Tuesday’s Den: Nobody asked me, but……..

Cowboys 31, Buccaneers 14
First time in 30 years Dallas won a road playoff game.
Cowboys’ first two drives: 6 plays, minus-5 yards, no first downs
Cowboys’ next six drives: 58 plays, 404 yards, five TD’s
Dallas K Maher missed four of five PAT’s
Cowboys play the 49ers in Santa Clara Sunday night.

— I’m a little surprised that QB Lamar Jackson didn’t go to Cincinnati for the Ravens’ playoff game. Will be interesting to follow his contract situation with the Ravens this off-season.

— Arizona Cardinals hired Monti Ossenfort as their new GM; he had been the Tennessee Titans’ director of player personnel. His first job in Arizona is to hire a new head coach.

Ossenfort also spent 15 with the New England Patriots, starting as a scout and eventually climbing to be the team’s director of college scouting- he has four Super Bowl rings.

— Illinois’ basketball team is going to get a mid-season boost by adding two foreign players; Zacharie Perrin, a 6-10 forward from France, and Niccolo Moretti, a point guard from Italy, who had been playing NBA Global Academy in Australia.

Illinois is 13-5 right now, 4-3 in the Big 14.

— FS1 has San Jose State-New Mexico, a full-access broadcast Tuesday night, which means both coaches will be miked, there will be almost no commercials, and we’ll be able to hear some of the huddles and halftime talks. They do this with Big East games now and then; it is interesting to listen to.

— All-time scoring leaders in college basketball:
3,667— Pete Maravich, LSU— head coach was his dad
3,249— Freeman Williams, Portland State
3,232— Antoine Davis, Detroit Mercy— head coach is his dad
3,225— Chris Clemons, Campbell
3,217— Lionel Simmons, LaSalle
3,165— Alphonso Ford, Mississippi Valley State
3,150— Doug McDermott, Creighton— head coach was his dad

— Nowadays, TV guys routinely preach how it is OK for a kid to play with two fouls in the first half; back when John Chaney was coaching at Temple, he was a big believer at not playing kids when they had two fouls in the first half, and the talking heads nodded their heads— almost no one played kids in that situation 20-25 years ago.

Coaches are mixed in their two-foul strategy; Virginia, UCLA, Kentucky don’t play their guys much with two fouls in first half. Lot of the smaller schools do, maybe because they have less depth than the bigger-name programs.

— Purdue 64, Michigan State 63— 7-foot-4 Zach Edey scored half of Purdue’s points; they trailed 57-53 with 3:43 left to play. Other than Edey, Purdue was 9-26, a potential red flag for March.

— Middle Tennessee 74, UAB 73 OT— Blazers have lost four of last five games, after starting season 12-2; their last four losses were by 1-2-3-2 points. UAB star Jordan Walker missed their last two games.

— Florida Atlantic 76, Western Kentucky 62— FAU has won 16 games in a row; they’re in the top 25 for the first time ever. Owls’ only loss was to Ole Miss back in November.

— Rice 88, UTSA 81 OT— Much-improved Owls are 13-5, 4-3 in Conference USA; they trailed this game 43-25 late in first half, 69-57 with 4:10 left in game.

— UCSB 73, Cal-Irvine 65— Gauchos post an upset in the Bren Center, creating a 4-way tie for first atop the Big West standings, with Cal-Riverside/Hawai’i.

— Villanova 77, Georgetown 73— Hoyas have now lost 28 Big East games in a row.

— Boston Red Sox added C Jorge Alfaro to a minor-league deal; he’ll make their roster and split time with Reese McGuire behind the plate. Alfaro has been in the majors the last seven years, hitting .256 for three teams (Phillies-Marlins-Padres). 

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.