C'mon buddy, reach way up here and slap my hand

With the 2010-11 college basketball season now a couple months behind us, and the long days of summer ahead, basketball fans may be in need of the occasional pick-me-up to tide them over to next season, or at least to help ease them through the withdrawal process before they have the opportunity to have a full-blown relapse next fall.  Certainly news like that of Da Dukies being on the 2011-2012 schedule provides a welcome rush, and we hope for more of those tasty nuggets of “legitimate” basketball news to chew on in the coming days, but today we’ll just settle in for talking some hoops in general.

The topic for today is the first of what will be a few “debate” articles here on tBBC.  Any sports fan worth their salt loves to engage in a bit of friendly back-and-forth when it comes to their preferred competitive athletic pursuit, whether it be about the finer points of the triangle offense or just the top 3 reasons that M*chigan sucks so bad.  Debate gets people engaged, it gets a dialogue going, and it gives an opportunity for any old individual to act the expert on a given subject.  Debate is what makes our country so great!  You have your opinion, I have mine, so let’s hash it out!  And if we’re lucky, in the process we’ll be able to effectively prevent any legislation from being passed! Read More

March Madness 2011: Southwest Region

Written March 16th, 2011 by Eric

We continue our look at the NCAA tournament field with our third of three regions.  Jay and Joe already did a fantastic job with the West and Southeast regions yesterday.  The Southwest region seems a lot easier to predict than the Southeast with a lot fewer chances for upsets in the first round.  That doesn’t mean there aren’t some teams to look out for, though!

Favorites: There is no question about the top favorite for this bracket.  Kansas, last year’s overall #1 seed, is in no danger of facing the same fate as last year.  This year’s team is a dangerously deep and talented group, not dependent on any one player to get the job done.  The Morris brothers, Markieff and Marcus, lead the team in points per game and rebounds per game as well as leading a trio of fantastic frontcourt players.  Overall, Kansas plays with an incredibly fast pace, and runs with a significant height advantage that could give their opponents trouble.

Keep an eye on Purdue as well.  While the Boilermakers ended the season in pathetic fashion (losses to Iowa and Michigan State), they are still a spectacularly dangerous team when they’re on their game.  Expect Matt Painter to lead his team deep into the tournament as he’ll be more than capable of refocusing his troops on the importance of March.

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