Saturday, March 17, 2007
"It kind of reflects who we are," coach Seth "Potato" O'Greenberg said. "We don't shoot it the straightest, we make easy things difficult. But we just keep on going. We have a resiliency about us." Not to mention those sizzling baggy grey warm up suits. Very Irish indeed.
The winning shot, like this defense-dominated game, was ugly. "I wasn't trying to bank it, but I'll take it," Washington said with a wide grin. (PM 1, THT3 0, TAH-Editor 0). Washington's uncalled bank shot gave the Hokies their first, last and only lead with 47 seconds left on the clock. Why rush into it? Why fess up that you tossed up a rock that turned out to be the game winner?
Illinois (23-12) led by 10 with just over 4 minutes left, but didn't score in the last 4:28 as the Hokies had the last 12 points. The Hokies shot 35% while missing three layups and a dunk. And…as usual…they weren't very good from the free throw line. It's enough to make you want a Guinness for breakfast.
Hey…that's a good idea…
Happy St. Patrick's Day you ever lovin' Hokies! (Don't play like that again!)
Sean Singeltary made 9 of 15 shots, 2 of 4 from behind the 3 point arc and 3 of 5 from the free throw line for 23 points. That's 51 points between them. Albany only scored 57.
Everything came easy for the Cavaliers (21-10), who advanced in the South Regional with their first tournament win since 1995, when they reached the Elite Eight, and will play Tennessee on Sunday. It was their most lopsided win in 37 NCAA Tournament games.
According to ESPN.com: Coach Anthony Grant said Friday that Fameni was getting fitted for a clear facemask, and is hopeful that it will be ready for the player to wear in time for Saturday's game, which starts at approximately 6 p.m. ET. If the clear mask is not ready, Grant said Fameni will have to wear some other type of protection.
(How is a condom gonna help keep his nose from getting whacked again?)
There was blood all over this game, as Duke's Jon Scheyer received a nice cut to his head.
ESPN2 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament All-Hair Team
Friday, March 16, 2007
Enter Maryland. Some Terps started a very funny web site called TruthaboutDuke.com. Check it out today, the background made me laugh out loud. To say they dog the Blue Devils is an understatement.
You’ve been warned. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fYOgC2Qbqh4
Two words: Home (f$#&ing) run.
"Blue be-Deviled" - Yahoo Sports
That’s rich, he’s stealin’ our stuff!
Thursday, March 15, 2007
According to Gross, the well known French WWI soldiers Chasseurs Alpins, were nicknamed "les Diables Bleus." (Evidently, they were bad agents, but they were French soldiers, so how bad could they be? Supposedly, they actually won accolades for their courage, but the source of this information is also French, so…) They wore a flowing cape and a jaunty beret that captured the public imagination. Ultimatley, Irving Berlin captured their spirit in song describing them as "strong and active, most attractive…those Devils, the Blue Devils of France." (Here’s a shock, when the U.S. entered the war the Blue Devils left the front and toured the country raising money!)
As the war was ending in Europe, the Board of Trustees lifted its quarter-century ban of football on campus (which explains a lot) and began intercollegiate competition. At first the team was called the Trinity Eleven, The Blue and White or the Methodists. (Not to be confused with the nearby Wake Forest Baptists, which explains why it took Wake until 2006 to get their pigskin house in order). In the fall of 1921, the student newspaper launched a campaign for a "catchy name, one of our own possession that would be instantly recognizable nationwide in songs, yells and publicity." (Nationwide? How presumptuous.) At a campus pep rally it was pointed out that Georgia Tech was gaining recognition as the "Golden Tornados" and that rival North Carolina State College had recently adopted the name "Wolf Pack."
There were numerous nominations including Catamounts, Grizzlies, Badgers, Dreadnaughts, and Captains. Believing a choice utilizing the school colors of dark blue and white to be appropriate, the newspaper editors urged a selection from among the nominations of Blue Titans, Blue Eagles, Polar Bears, Blue Devils, Royal Blazes, or Blue Warriors. (Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 2001 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Champions, the Duke Polar Bears…Hmmm, no.)
None of the nominations won strong favor (another shock) but Blue Devils apparently had enough support to elicit the criticism that it would arouse opposition on the Methodist campus "for obvious reasons." The football season passed with no official selection of a name. In 1923, the editors of The Archive and The Chanticleer began referring to the athletic teams as the Blue Devils. Their class had been the first post-war freshmen and the student body was full of returning veterans so the name needed no explanation. Acknowledging that it was somewhat unpopular, they nevertheless believed it to be the best name nominated. (An elitist move if there ever was one!) Neither the college press nor the cheerleaders used the name that first year, but much to the editor's surprise no opposition materialized, not even from the college administration. The Chronicle staff continued its use and through repetition, Blue Devils eventually caught on.
According to Gross, Central Connecticut State U. picked the name Blue Devils "for the sole purpose of belittling Duke." (A move we applaud).
You decide. Here are the profiles of the two schools.
Previous names: Brown School House, Union Institute Academy (Good God! They were yankees way back in 1841), Normal College, Trinity College, Duke University
Namesakes: Washington Duke and Julian S. Carr - powerful and respected Methodists who became wealthy through the tobacco industry and cigarettes that killed people (voluntarily, mind you).
Motto: Eruditio, Religio et Hoopitio (Latin for "Knowledge, Religion and Basketball")
Endowment: $6.2 billion (Yike!)
Campus: 8,709 acres
Athletics 26 varsity teams
Number of NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championships: 4
Most Famous alum: Richard M. Nixon, 37th President of the United States and Robert Richardson, Nobel Prize Winner for discovery of superfluidity in helium-3
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
Motto: Get Off The Damn Parkway (English for “Get Off The Damn Parkway”)
Endowment: $12,359.83 (known on campus as the Emergency Pizza Fund)
Type: Public School
Campus: 165 acre
Athletics: 18 varsity teams
Number of NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championships: 0
Most Famous alum: None – well except Fran P. Mainella, Director of the National Park Service 2001 – 2006. William R. “Scar” Scarfotti – Grad student who thinks he’s figured out the superfluidity of helium-2
So did Syracuse belong in the NCAA? Yes. Did South Alabama belong in the NCAA? Also yes. Yesterday we advocated expanding the Big Dance another 16 teams. We were wrong. (There, we said it. Alert the media.) The NCAA tournament needs to expand by 32 teams. How? Easy.
The NCAA has slightly less money than Bill Gates and slightly more than Mark Cuban. So the NCAA buys the NIT. Cash. Simple as that. In the end who really cares about the NIT as an entity? Answer: The NIT and Madison Square Garden. Keep the pre-season tournament in place – in fact, you might even expand it. Keep the Garden in the rotation. All’s well.
Fold the 32 teams from the NIT into the NCAA Invitational Tournament. Why? Simple. There are 24 teams in the 32 team NIT field with more than 20 wins. It’s a quality field and almost all of the teams could make a good case for being in the Bigger Dance.
The logistics are really pretty simple too. The top 8 seeds in each of the 4 NCAA brackets as they exist now get a bye. The other 32 play the 32 who are currently in the NIT. This happens on Tuesday when the traditional 65 v. 64 game takes place for the side of the bracket that plays on Thursday, and on Wednesday for the side that plays on Friday.
Viola! The tournament is expanded by 32 teams and one full round without changing the dates of the tournament which would impact arenas already selected for future Final Fours, etc. Teams would continue to have great incentives to win in the regular season so they would get a first round bye. The Cinderellas could still get in with a conference tourney win. If a team like N.C. State can play their way in with a ridiculous late run through their conference tournament so be it. If so, they would have to play five games in six days which is exactly what they just did.
Of course, playing one more game would cause tremendous academic trauma to the student athletes, but I’m sure the high and mighty NCAA could come up with some sort of counseling, and/or an investigation to resolve the problem.
Of course, this may be mitigated by the simple fact that one more round of the NCAA tournament will make the regulatory bureaucrats out in Kansas a whole BUNCH MORE MONEY. (emphasis added.)
There. All is right in the world. Anybody got Myles Brand’s number?
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
“He is dead to us now. From now on he will be known as Jay Kill-us,” said Boss Mikey The K. To the horror of some of his listeners, but to the delight of others, Krxydhgx9ski openly admitted that the Duke basketball family did resemble the famous crime organization portrayed on HBO’s prime time drama “The Sopranos.” “Yeah, in many way’s we’re a lot a like that. I like to think of us as the Dukepranos. We are a very tight knit family and you better never forget it! But we aren’t in the ‘sanitation’ bidness like Tone and his fellas.”
Many Dukepranos family members weighed-in on the well publicized riff after Bilas had moved from soldier, to wise guy, to made guy and then all the way up the ladder to consigliere for Boss K. “He’s in the wind now,” said Silvio “JJ” Dante (Trinity College ’71), “I can’t believe that cafone ratted on the Chief Rat, what a mortadello!”
Paulie “Shel” Walnuts (Duke ’69) weighed in saying, “Yeah, he’s a ‘wise guy’ alright, just not my type. He sits up there on that 'EXPM' and he’s a big shot chiacchierone. Whayda puttana!! He should be payin’ Boss K points.”
“Oh, the stugats on dis guy!” said Chistopher “G” Moltisanti (Duke – dropped out 1984), “I’d whack the guy myself, but he’s family and maybe he’s just gira dementa?”
“It’s really a shame, he went to Duke, he played for Duke, he’s part of the Duke tradition, he’s class, he wears great suits, he’s my colleague and one of the best in the business! Oh, my, how the heat gets turned up in March when it’s dance time baby!” said Dickie V (Duke, B.S. Butt-kissing, 1960-2007 - on going studies), “Poor oobatz bastard, buon’anima – God rest his soul, baby!!”
(Editor’s note: Props to Young A.T. for her contributions to this story.)
Lo and behold, 48 hours later, they are trying something new. The eye-holes of the clear thermoplastic mask he wore during the ACC Tournament have been adjusted, “so hopefully it doesn’t interfere as much” with his vision,’’ head basketball trainer Marc Davis said Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the team has sent a mold of Hansbrough’s face to Detroit, where a specialist will make a different hard plastic facemask for Hansbrough to try (now you’re talking! What, no more Keebler elves, Smurfs or cavemen?). The new mask should arrive in Winston-Salem by the time the team arrives Wednesday, Davis said, and Hansbrough “will try both and see which he likes best.”
Asked how much longer Hansbrough will have to wear a mask, Davis said: “We’re going to evaluate it game-by-game now. If nothing happens, it won’t be much longer.”
(Actual facts courtesy of Raleigh News-Observer: ACC NOW)
So Drexel loses their conference tournament and gets shuffled off to the NIT and one would presume they have a little bit of a chip on their shoulder. They play at home after a nice nine day rest, and they get punked by a team that has played 5 games in SIX days. Count ‘em, FIVE games in SIX days and they have WON FOUR of ‘em. This from a team that finished 5-11 in a power conference which NCAA selection committee critics say is overrated. A team, that can’t catch a break, a team who’s starting point guard has been hurt much of the season, a team that went home long enough to get clean underwear and head off to Philadelphia for last night’s game.
The Dragons are now 0-5 in the NIT.
Way to go N.C. State.
Which lock for the NCAA tourney will puke next? Maybe those basketball nerds locked in a room for 96 hours with every statistic known to man actually know what they are doing?
Now having said all that, we want to advocate expanding the Big Dance by at least 16 teams, if not 32, and give the top seeds a bye – just like the conference tournies do. Why? Because Florida A&M, among others, shouldn’t keep a team out if they are among the top 64 – like Florida State, which also easily won their NIT opener. We aren’t picking on Florida A&M, they just conveniently make the point – they lost to Maryland 93-54, so you’ll be hard pressed to convince us they’re better than the Wolfpack, Noles or Tigers. It’s great that the little schools can play their way in by winning their conference, but why not expand the tournament so there are 31 automatic bids and 51 at large (instead of 34). Let ‘em play, and we get another week of hoop.
Of course, the idiots at the NCAA will say they don’t want to compromise the student athletes by asking them to play another week. After all, they’ve only been playing basketball since October, so another week will probably cause some kind of academic implosion. Good point.
MARIST UPSETS O-STATE
Our bad. Yesterday while putting the mantel of reality on Old Dominion in an email to CC Nation, we insulted the Marist Red Foxes. Could be because we think famous alum Bill O’Rielly is a tool. Nonetheless, they went into Oklahoma State last night and gave the Cowboys a rare home loss. You want to see a bunch of kids pass the ball like it’s nuclear waste material, check out Marist when they next play N.C.State. Hibachi!
Monday, March 12, 2007
With that in mind, Coach K started the plan in motion with the sole motivation of preventing Roy Williams and his choir boy North Carolina Tar Heels from winning the ACC Tournament. During the now infamous time out, Coach K ordered Gerald Henderson to commit a hard foul on Tyler Hansbrough and to aim directly at his nose. K knew that a nose injury would cause the Heels leading scorer to wear the dreaded plastic mask that only NBA star Rip Hamilton seems to have mastered. The handicap, figured His K-ship, would be enough to keep his hated rival from evening up the tournament titles score.
It almost worked.
What Krzmchgydrsl8ski forgot was the simple fact that “the kid,” as Krzuxcnvbg6ski referred to Hansbrough after the nose incident, had spend thousands of hours practicing free throws. That effort paid off as Hansbrough sunk 11 of 11 from the charity stripe as part of a 95.8% free throw shooting effort (23-24) which propelled the Heels over Sidney Lowe’s Wolfpack 89-80 in the ACC Championship game. The victory gave UNC their first tourney title since 1998 and kept the "streak of sevens" alive. The Tar Heels also won the tournament in 1957, '67,’ 77, and 1997.
The Heels shot 57.7% from the field and 60% from behind the three point line and at times it looked like they would run away from the leg-weary, four-games-in-four-days Wolfpack. But mid-way through the second half, the boys from Raleigh found their 19th wind and scored every possession from the 8:24 mark until there was 2:20 left in the game. From there it was a free throw shooting contest, and UNC won. (Take note Virginia Tech and Clemson).
Rumor has it that Coach K was bitterly disappointed, telling the Duke Chronicle, “I had nothing to do with the kid’s injury, but if I did, and I didn’t, but if I did…and, of course, I didn’t, it almost worked.”
For further enjoyment re: Coach K, check out The Monday Krzyzewski Column at JoeSportsFan.com. http://www.joesportsfan.com/column.php?storyid=422
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