Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dimes and dunks--Saturday morning edition

- Memo to the Kansas City Star: Iowa State plays at Missouri this evening, not Nebraska versus the Tigers. The newspaper's edition listed "Nebraska" as playing in Columbia tonight. That's a pretty major editing mistake.

- Joe Posnanski has the coveted inside back cover columnist spot in Sports Illustrated this week, formerly held by long-time SI writer Rick Reilly. It's cool to see JoePo making it big at SI and, but I miss seeing his columns in the Kansas City Star, particularly when having my Saturday or Sunday morning coffee.

- Going into today's games, here are the top ten college basketball teams given the all-important RPI ratings: Kansas, Syracuse, San Diego State, Pittsburgh, BYU, Connecticut, Duke, Georgetown, Ohio State and Notre Dame. For those counting at home, that's five Big East teams in the top ten of the RPI.

- I've only seen one episode and thus am unsure as to characterize it as a "boxing show," but Lights Out on FX is pretty good, based upon the pilot.

- Former University of Kansas golfer Gary Woodland is co-leader of the PGA Bob Hope Classic headed into round three today. As I look out my window at the 12th fairway behind our yard, I'm hard-pressed to think about golf given the six inches or so of the white stuff on the ground.

- Have you seen anything wackier in college hoops recently than the 19-0 opening run by Pittsburgh, this past Monday, which was then matched by a 17-0 response by Syracuse?

- Think about this--if Colorado was in the Pac 10 already, they'd be a serious, serious contender for the league crown this year given the weakness of that league. Washington currently leads the Pac 10 but after the Huskies, the league is down compared to recent seasons.

- Today's predictions versus the betting line: Line - Kansas by nine over Texas. Kansas wins but does not cover the spread. Line - Missouri by 9.5 over Iowa State. Missouri covers the spread. Texas A&M by five over Kansas State. A&M covers the spread.

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