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michaelhayes:

If you want to score 138 points in one game, it’s a good idea to attempt 71 three-pointers. 
Kid Scores 138 Points In A College Basketball Game

Not NBA but relevant. 
You know Kobe’s going for 139 against the Kings tonight, right? 

michaelhayes:

If you want to score 138 points in one game, it’s a good idea to attempt 71 three-pointers. 

Kid Scores 138 Points In A College Basketball Game

Not NBA but relevant. 

You know Kobe’s going for 139 against the Kings tonight, right? 

This is about college hoops but it’s relevant because next year Anthony Davis will instantly be a Top 3 center in the NBA. 
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Anthony Davis, by Joseph Applegate. From “Anthony Davis in Space.” 

This is about college hoops but it’s relevant because next year Anthony Davis will instantly be a Top 3 center in the NBA. 

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Anthony Davis, by Joseph Applegate. From “Anthony Davis in Space.” 

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In partly NBA but definitely basketball related news, Austin Rivers hits the game-winning buzzer-beater three for Duke, beating their long-time rivals on their home court in Chapel Hill. Needless to say, his dad was pretty happy.

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robhuebel:

I will win this one for Butler.

robhuebel:

I will win this one for Butler.

Michael Jordan turned down Duke and Coach K.
This is really interesting stuff to me. A lot more interesting than perhaps the average person thinks of the situation. I think it’s because if MJ had picked Duke over their rival and his alma mater, it would have changed the world. Sounds like I’m reaching a bit, but let me explain.
If Jordan goes to Duke, do they win the title in 1983/84? I don’t know, but let us pretend they do because, after all, we are making stuff up here. That Duke squad featured Johnny Dawkins and a young Jay Bilas. They went 24-10 and won two games in the NCAA Tournament, so to say they win it all with MJ isn’t a stretch. 
Coach K would now have 5 NCAA titles instead of four and that number might be the conservative number. Who knows how many more recruits Coach K lands by winning his first title in 1984 as opposed to 1991. How much closer would Krzyzewski be to Wooden’s 10 titles?
Or does success that early at Duke land him a job in the NBA where he ultimately fails like some many others who have made the jump. Does Coach K become another recyclable head coach jumping between low-profile NCAA gigs and NBA rebuilding projects for the next ten years until he settles down as a broadcaster? 
I’m guessing if Jordan did end up playing in Durham, the corse of the entire NCAA world changes. Jordan has more swagger than anyone and he just so happens to be the greatest player to ever lace ‘em up. Him picking North Carolina influenced millions of teenagers to wear the ugly Carolina blue as a fashion statement for the entire span of the 1990’s. Kids aspired to grow up and attend North Carolina just to follow in his footsteps. And those shorts. Who didn’t buy a pair of XXL Tar Heel shorts just to wear them under our jeans. Don’t lie, you know you you’re guilty. I’m guilty, too. 
How many of us would have rocked a pair of blue & black Blue Devil shorts instead? I’d wager that number is somewhere between all of us and definitely all of us. That’s the power of Jordan’s legacy. 
And it doesn’t end there. 
Would Coach K change his recruiting habits? Not that Duke discriminates. Well perhaps they do, but not on race but on wealth. Duke has always aimed their recruiting gun at those supreme athletes who have well off parents. This guarantees that Coach K doesn’t have to slip anyone a C-note come Friday and no player on his roster would go out looking for ways to make some cash on the side. 
Landing Jordan changes all of that. It opens the door for all the future poor athletes who might not have been recruited by Duke. Maybe the Fab Five land in North Carolina instead of Ann Arbor and none of us have to suffer through this ridiculously annoying “he said, he said” “Uncle Tom” dialog between Duke and Michigan alums. 
Or perhaps, Jordan could have landed in Georgetown.
@Suga_Shane

Michael Jordan turned down Duke and Coach K.

This is really interesting stuff to me. A lot more interesting than perhaps the average person thinks of the situation. I think it’s because if MJ had picked Duke over their rival and his alma mater, it would have changed the world. Sounds like I’m reaching a bit, but let me explain.

If Jordan goes to Duke, do they win the title in 1983/84? I don’t know, but let us pretend they do because, after all, we are making stuff up here. That Duke squad featured Johnny Dawkins and a young Jay Bilas. They went 24-10 and won two games in the NCAA Tournament, so to say they win it all with MJ isn’t a stretch. 

Coach K would now have 5 NCAA titles instead of four and that number might be the conservative number. Who knows how many more recruits Coach K lands by winning his first title in 1984 as opposed to 1991. How much closer would Krzyzewski be to Wooden’s 10 titles?

Or does success that early at Duke land him a job in the NBA where he ultimately fails like some many others who have made the jump. Does Coach K become another recyclable head coach jumping between low-profile NCAA gigs and NBA rebuilding projects for the next ten years until he settles down as a broadcaster? 

I’m guessing if Jordan did end up playing in Durham, the corse of the entire NCAA world changes. Jordan has more swagger than anyone and he just so happens to be the greatest player to ever lace ‘em up. Him picking North Carolina influenced millions of teenagers to wear the ugly Carolina blue as a fashion statement for the entire span of the 1990’s. Kids aspired to grow up and attend North Carolina just to follow in his footsteps. And those shorts. Who didn’t buy a pair of XXL Tar Heel shorts just to wear them under our jeans. Don’t lie, you know you you’re guilty. I’m guilty, too. 

How many of us would have rocked a pair of blue & black Blue Devil shorts instead? I’d wager that number is somewhere between all of us and definitely all of us. That’s the power of Jordan’s legacy. 

And it doesn’t end there. 

Would Coach K change his recruiting habits? Not that Duke discriminates. Well perhaps they do, but not on race but on wealth. Duke has always aimed their recruiting gun at those supreme athletes who have well off parents. This guarantees that Coach K doesn’t have to slip anyone a C-note come Friday and no player on his roster would go out looking for ways to make some cash on the side. 

Landing Jordan changes all of that. It opens the door for all the future poor athletes who might not have been recruited by Duke. Maybe the Fab Five land in North Carolina instead of Ann Arbor and none of us have to suffer through this ridiculously annoying “he said, he said” “Uncle Tom” dialog between Duke and Michigan alums. 

Or perhaps, Jordan could have landed in Georgetown.

@Suga_Shane

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Greatest March Madness Moments Lego-ized (by tauntrtv)

This is very necessary.

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Fab Five Documentary, in its entirety (!!!)

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Dear Chris,
I have been thinking of you a lot since I sat glued to the tv during the championship game.
I know that there may be nothing I or anyone else can say to ease the pain and disappointment of what happened.
Still, for whatever it’s worth, you, and your team, were terrific. And part of playing for high stakes under great pressure is the constant risk of mental error. I know I have lost two political races and made countless mistakes over the last twenty years. What matters is the intensity, integrity, and courage you bring to the effort. That is certainly what you have done. You can always regret what occurred but don’t let it get you down or take away the satisfaction of what you have accomplished.
You have a great future. Hang in there.
Sincerely,
Bill Clinton

A letter from then-President Bill Clinton to Chris Webber after Michigan’s loss to UNC in the 1993 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.

Dear Chris,

I have been thinking of you a lot since I sat glued to the tv during the championship game.

I know that there may be nothing I or anyone else can say to ease the pain and disappointment of what happened.

Still, for whatever it’s worth, you, and your team, were terrific. And part of playing for high stakes under great pressure is the constant risk of mental error. I know I have lost two political races and made countless mistakes over the last twenty years. What matters is the intensity, integrity, and courage you bring to the effort. That is certainly what you have done. You can always regret what occurred but don’t let it get you down or take away the satisfaction of what you have accomplished.

You have a great future. Hang in there.

Sincerely,

Bill Clinton

A letter from then-President Bill Clinton to Chris Webber after Michigan’s loss to UNC in the 1993 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ESPN2 is re-airing the now instant classic documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five. This is as good as it gets for a basketball fan.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ESPN2 is re-airing the now instant classic documentary on Michigan’s Fab Five. This is as good as it gets for a basketball fan.

Programming Alert: What will you be watching?

As I write this, D. Rose has hit 5 of 6 from 3-point land(17 points) against the Jazz in the first quarter. Fire up your League Pass/WGN to watch a PG play the position as well as anyone else has in recent memory.

The game looks to be in blowout territory as NBA TV has Lakers vs. Mavs starting at 9ET/6PT. Kobe & the boys are coming off a loss that seemed to irk the Mamba. He shot for a couple of hours after the Heat game. You know, just in case you hadn’t heard. He also didn’t practice with the team leading into tonight’s game. Why do I sense Kobe won’t be passing much tonight? The Mavs would like nothing better than to frustrate LA and hang a loss on them a month before the playoffs start. Let’s not forget their own coach called them soft. They have to go strong at Kobe & the Lakers. Can’t ask for a much better NBA match up during a weekend that is dominated by college hoops.

Speaking of which, HBO has a documentary called, Runnin’ Rebels of UNLV premiering tonight at 9:30. Should be an interesting watch, as it will look back at what was once one of the most entertaining NCAA Basketball programs in the history of the game. There will also be the premiere of ESPN’s, The Fab Five, tomorrow at 9:00. That was a fun group to watch play ball & ESPN has done some tremendous sports docs as of late

Finally, with March Madness about to shift gears from Conference Tourney Week into NCAA Tournament mode, what is your level of interest in college ball? While the NBA has had one of it’s most entertaining regular seasons, the NCAA season has been pretty low key, at least in a lot of people’s eyes. Will you be catching as many games as possible the next few weeks? Maybe just watch the Final Four if your bracket isn’t torn to shreds by then? Or are you ready for the NBA playoffs to get here and could care less about what the NCAA has to offer?


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