13) One of the unusual things about college basketball is that once you beat a team in a non-conference game, you root like hell for that team the rest of the year, since that team’s success makes your win even sweeter, worth more to the NCAA selection committee.
Saint Mary’s just had an excellent neutral court win over Wisconsin; now the Gaels have to root for Wisconsin the rest of the year. Should the Badgers stumble and have a cruddy year, then that win would be devalued. WCC teams other than Gonzaga need as many quality wins as they can get if they want an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
12) One thing about these November college hoop games; NCAA is still doing transfer waivers, so kids are becoming eligible almost on the fly; Portland State/Cal-Riverside had kids get their waivers approved in the last couple of days. The right kid makes a big difference.
Speaking of which…….
11) Memphis 92, UIC 46— Memphis freshman C James Wiseman, one of the nation’s best freshmen, was ruled ineligible by the NCAA late Friday afternoon, but was allowed to play Friday after a temporary restraining order issued by a Memphis court reinstated Wiseman.
The issue is apparently something about Memphis coach Penny Hardaway helping pay the family’s moving expenses (around $11,500) two years ago, when Hardaway was Wiseman’s high school coach.
Ill-Chicago was missing three of its best players in this game, which was very ugly.
10) Get well soon to Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak, who had emergency intestinal surgery this week. Vanna White filled in as host for a few episodes.
9) Hall of Fame RB Terrell Davis, who played his whole NFL career for the Denver Broncos, had his 8 year-old son removed from a youth football team and placed on a different team, because the original team’s name was the Raiders. Alrighty then.
8) Auburn 76, Davidson 66— Takes onions to schedule Davidson; they’re very well-coached, and have enough talent to beat a Power 5 opponent, but Auburn did and gets a solid neutral court win in Annapolis.
7) NFL stuff:
— QB’s Patrick Mahomes, Matt Ryan will both start on Sunday.
— WR’s AJ Green and Adam Thielen are both out Sunday.
6) San Diego Padres hired Larry Rothschild as their new pitching coach.
5) BetOnline posted odds as to whether Saints’ backup QB Teddy Bridgewater will be a starting QB in the NFL in Week 1 of the 2020 season:
yes: -$140, No: even.
4) New York Post ran a picture of Mets’ pitcher Steven Matz bowling; turns out the lefty hurler bowls righthanded, which is probably a good idea, given his injury history.
3) On 9 of 30 NBA teams, the highest-paid player has never played in an All-Star Game.
2) Rick Pitino is the new head coach of the Greece national team; he e is expected to begin coaching the team for the Olympic qualifying tournament that gets underway on June 23. Pitino spent the 2018-19 season coaching Panathinaikos in the EuroLeague and led the team to the Greek Basketball Cup.
1) Orlando Magic coach Steve Clifford says that the first things he looks at in a boxscore are points in paint and made 3-pointers.