Peppers at 10, which seems low.
With the Big Ten crapping the Sweet Sixteen bed, and Maryland, Wiscy and Indiana all losing, history remains unchanged: The last two Big Ten teams to win the NCAA title are still Michigan (1989) and MSU (2000). Maryland in 2002 does not count.
It truly is amazing how inept the B1G has become in the NCAAs. Since MSU's title in 2000, B1G teams have made the Final Four 12 times (MSU 5, OSU 2, Wisconsin 2, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana 1), with nothing to show for it.
If coffee is for closers, then the Big Ten will have to drink tea for another year.
Here's the thread for the Friday night games, two of which are already going -
CBS - Iowa State / Virginia - the Cavaliers are up 39-26 with just under three minutes to go in the 1st half.
TBS - Wisconsin / Notre Dame - Wisconsin is up 13-9 with 11:29 to go in the 1st half.
Later on, Gonzaga plays Syracuse on CBS at approximately 9:40 PM, TBS will carry Indiana / UNC at about 9:57 PM.
With the success of traditional football powers Oregon and Oklahoma in this year's NCAAs, it got me to thinking about the schools that have combined football greatness with basketball greatness the best. And by the ultimate metric - national championships - only two schools are in the conversation.
In the last 30 years, only two schools have won national championships in both sports - Florida and Michigan. Florida is by far the leader, with three NCs in football and two in basketball. Michigan has one of each. If either Oklahoma or Notre Dame win it all this year, they will join this exclusive club.
Looking at the list of champions in both sports, though, really spells out just how difficult it is to be both a football school and a basketball school. The traditional basketball powers - Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Duke, Indiana, UConn, Syracuse - are awful at football. The traditional football powers - Alabama, LSU, everybody else in the SEC except Kentucky, USC, Florida State - are mostly awful at basketball.
Only a few schools have come close to being great (at times) in both - Texas, Ohio State, MSU, maybe even Wisconsin. And now Oklahoma, Oregon and Notre Dame. But it's still mostly true that you either have to be a basketball school or a football school, and it's hard to be both.
If you watched the tourney games last night you may be aware that this went down:
Was shooting a three-pointer with nine seconds left (and the outcome not in doubt) poor form? Probably. But, if I'm Coach K I leave any etiquette lessons to the Oregon coach.
One of the kids has been invited to play on an AAU hoops team starting next week. We have avoided these things because of the strain on the rest of the family, but are leaning toward saying 'yes' to this, this one time. I know there are lots of athletes on this board and those whose children are participating in all manner of sports, including basketball.
My question to the MgoParents, and I guess some of you who played AAU, is basically this: What were your experiences with AAU hoops (other AAU sports?) in terms of time invested, travel, coaching, improvement of your athlete and visibility for possible college and any other relevant metrics that you care to share?
EDIT: I want to say 'Thank You' to you all that have posted. Great info and insight, which was exactly what I was hoping for. Very helpful.