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Sunday, January 30, 2005

yo mama

-- Jay Hart of the (PA) Morning Call has today's must-read about how Grinnell's system is changing small-school hoops, both men's and women's. Today, 11 Division III programs have adopted Dave Arseneault's style, as have 80 to 100 high school programs across America.

-- Mark Blaudschun of the Boston Globe notes that not only was Boston College's game against Georgetown a sellout but, more importantly, Conte Forum was buzzing, giving the Eagles a real -- and unusual -- home-court advantage. Though Al Skinner's team has yet to appear on ESPN's "Big Monday," the city of Boston has (finally) taken note of their success. Every remaining home game is sold out.

-- Tom Noie of the South Bend (IN) Tribune takes a look at the (practice) drills that have enabled Connecticut to establish a +14.8 rebounding advantage, the country's largest. Earlier this year, the Huskies set a school record with 74 rebounds in a single game. Woah.

-- The Indianapolis Star's Terry Hutchens takes his time, but finally (and between the lines) highlights the near-absurdity of the Steve Alford to Indiana rumors.

In Indiana, IU basketball fans constantly make a pitch for Alford's return.

In Iowa, there's a large group that wishes Hoosiers fans would get their way.

Despite this season's success, "Boy Wonder" is only inches removed from the Hawkeye Hot Seat. Why then -- pedigree be damned -- is he still in consideration to be Indiana's next coach?

-- After calling into ESPN Radio's "College GameNight" to dispute a claim by Doug Gottlieb, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim could have defended the Big East's honor with a "yo mama" joke. As in, "Doug, when your mom and I were at Syracuse together, she was like my championship ring. Everybody put a..." Come to think of it, I'm glad Boeheim took the high road and an "intelligent" back-and-forth ensued.