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Sunday, January 02, 2005

good afternoon!

-- Bob (no relation to Lenny) Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star pens an all too sensible piece on Mike Davis' troubles at Indiana. Importantly, he echoes my thought from last week; the question is not when (not if) the Hoosiers will let go of Mike Davis, but rather when (and why not?) Mike Davis should leave Bloomington before it's too late.

-- The Boston Globe's Marty Dobrow suggests today's Commonwealth Classic between Boston College and the University of Massachusetts may be as exciting as was the in-state match-up during UMass' heydey. He's wrong. Even at 10-0, the Eagles aren't the talk of the town. As for the Minutemen, Lappas' last stand receives significantly less ink than does high school football. BC by 15.

-- Coming back from 16 down, Kansas yesterday defeated Georgia Tech. Even sans B.J. Elder, the Yellow Jackets of the 2004 NCAA Tournament would have soundly defeated the Simien-less Jayhawks. Trouble has found it's way to Atlanta, where Paul Hewitt's club has been unable to rekindle last year's magic. As for Bill Self's bunch? Defeating Georgia Tech should help the younger players gain confidence. If Kansas plays its way into the Final Four, analysts will look back at yesterday's game as the match that made it (psychologically) possible.

-- The Las Vegas Review-Journal's Steve Carp harps on the RPI.

So, the NCAA men's basketball selection committee is going to tweak its use of the Ratings Percentage Index.

Good. While they're at it, why not make public the entire RPI formula they use in that Indianapolis hotel every March so everyone knows exactly what they're looking at?

Indeed. Inquiring minds want to know.

-- Folks in South Carolina are excited about the Gamecocks. They ought to be. Given the SEC's weakness, Dave Odom should plan for a return trip to the NCAA Tournament.

-- Two former Cincinnati Bearcats are making good on the sidelines of Cincinnati State. Under "Thuggins" proteges Andre Tate and assistant Erik Martin, the Surge are 7-0. Today's feel-good story.