For What It's Worth
6:15 AM CST, January 28, 2013
For What it’s Worth on this January 28 -- Thirteen teams in front of Wichita State lost seventeen times last week, so it’ll be interesting to see what kind of bump they get in the national polls today. My guess is that they’ll come in at #15—the Shocks have two good RPI tests this week at home with Indiana State(55) on Tuesday and on the road with UNI(96) Saturday.
Blood in the water---
Bradley Coach Geno Ford on WSU: “What Wichita State does better than any team in our league –is when they smell blood in the water-- they take it to another level of energy.” The Shockers might have just as well been vampires over the last 23 minutes against the Braves; some of their best extended minutes of the season.
Nothing ‘free’ about it---
Between them, Iowa State and K-State hit just 14 of 33 free throws in last weekend’s matchup. I’m not so sure you couldn’t hit 14-33 with your back turned to the basket from the free throw line. It’s tough to shoot 64 percent in the second half, as they did at Ames last weekend and lose. After winning eight straight the ‘Cats have lost two in a row, they host a Texas team which just ended a five-game skid on Wednesday, before getting a return trip to OU this weekend.
It’s odd that nineteen games into the season KU has only played four games on the road. They travel to West Virginia tonight for a game that might have looked good on paper when ESPN was charting out their Big Monday’s. The Mountaineers rank 318th out of 344 teams in division one in field goal percentage. Barring something unforeseen, Kansas will be a double digit favorite in at least six of the final twelve games. The spreads will be a little tighter for trips to Iowa State, OU, OSU, Baylor and K-State’s return trip to Lawrence. The Jayhawks have only been great in pockets so far this season, but if you had to bet your last dollar—wouldn’t you put it on them to finish at 30-1, finishing the season on a 29 game winning streak?
Ready or not---
The ramp up to Super Bowl XLVII starts in earnest today. Did you know that the NFL uses Roman numerals to save confusion over the season spilling from one year into the other—in other words Super Bowl XLVII looks a lot better than Super Bowl 2012-’13. It’s the tenth time that New Orleans has hosted football’s biggest game, matching Miami for the most frequent hosts. This will be the seventh game inside the Superdome, the most of any venue. San Francisco opens as a 4 ½ point favorite, the ‘Niners are the only team with more than one win to never lose a Super Bowl—they are 5-0 all-time.
Pro hoops pulse---
The Lakers finally got a signature win over OKC on Sunday; it’s still going to take a tremendous effort by them to reach the playoffs something they’ve done 60 times in 65 years. Meanwhile, the Celtics appear all but done after losing Rajon Rondo for the season with a knee injury. The only time the NBA playoffs have started without either the Celtics or Lakers—was 1994. Every other year since the start of the NBA in 1947 either Boston or LA (or Minneapolis before them) or both have been in the post-season.
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