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High School Game of the Week

Trinity High School (KY)   @    St. Xavier (OH)

This game has everyone thinking that this was one is for the ages. Two powerhouses face each other. Trinity has not faced an in-state team yet. The Shamrocks continued their dominating season by piling up 586 total offense yards in a 56-7 rout of host Elder (Cincinnati, Ohio). Junior quarterback Travis Wright completed 14 of 18 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and all to junior receiver James Quick. Trinity returns to Cincinnati on Friday to tackle FAB 50 No. 18 St. Xavier with the winner set to gain major ranking points.  The Bombers snapped the 61-game game home winning streak of FAB 50 ranked Colerain (Cincinnati) with a 17-14 victory. A 21-yard field goal with 3:57 left by Nick Roemer decided the outcome. The Bombers face another test Friday at home vs. FAB 50 No. 11 Trinity (Louisville, Ky.), which routed another Cincinnati team, Elder, last weekend.

Look for James Quick to be a deciding factor in tonight’s game.

Pick: Trinity 31-27

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Louisville @ Kentucky: This is a big rivalry to people in Kentucky. After losing to Florida International, Louisville will try to beat a 2-0 Kentucky team. Kentucky is coming off a win over Central Michigan. Kentucky’s lost it’s starting running back Raymond Sanders for three weeks. Prediction: Kentucky 31-21

3 LSU @ 25 Mississippi St. This is going to be a very good game. LSU has a very tough schedule and beat Oregon two weeks ago. LSU has a great defense and Mississippi St. has a good offense. Mississippi St. lost to Auburn in a shootout last week. Prediction: LSU 35-28

1 Oklahoma @ 5 Florida St. This is going to be the best game of the week. Two powerhouses match up wanting to win. Florida St. has a lot of young talent. Oklahoma has Landry and Broyles. Look for them to have some good teamwork in this game. Prediction: 28-24

This week a variety of teams are facing road test like Tennessee, West Virginia, Arizona St., Michigan St., Auburn, Ohio St.,  and Stanford.

These are some games that I like this weekend.

Kentucky @ South Carolina: Kentucky off a loss at Alabama to go to 2-2 in the SEC. All of their losses have come on the road. A surprising South Carolina is in 1st place in the SEC East and helping them is freshman Bruce Ellington. Pick: Kentucky

Villanova @ Syracuse: After both teams losing MLK day, Syracuse to Pittsburgh, and Villanova to Connecticut, both teams want to bounce back and win. Corey Stokes for the Wildcats is struggling and Corey Fisher is riding the high wave having a good game against the Huskies. Kory Joseph for the Orange is questionable, and the leading scorer at 14.2 PPG. Pick: It matters if Joseph plays, if he does, ‘Cuse wins, if he doesn’t play, Villanova will win.

Ohio State @ Illinois: With the Buckeyes going to one of the hardest places to play, Assembly Hall, the Buckeyes want to stay #1 and undefeated. The Illini will go in there pumped up with Demetri McCamey. Jared Sullinger is probably going to get player of the year, moreless, rookie of the year. Pick: Ohio State, but I think it will be a very close game.

Tennessee @ Connecticut: Tennessee has a streak going to beat top 10 Big East teams beating Pittsburgh and Villanova. Connecticut is at home which will be a big factor. Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris will have to step it up and the Volunteers will have to play great defense. The X-factor in this game is for the Huskies is Alex Oriakhi. Pick: Game-winning shot by Kemba Walker as time expires.

St. Mary’s @ Vanderbilt: This is a key non-conference game for both teams. St. Mary’s has been a team nobody has looked at and is quietly going up the rankings. Jeffrey Taylor will have to have a good game for the Commodores to win this game. Pick: St. Mary’s by 3

Texas @ Kansas: This will probably be the game of the day. If the Longhorns want to win Tristan Thompson will have to play good and Jordan Hamilton will have to knock down some threes. Josh Selby will have to have a great game. I think Texas will be pumped up after crushing the Aggies. Pick: This will be a close one, but Texas I think will win barely. This game is also my upset of the day.

Marquette @ Notre Dame: The Golden Eagles will have a quality win if they win this game. Notre Dame is slumping after getting crushed by St. Johns. Tim Abromatis has to have a good game for the Irish and Darius Johnson-Odom will have to have a good game too for the Golden Eagles. Pick: Marquette

Michigan State @ Purdue: Jajuan Johnson is riding high tide after hitting the game-winner against Penn State. Draymond Green looks to keep his good streak going as the Spartans go to Purdue. Pick: Purdue

Here are some games I thought were interesting this weekend and players of the game.

Marquette @ Louisville: The Cards were losing by 18 with 5:44 left in the second half and the Cardinals came back and won ona game-winning shot by Kyle Kuric with four seconds left. Preston Knowles had a few threes to make it close and he is the the player of the game. The final score was 71-70, Louisville.

Missouri @ Texas A&M: This game went into OT. Missouri had some costly turnovers to lose this game in overtime. Player of the game: Kris Middleton. The final score was 91-89, in OT.

Penn State @ Ohio State: Penn State has looked good all season. They were in this game the whole time and with 13.2 seconds left and the score tied at 66-66, Jared Sullinger made an old fashioned three point play. Penn Sate couldn’t tie it with a three and time expired. Player of the game: Jared Sullinger. The final score was 69-66, Ohio State.

Maryland @ Villanova: The Terps were leading by 15 points but lost on a 19-0 run by Villanova and the final score was 74-66. Player of the game : Corey Fisher.

Northwestern @ Michigan State: Northwestern was leading almost the whole game but at the end of regulation they kept turning the ball over and Draymond Green tied it at 60 with two free throws with under a minute left. They went to overtime and the Spartans pulled it away and won 71-67. Player of the game: Draymond Green.

I bet we all heard about Zack Grienke and Yuniesky Betancourt going to the Brewers for Alcides Escobar, Jeremy Jeffress, Lorenzo Cain, Jake Odorozzi, and players to be named later or just recently Matt Garza, Fernando Perez, and another prospect going to the Cubs for Hak Ju-Lee, Chris Archer, Sam Fuld, Brandon Guyer, and Robinson Chirinos, who got the better deal, the Rays or the Royals? I think the Rays got the better deal because I think the players the Rays got have high potential and two of the five players going to the Royals are already playing in the major leagues.

Now almost all teams except for the Astros, Pirates, and the Reds have made a big pickup in the NL Central in the offseason. The Cardinals got Lance Berkman, the Cubs Matt Garza, and the Brewers Zack Grienke and Shaun Marcum. The Reds signed Edgar Renteria recently but I would rather have Paul Janish at shortstop.

 I think the NL Central will be the best division in the National League next year.

There has been some good NBA games this week including the Knicks vs. Celtics and the Nuggets vs. Spurs. First of all, the Spurs are the best team in the Western Conference. The Celtics are the best team in the Eastern Conference. Both of those teams had fantastic finishes to their games. The Celtics barely beat the Knicks 118-116 on a GW field goal by Paul Pierce with 00.4 seconds left. Then Amare Stoudemire made a three but the referees waved it off. You can’t catch, turn, and shoot in 0.4 seconds. That was the mistake on the Knicks part.

On the other hand, the Spurs have had two fantastic finishes in the last week against the Nuggets and Bucks by Manu Ginobli. On Wednesday, he made a fadeaway jumper to beat the Bucks. Yesterday, he made a shot with 04.2 seconds left. At the other end of the court, Carmelo Anthony made a shot that may of looked like a buzzer beater when it went in but it was really an offensive foul. I like the Spurs and I think that wasn’t offensive foul. Guess who took the charge? You probably guessed it, MANU GINOBLI!!!!! Good thing I’ve got him on my fantasy team!

The Miami Heat haven’t been what we thought they would be until a few weeks ago when they started a long win streak. Their record now is 19-8. Chris Bosh has been a nonfactor this season. On the win streak, Dwayne Wade has been doing very well. And as always, the King has been doing well.

The Knicks have been a surprise team this season. Amare Stoudemire, Raymond Felton, David Lee (who has an injury right now), and  Gallinari (who did very good in the Celtics game). Here is an another thing that has been talked about: Is the Knicks-Celtic game a rivalry? Well, I think it is. It is just like the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. And the game on Wednesday proved that it is a rivalry. Paul Pierce said it wasn’t but he was the one who hit the game-winning shot so he basically made it a bigger rivalry.

The Tennessee Volunteers have lost two games against mid-major teams in the last 4 days. One game against Charlotte and one game against Oakland (in Michigan). Tennessee has beat Pittsburgh and Villanova. Those are two key wins. But why have they been losing after they have good wins? TWO WORDS: REALLY COCKY. They have a good recruit named Tobias Harris who is one of the best players in the country. He hasn’t been alive in their losses but has scored 25-30 points against the hard opponets. Scottie Hopson hasn’t played well the whole season. Last year he was a surprise to be a great player but he is kind of like Stephen Pearl right now (meaning he can’t hit a shot). Wayne Chism was a help last year but he did not get draft and got invitations from the Nets and Kings to join their summer league.

They are a better team this year because of all the suspensions. They’ve had a tough schedule but they’ve beat all the hard teams but lost to the easy teams. It should be the other way around.

Against the Oakland Unicorns (just kidding) they were doing quite good until about 8 minutes left in the second half and then they gave up. Oakland kept making free throws and won by seven, 89-82.

Against the Charlotte 49ers (that one I am not kidding about) it was a back and forth game and nobody had a good offensive game for both teams. It was all defense. With a minute to play, it was 40-39, Tennessee and it was basket after basket at each side of the court. There was twelve seconds to play and the score was 48-47 and Charlotte scored to make it 49-48. Bruce Pearl called a timeout and drew up a play. Well the play wasn’t very effective and Cameron Tatum missed a three pointer about 5 feet behind the line and it only hit the backboard and time expired. They only needed a two-pointer to win and even I could draw up a play to get closer to the basket.

Tennessee is in not the hardest conference this year. They are in the SEC which is not doing very good this year. The only teams who are playing well this year in the SEC except for the Tennessee Volunteers are the Florida Gators who knocked off Kansas State today 59-44, and the Kentucky Wildcats who play Mississippi Valley State tonight at 8. I think either the Big East, ACC, or the Big Ten are the best conference this year.

Fantasy Football

Okay, this is my first time playing fantasy football so I am not very good. My team is 4-8-1 in my first season. My first round pick, Aaron Rodgers, is doing very well. Sadly, I had Ryan Grant was my second round pick but he got injured very early. I have no running back right now except for Felix Jones & Willis McGahee which aren’t the best running backs. I got pretty good receivers in Braylon Edwards, recently added Jacoby Ford, Hakeem Nicks, and Anquan Boldin.

I wouldn’t say that Jacoby Ford is the best player, but he is certainly not the worst. He’s on fire right now so I decided to pick him up.

I got Josh Kaeding and Nick Folk for kickers. Nick Folk is with the Jets and Josh Kaedingis with the Chargers. My other receiver is Early Doucet. I have really good tight ends in Brandon Pettigrew with the Lions, Dustin Keller with the Jets, and Jeremy Shockey with the Saints.

My other quarterback is Mark Sanchez, which he is backup to Rodgers if he gets hurt. My defense is the Saints which aren’t the best. I’m playing a person in a consolation ladder who I’m favored to win by 15. The other team has already played one player and that player was Randy Moss lol!!!!

There has been reports that the Saramento Kings might be moving to Louisville, KY. That would be good for me because I could go see most of their games. It is said that if the Kings move that they will play at Freedom Hall. That would cause a rampage because as you might know DeMarcus Cousins played for Kentucky. In the game against Louisville last year he got in a little fight with one of the Louisville players. I personally want the Kings to come to Louuisville because there is too many teams in California. Tell me if you agree that the Kings should come to Louisville or if you disagree.

The Wildcats have had the best recruiting classes for two years straight. It happened since John Calipari came to Kentucky. The 2009 class was John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, and Daniel Orton. The 2010 class is Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb, and Stacey Poole. Lamb and Poole have been bust because Poole hasn’t even played yet and Lamb has had one good game and that was against North Carolina which the Wildcats lost.

The 2011 class (next year) is going to be Marquis Teague, Michael Gilchrist, Anthony Davis, and Kyle Wiltjer (Canadian). There are three people in the top 100 that are considering Kentucky and they are DeAndre Daniels, Michael Chandler, and Trevor Lacey. All of those are in the top 55. If the Wildcats get those three players then they will be the best Kentucky team in the past three years.

The 2009 team went to the Elite 8 last year and lost to the West Virginia Mountaineers (I think that is their nickname). That game was a very good game but West Virginia finally won. They played Cornell, East Tennessee State University, and Wake Forest. The Wildcats absolutely annihilated Wake Forest and ETSU but beat Cornell bu only 10. The year before that the Wildcats didn’t even go to the NIT because of Billy Gillespie (Gillespiehad trouble managing his players). In 2007, Tubby Smith was their coach and he was good and I liked him but he went to Minnesota.

The 2010 Wildcats have already lost two games against Connecticut and North Carolina but have beat Washington, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma (the Sooners are not that good). The Wildcats still have to play Louisville, Tennesse (twice) and Florida (twice).

Overall, the Kentucky Wildcats have had good recruiting since John Calipari came.