SI.com: Boise State tries again, UConn nabs record win
December 22nd, 2010
11:56 AM ET

SI.com: Boise State tries again, UConn nabs record win

Oh, what could have been for Boise State? College football's most notorious underdog, and most debated team, came within two Kyle Brotzman chip-shots of going undefeated this season and receiving a BCS berth to the Rose Bowl.

Instead, the kicker's two field-goal attempts were painfully missed, Boise State lost to Nevada and the one-loss Broncos plummeted to where most people go when they fall on hard times: Las Vegas. But not all is lost. No. 10 Boise State attempts to salvage its BCS-busted season tonight when they take on No. 20 Utah in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl (8 p.m. ET, ESPN). It's a chance for seniors like Titus Young and Austin Pettis to go out on a winning note, but it's also hard to ignore what Boise State is missing out on after a season that seemed like one of destiny. SI.com's Stewart Mandel previews the game and breaks down why he thinks the Broncos can bounce back and break the Utes' nine-game bowl winning streak.

In addition to the Las Vegas Bowl, here's what to watch tonight (all times Eastern):

No. 18 Texas at No. 12 Michigan State (7 p.m. ESPN2) Spartans coach Tom Izzo returns from a one-game suspension to put the school's 52-game non-conference home winning streak up on the line against the Longhorns.

Chicago Bulls at Washington Wizards (7 p.m., NBATV) The Bulls have won eight of their last nine games after a 121-76 dismantling of the 76ers on Tuesday. But the Wizards are coming off a 33-point victory and will suit up newly acquired Rashard Lewis for the first time.

No. 21 Illinois at No. 9 Missouri (9 p.m., ESPN2) The annual Braggin' Rights game pits the two border rivals against one another while ranked for the first time since 2003. Mizzou snapped a nine-game losing streak in the series last season.

BY THE NUMBERS

89 - Consecutive wins by the UConn women's basketball team, surpassing John Wooden's UCLA men's team record of 88 in the early 70s. SI.com's Richard Deitsch covered the action.

3 - Games Kansas State guard and preseason Big 12 Player of the Year Jacob Pullen has been suspended for receiving impermissible gifts in relation to purchasing clothing from a local department store. Senior forward Curtis Kelly has also been suspended for the same violation.

$18,000,000 - Luxury tax the New York Yankees will have to pay for its $215.1 million payroll this season, a $7 million decrease from last season and its lowest penalty since 2003.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Luke

    Um...Illinois plays Missouri?!?! Maybe you're talking about basketball.

    December 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeremy Who?

    Painfully, not painstakingly. The later means carefully, and I'm sure he didn't carefully miss the uprights.

    December 22, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Hello. Hello. Can anyone hear me? I'm at Best Buy. Where can I find a DVD set of GREY'S ANATOMY?

    December 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Avon Barksdale

    If women want the same RESPECT as men when it comes to athletics then they have to play by the same rules. Uconn would be upset if a high school team broke their record and everybody called it the greatest record ever. YOU HAVE TO EARN RESPECT! And women will never earn RESPECT from men untill the game is played by the same rules. The same size ball, same size rim, court, etc. Dont cheer for some fake record and then cry like little girls when u find out that men dont care. Prove us wrong and play against the men. Since that's never gonna happen shut up and go fix dinner.

    December 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill Walton

    Uconn sucks! That s**t dont count. Go beat a mens team then come talk to me. UCLA RULES! Even worse than u little girls thinking youre record is more important than ours is the fact that u havent played one good team yet. Pathetic!

    December 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John Wooden

    UCLA > UCONN

    December 22, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Clem K'diddlehopper

    I pray that the blood of Jesus would cleanse me from all unrighteousness.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    Clem K'diddlehopper.......An angel came to me in a dream. He told me to tell you that you are dammed to burn in hell.

    December 23, 2010 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  9. Avon Barksdale

    Men Rule basketball!

    December 23, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |