College Basketball: Weekly Mailbag
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Iím really looking forward to Akron taking on Nevada
in the Bracket Buster. Do the Zips have a chance at pulling off the upset?
Thereís always a chance, but it isnít a good one. Letís
take a look at what Akron has done thus far this season. Their only losses
are on the road or a neutral court against Cal, Louisville, Clemson, Ohio
and Kent State. None of those are bad losses by any means. There best road
win is against, well Western Michigan I guess. I believe I was at that
game, despite the absence of Bubba Walther. The point is they havenít won a
big road game all season. Itís enough to be one of the best teams in the
MAC, but Nevada is a level above that. To be fair, Akron did beat
Mississippi State on a neutral court, but thatís a lot different than
heading into Reno.
It will be a fun game, and the
return trip next year will be great for the Zips, but Nick Fazekas and
company should get the victory. The Wolf Pack have only lost one home game
all year. They do tend to lose in groups of two though, so watch tonightís
game against Louisiana Tech. If they lose that one, it might be looking
good for the Zips on Friday.
I watched the first half of the UCLA and Washington
game and was unimpressed. This was supposed to be the top two teams from
the Pac-10 who can run the ball and score. 28-24 was not a very fun or
impressive first half. Is it going to get any better for the conference?
How about the 26-12 UCLA/Washington
half-time score on Thursday? That one was fun, but that is what we expect
from the Cougars. I had the same thought watching the Bruins take on the
Huskies. The Pac-10 isnít having a great season, which has been well
documented, yet there is some talent out there and anybody could make a run
at the Staples Center. UCLA is still the best of the bunch, but it isnít a
conference the big boys will be worried about seeing in their bracket come
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was expected to waltz through the Southern Conference but find themselves
7-4 and tied with Charleston for second in the South Division. However, if
they learned anything from last season, theyíll wait until March to pull
Hilltoppers deserve some more recognition than they are receiving. Western
Kentucky has only lost once since their overtime defeat at Arizona on
December 21st. In an amazingly balanced conference, Western
Kentucky is the only squad that is pulling away.
causing a scene in the Mid-Con. The Jaguars are 12-1 and creating a very
interesting battle with expected conference power Oral Roberts, who they
slipped by 80-75 on Saturday.
care what anybody says, curling is cool. Iím pretty close to Canada, but
Iíve spent four years trying to find some curling equipment to try out my
game. In a fit of insomnia, I also gained some new found respect for the
biathlon. Two hours of skiing and shooting things should have put me right
to sleep, but I guess it was just that exciting.
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