In Big Blue Nation, where winning is a relief as much as a joy, merely reaching two consecutive NCAA Final Fours is not good enough.
On Thursday, March 22, Andy commandeered a diverse group of middle-aged men, loaded us onto a Citation X jet and took us to Boston for weekend of NCAA basketball.
Can Kentucky be beaten? The Wildcats, the only #1 seed to make it to the Final Four, look awfully tough. Back in the '80s schools like Georgetown and Houston looked unbeatable and both got upset. Can it happen again?
It was the story of two halves for both Kansas and North Carolina in the Midwest Regional Final; both teams were lights-out for the opening 20 minutes while both struggled to regain the same offensive flow after intermission.
Even as a four seed in the Final Four though, Louisville lacks a true star. Freshman forward Chane Behanan is a behemoth in the paint; he can really score on the block and is relentless on the glass, but he's not a star, at least not yet.
After North Carolina's 73-65 overtime win against Ohio, the debate over whether Kendall Marshall is really integral to the Tar Heels should be completely quelled. Marshall, out with a fractured wrist, could only cheer on the Carolina bench as he watched his team's offense sputter its way to complete dysfunction down the stretch of regulation and into the extended session.
For many college students, March is synonymous with Madness -- as in the NCAA basketball tournament. But for some, it's about Matchness -- as in March Matchness, the Campus Kitchens Project's annual fundraising event.
I've had the opportunity to coach some great players and people but Royce White was the first person to truly engage with the fans in the stands and individual kids who looked up to him.
High school teams across the country are staging their own post-season dramas, and I was fortunate recently to be a part of championship game activities for Washington, D.C. area basketball.
The NCAA tournament is a whole different animal than the regular season with heightened media attention, more scrutiny from fans and more distractions.
It seems that officials and fans alike forget that the word "student" is in front of the word "athlete."
The NFL may be changing its instant replay procedure. The NFL is considering knocking the refs out of the equation. The proposal would have all replays decided upstairs in the booth.
From the opening tip, head coach Jim Boeheim's game plan became evident; the Orange were going to eliminate the high post catch and use their overwhelming length to force turnovers and keep Wisconsin off the glass. And, for the most part, it worked.
Ohio State is the notorious big brother to Cincinnati, but none of that will matter on Thursday night.
If Jordan Taylor and the Badgers can take advantage of offensive rebounds and protect the ball, Wisconsin can greatly improve its chances of being the first to take out a No. 1 seed.
While Michigan State and Louisville look similar in many areas on paper, there's one major advantage the Spartans have over the Cardinals: Michigan State has Draymond Green. Louisville does not.