USF-NC State Haiku

March 17, 2010

Horner Wardled Bulls
Can’t Make it Past the First Round
Onto Spring Football

EPIC FAIL

March 16, 2010

I have to write this quickly because I had an epic fail of my own – I managed to record a blue screen instead of the game, so I can’t go back and review anything.

It’s ironic that I spent half of Saturday trying to warn St. John’s and/or Rutgers fans about the stupidity of Seth’s old teams, because the last 15 seconds of tonight’s 58-57 loss to N.C. State will go right into the hall of shame along with some of the dumbest things they ever did. And they did some extremely dumb things… I think the worst was the time Seth tried to pull his Harry High School “let’s run off to the locker room to pretend like we have momentum when we make a basket right at halftime” routine when there were still 45 seconds left in the half. It was the shot clock buzzer, not the regular buzzer. He obviously was hit with a T. But I digress.

First of all, the ball is allowed to go into the backcourt on an inbounds pass, even from the baseline. When the shot clock is low, you do not all have to go chasing after the ball and leave your man underneath the basket. As long as you don’t do that they will probably end up with a bad shot. Instead, everyone runs out of the paint, so when Horner(?) tracked down the ball, he had his choice of three wide-open players under the basket to throw to. THAT WAS DUMB. (In the spirit of epic fail, the Sun Dome clock operator forgot to start the clock until the ball was pretty much in the basket and the officials had to go figure out how much time was left.)

So after all that,  DoJo is coming up the floor with five seconds left. He has gone coast to coast and scored on numerous occasions. He just did it three weeks ago against Providence to win that game. So now, we’re going to have him give up the ball when no one else on the team has proven they can score consistently in this game. And not only that, but he’s going to give the ball up by passing it just across halfcourt, without even getting close to the rim, before the defense collapses on him. THAT WAS DUMB. Howard had nowhere to go, he barely got it to Gus, who had his shot blocked at the buzzer. Game over, thanks for playing.

Sure, USF had a good season overall, but that ending is going to leave a really sour taste in my mouth.

And It Starts

March 15, 2010

I was going to write about USF’s matchup with NC State tomorrow night, but Scott Carter of the Tampa Tribune has reported that Jim Leavitt has filed suit against USF, and is seeking the 7 million dollars owed to Leavitt under the terms of his contract.

You knew that this was only a matter of time after mediation attempts failed last month and learning last week that accuser Joel Miller was not going to sue Leavitt.

I’m sure that this will end well.

Our Las Vegas Correspondent DoJoMojo was nice enough to throw a liveblog together from one of the finest establishments that the city has to offer. Read about it after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

USF-Georgetown Haiku

March 10, 2010

Hoyas Get Revenge
I Think We are NIT Bound
Still a Great Season

The Theme For This Week

March 7, 2010

You think conference tournaments are about celebrating your league, watching some good basketball, handing out awards, and enjoying a city you don’t visit very often? SCREW THAT. The conference tournament is about two things:

1) Winning, and
2) Winning.

If you’re following along this week, expect all of us to throw out posts at any time of the day or night on anything that might come up. Live blogs, trash talk, recaps, goofy Internet memes, it’s all going to be here. And the longer USF plays, the weirder it will probably get. But that’s a conference tournament for you.

Thank you and Go Bulls.

– Mgmt.

In advance of our huge game against Connecticut this Saturday, Mike Grant over at UCHuskies.com as nice enough to do a Q&A before our NCAA Elimination game. You can check out my answers for a couple of his questions here.

1. What the hell happened vs. Notre Dame?

Total no show.  Stanley Robinson, who had scored in double figures in 30+ consecutive games, played 35 minutes and took 4 shots.  4.  Jerome Dyson has been struggling lately, and Wednesday night his struggles were front and center.  2-14 and 5 turnovers.  Notre Dame played terrible, they scored 17 points in the first half…and won.  Just a no show by the Huskies.

2. Give me some hope on Saturday. What can USF do to bring home a win this weekend.

I don’t think it’s a longshot by any means that USF wins this game.   The way the Huskies played Wednesday was as if they’re in the tank.  I don’t think anyone knows what to expect out of this squad, not even Calhoun.  The only thing consistent about the Huskies is that they are inconsistent.  If they couldn’t get up for Notre Dame, when most people felt all they had to do to get into the tourney was win the last two games, why should we expect a nice showing Saturday?  With all of that said, the Huskies, when playing well, are capable of beating anyone.  So you want hope?  Hope the same team that scored 48 points in a home loss to Cincy, and 50 points in a loss to Notre Dame shows up.

3. Gavin Edwards is having a pretty good senior year after being glued to the bench the past 3 years. What has he done to improve himself this season?

Gotten minutes.  It’s a little bit of a misnomer in my opinion that Edwards is much improved from last season…he was just playing behind Jeff Adrien and Hasheem Thabeet.   Check the numbers : This year he’s averaging 10.8 points and 6.7 boards in 30.8 minutes.  Last season he averaged 3.8 points and 3 boards in 11.7 minutes…if you plug his junior season numbers into 30.8 minutes, you’d get 10 points and 7.9 boards.   He’s just finally getting an opportunity, he’s always been talented.

4. I’m sure this is being asked a ton, but do you think Coach Calhoun’s health will force him to retire after this season?

No, I don’t believe it will.  Calhoun is way too much of a fighter to go out like this.  I do however believe that if he were to miss extended time next season as well, it would be best for all parties if coach hung it up.

5. Any predictions for the game? Who would win in a fight between Gavin and his USF OL brother Damien? Over/Under on Stanley Robinson dunks?

My prediction, 71-65 Huskies…because I have to believe that Jim Calhoun finds some way to motivate these kids.  The last time they played as poorly as they did vs Notre Dame was vs Cincy, and they came out and won the next three.  So I’ll hang my hat on that, because I’ve got to hang my hat on something.  I’ll set the Stanley Robinson dunk o/u at 2.5.  Fight between Gavin and Damien?  Tough one…Gavin’s got the reach, Damien’s got the weight advantage…I’ll go with Brittney Griner.

Bonus 6th Question! Since this play happened during a UConn/USF game, do you know what Voodoo 5 stands for?

I don’t, and I’ve been wondering…my best guess:  2007 at the Rent, USF ball, 3rd and goal from the one, Huskies up 22-15 about a minute to play…Grothe rolls left and is sacked by UConn LB Greg Robinson.  Was the play call VooDoo 5?  I have one of the pylons from that game…back corner of the end zone
Mike was really close on the play. Same scenario, wrong year. One of these days we will talk about the name of the blog. So go check him out if you haven’t already, he does a great job running the site. Hopefully we will have another Q&A up today, along with an Ode to our Seniors.