Archive for February, 2008

Yao Cracks Under Pressure

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Full story here.

Feb. 26 (Bloomberg) — Houston center Yao Ming will miss the rest of the National Basketball Association season because of a stress fracture in his left foot, placing the Rockets’ postseason chances and their 12-game winning streak in jeopardy.

The team will hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss Yao’s condition, Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis said in a telephone interview. No medical treatment has been determined yet.

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Later This Week: Bracketology Amateur Hour

Sorry for not updating this thing more the last couple of days, but I’ve decided to make the leap from amateur single-game prognostication to amateur bracketology, and am in the process of putting together a bunch of spreadsheets and such in order to throw everything together.

Obviously, if a huge story breaks I’ll be posting, but it might be a little bare here early in the week while I get everything prepared to project the field of 65.

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In An Effort To Keep Those Negative Hits Coming, We Follow Up On Our Earlier Post

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The Tennessee Volunteers will replace the Memphis Tigers as the #1 ranked team in the country next week following their 66-62 win over the team that currently holds that title. The game certainly lived up to the hype, evolving from a high-scoring track meet early on to an every-possession-is-crucial dog fight down the stretch. From the looks of things, both teams left everything they had out on the floor Saturday night, and it so happened that the team entering the game as the second-ranked team in the nation was slightly better than the previously undefeated Tigers. That may or may not be the case again if and when these two teams meet down the road, with, frankly, a lot more on the line.

Being the top-ranked team in the Associated Press poll is surely a great honor for any college basketball program, but in the end, a team can be the consensus best in the land for the whole year. It doesn’t much matter if they don’t get the job done in March (and April).

To that end, I earlier proposed that there were a few games on Saturday’s slate that had to the potential to, in reality, be bigger — or at least more significant — in terms of the Big Dance than the Tennessee-Memphis encounter. After the jump, we follow up on the outcomes of those games.

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Upset Watch: Kansas, Connecticut and Texas A&M Have Lost

Oklahoma State pulled off the biggest upset of the day of the today just moments ago, edging #4 Kansas, 61-60.

Earlier, #22 Texas A&M was unexpectedly knocked off by Nebraska by a 65-59 count.

The first upset of the day came early, when Villanova got a huge win over #13 Connecticut, 67-65.

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It Just Hasn’t Been NJIT’s Year

49-25 Utah Valley State at halftime

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It’s Not Looking Good…

Utah Valley State has extended its lead to 42-24 with 3:06 left in the first half. It’s worth noting that the Wolverines allowed NJIT to hang around in their prior meeting after UVSC jumped out to a big lead early, and the Highlanders nearly made them pay for it, continuing to chip away at their lead until it was down to around 5. Obviously, they didn’t win, but it’s still something to keep in mind.

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