April 4, 2012, 11:52 am
The Wildcats never had a close game the whole NCAA Tournament. I suppose you could say Louisville gave them a scare in the 2nd half of that contest, but Kentucky was never really nervous and seemed in control throughout. The title game was the same story; they held a double digit lead for the majority of the game and when Kansas made one final push the Wildcats made sure to leave no doubt. And if you're wondering about the Wildcat's other games that got them to the final four, they were all laughers.
The same could be said about the Baylor women's basketball team. They rode double digit wins all the way to claiming the trophy last night and with the exception of an impressive 10 minute spurt by Stanford in the National Semifinal, they were never truly tested.
With all of that being said, it begs the question: were either of the NCAA Tournament's exciting? Don't get me wrong, we had our share of close games throughout both tourneys, but what really gets the whole nation amped up is when the top dog is losing at halftime of a game or when they are really on the ropes in the final 3 minutes. As fans, we never got to see that in any tournament and I believe thats part of the reason why some thought this year was a dud as far as comparing it to past tournaments.
Now that both champions have been crowned, its time to turn the page to the world of golf for this weekend before we officially dive into baseball on Monday. Remember, you can listen to the Master's on 630 The Fan from 12-5 PM Thursday-Sunday.
February 2, 2012, 10:59 am
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The Borah Lions were given a scare in the 1st half against Boise High last night, but the top team in the state used their defense (big surprise) to lock down their 15th consecutive win, 53-34. The Braves scored just 11 points in the second half and Tucker Larson was their leading scorer with nine. Balance was the theme for the Borah Lions. Weber State football recruit Braden Corpus had a busy day as he stopped by Mickey Ray's in Eagle and then scored 12 points to help lead the Lions to the victory. With a win tomorrow over Rocky Mountain, the Lions will clinch the 5A SIC regular season crown.
The odds were stacked against Mountain View when two starters, Tanner Percifield and Nate Moore, were out of last night's game. With that being said, Jon Nettleton's group played their best defensive game of the season and beat Centennial 42-32 in a showdown for 2nd place. Brandon Luedtke started off slow, but carried the load offensively in the 2nd half for the Mavericks as they are now one game ahead of Centennial and hold the tiebreaker between the two by virtue of their victory of Borah in December. If Centennial wants to make it to the Idaho Center, Daryl Robertson has to start picking it up offensively. The junior was held scoreless against Borah on Saturday and scored just two points last night.
In a battle of two teams that were trying to get back on track after surprising losses over the weekend, the Timberline Wolves went on the road and beat Eagle 49-43. The Wolves started off strong and had a 14 point lead at halftime before Eagle tried to make a comeback. Grant Saetrum had a strong performance for Timberline as he put in 14 points. The Wolves are now in sole possession of 4th place as Eagle has slipped all the way back into 6th with three games remaining in the regular season.
All of the sudden, the Vallivue Falcons are starting to pick it up offensively and the results are showing in the win column. The Falcons scored 67 points last night and routed a Rocky Mountain team that was previously on a 3 game win streak. The win for Vallivue pulls them even with Rocky in a tie for 7th place with three games left to go.
In a must win game for both teams, the Meridian Warriors prevailed over Capital and all but ended the Eagles season. Meridian seems to be a different team when they play at home and that was no different last night as they won 58-45. Meridian is one game behing Vallivue and Rocky Mountain and is still on the outside looking in for the district tournament.
We will be broadcasting live from John Doe's Sports Bar in Nampa today, so come see us from 4-6 PM.
April 2, 2012, 1:16 pm
Last year's championship game (if thats what you want to call it) was the worst in NCAA history as the teams failed to score 100 points. It wasn't the fact that it was a low scoring game that made it lack the hype, but the teams involved. The common fan loves watching that one team that no one expected to get there succeed in the NCAA Tournament, but when you have four titans left standing in the Final Four like we had this year, it is better for college basketball.
The storylines in this matchup are endless. The best two individual players in the game will meet on the same floor when Kentucky's Anthony Davis will go up against Kansas's Thomas Robinson. Personally, I think Robinson should have won the player of the year honor over Davis and will play with more of a vengeance. Coupled on top of the fact that Davis wore a cape to his press conference yesterday showed his youth and his arrogance that will carry over to tonight.
It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that has listened to the show throughout the month of March, but I am picking Kansas in an upset to knock off Kentucky 71-68.
Tune in today at 4 for a one hour edition of the show before we take you out to New Orleans at 5:00 for the National Championship Pregame Show.
January 30, 2012, 10:53 am
On the other hand, Centennial had a chance to separate themselves from Mountain View and move within one game of Borah for the conference crown. Unfortunately for the Patriots, first place is all but out of reach and they will be fighting with Mountain View for the #2 seed going into the district tournament. The Patriots and Mavericks will square off on Wednesday and you can listen to the game on 630 The Fan. If Centennial can win on the road, they will hold a very important tiebreaker between the two teams for second place.
You can't help but feel good for the Capital Eagles. The young basketball team has struggled all year long, but came away with a spectacular 53-50 win over Timberline to keep their slim hopes alive to make the district tournament. Hunter Young had 19 points for the Eagles but the key to the game was turnovers. Capital only committed seven throughout the game and that was their key to victory. Timberline is proving why they are the most inconsistent team in the SIC. They are currently in a tie for 4th place with four games left on their schedule.
Another team that was in desperate need of a win was the Vallivue Falcons, and they got a huge road win on Saturday. The Falcons erupted for 61 points and won at Eagle to put themselves on the inside of the district tournament picture. Jacob Betancourt had another solid game, but he was helped out by Gabe Vazquez who had 18 points. All of the sudden, Eagle is now 7-7 in conference play and will most likely have the 6th seed going into the district tournament unless they can turn things around in a hurry.
The defending state champion Mountain View Mavericks responded nicely on Saturday night as they took care of Meridian 51-35. The Mavericks were stymied Friday by Boise High and needed to beat Meridian to avoid their 3rd consecutive home loss. Randall Robinson had an up and down weekend as the league leader in shooting percentage was held scoreless on Friday night, but responded in a big way with 14 points against Meridian. The Warriors now are in 9th place and need to win at least two out of their last four to make it to the district tournament.
Don't look now, but the Rocky Mountain Grizzlies are starting to find their groove. After losing a couple of heartbreakers earlier in the conference season, Dane Roy's squad won both games over the weekend including an impressive 49-42 win over Boise High. Rocky is now comfortable in 7th place and with one win, would lock up a bid to the district tournament.
Remember to join us at Mickey Ray's in Eagle on Wednesday for our National Letter of Intent Show from 2-6. If you have any questions e-mail me at email@example.com.
March 29, 2012, 1:41 pm
Baylor is looking to complete a perfect season with just two more victories and they come in as the heavy favorite against Stanford, who has only been beaten once. The other National Semifinal features two Big East foes that have dominated the Women's game for quite some time in UConn and Notre Dame. You can listen to both games Sunday as well as the National Championship on Tuesday on 630 The Fan or streaming live at 630thefan.com starting at 4:00 Sunday afternoon.
As for the Men's side, we know that the Final Four is king of all college basketball, but with the NIT Championship taking place tonight between Minnesota and Stanford it begs the question of what event draws more interest. This year, every game of the NIT was broadcasted on television and there was significant interest considering that we are talking about teams 69 through 100 that did not make the NCAA Tournament. Take that into account along with the fact that the Women's Tournament has to compete with the Men's Tourney, the NIT gets more exposure.
Personally, I appreciate the fact that the four teams left in the Women's Tournament have dominated their competition all year long and they will all finally meet on the same floor this weekend. With that being said, I am more interested in that rather than two teams that will compete tonight to say they are the 69th best team in the country. Do you agree?
Tune into the show today from 4-4:45 before we send you out to New York for the NIT Championship.