Pretty much sums up where I’m at right about now with the whole March Madness thing. By the looks of it, Chris is in the same boat. Oh well, Happy Friday!
The University of Connecticut basketball coach, 70 year old Jim Calhoun is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday. He will be replaced by Assistant Coach Kevin Ollie. UConn has been ruled ineligible for the tournament next season due to poor grades. Many players have either moved onto the NBA or switched schools. I have been a UConn fan for as long as I can remember and whenever I think of the Huskies, I think Jim Calhoun. Although he has missed many games over the past few years due to cancer and other injuries/illnesses, the guy could still coach. He won 3 national titles with the school during his tenure.
Calhoun retires with 875 wins and 381 losses in 39 years of coaching. That is enough to put him 10th on the all time winning list for college head coaches. He has won seven Big East Tournament Championships. He has been in the Basketball Hall of Fame since 2005. In 2011, he became the oldest coach to win a Division 1 March Madness Championship. He retires with a record of 50-19 in NCAA tournaments. He will go down as one of the greatest coaches of all time, and will surely be missed by all who loved watching him coach.
It’s been a long wait but college sports are back. And by college sports I pretty much mean football, although basketball isn’t too far away. Regardless, reminiscing my college days and further making me wish I went to a big D1 athletics school, I came across a pretty cool list.
According to many sources, Kansas Jayhawks’ forward Thomas Robinson will announce his intent to play in the NBA later today. This is no surprise to anyone, and he is #4 on the big board for ESPN. Robinson has decided to not return to Kansas for his senior season. As a Junior, Robinson averaged 17.9 PPG and 11.8 RPG, before losing to Kentucky in the Finals a week ago. Robinson didn’t even start his Freshman or Sophomore years, averaging at most 14 mins per game. Last year, however, he averaged over 31. He is a great defender and a force on the boards. Good luck Thomas!
If you look at the box score of last night’s NCAA Championship Game, you may see a kid that shot 1-10 and scored a total of 6 points has won the Most Outstanding Player award. However, if you watched the game, you would have seen a Bill Russell-like defensive minded player completely changing the pace of the game. Anthony Davis was not concerned about the offensive side of the game, he even told his teammates that he would just focus on defense and rebounding. He had 6 blocks and 16 rebounds. Doron Lamb was the games high scorer with 22 points.
The game looked to be over almost right away, until the last 5 minutes when Kansas put together a small come back. However, they could not make up enough ground and they lost 67-59. Thomas Robinson had a great game with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor added 19 points of his own for the Jayhawks. The best team actually won this year, which you cannot always say at the end of the Madness.
Although it has already been around the rumor mill since last weekend, it has now become official: Austin Rivers is heading to the NBA. Rivers was a unanimous choice for ACC Rookie of the Year. Usually, I would disregard anything about Duke, but since it is the son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers, it is hard not to say something about.
Most people, including myself, thought that Rivers would last at least a few years at Duke, who are known for graduating most of their players, but not in this case. He will become the 4th Duke player to leave after only one year. Kyrie Irving did it last year. I also thought that Doc would push his son in the right direction. However, he had this to say:
“At the end of the day, all you can do with all of your kids, or any kid in this situation, is give them as much input as you can, then you try to let them make the decision. They have to make it; you can’t make it for them.”
Don’t get your hopes up, though, Celtics fans. Chances are, he won’t make it till our pick.
We all know that there has been a ton of speculation regarding freshman sensation Anthony Davis of Kentucky. He is an amazing player. However, there are 4 other players on the All-American team that deserve a closer look too. For example, Thomas Robinson of Kansas was the first unanimous choice since Blake Griffin in 2009. Davis was not unanimous somehow. Here is a look at the 5 All-Americans:
- Anthony Davis Freshman Kentucky
14.3 PPG 10.1 RPG 4.6 BPG
- Thomas Robinson Junior Kansas
17.7 PPG 11.8 RPG .512 FG%
- Jared Sullinger Sophomore Ohio State
17.6 PPG 9.1 RBG .531 FG%
- Draymond Green Senior Michigan State
16.2 PPG 10.6 RPG 3.8 APG
- Doug McDermott Sophomore Creighton
22.9 PPG 8.2 RPG .601 FG%
If you somehow missed any of the games this weekend, you missed quite a bit. The box scores do not do these games justice. Especially in the Kentucky game. Baylor went up 10-5 right out of the gate, but that was short lived as the Wildcats came back and exploded for 16 straight points. The final score was 82-70, but it was much more lopsided than that. Kentucky is going to be a tough team to beat. Anthony Davis is going to be the #1 pick, and for good reason. He played amazing once again with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 6 blocks. He even played when the game was a lock at the game, risking injury. This team looks amazing day in and day out. They will take on Louisville who they already beat by 7 points on New Year’s Eve. I think this should be an easy win for Kentucky but you never know with Rick Patino on the other side of the court, he just needs to come up with a game plan to shut down 4 of the best players in the league. Easier said than done.
Kansas is tough as well, with most likely a #2 pick Thomas Robinson scoring 18 points and Tyshawn Taylor dropping 22 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals. They were able to take down the Tarheels with a strong finish to the 2nd half. They will take on Ohio State who is led by Jared Sullinger, coming off a big game against Syracuse. He has 19 points while grabbing 7 boards. I picked Ohio State to win last year but I think that Kansas will take this one.