Above The Rim: Down and Dirty

NBA first, college ball after the jump.

I would be mildly surprised after watching the highlights of Utah’s win over Dallas if Dirk Nowitzki isn’t suspended for the flagrant foul on Andrei Kirilenko. It looked bad on tape, never mind what it was like during the game itself.  What really screwed the Mavs over is that not only were they unable to score for several stretches, but one Utah bench player, Kyle Korver, outscored Dallas’ bench.

The Hornets have made it official: the Knicks have now suffered seven straight losing seasons, punctuating it by allowing a 10-0 run by the Hornets to close it out. Chris Paul lead with 27.

The tiff between Mike Dunleavy and Donald Sterling unofficially torpedoed the Clippers, and now teams like the 76ers are thrashing them so solidly that any reminder that the other team in Staples made the playoffs two years ago are becoming very, very distant.  Eight of the team’s last 11 losses have been by double digits — in fact, this is the second time that Philly has handed them a 20+ point whooping in the past month.

Get your couches ready. West Fuckin’ Virginia may be eager to storm its way back into the NCAAs under Bob Huggins. Joe Alexander led the Mountaineers with 32 points in the hoops equivalent of the Backyard Brawl against Pitt, and now WVU wants to finish on a roll and make a case for another Big East team in the tourney.

Someone please employ a mercy rule or something in case of 109-51 beatings like the one Kansas put on Texas Tech. That kind of ish just looks bad (and should make Rick Barnes and Texas feel awful for losing to them on Saturday.)

Barring complete catastrophe or the serious challenge from St. Mary’s, Gonzaga will take the only spot in the Big Dance from the WCC. They locked up the conference regular season title with the win against Santa Clara.

Photo: AP/Douglas C. Pizac

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