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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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.

 

 

 

 

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