Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Afternoon Linkage: Big Ten shakedown
By Eamonn Brennan
In advance of tonight's Purdue-Ohio State brawl, Ballin' Is A Habit offers a quick reminder that Ohio State, if it wins tonight and at Michigan State on Sunday, will be a game up on the rest of the Big Ten's contenders with a tiebreak advantage over MSU and PU. So, yeah, tonight's game is important. You could say that.
Sad stuff from Texas A&M guard Derrick Roland, whose horrific injury early in the season has kept him out of the Aggies' run at the NCAA tournament -- and out of A&M's near miss against Kansas Monday night. As told to Yahoo's Jason King: "I started to cry once I got home," Roland said Tuesday night. "Every other game I’ve been fine. But that one shook me up. We could’ve won that game and I could’ve made a difference. I wanted so bad to be a part of it. Once I got home, it all hit me."
The State columnist Ron Morris says NCAA tournament expansion won't happen because the NCAA presidents won't allow it: "This is not the time for college basketball to propose more missed class time, not when its athletes annually record among the lowest GPAs - and poorest graduation rates - of any sport. One of the reasons college presidents reject any thought of a college football playoff system is the probability of increased time away from campus for athletes. There is no way presidents will buy the same exchange for college basketball." Sorry, but the reason presidents make that argument about the BCS is because the BCS is a cash cow. College presidents want their athletes to do well academically, but most of them are realistic, and if getting millions of dollars from athletics means Ph.D. students in the biology department get a new lab -- at the cost of one more missed week of school for a group of 12 undergrads -- I'm betting Big State U president Adam McAcademic is going to go ahead and make that trade. What do you think?