- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 8, 2008

HE SAID WHAT?

“The speed myth is bull. I guarantee you nobody on [LSU’s] defensive line is any faster than [Ohio State defensive linemen] Lawrence Wilson or Vernon Gholston.” — Ohio State tailback Chris “Beanie” Wells

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D1scourse: Patrick Stevens gives his thoughts heading into tonight’s Maryland-Holy Cross showdown.

TAKE YOUR PICK: Which of college basketball’s six unbeaten teams has the best chance of finishing the regular season unblemished?

A. North Carolina (15-0) — Top-ranked Heels survived a scare Sunday night.

B. Vanderbilt (15-0) — The nation’s best 3-point shooting team.

C. Kansas (14-0) — Definitely the most impressive college team to date has played and handled toughest schedule.

D. Mississippi (13-0) — The anti-Kansas: Rebels have played absolutely nobody.

E. Washington State (13-0) — The Cougars lead the nation in field goal percentage and could challenge UCLA for Pac-10 crown.

F. Memphis (13-0) — A good team in a weak league.

Our take — The answer, of course, is Memphis, which has only a handful of possible losses remaining on its schedule, notably home-and-away dates with Houston and next month’s game against cross-state rival Tennessee. If the No. 2 Tigers win at Houston and get by the Vols, they should go unbeaten.

Among the five other unscathed teams, Kansas has the next best shot at surviving unbeaten, though that’s highly unlikely with Texas and Texas A&M; waiting on their Big 12 docket. None of the other four teams has a prayer.

And, yes, that definitely includes No. 1 North Carolina, which qualifies as the weakest No. 1 in a few seasons.

TWT 10 BEST COLLEGE NICKNAMES

1. Spokane CC (Wash.) Sasquatch

2. Sweet Briar College (Va.) Vixens

3. Louisiana-Lafayette Rajun’ Cajuns

4. UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs

5. Trent University (Ontario) Excalibur

6. McDaniel College (Md.) Green Terror

7. Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils

8. San Francisco Dons

9. Washburn (Kan.) Ichabods

10. IUPU-Fort Wayne Mastodons

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