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

— LMU 68, Gonzaga 67— 15-point underdog Lions post a big upset; they’re 4-3 in WCC now. Gonzaga had three WCC wins by 5 or fewer points, but they were all on the road. Gonzaga had won 75 home games in a row.

— Indiana 80, Illinois 65— 7-point underdog Hoosiers pull the upset; Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 35 points, with 9 rebounds, 5 assists. Indiana is just 3-4 in conference play. Loss snaps a 4-game winning streak for Illinois.

— Maryland 64, Michigan 58— Terps avenged an 81-46 loss to Michigan on New Year’s Day. Wolverines are struggling, 5-7 in their last 12 games.

— James Madison 89, Troy 87 OT— Troy shot 65% inside arc, but turned ball over 21 times in a foul-fest; JMU was 26-36 on foul line, Troy 22-32.

Sun Belt conference tournament is going to be great; right now, four teams are 5-2, three others are 4-3 atop the Sun Belt standings. Wide-open league.

— Northern Kentucky 57, Cleveland State 56— Marques Warrick hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the fans home happy. Plus, it was Warrick’s birthday, so a big night for him.

— Is it me, or are more NFL assistant coaches getting fired this year? Seems like lot of teams are getting rid of large chucks of their coaching staff:

Dolphins fired DC Josh Boyer and three other defensive assistants.

Ravens dumped OC Greg Roman after four years on the job, adding intrigue to the Lamar Jackson situation. Jackson missed Baltimore’s last six games this year, their last four games last year. Unclear to me how that merits a coaching change.

Baltimore’s GM claims that they don’t want to trade Jackson; we’ll see.

Vikings fired DC Ed Donatell after only one season on the job, one where Minnesota went 13-5

Browns replaced DC Joe Woods with former Lions HC Jim Schwartz.

Chargers fired their OC and their QB coach, after losing a playoff game 31-30.

Rams let six assistant coaches go after a 5-12 season; two others had already left for other jobs.

You get the idea; more coaches will move when all the head coaching openings get filled.

— Read today where someone bid $6B for the Washington Commanders, that’s billion, with a B.

NFL doesn’t want Daniel Snyder around anymore, but if/when if he leaves, he’s going to leave with a hell of a lot more $$$ than he came in with.

— AFC teams will have 9 home games, 8 road games next year; AFC teams will be the “home” teams for the five games to be played in Europe.

Bills, Jaguars, Chiefs, Patriots, Titans will have “home” games in Europe next year.

— Seattle Mariners signed 2B Tommy LaStella, who played only 76 innings in the field for the Giants last year, in an injury-riddled season. Giants are still paying the great majority of his $11M salary.

— Kansas City Royals gave P Aroldis Chapman a one-year, $3.75M deal. Chapman had a 4.46 ERA, a 1.43 WHIP last year; not good.

— Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey is leaving the school after this season, his 23rd year at the school. Notre Dame is 9-10 this year, 1-7 in ACC; they were 24-11 last year, 11-15 the year before. They’ve made NCAA Tournament once since 2017.

— NBA teams who do the best/worst ATS on second night of a back/back:
Wizards 6-1
Bucks 5-1-1
Bulls 6-2
Celtics 4-1-2
76ers/Raptors 5-2

Mavericks 2-7-1
Suns 1-5
Knicks 1-3-1
Pelicans 2-4
Clippers 3-5

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.

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