The Daily Roundup: Free Throw Friday
The BEST ACC Basketball Coverage!!!
Because we care:
Jim Cramer's MAD MONEY and RADIO recap.
Best of the Rest: "Gamecocks wallop Wolverines to repeat as NIT champions. USC ended a season of hard bumps by setting things to cruise control. The Gamecocks, whose lack of depth and rocky regular-season performance appeared to ruin a promising year, never flinched Thursday when they swatted Michigan 76-64 for their second consecutive National Invitation Tournament championship." Always good to see an old school ACC team achieving. I've always felt that WINNING the NIT is an accomplishment to be proud of. Congrats, Dave.
TOM SORENSEN of the Charlotte Observer - It's time to get to truth of Duke scandal: "I don't know much about lacrosse. Maybe it only seems as if a team is not complete unless it features players named Chip, Chad, Carter, Biff and Gray." Slow down, Tom. You want answers today, but what we really NEED is the truth in due time. The reputations of these young men and the young women are in the balance. Rushing the process will only lead to more mistakes which could lead to the guilty party walking. Slow down!!
Duke lacrosse cannot forfeit: "As recently as Tuesday, however, Duke athletics director Joe Alleva was characterizing the two canceled matches as forfeits. But the NCAA has ruled that the Saturday and Tuesday matches will count as "no contest" games that do not count against any of the teams' records."
Coaches push expansion of Tournament: "They point to success of George Mason as proof." Nope, keep it like it is and make the NIT one big play-in for a spot in the NCAA Tournament's Final Four. Put the Final Four teams in a hat and draw a name. The name that's pulled plays (this year South Carolina) in a play-in on Thursday of Final Four week. Sucks for the team drawn, but it (a) returns credibility to the NIT, and (2) "expands" the NCAA field without messing with the 64 team format that we know and love. Don't like that plan? Take it to the comments section.
Women's tournament deserves a better deal. When the women's games start drawing bigger crowds, they'll get a better deal. Do you know what the average attendance was at 32-1 North Carolina's home games this year? Around 3,600 people (Duke was nearly double that....go figure). Give the sport time to grow at the grass roots first, folks.
The diminutive Latta has no fear venturing into the land of the giants
College Park Fanfare Muted For Final Four-Bound Team
Tar Heel player's father arrested: Danny Green's father is 1 of 3 accused of being in huge cocaine distribution network. Ohhh no......that's terrible. If this turns out to be true, the kids at NC State are going to have a field day.
Dascenzo: Missing the Final Four: "I wish I had a dollar for every time somebody has said that we're spoiled around here. Those who say it must have an extra gleam in their eyes right now. You want to know why? Because Duke didn't make the Final Four, and North Carolina got sent home by the newest national Cinderella, George Mason."
Jackets to face UConn in Dome: "Rematch of 2004 NCAA title game slated for Feb. 11, 2007."
ACC Football News from the Footblog:
New football coaches keep UNC seniors on toes: "Mark Weber describes it as energy. Brian Chacos calls it an aura. Whatever it is, everyone associated with the North Carolina football team can feel it this spring."
Improving Warren will contend for playing time: "Tailback for Tar Heels needs to get a little bit meaner, according to coaching staff."
Duke, UNC football players facing charges: "Four Duke football players and one UNC football player are scheduled to appear in Orange County District Court on Monday to face misdemeanor charges stemming from a fight in a Chapel Hill nightclub. For Duke safety Andreas Platt, it will be his second court case in recent months."
NCAA Tourney Central:
LSU gains purpose from Katrina tragedy: "Team plays to lift region."
Devastation at home led to spirited runs: "The greatest moment in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the campus of Louisiana State University had nothing to do with a young Shaq dunk or even another double-double by Tigers star Glen Davis."
George Mason: Gonzaga of the East?: "George Mason's run to the Final Four could have benefits that last far beyond this weekend." An interesting thought......great location, big student body, very decent school, small conference that they might be able to get on top of with a steady diet of 1 top 50 player for every 4 overlooked players. Perhaps......
Horrible: Gators didn't like workout
Bob Ryan of the Boston Globe - Noah was prepped to win: "Because the University of Florida's Joakim Noah exists, Armond Hill's heretofore unquestioned status as the Best Player in the History of The Lawrenceville School is in jeopardy."
For UCLA, Afflalo lends helping hand
The biggest hits of the Dance:" Mark Bradley's greatest moments include Lethal Weapon 3, Jimmy V, Laettner and a Mouse."
George Mason Central:
Mason's Five of a Kind
It is no coincidence that George Mason's starting five ended up in Fairfax and not at a bigger school, for they all share a common profile.
University Faces Balancing Act
Wise: Loss Lingers for Hernandez
Feinstein: Larranaga Met His Match
Patriot Alumni Beam With Pride
Coach Is No. 1 With the Neighbors
Notebook: Mason Nation Growing
More to come.......
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