The Stack is back on this Wednesday and there a couple of things that need to be talked about from the last couple of days. Unfortuately, there isn't a ton to talk about with the NFL season coming to an end. College basketball is revving up, but how much college basketball can we talk about? There will be plenty more in the upcoming days and weeks. For now though, let's get right to it and see what made "the stack" for today, Wednesday, February 20:
Two top five teams go down Tuesday night
The top two teams in the Big Ten went at it in East Lansing last night and fans were treated to a treat of a game as #1 Indiana showed true grit and made the plays that mattered in their 72-68 win over #4 Michigan State. It's the Hoosiers first win at Michigan State since 1991, a span of 17 games. This was a very entertaining game throughout. After blowing a lead late, Michigan State had a chance to tie after Spartans guard Gary Harris was fouled shooting a three with the score 70-67. He missed two of three free throws though and the Spartans wound up losing. Victor Oladipo had another phenominal game for the Hoosiers. As good as Cody Zeller is, the Hoosiers will go as far as Oladipo can take them. He's clutch. He scored six of his 19 points in the final minute. This guy is a good basketball player. Don't be surprised if both of these teams meet in the Big Ten championship and maybe, just maybe the NCAA tournament.
A more shocking upset happened in Columbia, Missouri, last night where the Mizzou Tigers upset #5 Florida 63-60. The Tigers can't win on the road in conference, but they are mighty good at home. This is kind of a head-scratching loss for the Gators. They scored almost fourteen points below their season average and they were awful from the free throw line going six for twelve. Maybe this is just a minor bump in the road for the Gators, but this is one reason why I don't fully trust them to make a deep run in the tournament. For the Tigers, your guess is as good as mine. I know they won't be playing at home in the NCAA tournament and considering their road struggles, it's tough to know how a win like this will affect their play in the next few games.
The late Jerry Buss thoughts
With Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss passing away at the age of 80 on Monday, many people have reflected the legacy of Buss and the impact he had on the game of basketball. Buss owned the Lakers for 34 years and he won ten championships. He knew to let his basketball guys do what they needed to do and it helps when you have stars on the team like Magic Johnson and the duo of Shaq and Kobe Bryant. But he was a big reason the NBA took off the way it did in terms of popularity in the 80s. He brought showtime to L.A. He put cheerleaders on the court to help entertain the crowd. He was a visionary. NBA Commissioner David Stern thinks so. Regardless of whether or not you love or hate the Lakers, there is no denying just how good Buss was as an owner and how iconic of an owner he was. George Steinbrenner of the Yankees was also an icon. Buss will be missed.
Pistorius murder bail hearing is laughable
Oscar Pistorius, (aka "Blade Runner") who gained worldwide fame in the Olympics for being the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied track stars is accused of murder after shooting his 29-year old reality TV star girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp early in the morning on Valentines Day. There is a bail hearing going on right now in South Africa and Pistorius has come up with a pretty good story as to what happened that night. He says he heard a noise and thought it was an intruder and scared, reached for his gun. From there he shot four times into the bathroom where he killed Steenkamp. Maybe this is what actually happened and if that's the case Pistorius has some incredibly bad luck, but there are several flaws with his story. One, why didn't he just look in the bed to see if his girlfriend was there? Seems pretty easy to me. Second, if you thought there was an intruder locked in the bathroom, why wouldn't you call police? And third, after the first shot, wouldn't you have heard your girlfriend scream? Why shoot three more times? Pretty sure Pistorius is trying to get off on a technicality. Sure he shot her, but he didn't murder her, even if that was his intention. If he gets off, that is a disgrace. More will come out I'm sure and police are backing Pistorius in his story, saying there are no inconsistencies, but that still doesn't stop the fact that his girlfriend is dead and Pistorius likely murdered her. A violent argument happened earlier that day so Pistorius could have taken his aggression out after that. We haven't heard the last of this story.
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