13) Robert Covington was traded from Minnesota to Houston this week; he took a 6am flight to Houston Wednesday, caught a red-eye flight to LA, had a crash course film session with the Rockets’ coaching staff, and later scored 14 points in 30:00 off the bench at Staples Thursday.
Houston won the game 121-111; they were +16 with Covington on the court, -6 with him on the bench.
Covington is making $11,301,219 this year, which breaks down to $137,819.74 per game.
12) Suns 127, Rockets 91— Houston beats the Lakers in Staples Thursday, then loses by 36 in Phoenix the next night. Kelly Oubre scored a career-high 39 points for the Suns.
11) Maryland 75, Illinois 66— Illini scored 42 points in first half, only 24 in second; Maryland swept them, which is impressive.
10) South Alabama 70, Troy 66— When ESPN started up 40 years ago, Sun Belt was one of the first leagues to let them televise their basketball games- there were a lot of Sun Belt games on TV back then. As ESPN’s profile grew, they dropped the Sun Belt, which is too bad- the league is pretty good right now and deserves more TV exposure.
9) Northern Illinois 57, Kent State 54— Huskies haven’t been to NCAA Tournament since 1996; they’re 15-9 this year, 8-3 in MAC, leading the West Division. Can the Huskies make it this year?
8) VCU 73, Davidson 62— 148th consecutive home sellout for VCU, in the 7,637-seat Siegel Center; its good to be a big fish in a smaller pond.
7) Former UNLV basketball coach Marvin Menzies sold his old home in a Las Vegas suburb for $1.15M on Friday; Menzies is now an assistant coach at Grand Canyon.
6) Why doesn’t ESPN or the MLB Network televise the Caribbean Series? They want to grow the game, but they blow a chance here to promote the game- this is good baseball being played.
5) Kendrys Morales retired after a major league career where he hit 219 homers and earned around $75M; I’ll always remember Morales for hitting a walk-off homer, leaping on home plate in celebration, but breaking his ankle when his spikes slipped off of home plate; he missed the whole 2011 season because of that injury.
4) North Carolina A&T is leaving the MEAC for the Big South Conference, apparently to reduce travel time for road games.
3) Clemson’s offensive coordinator makes $1.7M a year; if he’s smart, he’ll grab a head coaching job after QB Trevor Lawrence moves on to the NFL a year from now.
2) Houston Astros players can’t be penalized by MLB in the sign-stealing debacle; they were given immunity so they would tell MLB what they knew about what went on.
1) Turns out the Peloton exercise bike costs $58 a month, for someone in a studio somewhere to yell at you while you ride an exercise bike at the crack of dawn. Ummm….no thanks.