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.
January 26, 2012, 11:53 am
Another matchup will take place with a team in the middle tier of the standings trying to knock off one of the top three when Boise plays at Mountain View. This is a rematch of a thriller last month when Mountain View got past the Braves 53-50. Both teams pride themselves on their defense and this game will most likely be played in the 40's. One of the premier individual matchups in the SIC that we will see Friday night will be Joe Simpson against Brandon Luedtke. Both of these big men are in the top ten in scoring and both in the top five in rebounding as they are willing their teams to win each and every game. You can listen to the game on 630 The Fan. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30.
The Centennial Patriots are quietly becoming the darkhorse to win the SIC and they will have an opportunity to put themselves in prime position to do so this weekend as they take on Vallivue and Borah. The Patriots have to avoid a letdown against a hungry Vallivue team that needs to win to stay on the inside of the district tournament picture. Centennial has many weapons and could have the right recipe to knock off Borah on Saturday if they play to the best of their abilities.
There is stiff competition for the most inconsistent team in the SIC and right now it has to be the Timberline Wolves. The Wolves proved that again last weekend losing to Rocky Mountain after beating Mountain View the previous weekend. Fortunately for coach Josh Downey, they responded well on Saturday beating Vallivue 61-58. This weekend, they will host Meridian and play at Capital and on paper, it looks like the Wolves can move to 9-4 in the conference standings. Meridian is also fighting to make the district tournament and actually held a 9 point lead over #1 Borah last Friday, so the potential is there, but wins need to start showing up on the scoreboard.
Lastly, Rocky Mountain looks to build on a huge win as they play at Capital. The Grizzlies beat Timberline last weekend and moved into a tie for 7th place and need to take advantage of a big opportunity to beat the team currently sitting in last place. The Capital Eagles showed a lot of promise in their loss to Mountain View, but as coach Rush told me, they need to start winning quickly. The Eagles are 1-11 in conference play and are two games out of the race for the district tournament with just six games remaining.
It should be an exciting weekend in the SIC to say the least. Make sure to tune into 630 The Fan for the Boise vs. Mountain View game on Friday and tune in at 4:00 PM on Monday for a full recap of the weekends games.
March 28, 2012, 12:57 pm
Ever since this game was scheduled, I have heard from baseball enthusiasts how it doesn't make any sense to open up the season this way and it takes away from the game altogether. In all honesty, I couldn't disagree more.
First off, this is technically a home game for the A's, who are lucky to draw 10,000 fans to home games as it is where today's game was sold out in the Tokyo Dome with over 40,000 people showing up. Secondly, this isn't what I would consider a marquee matchup. The only thing Oakland and Seattle will be playing for this year is 3rd place in the AL West, but fans in Tokyo could care less.
Most importantly we have the Ichiro factor. He is the must recognized baseball player in Japan and to bring him home for a two-game series is great planning by Major League Baseball. Throw on top of it that he collected four hits in the opener is icing on the cake.
We have seen it in the NFL how the league is trying to become more global and here in the United States, most will scoff at the idea and we selfishly want all of the games to be played on "our" terms, but it is inevitable that games we will played elsewhere a handful of times throughout the season and if its going to happen, then this scenario makes all the sense in the world.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow and the official Opening Day is still scheduled for next Wednesday.