Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a sports Saturday……..

Jaguars 31, Chargers 30
Chargers led 27-0 with 1:00 left before halftime.
Lawrence in 1st half: 10-24, 77 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT’s
Lawrence in 2nd half: 18-23, 211 yards, 3 TD’s
Jacksonville won, despite being minus-5 in turnovers.

I cannot emphasize enough how rare it is for an NFL team to be minus-5 in turnovers and still win the game. Doug Pederson is 5-2 as a head coach in the playoffs.

49ers 41, Seahawks 23
Seattle led this game 17-16 at halftime.
49ers had nine drives; they scored 4 TD’s, kicked 4 FG’s.
San Francisco averaged 10.5 yards/pass attempt.
Metcalf caught 10 passes for 136 yards, 2 TD’s for Seattle.

College basketball stuff………
Kentucky 63, Tennessee 56— Wildcats outscored Tennessee 22-7 on foul line. This is Kentucky’s first top 50 win this season.
Vanderbilt 97, Arkansas 84— Vandy outscored Hogs 63-42 in second half. Arkansas has injury issues; they’ve started SEC play 1-4.
Alabama 106, LSU 66— Crimson Tide led 59-22 at halftime.

SEC has seven teams in top 50; Alabama/Texas A&M are the two unbeatens in SEC play.

Clemson 72, Duke 64— Clemson is 7-0 in ACC play for the first time EVER. Duke led by 8 with 14:47 left in game. Duke is 4-3 in ACC; he is destined to be this generation’s Gene Bartow, replacing a legend but having mixed results.
NC State 83, Miami 81 OT— Wolfpack led by 10 at the half; they were +13 in turnovers (17-4). State outscored Miami 5-0 in last 2:13 of overtime.

Clemson is 7-0 in ACC games; five other teams are 5-2. ACC has six teams in top 50.

Big X
This is a very good league; Texas Tech/West Virginia are a combined 20-4 out of conference, a combined 0-10 in conference games. All ten teams in the league are in the top 60

Kansas 62, Iowa State 60— Jayhawks are 5-0 in Big X, with four wins by 4 or less points.

Kansas leads the Big X, a game ahead of Texas-Iowa State-Kansas State..

Big West
Cal-Riverside 65, UCSB 64— Highlanders upset Santa Barbara, are in 3-way tie for second in Big West play. Cal-Irvine sits atop the league with a 5-0 mark.

William & Mary 69, NC-Wilmington 67— Seahawks were 27-41 on foul line in a 2-point loss; they lost two games this week, after winning their previous 12 games.
Charleston 78, Elon 60— Cougars have won 17 games in a row; their one loss was 102-86 at North Carolina on November 11.

Charleston is 6-0 in CAA play, Hofstra 5-1. Only 5 of 13 teams in this league are in the top 200.

Conference USA
Florida Atlantic 66, North Texas 62— FAU has won 15 games in a row; their one loss was 80-67 at Ole Miss, back on November 11.
Rice 83, UTEP 82— Owls are 3-2 in C-USA; all five games were decided by 3 or less points, or in overtime.

FAU is 6-0 in conference games, has a 2-game lead. C-USA has four teams in the top 100. 

Wright State 78, Milwaukee 74 OT— Raiders shot 58.5% inside arc; they’ve won five of their last seven D-I games. Milwaukee has won four of its last five games, all of which were decided by 5 or less points, two of them in overtime.

Youngstown State, Northern Kentucky and Milwaukee are all tied for first, at 5-2 in league play.

Missouri Valley
Belmont 76, Northern Iowa 72— Belmont made 14-31 on the arc; they’ve won four in row, seven of last eight games.

Bradley/Drake are both in the top 100; Indiana State leads the MVC, by half-game over Belmont and Southern Illinois. 

Mountain West
Colorado State 82, UNLV 81 OT— Rams banked in 40-footer at the buzzer to force overtime, then overcame a 4-point deficit in last 0:30 of OT. Colorado State was 14-32 on the arc, only 6-8 on foul line. UNLV was 23-31 on the line; they’ve lost four of five MW games, two of them in OT.

New Mexico 76, San Diego State 67— Lobos start three seniors, two juniors; they now have won at both Saint Mary’s and San Diego State.

Nevada, Boise State, San Diego State all have one conference loss; league has five teams in top 60, six teams in top 100.

Oregon 87, Arizona 68— Ducks got squashed by Arizona State 90-73 Thursday, then laid the wood on Arizona here. Arizona shot 37.5% from the floor; they’ve lost two of last three games, after a 14-1 start.

Washington 81, Cal 78 OT— Golden Bears led by 11 with 9:43 left, by 6 with 2:35 left. 

UCLA is 7-0 in conference games, Arizona State 6-1; league has eight teams in the top 100, only three in the top 50.

Gonzaga 115, Portland 75— One of those nights in Spokane; during a time-out, a Gonzaga fan hit a half-court shot, for $1,300. Gonzaga scored 1.51 points/possession, almost a perfect game- they made 17-38 3’s.

Gonzaga/Saint Mary’s are both 5-0 in conference; BYU/Santa Clara are also in the top 100. San Francisco was 11-4 out of conference; they’ve started WCC play 1-5. 

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.