The UConn Huskies entered the 2010-2011 season unranked and virtually ignored by everyone outside of Storrs, CT. 3 consecutive upset wins in the opening week of the season the Maui invitational propelled them into the national spotlight. A very pedestrian 9-9 record in the Big East
2011 NCAA Tournament
I was talking to Syracuse University student, radio show host, and good friend of mine Lawrence Jackson and there were a few events going on in sports that he wanted to hear my opinion on. Lets get right to it.
Lawrence Jackson: Why do you think there are so many upsets in the NCAA Tournament?
Tariq Ferguson: There are a lot of factors that go into an upset. Some coaches under prepare while looking ahead to later match-ups, while some coaches over prepare assuming they wont advance unless they play a perfect game against their first opponent. There are also some good teams with good players that play hard and execute their game plan to perfection in these smaller conferences while some teams in bigger conferences get by on talent alone. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
LJ: Does the return of Kyrie Irving hurt Duke’s chemistry or make them more versatile?
TF: I don’t think it hurts their chemistry for three reasons. 1. Kyrie Irving is their Point Guard, their floor general, who not only was top 10 in the conference in scoring but he led the conference in assists when he went down In December. 2. Coach K teams are more synonymous with the term family than team, they all are happy to have him back. 3. They become the most versatile team in the tournament now, assuming he gets back to game shape. He creates offense for everyone, takes Nolan Smith off the ball, and will get Kyle Singler more involved in the offense because it seems that they got away from that when Irving went down.
LJ: Are the Miami Heat overrated? Continue reading
95.5% of the 5.9 million people who filled out a bracket on ESPN had Louisville beating Morehead State. 76 Percent of those had Louisville advancing to the Sweet 16. Its safe to say most brackets have been busted! Much credit given to the Morehead State players and coaching staff but this doesn’t come as much of a surprise to Morehead followers. The Eagles went down to Florida in November to take on the 10th ranked Gators and lost a close one 61-55. Continue reading
Most would say that the NCAA tournament is the most exciting playoff system in sports. The upsets, players becoming a household name, knowing every game could be your last, the emotion, seeing match-ups you dreamt about all year, and filling out your bracket whether it be for money or bragging rights with your friends; all reasons you can’t say March without Madness. Now, for the first time, every game will be nationally televised. Here are a few teams, players, and stories to watch for coming up in the tournament.