Grant’s initial challenge will be to put a respectable team on the floor next season. The incoming recruiting class isn’t strong, and its crown jewel could be following Archie to Indiana. McKinley Wright, a hot-shot point guard from Minneapolis, is wavering. And if there’s one huge position of need for the Flyers, it’s point guard. Maybe Grant can lasso a graduate transfer or dip into the JUCO ranks. The next signing period starts April 12.
The Reds' rebuilding program continues this season, and it might take longer to complete than the Arcade. First pitch is Monday at Great American Ball Park. The boys in Vegas don't think Cincinnati has made any progress. Their "over-under" in the sports books is 70.5 — for the second straight year. That means if you bet the "over" and the Reds win 71 games, you win.
The Reds won 68 games last year, their worst season since, well, 2015. They were rebuilding that year, too. I think I read that Cincinnati has seven rookies on the roster (and one is named Rookie, LOL) and that Bronson Arroyo is scheduled to pitch next week in St. Louis? I’m going to bet the mortgage on the under.
The NIT wrapped up Thursday night with TCU steamrolling Georgia Tech 88-56 in Madison Square Garden. People make fun of the NIT, but you can't tell me the TCU kids would have rather made the NCAA Tournament and lost in the first round.
Tech coach Josh Pastner embraced the NIT. He even paid for Tech students’ tickets to the Yellow Jackets’ first-round game against Indiana. Maybe he had bonus money tied to winning a few games, or maybe he’s just a good guy.
Knucklehead of the Week
Argentina soccer star Lionel Messi has been suspended for four World Cup qualifying matches for yelling at an official during a match with Chile. He must have really let it fly because FIFA probably would prefer that its biggest names play instead of sit. Messi “vehemently” denies any wrongdoing and said he was yelling at the air. I get that; I do that all the time when I’m cleaning my gutters. Anyway, Argentina’s soccer federation honchos have a great team of lawyers working on an appeal.