Final thoughts: it was pretty cool witnessing history and seeing Coach K up close for the first time in my life. Austin Rivers has a lot to learn at the college level. Anthony Davis is still a freak. And we should see Kentucky in the Final Four.
This game is just about in the books. And so am I. I don’t know if that made sense, but it works for me.
Things are getting heated at the Garden. A “skirmish” nearly broke out after Kansas’ Thomas Robinson walked over Kentucky’s Terrence Jones – Scottie Pippen over Patrick Ewing-style.
Dick Vitale is dancing from his sideline perch to the sounds of “Sweet Caroline.” That just made my night. Or ruined it.
Kentucky’s talent is bursting at the seams. As a Tar Heels fan I am freaking out. Fortunately, freshman usually find a way to blow it in the tournament. And that’s like five months away.
I am definitely watching the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft next season in Anthony Davis. Unless, of course, there isn’t a draft. He just blocked his fourth shot. Emphatically.
Observation that may only interest me: every Wildcat in uniform is sitting on the bench to start the half without any warm-up gear on. Straight jerseys. Never seen that before.
Welcome to the Anthony Davis alley-oop show.
For all the ridiculous athleticism and excitement in this game – it’s 28-28 at halftime. Or what an NBA team would score in the first quarter. Also, it’s 11 o’clock already?
In his press conference, Coach K recognised that he was a very good coach but “not Brad Pitt.” In related news, I would like to think I fall somehwere between “not Coach K” and “not Brad Pitt” on the attractiveness scale.
I want to win a Gildan shirt toss!
There’s another super-frosh in the late game, Kentucky’s Anthony Davis. The guy is a freak. He’s got one of the longest bodies I’ve ever seen. And a really small head.
I take it back. This game isn’t completely different than the first. The Car Fox is back. Dancing to Taio Cruz. I know what I’d do with some dynamite right now…
I don’t know if it’s the extra couple hours of pre-game “drinking-what-bob-knight’s-drinking” but the atmosphere in the Garden is electric. For both sides. This is why I love college basketball (the atmosphere, not the drinking…not that there’s anything wrong with that).
I’ve been back in my seat or about two minutes of this Kentucky-Kansas game. And drawing any comparisons to the previous game seems nearly impossible. The athleticism on the floor right now is ridiculous.
Well…if you hadn’t already heard…Coach K is the winningest coach in Division I basketball history. And, judging from his post-game press conference, he’s a fairly funny guy.
Umm…don’t look now but Michigan State is only down seven with one minute left. I’m not even sure how. Stranger things have happened…
Duke’s up 11 with just two minutes left. We are mere minutes away from history. Coach K will assuredly be hugged by current teammates, former teammates in attendance like Grant Hill and Carlos Boozer, and the man he is surpassing in Division I victories, Bob Knight. Who, allegedly, was caught drinking during the telecast. But I am too far away from “The General” to confirm or deny these reports.
There are two – two! – WWE events at the Garden over the next six weeks. I’d better stay on my best behaviour and cross my fingers for another credential.
THEY DID IT. A Draymond Green bucket ends any hope of a quick end to the lockout. It only took Sparty 8:34 between field goals.
“He” turned the ball over again. You all know who “he” is. And then “he” got a head rub and pep talk from Coach K. Let’s see if coach has as much magic in those hands as the NBA players do with their disclaimer of interest. I miss the NBA.
This is the slowest game evZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
What will happen first: a Michigan State field goal or an NBA season?
Anything you can do brother, I can also do. Miles Plumlee with the technical this time. I hope Marshall makes it into the game just for the chance of the trifecta. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that would be the first time three brothers on the same team each recieved a technical. Or at least the first who’s letters all start with “M.”
Make it another six straight points for Duke. That puts the run at 14-2. I think Wojo just slapped the floor. Or I just had a nightmare from a decade ago.
8-2 run for the Dukies. Dawkins hit another three. That makes six. Ryan Clark added another. 47-40 Duke. Blue Devils chants abound. My head hurts.
Andre Dawkins just took a catch-and-shoot, fadeaway three-pointer from the top of the key. Terrible shot. He swished it. When you’re hot, you’re hot.
Here’s Austin Rivers. The guy I’ve been killing all night. Full disclosure: I’m a North Carolina Tar Heel fan.
But they actually let me in the building, too. I even snuck my way down to the floor. Just in time to catch a quick glance at the gameday crew.
So you’ll actually believe me that I’m hear, lets use halftime to bring you some photos from pregame.
Halftime at the Garden: Duke 34, Michigan State 33. Duke has forced 10 first-half turnovers, but it’s Andre Dawkins’ 14 points that is single-handidly keeping his Blue Devils in the game. The Spartans have featured a balanced attack, both inside and outside, with five players scoring at least five points.
Another Austin Rivers turnover…
The Michigan State crowd chant is: “Go Green. Go White.” In case you were wondering.
Fortunately, Duke has Andre Dawkins, who is playing out of his mind. He’s 5-8 from the floor and has half of his team’s 28 points. But Draymond Green answered right back and will have a chance to finish off a three-point play – the hard way – after the timeout. 30-28, Michigan State leads.
Austin Rivers has a lightening-quick first step. He’s also out of control.A lucky bounce just saved another turnover. Naturally, he was just sent to the bench.
Sloppy game early. 11 turnovers. 14 team fouls. And if you thought it couldn’t get any worse…a Car Fox mascot parading on the court at a timeout. Brutal start.
Does it get any better than a string of: turnover-missed shot-missed shot-turnover-missed shot-turnover? Yes, I think it does.
Actual basketball update No. 1: Duke’s half-court pressure bothered the Spartans early. But they’ve responded with a couple three-pointers and are dominating the glass like they did against North Carolina to take a 16-12 lead at the under-12 timeout.
A Plumlee just got charged with a technical foul for Duke. I think they said “Mason.” But they could have said “Miles.” Or “Marshall.” That’s right, there’s are three of them.
First up: Michigan State-Duke. Sparty put up a good fight and surprised many in their efforts against the No. 1 Tar Heels. Did I mention it was on a boat? Meanwhile Duke eeked past Belmont by a single point in their opener before destroying Presbyterian. Should be an entertaining matchup. Did I mention Coach K becomes the winningest coach in Division 1 history with a victory?
Yep. I still regret what I just wrote.
National Anthem was just performed by the winner of “America’s Got Talent”. I hate to be a hater, but let’s just say AGT isn’t “American Idol.” Or even the “X Factor.” Not that I watch either of those…
Just got myself setup in press row at Madison Square Garden for a doubleheader of great college basketball. Duke-Michigan State. Kentucky-Kansas. As I settled in I heard a booming round of applause. I thought about waving to the crowd…until I realised it was meant for coach Mike Krzyzewski taking the floor. With a win, he will surpass Bobby Knight, his mentor, to become the all-time winningest coach in Division I history.
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