Originally Published: Jan 4, 2010 12:28 AM CDT
I just got back from calling the OSU-Rhode Island basketball game on Saturday at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut. I was told that the state of Connecticut is $8 billion in debt. They need to get the Mohegan Sun to donate one night of profits from their blackjack tables. That would fix the problem.
Hang with this OSU basketball team. They’re young and they have some fighters. Ray Penn is getting better and is tough. Their biggest problem may be the fact that the Big 12 is the best or second-best league (to the Big East) in the country this year.
You know about Kansas and Texas. Kansas State is playing third or fourth best in the league and is tough with guards Jacob Pullen and Denny Clemente. Texas Tech has gotten more consistent play from John Roberson and Mike Singletary. Just last night, they beat a UTEP club that pounded OU at the Ford Center. And Baylor may be better off without the graduated Curtis Jerrells. He seemed to dominate the ball too much and take shots away from other scorers like Lacedarius Dunn. And right now their center Ekpe Udoh is playing as well as any big man in the league. He had 12 points and 20 rebounds in a win at South Carolina Saturday.
Conference play opens this weekend. Beyond Texas and Kansas, it’s going to be a dogfight for those, likely, four other NCAA tournament spots for Big 12 teams.