It’s Not Pitino’s Fault His Hair Was All In Place He Spent More Time On It Than He Did His Team ……..

 

It’s  Not  Pitino’s  Fault   His  Hair  Was  All In  Place   He Spent More  Time On It  Than   He  Did  His   Team.

 

 

 

Well  the  NCAA  Tournament   has  left   us  with   four   teams  who  are  highly   skilled  ,  well   disciplined when  it  comes  to   coaching .  And if  anything  their   play    has to be  respected. 

 

 

Coach Tom  Izzo   of  Michigan  State  stands  with  his  wife Lupe and  daughter Raquel  moments  after  the  team's  stunning  upset  of  Louisville .
A moment to savor coach Tom Izzo of Michigan State stands with his wife Lupe (left) and daughter Raquel moments after his team's victory over the highly favored Louisville Cardinals. picture appears courtesy of getty images/ Andy Lyons ............

 

 

 

 

In  Michigan State,  U Conn  ,  Villanova   and    North  Carolina    you’ve   as   diverse  a  quartet  of  teams    that   are   looking  to  achieve  the  same   goal.  And    that’s  to  win the   NCCA Tournament   and  to  be  crowned   the   national  champions  of  college  basketball.

 

 

 

Draymond  Green(23) of  Michigan  State  attempts  a  shot  during   the game  against  Louisville. The game  was  played at the  Lucas Oil  Arena  in  Indianapolis  , Indiana .
Draymond Green(23) of Michigan State attempts a shot during the game played against Louisville played at the Lucas Oil Arena in Indianapolis ,Indiana. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Michael Conroy .............

 

 

 

 

To my  mind  however   if  there  was   a  surprise  , it  was  in  the  Elite 8.    And  if anything   it  was the  lackadaisical  play   of   the Louisville  Cardinals  and  their   play  against   Michigan  State.   Coached   by  Rick  Pitino  this  team  had   played  a  stellar  brand of  exciting   basketball.  And   it  was   easy  to  see  why   they  were  given  that    number   one  seeding  throughout  the    tournament. In  almost  every  facet  of the  game  it’d  appear  that   this   Louisville   team   could   do  no wrong.    But   it’s  always  easy    to  state  without   seeing  the  obvious.   And   that’s   the  fact  that   the   team  had   hardly  been  challenged   through   much  of the  tournament.    They’d  laid   waste  to their   opponent in  the  previous   rounds . Much   like   Greeks   laid siege  to  Troy  ,  only  in  this case   it  was   the  Cardinals   who  came   short   in this    particular   battle. No  Greeks  came  bearing    gifts.   Just  a  great  deal  of   over  confidence  and  the   fact  that  they’d  underestimated   Tom Izzo  and  his  team.

 

 

 

Terrence Williams of Louisville walks  of  the  court  dejected having  been  part of  a  stunning 62-54  loss  to  Michigan  State  in  the  Elite  8 of the men's  NCAA Tournament.
Terrence Williams (1) of Louisville walks of the court dejected having been a part of his team's stunning loss to Michigan State 62-54 in the Elite 8 of the men's NCAA Tournament. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Michael Conroy ...........

 

 

 

 

As the title   of this   piece  alludes    had   Pitino   spent   more   time  coaching   his   team   not  merely  on the  fundamentals  . But  the  fact    that  a  game  of  college   basketball  has  to be  played   for  the  entire   40  minutes  and   not   just  as  and  when  his  players   see  fit.  Then   perhaps  the   outcome   might’ve   been  somewhat    different.   For  a   team   whose   previous   game   against  Arizona   ended   in a  103-64  blowout  of    the  Wildcats.  It   was  easy  to  see   and    understand   why   Pitino’s   team  would  be  considered   to be  the  presumptive   favorites   in the   game.  Coming off    that  win   why   wouldn’t  they  be  ?   

 

 

Former  Michigan State  player and  NBA  great  Earvin 'Magic' Johnson  who  was  courtside  congratulates   coach  Tom Izzo on the team's  victory.
Former Michigan State player Earvin 'Magic' Johnson who was courtside congratulates coach Tom Izzo on the team's victory over Louisville. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Damon Cummings ...............

 

 

 

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Pitino  yelling   words  of  encouragement in  vain  to  his  team  who are  on their way  to  a surprising  loss  at the  hands of  Michigan  State.
Pitino yelling words of encouragement in somewhat of animated manner. It was all vain in his team's surprising loss to Michigan State. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Michael Conroy ...............

 

 

But  sometimes   it’s  just  best   not  to   prognosticate  and   just watch  a  game  to  see   what’ll    transpire.  I’d  dare say   that   there   were   a  number  of  people   in Vegas   who  lost  their   shirts  on the   outcome ?  And   a  great  many  who  just  profited   from  it  all.   I wasn’t   one  of those   in this    case.  But  I  still ended   up  losing   as   my   pick  to  win the  tournament   outright   Oklahoma ,  fell  at   the  hands  of  the  North  Carolina  Tar  Heels (72-60).    So  now  I’m  like  a  dog  without  a  bone   in search  of the  nearest  fire  hydrant.

 

 

Louisville's  Preston Knowles  left  and  Andre McGee watch  from the  sidelines  during  the  waning  moments  of  the  game  against Michigan State.
Louisville's Preston Knowles (left) and teammate Andre McGee watch from the sidelines during the waning moments of the game against Michigan State. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Michael Conroy ................

 

  

 

Michigan  State   came  into  the   game   knowing  that  if  they were  to beat  Louisville.  Then  it’d  take  them   playing  at  the   optimum   level  and   not  rendering  any  mistakes  that would  allow  Pitino’s   team  to  dictate  the pace  of the  game.  Far  from  being  an  offensive    juggernaut .Tom  Izzo’s   team  was  one  that  plays   stifling   defense  when   needed and  who  if  anything    takes   care  of  the   ball   when  it  comes to  rebounding.  This  game    bore  this  out  as   their   defensive  play  harried  Louisville   into  making   mistakes  at the   most   inopportune  of  times.  The  end   result  being  a  thoroughly  and   unexpected win  62-54  win   for Michigan  State  and  a  berth  in The Final  Four.    A  compliment   to  the   play  of the  Spartans  and   in particular  the  coaching   acumen  of  Tom   Izzo.   He  left   his  opposing   counterpart     Rick Pitino    searching   for    answers   and   his   neatly   coiffured  hair   still   in  tact.

 

 

Izzo is  hugged  by   his  players Travis Walton (5) ,Marquise Gray (41) and  Chris Allen (3)  after the  team's  victory.
Izzo is hugged by his players Travis Walton, Marquise Gray and Chris Allen after the team's surprising victory over the higly favored Louisville Cardinals. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/Andy Lyons ................

 

 

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To the victor belongs the  spoils  as Izzo  cuts  down the  nets  to mark  his  team's   victory over  Louisville.
To the victor belogs the spoils as Izzo cuts down the nets to signify his team's victory over Louisville ensuring his team's presence in the Final Four of the men's NCAA tournament. picture appears courtesy of ap/photo/ Michael Conroy.....................

 

 

 

As   to  Michigan   they  now  have  the  unenviable  task  of  having  to   face   Connecticut  in semis  of   the  Final  Four.    In  the  other  match  up  also to  be  played on  April  4th  will  be   between  Villanova  and  North  Carolina.  It   would  be  easy  to dismiss   Michigan’s   chances  at  this   juncture.  But   that  may  well  have  the  same   feeling  that    many   of  us   had  when   they   faced   Louisville.  But  the  fact  of  the  matter  is,  no  matter  how  favored  a  team   may  be .   The  games  themselves  are   played    on  the  courts  and    not   as   we   the   fans   envisage  to  be  in   our  own  minds. I’ve got   to   admit  that  Pitino  may   well  have  felt  the   same  way   about  this  game  as  well.    Not  one   hair   was   out  of   place    but   at  the  culmination  of  the   game.  I’m  sure  that  he  felt    like    tugging    at  his  mane   and  pulling out   a  some strands  of  his    hair  just  to    keep  his   sanity   in  tact.    God   knows   lesser   men   may   well  have    done  more  !     As  for    Tom  Izzo   he   now   sits  but  two  wins   away   from  bringing  a  second   championship    to   Michigan  State and   a second  to  add  to  his  already    stellar  resume’ .

 

 

 

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

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