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It's times like these when us Closers really earn our keep. While the rest of you are making your yearly pilgrimage to the flower store, we'll be risking severe relationship damage by continuing to obsess over our chosen sports. We'll have the games on mute while the speakers pour forth with the musical stylings of Teddy Pendergrass, so that you can give your love life your all for just one night.


It's that time of the year, so here are a few college basketball-related thoughts to help put you in the mood:

Kevin Love, C, UCLA: 17.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 60% shooting.

Jason Love, C, Xavier: Also tall. Also plays basketball.

Trent Lovewell, Official: Zebras need love, too, baby.

Michael Flowers, F, Wisconsin: 15 points in a win over Indiana.

Derrick Rose, G, Memphis: 14 ppg, 4.3 apg, undefeated.

Bob Huggins, Coach: Love means never having to say you're sorry.

Corny? Yes. But love sometimes be's that way. Happy VD!

Tha beet, Tha beet, Thabeet is On Fire! UConn 84-Notre Dame 78. Gody was a beast again, with 32 points and half as many rebounds for the Irish. But the home team spread the ball around and let everyone get a taste. Price, Adrien, Wiggins, and Austrie each doubled up on points. Hasheem Thabeet provided the D, with seven out of his ten rebounds coming under the opponent's basket, and a manly six blocks.

Wiscy Gettin' Friscy. Wisconsin 88-Indiana 86. Something else may have been on the Hoosiers' collective mind, but I can't for the life of me think what that might have been. Call me crazy, but Bobby Knight's abrupt resignation in Lubbock doesn't look so haphazard all of a sudden. A vile and baseless rumor, but the timing is remarkable, isn't it? Jason Bohannon came off the bench for the Badgers, but ended up playing 32 minutes and scoring 18, all from behind the arc.

With Vick in Jail, Dogfights Continue. Southern Illinios 65-Drake 62. The Salukis protected their turf, sending the Bulldogs home with their first loss in MVC play. Some Falker messed around and got a double-double, going for 13 and 10. A well-deserved round of applause to Keno Davis and his crew for their epic 21-game winning streak, which now comes to an end. One of the signature achievements of this NCAA season.


One Down, 901 to Go. Texas Tech 84-Kansas State 75. A small smile almost cracked the stoic face of Bobby Knight up in the luxury box as his son won his first game as a head coach.

Tonight's (Not So) Big Games

Looks like Cupid's taking it easy on us tonight. No top-25 teams matching up. A perfect night to let the basketball Jones rest and make sweet, sweet love, even if you're alone.


However, if it doesn't take all that long there's still the following slate of top-25 action:

Butler (22-2) at Youngstown State (8-16)
Washington State (18-5) at Oregon State (6-17)
Stanford (20-3) at Arizona State (15-7)


What, No Love For... Nevada at Boise State? Michigan at Iowa? NC State at Boston College?

Eric Angevine writes about College Basketball at Storming the Floor, and contributes to Chicago Sports Weekly. He can be reached at

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