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  • Pitino excited and honored as NIT Champion

    NEW YORK CITY- The game capped off arguably the most memorable week of college basketball at this famed edifice. In a seven day period, Madison Square Garden was host to seven games of thrilling proportion. On this Thursday evening game number seven saw Minnesota and SMU battle for the championship of the National Invitation Tournament. In a game decided in the final minute but still not settled until that final possession, Minnesota emerged victorious 65-63. The celebration lasted a little longer on the court. The Minnesota players, coaches and devoted followers wanted to hold onto this moment. Phones captured pictures […]

  • Turning over opponents is the backbone of Gators’ defense

    Turning over opponents is the backbone of Gators’ defense

    This Final Four is an interesting scenario for these Florida Gators.  They are number one in the nation for the fifth consecutive week, they have won 30 straight games over the past four months, and awaiting them in Dallas are the two teams that edged this 36-2 dynamo in UConn and Wisconsin.  Oh yeah, and the fourth is SEC rival Kentucky, playing it’s best basketball of the season, after losing three games to the Gators during this 2013-14 campaign. Florida had three Elite Eight losses in a row going into last weekend’s 62-52 win over Dayton that advanced them to […]

  • Stats Slant – Final Four edition

    Credit: UW Athletic Communications

    Okay, so we didn’t have any 15-seeds make a run to the Final Four, but we do have some pretty intriguing storylines.  The best team is still alive (Florida), along with the only two teams they’ve lost to this year (Wisconsin and UConn), and a team they’ve beaten three times already (Kentucky).  Seriously, the last time Florida tasted defeat (December 2nd, 2013 – they have won 30 straight since then) was thanks to a Shabazz Napier buzzer-beater in Storrs, CT – we can’t make this stuff up.  As it usually is, all four remaining teams are significantly different now than […]

  • For UConn, believing leads to the Final Four

    Credit: UConn Athletic Communications/Stephen Slade

    NEW YORK CITY – The day stays vividly imprinted in memory. A September afternoon on the campus of Manhattan College. High school and college coaches were in attendance for the ’Clinic to end all clinics’;. Among those presenting was UConn coach Jim Calhoun. He brought along an assistant whom he praised during introductions for not just his basketball knowledge but dedication and character as well. Calhoun led off with the presentation then, shortly after, gave Ollie the reins. It was an opportunity to allow those in attendance to see what the UConn assistant brought to the program and allowed him […]

  • Koch’s Elite Eight picks, Day 2

    Koch’s Elite Eight picks, Day 2

    Three of the four lower seeded teams were victorious on Friday night, but think twice before you consider any of those results true upsets. Michigan State, Connecticut and Kentucky have combined to win five national championships and reach 12 Final Fours since 2000. They are among modern college basketball royalty, even with the Huskies’ banishment from the Big East to the American – and their exclusion from postseason play due to APR issues in 2012-13. We picked all three of those teams to advance in our Sweet 16 previews, and we think two of them will be playing in Dallas […]