Saturday, December 15, 2018

Doggy's Doghouse 12/15/18







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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It's been a while, so here are some grandkid pictures!!!!! I know you were all waiting for these!


Logan finished his Paw Patrol Puzzle. He was so proud! 

Mya went to a cooking demo/class and Duff Goldman was an instructor!


Yes, that's Noa, knees down, in Orlando for another cheer competition.
NO DEDUCTIONS!!!! 

So, my son-in-law hid from my daughter with both kids.
When they jumped out and yelled "surprise!!!", 
Barrett reacted with his sad face.

Still cute!!!!   
     
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Two top 25 upsets Saturday with No. 3 Baylor losing to No. 11 Stanford and No. 22 Missouri losing to unranked South Dakota.

Ok, can we dispel with the notion that size matters. Baylor is a really big team with 6'7" Kalani Brown, 6'4" Lauren Cox, and 6'1" Didi Richards in the starting lineup. And they bring in freshmen 6'2" NaLyssa Smith and 6'3" Queen Egbo off the bench. So, they should dominate in the paint. Right? 

Well against Stanford, Cox only played 15 minutes and had 2 points and 1 rebound, their star center Brown had only 5 points and 8 rebounds. Cox looked slow and out of shape. Make you wonder how the type 1 diabetes is impacting her. The freshman Smith was the most effective big with 15 points and 9 rebounds. All of that size couldn't propel the Lady Bears to a win over a smaller Stanford team. The Cardinal had little played 6'5" Shannon Coffee help defend the bigger Brown off the block and held her to only 2-7 shooting. 

If Stanford can do this against Baylor, don't you think UConn might have a chance to do the same?

The other upset was Missouri losing to a terrific South Dakota team. This loss should propel the Tigers out of the top 25, certainly in the coaches poll where they are No. 24. I watched some of this game and the players on Missouri are pretty chippy especially their star Sophie Cunningham.  She is the kind of player you love on your team and hate on other teams. But the rest of the team is just not very talented. Once out of the top 25 I don't expect them back in again this season. 
   

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As I've been harping on all season the SEC is a pretty weak conference outside of Mississippi State and maybe Tennessee. We shall see about Tennessee on Tuesday when they play Stanford at home. Kentucky hasn't really played anyone of note.

They certainly were overrated when the season started. They had six teams in the top 25.  Mississippi State, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, Missouri and Texas A&M. After the next poll only Mississippi State and Tennessee will still be in the top 25 with Kentucky now joining them.

It's still early so some movement in the polls is still possible, but the SEC teams should beat up on each other with their usual "defense and rebounding" games so maybe what you see is what you get.   


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By David in Naples!!!!!



Anyone who wants to claim that Maya Moore is the best player ever to lace up her sneakers at UConn will NOT get an argument from me. Going on personal statistics, it would be hard to dispute. There are five major stat categories on the UConn Wikipedia page. Only one player is listed in the top 15 in every category. Yes, only Maya..!!

Points - #1 with 3,036 points. A full 360 points ahead of Stewie at #2.

Rebounds - #2 with 1,276 boards. Only Tina Charles had more...

Steals - Maya is 4th with 310 steals.

Assists - Her 544 assists are 8th all-time.

Blocked shots - Maya is 7th all-time with 204 blocks. (most surprising stat, imo)

Final Four every year and 2 National Championships..!!  Top 8 in every statistical category..!!  #1 in scoring and #2 in rebounds...!  Maya did it all..!

Go Huskies..!!

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Doggy's Doghouse 12/14/18







                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

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I linked a nice article in the Courant about our only 2019 recruit Aubrey Griffin. She is going to be terrific and as soon as her freshman year. Enjoy the Videos.



     
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From David!

The number 11 keeps showing up in UConn's statistics, so far this season. For example, Christyn leads the team with 11 steals. And, Olivia has 11 offensive rebounds. Even the regular season started on 11-11. (November 11th for you Duke grads) Even bad things happen in 11s. Megan has 11 turnovers and Crystal has 11 personal fouls. Napheesa has taken 11 three-point shots and not made many... Including exhibition games, the Huskies have played 11 games. And, won them all. By far, the queen of 11 is Olivia. In addition to the 11 offensive rebounds, she has 11 blocked shots, 11 turnovers and has played 118 minutes. I mention this because after Oklahoma, and these 11s will go away... ;)

P.S. - Geno's record against Oklahoma is 11-0....  of course... :D
   

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By David in Naples!!!!!




Most fans of college women's basketball know UConn and Geno Auriemma have won many National Championships. Some even know the number is 11 and counting. Probably only fans of the Huskies know his record in the Final game is 11-0. When UConn has made the Final, they have won every time. How hard is that to do? Well, Notre Lame has been in 6 Finals and won only 2. They lost twice to UConn, once to Baylor and once to Texas A&M. :D

Nobody has made more Finals, only to lose, than Tennessee. They have lost 5 times in the Finals. Full disclosure, they also won 8 times, with the last National Championship in 2008. Still, in 4 of the 5 loses, it was Geno and UConn that knocked them out. How sweet is that..! Stanford has a record of 2-2 in Finals games. But, they have lost 9 times in the Semi-final. That is the most of any school.

Here is a list of teams and how many NC's they have won.
UConn - 11
Tennessee - 8
Notre Lame - 2
Louisiana Tech - 2
Baylor - 2
Stanford - 2
USC - 2  (the one in California)
South Carolina, Maryland, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Texas,
Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Purdue all with 1.

Geno's first title was in 1995 and his most recent was 2016. In between, he won 9 other National Championships. Stanford last won in 1992. Prior to last season, Notre Lame had not won since 2001. Texas A&M won in 2011, but have not made the Final Four since. Purdue and Duke were the Finals teams in 1999. Purdue won, but has been back in the Final Four since. Duke lost both trips to the Final and never won a title.

Getting to the Final Four is hard. Geno's been to 11 straight. Winning the Semi-final game is also hard. (Just ask Stanford) Winning the Final is even more difficult. Which makes Geno's 11-0 record quite an achievement.

Go Huskies..!!


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Top 25

Thursday's Game

No. 5 Mississippi State 86 Southern Miss 42
Oregon State @ Eastern Washington (Really Late Game)

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