Monday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports weekend…….

13) Selection Sunday is only five weeks away; lot of studying to do between now and then (and packing for my first vacation in 2.5 years!!!). Anyway, the biggest question I have right now is, how good is Gonzaga?

— Gonzaga is 19-2, 8-0 in WCC; their three road wins in WCC were by 32-30-33 points.
— Beat Texas by 12, UCLA by 20, Texas Tech by 14; lost to Duke, Alabama.
— Zags are shooting 62.7% inside the arc, 37.9% on the arc.
— They defend well without forcing lot of turnovers; they gave up 84-91 points in the losses.

WCC is the #9 conference right now; some good teams, but it ain’t the SEC or Big X. 

One of the many things we’ll be following the next few weeks. 

12) USC basketball coach Andy Enfield played college ball a D-III Johns Hopkins; in his career, he made 431 of 466 free throws, which is 92.5%, the best %age ever.

Must be frustrating this year; Enfield was a great shooter, is a really good shooting coach, but this year’s Trojans are shooting 63.7% on the foul line, 351st out of 358 D-I teams. 

11) People bust on the Rams because they trade all their first-round draft picks (for proven stars) but when you draft well and develop players, the system works.
— Nick Scott, starting safety— 7th round draft pick in 2019
— Travin Howard, starting LB— 7th round draft pick in 2018
— Kendall Blanton, tight end— undrafted free agent in 2019

Having a great GM is just as important as having a great coach; Rams have both, with Les Snead and Sean McVay.

10) Nuggets 124, Nets 104:
— Nikola Jokic had a triple-double, his 14th this season, 71st of his career, only six behind the great Wilt Chamberlain on that list. If you’re mentioned in the same sentence as Wilt, you’re pretty damn good.

Meanwhile, Nets have lost eight games in a row, are 2-9 without Kevin Durant in lineup. 

9) Staying in Denver, Denver Broncos are for sale— guy who is a financial advisor for Denver in the deal is Steve Greenberg, son of baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg.

Steve Greenberg was Fay Vincent’s deputy commissioner 30 years ago; he was instrumental in Denver getting a baseball expansion team (Colorado Rockies).

8) Los Angeles Clippers have won nine games this year when trailing by 10+ points; they’ve won four games after trailing by 20+, which is most in the NBA.
— Good news- They’re spunky and competitive
— Bad news- They fall behind a lot.

7) In the last few weeks, Michigan’s football coach tried pretty hard to become an NFL head coach; they’ve lost their offensive coordinator, and this weekend, they lost their defensive coordinator. Not a good sign for the Wolverines’ immediate future. 

6) Niagara 80, Iona 71— Gaels’ first loss in 12 MAAC games. Better now than in March; they’ll need to win the MAAC tournament to get into March Madness for sixth straight time. 

5) Loyola Chi 71, Missouri State 62:
— Loyola held Isiaih Mosley to 12 points; he had 40 in their first meeting.
— Ramblers lead MVC by game over Northern Iowa/Drake. 

4) Wyoming 61, Fresno State 59:
— Cowboys won 4th game in row; they’re 10-1 in last 11 games.
— Wyoming’s last five wins were all by 7 or less points. 

3) Providence 71, Georgetown 52:
— Hoyas led 30-27 at halftime.
— Friars won seven in row, 15 of last 16 games.
— Georgetown has lost 11 games in a row; no idea where they’ll turn for a head coach if they decide to fire Patrick Ewing, the best player in Georgetown history. Hoyas are a mess, and are 26-54 in Big East games under Ewing. 

2) Miami Dolphins hired Yale graduate Mike McDaniel as their new head coach; he comes from the 49ers, he has a 15-year coaching resume, but was 49ers’ OC for only one year.

Nine head coach openings; seven have been filled, all by Caucasians, as NFL teams give the middle finger to Brian Flores and his lawsuit. Saints/Texans are the last two teams with a head coach opening. Roger Goodell’s press conference this week should be very interesting if neither one of those teams hire a minority head coach. 

1) August 1, 1986, the first time I ever stepped foot inside a casino. Pretty good day; I was visiting my sister in Los Angeles and we drove thru the desert to Las Vegas, where it was 112 degrees when we showed up. Stepped into a sportsbook and my head was spinning; sports/numbers are my thing. This was heaven on earth.

I go up to the counter to bet on the Mets, who were playing the Montreal Expos- can’t remember who was pitching for the Mets, but Floyd Youmans was pitching for Montreal. Give the guy my bet and he is smiling:

“Great pick buddy, but the game started 90 minutes ago.”

I had forgotten to set my watch to the western time zone; game was in the 5th inning.


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.