Okay, so this headline was a joke when we first posted it Friday after the Redbirds loss in the season opener. But now it's not so funny. The Redbirds are 0-4 after getting swept in their weekend series in Oklahoma City. C'mon, Birds. Time to fly. Or at least, wake up.
While Cinderellas like Bradley and George Mason got most of the press attention in the aftermath of this weekend's NCAA Men's Basketball ball, Pat Forde, espn.com's top college-basketball guru, found time last night to devote his on-line wrap-up column to saluting U of M backup point guard Andre Allen, whose two stellar performances turned a lot of heads in Dallas. "The little man absolutely lacks fear," noted Forde, "which is a key ingredient on the grand stage of March." Here's the link.
The Memphis Tigers climbed to the NCAA's Elite Eight Thursday night, but faltered Saturday night trying to take the next step -- to the Final Four. Cold shooting from the floor and turnovers at critical moments cost the Tigers a chance to live up to their number one seeding. The Tigers made only two three pointers, both in the final minute after the game was all but decided. UCLA's tenacious defense stifled the U of M, which was also saddled with foul trouble for Rodney Carney, Joey Dorsey, and Shawne Williams. Go to SI.com for complete coverage. If you can stand it. AND/OR: See John O'Leary's take on the disaster ("GURGLE, GURGLE," in Sports Beat).