- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 6, 2009


“We never sat in the locker room and said, ‘Let’s go straight undefeated.’ … Now you can put that to rest and bring us back down to reality.” - Tyler Hansbrough after No. 1 UNC lost to BC

TAKE YOUR PICK » Does Utah deserve a piece of the national title?

Yes — The Utes cemented their rights to a share of the title after blasting Alabama 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl to guarantee their place as the only unbeaten team in the Football Bowl Subdivision (13-0). Unlike No. 1 Florida (12-1), which trailed the Crimson Tide for three quarters before winning 31-20 in the SEC Championship game, the Utes dispatched Alabama in just one quarter. The bottom line is Utah couldn’t do anything more to prove its case; it ran the table, and nobody else did.

No — Get real. The Mountain West is a solid conference, probably comparable to the ACC or Big East this season, but Utah’s only game against a top-10 team came against in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. The rest of Utah’s schedule was somewhat soft, featuring six losing teams.

Our Take — The BCS format is a mess, but dubbing the Utes No. 1 would be a misguided statement. Did Utah deserve a shot to play for the title in a playoff? Yes, but so did Texas and Southern Cal. Sorry, Utah, your Utes were flawless, but the system is flawed.


The top scorers in NCAA Division I basketball history. Barring a real surge, North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2,396 points) won’t crack this list:

1. Pete Maravich, LSU (3,667) — “Pistol” Pete averaged 44.2 points a game from 1967 to 1970.

2. Freeman Williams, Portland St. (3,249) — Williams was the No. 8 pick of the Celtics in 1978.

3. Lionel Simmons, La Salle (3,217) — The 6-foot-7 forward averaged a double-double with the Explorers.

4. Alphonso Ford, Mississippi Valley St. (3,165) — Ford played only 11 career NBA games (3.2 ppg).

5. Harry Kelly, Texas Southern (3,066) — Kelly led the nation in scoring in 1982 and 1983.

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