13) St Louis Cardinals have to send the Astros $2M and two draft picks as payment for the hacking scandal that saw one of their employees hit with criminal charges.
12) Kid named Mathias on Purdue makes 49% (49-100) of his 3-pointers, a superior shooter. Was very frustrating watching the Boilermakers play at Nebraska Sunday and the kid who is guarding Mathias would leave him to help out on dribble penetration. No!!!!!
A 49% 3-point shooter is like a 73.5% 2-point shooter; you never leave a guy like that, but the old school “help defense” school of thinking says you should. No bueno. Mathias had 19 points but Nebraska pulled the upset anyway. Never leave a great 3-point shooter.
11) These teams had the most turnovers in any college hoop game this season: Manhattan 40, Western Carolina 34, New Hampshire 34.
The common thread of those three games? They all came against West Virginia.
10) Joel Embiid played less than one year (23 games) in college at Kansas, scoring 11.2 pts/game in 23.2 mpg; he then missed two full seasons because of injury. Now he has emerged as a force in the NBA, scoring 20.3 pts/game in 25.4 mpg in 31 games for the 76ers.
Both very impressive and very surprising.
9) Kenny Smith took a night off from the TNT studios last week and the result was a great debate between Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal on whether the Cavaliers need more help to defend their championship. Good spirited debate; less people makes for better TV.
8) Employees at the Albany Times-Union, the main newspaper in my hometown, haven’t had a raise in 3,376 days, or 9.25 years. Long time.
7) What four colleges have the most players in this year’s Super Bowl?
Alabama, LSU, Stanford aren’t surprising, but Rutgers having four guys in it is.
6) FOX Sports’ Steve Lavin compared Utah hoop coach Larry Krystkowiak’s coaching style to Robert Duvall in The Great Santini, where Duvall was a military parent who used tough love in raising his kids. Lavin is great with movie references but not sure that was a compliment.
5) If you care about such things, Eastern Washington is 8-1 vs spread in Big Sky games this season.
4) Someone on MLB Network was touting Dwight Evans as a Hall of Fame over the weekend; ugh. Evans is like Keith Hernandez; an outstanding defensive player who wasn’t a great player, but was a really, really good player on very good teams. I’d vote Hernandez for the HOF before I’d vote for Evans and I wouldn’t vote for Hernandez.
3) More bad injury news from the Big East: Xavier loses PG Edmond Sumner for the season with a torn ACL, joining Creighton’s Maurice Watson on the sidelines with a knee injury.
2) This is a quote in the Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook, a preseason hoop guide, from Arizona coach Sean Miller:
“Allonzo Trier has been in the gym more this summer than some guys who consider themselves hard workers would’ve done over two summers………..his body, his waist, his body fat— he looks like a different person and that’s through hard work. It is an obsession for him to become a great player and it’s so fun to be around him because he is maturing.”
Consider then, that Trier was later declared ineligible for most of the season due to having PED’s in his system. Maybe he really did get in a car accident and maybe a relative did give him PED’s to recover, but in today’s world, it isn’t difficult to be cynical.
1— Speaking of Arizona, the road team is 9-0-2 vs spread in Arizona’s Pac-12 games so far this season. With Trier eligible again, the Wildcats are going to be a fashionable Final Four pick.