This is an article from the Nov. 26, 2001 issue
Ohio State at Michigan
ABC 1 PM Expectations? After the Buckeyes' first game this
season, a 28-14 victory over Akron on Sept. 8, a Pittsburgh
Post-Gazette story closed with, "Seventy-seven days until
Michigan." Pressure? Last year Ohio State coach John Cooper went
a respectable 8-4 but was fired partly because he was 2-10-1
against the Wolverines. Now his replacement, Jim Tressel, stands
before the red-and-white-clad jury of Columbus. To make matters
worse, the 6-4 Buckeyes will face 11th-ranked Michigan (8-2)
while dealing with the distraction surrounding starting
quarterback Steve Bellisari, whom Tressel suspended after a
drunken-driving offense, then reinstated on Monday.
Duke vs. Iowa
ESPN 9 PM Once again, in a development as inevitable as another
Police Academy sequel, the Blue Devils are back atop the polls,
led by point guard Jason Williams and coach Mike Krzyzewski, who
recently signed a lifetime contract that guarantees him
everything but a bowl of M&Ms minus the brown ones. The
ninth-ranked Hawkeyes feature much-traveled senior shooting
guard Luke Recker and the chalkboard stylings of Steve Alford.
Tune in two hours earlier for another Top 10 matchup: No. 2
Illinois against No. 6 Maryland.
Bucks at Lakers
TBS 10:30 PM Considering Los Angeles's hot start (8-1 through
Sunday) and the dominance of Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant,
who had combined for 57.7 points a game, Milwaukee coach George
Karl wouldn't be faulted if he took advantage of the new
defensive rules and decided to double-team both Lakers big
guns--simultaneously and regardless of whether either had the
ball. This interconference heavyweight showdown could be a
preview of things to come in June.
ALL TIMES EASTERN. SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Buccaneers at Rams
ABC 9 PM When these teams met on Monday Night Football last
December, Tampa Bay quarterback Shaun King led the Bucs to a
crazy 38-35 victory. Afterward Tampa Bay defensive tackle Warren
Sapp touted the superiority of "Bucsball, baby!" and wideout
Reidel Anthony dared to compare then second-year man King to Joe
Montana. Tonight the only similarity between King and Montana
will be that both will be watching football rather than playing
it. Brad Johnson, not backup King, will quarterback the 4-5 Bucs
when they face 8-1 St. Louis. The Rams are piling up wins behind
the piston knees of Marshall Faulk (above, 28), who amassed 153
yards in Sunday's 24-17 victory at New England. On this occasion
Sapp--three sacks in 2001--would be well advised to stop running
his mouth and start running down the quarterback.
TNT's Inside the NBA is already only half analysis (the rest is
the Charles Barkley-Kenny Smith insult-fest), so last Thursday's
shameless in-show promo with drivers Kevin Harvick and Michael
Waltrip for the network's NASCAR coverage effectively precluded
any basketball insights.... While most postbout sportscasts
showed stills of Lennox Lewis's knockout of Hasim Rahman--the KO
wasn't in the highlights feed from HBO, which is replaying the
fight on Saturday (10 p.m.)--digital-cable subscribers received
video of the blow on Fox Sports World's broadcast of London-based
Sky Sports News.