Category: NCAA Tournament

No There Weren’t Any Buzzer Beaters Here ………..


 

 

No  There  Weren’t Any   Buzzer  Beaters   Here …………………

 

 

 

 

 

Last  night   in  one  of  the   more  inglorious  games   played   on   the  court   of   a  college  basketball   venue.   The   game   between   Penn  State  and   number  sixteenth   ranked Illinois   left   a  great   deal    to be desired.   Between    the   two    teams   they    managed   to  show   their   ineptitude    on  both   ends   of  the   court. 

 

 

Andrew  Jones  of  Penn  St  and   Mike  Tisdale  and  Calvin  Brock  of  Illinois   contest   a  rebound  during  the  game.   picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Darrell   Hoemann  .....................
Andrew Jones of Penn State and Mike Tisdale and Calvin Brock of Illinois contest a rebound during the game played Champaign , Illinois. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann ..............

  

 

 

What   was   even    more   startling     that   had   one   not   looked     clearly   at    the   result . You’d   have   thought  that  it  was   a  game   either   being  played    by    two    high   school   teams   or   perhaps   that   of   females   at  the college    level.   The  two   teams   between  them  could  only  muster   up    71   points  in total.    That  if  anything    gives    you  a  clear   indication  as  to    how   bad  this  must’ve   been.

 

 

Bruce  Weber  of  Illinois   shouts   instructions  to   his  players  during  the   game .    picture  appears   courtesy of  ap/photo/ Darrell   Hoemann  ............
Coach Bruce Weber of Illinois shouts instructions to his players during the game . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann ...............

 

  

Now  don’t  get me   wrong   it’s   not   every   college   men’s   game   that’ll    produce a  high   scoring   game.  And   at  the   same  time   one  would   expect   some    sort  of   proficiency    both     teams   when   it  comes  to  showing    some   commitment   to    playing   hard.   Whatever  took   place   last   night   between  the  two    teams   was    short    on  skills   and    even   shorter  on   the   entertainment   factor.    As   to  what  this   says  about   Illinois’   basketball   program  .  I’ll   leave    that   up   to   you    to   decide.

 

 

Jamelle  Cornley (2)  of  Penn  State  tries  to  elude  the defensive  play   of  Illinois'  Mike  Davis  and  Mike  Tisdale  .    picture  appears courtesy  of  ap/photo/  Darrell Hoemann ...............
Jamelle Cornley (2) of Penn State tries to elude the defensive play of Illinois' Mike Tisdale and Mike Davis . picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Darrell Hoemann .............

 

 

 

The  box  score   if  anything    shows   us   how    dire   things   must’ve   been  last   night  as  both   teams  tried   to  muster   up   some   offensive    prowess.   It   can  only  be  explained   by   the  mere   fact  that   neither   team   had    heart  to   play.   Or    that    they   were   both    completely    out  of  sorts    on  the   court.    It   was   a  lackluster    performance   by   both    teams.   And    even   if   Penn  State    did   prevail   in  the end    winning   38-33.   Certainly   they   can’t have    felt   comfortable   with   that   sort   of  display  at  the  end  of  the  day,  win   or   no  win.

 

 

 

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Look Ma’ I’m At The Top Of The World ……………….


 

In  the  world  of  men’s college  basketball it’s  so  hard  to  maintain  that  resolve  and  to  go  unbeaten. But each   year  as  such  the  expectations  are  there   but  in  reality  it  is  very  hard  to  go  unbeaten  throughout the  season.  It  is  such  a  rarity  that  it hasn’t  happened  within the  men’s   game   in  quite  a  while. 

 

Cheick  Diakete of  Virginia  Tech reacts  to making  a play  in the game  against   Wake  Forest ...............
Cheick Diakete (34) of Virginia Tech reacts to a play against Wake Forest in which the Hokies would go on to win 78-71 . In doing so they dethroned the number one ranked Deamon Decons' tam..................

 

 

Chieck Daikete (34) reacts after making  a play against  Virginia  Tech  in the  Hokies’  78-71 defeat  of  Wake Forest.  picture  appears courtesy of Chuck  Burton……

 

 

 

 

Last night  we   saw  Virginia  Tech  take  on  and  beat   Wake  Forest  the  nation’s lone  unbeaten  team  succumb  to   the  Hokies  78-71.  Finally  after   all  the discussion  out  there  amongst  the  fans  as  well as the  pundits  on  television   we  had  our  answer.   There  isn’t a  team  nor  was  there one  good  enough  to  go   unbeaten  throughout  the regular  season.  And  but   for the  proselytizing  and   prognosticating   one   doubts  that  we’ll  see  one  for the  foreseeable  future.

 

 

 

 

Jeff Teague  ,top  and  teammate Al Farouq-Aminu  try  to  deprive  Hank Johnson  of   Virginia  Tech  of   the  ball  during  the  game  .................
Jeff Teague, top and teammate Al Farouq-Aminu of Wake Forest try to deprive the Hokies' Hank Johnson of the ball during the game .............

 

 

Jeff  Teague, top and  teammate  Al Farouq-Aminu  try  to  deprive   Virginia  Tech’s  Hank Johnson  of the  ball  during  the  game.  picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/  Chuck  Burton …………..

 

 

 

 

In  the  college   game  it’s   extremely   difficult  to  go   the  whole   season  unbeaten and  then  maintain that   frame  of  mind   into  the  NCAA  tournament. Where   a  loss  in  effect   casts   you   into  the  annals  of  history   as  an   also   ran.  The  game  itself   between  the  two   teams   was  filled  with   exciting  play and  a  great   deal of  exuberance  by  both  sets  of  players  on the  court.  The  star  of the  game   for  the  Hokies  was guard , Malcolm Delaney   who   scored   21 pts,  dished  out  3 assists ,  had  8  rebounds  and  was  an  allround  presence   on  both  ends  of the  court.   So  much   so  that  the  Deamon  Deacons   didn’t   know  how to  handle  the  player.    That  being  said   the   Deacons   were   no  slouches   themselves  when  it  came  to  having   an  offensive  presence  which  came  in the  guise  of  Jeff  Teague .  He’d  go  on to  score  23 points  for   the  team  in the  loss. 

 

 

 

Daikete  tries  to  elude  James  Johnson(23)  of   Wake  Forest in the  game  played  at Lawrence  Joel  Coliseum in  Winston Salem, NC.,  ...................
Daikete of Virginia Tech tries to elude James Johnson of Wake Forest in the game played at Lawrence Coliseum , Winston Salem , North Carolina ................

 

 

 

Daikete tries  to  elude James  Johnson(23) of  Wake Forest  during  the  game  played at Lawrence  Coliseum in Winston Salem  , North Carolina.  picture  appears courtesy  of  ap/photo/Chuck  Burton……

 

 

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Davidson They’re Who We’d Like To See ………………….


 

 

 

 

The college basketball season  has  began  and there are a  great  many  things to  look  forward to.  I   for  one  am  looking  to  see if  Stephen  Curry can  carry on   where he left off  last  season.  Though  it can  be  said  that  Davidson  may not be  looked   upon  as  a  powerhouse   within  the  college  basketball  world.   They   did  in  fact   give  a  number  of   teams   a  scare   last  season   in  the NCAA  tournament.
 
 
 

 

Stephen Curry  of Davidson  tries  to  evade the  defensive presence of   Duke's Greg Paulus  .................
Stephen Curry of Davidson tries to evade the defensive presence of Duke's Greg Paulus ...............

 

Stephen  Curry of  Davidson  tries to  evade the  defensive  presence of  Duke’s  Greg  Paulus  in  game played in Durham , NC.  The Blue Devils  would  go  on to win  the  game 79-67.  picture appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/ Sara Davis …………………….

 

 

 

 

 

And as  much  as  we  all  value  the  underdog  when  it  comes  to  a  game  of   combative nature.  The  chances  are   that  we’ll   tend  to overlook the  likes   of   a  team  like  Davidson.  Much  has been  made of  the  prowess  of  the  likes of  Tyler Hansborough  of the  North Carolina  Tar Heels  and   the  Kentucky Wildcats’  Jodie Meeks.  It  has   Curry  more than  anyone   else that   I  for  one  have  looked   forward to seeing   this  season.   All  three   players  are   exceptionally  gifted and   talented   in  their  own   way.  But it  has  been  Curry   who  has  got my   juices   flowing  every  time   he  sets   foot  on  court.

 

 

 

Andrew Lovedale  of  Davidson and  Duke's  Jon Scheyer  tussle  over a  loose  ball   during  the  game  ...................
Davidson's Andrew Lovedale and Duke's Jon Scheyer tussle over a loose ball during the game in the second quarter .................

 

 

Davidson’s  Andrew  Lovedale  and  Duke’s Jon  Scheyer  tussle over  a  loose  ball  during the  game  in the  second quarter . picture appears courtesy   of  ap/photo/ Sara  D Davis ……………..

 

 

 

 

lot has   been   said   of  his  prowess  as a  scorer   but   also  of  late  he’s  shown  that  he  can  lead  by  example.  Albeit   that   we  don’t  often  get to  see  the  Davidson  Wildcats’ games being   nationally  televised.  He can score  with  the  best of  them   and  thought  it’s  often  pointed   out that  he   has  a tendency  to be  somewhat  hesitant   defensively.  He  more  than  makes  up  for  this   with  his   prowess  on  the   offensive  side  of the  ball.  And one  can  well  understand  the  reason  why  we’re  unlikely  to  see  the  team  on  a  regular  basis  on  the  networks  when  it come  to the  televising of the  game.  The  Southern  Conference  isn’t  built   around   blockbuster  names   that we  all  can  recognize  at  will.  The likes of  Furman , Chattanooga ,  Elon, Citadel and Appalachian State   don’t exactly  leap  out at  you  immediately. But then  again  we’re  merely  talking  about  what  some  might  deem  the  also  rans  within  the  college  basketball  world.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

And  with  this  team  getting  off  to  a  nice  stat  to their  season . It’s hoped  that  they can  make  it  all  the way  to  the  NCCA tournament  without   much    fuss.  It’s  always  welcoming  to  see  a team that’s  deemed  a  minnow   set  about   taking   on and  then  taking  down  one  of the  Goliaths  of  the  college  game.   Every  year  come   tournament  time   that’s   certainly  what   a  number  of  fans   are looking  forward  to. Should it  come to the  fact  that  we’re  liable to  see   one  of the  titans  get  knocked   down  a  peg or  two  then  so  be it.  It  makes   the  tournament   all the  more   exciting   for us  all. 

 

 

 

Curry reacts after  his  foul in the  second  quarter  of  the  game played in Cameron Indoor Arena , Durham , NC,. ...........
Curry reacts to his foul in the second quarter of the game played in Cameron Indoor Arena, Durham North Carolina..................

 

Curry  reacts to  his  foul in the  second  quarter  of  the  game played  in Cameron Indoor Arena  in  Durham, NC,. picture  appears courtesy of  ap/photo/ Sara  D Davis ………………

 

 

 

 

 

Much  as  I  like the NBA  it’s the  college  game  that  I  think  in  its  purest  form   that  can  be  just  as exciting  as  anything  served up  in the  professional  game. But there are those  amongst   us  who  may  well  feel   the  opposite.  Teams such  as   Davidson  and  others  within the NCAA  aren’t  spoilt  in   terms  of the  athletes   that  are  on  show.  And  if anything   in  pursuing  their   craft  the  players  are  quite  prepared to  do  things  the  right  way.  That’s  not  say  that  the  talent  on  show  is  as great   as what  we  have  on  view  in the  NBA.  But for   every  Kobe  Bryant ,  LeBron  James  ,  Amare  Stoudemire  and  Tyson Chandler  who  chose to   forego   college.  We  have  the likes  of  Hansborough,  Meeks  and  Curry. Many   of  the  players  mentioned  within the professional  ranks  had  their  shortcomings  when  they   first  started  out.  And in  time  they  overcame  those flaws. But  how  much  better  off  would    they  have  been  had  they  pursued at  least one  or  two   years  within the college  ranks ?  Such  are  the  machinations  of the  game  and  the  pursuit of   financial  security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

But  when  it’s  all   said and   done  it is  the  likes of   players  such   as  Meeks,  Curry   and  Hansborough  that  give  us  some of  our   greatest  pleasure when  it comes  to the  college   game.  And  the  likes  of   teams  such  as Davidson   where one  can   only   proceed  to  dream  as   to  what  might’ve  been  had  players  of  the  ilk  mentioned   in  the  professional  ranks   chose  to  grace  us   with  their  presence  within  the  college  game.  If   only  for a  brief  and  passing  moment.