Saturday, December 22, 2007

View from the Couch: Long day of Sports

The truth is, I haven't spent the entire day on the sofa. I did some good things this morning and I finished the Christmas shopping this afternoon. But I have watched quite a bit of stuff from this position today. And I've got BYU/UCLA in the Vegas Bowl tuned in right now. So here are some observations.

No matter where I turned today, it seemed that everyone was saying they were surprised the Georgetown/Memphis game wasn't closer. I really wasn't. Both teams came in a little untested. The Tigers a bit more tested than the Hoyas. So after the initial burst of the game, it wasn't surprising to see them control things. I still think both teams are a bit overrated, or at least untested. (UCLA is going to get some gift points here at the half.) I'm starting to believe a little more in Memphis. But I've never been a John Calipari fan, so it will take me a little longer.

Maybe Michigan State is the best team in the country. If it weren't for the 2nd half meltdown in Kansas City versus UCLA we'd certainly be saying that. But the Spartans passed another major test today by downing previously unbeaten Texas from the Palace. Defensively Michigan State was just too good. I think the Big Ten is a little down this season. The Spartans could easily walk through the conference with only a loss or two, and end up with one of those 28-2 like records. I think they are a definite #1 seed contender at this point. But we'll see.

The most entertaining game I saw today was Tennessee at Xavier. The Volunteers go on the road again to get another good win. Still, with Lofton shooting so poorly, you wonder how good the Volunteers can really be.

Valparaiso has sort of reemerged as one of the top mid-majors this season. They are currently trying to add a marquee win to the resume. They lead in Madison over the Badgers by 3 with 17 minutes left. We'll keep an eye on it.

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