adidas unveils the adiZERO March Madness uniforms for 6 teams

adidas unveils the adiZERO March Madness uniforms for 6 teams

If adidas think these are a great uniforms?? No wonder why Phil Knight is still at the top of mountain…and three teams will wear short-sleeve jerseys (Louisville, UCLA & Baylor) what is this? Evansville back in the late 80s/early 90s?

#adidasFAIL

Is Michigan crashing and burning? And is Georgetown’s stock just rising?

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After watching the dismal display Michigan put on the last 10 minutes of their contest with Penn State I only could say to myself is…”Did that just happen”.  It really did Michigan fans, no bad nightmare where you can wake yourself up and say “Ohh man”, Penn State just outplayed you in the last part of the game.  But turning the ball over 15 times leading to 20 points scored when they punished Michigan for mistakes will kill anyone.  Trey Burke who cashed in for 18pts, turned the ball over 6 times… well over his 1.5 turnovers he has a game all year really hurt the Wolverines at the end of the evening.  Jermaine Marshall had probably the game of his career for the Nittany Lions scoring 25pts, 6rebs, 3 assists, 2 steals & a block to add up to his outburst on the #4 Wolverines.  A big win on senior night for Penn State.

Michigan has to execute their possessions much better down the stretch to be a danger in the NCAA.  I still believe they have a lot of talented stars besides Burke (Hardaway Jr, Stauskas, McGary, Robinson III) but gotta make big shots down the stretch.  I have watch them in big games this year and they are (2-4 in key match-ups).  Still think they are a second weekend team when it’s all said and done.

For a moment there I thought we were going to have a marathon game in Gampel Pavillion between #7 Georgetown & UCONN.  It lived up to my pick of Game of the Night, Otto Porter Jr is putting himself in the talks of being the Big East Player of the Year.  This kid is unbelievable and can do it on both ends of the floor for the Hoyas.  They have passed my eye test and continue to become more and more dangerous down the stretch.  Shabazz Napier, Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels were huge for UConn. Just not enough at the end to uphend our 2nd victim for a potential upset. 

Georgetown’s stock is going up and up and I would not be shocked to see them on the #1 line come Selection Sunday.  Oh I forgot about the gauntlet they still have to go through in MSG for the Big East tournament… trust me John Thompson III knows Georgetown is on teams’ like Louisville, Syracuse, Marquette and Notre Dame’s radar.

 

 

Another No. 1 bites the dust……Who’s the new No. 1??

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Tuesday night was a wild night…. Tennessee knocking off Florida behind a performance Billy Donovan and his team will remember comes SEC tournament time.  Xavier getting a big win over Memphis (who had the longest win streak with Akron at 18-games), but the biggest news came from Minneapolis Tuesday night.

Minnesota became the third team this season to knock the #1 Indiana Hoosiers off the top spot defeating the Hoosiers 77-73 and getting their first win against a AP #1 since 1989. This is Indiana third loss when they have been #1 to an unranked opponent (Wisconsin, Illinois & Minnesota). 

So here’s the interesting question we can ask…Who will be #1 on Monday?

Well people the week is not over yet, still A LOT of basketball left.

The 2 teams that come into the discussion are the Gonzaga Bulldogs & the Duke Blue Devils

Gonzaga, riding a 10-game win streak since their heartbreaking loss back Jan.16 at Butler have been anything but dominant since that loss and they have done it with balance scoring and great team defense holding their opponents to under 40% shooting from the field.  This past Monday they received their highest ranking in school history in the Associated Press at #2 and now since Indiana was pushed off the top of the mountain…can the small Jesuit university in the mountains climb to the top of the mountain of college basketball for the first time ever? Maybe, but Thursday night they will get one more test in Provo…yes people BYU.

I don’t ever count out a Dave Rose coached team…BYU was in this position 2 seasons ago with Jimmer Fredette (can’t forget him) before they loss still present Brandon Davies for the year due to school code of conduct. 

Gonzaga is so far 0-1 against the Cougars at home in WCC play, but the thing I love about Mark Few is how calm and collective he is about his team going into a hostile environment with a huge target on their back.  A showdown with big implications for Zags on the line Thursday night but no pressure… Yeah right. 

Duke, Duke, Duke…where do we begin with Coach K’s crew.  At the beginning of year they passed my eye test going through the gauntlet they went through (Kentucky, Minnesota, Louisville, Ohio State) the list could go on and on and on.  But as of late, they haven’t looked the same…but once again they are back in the discussion.  But my response to that is…Did they ever leave? Duke faces if not their biggest game of the year in Cameron Indoor Saturday night when Hurricane Larranaga and friends come to town.  Miami (FL) just absolutely destroyed the Dukies in Coral Gables back in January and in my years watching this awesome game never have I seen a team dissect Duke the way the Hurricanes did.  But the reason why Coach K will go down as one of the game’s greats when it’s all said and done quoted “This moment will make or break you”.  Well hopefully it doesn’t break Duke because this game has a lot of implications for them as well. 

But let’s say Thursday for both teams don’t pan out…let’s say Duke losses to Virginia & Gonzaga falls to BYU…then one other team behind sneaks back into the picture? Michigan everyone.  The Wolverines can sneak back to #1 with the 3 teams in front of them falling.  But if everything does pan out this will be a interesting vote over the weekend because Duke still has to play Miami (FL) and Gonzaga gets a cake walk with struggling Portland coming-in to wrap up WCC play. 

This is why I love college basketball…every wasted possession down the stretch matters for your fate.  Road wins are hard to get especially for opponents who don’t want you coming into their backyard and having your way with them (Minnesota proved that last night). 

After listening to Mark Few last night on ESPN…he is so excited for his program.  What a 14-year stretch the Zags have had, but one thing is missing…a FINAL FOUR.  George Mason, VCU and Butler (twice to the National Championship) have done it, is it Mark Few’s team time to step into limelight and get to Atlanta? Everyone will remember the run Dan Munson took his Zags team on in ’99 one game shy of a Final Four (falling to UCONN in the final seconds of the game).  That is the one thing Gonzaga does not have on their list of accolades…but this year if a mid-major is going to do it they better take advantage of it because you might never get this opportunity for a long-time.  They pull of a road win against BYU and can dismantle Portland…Mark Few will get what he has wanted for this program for 14 years…to be at the Top of the Mountain as the #1 team in the Nation. Guys like Richie Frahm, Kyle Bankhead, Dan Dickau, Casey Calvary, Ronny Turiaf & Adam Morrison have be eating this up and wanting it just as bad as guys like Kelly Olynyk, Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos.

Wednesday Game of the Night:  #7 Georgetown vs. UCONN

 

What a SUPER, SUPER TUESDAY!!!

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They call it Super Tuesday for a reason…and it lived up to everything we could imagine!!!

Three teams desperate to make their final impression noticeable to the committee and if they are not impressed then what’s the point of a committee?

Minnesota got their biggest win of the year and one to remember by knocking off #1 and Big Ten leader Indiana at the raucous “Barn” and this can be a season-changing moment that the Gophers were looking for. It was Minnesota first win against a AP #1 since 1989 when knocked they upset Illinois (who eventually made it to the Final Four).  This is Indiana’s third loss as a #1 this year and Tom Crean summed it up very well in his press conference “We picked the wrong night not to play up to our potential”.  But not to worry Hoosier fans, you guys are still on the #1 line but have two tough games to close it out at home against Ohio State and at Crisler Arena against the revved up Wolverines…if I was Tom Crean I would age 10+years with that closing stretch.

Tennessee seems to keep crawling into the picture as a team fighting for a spot in the field of 68 and what a way to do so by giving Florida back-to-back road losses. Jordan McRae was super tonight and Billy Donovan’s highly touted defense had no answer for him tonight lighting the Gators up with a game-high 27pts, 7rebs, 4 assists, 2 steals & 2 blocks.  Sounds like this guy is gonna be top man on campus tomorrow morning in Knoxville.  I just love the energy Tennessee Head Coach Cuonzo Martin…just loves his team and praises them every game they play.  The Vols are on a 6-game win streak.

If there was a team that has loss 2 legit stars…it was Xavier.  With the exits of Mark Lyons (Arizona) and Dez Wells (Maryland)…Coach Mack and his X-Men came through in a big way tonight knocking off #17 Memphis (who was riding a 18-game win streak).  Travis Taylor was huge tonight for the Musketeers and helping them build a strong resume going into the A-1o tournament in March (which will not be a easy task).

Super Tuesday’s Superman- Trevor Mbakwe, Senior, F, Minnesota:  What a game Mbakwe had tonight for the Golden Gophers.  Got into some foul trouble but his burst of 12pts and 6rebs in the first half was huge and kept Minnesota in the game.  Not only was he terrific on the offensive-side he was terrific defensively, frustrating Preseason National Player of the Year Cody Zeller down to 2 points on 0 field goals in the first half. Huge, Huge confidence booster for Minnesota after going 3-8 down the stretch (started the season 15-1).

Crazy start to Super Tuesday!!!

As I wrote earlier about the Minnesota-Indiana game…”Is Indiana walking into a Trap game?” well that answered my question? What a MAJOR…I mean MAJOR confidence booster for the Gophers tonight.  Tubby’s guys really needed this and I tell you what Trevor Mbakwe was a absolute monster tonight and limited Indiana’s Cody Zeller to 2 points and 0 FG’s in the first half.  What stood out to me tonight was the superb bench play from the Gophers, Elliot Elliason who we don’t hear about was huge down the stretch for the Gophers and Maverick Ahanmisi’s 6 points on 2 trey bombs help propel the Gophers and keep them in striking distance all game long.  Minnesota outrebounded the Hoosiers which was huge for me in this game because I haven’t seen many teams push Indiana around physically down low and on the boards.

A big resume builder for the Gophers and hope they can keep this play up getting ready for a wild weekend in Chicago for the Big Ten tournament.

-On a side note, another team getting a big win was the Musketeers of Xavier…knocking a red-hot Memphis (who saw their nation’s longest win streak at 18 snapped…now Akron is lone soldier). Big win for Xavier, thought they disappeared there for a minute but still well alive.

-What about Tennessee? looking like they can pull off something here against Florida….the Gators are unbeaten at home and neutral sites, but 7-4 on the road!!

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Is Indiana walking into a trap game at “the Barn”?

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Hey Hoosiers…….The Barn awaits you tonight!!

But chances are Tom Crean’s team will be ready for this match-up…Indiana looks to sweep the Gophers and continue their quest to their First Big Ten Regular Season crown since 2002.  I have said this since last year, Indiana has a chance to be great and they have proved that to me every game they have played since their last stunning loss to Illinois in Champana (Champaign-Urbana). Oladipo’s explosiveness, Zeller’s ability to get baskets underneath and on the perimeter, Watford’s ability to stretch teams on the perimeter and Hulls, Farrell & Sheehey to defend and shoot the trey can give Minnesota problems. It did back in January when the Hoosiers ran away with the game until the Gophers fought back in the contest; but Minnesota has had some issues as of late.  Mbakwe has not been impressive down the stretch, Ryan Hollins has fallen off the face of the earth…but tonight’s game can be a complete season-changing moment.  That one moment that Tubby Smith’s team may need to reassure themselves to the committee.  Minnesota in my opinion early on was a major contender for a Big Ten title…something they have not done since 1997 (remember they had to give that away due to NCAA sanctions*).  The thing that is special about games this year in college basketball are road wins are hard to get…wait just last week Indiana went into spirited crowd in East Lansing where the great Earvin “Magic” Johnson was on scene and won on the road, all aside I think tonight Minnesota is going to give a valiant effort to make this Big Ten race even more interesting before it is all said and done.  Michigan, Michigan State, Wisconsin & Ohio State are still on radar but if Indiana can stay composed and not let the electrifying crowd that “the Barn” get to them (which should not) they can prevail.

I feel people do not give Tom Crean the recognition he deserves…Indiana 3 years ago was dismal to watch and I know some Hoosiers fan can agree but what a fantastic job he has done.  He is a winner with a winners’ mentality (have to be if you are married to John & Jim Harbaugh’s sister) he will continue the rich tradition that other coaches have graced us with in Bloomington…names like McCracken and the legend himself “the General” Bobby Knight.  When it is all complete and we have our Four in Atlanta Indiana will contend for their 6th National Championship (first since 1987).

Trap game…yes, but Indiana will be ready and I know Minnesota will be too

March is here people!! Fasten those seat belts…because this ride is going to be bumpy!!!