College basketball, particularly here in the heartland, really does matter. And flaws and all, big-time, big-money college roundball is not only the people's sport; it's also good public policy.
With all due respect to this vastly overachieving Kansas team, the Wildcats proved Monday night that sometimes the world is unfair, and that talent sometimes trumps heart.
If John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats are the ultimate Goliath, than Bill Self's Kansas Jayhawks are the greatest David of all time. Despite the 6.5-point spread that Vegas laid on Monday night's national championship game, the affair is a battle between two of college basketball's elite, blue-blood programs. Here are the three crucial matchups heading into the final.
We know the story line tonight. Kansas will start all juniors and seniors, Kentucky's starters are all underclassmen. Kansas will fall behind Kentucky and they'll make a comeback.
These actions are immature and shameful for other members of the UK community. The rioting overshadows what should have been a light-hearted celebration after the Cats' win.
This year Duke and Missouri were the culprits for obliterating my brackets. So in the spirit of March Madness, I thought I would share a few lesser known tips for keeping your credit score from looking like this year's busted brackets.
To prep you for your impending foray to a sports bar, below I've compiled a guide of the five people you can expect to see when you do venture off to Prime Time (which is the name of roughly 70 percent of the sports bars in this country).
Most media are giving the University of Louisville little chance at beating the University of Kentucky in Saturday's opening Final Four matchup in New Orleans, but that doesn't mean one should expect a blowout.
In a new segment with Noah Coslov of CineSport, I break down the positive aspect of having the brand name programs instead of upstarts in this year's Final Four.
Louisville has won eight straight, including wins over five ranked teams, heading into quite possibly the biggest game in the history of basketball in the state of Kentucky: a Final Four date with University of Kentucky in New Orleans.
More Americans are paying attention to the action on the courts than the tired rhetoric and electoral mash-up where another final four bid for our attention, over-hyped in confrontational terms by political commentators who are just there to keep score.
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.