The gyms are empty and the nets cut down. We’ve had some time to let Duke’s defeat of Butler sink in, and now turn our attention to issues that concern college basketball and the offseason. Items like the proposed (and wretched) notion of expanding the NCAA tournament, underclassmen leaving the amateur world of college basketball and heading to the professional ranks, who’s number one next year, does North Carolina bounce back, Tim Floyd, John Calipari and more. And we might sneak a mention of the NBA playoffs in there, too. Please join Matt and Mark for the finale of Nothing But Net, the thinking person’s basketball podcast. Sports that swings!
The Duke Blue Devils are the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champions. Led by junior forward and tourney MVP,Kyle Singler, Duke withstood the composure of a tough, tough team, and a gritty performance by the Butler Bulldogs. The crown was earned in one of the finest basketball games of any kind. And Butler University? No Cinderellas here; they earned their appearance, and almost took the game on a last second shot by Gordon Haywood, as time expired. No surprises there. Few turnovers, few time-outs and few stupid fouls made add up to the perfect ending to one of the best NCAAs in modern times. Please join Matt, Mark, and special guest, c d kaplan, as Nothing But Net takes a last look at the 2010 NCAA tournament. That’s Nothing But Net, the thinking person’s basketball podcast. Sports that swings!
It’s here! A short drive up 65, and you’re there. The NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship. This tournament hasn’t really been about overpowering athleticism. Or outscoring teams. Or blowing one another out of the gym. It’s been about playing smart, being mentally tough and being lucky. You really need everything to fall into place to reach the Final Four. Everything fell in place for the Butler Bulldogs—the host school, coincidentally—the Duke Blue Devils, the Michigan State Spartans and the West Virginia Mountaineers. Who will cut down the nets on April 5th? Man, you think anyone wants to prognosticate the way this tourney has gone?!?! Matt and Mark offer their unique insights, observations and tips. Oh yeah, and a stab at crystal ball gazing. Check out the latest Nothing But Net, the thinking person’s basketball podcast. Sports that swings!
Bracket busted? You’re not alone. The finest single day in the history of the NCAA Tournament happened last Thursday, March 18th, 2010, and more scintillating play unfolded throughout the weekend. Georgetown, Louisville and Texas all failed to win a single game in the Tourney. UCLA, North Carolina and Arizona weren’t even invited. And Murray State, Ohio University and Northern Iowa all advanced into the second round, with NIU playing the role if giant killer in upsetting Kansas. There’s a reason it’s called March Madness, friends. And it’s all on display. But there is one sure thing in the Big Dance: if you’re a UK fan, start stockpiling your celebration materials. The Cyborg, John Wall, will deliver the Lexington Faithful to the Promised Land. Bank on it. Join Matt and Mark as they analyze the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, and dust off their crystal ball with eyes in Indy. Join us for Nothing But Net, the thinking person’s basketball podcast. Sports that swings!
This year, not all that much separates the best from the rest of the pack. Kentucky is the overall number two team in the nation, and the number one seed in the East, opening play Thursday in New Orleans. Louisville landed a number three seed in the South, opening play in Jacksonville, FL Friday night against California, a team that was ranked as high as no. 13 in the preseason, with the South’s number one seed, Duke, looming in the second round, should the Cards advance against the Golden Bears. The surprising Murray State team begins play against a Vanderbilt squad that presents many match up problems. And who are the Cinderellas this year, if any? Northern Iowa? Siena? Richmond? Join Matt, Mark and Nothing But Net as they breakdown the 2010 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, on Nothing But Net, the thinking person’s basketball podcast. The sports report that swings!
The games have begun. College basketball’s major conferences are squaring off in conference tournaments solidifying some reputations, and opening the door for hopeful teams in other instances. Nothing But Net breaks down the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in this edition, where the University of Kentucky is expected to win it all. And we’re pleased to have as a guest once again this season, former UK All-American and the current voice of the Wildcat Radio Network, Mike Pratt join us, for insights into how the SEC Tournament should go down. And more. Please join Matt, Mark and Mike Pratt for this edition of Nothing But Net, the thinking person’s college basketball podcast. The one with the beat!
What better way to kick off Championship Week, than with the above photo, featuring two of college basketball’s greatest coaches? The picture was taken last week at the reunion of the 1970 UCLA Bruins Championship Team in Southern California. Of course, that’s Denny Crum (second from the left), players Kenny Booker and Sidney Wicks, to the right of Coach Crum, and the winning-est college basketball coach of all-time, John Wooden (center, seated) was able to attend. His ten NCAA National Championships in a 12 year period while at UCLA are unmatched by any other college basketball coach. And it is a record that may never be eclipsed. Coach Wooden will be 100 years old this October. Long may you run, Coach. I am sure every Louisville basketball fan, and every fan in the country, echoes that sentiment.
The curse of the top ranking in college basketball continues, trickling down to number two. First time that’s happened in a while (ask Duke and Florida, when they were no. one and two.) Louisville is in a daily fight to qualify for the NCAA tournament, gets a lucky bounce for Edgar Sosa, but no love from fellow Big East brethren. Texas and Georgetown continue their free fall (don’t be fooled by the Oklahoma game . . . ) Purdue gets one really rotten break, and Frank Martin’s Kansas State Wildcats may have received one lucky break, as a result. And Syracuse? Just ask Matt; dude’s contended all year long how good they are. But Notre Dame? Are you kidding?? Check out the latest Nothing But Net, for all the answers. After all, it’s the thinking person’s college basketball podcast. The one with the fresh beats.