… and then there were none. Murray State, the last of the unbeatens falls to Tennessee State
College basketball’s last unbeaten lost last night as the Murray State Racers fell to Tennesse State. Robert Covington had 17 points and 8 rebounds for the Tigers. Isaiah Canaan had 31 points in defeat for the #9 Racers who fell to 23-1. Gonzaga handed St Mary’s their first WCC loss winning 73-59 in Spokane. Wisconsin, Indiana, and Mississippi State were the other ranked teams in actiop and all three won.
In the NBA, the Lakers beat the Celtics in overtime as a Paul Pierce jumper rimmed out at the buzzer. Kobe Bryant has 27 points of the Lakers. Pau Gasol chipped in with 25 points and 14 rebounds, Andrew Bynum had 16 points and 17 rebounds. Ray Allen had 22 points for the Celtics. Golden State and Houston were winners, the Kings upset OKC in the second half of the TNT double-header. The 76ers host the Clippers, the Lakers visit the Knicks, and the Thunder travel to Utah in tonight’s feature action.
On frozen pond, the Rangers and Coyotes won in overtime, the Blues and Jets won in shootouts. Philadelphia, Montreal, Dallas, and Ottawa all won in regualtion. The Florida Panthers regained sole possession of first place of the Southeast Division with a 3-1 win over the Kings. Chicago at San Jose heads an abbreviated Friday night card in the NHL.
(CBB) Princeton -13.5 over Dartmouth
Dartmouth is 1-11 in their L2 with their only win over Longwood. The Green are also 0-11 on the road against Div I opponents beating Alaska Anchorage on a neutral court. Dartmouth is ranked #337 out of 339 in shooting percentage. Princeton finally gets to play at home. in fact, they haven’t played a home game since Nov 30th which is amazing in itself. The Tigers are just 2-3 in Ivy, all on the road. They have a win over Florida State so we know that have some quality. This is a lot of points but there is a huge disparity in talent here and we could see a good old fashioned Can of Whup Ass. Take Princeton.
(CBB) Harvard -6 Penn
Harvard is 6-0 in the Ivy with their road wins by 16-30-9 but the Crimson face a little tougher opposition here in the Penn Quakers. After a brutal non-conf schedule, Penn is 5-1 in their L6 that includes a win over St Joes. They’re 4-1 in Ivy with the loss coming at Yale, no shame there. Hard allowed just 44 ppg in those Ivy road wins and they may have been locked in cruise control with their recent set of tomato cans. Harvard stays in control of the Ivy with a 63-51 type of win.
(NBA) Chicago -13 over Charlotte
This is the Bulls third game in five nights while the Bobcats have had a rare two nights off. Derrick Rose is probable although his minutes will likely be limited. DJ Augustin is Charlotte’s best player and he’s out. Lets face it, the Bulls can name their score barring an act of God. The Bulls have covered five of six as a road favorite while the Cats are just 1-5 in their L6 as a home dog. Charlotte could come out with some energy but in the end they just can’t score enough to hang around here. Bulls 93-74.
(NBA) Lakers -3.5 over NY Knicks
The Lakers play their 6th game in nine nights, the Knicks their fifth in eight nights. LA was extended to OT last night in Boston while the Knicks were off but minimal edge in legs to the maimed New Yorkers who will be without Carmelo and Amare. To their credit, the Knicks have won three straight and covered L6 as Jeremy Lin has brough a spark to the lineup but the Lakers have evidently found a cure for their road woes and Bynum and Gasol can pretty much double-team Tyson Chandler in the paint. Then there is Kobe. Lakers by a comfortable ten point margin.