13) Mississippi State hired Mike Leach as its new football coach; with Lane Kiffin signing on at Ole Miss, the SEC will be more interesting than normal next year, and thats saying something.
Big week for Miss State football; Bulldog alum Joe Judge was the surprise choice to be the new coach of the New Jersey Giants- he was introduced to the NY-NJ media Thursday.
12) 76ers’ star Joel Embiid will have surgery Friday morning to fix a torn radial collateral ligament in the ring finger of his left hand; he is expected to miss at least two weeks.
11) Oregon 74, Arizona 73 OT— Outstanding, March-like game; Ducks trailed by 11 in the first half, but rallied for win behind Pritchard, who had 18 points, six assists, and played the whole 45:00. Arizona’s Max Hazzard bolted from Cal-Irvine to Tucson, but he played only 8:00 in this game. Sometimes the grass isn’t greener on the other side.
10) Michigan 84, Purdue 78, 2OT— Zavier Simpson scored 22 points, had nine assists; he was on floor for 49 of the 50:00, going 8-8 inside arc. Purdue had 15 offensive rebounds.
Williams had 36 points, 20 rebounds, first time a Purdue player did that since 1971.
9) Wichita State 76, Memphis 67— Shockers were +8 (18-10) in turnovers, in foul-filled game (both teams took 30+ FT’s). Wichita never trailed in this game, despite shooting only 32.8% from the floor.
8) Saint Mary’s 87, BYU 84 OT— BYU’s star big man Childs got hurt in practice, missed this game; senior G Haws scored 29 in a losing cause here.
Saint Mary’s lost a 4-OT game Saturday, then played another OT game here. If the WCC does not get three NCAA bids, the BYU-Saint Mary’s games become a lot bigger.
7) College basketball upsets:
— Tex-San Antonio (+6.5) 89, Louisiana Tech 73
— Montana (+6) 90, Eastern Washington 63
— Hofstra (+4) 74, Northeastern 72
— Eastern Kentucky (+4) 77, Eastern Illinois 74
— Arizona State (+4) 82, Oregon State 76
6) Stanford 61, Washington 55— Cardinal ends game on 14-1 run; Washington lost its poise down stretch. Why did they lose their poise?
Huskies’ PG Quade Green is academically ineligible; freshman G Marcus Tsohonis will be pressed into action as a backup. Washington had hoped to redshirt Tsohonis this season. Losing your point guard at midseason is like losing your QB; not good.
Green was scoring 11.6 ppg, giving out 5.3 assists/game while making 44.7% of his 3’s.
5) Northern Colorado 65, Weber State 64— Bears get their first-ever win in 14 visits to Ogden; Kai Edwards scored a basket with 0:03.5 left for the win.
4) Siena 61, St Peter’s 58— Peacocks were only 4-22 on arc, were outscored 14-4 on foul line.
3) The last time that a Western Conference team made the NBA playoffs with a losing record was 1996-97, when the 36-46 LA Clippers got in, but that streak could end this year; right now, the 16-20 San Antonio Spurs are holding down the #8 spot in the west.
2) St Louis Cardinals traded OF’s Jose Martinez and Randy Arozarena to Tampa Bay for lefty pitching prospect Matt Liberatore and a Class A catching prospect.
1) Cavaliers 115, Pistons 112 OT— John Beilein really needed this week, after a bad week for him and his team, off the floor. Cleveland is 11-27; losing is stressful. Beilein was a great college coach; you wonder if he is regretting his move to the more player-friendly NBA.