Wednesday, December 19, 2007
And these two are a bunch of suck. The San Juan Shootout in Puerto Rico and the Rainbow Classic in Hawaii fire it up today, and really, they aren't that much to get excited about. I could have sworn the Rainbow used to be a good tournament, but this year the lineup looks like a Gopher NC schedule, except better: Hawaii, Ohio, St Johns, Georgia, LA-Lafayette, Tulane, St. Mary's, and East Tennessee State. Pretty much the only interesting thing to see here is if St. Mary's, who became a bit of a media darling after knocking off Oregon, is any good. If they are good enough to challenge Gonzaga in the WCC, they should be able to take down this tournament.
At least the Rainbow is in tournament form. The shootout has fallen so far that they only managed to invite five teams this year. Along with the host, PR-Mayaguez (the Chaminade of the tournament) DePaul, LaSalle, Clemson, and Ole Miss are making the trip. Better than the Rainbow Classic, but not even in tournament form - unless you count Round Robin as a tournament, which I don't.
Actually, with the minutes of research I've been doing, I can't find a single decent tournament. Even the one in Madison Square Garden has Hofstra, Virginia Tech, St. Johns, and Marist. Who let's those teams into a tournament in the Garden?
Oh well, at least I can watch the Gophers play in their crappy tournament. What? I can't? It's not on TV at all? Well, that makes sense. Why would you want to put Gopher games on TV - ever. You people can go to hell.
Baylor +3 @ South Carolina (W)
Memphis -14 @ Cincinnati (L)
South Florida +4 @ Wake Forest (L)
Wofford +17 @ Purdue (W)
Santa Clara +14 @ Stanford (L)
UIC -7.5 vs. Toledo (W)
Ohio -3.5 vs. St. Johns (L)
UNLV +5 vs. Arizona (W)
Morehead St -6 vs. Eastern Illinois (L)
New Mexico -8 vs. New Mex St (W)
NoCo +10.5 @ Oregon St (W)