NCAAB

Pure Madness

March madness has definitely lived up to its name this year, the tournament has been one of the most unpredictable ones in recent memory.

Kentucky booked their ticket to the national championship game through a last second three point shot from Freshman guard Aaron Harris. While Connecticut had to mount a come-back from a double digit deficit in the first half of their final four match up.

In my bracket of course I had neither team in the championship game and I don’t know too many people outside their fan-base that picked both teams , but to my credit I did choose Kentucky to make the final four.

The Huskies run in the tournament is reminiscent of the Kemba Walker led team that won the championship in 2011. The match-up should be very interesting, as much as I respect Kentucky’s front court I ultimately think this game will be decided by the back court, If Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright out play the Harrison twins I can see the huskies cutting down the nets. I picked Kentucky after the disaster I call my bracket happened and if there’s one thing we’ve learned from this tournament is anyone can win on any given day.

Back-to-Back

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The Syracuse Orange dropped their second game in a row to the Duke blue devils Saturday night 66-60 after starting the season with a 25-0 record.

The first meeting between both schools went to overtime in which the orange came out the victors 91-89, in what was considered an instant classic. After coasting majority of the season, the orange have found it difficult to score as of recent. Prior to suffering their first loss of the season to Boston College, the orange barely escaped some of the games they played. Most noticeably was the game against Pittsburgh, in which freshman guard Tyler Ennis hit a mid-court shot to snatch the game from the panthers.

The orange may lose their number one ranking, but they’re obviously a lock for a high seed in the conference tournament and the NCAA tournament. With just four games left against Maryland (15-12), Virginia (23-5),Georgia tech (13-14) and Florida State (15-11) on the season, it will be interesting to see how they bounce back from losing back-to-back games.

Last Call

The recent shake up in college athletic conferences is seeing one of the Athletic Coast Conference’s most celebrated rivalries come to an end on Tonight. Come the end of this NCAA basketball season the Maryland Terrapins will be moving to the BIG 12 conference and coach Krzyzewski refusing to schedule the terps, this could indeed be the last game between the two for the foreseeable future.

Depending on who you ask this might not even be seen as a rivalry. If you ask a Duke supporter, they don’t see Maryland as their rivals instead they view the North Carolina Tar Heels as their rivals, and this is very evident through one of their more famous chants “Not our rival,” whenever the terps visit Durham just to remind the terps of how they see them.

The last time both teams met, Maryland edged out their opponents at the Comcast center who were ranked number one in the AP polls at the time. Maryland currently has a two game winning streak against their rivals, but both games were away from the blue devils home court. Duke comes into this game ranked 8 in the nation while the terps are not ranked. As the last page to this interesting rivalry will be written tonight in Durham in front of the Cameron Crazies, it will be interesting to see what kind of send off the crazies have for the Maryland players.