Monday, January 30, 2012

Monday links for one Super week

Let's begin with the defending champs.
The girls from Tuscaloosa continued their winning streak vs. Auburn on Friday, with a narrow victory in front of a record crowd at the Auburn Arena. Really the winner isn't as important as the number of points scored — in the latest rankings (updated last week), our girls were actually rated 7th based on average points scored.
— I don't like harping too much on recruiting, if only because the coverage of it is part of what makes people who follow college football so crazy. But, just for fun, take a look at the latest ESPN 150 list, and count the number of Tide commitments. It's enough to be excited, if only for a moment.
(Note: Please read BSR today for an update on the saga surrounding Landon Collins. Apparently we all need to not only follow the whims of selfish, me-first teenagers, but also their selfish, me-first parents. Great.)
— And, of course, there's the basketball squad, which stared down disaster on Saturday vs. Arkansas and staved it off with a win at Coleman Coliseum. While the win itself is nothing to go crazy over, it was important to get back on the right side, particularly headed into the week off. The next 3 games — Saturday vs. Ole Miss, followed by road trips to Auburn and LSU — are all games that should be won, before a home date vs. Florida on Valentine's Day. Saturday's win was also notable for the success of the rotation, and the play of Andrew Steele. Maybe we don't have to start packing for the NIT just yet.
(Then again, if we get dismantled at LSU or Auburn next week ... ya know? Let's just enjoy this for now.)
— And, of course, it wouldn't be an offseason without a "Free UAB" story. They should be at the trustees' meeting this week.

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