Weekend wrap

Iowa State
The Clones sure seem to be putting more and more pieces together. With Royce White in foul trouble the rest of the Cyclones stepped up and pitched in. Scott Christopherson drilled five 3s scoring 25 and bypassing 1,000 points in his career. Chris Allen chipped in 16 and Melvin Ejim kicked in 10pts and 14 boards before he was ejected.

Also, maybe this playing everyone twice schedule is going to work out good for the Clones. ISU and Oklahoma met twice in a season for the first time since 1995-96. ISU swept the Sooners that season too.

Iowa State has won five straight Big 12 games for the first time in 8 years. They face Texas Tech and KSU this week.

How does a team that gets rolled by Northwestern and loses to lowly Penn State come back and blast No. 20 Indiana by 22 pts?

Well you jump out early and keep the gas pedal to the floor. The Hawks were led by class act Senior Matt Gatens. The senior led the Hawks with 30pts on 7 3s. Melsahn Basabe chipped in 13pts.

Gus Johnson was in Iowa City for the game. The Big Ten Network has a Gus Johnson highlight page if you are into that kind of thing.

An interesting couple of weeks for the Hawks. They see diaster Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Northwestern.

Drake and UNI
As far as Iowa bracket busters contenders UNI and Drake probably shouldn’t be in anything call “bracket buster” since neither going to get busted out of a bracket. I guess they could bust the other school, but not this year.

Drake travelled out West again and I am guessing Mark Phelps is just fine if he doesn’t step foot in the Mountain time zone again this year. The Bulldogs were destroyed at Boise by 44 earlier this year and lost to New Mexico State Friday by 16.

Meanwhile UNI went to VCU and Shaka Smart’s gang tripped up the Panthers 77-68.

UNI closes out the Mo Valley regular season schedule this week with two very winable games – Bradley and Southern Illinois. Drake looks like they will split the last two facing Southern and going to Wichita State. If that happens UNI and Drake will end up tie in the middle of the Mo Valley standings.

Evansville and Indiana State both face Creighton and Missouri State – losses for each would be be huge for Drake and UNI keeping them out of the Thursday game.

College Basketball
The top fo the Big Ten is getting pretty interesting. Michigan clipped Ohio State Saturday bunching up the top three. Michigan State has a one game lead on Michigan and OSU.

Michigan and OSU face the State of Illinois this week, Illinois and Northwestern respectively and MSU goes to Minnesota. OSU does have a pivotal game against Wisconsin Saturday.

Oh, by the way, take a look out West Steve Alford’s New Mexico squad, is riding high right now in the Mountain West. And you have to love the jokesters over at ESPN though, Joe Lunardi, in his latest bracketology has Iowa State as a 10-seed against No. 7 New Mexico and the Fighting Alfords.

Nothing like tossing out two of your all-time greats. Seems like veteran ACC official Karl Hess isn’t a fan of front row hecklers, no matter who you are. The veteran referee kicked former N.C. State stars Tom Gugliotta and Chris Corchiani out of the arena with about six minutes left in Wolfpack loss to Florida State.

By the way, if you ever need a break down of referees check out this site. It breaks down each official, with historical background – StatSheet.com

March Madness
Getting ready for March Madness? Get your viewing options lined up.

If you want to stream the games from any of the cable networks TNT, TBS or TruTV you need to login to the site. The other games are free on CBS and CBSSports.com.

If you want to watch on your iPhone or iPad you can download the app for $3.99. It was free last year, but less than the $10 it was the first year.

[Read more on Turner.com]

Really ESPN? Two horrible, racist remarks this weekend after the Knicks lost. A horrible web headline and ESPN anchor Max Bretos made a stupid remark too. These things just shouldn’t make it to the Worldwide Leaders airwaves. Mistakes happen, but these shouldn’t happen at ESPN. At least the did act swiftly – firing the headline writer and suspending Bretos for 30-days.

And finally…
As they used to say on the Daily Show, you’re moment of Zen.

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