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Next to the first two days of the NCAA Tournament,
today is the best sports "workday" of the
Big 10 Quarters ... Big 12 Quarters ... C-USA
Semis ... Big East Semis ... and the mother lode: The
With very little protest, the top 8 ACC teams could be
seeded as their own 1-through-8 region in the Big
Dance; instead, they grind it out in the best
four-bout fight card you can get:
(1) Duke vs. (8) UVA
(4) G. Tech vs. (5) UNC
(2 p.m., ESPN2)
(2) NC St vs (7) Fla St
(7 p.m., ESPN2)
(3) Wake vs. (6) Maryland
(9 p.m., ESPN2)
Urgency? Bubblicious Florida State is in a
must-win situation; Virginia can make the Bubble much
more interesting by upsetting presumptive new national
No. 1 Duke.
The ACC's other six teams are already in, which is why Duke can lose this weekend and keep its No. 1
seeding -- and St. Joe's can't.
St. Joe's: No No. 1
Count me as part of the No team that
gets thumped that badly deserves a No. 1 seed
camp. I watched the game; Xavier's final 20-point margin
doesn't do the shellacking justice.
After having been a huge supporter of the RPI, the
formula loses some credibility with me for barely
affecting St. Joe's ranking. Fortunately (and I can't
believe I'm typing this), the "human" element (the
Selection Committee) will inject some common sense and
hopefully give St. Joe's the No. 2 seed it has earned.
Congress ripped the NCAA yesterday on
its "reactive" recruiting policies, so naturally
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Utah Jazz: 7-3 last 10 games; 1/2 game out of playoff spot|
Marcellus Wiley: Telegenic DE signs with Big D; P.R. boost
Ike Diogu: Ariz St soph (22.8 ppg) says "not yet" to NBA
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Nuggets: Lost out 8 of 10; about to lose No. 8 playoff seed|
Air Force: Loses in conf tourn; Bubble status up in ... air
Heidi: Booted from Apprentice; how'd she last *this* long?
the NCAA reacted by floating half-baked ideas for
recruiting reform, including an appallingly
"class-ist" one that would make recruits pay their own
way to visit schools.
Hold on: Can you still call it "recruiting"
when you put the financial and logistical burden on
the prospective students?
-- "Great news, Mom and Dad, I'm being
-- Whoopee: Let me go take out a second
Lakers at T'wolves
Who's got the bigger "Big
Inside? Edge: L.A.
Outside? Edge: Minny
Of course, if they maintain their current playoff
positions (T'wolves No. 2, Lakers No. 4) it's an academic
debate; one of these teams would be lucky to
reach the conference finals -- but both? Not gonna
Meanwhile: Kobe's lawyers won a huge
ruling, allowing them to question his accuser on her sexual
history. Who had "March 12" in the This Is Going to
Get Really Ugly? pool?
We now return the NHL back to its usual
"mainstream-fan apathy" status, season already in
Tony Gwynn and his San Diego St. team
shouldn't take this personally, but it wasn't them
per se that inspired fans to set the all-time
college baseball attendance record last night (by a
It was the fans taking the opportunity to be the first
to sit in San Diego's spanking new Petco Park. Chalk
up the Padres for their own attendance record this
Yankees brass tell their "special advisor" that his ceremonial job doesn't include tripping over MLB's ban on 'roid talk.
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|A lock: Kentucky or Miss. St|
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Kudos to ESPN's Shaun Assael for breaking more news on
the onging federal 'roid investigations (see "Q It Up") ...|
Maybe media-friendly John Lynch will let TV networks
mike him up ... during his search for a new job (Bucs
to trade or cut him) ...
Are the Broncos going to enter the Corey Dillon Derby?
So much for "Quentin Griffin is our new Clinton
If the FDA finally bans andro (which they will), do we
get to put an asterisk next to Mark McGwire's HR
Will John Gabriel still be Orlando Magic GM for
T-Mac's 62-point follow-up game in Orlando on Saturday
night vs. the Sonics? ...
Coming Monday: A full bracket breakdown,