Cool is the Rule, but Sometimes Bad is Bad…

What to make of Nor’easter’s victory over Indiana last night? Lots. That’s a roadie against a Big Ten team. Yes, Indiana stinks this year and they are a far cry from the Alfords, Smarts, and one of my alltime favorites, Uwe Blap. Heck, I’d even say Nor’Easter wins that game seven or eight times out of 10 on a neutral floor.

Indiana ran out to a 12-3 lead barely three minutes into the game, but scored only 27 points over the next 36 minutes. A final minute three got them into the 40s. Nor’easter clamped down and wore out the Hoosiers.

Note: Chase Allen crumpled to the floor in the middle of the second half with what appeared to be a severed ankle. It was one of those falls that immediately made you think “season ending.” Allen miraculously returned to the game, the beneficiary of one of those midwestern faith healers, and settled Nor’Easter down in a critical time in which Indiana made a minor run.

Importantly, the Huskies went on the road a coupla days before Christmas and picked up a victory (and cashed a big check, too!). That’s good from a mental toughness standpoint.

And check this: the worst team in the Big Ten last year was Northwestern (irony?). The Wildcats (Huskies?) were 1-17 in conference and 8-22 overall. Let’s say that’s what Indiana does this season. Even with that level of bad, Northwestern’s RPI was around 150.

Translation: good win.

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Lest we forget, JMU ran its post Jalloh streak to three with a victory over Seton Hall last night. Notably, the Dukes didn’t play particularly well but defeated a Big East team. (And if we are to believe what we read, every team in the Big East is either in the tournament or on the bubble as of Thanksgiving.)

The Dukes have now won five of seven, four victories coming on the road.

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I don’t know.

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Notable, or inujry? ODU has righted the ship and is playing very good basketball. The Monarchs have won five of six, but what do we make of Frank Hassell?

The bruising postman went 20/11 in a loss to Bucknell, but has seen his effectiveness and minutes decline in the past four games. Last night the MP line said “4.”

The high flying Kent Bazemore and Keyon Carter certainly play a role. Those guys allows ODU to be athletic enough to rebound sufficiently well.

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Today we get Delaware hosting Marist and Hofstra back home against Iona.

Monte’s boys have been tightening the lug nuts of late. The Hens win in Boston over BU is better than you think. They should (kiss of death warning) drill Matt Brady’s old team. Go with 73-63.

Ditto Hofstra. Tom Pecora made it clear he was unhappy with the Flying Pride’s performance over the weekend. Practice must’ve been ugly. Stat of note: 93 of Corny Vines’s 127 hoists have been from three-point land. Ditto the YouDee score.

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More later? I have no idea.

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~ by mglitos on December 23, 2008.

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