The 'Bag (cont.)
Posted: Thursday December 27, 2007 3:25PM; Updated: Friday December 28, 2007 12:48PM
We got plenty of response from Ole Miss fans after we gave Andy Kennedy's bunch the Golden Soufflé (for being the undefeated team with the weakest schedule) and the Rebs responded by staying undefeated in Puerto Rico last week, including a win over previously undefeated Clemson. A sampling:
Ole Miss 85, Clemson 82. We'll take the Golden Soufflé every year! Yeah, I know it is early, but the Rebels have not looked this good in a while.
Might want to rethink the 2007 Golden Soufflé award. Ole Miss is a damn good team; time to admit it. Every team plays creampuffs in the preseason. Give 'em credit why don't you! After all, we did beat Clemson.
Keep doubting Andy Kennedy. I'm pretty sure anyone in Oxford would take a Sweet 16 and smile. Is it some kind of insult that your previous "winners" have for the most part made it to the Sweet 16?
Congratulations to Andy Kennedy and Ole Miss. As we said last week, we gave a half-hearted Soufflé this year because (thankfully) nobody is scheduling total creampuffs in the non-conference anymore. Kennedy is a respected coach whose team is headed in the right direction. That said, we'd still give Ole Miss the Soufflé again. It isn't rocket science, folks: the Soufflé goes to the undefeated team with the weakest schedule to that point in the season.
And let me get this straight: We're supposed to think Ole Miss is some sort of powerhouse now that it's beaten another dubiously undefeated team (Clemson)? As for some of the previous Soufflé winners reaching the Round of 16, look: decent teams sometimes put together horribly weak schedules. (Big John Thompson and Jim Boeheim used to make a science of it, in fact.) That doesn't mean they shouldn't be called out on it. We'll be stunned if Ole Miss gets anywhere near the tournament's second weekend.
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Chris Douglas-Roberts and Derrick Rose were huge for Memphis in its win over Georgetown last Saturday, but we want to focus our attention on Joey Dorsey, who pulled off a double-double (11 points, 13 rebounds) and made life miserable for Roy Hibbert (6 and 6). Dorsey caught a lot of grief for calling out Greg Oden and falling on his face last spring, but aren't we supposed to love guys who do more than just issue boilerplate "one-game-at-a-time" nonsense? The 'Bag will say it right now: Dorsey is one of our favorite players.
We don't generally criticize referees here at the 'Bag (the fans make too big a deal over the zebras anyway), but the absurd technical foul whistled on Tennessee's Bruce Pearl late in the Vols' win over Xavier nearly ruined an electric game. Pearl was merely exhorting his player to defend when he got T'd up for being outside the coaching box. The crew working the game (James Breeding, Eugene Crawford, Joe Lindsay) should be embarrassed. If that's the way we're headed with the coaching "decorum" point of emphasis, count me out.
Junk-defense alert: Texas brought out the box-and-one against Michigan State on Saturday (with the one on Drew Neitzel) with decent results. Given how successful USC's triangle-and-two was against Memphis, we'll ask the question: Why don't more coaches junk it up on defense?
Raiders of the Lost Art: we've found the sky-hook! It's being used by Georgetown's Vernon Macklin and Texas' Connor Atchley. Have any other eagle-eyed readers spotted the sky-hook this season?
Perhaps even more impressive than his points and rebounds against Duke were DeJuan Blair's steals. His pick-pocketing of Greg Paulus blew me away.
Is anyone else worried that Darren Collison's knee issues are starting to look like Ronald Steele's at Alabama last season? It certainly helps the Bruins that Russell Westbrook has made a giant leap on the perimeter.
Movies we're still hoping to see: Juno, Sweeney Todd, There Will Be Blood, Walk Hard, Charlie Wilson's War, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The Savages, I'm Not There.
We're off next week, but make sure to send in plenty of questions for the next column. Happy new year!
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