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NCAA Tourney Turns Into Bracketology Blow Up

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The Dance

By John Ventola

The NCAA hung the popular moniker on the annual March event, Garth Brooks sings a song so titled. Today The Dance is down to sixteen teams. By tomorrow night it will dwindle to the Elite Eight. Sunday nigh there will only be four teams left to dance in next weekend’s Final Four. Continue reading

North Carolina Will Cut Down Nets Monday

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Zags And Tar Heels Monday If Saturday Goes To Form

By John Ventola

Perennial basketball power North Carolina will be joined in this weekend’s Final Four by three upstarts, Gonzaga, Oregon, and South Carolina. Of the three, only the Ducks have ever been to the Final Four, and that was in 1939 when they won the title. The Tar Heels have survived two close encounters with Southeastern Conference teams (Arkansas and Kentucky) on their journey to a 20th Final Four appearance, its fifth under the tutelage of Coach Roy Williams. Continue reading

NCAA Basketball Tournament Has No Clear Favorite

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Dance Will Feature Parity and Various Styles

By John Ventola

The 68-team NCAA Division I basketball bracket will be announced today. The tournament, which runs from March 14 until championship night April 3, will feature several teams capable of winning the national championship. Last season’s champion Villanova showed that the slippers (sneakers) can fit a Cinderella. With parity very much the current state of college basketball, true hoops junkies will not be surprised to see another underdog climb the ladders and cut down the nets come April. Continue reading

Alleva May Be Faced With Another Coaching Decision

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Tigers Struggling To Define Roles

By John Ventola

Poor Joe Alleva, the LSU athletic director inherited a football coach that is a good recruiter, but a mediocre game tactician and strategist. Then four years ago he made the first major hire of his Tiger career by hiring a basketball coach that comes with the same coaching pedigree, good recruiter, mediocre strategist and game coach. Continue reading

Krzyzewski Masterful In Capturing His Fifth Title

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Duke Wins Fifth NCAA Basketball Championship

Duke fabulous freshmen took center stage in the 2015 NCAA title game, scoring 60 points to lead the Blue Devils victory over Wisconsin and bring Coach Mike Krzyzewski his fifth national championship. While both Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow spent time in both halves on the bench due to foul trouble, guards Tyus Jones and Grayson Allen stepped up to score 39 points between them, posting 29 of Duke’s 37 second half points in the 68-63 victory. Continue reading

Duke And Wisconsin Rev Up For Indy Final

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Thirty Eight One And Done

By John Ventola

Kentucky Coach John Calipari had been describing his Wildcat basketballers as “not perfect, but unbeaten” for the last few weeks as the squad worked its way through the first four games of NCAA tournament action. His extremely talented team had run roughshod over most of the season’s competition, and survived a couple of regular season last second upset bids before besting Notre Dame by two points to capture the Midwest regional championship. Continue reading

Kentucky-Wisconsin Rematch, Duke Possibility Top Final Four

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Indy Final Four Features Three Top Seeds

By John Ventola

Kentucky proved they are not perfect while remaining unbeaten, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker showed white guys can have game, three Duke freshmen continued to exhibit skill-sets every bit as impressive as that of the Wildcats highly acclaimed frosh class, and Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo’s adjustments and strategy again showcased why a team’s coaching talent on the sideline is just as important as its athletic ability on the court. Continue reading

Kentucky Continues Down The Road To Perfection

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Tournament Parity On Display As Teams Advance To Sweet 16

By John Ventola

After four days of following the bouncing ball, and hearing on-court exploits described with such phrases as dribble drive penetration, kiss off the glass, drive and deliver, crossover dribble, and dominating the boards/tempo, it is time to say goodbye to fifty-two college basketball squads that started the week with various levels of confidence that they would advance to next week’s Sweet Sixteen. Continue reading