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GB
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 - 07:11 pm:   

So Picacio's got the NBA board, and Shepard's got football....But you, Deborah, I happen to know, are the ultimate collge hoop junkie....

So let's talk college hoops!!!!

Is UConn that bad? Is previously unrated Ga Tech that good! Is the Big 12 the strongest conference?

And most importantly, how 'bout them Panthers?
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Deborah
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 - 08:47 pm:   

Out here in the woods, at luxurious Wheatland Tower, the wind and rain are giving my satellite internet connection fits, so I can't post an appropriately detailed reply right now...but, in short,

Maybe, Nah, As if and oh, yeah.

Be back later or tomorrow to get this topic going suitably.
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GB
Posted on Thursday, December 04, 2003 - 09:30 pm:   

My answers are Yup, Nah, Maybe, and who can say?

:-)
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GB
Posted on Sunday, December 07, 2003 - 03:19 am:   

Kansas loses! Gators will be ranked #1!!!!
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 12:05 am:   

Okay, let's get this NCAA hoops talk going...

I'm a Pitt fan, of course, so I'm happy these days. This may be the best team they've had since I started watching them in the mid to late 80s. Balanced scoring, very sharp D, mix of experience and youth -- everything you want. Only weakness I've seen (again!) is free-throw shooting.

Wisconsin looks like the class of the Big Ten again, with Illinois showing some early signs.

The Big East will be it's usual fight to the finish -- I can't wait for the tournament.

In the SEC, it's up for grabs in my opinion -- I watch Bama some and they were supposed to suck this year, but haven't so far. Florida can't find it's rhythm...who knows what's going to happen there.

With conference schedules starting this week, we'll have some answers soon...

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Lucius
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 09:29 am:   

Pitt, of course, according to TSN, has the weakest pre-conference schedule of any major basketall program in the country, which is why they're only ranked 15th. Could be tough-sledding ahead.

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Deborah
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 09:47 am:   

Well, it was a weak pre-con schedule when people had underestimated Georgia, Alabama, and FSU, wasn't it? What gets me is the news sources who are saying these three teams are so much tougher than they were supposed to be, but when those teams appear on Pitt's schedule, all the sudden they're still marshmellows.

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John Klima
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 10:43 am:   

MMmmmmmmm...marshmellows....

JK
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Deborah
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 10:53 am:   

We turn 'em into smores!

Mmmm....s'mores...

:-)

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Lucius
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 12:26 pm:   

As in s'more is less?

Bear says I'm a bad man. Hail to Pitt. :-)
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 12:47 pm:   

Let's put in a good word for the BC Eagles, 11-2 and just knocked off an undefeated Georgetown team.
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Skippy the Hoya
Posted on Friday, January 09, 2004 - 03:34 pm:   

Yeah, how 'bout them Beagles....

Come tournament time they'll be whining again....

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John Picacio
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 12:22 pm:   

Just checking in over here in college hoops land....

I've gotten a pretty good luck at the Longhorns' basketball team this year....all I can say is....T.J. Ford -- We hardly know ya! Too bad the guy didn't stick around for this season, which would have been his senior season...I don't know many teams that can subtract the National Player of the Year and still be a great team....this team is loaded with experience and depth, but there's NO stone cold killer like T.J. was...he was really special...so far, Duke and Arizona have handed Texas their ass on a platter this season....still early, but I think this team is maybe a Sweet Sixteen team at best (if that)....

I was really impressed with Arizona when I saw them....young, long grayhounds all of them...if Lute Olsen can keep these guys from always looking to make the Sportscenter highlight play, I think they'll be a Final Four beast.

Other than that, I haven't paid too much attention...I'll know more after football season ends...
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Deborah
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 01:46 pm:   

Hey, John.

I'm trying to get my pulse back to normal here -- just watched Pitt beat Miami 84-80 in double OT. Krause is just back from an injury and had a great game, but the real good sign was Pitt hitting 24/28 from the line.

Miami shouldn't have given them a scare -- that's the downside of ten (pretty easy) home games in a row before the conf schedule starts.

Whew!
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The Lonely Ibis
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 02:18 pm:   

The Canes were robbed. Pitt blew the refs at halftime.

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The Ibis of Doom
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 02:37 pm:   

PS -- Miami is very scary...
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John Picacio
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 02:58 pm:   

Wow! I haven't seen Pitt, but I knew they were doing well....I'm surprised at their standing because I thought it would be tough to recover from the loss of Ben Howland...

Props to Pitt (sorry about the loss there, Lucius)...
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Deborah
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 03:11 pm:   

Ibis? You musta been watching a different game -- Pitt had five traveling calls where the motion of the guy's pivot foot might have been detectable by ADP, but was certainly not visible to the naked eye.

Is it true a lot of miami fans are poor losers?
Yeah, Miami could be scary, but you know, liek this football guy is always telling me "close" isn't enough -- you have to be able to finish.
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Deborah
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 03:13 pm:   

John, Jamie Dixon was HOwland's assistant and the main recruiting guy, so he brought all the current players to Pitt and has been there a long time. Shortened the adjustment phase for a new coach.

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The All-Seeing Eye-bis
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 03:33 pm:   

Panthers are reknowned for their shaky pivot feet -- it's about time the refs starting callin' 'em on it.

"Is it true a lot of Miami fans are poor losers?"

I have to admit it. We're not good losers like Panther fans. We have so little practice at it, y'know? :-)

I see NCAA Hoops Championship Banners hanging in Coral Gables.....
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Deborah
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 03:47 pm:   

Never pays to be 'asty, now does it, Mr. Feathers?

Grrr.

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The Ibis of Life Itself
Posted on Saturday, January 10, 2004 - 03:52 pm:   

"'asty?"

Hasty or nasty?

Grrrr? What should I say? Oh, yeah!

Screeeeeeee!!!!
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Deborah
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2004 - 11:36 pm:   

Big test coming for the Panthers tomorrow...at UConn when UConn is coming off an ugly loss...not good, not good at all. Stay tuned.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 06:47 am:   

Better keep that furball-clearer handy, DL. It's gonna be a furball kind of night, I fear.
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Lucius
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 08:22 pm:   

Tough loss, Panther Fan....
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Deborah
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 09:13 pm:   

Very tough. I'm not even up to analysis yet. Grr.

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