‘Tis The Season…

by Terrence Mayrose

WLTW-FM 106.7 in New York began playing Christmas music 24 hours a day starting the day after Thanksgiving. I would argue the station may be a little excessive with their “holiday spirit”, but nonetheless it brings up a very good point, the Christmas season is here; whether we want it to be or not.

In the college basketball world, coaches and players are approaching a time that is just as difficult as the Christmas season…conference play. The same way normal fans must deal with shopping, traffic, cold weather, and untangling the lights; college coaches must deal with their own struggles of hostile student sections, academic eligibility, road trips, and most importantly winning games.

In the first installment of this year’s Triangle and Two blog, I thought it’d be a good time to use Christmas songs to explain some of the story lines on the college hardwood thus far. Continue reading »

by Eddie Mayrose

Duke Basketball Back on Top

In one of the more compelling NCAA Championship games ever, the Duke Blue Devils retured to the pinnacle of College Basketball with a two point win over Butler; a Cinderella story right out of the movie, Hoosiers. There was no shortage of gripping story lines on either side; Duke’s return to the title game, Coach K’s place among the game’s coaching greats, the David vs. Goliath aspect of Butler’s run, the baby faced coach pitted against the old master and the realization that great basketball is played on every level of the NCAA. Neither team led by more than six points at any point in the contest that wasn’t decided until Butler’s Gordon Heyward barely missed a half-court heave at the buzzer, (what was Krzyzewski thinking on that last foul shot?), putting a cap on one of the best tournaments ever and emphasizing the vast difference between NCAA Basketball and Football. Those that oversee College Hoops get it; while their brethren on the gridiron perpetuate an yearly folly that does more to enrage than satisfy. Continue reading »

by Eddie Mayrose

College Basketball Winners and Whiners

What’s better than the opening of the NCAA Tournament?  Not only does it signal the beginning of the best event on the sports calendar, it brings to a close the four days of whining we are forced to endure annually from the coaches that feel their teams were unfairly excluded.  Here’s a thought, guys.  Beat someone.

For the second year in a row, Virginia Tech’s Seth Greenberg is telling anyone who’ll listen that his Hokies got the short end of the stick.  He counters the argument that his non-league schedule included a few high schools by pointing out that his squad had a better record than NCAA-bound Wake Forest and even beat the Deacons head to head.  That’s fine.  However, with the Big Dance on the line, they got knocked out of the ACC tournament by Miami; the worst team in the league.  So, spare us all, coach.  You had your shot and blew it.  Don’t expect the Selection Committee to clean up your mess. Continue reading »

By Eddie Mayrose

St. John’s Basketball May Be Out of the Norm

If this is where it ends for St. John’s Head Coach Norm Roberts, if yesterday’s loss to Marquette; his 100th, is the one from which he is not permitted to return, he need only to look in his own backyard as the reason he was unable to return St. John’s to the upper echelon of college basketball.

Charged with cleaning up the scandal ridden mess left by his predecessor, Mike Jarvis, Roberts has been every bit the classy, gentlemanly face Red Storm administrators had hoped when he was hired.  Despite their lack of success, his teams have been the kind of hard working, blue collar squads appreciated by coaches everywhere.  What they lacked, however, was that star player to put them over the top. The player that bails you out on a bad day.  The player that brings your school recognition with a successful NBA career.  The player that draws the media to practice and the fans to Madison Square Garden.  The player that, sadly, toils in High School gyms throughout the Metropolitan area but hasn’t decided to bring his game to Queens.  Having gone his entire tenure without recruiting a player that went on the the NBA, Roberts may have had his fate sealed last month, when just 3,500 showed up at the Garden on the night the Johnnies honored the 1985 Final Four squad led by Chris Mullin; the most recognizable player in their history. Continue reading »

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