Sundayâs game between the Chicago Bulls and the Miami Heat could veryÂ well be a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. To this point, theÂ Bulls and Heat have clearly been to the top teams in the NBA andÂ barring any significant time missed by either teamâs key players; bothÂ teams should be standing at the end. In the east, getting to the NBAÂ finals will be going through Chicago and Miami. Both the Bulls and theÂ Heat have shown signs of being unbeatable this season as and need toÂ continue to play well to hold off charges from the Philadelphia 76ers,Â Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and Orlando Magic. The EasternÂ Conference is deep especially when a veteran team like the BostonÂ Celtics could have a chance to miss the playoffs. Itâs early to see ifÂ teams like the 76ers and Pacers can maintain their hot startsÂ throughout the season and if teams like the Celtics and New YorkÂ Knicks can find a grove and challenges the leagues top teams. The teamÂ with the most pressure and most to prove has to bee the Heat asÂ expectations are set extremely high. The questions of which of the BigÂ Three, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or Chris Bosh, will take the shot atÂ the end of the game will continue being asked as well if Miami hasÂ fixed its fourth quarter woes. This game is crucial as both teamsÂ would like to have home court advantage throughout the playoffs. TheÂ atmosphere Sunday will be like a Game 7, so with that said taking theÂ home team is usually a safe bet: Miami 95 Chicago 85 (Record: 19-10).
A conference who regularly has more than one team in the top 25 has yet to have a team defeat a team inside the top 25 this season. So far, teams like Cal Poly, Fairfield, Idaho, Loyola Marymount, Montana State, Northern Arizona, South Dakota State, UC Riverside and Wyoming have all won games against the Pac-12. California, who is tied a top the conference standings, was embarrassed by Missouri earlier this year, losing by 39 points to the Tigers.
Victor and Matt discuss Joe Paterno’s passing and talk with ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas. He breaks down the season, quantifies Coach K’s all-time wins record, discusses College GameDay’s visit to Tucson this weekend and talks about why the Pac-12 is so bad this year. Plus, he comments on UCLA’s coach Ben Howland and what came out of his visit this last summer with NCAA president Mark Emmert. Finally, the guys discuss Rob Lowe’s tweet “controversy.”
On todayâs video blog we discuss college basketball and try to figure out why the Pac-12 is so bad as a conference. Is it a “transition” year, too many bad teams at the bottom or are the top teams not “elite” enough? We debate, please watch!
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