College vs. NBA

March 20, 2008

It’s an argument I have had with many people, many times. A lot of the time I get too fired up and overly passionate and get way too into the argument. But in the end, I’m always right and the person sees that I’m right. (well not really everytime, actually not even half the time, but whatever) I have always been a firm believer that NCAA basketball is a better product than the NBA. Twice in public speaking classes, I have given a persuasive speech in favor of college basketball. And believe me, I do love college basketball very much still. However, I think the NBA is making a serious comeback to the good old days of #23, MJ, your airness, whatever you would like to call him.

With the Big Dance ready to get underway tomorrow, I figured it would be a good time to revisit this topic. This season the NBA is has given us some great storylines, along with some great basketball. We have seen the resurgence of one of the all-time great teams in the Boston Celtics as they have gone from celler-dwellers to the cream of the crop. The Houston Rockets just finished off winning 22 straight games en route to taking the top spot in the West. More big names have been traded than in any season before this and finally, we are seeing two superstars, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant come from behind the shadows of the late great MJ.

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I am totally looking forward to the start March Madness tomorrow, but for the first time in a long time, I am also looking forward to the NBA playoffs.

After living in New Jersey my entire life and now attending college in Connecticut, I believe at this time I want to make a move to somehwere else in the country. Right now, that somewhere else looks like Tennesee. Well, maybe not a permanent move, but definitely until soemtime around the end of March or beginning of April. You may be asking yourself, why Tennessee? I’ll give you three words to sum it up: Tigers, Volunteers, and Commodores.

For a big college basketball fan like myself, big things are happening in the good old state of Tenneseee. On Saturday night, the the No.2 Volunteers knocked off No.1 Memphis in a memorable 66-62 game. Only 3 days later, the new crowned No.1 Vols were upset by another Tennessee team, the No. 14 Vanderbilt Commodores, 72-69.

It’s very rare that one state can boast 3 teams that all have the chance to be crowned NCAA Championship. All 3 teams have the depth, drive, and detremination to make a big splash during March Madness. Out of these 3 teams, I think that the Volunteers are still the team to beat in the state right now. They boast a well-balanced attack, and possibly one of the best players in the country in Chris Lofton. Memphis, I think will be hurt because of the weak conference it plays in and as of last week, the Tigers ranked last in Division I in free-throw shooting, which will come back to bite them. Vanderbilt has stuggled at times on the road this season, and with all the games during March Madness being on the road, they might be proned to an upset. But for right now I’m just enjoying the great college basketball and thinking about packing up my stuff because Tennessee is where I want to be

On Second Thought

February 13, 2008

On one night and almost simultaneously, men’s and women’s college basketball saw poor officiating at its finest. On the men’s side, Villanova was called for a foul with .1 seconds on the clock, while being tied with Georgetown 53-53. The foul was called 80 feet from the basket when Villanova’s Corey Stokes bumped Georgetown’s Jonathan Wallace. Wallace sunk both free throws and Georgetown walked away with a 55-53 victory.

On the women’s side, Rutgers had a a 58-57 lead over Tennessee with a few seconds left. After a missed shot, Rutgers’ Kia Vaughn fouled Nicky Anosike with .2 seconds left on the clock. Anosike drained both free throws and the Lady Vols walked away with the 59-58 victory. When looking at the video, it seems as if the clock stopped at .2 seconds before the foul was even called. The refs did not review the play and the controversial ending went to Tennessee

Irornically enough, both of the teams that received the calls were the home teams. Both calls were a disgrace to the game of basketball. The fact tha one was called 80 feet fromn the bsket and that the clock stopped before the whistle was blown on the other one shows how terrible some officiating can be. If I was the coach for either of these teams, I would want some kind of explanation from the NCAA on these calls.

Good Knight and Good Luck

February 5, 2008

At the very young age of 67, legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight has decided to finally call it quits as he resigned from his head coaching position at Texas Tech on Monday. Knight will turn over the reins to his son, Pat, who will look to guide Texas Tech (12-8, 3-3 Big 12) to the NCAA tournament.

Knight will always be rememberd as one of the greatest college basketball coaches ever as he led the Indiana University to 3 national championships, including the 1976 season in which the Hoosiers went undefeated. After his stay in Indiana, Knight left the Big 10 and headed to the Big 12 to coach the Texas Tech Red Raiders. In his first year with the Red Raiders, Knight took them from perennial cellar dweller to a NCAA tournament bid.

Unfortunately, Knight will also be remembered for his tyrannical rants against the referees, the media, and many times his own players. In a 1985 game against Purdue, Knight threw a chair across the court after he did not like a call made by the referees.
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Hate him or love him, college basketball will not be the same without him.