Five thoughts on college basketball last night:
1. Got home from Mississippi in time to watch Indiana take apart Purdue, 97-60. Outside of Victor Oladipo, i’m still not sold on the Hoosiers’ overall athleticism. On the other hand, Indiana hits you in waves, plus IU has the experience and moxie a team needs come tournament time. Saturday’s game with visiting and top-ranked Michigan has a chance to be epic.
2. Oregon got rolled at Stanford, 76-52, slamming the brakes on the Ducks’ nine-game win streak. Stanford led by 13 at the half and just kept going in Palo Alto. Remember, Stanford beat Oregon in football as well.
3. Maybe it’s the uncertainty surrounding Frank Haith. Maybe it’s the injuries. Whatever it is, Missouri has been a disappointment, as illustrated by the Tigers’ 73-70 loss at LSU last night. Missouri is now 4-3 in the SEC, a full three games behind league-leading Florida.
4. Miami’s destruction of Duke was not a fluke. Well, maybe the final margin was flukish, but Miami is for real. Jim Larranaga’s club rallied to win 73-64 last night in Blacksburg against Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes are now a perfect 7-0 in the ACC. Shane Larkin scored 25 for the winners.
5. The only thing more annoying than cable might be those DirecTV commercials saying cable is annoying. The “Don’t Be a —-” commercials were clever and entertaining. The new batch, not so much.