Afternoon Linkage: Purdue in driver's seat
February, 18, 2010
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com
- As you can imagine, the Purdue fans at Hammer And Rails are ecstatic over their win in Columbus last night: "Winning in Bloomington... Check! Winning in East Lansing... Check! Winning in Columbus... Check! Who knew that we would win at those places, but we would lose in Evanston this year? This was a statement win in a season full of statement wins. This team continues to go in and get wins in places that have been very hard for us to play in lately, all while playing together as a team that is greater than the sum of its parts. Now add to that the fact we won all three of those in a four game stretch. I think that means we have earned Saturday's home game against Illinois." (Their Ohio State counterparts, meanwhile, have at least temporarily gone back to discussing football.)
- A Chicago-based sports management agency briefly listed Ed Davis as one of its clients early Thursday morning. The founder insists no one has made a deal with Davis, despite the Internet error, and that his contact has been limited to sporadic contact with the family and a few UNC games here and there. OK then?
- Keepin' The Bench Warm has some advice for Big Ten basketball coaches looking to recruit well: Win your own states. It's really that easy.
- Could Texas play themselves out of the bracket? It's unlikely, but not impossible.
- The NCAA tournament expands ... to 4,096 teams! This is totally going to water down the regular season.
- You do it to yourselves, it's true, and that's why it really hurts: Here's Gasaway on Villanova's prodigious fouling woes.
- I'll have more on this in Saddle Up, to be sure, but tonight is a big night for the Big East. Prepare thyself.
- Mike DeCourcy frets over the exclusion of Malcolm Delaney and Matt Bouldin from the voting for the Oscar Roberston Award, but I'm with RTC -- it's hard to see who you would move off the list in order to make room for either.
- Here's an early model for an NCAA tournament bracket simulation; get your sheets ready.
- Oklahoma is a mess. Count the ways.