13) Minnesota Twins withdrew from the 3-team Mookie Betts trade, meaning Kenta Maeda is back on the Dodgers again; that shouldn’t be too awkward, with spring training starting in a couple days.
12) Auburn 91, LSU 90 OT— Auburn trailed by 12 at the half, by 8 with 1:26 left, then led by 7 with 1:51 left in OT, before LSU stormed back and took a 90-89 lead with 0:09 left. Auburn scored with 0:00.1 left to send its fans home happy.
Second loss in a row for LSU after its 8-0 start in SEC. Auburn won its last six games, with three of last four wins coming in overtime.
Auburn was 18-44 on the arc, 12-30 inside the arc; they played without Purifoy, who had the flu.
11) Seton Hall 70, Villanova 64— Pirates are best team in Big East; they lead the league by three games, but the question is: Can Villanova or Butler still make noise in the NCAAs?
10) Duke 98, North Carolina 96 OT— No nice way to say this; an epic collapse by the Tar Heels, who led by 13 with 4:04 left to play, by 5 with 0:21 left in OT. UNC was 21-38 on foul line in a 2-point loss; Duke was 26-34. Not often a team leads a game for over 40:00 and loses.
The uniforms these teams wore for this game look like practice jerseys, awful uniforms, but I’m sure they’ll sell a ton of them online, because hey, they were on TV.
9) St Bonaventure 83, Duquesne 80— How is Mark Schmidt still the coach of the Bonnies? St Bonaventure is 16-8 this season, 8-3 in the A-14; he’s a very good coach.
— Find a map, then find Olean, NY on that map.
— Circle Olean, NY on the map
— Look at how many cities are within 90 miles of Olean; how many great high school basketball players live within 90 miles of Olean?
— Some bigger school should hire Schmidt.
8) Temple 97, SMU 90 OT— Owls were down 17 at the half, rallied to win. Not often you make 13-30 on the arc and lose, but SMU also doesn’t have any seniors, which showed here.
— Elon (+12.5) 72, Charleston 65
— UCLA (+12) 65, Arizona 52
— Lehigh (+10) 62, Lafayette 59
— South Florida (+8.5) 75, Memphis 73
— Boston College (+8) 77, Virginia Tech 73
— Grand Canyon (+7) 103, Cal Baptist 98
— Chattanooga (+6) 84, Wofford 77
6) Oklahoma 69, West Virginia 59— West Virginia is 5-0 at home in Big X, 1-4 on road, with lone win at last place Oklahoma State.
Mountaineers’ conference schedule is just stupid; their closest Big X rival is Iowa State, located 873 miles away. 879 miles is their SHORTEST Big X road trip. Is football that big a money maker than screwing up your basketball program is worth it?
5) Georgetown 76, DePaul 72— If you had told me in December that DePaul would be 1-10 in the Big East, I would’ve scoffed at you- they looked great in pre-conference play, but now DePaul has lost eight conference games by 8 or fewer points. Same old story; the last 12 years, they’re 33-173 in Big East games. That not good.
4) Arizona State 66, USC 64— Trojans led by 13 in first half, by 5 with 2:22 left, but they turned ball over 24 times, lost to an Arizona squad that shot 31% inside the arc. Trojans got swept on their Arizona trip, by total of seven points.
3) Alabama 105, Georgia 102, OT— Three of seven SEC games Saturday went to OT. Both teams shot 60%+ inside the arc in this game. Georgia led by 12 with 14:17 left.
2) XFL: Washington 31, Seattle 19— Austin Proehl scored first TD in XFL this season; his father Ricky scored the game-winning TD for the Rams in the 2000 NFC title game.
Washington’s first TD scored on a blocked punt.
1) Houston 37, Los Angeles 17— Philip Walker had a big day at QB for Houston, throwing for 272 yards, four TD’s. LA played without QB Josh Johnson, a big deal.
My overall impression of the XFL’s first day:
— Both home teams won; both games went over.
— Good entertainment. I’m more of a basketball guy, but the quality of football will improve as teams play together more.
— Plays: Seattle 64, Washington 56. Similar to an NFL game.