Morning Five: Black Friday EditionPosted by rtmsf on November 27th, 2009
- So instead of fighting the mobs of penny-pinchers today angling for that last 1080p LCD on the shelves, we recommend a relaxing day watching more live hoops than you can possibly handle. During the commercials, fire up the Youtubes for each and every one of the games listed here (and yes, we’re extremely bitter we didn’t think of this…). With respect to the #1 game, we’d recommend throwing in two other games from the best E8 weekend of all time: 2005 Michigan State vs. Kentucky and West Virginia vs. Louisville. Each game was seemingly better than the last that weekend (UNC-Wisconsin was the only stinker).
- In case you were busy filling your face with non-avian bird flesh yesterday, you might have missed that West Virginia’s Devin Ebanks suited up but did not play for Bob Huggins’ team in their blowout win over Long Beach State. Gary Parrish came right out and said what this actually is — not a problem of “personal issues,” but a suspension for some undisclosed reason. So depending on how close today’s game against Texas A&M is, we may or may not see the preseason all-american in the lineup.
- How bad was the ballroom setup at the Cancun Challenge? According to John Calipari, pretty terrible. Gaps in the floor big enough to lodge a foot in, warped areas of the hardwood, chandeliers hanging a mere 29 feet above the floor… just wait until the year some star player blows out an ankle or a knee because this venue can’t or won’t upgrade its facilities.
- Misleading Headline Theater. This article by Scout.com explains that Memphis head coach Josh Pastner has done something that not even John Calipari could do, which is ink the #1 class in their recruiting rankings at Memphis. Well, sure. Technically. But if Calipari had stayed at Memphis, he would have had John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Xavier Henry — assuredly the #1 class in America. The only reason he didn’t get one at Memphis was because he left there; not that he couldn’t do it. The other thing that bothered us about this article was a quote by Josh Pastner: “You look at the last four years, and it’s the greatest run in the history of college basketball and may never be done again.” Josh, Coach Wooden and his seven national titles in a row is on line three for you… Greatest run in the history of CUSA? Yes. College basketball? UCLA, Duke, Kentucky, and many, many others say hello. Spare us with the hyperbole already.
- Finally, since we were all giving thanks yesterday, Jeff Goodman gave us the ten things that he’s thankful for this year. Right there with ya on #1, Jeff. Right there with ya…