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Is it me…
Or is the Miami Heat on fire? As of Tuesday they have won 23 straight games, capped off with a thriller in Boston against the Celtics, Monday night. LeBron, as usual, was superb, and had a hand in assisting, or scoring over 60 of the Heat’s points, including the dunk of the year over Jason Terry. Is there any doubt who the league’s MVP is?
The Heat is now chasing the 71-72 Laker’s consecutive game streak of 33, having already clinched their division. The record should keep them interested in the remainder of the regular season and send them into the playoffs feeling good about things. (The Lakers won the championship the year they set the consecutive wins record. A little ‘extra’ to shoot for.)
We can also talk about another team streaking right now. The Denver Nuggets won their 12th game in a row with a controversial finish over the Chicago Bulls, Monday night. Kosta Koufos got away with a basket interference, but Joakim Noah’s offensive goal tend was reviewed and called correctly. Why is everybody so confused about what happened? And should the NBA just accept human error and abolish the replay system?
Is it me…
Or is it déjà vu all over again? The NCAA has selected its teams for March Madness and surprisingly the top four seeds on the women’s side are the exact same as last year, i.e., Baylor, Notre Dame, Connecticut, and Stanford. Remarkable consistency, and it goes to show what can happen if your players stay for four years. Baylor is the favorite on the women’s side and is quite confident. When asked who might pose the biggest threat to their ability to repeat, Britteny Griner , the all-american center, stated , ‘the Miami Heat’.
On the men’s side, the top four are Louisville, Gonzaga, Indiana, and Kansas. The usual suspects , with the exception of Gonzaga. Gonzaga, is defined as a mid-major but has been competitive with the big boys for years. Maybe it is time to redefine mid-major and give some credit to the smaller programs for jobs well done.
In theory, and on paper, these top seeds should be your respective final four, but we don’t play the games on paper, we play them on ‘wood’. So anything can happen and usually does. Let the games begin. March Madness has arrived!!!!!!
You can follow this link to get additional info on each of the 68 men’s team:
The NIT (‘The Not Invited Tournament’) has made its selections. As usual they get the teams that didn’t get a call from the NCAA. This year they did get a surprise, Kentucky, a big time program and defending NCAA champion, didn’t make the ‘Big Dance’ and accepted an invite to the NIT. You’re only as good as your last win.
Many years ago the NIT was the tournament to play in. It was the more prestigious, and the rules allowed you to play in both . In 1950 CCNY won both tournaments and was the only school to do so. However, this was overshadowed the next year by a gambling scandal involving several City College players. This led to the downsizing of the program and damaged college basketball, in general.
Edited by D. Pride.