Monday, March 2, 2009

At the sports desk: favorite teams update

You really saw the ups and downs, the joy and heartbreak, this past weekend.
The Notre Dame men's hoops team played well at #2 Connecticut Saturday--but came up a little short, losing by just 7. Now they face a must-win situation tonight at home vs Villanova to keep their NCAA hopes alive. If they can make shots and defend a little bit, they can still do it. But consistency in those areas just hasn't been there...

The ND women's hoops team got a needed win on the road Saturday, though, beating Providence 65-56. That gets them to 20 wins; they have a quick turnaround, playing again this afternoon. But they should be in good shape for the NCAAs, and they seem to be peaking at the right time; they've won 3 of 4, and both offensively and defensively they seem to be coming on.

The Dallas Mavericks played well in beating Toronto 109-98; and now their sixth man, Jason Terry, has returned from injury. Offensively they seem to be clicking.

Michigan State's men's hoops team won another big game on the road, beating Illinois 74-66. They're now very near a Big 10 title; they deserve it.

And what's gotten into the Detroit Pistons? Two straight wins without Allen Iverson in very difficult places to win, the latest being Boston, where the Pistons beat the Celtics 105-95.
The Pistons have got to get Iverson to buy into, and fit into, the old Piston way. Hey, it still works.

But Michigan's men's hoops team played hard and tough at Wisconsin, but lost 60-55. Some scoring droughts and questionable shot selection late doomed the Wolverines, and so they're definitely on the NCAA bubble.

A lot of ups, and down, and hopes hanging by a thread...