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Thursday, February 02, 2006

How can this team be so inconsistent?

The Lakers got embarassed last night 105-79 in Indiana. It was the 3rd game of our season long 7 game road trip and was a 2nd night of a back to back. We have historically never played well in 2nd nights of road back to backs, definitely expected, but to get ran out of the gym by the Pacers who were playing without Jermaine O'Neal, Jamaal Tinsley and Stephen Jackson for a large portion of the game after he got hurt, is just unacceptable. As a team it was the worst shooting performance of the season, almost the worst in Lakers history. No matter the road trip there is no way we can lose the next two games at Charlotte and at New Orleans/Oklahoma City on back to back nights because the two back to backs after that are Dallas and Houston, although Kobe seems to own Dallas.

Onto the positive the Michigan basketball team got another win, this time on the road at Penn State as they held on for a 71-65 win over the Nittany Lions. Dion Harris was on fire from outside as he hit 7 trey's to lead the team with 23 points. Daniel Horton didn't have as good of a game from a shooting standpoint but he did have a career high 12 assists so he was definitely contributing, unlike Courtney Sims who was once again non-existent with 2 points on 1 of 6 shooting.

Speaking of basketball news there was a commitment this week that was overshadowed when Jai Eugene decommitted and stayed home for LSU. Kelvin Grady, the younger brother of RB Kevin Grady committed as a PG for Coach Amaker with the possibility of playing both sports, as he held offers from Michigan and Michigan State for football. He joins Alex Legion as a member of the 2007 class for basketball at a definite position of need as Jerret Smith will be the only pure PG on the roster when he comes in.

Other football news has to deal with a conference opponent as Wisconsin has dismissed RB Booker Stanley. He was the leading candidate to take over for Brian Calhoun as he left early for the NFL. This should be a blow to the Badgers who will most likely turn to last year's 3rd string back Jamil Walker as the starter, after last year's debacle at Madison, I can't wait to play them again this season.

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