Archive for the ‘ncaa basketball’ Category

Ohio: Home of the Basketball Trick Shot

June 23, 2009

That should be the new slogan smeared across every license plate in the good old Buckeye state. The last couple of months we have been getting a regular dose of LeBron making a somewhat impossible, jaw dropping shot. Well now King James may have a little bit of a competition in the form of 14 year old Aaron Shutway from Brecksville Broadview Heights Middle School. His front-flip-into-a-three-quarter-court-shot is something of beauty. So congrats to Shutway on the shot that he, and most of us, will not soon forget. Also, I would like to high five the young gentleman wearing the UNC shirt and low five (with pulling the hand away at the last second to make him look like a jerk) the young man in the Kellen Winslow jersey. Don’t be that guy Bro.

Lebron, you’re up.

Im a NCAA Basketball Referee, FML.

June 10, 2009

Well, the NCAA is making things a bit more interesting for the basketball season ahead. Last week the NCAA drew up 3 new rule changes for the upcoming season. I know Meatloaf says “two out of three ain’t bad”, but I think he if was talking about rule changes, he might require more perfection. The first of the rule changes is now Referees are able to use instant replay to determine flagrant fouls and ejections. I like this rule so we will file that one under “good”. The second of the three new rules is if the free throw shooter is injured and unable to shoot, the coach must choose a player to shoot from the four remaining on the floor. Think back to the tourney last year. Mizzou subbed in for an “injured” free throw shooter who subsequently came right back into the game a second later, unaffected by his “injury”. No more of that = great rule numero dos (number 2 for our non Spanish speaking readers). Moving on, this is where the rule change gets a little sketchy. The third rule states that “Secondary defenders must establish position outside the area between the backboard and the front of the rim to draw a charge call.” So now the Refs not only have to determine between a block and a charge, they also have to determine if the player was inside or outside of a no charge zone. Sounds good right? Let throw something else in there…the Refs won’t have the luxury of a painted arc to represent the no charge zone like the NBA officials do. Therefore the Referee has to determine if the defender was inside or outside the area between the backboard and the front of the rim before deciding whether or not the offensive player had control of the ball, the defenders feet were set, the offensive player initiated contact, etc. all while the game is going at the speed of light. The reason there will be no arcs painted on the floors is because the NCAA says “it would take about 4 years for approval through all the proper channels” and they wanted something to add that would be “beneficial right away.” How in the F is this going to be beneficial? This is going to create so many more arguments and controversy. With no arc on the floor, you pretty much cannot be proven wrong without a replay from above. So, in closing, there are only 2 things I have to say: 1.) The NCAA is lazy. Get it through the channels and get it painted on the floor. 2.) Refs…FYL.

North Carolina vs. Duke Preview

February 11, 2009

Tonight is the best night of college basketball. Tonight is the Tobacco Road Rivalry. Tonight Psycho T and Dancin’ Danny Green attempt to go 4-0 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. They will be the first players to do so since my arch rival Tim Duncan did it while playing for Wake Forest. North Carolina got the wake up call early on in conference play after dropping their first 2 ACC games. Now, after rattling off 7 straight wins, they look to come away from Duke with sole possession of the number one spot in the ACC. Duke is coming off a near miss overtime win at Miami and an absolute 27 point trouncing by Clemson, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The Blue Devils are going to have their hands full with Psycho T down low and Danny Green and Sir Wayne Ellington on the wings. Something tells me their allowing a league leading 61 points per game average is going to sky rocket after playing the most explosive team in college basketball. Sir Wayne has been on fire as of late, scoring 20 in the last 4 of 6 games while shooting 51% from behind the arc. 51%? That is sicker than Weezy’s watch. Paulus and Scheyer shouldn’t be a problem for UNC either. The two are in slumps right now and Paulus has only started 2 games this season. Singler is also in a shooting slump going 5-23 against Miami. If Paulus somehow gets the start tonite, it should be entertaining because he will have the impossible task of keeping up with the UNC guards. I wonder if Paulus has nightmares about Danny Green posterizing him last year. Danny Green jumped over him like he was a hurdle. Then again, how hard could it have been for Danny to dunk on a 3 year player (at that time) that seemingly gets worse every year? Hey, at least he isn’t a cry baby bitch like his predecessor. I think it is going to be hard for a team that is not as fast or as potent offensively to keep up with the Heels. It will probably be close early on because of high flying emotions from the rivalry, but after the dust settles UNC will be number 1 in the ACC. Know that.

Final Score: 78-65 Tar Heels