Monday Three Dot Thoughts…Cards, RPI time, holiday hoops

Former practice squad players Lindley, Grice, and Williams were in the backfield for the Cardinals Sunday night against the defending Super Bowl Champions. The 35-6 blowout was only surprising when you see how easily the Seahawks carved up the Arizona defense. I don’t think anyone saw nearly 600 yards of offense being allowed.
Gnash your teeth all you want about Lindley, but when players like Patrick Peterson and Michael Floyd drop balls that surely should be intercepted or caught you will lose every time. No time for a hangover. The Super Bowl team did have Kurt Warner, but they got run over down the stretch too. No whining allowed today…

Saw where Arizona State basketball lost at home to Lehigh(112) over the weekend. The Sun Devils RPI today is 194. Need to be in the 50’s to feel comfortable on securing a postseason bid. Soooooooo, can’t soft sell the importance of Tuesdays 1pm home tip against Detroit(172) and next week against Harvard(30).
Savon Goodman was impressive, but a very raw talent. Can he and the rest of the young guns develop some chemistry in the next month? No one knows…

Zona’s RPi(11) is even more impressive when you consider they have played the 3rd toughest schedule in the country. Tuesday night, Sean Millers team plays at UNLV(82). Get back to me in about 45 days and let’s see where the Cats are…

Grand Canyon has played the 7th toughest schedule in the nation, but their RPI is 263. They have home games with New Mexico(152) and Harvard(30) in the next 8 days…

The week after Christmas is a great time to check out the local high school basketball scene. Mesa Mountain View high school has the VisitMesa.com Basketball Challenge. Steve Hogan and Marc Beasley do a terrific job of putting together a talented lineup of teams. This Saturday night Gilbert Christian plays Corona Del Sol at 5:30pm. A couple of phenoms on the court for the Aztecs…