We got a reminder on Wednesday night why they insist on playing games that appear to be complete mismatches.

Sometimes, it would just seem easier to tell the Los Angeles Lakers not to bother to show up to play the Cleveland Cavaliers. Or notify the University of San Diego Toreros that it might be better for the Saint Mary’s Gaels to save travel costs and not travel down for the game.

On second thought, it sure looks like the Lakers didn’t show on Wednesday. And I’m not sure what you call that Saint Mary’s fiasco. Laying an egg is much too kind.

Talk about your Weird Wednesdays – the Lakers lost to the lowly Cavaliers just five weeks after drubbing Cleveland by 55 points. Guess the Lakers started their All-Star break a couple days early.

And a Toreros squad that looks like it would be hard-pressed to beat some of San Diego’s better high school teams upset No. 23 Saint Mary’s. The Gaels were flat-out dominated in the second half.

Who had the apathetic USD student body storming a court on Wednesday night?

The Toreros made No. 6 San Diego State improving to 26-1 by beating New Mexico the No. 2 basketball story in town. The outcome makes you wonder why coach Bill Grier’s squad entered the contest with a 5-21 record, including an embarrassing 1-10 mark in West Coast Conference play.

Saint Mary’s was 22-4 and playing to clinch a share of the WCC regular-season crown. Now the door is open for Gonzaga to perhaps sneak away with another conference title.

The Toreros were down 11 early in the second half and looked destined to suffer loss No. 22. But the 50-point second half was their best 20-minute half of the season and Saint Mary’s ended up being serenaded with the dreaded “overrated” chant in the final minute.

Somewhere, the players on the famous Chaminade team that upset No. 1 Virginia in 1982 were smiling. That tiny program’s epic win still ranks as the biggest upset in college basketball history.

Obviously, the Lakers weren’t clicking like two-time defending champions entering the game against Cleveland. They were spanked by the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday – losing to Charlotte is becoming a trend – but apparently that disturbing defeat didn’t prompt feelings that they needed to bring a better effort against the Cavaliers.

Cleveland has the worst record in the NBA for a reason. It’s because the Cavs aren’t any good since LeBron James departed town. Cleveland State would beat the city’s NBA team in a best-of-5 series.

But somebody forget to tell Cleveland’s Ramon Sessions that this was “Guaranteed Win Night” for the Lakers. The Cavaliers’ reserve had 32 points and eight assists during a 104-99 victory that improves Cleveland’s porous record to 10-46.

It’s not every night that Ramon Sessions is the star of a contest that Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are playing in.

Oh yeah, that score when the two teams played Jan. 11: Lakers 112, Cavaliers 57.

Zen master coach Phil Jackson has some work to do when the Lakers reconvene after the break.

Just to show that the world isn’t coming to an end, NAIA school Montana Western was playing at No. 25 Utah State for some odd reason on Wednesday, and got crushed 100-66.

You can rest easy knowing that Utah State’s 30-game homecourt winning streak is intact.

  1. Deanna says:

    You are right, that debacle of a game for St. Mary’s definitely opened up the door for Gonzaga. I was embarrassed I had just informed a friend how good St. Mary’s was coming off of last year and their upset role in the tournament, then u watch that game and well I ate my words.

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