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Rock Chalk, Jayhawk

The JayHawks of Kansas pulled out a stunning come-from-behind victory thanks partially to a coaching screw up and also a choke job at the freethrow line by Memphis. While Memphis was physically the superior team, Kansas played team ball, demonstrated their outstanding defense, and made just about everything they threw at the hoop in the last 1:30 of regulation. They forced many Memphis mistakes in the first half. Congrats to Kansas for one of the best NCAA finals ever. Unfortunately, I was in bed and was not able to watch past the first half.

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NCAA Championship

Here is the scoop. Kansas plays some great team defense, and really does function as a team. Memphis has superior talent and is one of the most physically athletic teams to play college ball. Calapari is a competent coach, but apparently his strength lies in recruiting thes outstanding individuals. He did the same at UMass. When Memphis is rolling, they are almost unstoppable. I believe that Memphis will jump out to a quick lead and Kansas will have to buckle down and play smart basketball the rest of the night just to stay in the game. Memphis will beat Kansas by double digits. Memphis will finish the season with an NCAA record 39 wins.

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smothered thoughts

  • I ended up kayaking at Biscayne National Park instead of Black Point. I’ll throw out a couple pics later.
  • It started out peaceful around 2pm, but by 3ish the wind had picked up to around 15 to 20 mph. Dave had a difficult time navigating his canoe since his wife was watching the little ones and he was the only one in the boat with a paddle.
  • There were a few whitecaps splashing me. Good thing I left my phone in the car.
  • We didn’t see any crocs, eagle rays, dolphins, or sharks.
  • We found a nice cove in the mangroves where we plan on doing some snapper, snook, and shark fishing this summer.
  • Dave brought two female connections for my kayak paddle so we had to rig it to get it to work. We had fun anyway.
  • On the tourney tip, Tennessee is out, UNC is moving on.
  • To the ESPN Life Pointe crew, you were right about Georgetown. (Still scratching my head on that one.)
  • UNC vs Kansas for the whole enchilada seems like a pretty good bet at this point.
  • I watched Citizen Kane with Marcela last night. I will post my thoughts on that incredible film later.

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Scattered thoughts

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Miami Hurricanes over St. Mary’s College 78-64

UPDATE: Miami wins!
UM 78 SMC 64

The expectations were low for the Canes this year. They were picked by almost anyone in the know to finish dead last in the conference. Instead, Miami turned out a good year with some solid out of conference wins against 8 seeded Miss St of the SEC, and NIT tourney VCU. The Canes first loss of the season came at game 13 making them one of the last 5 teams to lose a game. They hit a rough patch early in conference play, but turned out quality wins against VT (NCAA Tourney Snub), Clemson (#5 seed in the west), and Duke (#2 seed in the west). They dropped a couple games they should have won, which would have really made a difference in their tourney position. In any case, they should be able to handle the first round game over SMC to advance to the second round. It’s not likely they will get past a tough Texas team in round two, but it would still be considered a successful season. Success in sports is usually determined by expectations. Expectations that are met or exceeded = success. Miami has definitely exceeded everyone’s expectations this year regardless of what happens from here out.

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SHOCKED!

Canes land a 7 in the South!

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NCAA Men’s Basketball 3/14/08 UM vs VT

Since January 1993’s Sugar Bowl match-up of the “unbeatable” Miami Hurricane’s against the lowly Crimson Tide of Alabama, I have become a pessimist. Anytime there is a marginally competitive opponent, I just assume the Canes will find a way to lose. That started to change in 1998 when The Edge ended UCLA’s title hopes, and 2000 against FSU and in the Sugar Bowl against UF, 2001 when we went undefeated and won the football championship. I had progressed back to a cocky Cane fan until Terry Porter infamously snatched the championship from us and handed it to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Since then, I just assume we will lose against marginally competitive teams, basketball or football, doesn’t really matter. Well, I was proven right today. The Canes were in the game, even had a second half lead against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Then, VT just decided to put us away. 63-49 was the final. The Canes this year are not bad, but they aren’t great either. We will probably get a 9 or 10 seed and be lucky to get past the first round of the tourney. It’s a good season on which to build the future, but not really that much to brag about.

There I go again, sounding like a pessimist in a season that is not even technically over yet.

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