Monday, December 19, 2005

Indiana, Kentucky, NFL notes.

Indiana plays at Charlotte tonight. As I said before, this is the redemption game, both for last year's hosejob and this year's ISU loss. ESPN2, 8pm CT.

Tubby Smith is a great coach. He keeps his guys loose and they pound Louisville. I'll say this, while UK has not fared well against the Big Ten, the bouncebacks against top 25 teams West Virgina and Louisville have been exactly what you want to see if you're a Wildcat fan. I'm not sure they have the consistency for another SEC title, but they look like they belong in the top 25 conversation. Now that they will get Randolph Morris back, they could make some noise in the NCAA's.

Speaking of, Pat Forde writes one of the funniest columns I've seen in some time.

Tennesee thumps Texas, kudos to the Volunteers who I've always had a soft spot for, but I still don't think Tenn is really better than NIT-level. I just don't think much of Texas, who has been the Big 12's answer to Purdue: Win a lot of games early and in-conference, do nothing in the postseason. And the blabbing about this being a title contender? The frontcourt is nice, with Aldridge and Tucker, and Daniel Gibson is as good of a point as is out there, but where's the bite on the wing? If they had either a combo guard to allow Gibson to wreak havoc from the two-spot (i.e. IU's Dane Fife '02 or UConn's Ricky Moore '00) or a really solid 2-way swing contigent, then we could talk. But having your point guard be your principal scorer is not the way to championships. When the opposition knows that the attack is coming from the guy who's holding the ball, it's much easier to defend.

Bears win in a walk, but chebus, their offense is as ugly as their Defense is awesome. They'll do well, but won't make it to the Superbowl.

The Colts finally lose. To be expected with the clinching of homefield advantage, but at least this has happened with enough time for them to bounce back and get motoring again before the playoffs.


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