After the Buzzer: Knight Returning to ESPNPosted by rtmsf on November 12th, 2008
Story of the Night. Normally this would require its own post, but today was a travel day for us, so we’re going to throw it in tonight’s ATB. Great news! Bob Knight will return as an analyst and commentator for ESPN college hoops games this year (h/t TBL). The analyst part we’re absolutely sure is a great idea (although his title game picks could use some help). Everyone remembers how entertaining Knight was in the studio during the last few weeks of the regular season last year (he also showed up for the football Gameday at Texas Tech a couple of weeks ago). Adding him to the Gameday crew for the entire season is a natural fit. We’re less sure about Knight as an in-game commentator (with Dan Shulman or Brent Musberger on Thursday night games), but the possibility of a profane Knight tirade about a boneheaded player or ref makes us positively giddy at the prospect.
Game of the Night. Tonight we had more CvC action, with the second night of the Durham, NC, regional and the opening nights at both the Carbondale, IL, and Ann Arbor, MI, regionals. The only televised games were Duke v. Georgia Southern and the Michigan v. Michigan Tech games on ESPNU, so if you saw either feel free to provide some comments below. N-Bug sent along a quote from Coach K relating Duke’s offensive output to a pinball game (he’s from a different era, ok), but in looking at the stat sheet of the 97-54 win, it appears that he should have been talking about his defense. Duke held GSU to 28% from the field and outrebounded the Eagles by 25 boards, which must have made his happier with his team’s overall effort. Singler again led the way with 19/8. It’s difficult to nitpick a 43-point win, but Coach K might want to have his team work on FTs during the next week, as his team could have won by 60 had they shot it from the line a little better (25-49). Duke will play the winner of S. Illinois/UMass in the semis next Thursday at MSG.
Carbondale Regional. SIU and UMass both played D2 opponents, so we’re not sure how valuable analyzing their wins vs. California (PA) and Arkansas-Monticello are, respectively. SIU’s Carlton Fay had 16/11 as the Salukis pulled away in the second half to win 66-52. UMass won its first contest in new coach Derek Kellogg’s debut, as Chris Lowe paced the Minutemen with 18/11 assts. SIU v. UMass tomorrow night should be a good game, and either team would make for an interesting semifinal matchup with Duke.
Ann Arbor Regional. Michigan’s Manny Harris dropped 30/7 on Michigan Tech in the opener for John Beilein’s second team in Ann Arbor. If anyone else saw this game, we’d be interested in knowing how the Beilein system in Y2 looked. In the other game, Northeastern handled IUPUI 73-60 in a game that was not as close as the final score indicates. Michigan should take this Northeastern team seriously – they’ll be fired up and are a substantial upgrade of talent than what the Wolverines faced tonight. It would not shock us if Northeastern wins tomorrow night’s game.
On Tap Wednesday (all times EST). Several more CvC games… it figures that the best game (SIU v. UMass) will be broadcast, um, nowhere…
- Miami (OH) (-12.5) v. Weber St. – 7:15pm
- S. Illinois (-4.5) v UMass - 8pm
- Michigan (-5) v. Northeastern (ESPNU) – 8pm
- UCLA (-35) v. Prairie View A&M (ESPNU) – 10pm