We could invoke the “hate-hate” nature of this relationship, we could talk about the slurs that are slung from the student sections, the pressure and vitriol distending until it seems the roofs of these two teams’ gyms (combined capacity: 9,500) are fit to blow. But that would be a detriment to the quality on display [...]
Tom Izzo’s optimism and Draymond Green’s leadership put MSU in position for a comeback season By Steve Hendershot Friday’s Carrier Classic in San Diego marks the season-opening game for two traditional college basketball powers, North Carolina and Michigan State. The game is unique in several respects: The teams are playing on an aircraft carrier, the [...]
By Brian Speers Changing conferences is a big deal for any college athletics program, and it’s especially true for the University of Nebraska because the Huskers have competed against the core members of their former conference, the Big 12, for more than a century. In fact, Nebraska has battled college basketball icon Kansas more than [...]
What happened the first time around Syracuse was in the midst of an ugly 26-day stretch in which it played its only bad basketball of the season. Rock bottom arguably came against Marquette when Jim Boeheim sent a message to his team with an unlikely four-minute stint for rarely used Mookie Jones. Dion Waiters sat [...]
Handicapping the Southwest region The Favorite A few weeks ago, on the heels of a dramatic loss to Texas and shellacking at Kansas State, the Kansas Jayhawks didn’t look like sure No. 1 seeds, let alone likely Final Four participants. After a strong six-game stretch to finish the regular season and a handy dispatching of [...]
The calendar turned to March last week, which means the casual sports fan will turn his full attention to college basketball and try to cram in two weeks’ worth of games, news and analysis in order to fill out his bracket. The pool, though, will inevitably be won by the non-sports person who does it [...]
Previewing all 11 tilts, with some reflection on who’s done what this year, and how the Big Ten has little excuse to not win this thing in back-to-back seasons.
This is certainly a night to fire up the popcorn machine and further impression your couch cushions. Let’s get to some quick-hit anticipation on what I’m watching for, and what can be extrapolated from four intriguing games.
Three of the four teams finished the past season in the top 10, and the other is a top-five program, all-time.
We’re now just hours away from the start of the Final Four. Since the start of the season we haven’t had a drought of games like this one. But that’s how it works. Anticipation plus few games plus magnitude and we’ve got ourselves a whole bunch of hype. But let’s get to the hoop. Have [...]
1) Because no team has guarded it like Butler will. The Bulldogs are favored for a few reasons over MSU. I’d like to believe the unafraid man-to-man defense is one of the reasons. Whether Draymond Green or Korie Lucious are running the show, we have the right to ponder if MSU will revert to the [...]
Two down, two to go.
1) Because Joe Mazzulla can’t do it again. The — sorry for the term here — downright average player that’s been at the focal point of WVU’s success is bound to drift back toward his mean, right? Mazzulla had, arguably, the two biggest games of his career in the NCAA Tournament. The first was against [...]
As I do every year during the week leading up to the Final Four, here are five reasons I believe Butler could be held back from winning a national championship, followed by the biggest reason why it can and will. Just a fun little overview of the teams, with a dash of hyperbole thrown in. [...]
The final installment of this pathetic excuse for a preview focuses on the Midwest, wherein we’ve seen the Man Region already eat up two of the top three seeds. Of the four regions, this one’s the hardest to drum up some cynicism for. Then again, Bruce Pearl’s involved. So away we go. Michigan State vs. [...]
No objective analysis. All cynicism and a temporary leave from my normal writing style. Why? Because it’s my site, bitches, and I’m sick of all the repeated preview crap that’s around every turn on the damn Internet. Have we forgotten sports can be fun and drive us to absolute anger? I’ve got more ammo for [...]
Screw tempo-free stats. These previews are about 100 percent unadulterated opinions. If you want to get nerdy with it, head thataway. And now, I look at the other set of Thursday games, the games that are being the most ignored right now and that’s just unfair. These guys deserve ire as well! Syracuse vs. Butler [...]
The last thing you want is another breakdown and analysis of two teams you’ve gotten to know plenty by now, right? Too many people are already doing that. So let’s have a little fun. I’m bringing out my acid tongue and letting out a little humor, a little cynicism and a little truth with these [...]