MURPHY’S LAW: Hawkeyes Making Most of NIT, Drake Fans Not Yet Fired Up

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The Hawkeyes picked a good time for their best win of the season. Iowa goes to Virginia, where the Cavaliers had won 19 straight, 9 in the ACC, and beats the Cavs by double digits…

The NIT is relative to recent success and future hopes. When you’re Kentucky, you don’t care about the NIT. When you’re Iowa, you do, and should. It’s been a long time since Iowa  played in the NCAA tournament. Iowa just missed the tourney this season, but this team is peaking. The NIT run also provides a preview on potential. Only Eric May leaves, and Iowa adds more talent, including Valley’s Peter Jok…

So it’s on to New York, where the Red Sox and Yankees open the season Monday, and the Hawks take on Maryland at Madison Square Garden Tuesday. This won’t be the last time we see Hawks and Terps. Maryland joins the Big Ten in 2014…

I was asked if it’s better to be one and done in the NCAA tourney, or win the NIT? The NCAA tourney is better. However, winning the NIT, or even a few games, can help a team more the next season…

Devyn Marble looks more comfortable at point guard. He may just be one of those players who needs the ball in his hands more…

The Panthers are still playing, but if I’m a UNI fan, I’m more concerned with the job opening at Minnesota…

Drake fans don’t seem excited about the potential hire of Ray Giacoletti. I hear Greg Lansing passed, and Giacoletti brings good credentials. I just hope he’s a guy who can sell the program, not just to recruits, but to fans. Nothing does that like winning, but seasons like 2008 don’t happen often at a place like Drake. Tough place to win big…

The Lakers streak of 33 wins is safe. The Bulls cool the Heat. And the Bulls did it without the triumphant return of Derrick Rose…

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs–Phillies AAA affiliate–will turn urinals into video games this season. I’m not going to lie. This sounds kind of fun. What happens when you run out of power, and you want to top your high score? You drink more pop or beer, so you can get back in that bathroom and set a new record…

Manti Teo is smart to pass on not being at the NFL draft. Last thing Teo needs when they show him next to an empty chair is a joke about how his girlfriend has joined him…

Watching this Al Pacino movie on Phil Spector. Spector was one weird dude. Convicted for murder, so being weird is the least of his problems. Also a musical genius. Spector created the Wall of Sound, and produced and co-wrote what is believed the most played song in United States history. Know the song? “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”. Even Maverick sang it. But not to Goose…

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