SPECIAL REPORT: Nothing But Net & The 2012 Men’s Olympic Basketball Team

How sweet is it to have some of the greatest basketball players in the world playing against one another in the Summertime? Doubly great if it happens only once every four years. Brothers and Sisters, don’t pinch yourself — tune into the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from London, the next two weeks. The greatest basketball players in the States are balling against some of the greatest players from around the world, many of them current NBA stars, like France’s Tony Parker, Brasil’s Nene and Manu Ginobli from Argentina.

Matt & Mark give you the rundown of the basketball games from London, on a Special Edition of Nothing But Net, analyzing how the great players from around the globe stack up against a U.S. basketball squad that includes undoubtedly the best basketball player, currently, LeBron James, plus, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and a member of the UK National Men’s Basketball champions, and reigning college basketball player of the year, Anthony Davis. Plus, the man at the helm is Mike Krzyzewski, one of the greatest college basketball coaches of all time.

Please join Nothing But Net for our usual offbeat look at the game so many Kentuckians, and around the world, adore:  Basketball.  Let The Games Begin!

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Nothing But Net: THE Defining Moment in Kentucky Sports

Nothing But Net usually deals with a fair amount of artifice. Not with malice, but to conjure a theater of the collective sports fan’s minds. Nothing of the sort is needed now, as we are less than 40 hours to the tip off of the Final Four meeting between the University of Louisville Cardinals and the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Matt and Mark take one final pre-game look, and enlist some of our favorite analysts for their last take. It’s all here on Nothing But Net, the sports report that swings.

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Nothing But Net: Unthinkable Meets Unstoppable

Dream Game Deux tips off Saturday, March 31st at 6:09 p.m. The game only the die-hards believed could happen, will happen when the University of Louisville Cardinals square off against the University of Kentucky Wildcats.  Few give U of L much chance, myself included, but I’m looking forward to seeing the nation’s college hoops leader in defensive efficiency battle the nation’s top team. No love lost, payback, and the ultimate bragging rights are at stake. For the Cats, nothing less than a National Title is acceptable; for the Cards, a shot of salvation is on the line.

Joining Nothing But Net today are Kenny Colston, Kentucky Public Radio’s Frankfort Bureau Chief (and rabid UK fan) and Phillip Bailey, WFPL’s Political Correspondent (and unapologetic Cards fan) for some added aural salsa.

Later that night, the Kansas Jayhawks square off a resurgent Ohio State Buckeye team. It’s going to be one phenomenal night of college basketball. All teams are ranked in the top five in either offensive efficiency or defensive efficiency.

In short, basketball heaven. Matt & Mark break it down for you, eat a little crow (again) and help you get set for one of the greatest nights in NCAA history on Nothing But Net, the sports report that swings.

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Nothing But Net: “No Rabbit Ears, Russ!”

State of shock and elation. This year’s team is close. It shows. They are maddening, and they have tremendous “heart,” as Peyton Siva stated recently. Russdiculous.

Eric Crawford, the über talented Courier-Journal sports reporter said in today’s column: “Chane Behanan, in the second half against both Michigan State and Florida, was the best post player on the court. His willingness to take the big shot, and ability to get the big rebound, bodes very well.

Both of U of L’s national titles were won with freshmen playing key roles inside. Rodney McCray in 1980, and Pervis Ellison in 1986.”

Mr. Behanan was West Regional MVP.

Also, a fun quote from Coach Rick Pitino involving our fave prognosticator, CBSSports Seth Davis:

Again, Mr. Crawford from the Courier:  “Here’s a great thing Pitino said about predictions and national media types, and it involved Seth Davis of CBS:

“I was walking out and my wife said to me, isn’t Seth Davis a friend of yours?  I said, he’s a good friend of mine, I take him golfing.  Someone said he tweeted I guarantee you that Florida will win.  I said, honey, that is the greatest news, outside of Digger, that’s the greatest thing that can happen to us.  He’s never right. He’s the guy that goes to a racetrack for a week and goes 0 for 45.  It’s awesome.  I didn’t think we had a shot until that happened when I was walking out the door.”

We’ll have a new episode tomorrow, but for now, enjoy.

Nothing But Net: Cards Among Elite 8

Words fail me. The photograph above by Christian Petersen/Getty Images, is testament to the game’s defensive focus. Gorgui Dieng anchored a smothering Cards’ defense and Chane Behanan added 15 points, all in the second half, to allow Louisville to rip top-seeded Michigan State. The Spartans are the first one seed to fall. Watch wfpk.org for more.

Nothing But Net: SWEET!!!

Our area’s three major Division One basketball programs are still dancing in the Sweet 16. Sweet, indeed. UK shows no signs of slowing down their sprint to the National Championship. It also appears that Super Frosh, Anthony Davis will be the runaway National Player of the Year.

Louisville surprised, no make that stunned many, myself included, by returning to the Sweet 16 on sheer grit and stalwart defensive play. A huge roadblock is ahead, when they face off against the Michigan State Spartans.

Indiana University once again is in the elite category of college hoops. Tom Crean was a serious contender for Coach of the Year. Their hard work earned them a re-match with UK, a team they upset in December. But the biggest story from last weekend was two number 15 seeds upsetting two number two seeds; the first time that’s happened since 2006.

Matt and Mark wrap up the NCAAs thus far, and look down the road the this weekend’s match-ups on Nothing But Net, the sports report that swings.

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