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George Washington (not that it was ever that high)
The champ this year will be from the Big East, I have no doubt. Nova and Conn are both stacked, primed, and ready. Big Ten and ACC are both very good conferences, the Pac 10 has some good schools but they rarely ever account for anything in the tourney these days, but the Big East OWNS basketball. End of story.
Let me address a few issues right now:
1) J.J. Redick is an amazing basketball player. He is also a bitch. A whiny, immature bitch. He is anything but a team leader. Any time Duke has faced any difficulty this year, he's been so quick to point the finger, at teammates, refs, anyone but himself.
During the Duke-UNC game, J.J. went ice cold, which is fine. His teammates worked through it and carried him back into position, at one point going on an unbelievable 8-0 run in something like 51 seconds. It was sick - I hate Duke and it had me on my feet cheering, that's how amazingly his teammates played, rebounding J.J.'s misses, dumping it to Shelden or hitting Dockery for clutch threes. These teammates that all season he's been bitching at had brought him all the way back, putting him in position to do what superstars are supposed to do. Find ways to win games. Didn't happen. End of story.
Have a great time in the NBA, J.J., you'll make plenty of money, but that burning emptiness you'll feel, that will be your inability to win the NCAA championship. You shoot the lights out, you can even dribble and play defense now, too bad you were a terrible teammate.
(P.S. Shelden Williams is a sick player - ugh, so many triple doubles, too bad his partner in crime is hitting rock bottom at the worst possible time)
P.P.S. UNC looked unbelievable in that game- they could be a force in the tourney, that's for sure.
2) Gerry McNamara wins basketball games. Period. End of story. He is the exact mold that any basketball coach would tell you is the ideal basketball player. Heart. Hustle. Work ethic. Clutch. And, boy, can he stroke the threes. He's more streaky from beyond the arc than J.J., but it's funny how GMac's streaks seem to come at times when his team needs them the most.
Vanwadilion, you couldn't be more wrong. Syracuse papers published quotes from a few Big East assistant coaches insinuating that GMac was overrated. Sports Illustrated released a wrap-up issue last week, where they listed the opinions of players in each conference. Most overrated for the Big East: Gerry McNamara (tied with Rudy Gay of UConn, each with 27 percent of the votes). And I quote: "People said he'd be the conference player of the year, but he hasn't shown me anything." I will now refer you to the Syracuse roster- GMac is joined on this team by only one other senior (who happens to be Matt Gorman, a tall goofy white kid who never played before this year and who is averaging barely 10 minutes a game this year). This is a young team, and the rest of the Big East teams know it. Every defensive scheme the 'Cuse has faced has been designed specifically to stop GMac. "Let the young guys beat us" is the mantra, and so far this season they haven't.
But Gerry is the heart and soul of this team. He is a scrappy bastard, hustling on defense and after loose balls, he is a smart, gutsy player who picks apart defenses with unbelievable passing, and he makes big shots when it counts. (Exhibit A: 2003. The Orange win a Championship. Gerry starts as a freshmen and hits ridiculous shots whenever the team needs them, practically on command.) Gerry took the remarks personally. That guy has given his heart and soul for four years to this program, and he has to go out to that kind of criticism? Fuck that. Gerry has stepped his game up to another level this week- he doesn't want his season to end with a trip to the NIT. I've never seen a clinic like the one he put on today. He does more than shoot the 3-ball - the game tape from today should be shown to all aspiring point guards. He was that good at ballhandling and running the offense, both out of set plays and in transition.
You know who else was pissed off by the press? Jim Boeheim, in my opinion, one of the greatest coaches of all time. I hope everyone got to see his reaction when asked whether GMac is overrated- "Let me tell you something. Without Gerry, we wouldn't have won 10 fucking games this year. Not 10 games..." Coach Boeheim doesn't cuss at the press, he doesn't get fired up like that, except when his team really needs it in the huddle. He believes in GMac, and he considers him one of the best players that's ever played for him, high praise considering that Coach Boeheim's tenure as head coach started in 1976.
The Orange that played today were unlike the team I've crucified myself to watch all year, as they've lost big game after big game, usually by large margins. The big men were fired up dunking all over people, the guards were quick and scrappy, especially on D, and they finally started playing as a team. I was in heaven. If the Orange keep playing like this, they WILL make noise at the Big Dance. I'm stoked.
3) Gonzaga is worthless. Actually, so is most of the West Coast, but you guys have awesome beaches, and I love your music scene, so keep up the good work in those areas...
P.S. I also hope you've all seen that video of the kid with autism lighting up the gym when his coach put him in to thank him for being a dedicated manager for four years - I fucking love sports...
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