Yes, the Championship Game was certainly not what we had hoped for, but the 2010-11 College Basketball season was terrific! UConn’s run will have to go down as the best ever – I’m not a math guy, but I don’t believe it’s possible to win more than 11 games in a post-season. Butler getting back to the Championship Game is an accomplishment that should not go unnoticed. And 70,356 people attending the final game will be hard to match.
We also had VCU reaching the Final Four, probably replacing George Mason as the most recognizable modern Cinderella. Jimmer Fredette won the Naismith Award, and singlehandedly carried his BYU team to national prominence. So, what could we possibly do to make the GAME better? We need to clean-up the image.
No, not St. Patrick’s Day (although obviously also awesome), but the real start of NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament (play-in games do not count because no one can figure out how they are set). Editor’s Note: And why are they always in Dayton?
There is probably some mathematical skill to calculate how often the Tournament starts on St. Patty’s Day (perhaps the editor has those skills). Editor’s Note: I do not. But it’s safe to say that productivity around the world has slowed while the office pools are selected to pick the Final Four and ultimate Champion.
Intensity. It's March.
What was the wildest happening in Division I basketball this weekend?
Was it regular season MAAC champion Fairfield falling behind 40-15 at the half and eventually losing to fourth-seeded St. Peter’s? Was it Ohio State shooting a crazy 14-15 from three-point range and crushing Wisconsin, 93-65 (before the game, Buckeye players said they wanted to beat them by 50 to avenge their earlier loss)? Was it Jim Mower’s three-point basket with 0.5 seconds remaining in double-overtime to lift fifth-seeded Lafayette over second-seeded American, sending the Leopards into the Patriot League final against Bucknell? Was it fifth-seeded Stony Brook beating league champ Vermont by 22 in the American East? Was it West Virginia scoring 5 points in 9 seconds to beat Louisville? Was it lowly Iowa knocking off Purdue? Or, was it just how easy North Carolina took apart Duke?