Friday’s Den: Random stuff with the weekend here……..

— “What have you done for me lately?”

14 NFL teams made the playoffs this year; of the other 18 teams, eight have fired their coach, including Bill Belichick/Pete Carroll, who are Hall of Fame-level coaches.

Strange times we live in.

— In the NBA, Miami Heat signed coach Eric Spoelstra to an 8-year, $120M contract extension; he’s been Miami’s coach for 16 years, winning 59% of his games, and two NBA titles.

— Knicks recently traded for OG Anunoby; in his first six games for New York, Anunoby is +124, meaning the Knicks have outscored opponents by 124 points (20.7 points/game) with Anunoby on the floor. You don’t see numbers like that very often.

— QB Casey Thompson will finish his college career at Oklahoma next year; it’ll be his 7th year of college football. Thompson, whose father was a good QB for the Sooners, has previously played for Texas, Nebraska and Florida Atlantic.

— Bronx Bombers signed P Marcus Stroman to a 2-year, $37M deal; Stroman is from Long Island- he was 10-9, 3.95 in 25 starts for the Cubs last year.

— USC basketball star Isaiah Collier hurt his hand, is out 4-6 weeks; Trojans were already struggling at 8-8, 2-3 in Pac-12. Now it figures to get worse.

— NFL’s Washington Commanders hired former Golden State Warriors GM Bob Myers, to give owner Josh Harris objective advice on who should lead Washington into a new era- the two know each other because Harris owns the Philadelphia 76ers, and their paths crossed in NBA circles. Will be interesting to see who the Commanders’ new coach will be.

Baseball Fact of the Day: First baseball game Vin Scully broadcasted was a Dodgers-Phillies game on April 18, 1950; seven Hall of Famers played in that game.

Word of the Day: Transition- a change from one thing to the next, either in action or state of being.

— Santa Clara 77, Gonzaga 76
Broncos end a 26-game losing streak against Gonzaga.
Watson/Nembhard were 23-37 from floor; rest of Zags were 9-30.
Santa Clara out-rebounded Gonzaga 44-31.

— Florida Atlantic 85, Tulane 84
FAU’s Martin got fouled shooting a 3 with 0:00.4 left, made 2 of 3 foul shots.
Owls are 2-2 since their double OT win over Arizona.
Four of Tulane’s five starters played 38+ minutes.

— Utah 90, UCLA 44
Bruins went in tank, got outscored 57-21 in second half.
UCLA lost 10 of its last 12 Division I games.
Bruins are shooting 44.9% inside arc (#328), 27.9% on arc (#341)

— Illinois 71, Michigan State 68
Spartans fall to 9-7, 1-4 in conference games.
Illinois was 18-22 on foul line, Michigan State was 5-7.
Illini played only seven guys, and the 7th guy played 5:00.

— Rio Grande Valley 81, Seattle 80 OT
First win in five WAC games for the Vaqueros.
Seattle shot 62% inside arc; they led by 4 in overtime.
Three of Seattle’s last six games went to overtime.

— Georgia State 77, Old Dominion 70
Monarchs led 41-21 with 3:21 left in first half.
Georgia State had a 47-34 edge on backboards.
ODU slips to 4-12, 0-4 in Sun Belt games. 

— Green Bay is a mid-major team to watch in the Horizon League; they’re 5-2 SU/7-0 ATS in Horizon games this season, after 14-46 in Horizon games the last three years.

Green Bay is the #348 experience team, #342 continuity team; they’re turning ball over 21% of time (#333) while playing a slower tempo, but they’re shooting 53.8% inside arc (#67).

— We’re starting something a little different this week; on the college basketball page, I’ll post info on five of every day’s most interesting games. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.