Home cooking hurts Ohio St

December 18, 2001 5:18 AM


Louisville’s victory over Ohio State was classic proof that teams scheduling tough opponents on the road have a distinct advantage.

The Cardinals, who lost by 27 points at Oregon early in the season, reeled off six straight victories including a 66-61 win over the previously unbeaten Buckeyes.

Ohio State was a 4½-point road underdog, having played six home games in Columbus. Give the Buckeyes a few tough road contests prior to facing Louisville and it wouldn’t have surprised us to see OSU leave Freedom Hall with the cover.

The Buckeyes will be one of the upper echelon teams in the strong Big 10. Louisville is quickly rebuilding its program behind Rick Pitino.

We’re not yet ready to make U of L the pick in Conference USA over Cincinnati, but head  coach Rick Pitino seems to be working his magic once again in the Bluegrass State.

50 at Breslin

Not even mighty Arizona could stop Michigan State from posting its 50th consecutive win at the Breslin Center this past week.

The Spartans went to their kiddie corps to post a 74-60 victory over the Wildcats.

Adam Ballinger scored 18 points and hauled down nine rebounds in the win that was foreshadowed the game before at Duke when the Spartans lost by four after trailing by 20 late in the second half.

Arizona, facing the nation’s most grueling schedule, has  still  managed a 5-2 record that included wins over Illinois and Purdue prior to visiting East Lansing. It was a bad spot for Zona, but beware of the Cats when the Pac 10 season starts.

Knight uses profanity?

Bob Knight, the new mild-mannered coach at Texas Tech reportedly cursed an arena manager  at Compaq Center last week after a game with Houston.

It seems Knight was not pleased with the locker room conditions and reportedly yelled a few invectives at the manager and offered to fight him.

“Just look around. Check the facilities out a bit,” Knight said in an Associated Press story. “We originally had a dressing room that would have been very, very cramped with four midgets.”

Texas Tech team spokesman Randy Farley said he saw the meeting on a loading dock and did not consider the situation to be confrontational.

Tech improved to 7-1 after winning 71-64 as 6½-point road favorite. So if you bet Tech, good for Knight. If not, it’s just another brick in the wall. Right?

Knight is Knight. He won’t change, no matter how much he tries or says he will. So stay out of his way, watch the lines and hope he comes through for you at the betting window.