April 8, 2008
Here is an interview with a guy on ESPN news, and you almost have to feel bad for the guy. Johnny boy tore him to shreds.
Here is a separate video of Calipari interviewing with ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’. Calipari avoided the free-throw talk and instead mentioned D.J. Augustin throwing up a free-throw air ball at the end of Texas’ loss to Memphis. Calipari then proceeds to tell this radio guy that if one of his players (specifically Derrick Rose) misses a game winning free-throw than he’d buy him dinner. Last night with 10.8 seconds left in the game, Rose missed a free-throw that would have given Memphis a four-point lead and likely put the game out of reach for Kansas.
I say the guy calls up Mr. Calipari and demands a good steak.
April 8, 2008
Let’s face it: no team is perfect in college basketball, and this year (especially) there was no definitive dominant team for the whole tournament. UNC dominated their first four opponents, but then they folded. Memphis had supposedly overcome their free throw problem, at least until last night when the law of averages came to life. Davidson seemed like it couldn’t be stopped until Stephen Curry’s big shots stopped falling against Kansas. And Kansas; the Kansas Jayhawks almost fell to the cinderella #10 seed in the Elite 8 and definitely showed it’s vulnerability almost blowing their 28 point first-half lead. It was clear that no team had been perfect this March, but somebody had to win.
As for Mario Chalmers’ three pointer that tied the game, 63-63, with 2.1 seconds – that’s what greatness is made of.
April 2, 2008
MY STARTING FIVE
Stephen Curry – #10 Davidson (guard)
Steph Curry is the one that everyone has been talking about and rightfully so; he has been something special, especially as of late. In his four games in the NCAA’s Curry averaged 32 points per game along with 5.7 three pointers. He took big shot after big shot and until late in the Kansas loss a lot of these shots fell for him. NBA Draftee, anyone?
Scottie Reynolds – #12 Villanova (guard)
In Villanova’s two big wins Reynolds averaged 23 points per contest on over 50% from the field. Don’t forget that the ‘Cats were down big in their first game against Clemson and Reynolds was a big part of the second half comeback.
Tyrone Brazelton – #12 Western Kentucky (guard)
Brazelton scored 79 points during Western Kentcuky’s three tourney games including a career-high 33 points in the Hilltoppers’ exciting 101-99 first round win over favorite Drake. Brazelton stayed consistent during the tournament and contributed in almost every statistical category.
Gyno Pomare – #13 San Diego (forward/center)
Junior player Gyno Pomare had a great tournament with 42 points on a 77% field goal percentage in San Diego’s two games in the NCAA. He was also a big part of containing the #4 seed Connecticut Huskie’s forward line.
Kenny Hasbrouck – #13 Sienna (guard)
Hasbrouck really took charge of Sienna’s big upset over #4 seeded Vanderbilt. In the first round win, he scored 30 points and sank all ten free throws that he shot. He was also a big reason that the Sienna Saints were able to hang tough with Villanova for so long in the second round.