Tag Archives: Mike Krzyzewski

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

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

Pursuit Of Winning Forces Bad Decisions By Coaches

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Sports Landscape Putting Out Nasty Smells Lately

By John Ventola

Tell me it ain’t so Coach K! Continue reading

Baseball Season Promises More Thrills And Surprises In 2015

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Take Me Out To The Ballgame

By John Ventola

While Mike Krzyzewski was leading his Duke Blue Devils to their fifth national championship, and Jordan Spieth was pulling his wire-to wire Augusta Mastery, another season of our national pastime opened without much fanfare. The slow start of World Series champion San Francisco, red hot hitting of the Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez, early wins by American League rivals Detroit and Kansas City, and a “bean ball” series between the Royals and Oakland have been early attention grabbers, but there is so much baseball left to be played. So many hot dogs to be eaten, so many Cracker Jack prizes to be opened before pennant races will be established. 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

Krzyzewski Reaches Impressive 1K Milestone

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Coach K And Duke Epitome Of Consistency

Coach K has 1-K!

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski won his one-thousandth game as a college mentor Sunday as his young Blue Devil squad rallied from a ten-point deficit with eight minutes remaining against St. John’s to take a 77-68 victory. In a pattern that has become indicative of Krzyzewski’s winning formula, Duke used strong defense, better shot selection, blockout rebounding, solid passing, and key shooting from both the field and free throw line, to go on a 23-5 run over the next seven minutes and ice the game with a minute left in the fray. Continue reading

LSU Needs Strong Conference Showing To Keep Momentum

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Jones Rebuilding Of Program Picking Up Speed

By John Ventola

Kentucky continues to rule Southeastern Conference basketball as Coach John Calipari seemingly recruits at least four or five prep All-Americans annually. Except for a two year national championship run by Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators in 2006 and 2007, the league has been dominated by the Bluegrass Bunch for decades. Continue reading