Sunday, March 20, 2011

Washington Post columns: "Butler vs. Pittsburgh’s NCAA tournament finish is March Madness in 2.2 seconds" and "After 850 wins, U-Conn.’s Jim Calhoun is still worried about the next loss"

In case you missed them, here are two columns from the weekend on the NCAA Tournament for The Washington Post ------------

Sunday column:
This was the final sequence of Saturday night’s NCAA tournament game between Butler and Pittsburgh in Verizon Center:

A basket.

A foul.

A conversation between the fouler and the foulee while the officials were checking to see where to set the clock.

A made free throw.

A missed free throw.

A rebound.

A foul.

Another check of the clock.

A made free throw.

An intentionally missed free throw.

A desperation heave right that came close but would not have counted.

All of that took place in 2.2 seconds. Seriously. When the buzzer finally sounded and the dust cleared, Butler had — somehow — done it again, stunning top-seeded Pittsburgh, 71-70, to advance to the round of 16 in the Southeast Region next Thursday in New Orleans.

Click here for the rest of the column: Butler vs. Pittsburgh’s NCAA tournament finish is March Madness in 2.2 seconds


Friday column:
At times, Jim Calhoun looks exactly like what he is: the oldest coach in the NCAA tournament, a couple of months shy of 69; a two-time cancer survivor; and an oft-criticized coaching icon whom the NCAA has sanctioned in the past month.

That’s how Calhoun appeared Wednesday afternoon, as he slowly climbed the nine steps to the podium in the interview room at Verizon Center

Then he started to talk — about his team winning five games in the Big East tournament a week ago; about his star, Kemba Walker; about his NCAA tournament memories. The words, as always, came in a rush.

Afterward, as he descended those nine steps and left the room, there was spring in his step. He continued talking about what keeps him going after 39 years in the business.

“My friends tell me all the time, ‘Relax, what are you so worried about? Look at what you’ve done,’’’ he said. “I can’t possibly do that. We’re playing Bucknell tomorrow, and all I can think is, ‘We can’t lose to Bucknell; we just can’t.’ I think that before every game, especially this time of year.

Click here for the rest of the column: After 850 wins, U-Conn.’s Jim Calhoun is still worried about the next loss


Tim said...

After seeing what the ACC has done in the tourney (even with a few scratch-bys) I 100% see what you've been saying about Swofford -- he and his staff HAVE TO start being more proactive in this day and age. With 3 going to Sweet 16, and Clemson having a decent showing, its evident that the ACC was not sssooo bad this year compared to everyone. At the very least, with VT right on the heels of FSU, and beating them 9 days ago, at the very least a 5th team clearly warranted the tourney. And probably BC too. And no, it matters none they lost in the NIT.

Long story short, the ACC is an afterthought in todays college basketball when it should be still at the forefront. The leagues top teams win titles (5 of last 10), and the rest aren't red-headed stepchildren. Its the ACC offices job to get the truth out.

Anonymous said...

why are you always so angry?

Corey said...

No comment on Texas getting robbed on that inbounds pass? Im not Texas fan, but am curious as to your reaction? I pulled out my stopwatch after the play and rewound/timed the play. Definitely not 5 seconds.