Wednesday’s Den: Mid-week musings……..

— Kansas 89, Kentucky 84
Kentucky led 48-41 at halftime, by 14 with 16:21 left to play.
Dickinson had 27 points, 21 rebounds for Kansas.
Kentucky was 12-38 on the arc, 13-38 inside the arc.
Kentucky played only eight guys; five of them are freshmen.

— Marquette 71, Illinois 64
Marquette was +7 in turnovers (15-8)
Kolek scored 24 points, grabbed six rebounds, had 4 assists.
Illinois starts four seniors; they were 11-33 on the arc.

— Duke 74, Michigan State 65
Duke was 24-30 on foul line, Spartans 7-12.
Blue Devils led by 11 at half; they shot 59% inside the arc.

— Oregon State 81, Appalachian State 71 OT
Oregon State was 13-34 on the arc, 13-30 inside arc.
Beavers are 3-0, with two of the wins in overtime.

— Western Kentucky 86, Murray State 81
WKU shot 53.7% inside arc, 8-16 on arc, scored 1.16 ppp.
Racers led by 5 with 11:23 left to play.

— Toledo 78, Wright State 77
Wright State shot 66.7% inside arc, still got beat.
Toledo played 10 guys; five freshmen, five juniors.
Good night for Toledo; their football team also won by a point.

— Cal-Irvine 70, USC 60
Impressive win for Russell Turner’s Anteaters and the Big West.
Trojans shot 26.3% from the floor; hard to win that way.

— Upsets of the Night:
Cal-Irvine (+14) 70, USC 60
Ill-Chicago (+11.5) 72, Loyola Chi 67
Santa Clara (+9.5) 89, Stanford 77
Temple (+4.5) 66, Drexel 64

— Word of the Day: continuity- the unbroken, consistent existence or operation of something over a period of time.

— Buffalo Bills fired OC Ken Dorsey Tuesday; they’ve lost three of last four games- in their last five games, they’re minus-9 in turnovers. Josh Allen has regressed at QB since the last OC left to become a head coach (Brian Daboll).

Buffalo has trailed after the first quarter in five of their last six games.

— There are 42 bowl games coming up, starting next month; lot of games on TV. As recently as 1981, there were only 15 bowl games.

— Saw a list of the six highest pointspreads in NFL history; in those six games, the underdog went 5-1 against the spread.

— So far this season, Cleveland Browns have run 166 more plays than their opponents, an average of 18.4/game. Takes a lot of strain off their defense.

— Washington Nationals DFA’d 1B Dom Smith; he hit .254 in 153 games this past season, with only 46 RBI, not a lot for a 1B. 

— Milwaukee Brewers are going to name bench coach Pat Murphy their new manager; he’s been the Brewers’ bench coach since 2016. Before that, Murphy worked for the Padres for six years, and before that, he was baseball coach at Notre Dame, Arizona State.

— RIP to Padres’ owner Peter Seidler, who passed away this week at age 63. Seidler was the grandson of the late Walter O’Malley, who owned the Dodgers when they moved from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. Seidler was a two-time cancer survivor who was well-liked in San Diego. 

San Diego had the 3rd-highest payroll in baseball this year, but went 82-80 and missed the playoffs; they’re expected to cut payroll next year and right now, they’re the only MLB team without a manager for next year. 

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.