Posted 03/07/2011 at 01:13 AM
--The Heat have lost four in a row and after Sunday’s 87-86 loss to the Bulls as a five-point home favorite, head coach Erik Spoelstra said “there are a couple of guys crying in the locker room right now.” Say what?! There’s no crying after regular-season losses in the NBA. Crying? Now I really hate this team.
--If you’re Spoelstra, why did you go public with that information?
--Chicago’s win put it in second place in the Eastern Conference for now. If Miami finishes in the third slot and the Knicks secure the No. 6 seed, I say New York will beat the Heat in the first round. And I would love seeing that happen.
--Watch out for the Gators, who looked real strong in dealing out woodshed treatment Saturday night at Vanderbilt. The Commodores don’t get double-digitized at Memorial Gymnasium very often, but that’s exactly what happened when UF breezed through Music City this past weekend. Florida will play the Tennessee-Arkansas winner in Friday’s SEC Tournament quarterfinals.
-- When asked about an ESPN report that Ga. Tech was going to buy out Paul Hewitt and offer its head-coaching job to the Minnesota head coach, Tubby Smith told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, "Why would I be interested in that job? I'm not going anywhere. My wife likes it here, I like it here, and I'm going to finish my career here." Before Smith took the Kentucky job, he spent two years as the Georgia head coach in Athens, 66 miles east of Atlanta.
--Former Ga. Tech head coach Bobby Cremins is looking to get back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1990s when College of Charleston takes on Wofford tonight in the SoCon Tournament finals.
--Tuesday’s Big East Tourney lineup from MSG: DePaul vs. UConn at noon Eastern, Rutgers vs. Seton Hall at 2:25, South Florida vs. Villanova at 7:00 and Providence vs. Marquette at 9:25.
--If Georgia beats Auburn in Thursday’s first-round matchup at the SEC Tournament in the Georgia Dome, it will face Alabama in Friday’s quarterfinals round. That might be a play-in game for an at-large invite to the NCAA Tournament.
--The narrator of Mike Tyson’s new show about pigeons on Animal Planet: ‘Mr. Omar’ from The Wire.
--Dan Henderson won the Strikeforce light heavyweight title with Saturday’s third-round KO of Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante at Strikeforce: Columbus. ‘Hendo’ floored Cavalcante with a huge right hand and then finished the fight with six more strikes on the ground.
--If you haven’t watched last Thursday’s epic three-round war between Diego ‘Nightmare’ Sanchez and Martin ‘Hitman’ Kampmann yet, what are you waiting for? Dana White gave both fighters an extra $100,000 bonus on top of the $60,000 they earned for garnering Fight of the Night honors in Louisville.
--On ESPN’s MMA Live a few nights ago, Rashad Evans announced that he will stay at light heavyweight even if training partner Jon ‘Bones’ Jones wins the 205-pound belt from Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua at UFC 128 next Saturday in Newark. In an interview on UFC on Versus 3, Jones said, “I respect Dana White a lot and if that’s what he absolutely wanted to happen then, you know, I guess that’s what would have to happen. Me or Rashad would not want to get fired over the situation. It would just be majorly awkward for us.” Evans replied on MMA Live, “Jones expressed last night in an interview that he would fight me for the title. So I guess (I have to fight him). I’m no punk.”