Now we’re getting somewhere.
For nearly two decades, railing against the Bowl Championship Series was like tilting at windmills. The guys who hijacked college football’s postseason in 1992 and kept it through several name changes — Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance — had no reason to budge. They had TV contracts, sponsors aplenty, college presidents, conference commissioners and chambers of commerce in a handful of cities in their pockets. They even had a quasi-secret formula to justify their decisions, backed by computers powerful enough to run NORAD.
LITTLE ROCK — The third quarter wasn’t a good time for Batesville High basketball teams here Tuesday night.
In the opening varsity game, the Pulaski Academy Lady Bruins outscored the Lady Pioneers 17-7 and held on for a 44-43 nonconference victory. The Lady Pioneers led 19-18 at halftime
In the nightcap, the Bruins outscored the Pioneers 18-5 and went on to post a 59-52 victory. The score was 29-all at halftime. It was also tied at 11 after one quarter of play.
PLEASANT PLAINS — The Cedar Ridge Timberwolves flipped the script in the second half to turn an 8-point deficit into a 56-50 win over the Midland Mustangs in 2A-2 District action here Tuesday night.
Midland led 27-19 at halftime and 37-33 at the end of three.
“We started hitting our outside shots,” Cedar Ridge Coach Stephen Gould said. “We pressed them the whole second half and I think that wore them down a little bit. We really didn’t pressure them into turnovers, but we made them work to get the ball down the court. Our bench came in and helped us keep the press going.”
It might be time for John Pelphrey to dust off the red coat.
Pelphrey wore a gaudy red jacket last January while coaching Arkansas to an upset against Texas. Now the Razorbacks have fallen on hard times, and with the rematch against the second-ranked Longhorns coming up tonight in Fayetteville, the Hogs are trying to do what they can to recapture the magic from this time last season.
Pelphrey was noncommittal when asked about his attire.
SWIFTON — A barrage of 3-pointers from Richie Tharp helped the Trumann Wildcats eliminate the Izard County Cougars from the Kell Classic basketball tournament here Monday night.
Tharp tickled the twine from downtown 10 times and led the Wildcats (6-5) with 30 points as they defeated the Cougars 76-59.
FAYETTEVILLE (AP) — Howard Crawford expected to take the final shot. What he didn’t expect was how easy it was going to be for him.
With 1 second left, Crawford rolled off a pick at the top of the key and raced all alone down the lane, catching Jamarr Sanders’ inbound pass and dunking to give No. 24 Alabama-Birmingham a 73-72 win over Arkansas on Saturday.
“I was shocked I was that wide open,” Crawford, who scored 13 points, said. “I was going to take the final shot no matter what.”
As of press time this morning, junior high basketball games scheduled for three sites in the Guard-circulation area had been removed from today’s schedule due to weather-related road conditions.
The Newport-at-Batesville, Mountain View-at-Cave City, Greers Ferry West Side-at-Concord and Hillcrest-at-Izard County games were called off and have not been rescheduled. The games in Brockwell (Izard County) had actually been called off earlier due to a scheduling conflict.
SWIFTON — The Southside Southerners and Izard County Lady Cougars won George Kell Classic high school basketball openers here Saturday.
The Southerners slipped by the Maynard Tigers, winning 57-52 as Tyler Hoover scored 22 points and Michael Smith added 11. Prince Vaughn grabbed six rebounds for the winner. Dalton Littleton contributed four assists.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — There’s something about these season finales for Arkansas under Coach Bobby Petrino.
The Razorbacks finished with another tense victory Saturday night when they beat East Carolina 20-17 in the Liberty Bowl. Alex Tejada, who has missed his share of big kicks in his career, booted the game-winning field goal in overtime.
It was a scene reminiscent of 2008, when maligned quarterback Casey Dick threw the winning touchdown pass in a 31-30 victory over LSU to end that season.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — After a 9-1 start to the season, the Lyon College Pipers dropped two straight over the weekend at the Cougar Classic.
A 4-game winning streak was halted Friday.
No. 9 Columbia and No. 23 William Woods did the damage on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
The Pipers held their ground in the first half against the Lady Cougars. It was tied 29-29 at the half, but Columbia ran away in the second half for a 65-57 decision.
Columbia (10-1) beat Lyon 61-57 in Batesville on Nov. 28. It was Lyon’s only loss until Columbia did it again New Year’s Day.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Alex Tejada kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime to give Arkansas a 20-17 win in the Liberty Bowl on Saturday night after East Carolina’s Ben Hartman missed two field goal attempts late in regulation and another in the extra session.
Hartman missed from 39 yards with 1:03 remaining and from the same distance on the final play of the fourth quarter, then missed from 35 in overtime. Tejada, who has struggled with kicks in pressure situations himself, made his attempt to end the game.
Arkansas won despite going 0 of 13 on third downs.