First things first: The college hoops desk's Weekend Watch series has made Friday afternoon's Saddle Up redundant. Who needs a hurriedly typed jumble of blog words when you can get a comprehensive preview of nearly every game in one neatly designed package? Pretty much no one, is who. So as we look toward the weekend's rather awesome hoops slate, let's do something new here. Let's quickly review the week in hoops.
Hey, what did happen this week? Lots of stuff, actually:
John Wall showed his first signs of discord with his coach, John Calipari, saying he (Wall) "wasn't having any fun" and "tried not to listen to (Calipari)." This was a minor controversy before the two very publicly smoothed things over. A glossy win over Ole Miss helped.
West Virginia's fan section went to the next level. And not in a good way. The Mountaineers' students have been dropping expletives on opposing coaches and players all season -- most noticeably Evan Turner, who seemed to do nothing to deserve being called an "a-hole" two weeks ago -- but this week's chants of "Karen Sypher" for Louisville's visit Saturday, in addition to the swears and thrown bottles and coins hitting assistant coaches in the face during Wednesday night's game with Pitt ... well, let's just say this is the week it caught everyone's attention. Including the Governor. Note to WVU fans: Please don't throw things, OK? Deal? Deal.
Wisconsin-Michigan State was the biggest match up of the week, but it didn't stay that way for long: Wisconsin methodically tore apart a very cold and very discombobulated Michigan State team, thrusting the Badgers back into the national scene. (Bo Ryan has to be coach of the year, yes?) Things got even worse for the Spartans when Kalin Lucas sprained his ankle. He's listed as day-to-day and is "unlikely" for tomorrow's match up at Illinois.
Rick Majerus threw a fit about flying commercial, quitting his radio show and freaking out St. Louisians in the process.
Cal let another chance slip away as the Pac-10 showed no signs of figuring itself out anytime soon.
And I did my first-ever -- not just for ESPN, but in my blogging career -- video blog. Just don't call it a "vlog."
Be sure to check back tomorrow, when we'll be serving up the usual diet of all-day hoops blogging. I'll be at Michigan State-Illinois at night. Another video blog could be impending. Try to conceal your excitement. See you then.