The Texas Longhorns (10- 3 Big 12, 20- 7 overall) are rated 19th in the AP Coaches Poll and 20th in the ESPN/USA Poll and are in third place in their conference, Number six Kansas (11- 2 Big 12, 24- 4 overall) and number eight Texas A&M (11-2 Big 12, 23- 4 overall) are just ahead of the Longhorns. Continue reading “NCAA Basketball– Are the Longhorns Long Shots?”
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The NBA trade deadline has come and gone and none of the big ones came through. Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Mike Bibby and Pau Gasol and others all stay put. And that means that the NBA landscape will stay the same.
Dennis Johnson, who will forever be remembered by Celtics fans and many other basketball enthusiasts, died of cardiac arrest yesterday. Thereâ€™s an irony that Johnson, know as DJ, died during the NBA trade deadline since many consider the trade Boston made for Johnson was, as former Boston teammate Danny Ainge, now the Celtics’ executive director of basketball operations noted to ESPN, â€œone of the greatest Celtic acquisitions of all time.â€? Continue reading “NBA– Dennis Johnson Dies Suddenly”
With the NBA trade deadline coming to a close today at 3:00 eastern and pretty much being a bust due to no big moves happening, no better time than now to announce this weeks Top 25 Mid Major Poll that we released to readers on Monday. For those of you that haven’t followed the Maddux Sports mid major poll before it spotlights underrated teams from conferences that don’t get a lot of pub from the media. Do to the growing interest of the Maddux Sports mid major poll, instead of releasing the weekly rankings through other means, we have now decided to strictly post the top 25 mid major basketball teams on our blog each week.
The Michigan State Spartans (7- 6 Big Ten, 20- 8 overall) knocked off the AP-Coachesâ€™ Poll number one team and the ESPN-USA Poll number two teamâ€”the Wisconsin Badgers (12- 2 Big Ten, 26- 3 overall) â€”last night. At home, the Spartans took over the game in the second half and won by a nine-point marginâ€”64- 55.Â In turn boasting their tournament resume, capping off a another winning college basketball pick for maddux’s premium members, as well as grabbing some momentum for the Big 10 Tournament, which is on the horizon. Continue reading “Spartans Spear Badgers”
The rumors abound regarding potential NBA trade as the deadline of February 22 at 3 pm ET is less than one day away. There are major problems involved in any big NBA trade. Salary cap restrictions, exceptions and exemptions help make scenarios extremely complicated, huge salaries donâ€™t help and a paucity of big name talent makes things tight. If youâ€™re looking to do something a lot more simple than trying to understand all of the ramifications of any of the potential team-altering trades then why donâ€™t you do your 2006 taxes (long form) while taking the test for Mensa and studying quantum physics. Continue reading “NBA Trade Deadline Approaching No Kidd(ing)”
The Dallas Mavericks have lost nine games and won 44 (830%). In the Southwest Division of the NBA West Conference, they are nine games up on the second place San Antonio Spurs. As a comparison, the team with the second most wins in the NBA is the Pacific Divisionâ€™s Phoenix Suns. The Suns are 39 and 13 (750%), putting them about 4.5 games behind the Mavs. Continue reading “Dallas is Mav-e-lous!”
The Louisville Cardinals (9-4 Big East, 19- 8 overall) and Vanderbilt Commodores (8- 4 SEC- East, 24- 3 overall) are nationally ranked at twenty and seventeen respectively. The Cards are in third-place in the Big East and Vandy is in second in the SEC-East. The big deal for Louisville is that they beat both Pittsburgh (11-2 Big East, 24- 4 overall) and Marquette (9- 5 Big East, 22- 7 overall) in one week and for Vanderbilt is that over the weeks they have knocked off numerous top-25 clubs, including the then number one Florida Gators. Continue reading “Louisville and Vanderbilt Make the Top-25 AP this Week!”
The unranked Vanderbilt Commodores (8-4 SEC/E, 18- 8 overall) moved into sole possession of second place in the SEC East by beating the number one ranked and SEC, East first-place Florida Gators (11- 1 SEC/E, 24- 3 overall). The 2006- 07 National Championship Gators were undefeated in the SEC until Vandy beat them easily 83- 70. The Commodores went into the locker room at halftime with a 35- 27 lead. Florida had been on a 17-game win streak until Vandy vanquished them.
The Louisville Cardinals (9- 4 Big East, 19- 8 overall) beat the 13th ranked Marquette Eagles (8- 5 Big East, 21- 7 overall) on a Jerry Smith three-point jumper as time expired, making the final score 61- 59. Itâ€™s the second time in one week that the Cards beat a nationally ranked team and a division opponent. Five days ago Louisville defeated the fifth ranked Pittsburgh Panthers. The Panthers are also the top club in the Big East. Rick Pitinoâ€™s young team has really come together. Continue reading “Louisville Beats Nationally Ranked Marquette”