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2/06/2007 01:40:00 AM
The Magic Durant Formula
Wow. This thing actually worked. If you're late to the party, on Monday I debuted a "Durant Prediction Formula" (and reader contest) that predicted the Texas superfrosh would score 28 points against Texas A&M. Which is exactly what he did.
So the winner of the reader contest is either no one ... or Mike R. from Cypress, Texas, who said 28 points without realizing it was also my pick. Should we still give Mike a prize? Or maybe just some of Todd Bozeman's discarded ham sandwiches?
Are you finally going to show Coach Gillispie and the Aggies some respect after the last few days? Are you now convinced that A&M is good enough to be in your power rankings? What else do they need to do?
That is why I was coming to this site. Winn has been shortchanging the Aggies all season because of two early away losses (#9 LSU by 12 and #1 UCLA by 3). If winning in the Phog, holding arguably the best player in the NCAA to an "average" night, and thumping their arch rival all in one week does not do it, then I guess nothing will impress this guy.
What makes Kevin Durant more amazing is that at this time last year, he was 195 pounds, and many reputable scouting websites questioned if he could ever become anything except a really good jumpshooter. How things have changed.
Does it really matter how amazing Durant is when his team still lost by 18 points? Maybe he scored 28 points but he only had three assists. You can't say that no one was open while he was drawing double and triple teams from the Aggie D. If Durant could elevate the rest of his team instead of trying to carry them he would be at least half as great as everybody says he is. The Aggies have also not been getting the respect they deserve from people in the media who are biased against the program since it is not a traditional basketball school. Yeah that's you, Luke.