NCAA

Louisville goes to the Final Four

By Brian M.

Rick Pitino made the Final Four for the sixth time in his career. His Louisville Cardinals defeated the Florida Gators by a score of 72-68. Louisville played intense just at the right time, finishing the game on an 18-3 run. This was even done when star guard Payton Siva fouled out with 9 points in 26 minutes played. Russ Smith was the leading scorer for the Cardinals with 19 points.

Other great performances from Louisville include Chane Behanan, who finished with 17 points, 7 rebounds, and 2 blocks.

From Florida, Erik Murphy and Bradley Beal each scored 14 points, and Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton each scored 12 points. Walker also finished with 7 assists, Boynton with 6.

Louisville will await the winner of the Baylor/Kentucky game tomorrow for next week’s Final Four.

Louisville has shown much improvement since the beginning of the season as they make their way to the Final Four.

NCAA Sum-up: From the First Round to the Sweet Sixteen

By Brian M.

Wow, the only word I could use to describe this March. It all started in the “Second” Round (Round of 64). Two #2 seeds falling to teams that had won their first ever game in the NCAA Tournament. All #1 seeds made it past this round, and surprisingly 3 of those teams have still managed to make it past all this madness. Michigan State is the only #1 seed to lose. One play in team won (South Florida) and Ohio (#13 seed) almost beat the #1 seed North Carolina.

Almost every higher seed team won their Sweet 16 game, except for Michigan State and Marquette. Coming into the Elite Eight, there are two #2 vs. #1 games (all on the same side of the bracket). Exciting match-ups include Syracuse vs. Ohio State and North Carolina vs. Kansas, but the other two games aren’t too bad themselves. Possession and defense will make up these exciting games, which will determine the Final Four.

Kentucky has proved to stand where they are right now in the tournament as a #1 seed.

Game of the Week Recap

By Brian M.

Here’s the sum-up:

Final score: North Carolina 88, Duke 70.

North Carolina had a strong showing on Saturday against their big rival, Duke. The Duke Blue Devils weren’t slaughtered the entire game, though. In the second half, Duke outscored the Tar Heels 46-40, but were outscored in the first half 48-24. A disappointing first half for the Blue Devils dropped them down to second place in the regular season for the ACC conference. It was Senior Night that night, and the cheerful moods were spoiled by a terrible defeat over a tough team.

In other college news, Illinois State almost upset the #25 team Creighton in the Missouri Conference Championship, almost gaining a spot in their first NCAA tournament in over twenty years. ISU lost in overtime 83-79

Game of the Week: North Carolina vs. Duke

March 2, 2012

By Brian M

One of the most exciting rivalries in college basketball comes to the big test saturday. The last time these two teams met this season, Duke overcame a 15-point deficit to beat North Carolina on a game-winning three-pointer by Austin Rivers. Duke, being the #6 team in the nation, has a chance of beating the #3 team again. The winner of this game will be the top team in the ACC, so there is a lot of conference anticipation as well as rivalry anticipation.

Duke has one thing they can’t do again: let North Carolina take a large lead. The last time these teams met, Duke almost let UNC get out of their hands. The talented freshman Austin Rivers is an amazing point guard with rebound support from Mason Plumlee. On the other hand, North Carolina has talented players such as Harrison Barnes and John Henson.

This game is definitely going to come down to the turnovers and possession. Especially for Duke, having the ball is really going to be an advantage. But nothing can be compared to the amazing 8 mile rivalry between two of the best teams in college basketball.

NCAA Basketball

By Brian M

With March coming very soon, there is one thing people look forward to: March Madness. Whether it’s creating the best bracket or watching exciting games, the NCAA tournament is without a doubt one of our nation’s most intense sports events. Teams will rise, others will fall. I will tell you what teams will probably make it to the Final Four.

  1. Syracuse: Despite their tough loss to Notre Dame over one month ago, the Orange have not allowed it to happen again. They will continue to play tough defense, and will continue to play with a lot of intensity.
  2. Kentucky: Another intense team with young stars like Anthony Davis. This team has what it takes to go far, but not enough for the national title. The farthest this team can go is the Final Four (which will probably happen), unless they prepare hard to go further.
  3. Kansas: Bill Self’s team has had a crazy journey this season. After the experiences they have gone through, they will make sure they lock a spot into the Final Four.
  4. Michigan State: A team that has always fought very hard in its history will continue to fight hard. Playing tough games against the best teams in the country, the Spartans have what it takes to go all the way to the title. Tom Izzo is an excellent coach, prepared for these dramatic finishes.
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