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Everyone's ready to get to the conference season. It's entirely possible some people were overlooking the final non-conference game. Would focus be a problem? Who would get through with the momentum? And would the games played today matter when the Selection Committee gathered? Let's find out.
***** #1 UCLA 87, #25 Illinois 74.
It's been a long road through a lot of difficult teams, but UCLA did what they set out to do: repeat a 12-0 start.
Bill Walton had 20 points, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was two blocks shy of a triple-double, and the Bruins (12-0) took out the Illini (9-3) to run their winning streak to 49 and finish non-conference's play undefeated for the second consecutive year.
"We look at every game as important," Bruins coach John Wooden said after the game. "We're not about to slack off, and we're not about to take our focus down at all. Illinois is just as important as Kentucky to us."
For a while, the Illini road the hot hand of Derek Harper to stay with their foes. Harper had 14 points by halftime as the teams entered the locker room deadlocked at 43. However, Reggie Miller's defense kept Harper out of the scoring column in the second half and provided the difference.
"It's a 40-minute game, and I wasn't there for 40 minutes," Harper said. #3 Kentucky 67, #8 Michigan 58.
If UCLA is the undisputed #1, could Kentucky be the undisputed #2? Voters can be weird, but we'll see.
Cliff Hagan led all scorers with 15 points as the Wildcats (11-1) ended their non-conference schedule in style with a win over the Wolverines (9-3), who had been hoping for their second Super Five scalp of the season.
"I think this shows we still have room for improvement," Michigan coach John Beilein said after the game. "We need to make some adjustments before Big Ten play, but I think we can find them and do something with them."
Kentucky's starters, other than Hagan, struggled during the game. Dan Issel was held by Chris Webber to a mere 5 points on the night. But the Blue Line -- Kentucky's "second starters" as coach Adolph Rupp calls them -- came through in the clutch, as Jamal Mashburn had 12 points to spur an 11-3 run that put Kentucky up for good.
"It's a good luxury to have 10 starters," Rupp joked. #4 Duke 72, #15 Southern Cal 68.
In the NIBL postseason, you survive and advance. Duke is getting ready for that mentality early.
Elton Brand's 16 points and 11 rebounds led the way as the Blue Devils (10-2) held off the Trojans (9-3), who finished non-conference play 0-3 against the Super Five and 9-0 against everyone else.
"What that tells me is that we can be a 2 or 3 seed, and that the Sweet Sixteen is good, but it also says we have work to do to compete for the big prize," coach Sam Barry said when asked about the unusual split. "We'll have time to work on our game, we'll face UCLA a couple times... I hope we can improve over the course of the season."
Duke, meanwhile, enters ACC play with two close wins after a loss to Michigan. Coach Mike Krzyzewski isn't worried, though. "We'll be ready," he said to reporters. "We've played tough teams, and we're a tough team."
DeMar DeRozan led the Trojans with 15 points. #5 Kansas 77, #9 Notre Dame 65.
Notre Dame had been overachieving throughout the non-conference season. It had to come to an end with a reality check.
Paul Pierce took over in the second half, getting a personal 8-0 run as part of his 24 point outburst as the Jayhawks (10-2) knocked off the Fighting Irish (9-3) to enter Big XII play with momentum.
With the score tied at 55, Pierce hit a three-point jumper to give Kansas the lead. A steal by JoJo White followed, and White fed Pierce for a dunk to extend the lead to five. After an Adrian Dantley miss, Pierce drove the lane and got the layup plus a foul on Bill Laimbeer, completing the three-point play to give Kansas a lead they wouldn't give back.
"It's like my man [Kevin Garnett] says, anything is possible. We feel we can win it all, man," Pierce said after the game. "If Wilt [Chamberlain] is having a bad day, I can step up, Joel [Embiid] can step up, JoJo [White] can step up... we got options!"
Austin Carr led the Irish with 15 points. #16 Maryland 71, #17 DePaul 66.
George Mikan was rested and ready to go. Unfortunately, so was Len Bias.
Bias scored 22 points to lead all scorers and outduel Mikan (20 points) as the Terrapins (9-3) defeated the Blue Demons (8-4) in the final non-conference game for both teams.
"Len is our spark plug," coach Gary Williams said after the game. "When he gets an open floor, he's hard to beat. We're glad to have him on our team."
Mikan, who played sparingly in the previous game against Rhode Island, was a monster underneath in the halfcourt set. He went 9-13 from the field (2-2 from the line) and added 14 rebounds and 5 blocks. However, Bias was able to get around Mikan on multiple occasions for dunks, and sixth man John Lucas II made a critical three to provide the final score.
"They're good," Mikan admitted. "We're going to take these lessons and prep for the Big East." #14 Arizona 90, #7 Syracuse 53.
When the week began, Syracuse was 8-1 and looked like they could compete with the two Super Five teams in the ACC. Now, questions abound.
Jason Terry and Richard Jefferson each had 25 points as the Wildcats (9-3) sent the Orange (8-4) to their third straight defeat, all against Top 25 competition -- and all against the Pac-12.
"We're not taking anyone lightly," coach Jim Boeheim insisted. "The Pac-12 is a powerful conference. We just had a bad week. We're going to be drilling extra hard in practice to prepare for the ACC season."
Syracuse used their usual 2-3 zone, which discourages going inside and dares three-point shooters to hit their shots. But Terry and Jefferson did that, leading a barrage (with help from Mike Bibby and Steve Kerr) of 15-27 shooting from long-range.
"We just didn't miss," Jefferson said, amused. "We were all dialed in. Heat checks were going in. Everything worked." Louisville 72, #22 Florida 59.
It looks like Florida's stay in the Top 25 won't be repeated.
Donovan Mitchell had 19 points and 6 assists as the Cardinals (9-3) upset the Gators (8-4) to make a statement about their place in the ACC pecking order... and perhaps the Top 25 itself.
"Oh, we definitely belong," Mitchell said when asked. "You look at how we started the year, you look at who we beat; we deserve the recognition that teams like Duke and [North] Carolina do. ACC ain't all about Tobacco Road."
Gators coach Billy Donovan was disappointed in his team's effort. "We're capable of playing better, especially when we get the looks we got today," he said. "You can't do that against teams like Kentucky and Tennessee and expect to get away with it."
Bradley Beal led the Gators with 14 points. Houston 80, #23 Iowa 67.
Rumors of Houston's demise appear to be exaggerated. Iowa, meanwhile, may not be as strong as they looked.
Hakeem Olajuwon went for 21 points, 14 rebounds, 4 blocks, and 4 steals as the Cougars (9-3) jumped out to a 20-point lead by halftime and held on to beat the Hawkeyes (8-4) in the final non-conference game for both teams.
"Now that's more like it," coach Guy Lewis said of Olajuwon's performance. "We're a dangerous team when we click on all cylinders, and Hakeem is a big cylinder. We look ready for Big XII play now."
"We dug ourselves too deep of a hole," Hawkeye forward Connie Hawkins said after the game. "We need to start better and we need to finish better." California 83, #20 Minnesota 75.
The Pac-12 hopes to get more than three bids this season. If it's going to happen, teams like California have to step up the way they did today.
Jason Kidd had 17 points and Shareef Abdur-Rahim had 11 with 6 blocks as the Golden Bears (9-3) took out the Golden Gophers (8-4) in a battle of "golden" teams in the Big 10-Pac 12 rivalry.
"I love how Jason plays," Bears coach Pete Newell said after the game. "But I'm really proud of the progress Shareef has made. Today he dominated the paint on defense, and that's how we were able to get the W."
With Cal up 4 and a minute to go, Abdur-Rahim blocked a Mychal Thompson layup attempt. The scramble went to Archie Clark, who found Kevin McHale underneath. However, Abdur-Rahim blocked the dunk attempt, and Kevin Johnson ran the ball out to get fouled and begin the march to the free throw line.
"Everyone had a good game, and we had a good game," Johnson said.
***** #24 UNLV 70, Princeton 66.
In the mid-major non-conference game of the season, it was thought that Princeton's best chance was to keep UNLV from making it a full-court game. Add some three-pointers, and they could steal a win.
That's almost what happened. But talent won out in the end.
Shawn Marion led all scorers with 17 points as the Runnin' Rebels (8-4) held off the Tigers (7-5) in a game between two of the top mid-majors in the country.
"You gotta give them a ton of credit," coach Jerry Tarkanian said after the game. "Princeton is a team that doesn't lose easily. They're going to be a tough out down the line if, no, when they make the Dance."
With both teams trying to play at their more comfortable pace -- Princeton's average possession was about nine seconds longer than UNLV's -- it was play underneath that kept the Tigers alive. Bill Bradley and John Hummer each had 17 points as Sidney Green was unable to keep up defensively. But in the final seconds, Larry Johnson and Armen Gilliam denied inbound passes, forcing Brian Taylor to put up a three-pointer. It missed, and Reggie Theus' two free throws made the final score.
"So close and yet so far," Bradley told reporters.
***** HOW THE TOP 25 FARED
- UCLA 87, 25. Illinois 74
- North Carolina 95, Arkansas 64
- Kentucky 67, 8. Michigan 58
- Duke 72, 15. Southern Cal 68
- Kansas 77, 9. Notre Dame 65
- Michigan State 108, Saint Louis 58
- Syracuse 53, 14. Arizona 90
- Michigan 58, 3. Kentucky 67
- Notre Dame 65, 5. Kansas 77
- Indiana 82, N.C. State 70
- Ohio State 72, Arizona State 58
- Connecticut 80, Tennessee 64
- Texas 75, Saint John's 74, OT
- Arizona 90, 7. Syracuse 53
- Southern Cal 68, 4. Duke 72
- Maryland 71, 17. DePaul 66
- DePaul 66, 16. Maryland 71
- LSU 80, West Virginia 71
- Georgetown 94, Tulsa 69
- Minnesota 75, California 83
- Alabama 69, Washington 68, OT
- Florida 59, Louisville 72
- Iowa 67, Houston 80
- UNLV 70, Princeton 66
- Illinois 74, 1. UCLA 87
My company was given a heads up about the closure since I work near Ogden road -- the memo just said closed for filming, but obviously had no need to go into more detail.
Just out of sheer curiosity, does anyone know? Fargo maybe?
What do y’all use for road closure information? Seems like I’m always running into road closures that don’t populate on google or Apple Maps. 45th is in that constant state of open and closed. Does Idaho 511 update enough to use effectively?
Edit: Specifically talking about road construction closures.
I have access to a portable telescope and want to get out to look at the moon the night of the 3rd. Does anyone know any good spots away from the town's light pollution and higher in altitude than town? My usual spot is lemon or vallecito but with the road closures, I'm not confident in following the detour at night.
I’m running the Vancouver half marathon on the 25th June- I’ve never ran it before. I have obviously checked the map, road closures ect but I thought you guys would know best!
My question is, my husband wants to either bike or drive to cheer me on all along the way! But what’s his best option? I told him the best would be to bike 🚴 and keep going ahead on the bike to the next bit? And he seems to think he can drive? 🤣🤣 what do you think is best? Can people cheer at most points on the side of the street along the way? Many thanks :)
Hello, I’ve seen a number of other posts about visiting and have been looking at your tourism guide - which is a great help so thanks to the people who made that!!
However I was planning to come to Kerala in August. When I was researching online everything I’ve seen says it’s a perfect time and I was so excited to visit! But my boyfriend has spoken to one person who lived in Munnar for a few years who has said that it’s the worst time to go since there is often landslides, road closures, and will have to only do indoor activities - is this true?
Now I’m really worried, I’ve not booked anything yet apart from the flights to Kochi but wanted to check before we plan anything else.
We are planning to visit Kochi, Alleppey, Kumarakom and Munnar.
Thanks in advance for any advice!
I live in Georgia and I was thinking about why there’s so many terrible drivers out there. But I remembered my drivers test. My road sign written test seemed very basic and my road test was literally three stop signs. I don’t go through a single traffic light, round about, lane closure/zipper merge or anything. I understand driving is necessary in the US and there’s hundreds of people taking drivers test daily, but we are not through enough with our drivers tests and we’re giving DLs to incompetent people.
Hey there, fellow Redditors! Can we take a moment to collectively rage about the absolute circus that is Auckland traffic? Seriously, I'd rather jump into a tank full of hungry sharks than deal with the mind-numbing gridlock that plagues this city on a daily basis. Strap in, folks, because this rant is about to reach epic proportions!
First off, let's talk about the perpetual state of congestion. It doesn't matter if it's 7 a.m. on a Monday or 11 p.m. on a Sunday, the traffic in this city just never seems to ease up. You can bet your last dollar that you'll be stuck bumper-to-bumper for what feels like an eternity, watching the minutes tick by as your patience wears thin. Aucklanders are living in a never-ending Groundhog Day, where every day is a fresh new hell of brake lights and frustrated sighs.
And don't even get me started on the joy that is rush hour. Whoever coined the term "rush hour" clearly had a sick sense of humor. It's more like "crawl hour" or "let's test your sanity hour." The roads become a breeding ground for the world's most inept drivers, seemingly unaware of the concept of merging lanes or the simple act of using turn signals. It's as if they've all collectively decided that driving etiquette and common sense are archaic relics of a bygone era.
But wait, there's more! Let's not forget the never-ending construction projects that seem to pop up at every turn. It's like the city planners got together and said, "Hey, you know what Auckland needs? More orange cones and road closures!" They're so efficient at roadworks that I'm starting to suspect they've developed a superpower to magically teleport construction crews from one site to another within seconds. It's mind-boggling how these projects take ages to complete, causing massive disruptions to traffic flow without any visible progress.
Oh, and did I mention the infrastructure? Auckland, darling, we need to have a serious conversation about your infrastructure. It's woefully ill-equipped to handle the ever-increasing population and the surge in vehicles on the road. The roads are a patchwork of potholes, uneven surfaces, and outdated traffic management systems. It's like driving through an obstacle course designed by a malevolent deity who hates smooth journeys.
And let's not forget the weather. Auckland's love for sudden downpours is legendary, and with that comes an extra layer of traffic chaos. The roads become an oil slick, and drivers transform into timid snails afraid to touch their accelerator pedals. The concept of driving in rain seems to be an enigma to most Aucklanders, resulting in a parade of panicked drivers, skids, and fender-benders that only exacerbate the congestion.
I could go on for ages, but I'll spare you the agony. Auckland traffic is an absolute nightmare that we, unfortunate residents, have to endure daily. It's time for the authorities to wake up, smell the exhaust fumes, and take some decisive action. We need better infrastructure, improved public transportation, and smarter traffic management strategies. Until then, buckle up, fellow Aucklanders, because we're in for a wild ride through this perpetual circus of traffic chaos.
I would like to start out saying I’m not a good writer i’m miserable at spelling and punctuation hopefully you can follow the story.
I’m from a small town in Iowa around 7,000 people. When you grow up in small town you become really resourceful at finding things to do for fun. You make the most of the fun you have while having it. Urban legends are plentiful and always fun to hear! I don’t live to far from our capital city. As I got older I started venturing in to the city I made a lot of friends and they loved hearing stories of growing up in such a small town and found the things we did for fun wild. They would beg me to take them to a cemetery that is about 40 min from my house. It’s a place that I had only been a handful of times. I will admit durning the daytime it’s very innocuous (I know the area somewhat well as I’ve hunted out there and been on a few late night drives out there.) But by night time it becomes very creepy. I will state this now I’m not into the supernatural if something creepy happens to me I look for A logical explanation! If you tell me a haunting story I’ll roll my eyes! But there is no explanation for this. So one evening some friends from the city call me they want to go to this Cemetery they want me to take them out there. I agree so they make it down to me around 8pm this is in mid fall so it’s somewhat dark by this time. We stand around having a few smokes and catching up with one and other there are 5 of us. Around 9pm we leave. Part of the trip in on paved highway but the rest is on limestone, gravel roads about 6 maybe 10 miles at most to the graveyard. We took my friends new car at the time it was a couple months old it was a reddish maroon Pontiac G6. If you have ever drove on a limestone gravel road your car gets covered in a fine white dust. We make it to cemetery. The entrance is a large cast iron gate we go in I show them the headstone it’s very large from the early 20th century and it has a very creepy saying on it (something like where you are now I once was and soon you’ll be where I am) since this I’ve found out it’s pretty common on old headstones. My friends are in agreement yeah that is really creepy! They ask if anything has ever happened to me out here? No not really. My car once overheated driving by. But that’s about it. now this grave stone sets in the last row facing west and to the south maybe 50 yards are a whole row of children’s graves small little grave stones just big enough to fit a name on them. “Well, urban legend says if you run between those gravestones zigzagging through them you will die” my friend starts talking trash, telling me that’s the dumbest thing he’s ever heard of! He yells not afraid of any stupid dead babies! I said, I don’t know man I always heard that so and so did it and they were dead a week later. He tells me I’m an idiot. He starts running through them gets halfway says he could care less about the supposed curse, but doesn’t complete the whole run and comes walking back we joked with him and ask him if he’s too scared to do it he said yes I got creeped out halfway through. We went back to the entrance had a few smokes shot the breeze for a minute. I was ready to leave I hadn’t had dinner and I was hungry it’s around 11 pm we head back to the town I live in. on the south side of the town there is a McDonald’s I pull in and we Head in to have dinner when we leave the car was under A street light and the car was well lit when we get up to it and a friend noticed there were small hand prints all over the car no fewer than 20 they were the size of a two year olds, but not all were the same size but all were very small. They were on top of the trunk on top of the roof. You can see them because they were outlined in the dust from the gravel road. I remember looking really close and you can clearly see fingerprints in the white dust highlighting everything creases fingerprints is the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. There is no explanation If they were there before we went out, they would’ve been covered by the dust we couldn’t figure out how a kid would’ve got on top of his car. There’s no kids around where the owner of the car lived. Nothing. We tried to come up with any reason that they would be there, but nothing made sense. I told my friend that ran through the graves, he better watch out! to this day if you Bring it up to him he won’t hear a word of it he will leave the room or get angry that you brought it up and we’re close to 20 years since I was happened.
Apparently local roads and stadium carpark is closed 6:30 pm til one hour after performance. Do you literally have to wait in your car until they reopen at like midnight? I'm a wheelchair user otherwise I'd get public transport. Thanks.