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Wednesday, February 09, 2005


-- Ahead of Duke-North Carolina, I thought to give a shout-out to Raleigh, North Carolina radio producer Joe Ovies of WRBZ AM 850. Himself a blogger, Joe expects "SheWill" to stay out of foul trouble in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Nonetheless, he calls the game for North Carolina, 87-82.

-- Sometimes headlines speak for themselves. Consider Forest Miller's latest for the South Bend (IN) Tribune, "Providence is just plain bad," Damien Pierce's piece for the Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, "Horned Frogs prove free doesn't mean easy," Maureen Wallenfang's article for the Appleton (WI) Post-Crescent, "Hoops, insurance merge in Neenah State Farm office," Jerry Brewer's column for the Louisville (KY) Courier-Journal, "Cats are still Cats; Gators are still Gators," Gary Bedore's contribution to the Lawrence (KS) Journal-World, "Solid in the Little Apple," Howie Stalwick's notes for the Kitsap (WA) Sun, "Gonzaga's Wild Thing," and Jeremy Rutherford's game recap for the St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch, "The 1 and only."

-- Katie Perry of the (Notre Dame) Observer interviews several of the fourteen students who slept outside the Joyce Center Monday night to secure the best seats to the Boston College game. The parents of freshman Michael Cimino might be disappointed to learn he missed two Tuesday classes while in line for tickets. But his comment about the matter, "I consider them excused absences," should leave them laughing.

-- Clark Kellogg of Yahoo Sports (online) also expects North Carolina to beat Duke. His rationale? The Blue Devils aren't as good a rebounding team as the Tar Heels, and they don't have as many impact players.