Tonight's Wiz game with the Magic actually has first-place implications and Brian Hill admits as much, Keyon Dooling says Gilbert can shoot from halfcourt, Tom Knott says Isiah Thomas screwed up by double-teaming Gilbert, the Wiz's home attendance this season has been the best in the post-M.J. era, Abe Pollin is recovering from a small fracture in his pelvis, and here's your promised Washington Times Caron Butler profile and your official Tough Juice in '07 thread. Meanwhile, Team Wiz launches a campaign to get its dance team members onto the all-star dance team. (Ok, all NBA teams are doing it.)
Seth Greenberg says Local No. 1 Virginia Tech's loss at Florida State didn't hurt, off a quick turnaround Local No. 3 Georgetown gets ready for Seton Hall, which has its 6-9 center back and reasonably healthy, but which still sees Georgetown as a matchup nightmare (and here's a Georgetown headline someone would like back, and don't forget that "Pirates are typically known for their seafaring ways.") Tomorrow's Local No. 5 vs. Local No. 6 tilt is sold out, Dave Leitao says the No. 7 Cavaliers aren't "playing with a full deck" and Jamil Tucker has been the team's top freshman. Among the unranked masses, Towson continues to sink in the CAA as Gary Neal misses a potential game-tying three against Hofstra, UMBC gets a win, the Mount continues to roll in the NEC, VMI scores 125 points and wins despite giving up 73 percent shooting!, Radford loses, and JMU's upset of ODU could transform the Dukes' season. And the GW women might never lose again, while the Maryland women try to rebound from their first loss by playing better defense against Virginia, as Shay Doron pities the Cavs. Also, a paper claims Virginia's football coaches are competing with one hand tied behind their backs.
The Nationals sign like 732 new players, including journeyman first baseman Travis Lee, setting the stage for a wide-open camp and confusing their bloggers, including one intrepid soul who was nearly blinded by this Travis Lee photo. Blech. And this Winter Caravan thing sounds bloggable. Oh, and Sage Steele will leave Comcast for ESPN.