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Manu Ginobili Stuffs Kevin Durant

In basketball blogging, Uncategorized on February 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm

The San Antonio Spurs are an aging champion struggling to find an identity that works. Timmy D is in his 12th season, the expensive acquisition RJ, who was supposed to be a 4th or even 3rd option, is an utter failure in the system.

Worse, floor general Tony Parker’s plantar fascitis and other ailments are proving to be an insurmountable problem and George Hill just doesn’t look ready to take over against Derek Fisher or Deron Williams.

Yup, the Spurs look like they are headed for first round elimination …

Then all of a sudden, Manu shows up with superhero effort at just the right time …

… and the Spurs make you wonder.

Remember what Popp says:

“Doesn’t matter if you’re a #1 seed or a #8, you gotta beat everybody to win it all.”

YH joins in giving big ups to Manu Ginobili, who not only had the critical block but an excellent performance against the Thunder.

Ups too, to George Hill for correctly staying with the ball handler on that play and allowing the trailer to catch up – textbook Spur-team-defense.

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NCAA Releases Mock NCAA Men’s Bracket

In predictions, Uncategorized on February 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

The NCAA has begun releasing a mock selection bracket for March Madness a month in advance of the actual selections.

There’s a pretty complex set of stats, algorithms and processes involved in creating this hypothetical and you can read about it at the NCAA website – they even have videos explaining it all, but for now,

here’s the mock bracket, itself

Check out the Mock NCAA Men’s bracket for yourself – set the .pdf to 50% of actual size and you can see the whole bracket on one screen easily.

If selection were to go this way I would definitely put money on Kansas to win it all. (Oh yeah, I already did!).

And looking at Syracuse’s bracket, you run into an opportunity in that game against Texas in the Sweet 16. I’m a Longhorn, but I gotta say ‘Cuse’s play against the BIG men of the BIG East is impressive – Dexter Pittman and Wangemele neutralized and the three high-scoring freshman of Texas under heavy defensive pressure? I like Syracuse.

Lots to look at in  this mock bracket, including Georgetown’s bear of a bracket having to face Belmont, Xavier and Ohio State to get to the Sweet 16 … hmmm. And they’d end up facing a Kentucky team that has a much easier road.

I like Wisconsin in their bracket too. I figure they’d make it all the way to the Kansas matchup and then fall in the final four.

If Purdue and K-State manage to get through some tests against Maryland and Butler, I like that game a lot – K-State D versus that Purdue team wil be a blast to watch. Early, of course, but I’m taking K-state. And if Nova makes it past OK State or Illinois or Wake, I actually like K -state or Purdue in that matchup because of fatigue. G’Town took Nova apart.

enjoy.