Thursday’s List of 13: Doing some thinking out loud……

13) Strange times we live in; because of COVID-19:
NBA suspended operations for the season. Wow.

— NCAA Tournament games will be played without fans.
— Starting Thursday, most conference tournaments won’t have fans.
— Seattle Mariners won’t be playing games in Seattle for a while.
— Michigan cancelled its spring football game.
— Ivy League schools cancelled all their spring sports.
— Golden State Warriors will play home games without fans.
— CBI tournament won’t be held this season.

Obviously, the most important thing is to get the coronavirus under control, take care of the people affected by the illness, and get life back to normal.

12) Utah-Oklahoma City game was postponed after the teams had gone thru warmups, which was a little bizarre. Turns out that Jazz C Rudy Gobert and PG Emmanuel Mudiay were taken to Mercy Medical Center in downtown OKC to be tested for the coronavirus.

Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus; we wish him well.

11) St John’s 75, Georgetown 62— Red Storm ended game on a 23-0 run, advance to play #1-seed Creighton Thursday, but they won’t have a home crowd to support then at noon Thursday. Crowd helped them at the end of this game.

Creighton PG Marcus Zegarowski (knee) won’t play this weekend.

Georgetown lost its last seven games; in three years under Patrick Ewing, Hoyas are 49-46, 19-38 in Big East games, 0-3 in Big East tournament games.

10) Oklahoma State 72, Iowa State 71— Kid on OSU dribbled length of floor and made a driving layup at the buzzer after Iowa State scored with 0:07 left.

9) Gonzaga is only team in country that has been in the Sweet 16 in each of the last five years.

8) Best wishes to Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg, who was taken to the hospital after his team lost 89-64 to Indiana in the Big 14 tournament. Hoiberg has had two open-heart surgeries, one in 2005 and a second one in 2015 to replace an aortic valve.

Also best wishes to Mr and Mrs Tom Hanks, who both tested positive for coronavirus.

7) Upsets:
— Cal (+9.5) 63, Stanford 51
— Washington State (+9.5) 82, Colorado 68
— DePaul (+6.5) 71, Xavier 67
— Boston U (+6.5) 64, Colgate 61
— Georgia Southern (+5) 81, Georgia State 62
— Idaho State (+4.5) 64, Northern Arizona 62
— Fordham (+3) 72, George Washington 52
— Syracuse (+3) 81, North Carolina 53

6) DePaul 71, Xavier 67— Bubble teams all over America enjoyed this game, with Xavier getting knocked off the bubble.

5) Washington State 82, Colorado 68— Something is amiss with the Buffaloes; they lost their last five games, and looked terrible doing it- they’re #3 continuity team in country, but its going to be hard for them to get it back together for the NCAA’s next week.

4) Kansas State 53, TCU 49— Horned Frogs lost 13 of their last 17 games, after starting season 12-3; they lost their last ten games away from home, with last win on foreign soil January 7th, at K-State. TCU beat Wildcats twice during regular season, but not here.

3) Boston U 64, Colgate 61— Red Raiders beat BU twice during season, by 9-16 points, but lost Patriot League title game on their home court, after winning the regular season by two games.

2) This obviously isn’t the most important thing, but the rest of the college basketball games this season won’t have any fans. How does that impact handicapping? Or does it?
 
1) To me, Thursday is the best college basketball day of the year; tons of games, all over the country, for 14 or so hours. With no fans present, its going to be a unique/odd day. 

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.