Defending No. 1: I have stuck with the selection of Indiana as this seasonís national champion throughout this season. A few ups and downs have not changed my mind. I could change my mind if they slump badly near the end of the regular season but last nightís 77-73 loss to Minnesota doesn't add up to that. When the NCAA tournament begins the Hoosiers will not have to face what they faced last night: A good team with lots of talent on its home court, one thatís a tough venue for visitors. Some people love Williams Arena and its raised court, others hate it. I've never seen a game there but I've been inside (Tubby Smith was conducting his summer camp). It seemed like a great place to see a game; the fans are right on top of the court and a great place for an occasional upset. Doesn't mean the Hoosiers still aren't the best team in the country.
Interesting tidbit from Dan Dakich, the former Indiana player and coach who now is an analyst for ESPN and talk show host in Indianapolis: Last 2 teams to lose at Minn as #1 team n country..53' IU...won NCAA title..89' Illini went to Final 4.
About last night (not much going on):
Tennessee 64, Florida 58: A great home win for the rapidly maturing Volunteers. Cuonzo Martin making a name for himself as a coach with how this team has improved. The Vols have to be considered a threat to win the SEC tournament.
Xavier 64, Memphis 62: This isn't really a bad loss but when you havenít played a lot of top-quality, out-of-conference games, people will talk.
- Michael Vega
- Mark Blaudschun
- Nancy Marrapese-Burrell