Court rushing in college basketball is a bore

Feb 24, 2009 5:05 PM
On The Mark by Mark Mayer |
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Haven’t we seen enough of fans rushing on to the court after a big win? Apparently not because these mindless wonders keep doing it.

The latest installment was in Austin, where the Longhorns sabotaged Oklahoma’s bid at the No. 1 ranking with a five-point win largely made possible by knocking Blake Griffin out of the game with a concussion.

That didn’t sit too well with us, since the Sooners won by 15 in Norman and could easily have won as a 1-point dog. OU, Blake and us will be waiting for a possible rematch in the Big 12 tourney,

And how about UNLV nearly blowing all of its double-digit lead to BYU in losing the cover. The fact the Rebels won by 1 won’t soothe a lot of folks who gave the 2½.

My time for venting is done. Now for my Bracket Busters, which are a lot more interesting than what ESPN created.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Syracuse at St. John’s: The Orange are brutal on the road and could be giving 8 or 9 at the Garden. The Red Storm hung around with Duke in a 7-point loss and the Orange aren’t Duke. ST. JOHN’S.

Florida at LSU: The Gators may be 21-6, but they’ve dropped three straight on the SEC road and could be getting 4 or 5 at Baton Rouge. The Tigers are one of the surprise teams in the nation at 23-4 and riding an 8-game win streak. Look for a shootout. OVER.

Wednesday, Feb. 25

Northwestern at Indiana: If the 6-20 Hoosiers are going to ever win again, the visiting Wildcats are prime meat. IU lost by just 2 in Evanston. Indiana could be getting 4 or 5. INDIANA.

UNLV at Utah: If the Rebels lose this game, an at-large bid to the Dance is probably gone. It all comes down to UNLV’s perimeter shooting. They don’t have much of an inside game, which is bad news against Utah’s big center Luke Nevill. Lon Kruger has a way of getting the most out of his guys when it really counts. Ask BYU and Louisville. UNLV.

Thursday, Feb. 26

NC State at Wake Forest: The Deacs may have some jetlag after Duke, which could be dangerous against the improving Wolfpack. State is 12-7-1 ATS and could be getting at least 13. NC STATE.

Friday, Feb. 27

Cornell at Dartmouth: Despite an 8-16 record, Dartmouth has covered 6 of 7. Remember what happened to Cornell last Friday at Yale? DARTMOUTH.

Saturday, Feb. 28

USC at Stanford: At one stage Stanford was 12-3 ATS. Now the bottom has fallen. The Cardinals have four straight failures. The Trojans got a raw deal at Arizona State and will learn from that. USC.

Texas at Oklahoma St: Bigtime revenge motive for the Cowboys, who have won three straight since losing by 25 in Austin. We just may see Okie fans running on the court this time, Tex. OKLAHOMA ST.

Sunday, March 1

Marquette at Louisville: It’s national TV (CBS) so Rick Pitino will have his game face on. That’s trouble for Marquette for the Cardinals when inspired are as good as anyone. LOUISVILLE.