NCAA Tournament, Random Thoughts

With the exception of Memphis, most of the teams in the Men’s tournament have shot fairly well from the foul line as opposed to last season. In 2007, at least 12 teams were bumped from the tourney because of poor foul shooting, including Indiana, Memphis, Louisville and others. I predict Memphis will lose because of poor foul shooters. Besides, I’ve always been a UCLA and North Carolina fan.

Clutch foul shooting may wind up determining the National Champ. Who can forget Lindsey Harding, #1 ranked Duke’s All-American missing 2 late free throws that enabled Rutgers to win. Harding, an 80% shooter missed them when it counted. I felt only a tiny bit sad for her since I’m a Rutgers alum.

Gotta love Stephen Curry, Davidson, Tyler Hansbrough and Kevin Love. I remember seeing Love play as a high school junior at a sneaker camp at FDU in Teaneck. I was seating w/ Pete Strickland, NC State Asst. Coach, who told me I had to watch this kid at the far end court. During the next sequence, he blocked a shot, ran down the ball and fired a perfect full court outlet pass for an easy bucket. “Ooh S…”. He, then, told about his middle name, Wesley, named after his Dad Stan’s ex-teammate Wesley Unseld.

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