You just can't get away from the Nike label if you're watching college sports. Nike not only puts the shoes on the feet of players, but it has become the leader in uniforms, and that hasn't been such a good thing. Teams tend to look the same, and what's with all the silver on back shoulders of teams that don't use that color? I need an explanation.
Now, Nike is putting some extra detail into uniforms that you could only see if you had a magnifying glass. I wonder what's the purpose? Uniwatchblog.com, a tremendous blog about uniforms, talked about the new uniforms Nike made for Texas that made their debut Monday night against Kansas. Here's the link. If Nike's footing the bill for this, that's its decision, but one thing I think schools should not waste money on is frivolous uniform changes and throwbacks.
One last Nike comment. I was watching the Mike and Mike radio show on ESPN2 this morning and Jay Bilas was a guest. He was wearing a Duke-blue shirt with a Nike logo on the front. Why? Is Nike now giving promotional money to ESPN's announcers? It looked weird.
Games I just have to comment on:
Evansville 65, Wichita St. 62: The Missouri Valley is a one-bid league unless Northern Iowa loses in the conference tournament. Wichita can't lose games like this and expect to be considered for an at-large bid. Evansville had lost 14 straight.
Georgetown 79, Providence 70: A sensational unselfish performance by Hoyas' center Greg Monroe who had 12 assists, most completely legit as he found players cutting to the basket for easy shots.
Illinois 63, Wisconsin 56: Quietly, the Illini have become an outstanding team which this victory in Madison proves (the Badgers had an 18-game home-court winning streak). Bruce Weber is one of those coaches who can never please his fans but he's done a tremendous job this season. Guard Demetri McCamey has morphed into one of the best players in the Big 10. He had 27 points last night.
Kentucky 66, Alabama 55: Another double-double for DaMarcus Cousins (16 points, 13 rebounds), who's playing so well even Dan Shaughnessy has noticed. Just a joke, Dan usually concentrates on the pro games.
Purdue 75, Michigan St. 64: An impressive win in East Lansing that signals the Boilers have rediscovered themselves. They shut down the Spartans and have a chance to win the Big 10 again. Courageous performances by Spartan point guard Kaelin Lucas on a bum ankle but, man, was Brent Musburger over the top in his praise.
Rutgers 70, Caldwell 62: This really should count as a loss, Caldwell is a Division 2 school, that not long ago was all-women, and has a 3-19 record. The Newark Star-Ledger wonders why this game was scheduled.
Texas Tech 72, Oklahoma 71: Insert your own joke here. How about the Sooners nearly stole one on the road?
Vanderbilt 90, Tennessee 71: The Commodores are just a different team at home where they are 12-0. They are 4-3 in road games and 2-2 on neutral courts. Their NCAA game (notice just one) won't be played in Nashville.
Vermont 76, BU 75: Another opportunity for BU to assert itself and the Terriers couldn't do it.
Wake Forest 92, BC 85: Al Skinner didn't like his team's defense and the scoreboard proves him right. Not sure Joe Trapani, out with the flu, would have made a difference.
Houston 74, Western Kentucky 72: The game was tied 72-72 with one second left. A Western player had just missed a shot that would have won the game. Western coach Ken McDonald protested the no-foul call and was hit with a technical. End of game.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell