NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

Boston College Upsets Duke 1.5 (30%).   Those numbers represent (A) the number of three-pointers made per game and (B) the percentage of three-pointers made per game by Boston College guard Jordan Chatman entering Saturdays contest against Duke.   As is always the case in a big upset, a player or two will play a bit over their heads, and that is what happened with Chatman.  He went 5-for-9 from behind the…

December 11, 2017

NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

The ACC/Big Ten Massacre From 2009 – 2015, believe it or not, the Big Ten didn’t lose one challenge to the ACC, winning five of the seven competitions, with two ties.     This followed a stretch where the ACC won the first ten of the showdowns, making it look like more of an exhibition for their teams than a true challenge. In 2017, the ACC took the dominance to a…

December 4, 2017

NCAA Basketball: 2017-2018 Preview

It seems like only yesterday that North Carolina rebounded from their heartbreaking loss in the 2016 tournament by winning the 2017 tournament over Gonzaga in a tournament that featured some good (South Carolina’s epic run, Gonzaga finally breaking through, Northwestern’s historic first tournament appearance, and Michigan turning a traumatic plane experience into a Big Ten Championship and a run to the Sweet 16), and some not-so-good (a disappointing season from…

November 9, 2017

Opinion: The Sudden Ending to a Season

New York Yankees.  Michigan Wolverines.  Carolina Panthers. If you think you had a bad weekend watching sports, the three teams above represent the three teams I root hardest for.  All three of them had bad weekends.  Depressing weekends.  Michigan and Carolina didn’t show up for their games, while the Yankees’ youth and Houston’s love of their home ballpark ultimately did in my favorite baseball team.   If you are a sports…

October 23, 2017

NCAA Basketball: The Big Shoe Has Dropped

We all knew this was inevitable, right?    Eventually, some coaches would begin feeling so bulletproof that they would do something that was no longer a “simple” $5,000 stuffed in a duffel bag.   I recall the scenes from “Blue Chips” (a good movie that probably didn’t quite go far enough) where friends of friends of friends of the alumni were handing out cars, tractors, houses, and cash.     It…

September 29, 2017

NCAA: Wichita State Moves to AAC

A few years ago, the Big East was in shambles.  Some schools were leaving, while other schools that agreed to join the conference backed out at the last second (TCU, Boise State, San Diego State, and BYU were all rumored to be heading to the Big East at various points).    Eventually, the Catholic schools branched out to form a “new” Big East, while schools like Connecticut and Cincinnati branched…

April 7, 2017

NCAA Championship Thoughts:  North Carolina Wins!

Going back to the first Thursday and Friday of this tournament, it looked like we may be in for a tournament that lacked its usual madness.    It didn’t start that way, as the very first game on that Thursday afternoon featured a potential buzzer beater in the Notre Dame-Princeton game that fell short.   There were other first-round games that had their moments (the Vanderbilt-Northwestern game had perhaps the…

April 4, 2017

NCAA Tournament Thoughts 4/1/17: The Final Four!

Game 1:  South Carolina – Gonzaga Sometimes, when a team goes up by 14 points, you get the feeling the game is over.     Tonight, when Gonzaga got up by 14, I had the feeling the game had only just begun.  There was no way that South Carolina, after all of the thrills they were giving us during this tournament, was going to lay down and die, right? That…

April 1, 2017

NCAA Tournament Thoughts 3/26/17: The Final Four is Set

92-69 in 1972. What does that represent?  The score of the North Carolina-South Carolina NCAA Tournament game back in 1972, won by North Carolina.  Why is that important?  It represents the only game this group of Final Four teams has EVER played in the tournament.  (OK, correction:  North Carolina beat Gonzaga in a 2-vs-10 game in the 2009 tournament.  My bad!)   You would think that Oregon and Gonzaga would have…

March 26, 2017

NCAA Tournament Thoughts 3/25/17: West Coast Basketball Rules the Night

Let me start with this:  Gonzaga has finally proven all their doubters wrong.  In an impressive display of team defense, the Zags were able to grab a big lead early and rarely looked back today.    The only time they were threatened was when Xavier hit a three-quarter court heave at the end of the first half…a shot that was just after the buzzer.    It didn’t matter, as Xavier…

March 25, 2017