Thursday, February 02, 2006

Four Corners

Every Monday-Thursday (and occasional weekend games) renowned college basketball expert, Money will be handicapping the games for you. Picks and thoughts will be posted prior to tip-off, typically by 3:30 pm pst.

It has been four days now and I am still thinking about the Stanford/Washington game played on Sunday night. I do have other hobbies and interests, and it is not completely consuming all of my time, but I do admit, it is still on mind.

Stanford was down 3 points with 2.1 seconds left in the game. They inbounded the ball, made a couple of passes and Chris Hernandez was fouled on a three point attempt (or prayer) by freshman point guard, Justin Dentmon.

Hernandez calmly walked up to the line and made all three free throws, even with a timeout being called by Washington after the second made free throw, sending the game to overtime. I cannot think of too many college players that could have done that. J.J. Redick could do it. Dee Brown of Illinois probably could as well. The funny thing is that everyone expected Hernandez to make those shots. Before he stepped up to the line, the game clock said 5:00 for overtime. The man has ice in his veins.

On the flip side, Lorenzo Romar should have spent less time yelling and embarrassing poor Dentmon, and more time thinking and preparing for overtime. His team, who did not score a basket in overtime, was not prepared and had no chance in overtime.

Neither one of these teams are very good. In fact the entire Pac 10 is pretty pathetic this year. But at least that game was entertaining

NOTE to Stanfurd: Please don’t rush the floor after beating Washington. Yes, it is a big win for your program, this year, but you are better than that.

Money’s trip to the Bank: (Money’s Cash cow to date – 13 wins, 8 losses)

LOUISIANA TECH -1 vs. Nevada (loser)
Nevada’s top 25 ranking at the beginning of the season is gone. Their tournament chances after losing this game will follow that trend as well.

GEORGE MASON -9 at Delaware (loser)
It could be argued that George Mason is the best team in Washington D.C. I am not going to make that argument, but somebody might. Georgetown is better, but George Mason is a very good team. Delaware is not.

USC +3 vs. Arizona (winner)
I had to put a game in here that my readers have heard about. I need to keep you coming back.


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