One Against Four, Four Against One , Someone’s Got To Win ……..

 
 
 
 

One  Against  Four  , Four  Against One, Someone’s  Got  To Win  ?

 

 

 

 

 

Well   tonight  the  number  one  ranked  University of Connecticut  take  on the number  four ranked Pitt  Panthers  in  a   game  that’s  meant  to   be  one  of  those  that’ll  either  make  or  break    the Huskies’  season.    The  men’s  college  basketball  season   has  generated  a   great  deal  of  interest.   And   when  you’ve  got a  number  of  teams   playing  a  highly competitive  brand  of  basketball. It’s   games  such  as  these  that   we   all   look  to ,   to  see    what  progress  is  being   made  by  the  teams. Whose   names are  being  bandied   about  as   serious   contenders   for   national   honors.   Never  mind  the   fact  that   conference and  in some   cases   divisional  titles   will  be  up  for  grabs  by  way of  tournaments.   

 

 

Hasheem  Thabeet  of  Connecticut  and  one of  the nine blocked  shots  recorded  in the  game  against   Seton  Hall.  picture appears courtesy  of ap/photo/ Bill  Kostroun ..........
Hasheem Thabeet of Connecticut and one the nine blocked shots he recorded in the game against Seton Hall. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Bill Kostroun ............

 

 

 Hasheem  Thabeet of Connecticut   and  one  of  the  nine  blocked  shots  that he  recorded  in the  game  played against  Seton Hall.  picture  appears  courtesy  of  ap/photo/Bill  Kostroun ……….

 

 

 

 

 

 

But  the  daddy  of  them  all   offcourse   is  the  national  championship   known  to   us  as  all as  the  NCAA  Tournament.    March   Madness   and   all  that  it  brings   may  well   be  just  about the  most exciting   time  of the year   in  sports  ,  other  than  the  Superbowl  itself.   To  my   mind  it  is  by  far  the  best   sporting  event   in the  country.  It  may  well  not   garner  the  viewership  overall  of that  of  the Superbowl  itself.  But   in sheer   terms  of intensity  and  excitement    the  event  itself   cannot  be    beaten.

 

 

 

 

Craig  Austrie (24)  and  Thabeet  celebrate   after their  62-54  victory  over  Seton Hall in Newark , NJ.  picture  appears courtesy of  ap/photo/Bill Kostroun......
Craig Austrie(24) and Thabeet celebrate their 62-54 victory over Seton Hall played in Newark , NJ. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Bill Kostroun ..............

 

 

 

Craig Austrie (24)  and   Thabeet  celebrate  after their  62-54  victory  over  Seton Hall  in Newark  , NJ.  picture appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/Bill Kostroun …..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The   game  itself  tonight  will  see  a  matchup  of  two  of    the  most  heralded   players  in  men’s  college  basketball.   For  the  Huskies   we’ll  see   Hasheem  Thabeet    whose   defensive   play  asides   apart   from   demonstratively   ferocious.  It  can  be  said   that   he  also  possesses  a   brevitas   on  the  offensive   side  of  the  ball   as  well.    For  the  Panthers   we  will   get  to   see  DeJuan  Blair   who’s   making  a  real   name  for   himself  with     the  program.    This   not  only   bodes  well   for  the  aspirations  of the  team  in   the  regular  season  . But   also    to  the     postseason  as  well. Where  it’s  expected    that  they’ll  make  their   presence  felt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The  short   term   goals   for    both    teams    tonight   is   to  have  a  good showing   infront   of  a  national  television audience.   And  if  nothing   else   remind  those   with   aspirations  of   a  national   title    that  they   well  have  to  come  through   one  of  these   two  teams  ,  if  not  both.   That   being   said  with the   national  championship   just   around  the corner. There  are  more   immediate  things  to  be  taken   care  of    in   terms   of  a  divisional   championship and   then  there  are   the  provisional  championship  tournaments.   The  primary   goal  however  is  that  of  the  national  title  itself.  And   these  two   teams  are  playing  well   enough   that  they   can  be   placed  within  that mix.

 

 

DeJuan Blair  shoots  over  the  head of  the  Bearcats  Yancy   Gates'  .........
DeJuan Blair of Pitt shoots over the head of the Bearcats' Yancy Gates .............

 

 

DeJuan  Blair  shoots  over the  head  of  the  Bearcats’  Yancy  Gates in  a  game  played  between  Pitt  and  Cincinnati.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

With  Thabeet   coming   off   a   stupendous   display over the weekend   where  against  Seton Hall  he   was  a  one man  wrecking   crew.    His full  arsenal  was   on  display   with   25 points  ,  20  rebounds  ,  9 blocked  shots  , and  an  assist  in   the  Huskies   62-54  win .  And  one can  very  well   see   the   reason  why they’re   viewed   as  the   best  team  in  the  nation.   Though  it  can  be   said  that   there  are   those   who  might   well   say    that  the  Oklahoma   Sooners   are   playing    just  as  exciting  a  brand  of   basketball  as   their    rivals   in the   Big  East.  And   with the  Big  East   at present   having    four   teams   ranked   inside  the   top  10. It  can  be  said  the  bragging   rights  at    present    does  belong  to  them.

 

 

 

 

Pitt coach Jamie  Dixon  on the  sidelines  against  the  Cincinnati  Bearcats.  His  Panthers  would go on to win  the  game 85-69 .   picture  appears  courtesy of  ap/photo/ Keith Srakocic ................
Pitt coach Jamie Dixon on the sidelines against the Cincinnati Bearcats. His Pitt Panthers would go on to win the game 85-69. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Keith Srakocic ................

 

 

Pitt coach Jamie  Dixon on  the  sidelines  against  the  Cincinnati Bearcats.  His  Panthers  would   go on  to win the  game 85-69.  pictures appear  courtesy of  ap/photo/ Keith  Srakocic ………. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pittsburgh   for  its  part comes  into  the   game  with   Blair   playing   solidly.  And  he  has  let  it  be    known  that he’s  not  prepared to  back  down  when  it  comes    to  facing   Thabeet   on  the  court    tonight.  So   this   duel  will   present    us  with    two   erstwhile  players   who   aren’t  prepared   to     give  up   any  space   on  the   court.   And  as  physical  as  they   both  can  be   ,  I   for   one am  expecting  this   to   be   more  of  a   brawl   than  we’ve  come   to expect.   The  fact  of the  matter  is    the  Huskies   haven’t  been  tested   in  quite  a  while.  They’ve   raised the  level  of their play as  and  when  needed .  And   it  has  been  primarily   to Thabeet  to  whom    they’ve  looked  for  not  only   his   physical  presence   but   also   his   leadership  on the  court.  However the  loss  of  guard  Jerome  Dyson  may   well   alter  the  way   how   we’ll  see   the  Huskies  play   tonight.  His  play   along  with  that  of  Thabeet’s  has   provided a   cushion   for   others   to   ramp  up   their   game   on the  team.   For   which  it  has   served   coach  Jim  Calhoun  well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For  Pitt  their  quartet  of   Sam Young, DeJuan Blair, Levance  Fields and   Jermaine Dixon  will  have to  be  on  top   of their    game   if  they’re  to  withstand  everything   that  the  Huskies  will  be  throwing at  them.  If they’re  made   to   play  catch  up    ,  then  it   may well  prove  to  be   too   much    for  the  team.  If  they   can  keep    the  game  close  then  it   augurs  well   for   them as  a  whole.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As   to  how  the  season  will    fare   for  both    teams .  At this   juncture  with  them   both  playing  well   enough   to  garner   a  lot  of  attention  nationally.  It   has  to  be   said  that   with  the  regular  season  being  what  it  is.  The   postseason within   college   basketball    this  year   will   be   extremely   interesting  and    very  intriguing   in  more  ways  than  one.     So   many   teams   having   been  playing  above themselves.   And  there’ve  been  others   who   seemingly  have   lost   steam  and    are  a  bare  facsimile  of   themselves .  Making   it all the  more   surprising  as  to  what  we’ve   all  witnessed  this   season within the college   game.  So   much  so  that  when  the   brackets   come   about   for   the  NCAA  Tournament.   We  could   all  be   in   for  one   or  two   surprises   to  say  the  very  least.

 
 
 
 
 

Author: tophatal ...........

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2 thoughts on “One Against Four, Four Against One , Someone’s Got To Win ……..”

  1. I’m watching this game right now… it’s halftime though. Dejuan Blair has been ridiculous with his 15 pts, 13 boards in the first half. The guy has great hands for a 6’7 forward and great strength (did you see him flip Thabeet over his back early in the first half?). It’s still close though, even though Hasheem has been a non-factor.

    If you’re looking for more of an audience for your collegiate blog posts, I think I could help. Collegefanz.com is the largest college sports site on the net, and it offers a national audience for all your thoughts and musings. We’ve got fans of all programs and our blogs are custom-tailored to reach each and every NCAA fan out there.

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    Hope to hear from you soon!

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  2. Michael Gleeson
    I like all sports not just college but at the professional level as well. I write on a vast topic of sports covering the whole gamut of it all.

    As to the game itself it was one that became all too physical. Once Thabeet went out the game briefly it changed the face of the game completely . And it played into the hands of Dixon and his players.

    Dejuan Blair is proving that he’s one of the best big men in the Big East.
    It bodes well for him and his aspirations as far as the NBA is concerned. I’m sure that there’ve been one or two inquiries concerning him by a number of NBA GM’s.

    As to the invite I’ll take it up and I’ll be sending you an e-mail concerning the matter.

    tophatal …………..

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