Due to the vagaries of the Chinese higher education semester schedules, I’ve been on holiday for the last three weeks, mostly backpacking around Vietnam. This left Josh to fly solo on CuseCountry — not a daunting task for him considering what a bunch of slackers us other contributors have become — but it also blessed me with largely missing the pain of a certain 4 game losing streak. I’ve been back in my spot for half a week now, giving me just enough time to soak up the glorious UConn win and the solid USF trouncing. So I ask: what was everyone so worried about?
In other news, 3 things:
1. Finally the AP voters have listened to my exhortations and voted the entire Big East Conference as the top 16 teams in the country. As proof, I provide you with this example screen shot of the latest poll:
Because of space constraints and other logistical factors, I can’t show you the whole poll. But take my word for it, all the rest of the top 16 are also Big East teams, just like this sample.
2. I’m going to step on Josh’s toes just slightly and talk some NBA. Yesterday Jonny Flynn and Wes Johnson both got into the starting lineup for Minnesota — possibly for the first time together? — and both turned in a couple of their best performances of the year. Thanks to Michael Beasley’s injury at the forward spot, the T-Wolves got the opportunity to see the kind of chemistry that Jonny and Wes could bring to the table if given the chance, and the results were not only good for the two players, but the team also accomplished something it has done almost never this year: it won a basketball game (on the road, no less!).
Granted, the two former SU stars have both been mediocre this season, so their improved performances last night still won’t make SportsCenter. However, both showed great progress compared to earlier games and the fact that they did it together — and that it resulted in a rare win — should make SU fans smile. For the record, Flynn got 31 minutes, shot 7-14, and had 15 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds. Wes got 28 minutes, shot 6-11, and had 13 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Like I said, not world beating numbers, but good showings for these two this year. Lets hope coach Rambis notices their ability to play well together and also takes note that this combination produced an actual win.
3. If Carmelo Anthony goes to the Lakers, I’m going to stab myself in the eyeball.