Weekend Leftovers

Weekend Leftovers

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Michigan State's Draymond Green (23) drives past Saint Louis' Brian Conklin (14) during the first half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament third-round game in Columbus, Ohio, Sunday, March 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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by Steve Savard

KMOV.com

Posted on March 18, 2012 at 5:46 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 18 at 5:46 PM

(KMOV) -- Kudos to SLU for going toe to toe with Michigan State on Sunday. The Billikens may still be in the tourney if not for MSU's Draymond Green. No one does more his team than Green. He should be the national player of the year. Rick Majerus certainly has a lot to build on. 

My word of choice for Mizzou's loss on Friday is embarrassing. Really. Two seeds don't lose to 15 seeds. Yes, I know it happened to Duke as well but that doesn't take the Tigers off the hook. There is no way that team from Norfolk State should have put up 84 points on Mizzou. It was the laziest defensive effort I saw from Mizzou all season long. The Tigers were lazy inside the paint and guarding the three point line. Frank Haith did not have his team ready to play. Period. Am I being too harsh here? No. I praised Haith all season long for the job he did with his team. I railed against the Big 12 coaches when they stiffed Haith in the coach of the year voting. He deserved it. But that loss falls on Haith. He failed to get his team ready to play an inferior opponent. (yes, inferior---Norfolk State trails Florida, 54 to 26 as I write this) 

I would give the Rams a B to B-plus for their free agency signings at this point. They have not been able to improve their receiving corps, though not for lack of effort. Pierre Garcon and Mario Manningham chose to sign elsewhere. The Rams will have to address this need in the draft. I like the three players signed to this point. They're all good to very good players with proven track records. Scott Wells and Cortland Finnegan have been Pro Bowl players. And Kendall Langford was an integral part of a very stingy and physical Dolphins defense.  

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