Here in Knoxville, Tenn., today, they had 16,413 fans to see Tennessee’s 68-56 victory over South Carolina.
I figured as long as I was already in the general vicinity of Knoxville – it’s just about a 6-hour drive from North Carolina’s Triangle – I’d come over to watch the game and do a little prep work for a certain big-number victory that a coach in these parts is nearing.
Maybe you’ve heard tell of it: Pat Summitt has 997 wins, which even my inexpert math skills allows me to gauge is dang close to 1,000.
Anyway, I haven’t figured out how to drive a car and write on my laptop at the same time – although I tried it once; don’t tell my insurance company – so this blog has not been updated as much as I would like going into the “big game” Monday night back in Chapel Hill.
However, you can find some more thoughts on the UConn-UNC showdown on ESPN.com … plus I’ll throw in a tidbit here. One of the interested viewers for the Big Monday game will be someone who’s played in a great many No. 1 vs. No. 2 games herself. Even a few, cough, against UConn.
“Right now, they’re the two best teams in the country and they’re playing like it,” Summitt said. “It’s going to be a great game. I’m excited to watch it.”
Wonder whom she’ll be rooting for?
*-And here comes Sunday’s poll voting:
1.Connecticut, 2. North Carolina, 3. Duke, 4. Baylor, 5. Oklahoma, 6. Louisville, 7. Auburn, 8. Texas A&M, 9. Tennessee, 10. Maryland, 11. Stanford, 12. Cal, 13. Notre Dame, 14. Virginia, 15. Ohio State, 16. Vanderbilt, 17. Kansas State, 18. Florida, 19. Texas, 20. South Dakota State, 21. Marist, 22. Florida State, 23. Rutgers, 24. Xavier, 25. New Mexico
I know, you might say: Why does Cal stay behind Stanford when the Bears beat the Cardinal on Sunday? Why did Stanford drop five spots from last week in your poll? Why do you keep ranking Tennessee and Maryland as high as you do? Why put in Xavier and Florida State this week?
Well, as always, I’m not sure any of these answers will be that satisfying, but here goes: Since the Cal win was by just 3 points and was at home, I wasn’t really keen on jumping the Bears way ahead from their spot of No. 13 last week. Rather, I moved Stanford down to be closer to Cal.
As for Tennessee … having seen them today, I believe they are a top-10 team. I’m not ranking them on “reputation.” I just think they have the talent to be there. You could disagree.
You could also quibble about Maryland at No. 10. You might be right about that. But I just feel like the Terps showed something by nearly beating Duke at Durham despite having one starter home sick and another out at crunch time in the game because of cramping.
In regard to FSU and Xavier, the Seminoles have won seven games in a row and the Musketeers six. It just seemed like it was time to bring them in.