Friday, June 11, 2010

Welcome to Bracketville, Off Season Rates In Effect

The Duke/Butler Championship game was a display of superb defense and demonstrated a beautiful command of the fundamentals of the game---and included zero dunks.

John Wooden was the first person inducted into the Naismith Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Both Bill Walton and Lew Alcindor were honor students in the classroom when they graduated from UCLA.

UCLA played ten different schools in their ten Championship seasons under John Wooden.

Quote: “College basketball is closer to college baseball than college football in terms of the importance placed on the things that will shape leagues.” —Gary Parrish, CBS Sports.

The college basketball season seems too short---the off-season too long.

Virginia Tech is the only one of the 73 schools in the six major conferences returning each of their top ten scorers.

Maryland is the only ACC School to win national championships in football (1953) and basketball (2002).

In this age of “one-and-done”---no team in the Final Four started a freshman…they started seven seniors, seven juniors and six sophomores.

In the past decade the ten national champions started a total of four freshmen---Josh Boone (UConn, 2004), Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara (Syracuse, 2003) and Duke’s Chris Duhon in 2001.

Line-up for the November 18-21 Puerto Rico Tip-Off: UNC, Davidson, Hofstra, Minnesota, Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Western Kentucky and West Virginia.

Not since the John Wooden-UCLA dynasty has a team lost three starters (as Duke has) and repeated as champion.

Temple coach, Fran Dunphy holds the record of 11 straight NCAA Tournament losses.

When Terrance Jones 86’d Washington and opted for Kentucky, it gave the Pac-10 zero Top-20 recruits for 2010.

It’s more difficult to get out of a cell phone contract than the typical college coach’s contract.

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