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Saturday, February 12, 2005

fun with google. nothing to do with...Britney Spears

-- The Washington Post suggests Utah is hot, historically black colleges (of which few have winning records and many are found in the RPI's bottom 20) are cold, Penn is NCAA Tournament-bound after a rough start and argues North Carolina must beat Connecticut in Storrs if the Tar Heels are to earn a significant road victory and secure a No. 1 seed. In a separate piece, the Post also argues the RPI is flawed if in suggesting Saint Mary's (CA) is having a more impressive season than George Washington.

Is beating Gonzaga once more impressive than beating Michigan State and Maryland on consecutive days? Is beating teams such as Dayton, Temple and La Salle less impressive than beating Sacramento State, Portland and Loyola Marymount? Are road losses at Wake Forest and West Virginia worse than losses at Rutgers and Hawaii?"

-- Think Illinois can't run the regular-season table? Today's game against Wisconsin is your best bet. The Illini's trip to Masion is the last time Bruce Weber's club will face a ranked opponent before the Big Ten Tournament.

-- Southeastern Conference commissioner Mike Slive publicly reprimanded Georgia coach Dennis Felton on Friday for his comments about University of South Carolina senior forward Carlos Powell. Speaking on his radio call-in show a day after the Gamecocks won in Athens, Felton called Powell the "biggest faker and flopper" whose antics bordered on cheating.

-- Greg Auman of the St. Petersburg Times profiles Louisville's Taquan Dean, noting it was years before Dean had a stable family or future. A very good read.

-- Berry Tramel of the Olkahoman argues Kelvin Sampson's time in Stillwater is every bit as good as was Billy Tubbs. My initial reaction to his Tramel's thesis? Heck no! But he makes a Berry good case (pun intended).