ESPN College Basketball Expert Never Heard Of Jimmy Chitwood

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Adrian Branch and Todd Harris called last night’s WAC showdown between Nevada and Utah State on ESPN2. Being the avid college basketball fan that I am, I decided why not watch my third game of the night (Michigan State-Minnesota and Northwestern-Wisconsin had my attention earlier). I'm semi-watching the game, more ...

TheBaker’s College Basketball Files: Early Mid-Major Eye Test

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

As every college basketball season unfolds, the search for the next Mid-Major team to achieve NCAA Tournament success takes form. The usual characters are still there. Butler is still good despite its inability to beat any top-25 teams (1-3, if you count the win against an Evan Turner-less Ohio State). Gonzaga has ...

TheBaker’s College Basketball Files: The SWAC Is Whack

Monday, January 11th, 2010

As a Big Ten basketball fan, I feel spoiled. Not only is the Big Ten the most competitive conference from top to bottom, it has the best coaches and its own beautiful, everything-in-HD channel. Seriously, almost every night there’s a game in the conference worth watching - that is unless ...

R.I.P. Myles Brand (1942-2009)

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Wow, talk about your rough day for Indianapolis-based sports patriarchs. First, news came this morning that Indiana Pacers co-owner Mel Simon had died. His Rumors and Rants-styled obit is below or here. But now this afternoon, the NCAA, headquartered in Indianapolis, has sent out a press release that the association's president, Myles ...

Descent Into The Basketball Netherworld

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Phillips and I spent Sunday morning watching high school basketball. Of course, calling it "basketball" is probably a stretch since we were at an AAU tournament, but there were two hoops and an orange ball, so at least it was a basketball-like substance. I recently shared my feelings on AAU ...

Isiah Thomas Now Has A Reason To Stay Awake

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

How bad has it gotten for Isiah Thomas?  Well the disgraced and banished former Knicks coach and president was being linked with a rinky dink job in the Sun Belt Conference. Well, turns out Zeke took the job at FIU.  Hmm, a guy who played collegiately at IU and the two letters ...