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BarryMayor
09:49 AM on 04/09/2013
I have always been a major Big East/anti-ACC fan. Now that the Big East is no more, I look forward to the legacy Big East teams totally dominating the ACC. The legacy ACC teams will become the midlings and bottom dwellers of the league. They will rue the day that the Big East imploded.
10:34 AM on 04/09/2013
Conference USA teams could dominate the ACC.... why else do you think those departing the Big East have gone there? They need some cupcakes to whup so they can get better seeds in the tournament.
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BarryMayor
10:41 AM on 04/09/2013
FORMER Conf USA teams, obviously including Louisville WILL dominate the new ACC. Marquette and DePaul are also very good and will do well in the new Big East. I had forgotten that they originally came from Conference USA.

As a Big East fan my whole life, I now know how frustrating it is to have strong teams abandon your conference. But, life changes and goes on. . .

I hope for good things for your conference moving forward. I'm not torn between the new Big East and the new ACC, which has two of my favorite teams: Louisville and Syracuse. I'm like Boeheim, a Big East loyalist.
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Jason N
Proud Firebagger Lefty
11:05 AM on 04/09/2013
Lol, the Big Least was 2-3 against the ACC this year.
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nothingbutthefacts
Proud Military Atheist
09:48 AM on 04/09/2013
I am from Louisville and graduated from the Univ. of Kentucky so I am both happy for all my cousins (cousin reunion in 3 weeks and will I ever have to hear about this) and sad that UK did not get another banner. I will forever be grateful for Rick Pitino coaching at UK. Ricky ball at UK was a drug induced high and then we got Tubby Smith and the magic was gone. The run and gun ball of the 90s with the high flying acrobatics is now a push and shove slugfest....and Pitino is still winning.
09:48 AM on 04/09/2013
Man those white kids can sure JUMP and SHOOT and SCORE.....Where is Spike Lee?
JDSept
too much of everything is just enough
10:12 AM on 04/09/2013
Bst take alook at the photos. Most kids are NOT white as if that matters. Last I looked, every Lee movie had whites in it. Spike does Knick games, always has and roots for the whites on the team. Don't look for issues that aren't there. You didn't ask where was LA Jack Nicholson? Why was that?
09:42 AM on 04/09/2013
Rick Petino must be on cloud 9 right about now. His horse just won the Santa Anita Handicap and is one of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby, and now he wins the NCAA championships. Some people have all the luck! I wish him well.
09:46 AM on 04/09/2013
Yeah that little sexual escapade a few years ago was just a bump in the road.
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enlightened45
10:15 AM on 04/09/2013
Only 15 seconds...not even a bump.
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Quotidien
so there's that....
09:34 AM on 04/09/2013
Typical Michigan letdown. Highly competitive but rarely seal the deal !!!
09:58 AM on 04/09/2013
Not so bad for a plethora of freshmen players, eh?
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Quotidien
so there's that....
10:05 AM on 04/09/2013
like Kentucky last year??
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llLeoll
My NRA rating is F
10:06 AM on 04/09/2013
They really blew their clock management @ the end, waiting too long to foul. Didn't they?
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Quotidien
so there's that....
10:13 AM on 04/09/2013
Exactly. That showed lack of experience.
And no defense in the paint! Louisville was taking it to the rack over and over.
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Veritatum Dilexi
09:33 AM on 04/09/2013
I will admit to not being interested in college basketball, nor NBA basketball. But it has to be said that these 'heroes' whom the faculty and students are so proud of is a very fleeting accolade.

Everyone knows that these kids are recruited from lower-class backgrounds with pretty abysmal academic records. No one pays them any attention until March Madness comes around and then suddenly they're like Greek gods.

These kids are given 'basket weaving' classes and all kinds of excuses are made for them, like football players, to keep them playing, if there is even the tiniest chances of them getting to the sweet l6. Otherwise, these kids do not perform academically and what are their chances of making it to the NBA? One in l,335 %. These kids are mollycoddled, told they don't have to do well academically and it shows up years later, when they cannot find a job and even if they made it to the NBA, how many stories have we heard about them lasting a couple of years, then a blown out knee and no more millions. Problem is: no one taught them how to save money and some end up as dishwashers.

The whole point of college and university is to get an education that will afford you a career that you can actually have. These kids have no idea how to handle big money and people take advantage of them repeatedly. Some things never change.
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09:39 AM on 04/09/2013
This isn't always true. Bob Knight made a point of making sure his players graduated and were in a position to be in the professional world after college whether it was through basketball or something else. You should lighten up a bit
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Veritatum Dilexi
11:44 AM on 04/09/2013
You are correct on that one.
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niko73
Dem belly full but we hungry
09:46 AM on 04/09/2013
Still, kids get an education that might not have had an opportunity otherwise. Some drop out, but many graduate. Or do you think they're better off staying on the streets and not even bothering with college sports? No way. Basketball, and sports in general, are a positive force in many inner-city communities. It's a constructive activity that distracts them from harmful ones, and it's a way out; if not to the NBA and riches, at least to college and a chance to better their lives. These kids don't get many chances.

If you're contending that society needs to address inner-city poverty, then I agree 100% percent. If you're contending that NCAA athletes are exploited and should be compensated, that's a valid point too. But if you're contending that somehow NCAA sports are bad for inner-city youth, I'd have to disagree.
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Veritatum Dilexi
11:48 AM on 04/09/2013
Does the NCAA protect this inner city kids from exploitation? Supposedly.

If playing basketball is the only thing in your life, you need to do something else...like get into any kind of college you can and get with the program.

The NBA is replete with stories of guys who spent everything they had and more. Sad. What do they have to fall back on? No education.
Ifeomamn
When MSM report Facts, USA thrives.
09:32 AM on 04/09/2013
Congrats Louisville on your win.
09:31 AM on 04/09/2013
I hadn't seen much of Louisville prior to the final four; their games lacked late drama until Atlanta. it was interesting to see what Siva could do last night, because he was virtually bottled up against WSU. The Behanan (sp?) kid was very consistent - in both games, he asserted himself in the 2nd half. Hancock? Cold-blooded, but more than a bit lucky w/his flailing, windmill defense in the latter parts of both games. (Shoulda sat w/his fourth or played w/it after the bowling ball undercut under UM's basket last night. That, and the foul on a clean block by Burke were the glaring officiating errors.)

Absolutely worst announcer/color guy (and there were several marginal ones) that I encountered during the 3 weeks was Reggie Miller. In the West regional final, he obviously was unprepared...repeatedly referred to Malcolm Armstead as "Armstrong," blurting gibberish syllables when trying to identify Ehimen Orukpe, even though you just knew that the phoneticized pronunciation was on the prompter or a piece of paper in front of him (Oh-roo-pay,Reggie, Oh-roo-pay).
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jmthom1
Stop, take a deep breathe and think!
09:27 AM on 04/09/2013
This Louisville team should be nicknamed "The Contributors!" Every member that played in the game contributed, they were ALL on a mission to bring the championship back to Louisville, KY and Kevin Ware... a magnificent TEAM effort.

Congratulations to the Louisville Cardinals and Coach Rick Pitino, you represented Kentucky in an outstanding manner!
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beebie
09:26 AM on 04/09/2013
Louisville got too many breaks especially when it came to fouls; Hancock got away with a foul that would have put him out of the game much earlier. Louisville may have won the title but considering Michigans' freshmen, they were certainly the better team.
09:27 AM on 04/09/2013
Yea yea ya...excuses excuses, Cards were the better team and they proved it last nigh
09:51 AM on 04/09/2013
Yea, better team ALWAYS looses. Seriously? UM's defense did not show up in the second half. Is that the sign they are the better team? UM's three pint shooting disappeared in the second half. Is that the sign they are the better team? UM = excuses.
09:22 AM on 04/09/2013
Great game last night, and I'm trying to win tickets to this game at gmgpub.net
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jmk6653
09:19 AM on 04/09/2013
It was a good game -at time I thought I was watching another sport because it sure was very physical - I wasn't for either team - but you had to think for a sec how hard it was for Ware to see what was going on during the game and not be a part of that shining moment - Michigan players should be proud of themselves and it's sad that either team had to lose!
09:26 AM on 04/09/2013
I agree. As someone with no horse in the race, I thought it was a great game and Louisville did enough to win. Both teams played hard and well.
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bassmeant1
actually, the irony was to be expected.
09:19 AM on 04/09/2013
maybe if you wouldn't have smoked all that weed...

you wouldn't have called a timeout that didn't exist.
or was it the gambling?

Peace
09:17 AM on 04/09/2013
Ok im a Syracuse fan , i bleed orange , and i know we lost last sat night ,,, but its going to be sad to say now that syr is leaveing the big east ....and now i have to say the big east, did win this ,,, even that L-ville did win ,,, syracuse get there shear in the money that was made ,, before leaveing the big east ,, and belive me ,, thats a lot of money for all The schools in the big east ,,,, now we will move to the ACC and we know ,,, we will have new teams to play ,,, but i want to see were E.S.P.N. put syracuse in there top 25 for next yr ,,, over duke ,, we should be going in next yr as number 3 ..mich number 2 ..and L-ville number one ! !! this will be fun to see were they put duke over witcha st... to lol ...they are a one sider E.S.P.N is ,, we will see and wait now !! thanks you big east for all the good times we had with all the teams we played ,and the times we had with G-TOWN !! LETS GO ORANGE!! LETS GO ORANGE !!
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Holly H
09:16 AM on 04/09/2013
That was an AWESOME game!