Carolina Blue Storms Spartans

6 04 2009
North Carolina's Deon Thompson lays in a shot while Michigan St.'s Goran Suton could only watch. The rest of the Spartans could not bear to see the final result in their impressive run. (AP)

North Carolina's Deon Thompson lays in a shot while Michigan St.'s Goran Suton could only watch. The rest of the Spartans could not bear to see the final result in their impressive run. (AP)

By Brendan Tyman

People were saying North Carolina could not play defense just like Happy Gilmore could not putt. The Tar Heels used a dominating defensive effort to take complete control of the game and secure the school’s 5th national championship.

They jumped to a 22-7 lead six minutes into the game and did not look back in routing Michigan State 89-72. At halftime, the score was 55-34. There were 50,000 Spartans fans were disappointed at Ford Field in Detroit.

After defeating Louisville and Connecticut, State  committed too many turnovers  (21) and were getting beat to lose balls. UNC was able to get in the paint and get high-percentage shots while State was forcing bad 3-pointers.

Ty Lawson led Carolina with 21 points and six assists despite shooting poorly from the field. He was 15-18 from the free throw line. Wayne Ellington, the Final Four MVP, and Tyler Hansbrough added 19 and 18 respectively. Ellington made all 3 treys he attempted. Ed Davis scored 11.

For the Spartans, Goran Suton had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Kalin Lucas, like Lawson shot poorly from the field, tallied 14 points. Durrell Summers came off the bench to chip in13.

Head Coach Roy Williams will celebrate the second championship with a team that was considered to be unbeatable at the beginning of the season. They will share their one shining moment.

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Wild ‘Cal

1 04 2009
John Calipari hopes to bring Kentucky back to prominence. (Douglas Jones/US Presswire)

John Calipari hopes to bring Kentucky back to prominence. (Douglas Jones/US Presswire)

By: Brendan Tyman

John Calipari was introduced earlier this morning as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats.

He takes over a prestigious instiution that has fallen on hard times recently. Under Billy Gillispie, the ‘Cats failed to make it past the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and did not qualify for the Tournament this season. Though Calipari is used to turning around programs when he inherited downtrodden Massachusetts in 1988 and Memphis in 2000.

He told the Wildcat fans he is “excited and humbled” to come to such a “storied program.”

Calipari took UMass to the Final Four in ’96 before falling to ironically, Kentucky, and he led the Tigers to the National Championship game in 2008 before bowing to Kansas in overtime. His career coaching record is 445-140 in 17 years as a head coach. In the NBA, he roamed the sidelines for the New Jersey Nets in 3 seasons from 1996-’99. He finished 72-112 and made just one playoff appearance in ’97-’98 . This turned out to be the only deficiency in his coaching duties.





Billy Gillespie Axed

27 03 2009
Where will Gillispie go now? (Andy Lyons/Getty Image)

Where will Gillispie go now? (Andy Lyons/GettyImage

By: Brendan Tyman

The University of Kentucky fired Billy Gillispie, Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball team. He served two years in a seven-year contract and his record was 40-27.

The Wildcats lost to Notre Dame on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament. They finished the season with a 22-14 record. Despite having two of the top players in the Southeastern Conference, Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson, the ‘Cats lost 8 out of their last 11 games.

Irreconciable differences were the result of Gillispie’s exit in a tough environment.





Go Ahead, Rip the ACC. But Lay Off the Big East

22 03 2009

Story Taken from The Democratic Fanatic:

By Jim Chandley

I heard plenty of criticism of the Big East and ACC leading up to this year’s Men’s BB Tournament.

The ACC should take some serious lumps.  My Eagles were among five of the seven ACC teams to lose in the first round.  And the other two teams (Duke and UNC) were getting in regardless of what conference they were playing in.

So the ACC deserves to get ripped by fans and pundits.

That said, LEAVE THE BIG EAST ALONE.

This will happen again on April 6th.  Just substitute Devendorf for McNamara.

This will happen again on April 6th. Just substitute Devendorf for McNamara.

Marquette is out.  They played one of the best games of the tournament against Missouri today and lost.  West Viriginia was the only real clunker and they put up a good fight against a strong Dayton team in the first round but fell.

The rest of the Big East teams in the tournament are better than your team and they have or are going to prove it.

Duke could be lucky enough to play Pittsburgh in the Elite Eight if (big if) they can get through a very good Villanova team.  Regardless, the East bracket will send a Big East team to the Final four.

Louisville (and it pains me to say this because I wish horrible things on rick Petino) has a cake-walk to the Final Four.  Michigan St. is garbage, the best hope to keep Louisville from punching a ticket to Detroit is for Kansas to get insanely hot and pull two upsets in a row.

UConn vs. Memphis will be a great game to decide whether or not a Big East team will come out of the West bracket.  Get your popcorn ready for that one.

In the South, UNC is very good, I won’t try to sugar coat that.  But if anyone is going to knock off a powerhouse machine like UNC, it will be the Orangemen.  Syracuse is one of the hottest teams in the country right now.  They don’t have any quit in them and if you doubt that assertion, review the tape of this game.

In short, it could very well be an all Big East Final Four.  If you think your favorite Mid-Major or middle-of-the-pack team from the Big 10, Pac 10 or Big 12 deserved one of those Big East bids, why don’t you get them to play an exhibition match with Providence, Notre Dame or Georgetown.  They’ll get smoked by them, never mind the guys who made the tourney.





First Weekend Provides Some Madness

22 03 2009

By: Brendan Tyman

There were not many upsets, but these games were close calls and had some nail-biting moments. Another exciting first weekend in the NCAA Tournament, but the most of the top seeds advanced into the Sweet 16.

Connecticut (one of 5 Big East Teams left) proved they can play up to their capability even though the real challenges will come next week after losing to Syracuse in that crazy six-overtime loss. They won by the third largest margin in NCAA Tourney history with a 103-57 victory over Chattanooga.

Oklahoma and Blake Griffin displayed toughness. They will be able to compete with North Carolina if they meet in the Elite Eight.

Louisville faced a deficit late in their second-round contest against the spirited Siena Saints, but they pulled away in the final minute to clinch a spot in the Midwest regional semifinals.

Pittsburgh scared everyone who picked them to win the tourney as they escaped the upset-minded squads from East Tennessee State and Oklahoma State.

North Carolina despite the absence of Ty Lawson crushed Radford in the first round and defeated a game Louisiana State group as Lawson’s return sparked the Tar Heels.

The most entertaining encounter involved Siena and Ohio St. as the Saints needed a couple of treys in both of the extra sessions to down the Buckeyes. On the same night, Wisconsin eliminated the Seminoles of Florida St. 61-59.

In an up-and -down battle between Gonzaga and Western Kentucky, Freshman point guard Demetri Goodsen of the Zags converted a layup with 0.9 seconds left to top the Hilltoppers.

Next weekend should entertain the fans and there are potential bracket-busters.

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon argues a call in the second half of a second-round NCAA College Basketball game against the never-quit Cowboys of Oklahoma State. The Panthers will be playing in the TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon argues a call in the second half of a second-round NCAA College Basketball game against the never-quit Cowboys of Oklahoma State. The Panthers will be playing in the TD Banknorth Garden on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)





Superfans Rejoice as BC Gets a Ticket to the Dance

16 03 2009

The seventh-seeded Eagles will face the USC Trojans in the first round.

By Jim Chandley

Friday at 7:20 PM, Boston College will tip off post season play with a shot at a national title.

Coach Skinner will take his team to the tournament as a seven seed.  Some of BC’s more formidable competition (should they get through USC) would likely come from Michigan St. (2) and Louisville (1).

Keep up with The Fox as we cover the Eagles run through the tournament.





Think You Can Beat The Monthly Fox Staff?

16 03 2009

Pick your bracket on facebook and see if you can out-pick the sports writers along with the rest of the staff.

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