer by Lindsey Drew to put the Wolf Pack up for good at 70-68. Six free throws and a three pointer for the Pack made the final score 79-75. Nevada will host Eastern Washington on Monday night.

Idaho vs. Seattle

Seattle used a balanced game of offense and defense to defeat the University of Idaho, 68-63 on Wednesday night. In a game that featured 11 lead changes, it look two three pointers by Zack Moore and Brendan Westendorf to put Seattle up for good at 43-42. Westerndorf shot 8-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-5 from three as he lead the Redhawks with 21 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists. Seattle will face Vermont on Monday night.

 

The rest of the tournament bracket is listed below. The rest of the CBI action kicks of on Monday night with the quarterfinals.

tournament bracket
Bracket courtesy of Gazelle Group.

Pipeline: Week Three Injury Report

Malik Zaire, QB, Notre Dame- Fractured ankle, out for season

Tragedy struck again for the Irish last weekend.  Running back Tarean Folston was lost for the season in week one.  Now Notre Dame will be playing with their second option at quarterback as well.  Zaire hopes to be back for spring ball, but the Irish have a real identity crisis on their hands in the meantime.  Oh, and the 14th ranked Ramblin’ Wreck of Georgia Tech comes to South Bend this Saturday.

Connor Mitch, QB, South Carolina- Sprained shoulder and hip pointer, 4-6 weeks

Photo: Gerry Melendez
Photo: Gerry Melendez

It’s all bad news for South Carolina.  Not only did they lose to the lowly Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, they also will be without their starting quarterback for some time.  Mitch was removed from the game and taken to the hospital because of the shoulder injury.  Once there, doctors discovered the additional injury to his hip that is believed to have happened in week one.  The pair of ailments will keep Mitch on the sideline for at least a month, probably closer to a month and a half.  The Gamecocks are headed to Athens on Saturday for a date with #7 Georgia.

Curt Maggitt, LB, Tennessee- Hip injury, out indefinitely

This one hurts a lot.  The Vols will be without the guy head coach Butch Jones calls the “heart and soul” of the team for who knows how long.  The stud linebacker suffered a “freakish” injury on a punt return play in the first half against Oklahoma.  Tennessee lost in overtime to the Sooners, but this personnel loss will hurt them more.  Luckily, they have a glorified bye against Western Carolina this Saturday to figure out who will step up to fill his spot.

Josh Hosley, CB, Auburn- Torn ACL, out for season

Photo: Albert Cesare/ Montgomery Advertiser
Photo: Albert Cesare/ Montgomery Advertiser

The Tigers nearly found themselves on the losing end of the biggest point spread loss in college football history last Saturday against Jacksonville State.  Auburn was favored by 45.5 points and needed overtime to sneak out a 27-20 victory.  Their pride was not the only thing hurt.  Josh Hosley tore the same ACL he did in 2013 and will miss the remainder of the season.  The senior has not redshirted yet, so he does have that option available to him.  Auburn plays at #13 LSU this weekend.

Vernon Adams, QB, Oregon- Broken finger, will play this week

As it turns out, there was a reason why Vernon Adams overthrew his wide-open receiver with less than a minute and a half to play against Michigan State on Saturday night.  He was playing with a broken index finger on his throwing hand, an injury suffered in week one and kept under wraps.  Adams refused to use the injury as an excuse for his sub-par performance, and said he will continue to play through it.  The Ducks host Georgia Southern on Saturday afternoon.

Lo Falemaka, TE and Marcel Brooks-Brown, RB, Utah- Gunshot wounds, return unclear

Having already played their game on Friday, Utah players Lo Falemaka and Marcel Brooks-Brown were out having fun at a party last Saturday night when an altercation broke out and they were both shot in the torso.  Brooks-Brown has already been released from the hospital and Falemaka is expected to follow suit within the week.  Head coach Kyle Whittingham has been hesitant to say much about their possible return to the field.  Let’s just be thankful both these guys are going to be alright.  Utah is at Fresno State this Saturday.