So here’s my kick at the can, I expect that it will be a brutal attempt and potentially one of the worst brackets ever put together. So I’ll be out of contention after the first weekend, much like the Big 10 Conference will be.
F*ck, I should’ve gone with the chalk. Here’s hoping this isn’t the first Final Four with all four No.1 seeds.
Random thoughts from the night that was the first Duke-Carolina game of the year.
It might be the best rivalry in sports, not just college sports. Duke-Carolina in the Dean Dome Wednesday night was testament to that.
Taking in the atmosphere of the first ten minutes is spellbinding, that and my lack of wireless connection for the time being. Singler and Paulus hit consecutive threes. I’m beginning to believe some of these dookies can create their own shot.
How does coach K go out west and get Singler from Oregon and King from Cali? Carolina needs a ball-handler. Without Ty Lawson they don’t look like they know what they’re doing. Players who don’t normally have to make extra passes are forcing them. Quinten Thomas has played admirably, he’s no Lawson but he’s serviceable.
This game may as well be Paulus vs Hansbrough, the two are on fire. Gerald Henderson is an athlete. Maybe the best pure athlete at Duke since … somebody help me finish that sentence, this kid is a freak. Carolina can’t seem to close the gap. This Duke team isn’t amazing but they’re excellent at what they do. Coach K has coached them up. Imagine how good they’d be if Josh McRoberts had stuck around.
Jon Scheyer can get his own shot? I did not know that. If he can do that consistently he’ll have a bigger affect than JJ Reddick did. That’s where Reddick came up short in his time at Duke and he still managed to garner national praise.
Carolina’s scorer on the other hand, Wayne Ellington, needs to step up big time if they’re going to win this game. Singler pushes the lead to 9 with a 3-ball. He reminds me of a better rebounding Mike Dunleavy. Strangely, both of those two are from Oregon and found their way to Duke. Damn you Coach K, leave the northwest alone.
With under 5 to go and Carolina down by 8, it’s hard to foresee the Heels winning this one. Every time they pickup some momentum Duke hits a seemingly impossible shot. And it’s usually Paulus, he’s a gamer. He will win a national championship before his time is done at Duke. Carolina can’t win this game without Lawson. They have no answer for Paulus who has been far and away the most effective player on the floor.
It’s great to hear Dick Vitale back on the air. Chances are you’ve heard his story, if not check out the New York Times article and audio slideshow. College basketball isn’t the same without hearing about the “diaper dandies” and “PTP’ers” in the way only Dickie V can. As a Carolina fan, it’s disappointing to see a loss, especially to Duke at home but running the table in the ACC isn’t the goal. Getting a number one seed and making final four arrangements is. The ACC won’t be overly difficult but getting through this stretch without Lawson will be. If Thomas can’t be a stabilizing force for the offense it will continue to flounder.
Tonight just wasn’t to be. Duke had six players in double figures, including Scheyer, who came off the bench to lead the team in minutes played. Hansbrough had a monster stat line of 28 pts and 18 boards but he couldn’t do it on his own. Ellington finished with a paltry 8 points, half of his average.
Another Duke-Carolina match-up is in the books. I can’t wait for March 8 to see a healthy Ty Lawson battle Paulus and company.
Gardner-Webb University, an unknown school when it comes to NCAA hoops, just knocked off Kentucky by a score of 84-68, and led the entire way through, leaving Rupp Arena in complete and utter shock and putting Billie Gillespie’s job in serious jeopardy.
It’s just not supposed to go down like that. Big schools beat small schools because they have more money and recruiting powers.
And this is why we watch sports. This is why we go and see movies like Glory Road.
When a virtually unknown team beats the winning-est team in Division One history, it’s not because they’re bigger, faster, or more skilled. It’s because they flat out have more heart.
Keep your eyes on Gardner-Webb, we could have an epic sports movie in the making right before our eyes.