Monday, April 03, 2006

 

Master Basketball Coaches meet in Indy for Final Four Festivities


MBC Executive Director Andy Curtin and MBC Publisher Pete Wolek arrived in Indianapolis to meet with the Master Basketball Coaches and take in the Final Four games. The music stage to the left was set up in Monument Circle, downtown Indy. The event, My Coke Fest, was a free concert featuring Carrie Underwood and John Cougar Mellencamp. The atmosphere in the city has been electric and seemingly all the fans were all pulling for underdog, George Mason. All the schools had a great following in the city for the games. The LSU fans were stunned by the quick start of UCLA and the team was overmatched in every way. All the fans are hoping for a more competitve Championship Game tonight. We will have a full update on all activities after the Championship game. Here are some additional candid shots taken during the weekend.




Wednesday, March 29, 2006

 

Headline stories with John Wooden and other Master Basketball Coaches during Final Four week

Here are some story links to our Master Basketball Coaches:

John Wooden:
Coach Wooden still making an impact on young players

Why I Love Basketball - as told to Indystar reporter by John Wooden

Wooden will be watching the Final Four from afar - AP story

Wooden discusses Maravich

Don Haskins:
Don Haskins introduces new apparel called 66line - www.66line.com

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

 

Coach Wooden at the McDonald's All America High School Games

This year's games are on March 29, 2006 in San Diego, CA.

Check out this link > McDonald's All Americans

Check out the talent > Rivals.com Scouting the East -- West

Sunday, March 26, 2006

 

Elite Eight ... Where did the No. 1 seeds go?

What a couple of days of great basketball games this past Saturday and Sunday!! There will be no No. 1 seeds in Indy's Final Four this year.

Well I don't know if you could call the Memphis - UCLA Regional Championship game great.... how many free throws can one team miss. The Bruins missed 19 out of 39 attempts. UCLA better play great defense if they can't shoot free throws any better at the Final Four. I can't remember a team shooting so poorly and making it to the Final Four. Of course, Memphis' FG percentage was 31.5%, as compared to UCLA's 35% .... that is why the Tigers are not heading to Indy.

George Mason showed the heart of a champion after letting UConn score at the end of regulation to tie the game. In overtime, the Patriots - Huskies played tenaciously, but in the end the kids from the commuter school located in Fairfax, VA, hit 5 0f 6 shots in the extra period and pulled out the improbable victory 86 - 84.

Florida played outstanding team basketball against the smaller 'Nova team to defeat the top seed 75-62. Florida - Villanova was a rematch from last year's tourney. 'Nova bounced the Gators in the second round in 2005. This year the outcome was on the Gators' side as they played with grit and determination shutting down Allan Ray. The inside presence of budding superstar, Noah and his sidekick, Horford, made it difficult on the driving guards from 'Nova. In addition, the Gator defense against the three-point shot was outstanding.

One of the youngest teams in the Final Four will be LSU. The LSU - Texas game was another thriller until the Tigers pulled away in OT 70-60. Tyrus Thomas of LSU will be a household name after next weekend. Glen Davis (aka Big Baby) plays like no other 315 pounder I have ever seen.

Look for our MBC exclusive interviews, commentary and analysis during this upcoming week. It is going to be interesting hearing what our Master Basketball Coaches have to say about these games played over the weekend and the upcoming Final Four matchups.

We will be posting our Master Coaches comments all week. In addition, we will be bring the fans an inside look from Indy while we enjoy the Final Four festivities.

Check back daily ... and submit your comments and questions on the upcoming Final Four!!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

 

Florida too much for Thompson's Hoyas

Minneapolis Regional Semis
(7) Georgetown vs. (3) Florida

Joakim Noah put up another double-double en route to the win over a tough Georgetown squad. The battle of the frontcourts was won by the Gators. The Hoyas led at the half, but could not seem to put it together at the end of the game to knock off Florida.

Cory Brewer hit an unbelievable twisting shot that looked to be a jump-ball until he flung it towards the basket. The refs called the foul, and he converted the 3-point play. His bucket solidified the 57-53 win.

Noah's all-around solid effort led this sophomore laden squad. Sophomores Taurean Green and Al Horford scored 13 and 12 points respectively.

Georgetown gave a valiant effort, led by Jeff Green's 15 points. Darrel Owens' three-pointer with 6.6 seconds left went begging and left the Hoyas down by two points and forced to foul. Florida sealed the win and moved on.

The Gators face Villanova in the Elite Eight on Sunday. If the Gators can dominate the inside game (which they should do), they will punch their ticket to Indianapolis to face the winner of UConn and George Mason.

 

Villanova beats Boston College at their own game

Minneapolis Regional Semis
(4) Boston College vs. (1) Villanova

Two familiar ex-Big East foes met in this slugfest. The Eagles were too focused on Randy Foye and Allan Ray while holding a 59-58 lead in overtime. Will Sheridan slipped a screen put up a shot that was goaltended by Sean Williams, giving the Wildcats the 60-59 lead and victory.

Foye was unstoppable. He scored nearly half of Villanova's points on a night where Allan Ray was stone cold. Nova somehow found a way to win despite playing four guards, which is what they've done all year long. Boston College was a favorite of many, including several Master Basketball Coaches, to go to the Final Four.

Craig Smith did his best to lead the Eagles past Nova, scoring 14 points, grabbing 14 boards and dishing out 7 assists. It just wasn't enough.

Villanova meets a streaking, confident Florida squad. The Gators have a deep frontcourt, which could cause problems for the four-guard lineup of Nova. But why should the Wildcats worry? They've played this way all year in a tough Big East conference. This should be a classic game.

 

George Mason rolls past Wichita State into the Elite Eight

Washington D.C. Regional Semis
(11) George Mason vs. (7) Wichita State

The Patriots weren't even supposed to be here. They were one of the last teams in and maybe the most questioned team other than Air Force. Noboby is questioning them now after they've beaten a Final Four team from last year, the defending champs and last night, the regular season MVC champion.

George Mason used their shut-down defense to propel them into the Elite Eight. They contained the MVC Player of the Year and shut down the Shockers' second leading scorer, Ogirri. The Patriots went into the locker rooms at the half with a 35-19 lead, holding Wichita to 30% shooting and 1-11 from three-point land.

They continued much of the same in the second half and pulled off the 63-55 victory, their second win over Wichita State this year.

George Mason has simply come into this NCAA Tourney with something to prove. They are carrying a chip on their shoulder into each game they play, which spell disaster for the #1 seeded Connecticut team. Don't be surprised if we're watching an 11 seed battling for a national championship in Indianapolis.

 

UConn prevails against a tough Washington team in OT

Washington D.C. Regional Semis
(5) Washington vs. (1) Connecticut

UConn's Rashad Anderson answered the call for the Huskies again. His three-pointer with 1.8 seconds left in the 2nd half tied the game to send it into overtime, where UConn eventually came out on top.

With 13:48 remaining in the game, Washington's Brandon Roy was called for a hold on UConn's Rudy Gay, giving him his 3rd foul. Roy got in Gay's face, and they were assessed a double technical foul. Roy had to sit with his 4th personal foul.

It didn't look good for Washington, but Jamaal Williams was there to keep them in control of the game, scoring 27 points and grabbing 7 boards. Roy eventually came back in and helped Washington to a 80-76 lead with under 30 seconds to play.

UConn had possession and Marcus Williams took it to the tin. Mike Jensen came over to block the Williams' shot, but got his body instead. Williams completed the 3-point play, cutting the lead to one. Roy converted both free throws, making the score 82-79.

Williams brought the ball up the court and gave a dribble hand off to Anderson. Washington's Appleby was a step slow in getting to Anderson who knocked down the huge three to send the game into OT.

Connecticut prevailed in the overtime session, sending them into the Elite Eight. The Huskies better be careful and bring their "A" game in their next contest. They have looked very nonchalant in their first 3 games. George Mason is hungry and on a roll.

Friday, March 24, 2006

 

Bradley's glass slipper didn't fit...Memphis on to the Elite Eight

Oakland Regional Semis
(13) Bradley vs. (1) Memphis

Bradley's Cinderella run has come to an end at the hands of Memphis. The Tigers manhandled the gritty Bradley team. Rodney Carney, Memphis' lone senior led the team emotionally and statistically. His play always ignites his teammates, and he poured in 23 points en route to the 16 point victory.

Memphis defended well and held O'Bryant to just 8 points, when in his last contest, he put up 28 against Pitt. The Braves did their best to stay in the game in the 1st half, leading for a short while, but Memphis was just too much.

Memphis improved to 33-3 on the year and have punched their ticket to face UCLA in the Oakland Regional Final. The Tigers won their match-up with UCLA earlier this year and hope that history repeats itself with a trip to Indianapolis on the line.

 

Zags lose ... Morrison likely will leave for NBA

Oakland Regional Semis
(3) Gonzaga vs. (2) UCLA

The Zags had the game all but won. They had led nearly the entire game by as much as 17 points. But nobody told UCLA that it was over. The Bruins showed incredible resiliancy to even be in the game at the end, seemingly taking on the personality of their coach, Ben Howland.

UCLA scored the final 11 points of the game to end Adam Morrison's incredible season and possibly his college career. Gonzaga was up by 3 points with under a minute to play. Morrison attempted a step-back jumper with 8 ticks left on the shot clock, and as J.P. Batista fouled UCLA's Hollins going for the rebound. Hollins knocked down both free throws, making it 71-70 in favor of the Zags.

Morrison received the ball on the inbound and was trapped forcing to throw a cross-court pass to Batista. Batista was nonchalant with the ball, was stripped by Farmar who scooped up the rock and found Mbah a Moute underneath for the go-ahead score.

Gonzaga then inbounded the ball to Raivio instead of their superstar, Morrison. Raivio sped up the floor and was stripped from behind by Mbah a Moute and the ball got tied up...Possession to the Bruins. Batista's desperation heave went begging and UCLA pulled off the monumental comeback win. The Bruins meet a red-hot Memphis team in the Elite Eight with a trip to Indy up for grabs.

 

Will Texas make it a clean sweep in National Championships?

Atlanta Regional Semis
(6) West Virginia vs. (2) Texas

The Texas Longhorns dance on to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003.

West Virginia mounted a huge comeback to start the 2nd half after LaMarcus Aldridge posted a perfect 8 for 8 1st half effort, leading Texas to a 39-27 lead. The Mountaineers came out doing what they do best, launching the 3-point shot to get back in the game. Texas' A.J. Abrams knocked down 2 free throws with 26.9 seconds to play to put the 'Horns up 70-65.

Mike Gansey launched one from Morgantown and sank it to bring the Mountaineers within 2 points. Aldridge made one of two free throws, giving him his career-high 26 points, and West Virginia headed down the court poised to tie it up. Joe Herber penetrated and dished it out to Kevin Pittsnogle who drained the game-tying three over Aldridge.

Texas quickly grabbed the ball through the net, passed it in to Abrams who pushed the ball up the floor, finding the unlikely hero, Kenton Paulino. Paulino knocked down the clutch three as time expired, propelling Texas into the Elite Eight to face "Big Baby" Davis and the LSU Tigers. Texas Coach Barnes should get credit for not calling a timeout.

 

LSU's athleticism too much for Blue Devils

Atlanta Regional Semis
(4) LSU vs. (1) Duke

LSU proved to be too much for the #1 overall seed.

The Tigers' athleticism suffocated the Duke offense, who had their lowest point total since 1996 with 54 points. Surprisingly, Glen "Big Baby" Davis, the SEC Player of the Year, wasn't the biggest story of the night for the Tigers.

SEC Freshman of the Year, Tyrus Thomas played out of his mind, despite having four fouls most of the second half. Thomas swatted five shots, grabbed nine boards and had several sick put-back dunks.

The other big story of the night for LSU was Garrett Temple. He had the toughest assignment: Stop J.J. Redick. And stop him he did, holding Redick to a season-low tying effort of 11 points. Temple was in J.J.'s jock on every shot attempt, defending him better than anyone had all year. Redick was visibly getting frustrated all night, complaining to the referees and throwing towels during timeouts.

But Shelden Williams did his best to keep Duke in the game, having a monster night with 23 points and 13 boards. He helped Duke to gain the lead with under four minutes remaining, but the Bayou Bengals were just too much. Duke had its chances to stay in the game late with LSU having woes at the line, going 12-23.

Uncharacteristically, the Blue Devils failed to execute in the late game situations. "Big Baby" was at the line with only a few ticks left and it still a two possession game. He made the first, missed the second and with none of his teammates there to help him, grabbed the rebound amongst for Dukies to seal the victory.

It's sad to see J.J. Redick end his record-setting career in the Sweet 16, where he struggled his whole career. But LSU dances on and looks to send the Longhorns of Texas packing.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

 

NCAA's 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes includes John Wooden

As part of the NCAA's Centennial Celebration, a panel consisting of college and university presidents, athletics directors, NCAA committee members, conference office representatives, SAAC representatives and NCAA staff determined the NCAA's 100 Most Influential Student-Athletes.

Hoop Legend John Wooden was selected as the former player of Purdue University as No. 5 on the list of 100 individuals to be honored throughout the Centennial.

 

Coach Haskins to be honored by Harlem Globetrotters

Hoop Legend Don Haskins will receive the Harlem Globetrotters 2006 Saperstine Award.

The former Texas-El Paso coach will be honored next week at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) college all-star game in Indianapolis.

The Saperstine Award is named in honor of Globetrotter founder Abe Saperstein.
It's been awarded since 2000 to people who represents "the spirit, love of basketball, and ambassadorial excellecnce" of Saperstine

 

Master Basketball Coaches Blog

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Master Basketball Coaches review Sweet 16 teams - Washington, DC Regional

WASHINGTON, D.C. Regional

Matchup - Washington (26-6, 13-6 Pac-10) vs. Connecticut (29-3, 14-3 Big East)

Washington's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (12) Utah State 75-61; Beat (4) Illinois 67-64

UConn's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (16) Albany 72-59; Beat (8) Kentucky 87-83

Joe B. Hall: "UConn has struggled in the tournament. Jim Calhoun was as concerned as he'd been all year in the last 4 minutes of the Kentucky game."

John Wooden: "UConn is outstanding, and Washington is a very fine team. They have one outstanding player (Brandon Roy) and they have some good players to complement him, but I don't believe that they will beat this Connecticut team."

Hoop Legends' Pick: Connecticut

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Matchup - George Mason (25-7, 14-4 CAA) vs. Wichita State (26-8, 16-5 MVC)

George Mason's Road to the Sweet 16: Upset (11) Michigan State 75-65; Upset (3) UNC 65-60

Wichita State's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (10) Seton Hall 86-66; Upset (2) Tennessee 80-73


Lefty Driesell: "They're playing Wichita State who they beat earlier in the season. They get the same number of scholarships as (everybody) and have a good chance to win. I'm happy for George Mason."

Nolan Richardson: "Wichita has a lot of tradition and to see them back in the tournament is very rewarding for me, having coached in the Missouri Valley Conference before. They have a chance to do very well and it takes away from the criticism (that the MVC shouldn't have gotten four teams in)."

Hoop Legends' Pick: Wichita State

 

Master Basketball Coaches review Sweet 16 teams - Minneapolis Regional

MINNEAPOLIS Regional

Matchup - Boston College (28-7, 13-6 ACC) vs. Villanova (27-4, 15-3 Big East)

Boston College's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (13) Pacific 88-76 in 2OT; Beat (12) Montana 69-56

Villanova's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (16) Monmouth 58-45; Beat Arizona 82-78

Denny Crum: "Villanova has been a team that has amazed me all year. You don't see teams playing and winning with 4 guards 90 percent of the time. They pass the ball so well, they move well, they hustle after loose balls and they have outrebounded their opponents even with 4 guards and a 6'8" kid in the middle. It's fun to watch them play because you don't see that kind of ball handling and shooting anymore. They are a breath of fresh air."

Lou Carnesecca: "Don't underestimate Boston College. They've been through the wars, they've got Smith inside and the kid on the outside can shoot it (Rice). They're seasoned veterans and when you get to the Finals that can be a big factor."

Lefty Driesell: "Boston College depends less on the three-point shot than any team in the tournament. I pick Boston College to win."

Hoop Legends' Pick: Boston College

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Matchup - Georgetown (23-9, 12-7 Big East) vs. Florida (29-6, 13-6 SEC)

Georgetown's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (10) Northern Iowa 54-49; Upset (2) Ohio State 70-52

Florida's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (14) South Alabama 76-50; Beat (11) Wisc.-Milwaukee 82-60

Hugh Durham: "Florida has a good chance. They remind me of Coach Wooden's teams before everybody started weight lifting. That Noah kid is just a flat out player. Brewer can handle it, shoot it and guard it. They played exceptional defense and can also stroke the three. If they continue to play that way defensively it's gonna be interesting. It wouldn't surprise me to see them get back to the Final Four."

Lou Carnesecca: "Georgetown can put you to sleep with like 15 or 16 passes. Florida likes to put it up quick, so if Georgetown can get them off tempo, they can beat them. The big thing is gonna be the style of play."

Lefty Driesell: "Georgetown's strength is their inside play (as is Florida's). I like Georgetown, I think they've got a good ball club."

Hoop Legends' Pick: Florida

 

Master Basketball Coaches review Sweet 16 teams - Oakland Regional

OAKLAND Regional

Matchup - Bradley (22-10,13-8 MVC) vs. Memphis (32-3,16-1 C-USA)

Bradley's Road to the Sweet 16: Upset (5) Kansas 77-73; Upset (5) Pittsburgh 72-66

Memphis' Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (16) Oral Roberts 94-78; Beat (9) Bucknell 72-56

Gene Bartow: "Memphis has been fortunate, facing a 16 and a 9 seed thus far and now a 13 seed. Calipari has done a great job with (this team). They're deep, he runs 9 or 10 players in and out. They're capable of getting there and winning the tournament, they're that deep and that good on a given night. Keep in mind they beat Gonzaga and UCLA this year, and that's who they will meet if they get past Bradley."

Hoop Legends' Pick: Memphis

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Matchup - Gonzaga (29-3, 16-0 WCC) vs. UCLA (29-6, 17-4 Pac-10)

Gonzaga's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (14) Xavier 79-75; Beat (6) Indiana 90-80

UCLA's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (15) Belmont 78-44; Beat (10) Alabama 62-59


John Wooden: "They are a strong defensive team and they're offense is coming along... they are moving the ball better now. The guards were carrying the offense and now are using the front line more. They look like a much better team. (To beat Gonzaga) All year long, they have done an excellent job of guarding star players (like Morrison). UCLA is better defensively, and I've always felt that if two evenly matched teams meet, the better defensive team will win."

Gene Bartow: "UCLA is playing extremely well, and I think they will guard Gonzaga to the point that they will get outta there with a win. Should Memphis beat Bradley, I don't think UCLA will have enough to get past them to the FInal Four."

Hoop Legends' Pick: UCLA

 

Master Basketball Coaches review Sweet 16 teams - Atlanta Regional

ATLANTA Regional

Matchup - LSU (25-8, 15-3 SEC) vs. Duke (32-3, 17-2 ACC)

LSU's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (13) Iona 80-64; Beat (12) Texas A&M 58-57

Duke's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (16) Southern 70-54; Beat (8) George Washington 74-61

Dale Brown: "LSU is a sleeper. They won the SEC at 14-2, they're a team that could go all the way. Tyrus Thomas and Tasmin Mitchell can really play. They are not deep at all at point guard, but so far, they have not had foul trouble."

Joe B. Hall: "In Davis, (LSU) has a player that is almost unstoppable. He is big, agile and has soft touch, and you don't want to put him on the foul line."

Lefty Driesell: "I like Duke. As long as Redick doesn't sleep on his arm, Duke will be fine. That guy is unbelievable the way he takes over games at the end, Williams is great and they play good defense."

Lou Carnesecca: "Redick reminds me of a boy (Jerry) West the way he takes over games."

Hoop Legends' Pick: Duke

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Matchup - West Virginia (22-10, 11-6 Big East) vs. Texas (29-6, 15-4 Big 12)

West Virginia's Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (11) S. Illinois 64-46; Beat (14) NW State 67-54

Texas' Road to the Sweet 16: Beat (15) Penn 60-52; Beat (10) NC State 75-54

Norm Stewart: "If Texas' guards (Daniel Gibson & A.J. Abrams) play well, it will make their big guys (LaMarcus Aldridge and Brad Buckman) better. They showed against NC State they can really get off, and if (West Virginia) makes mistakes against them, then (the Longhorns) can put up 20 in a hurry."

Lou Carnesecca: "For West Virginia to beat Texas, they are really gonna have to be hot. Texas is pretty tough inside, and their guards are on wheels, making them near impossible to stop. I like West Virginia, but I think Texas is too much for them."

Hoop Legends' Pick: Texas

 

Master Basketball Coaches Take the Court for March Madness

In an effort to share their wealth of knowledge with basketball fans, players, coaches and aspiring coaches, the MBC coaches have launched an official Web site (www.masterbasketballcoaches.com) which will serve as a hub for the group's activities.

Fifteen legendary basketball coaches--including Hall-of-Famer John Wooden--announced they have joined forces to establish the greatest coaching “braintrust” in college basketball history.

With a combined 17 national championships and 40 Final Four appearances, the MBC roster includes a virtual Who's Who of hardwood excellence.

Master Basketball Coaches and their former affiliations:
Gene Bartow – Memphis, UCLA, UAB
Dale Brown - LSU
Lou Carnesecca - St. John's
Bobby Cremins - Georgia Tech, Appalachian State
Denny Crum - Louisville
Lefty Driesell - Maryland, James Madison, Georgia State, Davidson
Hugh Durham - FSU, Georgia, Jacksonville
Joe B. Hall - Kentucky
Don Haskins - UTEP (formerly Texas Western)
Jud Heathcote - Michigan State
Lou Henson - Illinois, New Mexico State
Nolan Richardson - Arkansas, Tulsa
Norm Stewart - Missouri
Jerry Tarkanian - UNLV, Fresno State, Long Beach State
John Wooden - UCLA, Indiana State

The coaches will offer the type of insight and perspective only they can provide through interviews, articles, podcasts, and web chat sessions on the MBC's official Web site. Basketball fans, players and coaches will be encouraged to participate in dialogue through the MBC forums provided on their Web site as well as our "Master Coaches Basketblog".

The MBC's activities will be coordinated by Andy Curtin, an attorney and former sports agent who also co-founded college football's Master Coaches Survey, which began operations in 2005.

The Master Coaches Survey was formed to provide a more credible college football poll as an option in the selection of the top two teams to play in the BCS national championship game. The 16 Master Football Coaches, representing almost 3,000 career victories, 10 Hall of Fame selections and five national championships, watched game DVDs each week and discussed the top teams on a weekly conference call. The coaches then would vote for their exclusive Top 25, and the poll was unveiled each week on the ESPN Classic network and our Web site (www.mcspoll.com).

The Master Coaches Survey earned national attention midway through the 2005 season for placing Texas atop its poll ahead of defending national champion Southern Cal. The MCS coaches proved to be correct when the Texas Longhorns soared past USC in the Rose Bowl.

Like the MCS in football, the Master Basketball Coaches, via teleconference each week, evaluate and discuss the play of the top teams across the country.

Check out their analysis of the NCAA Tourney at www.masterbasketballcoaches.com/ncaa.htm.

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