Bandit is having computer issues, so I have posted for him…
Cal Cuts ‘Em in Cleveland, will Indy be next?
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where it seems that my laptop is trying to conspire against me
Leading off: For on the floor in Indy
I got it right…almost. Picking Kentucky to get to Indy was a no brainer, though I watched with a certain amount of glee as Notre Dame battled them toe to toe in front of a packed house in Cleveland and a huge national audience. As you well know UK rallied smartly by hitting their last nine shots while holding the Irish to no fg over the last three minutes but the game wasn’t decided until Jerian Grant’s double clutch desperate three from the deep corner sailed over the hoop. I took way too much delight in shouting Christian Laettner when the last shot was developing and terrifying the room of UK fans. UK’s 38th win ties a school record set by the 2012 champs and is the 3rd time that a school has reached that lofty number. All the schools that did this have one thing in common, John Calipari coached them all. Though Memphis’ 38 wins were later vacated by the NCAA over the Derrick Rose transcript issue. The stakes continue to get higher as Big Ten champ Wisconsin await in the national semifinal this Saturday. Im so liking Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky and his super loose band of Badgers who just seem to be enjoying the ride. This will be the third time that two team will face off in consecutive years in the national semifinal. This bodes badly for the Badgers as the previous two occurances were sweeps by one team (Cal over Cincy in 1959 & 60 and UCLA over Houston in 1967 & 68)
I have to show one of the most boss reactions to a clutch three. Check the cool walk by Sam Dekker after his soul crushing three late in the regional final against Arizona in LA
Arizona, turned away yet again. Sean Miller is turning in to a modern day John Chaney. Good teams that get right to the doorstep of the Final Four and are turned away. Chaney, like Miller was 0-5 in the Elite Eight. Miller had the uneviable task of facing his boss in the 3rd round (Thad Matta and Ohio State) his top student in the sweet 16 (Chris Mack and Xavier) and the team that beat him in the regional final last year. Miller’s Wildcats finished 34-4 and might have been one of the few teams that could have beaten Kentucky but we’ll never know what might have been.
Out of the South Region Duke seemingly yawned its way through four regional games and wasn’t really tested by any opponent. Ii was highly disappointed in Gonzaga who I picked to upset the Blue Devils and make their first ever final four appearance. Their deepest run since the world first learned about Gonzaga in 1999, the Bulldogs seemed to get worn down by the relentless attack by Jahlil Okafor who seemed to be everywhere in Sunday’s regional final. Say what you want about Duke but Coach K seems to always have his squads playing deep into March yearly.
Then there is the mutt of the final four, but this mutt is no dog…if it is it’s a snarling pit bull. Last we saw of the Spartans they were a directionless squad that had more than a few bad losses that dogged their tourney resume. Heck, I questioned their tourney legitimacy up to the Big Ten tourney. But a funny thing happened. Sparty came together and their collective minds right. The Spartans roared to the Big Ten finale against Wisconsin and had the top seeded Badgers on the ropes late. They faded badly when the game went to OT, but garned mass quantitites of respect in their honorable loss. I thought they were badly disrespected though when they were given a 7 seed in the East region. When I did my bracket and every snickered when I picked Michigan State to make the final four. I replied that I didn’t trust any team in that region but I trusted Tom Izzo. There was something that told me, Sparty will just keep on rolling. Don’t sleep on the Spartans they defeated the 2-3 & 4 seeds in their region to earn their Final Four Berth like John Houseman said about Smith Barney in the late 1970’s
The four teams in Indy are all capable of cutting down the nets late Monday night. But if its not Kentucky it was be a mammoth shock and upset
As I write this column, I think that it was 20 years ago that Tejano singer Selena was tragically murdered in Texas by her so-called best friend cum fan club president. I think that Jennifer Lopez owes her entire career to Selena because she had more crossover appeal than Lopez. In any case, here is a clip of my favorite tune of Selena…20 years? Damn…
Ok now we have the mushiness out of the way…hey we have heart in the Hoodwood…
Kyle Korver scored 11 points for the Hawks last night against the Bucks…so what you say? He did it in 1:05 of real time. Letting fly with four long bombs, had his foot not been on the 3 point line on one he would have had four treys for the night. Korver’s shooting was mind bending check it out
To the OHSAA ref who called a technical foul on Antwon Lillard of Cleveland Catholic. Late in the game with Cleveland Catholic up 2 Lillard was on a breakaway dunk that would wrap up the Division II state title against Defiance. Lillard’s momentum on his dunk forced him to swing on the rim. The refs called a tech and Defiance got two free throws and the ball. Defiance would then tie the game and force overtime in which they would ultimately prevail. Look at the film yourself and you decide was it deserving of a tech, head slap to the refs who had to interject themselves into a game and be the deciding factor.
Golden State hits 60 wins but the haters still don’t think their legit
Atlanta locked up the #1 spot in the east but that means little, they’ve never been to the conference final since they’ve been in the dirty dirty.
Michael Sam being gay is his business, is that the real reason hes not playing and why is he trying to out other players? That’s not cool
Could the Iggles still get Mariotta? Im hearing Chip might have a trade in the works to land the QB he secretly covets.
Opening Day is next week…why is there so little buzz?
Until Next Post Sports Fans!