Thursday, February 5, 2009

At the sports desk: favorite teams update

On the whole last night, my favorite teams did OK. But there were disappointments...
Such as the ND men's hoops team--which lost again, at Cincinnati, by 10; 6 straight losses.
Again, lack of defense, an inability to get Kyle McAlarney going, and really a sign of the team losing its composure were the key problems for the Irish (that's two straight games in which they've given up 90 points or more).
ND fans might further note that, in the Cincinnati Enquirer today, the U of Cincinnati beat writer noted that the Bearcats committed a season-low 5 turnovers against a rather "passive" ND defense. That about sums it up.

But...the Detroit Pistons managed to scrap their way to a 3 point win over Miami last night, with Rodney Stuckey leading the way. That's how this team will have to win--with scrap, and with some tough defense.

And...the Detroit Red Wings won their second straight game, despite some shaky goaltending.
Fortunately, they have stars like Niklas Lidstrom to pull games out in the end.

And the Michigan State Spartans men's hoops team looked like their old selves, blasting Minnesota 76-47. I think they lose focus when they play games at home that they're "supposed" to win. When they focus, attack, and play defense, they can be really good. Can they be that team when the NCAAs come next month?

And I've been following the Dallas Mavericks some--watch out for them. They've won 4 in a row lately, 3 of those against teams with winning records. Jason Kidd is playing very well, as is Big Dirk; and their defense has improved. Last night they beat Portland.

And cheer up, University of Michigan football fans--Scouts Inc. has their recruiting class this year ranked 10th in the nation. Watch out for QB Tate Forcier--he very likely will be the Wolverines' starter in '09.