Monthly Archives: March 2012
By Chris Ramirez
Anthony Davis had 18 points and 14 rebounds and Kentucky earned a spot in the national championship game with a 69-61 victory over in-state rival Louisville in the Final Four. The overall top-seeded Wildcats moved on to Monday’s title game against either Kansas or Ohio State, who were playing the late game at the Superdome.
Darius Miller provided a spark off the bench when Kentucky needed it and scored 13 points, while Doron Lamb scored 10. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist got into foul trouble and had just nine points.
By Chris Peterson
Even two days after, it blows my mind, to think how much better the college dunk competition was than the NBA’s. Littered with names, fairly recognizable at best, these college seniors gave me and the rest of America watching, quite a treat.
The abilities are obvious: Davis has blocked 175 shots in 38 games, a remarkable 4.6 per game. Friday he was named national player of the year by The Associated Press. Offensively, he has soft, sure hands and a 20-foot shooting range that has drawn comparisons to NBA stars Kevin Garnett and Kevin Durant. However, it’s his personality – fierce, yet calm – that seems to impress college basketball insiders as much as anything. As Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings said at the SEC tournament, “great disposition, great demeanor. Wow. He is the real, real deal.” ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas, who once coached Davis as an instructor at a Nike-sponsored elite summer camp, detailed what Stallings meant. “You can tell a lot about a kid through his habits; is he on time, has he laced up his sneakers, is he falling into line for a drill? You tell (Davis) to do something and he’s there always,” Bilas described. Charlotte Observer
By Jon Welzel
The NIT obviously is not what it once was, but that doesn’t mean the 32 teams that played in the tournament didn’t pour their heart and soul into trying to win it. In fact the lower seeds came to play. Three of the four #1 seeds (Seton Hall, Arizona, Tennessee) were eliminated by the time the second round rolled in, and only one made it to the semi- finals at Madison Square Garden(Washington).
The four regional finals were hotly contested for the most part. #1 seed Washington eliminated PAC-12 rival and #3 seeded Oregon 90-86. The win earned the Huskies a date with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in one semifinal, as Minnesota eliminated Middle Tennessee in that regional final. The score was much closer than it should have been (78-72) as the Blue Raiders