The 'Bag feels like he's covering the cell-phone industry instead of college basketball at times these days. First came the
"It said, 'This is Tyler's phone number,' and it actually was my cell number," recalls Hansbrough, who has since changed his number. "People were calling me at 2 o'clock in the morning and waking me up."
It's enough to make you become a Luddite and lose your cell phone altogether. Anyway, we're ready to cover some actual hoops for the first time in a while. Let's dig in:
I'll agree with you on the top six. As for the next 10 after that, I would include (in no particular order): Maryland, UConn, Syracuse, Georgetown, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan State, Arizona, Florida and Texas. It remains to be seen whether the successors of
I disagree. From everything I understand, what happened between Indiana and
Keep in mind, Greenspan was also the AD at Illinois State when
Thanks D.P. While it seems unfair on the face of it, I don't think Walberg has a case for a lawsuit. Sysko's, the instructional video retailer, asked Walberg if he wanted to do the videos, and he turned down the offer. And when I asked Sysko's executive
I really don't think BYU is hurt that much by the league's TV deal, not with the NCAA tournament committee, at least. The committee has done a pretty good job in recent years when it comes to being aware of good teams that don't get as much publicity nationally. If anything, I think many of the TV talking heads are too unaware of the Mountain West. UNLV's run to the Sweet 16 last year shouldn't have been treated with as much surprise as it was in many precincts. That said, BYU's win over Louisville and down-to-the-wire loss to North Carolina in Vegas last fall did draw the Cougars attention from some TV folks who tend to act like the only team west of the Central Time Zone is UCLA.
Good point, Jay. The only obvious NCAA tournament team the Aggies have beaten is Texas; the only two bubble teams they've beaten are Ohio State and Oklahoma. And with three straight losses (including at home to Nebraska and Oklahoma State!)
Sorry to burst your bubble, David, but I don't think White is even the best D.J. in the country this season. I'd consider Texas'
Remember last week's question wondering if Gonzaga's
I understand your point, but more importantly, college basketball dominates the cultures of UNC, Kansas, Kentucky and Indiana. That's just not the case in the Los Angeles area for a number of reasons. Pauley Pavilion is a perfectly good place and those 11 banners are impressive, but I've never gotten the kind of goosebumps watching a game there that I have at the other four places.
If that were the case, I'd think Tennessee would get the nod for Charlotte ahead of the Tar Heels.
Interesting point, Larry. I still think Sampson deserved his fate -- this wasn't, in the end, about phone calls as much as it was about his repeat offenses and the very believable allegation that he lied to Indiana and the NCAA. However, I think it's possible to think as well that something's wrong when the NCAA is the judge
Thanks Marc. I'm no
All in K.C.: 1. Gates. 2. Jack Stack. 3. Oklahoma Joe's.
Embarrassing but true. There are probably a few reasons. One, I get to fewer games than you'd think while writing for SI. I mean, how often do you see a game story in the magazine anymore? It's better for me to do feature interviews, etc., when teams aren't playing a ton of games. Two, Indiana hasn't been quite as good in recent years. And during my first few years at SI the relationship between
See you next week.