Five weeks and counting…

Once again, the #1 in college basketball has taken a fall!  Five weeks in a row, the current number 1 has gone down the very week they reach the top of the polls.  In this case, 1 Indiana lost at Illinois, 74 – 72 and it just goes to show what I always say, it is really tough to win on the road.  This is the second time Indiana has been ranked #1 and then lost and dropped down in the polls.  Will be interesting to see how things shake out next Monday after this weekend’s action.

Elsewhere, 4 Duke extracted their revenge against NC State, avenging the upset loss they suffered earlier in the year when yes, they were the current#1, beating the Wolfpack at Cameron Indoor Stadium last night, 98 – 85.  Mason Plumlee led the Dukies with 30 points.

Switching to NBA briefly, the Lakers fell with a big thump last night in the Garden to the Celtics, 116 – 95.  This brings their record to 3 – 2 in their seven game road trip.  Two more to go, the last one being a Sunday visit to Miami to take on LeBron and the Heat.  Really bad news for the Lakers to lose Pau Gasol for 4 – 6 weeks, or however long.  I saw them playing with a much better rhythm when he was getting a lot of playing time in the post.  Howard did play last night, and I am sure Kobe Bryant was proud of him.  Kobe scored 27 points but had 0 (zero) assists.  He has been averaging 9 assists per game as of late and that has been a huge factor in their recent success as well.   Congrats to Kevin Garnett of the Celtics, as he joined the 25,000 career point club, becoming only the sixteenth players in NBA history to do so.

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