Posts Tagged ‘ncaa’

The Double Bonus: Final Four Preview

The Double Bonus podcast is back to break down the most important questions of this year’s Tournament: What was this year’s worst commercial? Are all 15-2 upsets alike? How did the winner of the West Region not start with the letter “M”? And just how bad was Duke this year? Tim and John S also break down the Final Four, and make predictions for every possible iteration of this weekend. They also break the mold with their choice of theme music. Click here to have your mind completely blown!

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Defending the BCS (Again)

LSU@Alabama: Vindicating the BCS

I don’t mean to rehash old debates (who am I kidding? Of course I do. This is a blog after all), but another college football season means another post where I attempt to defend the BCS. And, of course, this weekend’s LSU-Alabama game presents a great opportunity for such a defense. Saturday’s highly anticipated SEC showdown would not be nearly as important if the BCS were replaced with the playoff that so many, including my colleague Tim, desire: A game that will likely make one team’s season while breaking another would be effectively meaningless, since both teams would make any conceivable playoff even with one loss.

This type of game is unique: It’s exciting in a way that no other mid-season game, in any sport, is ever exciting. This is a GOOD thing. It’s asinine that fans of college football want to kill the best thing about the sport, but the collective fascination with the concept of a playoff makes people say crazy things. This is the only thing that could lead someone like Dan Wolken to use the Alabama-LSU game as a way to attack the BCS. Continue reading

LIVE BLOG: NCAA Tournament First Round

5:50 — Wait, the Gaels have five Australians and Mickey McConnell isn’t one of them? I thought he was the head Aussie.

5:37 — Not much to talk about. Saint Mary’s is running a clinic on offense, and Richmond can’t find the bucket (figuratively). Looks like I won’t get to 6-0.

5:16 — Saint Mary’s is force-feeding a dominant Omar Samhan inside on offense, and doubling on Kevin Anderson on defense, leaving Kevin Smith wide open (for good reason if you’ve seen Smith shoot). Spiders can’t settle.

5:01 — I’m going right ahead and anointing Richmond-Saint Mary’s the best uniform matchup of the first round. Two clean, classic looks.

4:54 — “Dunn! And that may be the operative word for Sam Houston State.” Dick Enberg is still one of the best.

4:50 — I am upset about everyone who bandwagoned on Murray in the last week. Smart guys like me were on that bandwagon before the Ohio Valley Tournament.

4:48 — P.S. I’m now 4-0 including two upset picks. John is 1-3. Plus, if we used my scoring system (two points for the first round, three for an upset), I’m beating him 10-2.

4:45 — BUZZER BEATER!!! Murray State’s Danero Thomas hits a midrange jumper with a guy on him to win it. That’s why you have a balanced offense. This Tournament is awesome.

4:41 — Pet peeve: Why do teams call timeouts between two free throws? Doesn’t whether Beal makes this second shot to give Vandy the lead dramatically alter Murray State’s offensive strategy? Why not wait to see what he does, and then call timeout?

4:39 — Vandy ball, down one, 22 seconds. Beal should drive and look for Jenkins on the perimeter or Ogilvy on the baseline. With Tony Easley fouled out, A.J. and his ‘stache will be tough to stop inside.

4:38 — What better preserves the integrity of a game: letting two seconds run off the clock with a minute left or giving both teams a free timeout and forcing Murray State to inbound against a set defense?

4:28 — Jenkins and Jenkins are going back and forth–one for Vandy, one for M-State. I forget which one’s name is B.J. The Racers are up two at the under-4 timeout. Meanwhile, K-State is up big on North Texas, Richmond and Saint Mary’s are in a tight first half, and Sam Houston State has regained the lead over Baylor by one with 12 to play. I didn’t think it was possible, but I might feel even better about Duke’s draw now than I did this morning.

4:23 — Isaiah Miles has led the Racers this afternoon, relegating Isaiah Canaan to the status of…Deutero-Isaiah. It’s an exegesis joke!

4:17 — Is Repo Men serious or ironic? It looks like it’s trying to be serious, but Jude Law is the lead…

4:14 — Someone has to tell Vandy’s managers at the end of the bench to calm it down a little. Not every bucket deserves a “Leap off the bench, fist pump” reaction. Continue reading