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this might have been you at about the 3-minutes left mark in the second half of the Baylor/TAMU game:

“Are you freakin’ kidding me? I yelled at the television. (And yes, I did really say freakin’ because it’s Sunday. This has nothing to do with the lord but with the fact that the new school week starts tomorrow and I need to clean up my potty mouth before entering a classroom. )
And what did I get to see instead? Another game? Another nail biter? No, my friends, the Celtics pre-game show. A pre-scheduled 30 minute show for a game CSN wasn’t even airing.”

Yup. They cut away. And you missed it. And have you sent a “Are you freakin’ kidding me?!?!” email to your local provider? I hope so, or it’ll keep on happening.

As to the game. It kinda felt like a tight, back and forth mess. Great crowd (well, duh, it’s the Big 12). And, when it came to the end (that some of you didn’t see), I must say I thought it was over when Danielle Adams fouled out with one of the dopier fouls I’ve ever seen. But, credit the Aggies, they found a way to claw close.

And then the Odyssey spoke and the game was Baylor’s. (Can we say Frosh of the Year award is leaning heavily towards her?) Said A&M coach Gary Blair:

“That’s the difference,” Texas A&M coach Gary Blair said of Sims. “I don’t think there’s a freshman point guard in the country better than her. She’s got the ability to control in mid-air and bump into you and push off and be physical. Most freshman don’t know how to use that arm.”

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with Brittney Griner

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Baylor v. Texas, free streaming video, 7 CST.

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In a BIG way!

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Don’t tell that to #2 UConn and #13 Notre Dame, who put on a helluva a show yesterday. In a back and forth and back and forth game in a packed Joyce Center, it was Indiana native Kelly Faris who gave UConn the 79-76 victory, with Husky freshman Dolson sealing the victory with free throws.

“I just think sometimes it gets lost that this isn’t the team that won 78 in a row,” Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. “This is a team that’s won 14 games. So they took a big step forward today by winning a game on the road where I think Notre Dame, I would bet you, outplayed us in just about every category — more points in the paint, more points in transition, more bench points, more offensive rebounds. Notre Dame outplayed us in every area today, and the last four minutes of the game, we won the game. That’s kind of how basketball goes sometimes.”

It took double overtime, but unranked Marquette took down #15 Georgetown, 75-73.

Missouri came back from 12 down in the final minutes of regulation to send it into OT and then upset No. 22 Texas 85-80.

#16 DePaul defeated #18 St. John’s handily, 69-54. (If Queenie was there she’ll write about it here.)

#21 Iowa sent #20 Ohio St. to their fourth loss in six game, 89-76.

Led by a very strong backcourt performance, Iowa prevailed 89-76 in front of 9,865 fans at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Not all of them spent the entire game booing Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis — she’s not very popular in these parts after last season’s Big Ten tournament title game — but the junior guard certainly got an earful all afternoon.

#1 Baylor handled their new ranking, earning a 70-58 win over #17 Iowa State (even with BG had a little foul trouble).

Green Bay was in a tussle with Cleveland St., but emerged victorious, 64-55.

Of course, there was some stomping going on.

#4 Stanford by…holy kamole…47 over a team that shall remain nameless.

#12 UCLA by 19 over USC.

#19 Oklahoma by 20 over Nebraska.

#6 West Virginia by 28 over Cincinnati.

#7 Texas A&M by 29 over Colorado.

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and Ohio State is still ranked? Huh?

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last night: Brittney Griner gets best of Tennessee – Despite subpar shooting, Baylor controls from start to finish as Tennessee struggles

It’s sort of like in tennis if you are facing a massive server you know is going to ace you a ton no matter how good your service return. The only effective way to deal with it is to accept that you’re going to see the ball blaze past you plenty times, but keep hanging in there, undiscouraged, for the rare moments you can get a racket on it.

Unlike in tennis, though, where you can’t avoid facing serve, Baylor foes can try to stay away from shooting against Griner. But that puts a huge load on their post players to be nimble and creative — which Tennessee’s weren’t — and on their perimeter players to make a lot of shots. And Vols coach Pat Summitt’s crew didn’t do that well, either.

It was an odd little game — reminded me of a high revving car that stutters and stops. I mean, what can you say when one team shoots 25% (5 assists on 18 baskets) and the other shoots 37.5% (10 assists on 20 baskets)?

Tim Waits at the Temple Daily Telegram wrote: Impressive play of Griner, Sims leads No. 2 Baylor past cold-shooting Tennessee

The biggest disappointment for the Lady Bears (10-1) is that they were unable to extend the margin of victory any farther.

“You look at the stat sheet and you got outrebounded by 10 and they get 23 offensive boards . . . how did Baylor win the game?” Mulkey pondered rhetorically after the game.

At the San Antonio Express, Jerry Briggs writes:

Griner, a second-team All-American last year, blocked nine shots. Forward Brooklyn Pope swatted away four others.

Together, they sent another message to the Lady Vols, who were knocked out of the NCAA tournament last spring by the Bears.

No surprise, John Adams at Go Vols writes: Lady Vols not thrilled with Griner’s gifts

A couple of Santa Clauses were working the crowd, and even the Baylor mascot was dressed for the holiday to come.

But don’t get the wrong idea. There was no evidence of the Christmas spirit at the Ferrell Center on Tuesday night.

All Tennessee got was trouble, most of it coming in a 6-foot-8 package. And there was nothing surprising about it.

Random thoughts:

Brooklyn Pope – that’s why players transfer.

Costuming – Yah, the leather jacket from Morocco easily trumped Kim’s downright demure white ensemble, but they were both trumped by Carolyn Peck’s 70’s throwback top.

Free throws – I had no idea that Griner’s bad free throw shooting v. UConn was because it was Baylor’s first game. Thanks for that tidbit, Carolyn.

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From Jere’ at the Times: UConn Faces Baylor With Streak Intact but Five Freshmen

When Connecticut last met Baylor, at the women’s basketball Final Four in April, Tina Charles summoned her inner Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, while Brittney Griner mostly summoned her inner freshman.

“I got a little nervous,” Griner, Baylor’s 6-foot-8 center, said.

From Andy Gardiner at USAToday: UConn puts 79-game win streak on the line Tuesday vs. Baylor

Kim Mulkey is the only woman in NCAA Division I basketball to play for (Louisiana Tech) and coach (Baylor) a national championship team. She was part of Tech’s 54-game winning streak between 1980-82.

But Mulkey stands in awe of the 79-game streak Connecticut has fashioned the last three seasons, a run Baylor will try to end Tuesday (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2) when the teams meet in Hartford.

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Usually (as Mechelle noted.. I mean, tweeted), Universities chose different words to track events like this.

Out of Baylor: Kelli Griffin Quits Basketball Team – Senior point guard needed 132 assists to become the program’s all-time assist leader.

Hmmm… might have to revise my prediction for the Baylor/UConn game….

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