June 29, 2012
AS THE final seconds of Kentucky's national championship ticked away in New Orleans, I caught myself wondering how good this team might have become in a different time. Can you imagine Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as seniors or even juniors? UK was not that far away from an unbeaten season with two freshmen stars. I get that it is not reality and never will be again. Still, dreaming remains legal. It is also fair to say it is much easier to win in this era, because so few teams have veteran NBA-level talent.
June 27, 2012 |
1. New Orleans – Anthony Davis, 6-10, Fr., PF Kentucky. With his defensive ability, Davis is projected as a future all-star and Defensive Player of the Year. Every mock draft will get this one right. 2. Cleveland (proposed trade with Charlotte) Bradley Beal, 6-4, Fr., SG Florida. Considered one of the best shooters in the draft, Beal was inconsistent, shooting 44.5 percent from the field in his only year with the Gators, but his stock has risen since the season ended.
March 30, 2012 |
NORTH CAROLINA'S star underclassmen decided they wouldn't put off their goal of playing in the NBA any longer. The school said Thursday that Harrison Barnes, John Henson and Kendall Marshall will enter the draft, ending a 2-year run in which the Tar Heels made deep NCAA Tournament runs only to fall a game short of the Final Four each time. The school didn't state whether the three planned to hire an agent in its release announcing the departures, though it appears they are in the draft to stay.
March 26, 2012 |
Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way Sunday, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top-seeded North Carolina. The second-seeded Jayhawks (31-6) will play Ohio State on Saturday in their first appearance in the Final Four since 2008, when they won the national championship. And how's this for symmetry? Kansas began this year's tournament in Omaha, Neb., the same place as four years ago. As the game ended, Taylor - much maligned for his shooting struggles during the first three games of the NCAA tournament - ran to Kansas fans and raised both arms in the air. "There's no way to put into words the way we feel," Williams said.
March 26, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - Nothing personal, Roy. Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way Sunday, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top-seeded North Carolina in the Midwest Regional final. The second-seeded Jayhawks (31-6) will play Ohio State on Saturday in their first appearance in the Final Four since 2008, when they won the national championship. And how's this for symmetry? Kansas began this year's tournament in Omaha, Neb., the same place as 4 years ago. As the game ended, Taylor - much maligned for his shooting struggles during the first three games of the NCAA Tournament - ran to Kansas fans and raised both arms in the air. "There's no way to put into words the way we feel," Williams said.
March 24, 2012
North Carolina will have as many as four players selected in the next NBA draft. On Friday night, with one of those players - point guard Kendall Marshall - sitting on the bench with a fractured right wrist, the top-seeded Tar Heels were almost shown the door in the NCAA tournament. Ohio, a lowly 13 seed, thrived on its night in the spotlight and, with everyone in the Edward Jones Dome not wearing Carolina Blue cheering them on, forced the Tar Heels into overtime in the Midwest Regional semifinals.
March 24, 2012 |
ST. LOUIS - Awful all night, Harrison Barnes came through when North Carolina needed him most. Barnes scored five of his 12 points in overtime as the top-seeded Tar Heels escaped a huge upset with a 73-65 victory over 13th-seeded Ohio on Friday night in their Midwest Regional semifinal. Ohio, trying to become the first team seeded 13th or worse to make the regional finals since the tournament expanded in 1985, had a chance to convert a three-point play that would have given the Bobcats the lead with 25 seconds left in regulation.
March 23, 2012 |
OHIO IS happy to make room for anyone who wants to jump on the bandwagon. Just don't expect the Bobcats (29-7) to buy into that whole lovable underdog thing. Yes, they realize they're the 13th seed, the only "little guy" left in a tournament that now looks like a who's who of college basketball. They're well aware it would take them another century or two to match top-seeded North Carolina's tradition - they're in the regional semifinals for the second time, while the Tar Heels have lost count of how many times they've been here.
March 21, 2012 |
NORTH CAROLINA is preparing to play without injured point guard Kendall Marshall. The Tar Heels just haven't figured out how yet. Coach Roy Williams said yesterday that his team's "preparation is 100 percent" to go without Marshall after the pass-first guard had surgery to repair his broken right wrist. Marshall's status remains unclear for the Midwest Regional semifinal Friday night in St. Louis, the coach said. "You've got me between a rock and a hard place," Williams said.
March 20, 2012 |
THE FATHER OF North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall said yesterday his son is recovering from surgery on his broken right wrist and it's unclear whether he will return for the NCAA regional games in St. Louis. Dennis Marshall said the procedure done in Chapel Hill, N.C., to insert a screw into his son's wrist lasted about 35 minutes. He said when Kendall plays again would be based on "what would be best for Kendall in the long term" and that he didn't know whether the sophomore would be ready to play in the round of 16 against Ohio on Friday.