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D.C. Sports Bog: March 4, 2007 - March 10, 2007

Random thoughts from a quarantined basketball writer

- Left the room only once today to buy a Coke and lunch... must finish story for Sunday.... feeling kinda gross - Colonials looked pretty good last night. Makes you wonder what could have happened this season if they looked this tough every night. - A sign outside of my...

By  |  March 9, 2007; 5:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Opening Game Salmagundi

Just finished filing the story for Florida State's tanking against UNC, which was a generally sloppy and disappointing game, with a final of 73-58. Safe to say that media members were not impressed with the basketball mind of Leonard Hamilton. Prisbell and I joked about asking Seminole players if the...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 9, 2007; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Florida State's meltdown

Well, Florida State just imploded in the final eight seconds of the half here. Basket. Steal. Basket. Tech on Leonard Hamilton, who blew his top before quickly deciding to retreat to the locker room to avoid more trouble. FSU had been hanging around, but it's tough to see them doing...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 9, 2007; 1:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Worst

Well, I'm officially a moron, folks. The pick I championed for two days to win it all, Georgia Tech, tanked in the late game last night, a sportswriter's-nightmare, 114-112, double-overtime loss to Wake Forest. That completed a crazy day in which alll four lower seeds won. My guess is that...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 9, 2007; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Big East semis: Where's Syracuse? U-Conn.?

Echoing Eric's statement that no one at the ACC tournament expected Maryland to lose - everyone in the press room at MSG seemed pretty surprised too. "Maryland's losing??" was a continuous refrain throughout the afternoon, until it changed to "Maryland lost??" Louisville's Edgar Sosa, a New York City point guard,...

By Camille Powell  |  March 9, 2007; 10:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (28)
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Wild first day in Tampa

Well, if you wanted unpredictable and wild, you came to the right place --- Adam Kilgore's hotel room. Nah, seriously, I mean the ACC tournament here in Tampa. Four games yesterday resulted in four upsets. All were great games. Maryland and Georgia Tech were two of the ACC's hottest teams,...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 9, 2007; 9:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Miami pounding Terps

First, breaking news: Maryland just came out for the second half with new shoes. Gary tossed out those new shiny sneakers maryland had and they'll play with different ones in the second half. Not sure if that was the only problem of the first half; we'll see. I'm sitting on...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 8, 2007; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (44)
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Buh-Bye Tigers, Deron's Dunks

Wild and largely incompetent finish to the Clemson-Florida State. With the score tied, Florida State botched a possession, then Clemson dribbled of its leg for an over-and-and back, then Al Thornton got bailed out on a drive to the hoop with 1.5 left and made one of two shots. 67-66,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 8, 2007; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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The Great Al Thornton

Among several other messages, scrawled in black marker, the one that stands out most on Al Thornton's sneaker is the simplest. Thornton wrote "Get It Done," on the outside of his white and maroon Nikes, and, of course, he has. The player who should have been ACC POY delivered in...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 8, 2007; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Picks!

I can't believe I'm awake right now. You'll notice Prisbell said he had just woken up for that 5:06 blog post. Trust me, he was not waking up. Anyway, before I get to a chat -- which you should check out -- here are my surely woeful ACC tourney picks:...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 8, 2007; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Which do you prefer, Big East or ACC?

Less than two hours until Georgetown tips off against Villanova in MSG. After you finish watching the Hoyas, you can switch over and catch the Terps at 2 p.m. against Miami. I'm curious, which tournament will people - particularly those who don't have a team playing - spend more time...

By Camille Powell  |  March 8, 2007; 10:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Steinz's Sports Bog Bracket Madness

Steinz here. So the other day I heard The Bearâ„¢ talking about how next week's radio show would be devoted to NCAA tourney picks, which is swell. I mean, Phil's mom? You just can't top that. Bob Ryan? Well, perchance that could be topped. Anyhow, that reminded me that I...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 8, 2007; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Tipoff in seven hours

Up bright and early for a full day of basketball at the St. Pete Times Forum. Games are only seven short hours away, but word on the streets of Tampa is that the first game could be the most compelling of this four-day event. Clemson and Florida State are both...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 8, 2007; 5:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Your Next ACC Champion ...

Before Prisbell and I unveil our full brackets tomorrow -- surely picked in a hangover-induced haze -- I'm going to go ahead and give the people a championship prediction: The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Now, in the words of South Boston News Record Scribe and Noted Press Room Chowhound Tucker...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 7, 2007; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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The Non-Unanimous Unanimous Choice

OK, gang, rumor revealed. Affable Wash Times Maryland Beat Man Patrick Stevens is the voter who did not vote for Hansbrough for the ACC-first team, and he chronicles the ACC's decision to call Hansbrough a unanimous choice in his blog. As Patrick details, here was the ACSMA's reasoning: Your vote...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 7, 2007; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Feel The Excitement!!!

Honestly, not a whole heckuva lot to tell you about the practices down here in Tampa, gang. N.C. State is taking the floor now. They're more glorified shootarounds than practice, although I'm looking to Virginia Tech's for Deron Washington's slam dunks. A better high-flyer in the conference there is not,...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 7, 2007; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Vasquez on revenge

Greivis Vasquez, Maryland's freshman point guard, told me three losses this season stick out in his mind: Miami, Boston College and Notre Dame. If Maryland beats Miami tomorrow, they'll face Boston College, a scenario Vasquez called "beautiful." He also wants Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament. "Hopefully we'll see Notre...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 7, 2007; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Welcome to New York

While Eric and Adam are enjoying balmy Tampa - that noted ACC mecca - I am in cold and windy New York City. Even though I prefer the sun and warmth, there is nowhere I'd rather be this week. The Big East folk often talk about how theirs is the...

By Camille Powell  |  March 7, 2007; 10:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Welcome to Tampa

Good morning, Tampa. City was great last night except for, well, there was no form of life on the streets. Hopefully fans will show today ... Now we know why Jerry Palm kept putting Wright State in his bracket. Adam Kilgore and I will be providing updates on ACC practices...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 7, 2007; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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I Love Gary Williams

Hey, it occurs to me that this would be a good time for everyone to take another listen to "The Gary Williams Song," which is in the same category as "That's the Reason I'm a Bullets Fan" and Brendan Haywood rocking the Eastern Motors song, namely, "Things That Cannot Be...

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 6, 2007; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
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Seth Greenberg's Kosher Korner, Etc.

Don't know how Steinberg missed this one. Couple years ago, Seth Greenberg started his Web site, and one of the features was a brief Q&A with one of his friends in the coaching business. The result was this short lived gem. There''s a pretty convoluted explanation, but basically what happened...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 6, 2007; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Au Revoir, Mason

Obviously a crushing loss for George Mason last night. But we can now discuss, with some clarity, how the CAA will fare on Selection Sunday. VCU winning the automatic bid makes for the most compelling scenario, because the Rams probably had the poorest at-large case of the top seeds. I...

By Matthew Rennie  |  March 6, 2007; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Jeff Green for BE player of the year, other Big East odds and ends

The Big East will announce its awards tonight around 6 p.m. in New York, and Jeff Green could become the first Hoya to be named player of the year since Alonzo Mourning was in 1992. If Green wins the award, he'll join some pretty elite company: Other Georgetown POY: Mourning,...

By Camille Powell  |  March 6, 2007; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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John Thompson quizzes John Thompson

In Joseph "The Ubiquitous Driving Cap" White's Georgetown-Connecticut game story, he included the following exchange between John Thompsons during the post-game press conference: Thompson's Hall of Fame father, who was sitting in the back of the room, then chimed in, pointing out that his son has won four regular-season titles...

By Camille Powell  |  March 6, 2007; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Seeding the locals

What a gut-wrenching loss after a terrific tournament run by George Mason. Who could have imagined that Mason would have a five-point lead with the ball with two minutes left and wind up losing the game in regulation? VCU scored 13 points in the final two minutes. With the Patriots...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 6, 2007; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
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Local Hoop Poll, Week 14

In the interest of continuity, the Atlantic 11 poll continues in Dan's absence. In the interest of expedience, we'll be without pithy comments (tho feel free to add them in the comments section.) Many thanks to the 58 voters who participated and to intern Boris for doing all the hard...

By Matthew Rennie  |  March 5, 2007; 5:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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All-ACC Team: Two Locals, No Surprises

We MSM low-lifes almost got it right this season! The All-ACC teams were just announced, and four of the five first-team selections are identical to the preseason team. The teams are, with first-team votes in parentheses and total votes next to that ... First team *Jared Dudley, Boston College (106),...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 5, 2007; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Stuff to think about just before climbing into the car only to get stuck behind a dangerously bad Virginia driver on the Beltway...

- Atlantic 10 conference awards come out today and once again GW point guard Carl Elliott gets the shaft. The senior from Brooklyn set career-highs in points (13.0), rebounds (5.0) and assists (5.2) while leading an overachieving 20-win Colonials team that lost a ton of talent from last season. He's...

By  |  March 5, 2007; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Remember When ...

Maryland, Georgetown and George Mason (plus Hampton and a Lefty Driesell-coached Georgia State) all got sent to the Boise sub-regional in 2001? The absurdity of that situation led to what's now called the "pod" system that is supposed to keep higher-seeded teams close to home. Well, here's the problem: None...

By Matthew Rennie  |  March 5, 2007; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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So Whatcha Want?

Got an interesting e-mail over the weekend from N.C. State alum Merry Ward (note the festive spelling; if only she married this guy), who objected to the merits of writing about teams winning the ACC regular season "championship," which I did a lot of as Virginia and Virginia Tech each...

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 5, 2007; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
 
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K on Henderson

Well, Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski just said on the ACC teleconference that he would have suspended Gerald Henderson for more than one game if he deemed his hit on Tyler Hansbrough to be intentional. Krzyzewski said he did not think it was intentional in large pat because Henderson's hand was...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 5, 2007; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
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Tyler's Nose

Ten minutes ago, North Carolina Coach Roy Williams said Tyler Hansbrough has a "small, non-displaced fracture in his nose." Tyler took a hit from Duke's Gerald Henderson near the end of Sunday's game. Roy said he is confident Tyler will play in Friday's game. Carolina is making a mask for...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 5, 2007; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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All-Big East teams

Four Georgetown players earned Big East honors today. Not surprisingly, forward Jeff Green and center Roy Hibbert were unanimous picks for the first team. They are the first Hoyas to earn first team honors since Mike Sweetney (2002, 2003), and the first pair of Hoyas to be on the first...

By Camille Powell  |  March 5, 2007; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
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CAA Sellout

An update for all you ticketless Mason Nation fans planning to drive down to Richmond tonight for the CAA final between the Pats and VCU Rams... The league office has just announced that the game is sold out. So bring a stack of cash for the scalpers or stay home...

By Steve Goff  |  March 5, 2007; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Jeff Green's Senior Day?

Georgetown honored its three seniors on Saturday afternoon--reserve forwards Sead Dizdarevic and Kenny Izzo, and manager Zelos Hill--but many in the crowd probably wondered if they were watching junior forward Jeff Green for the last time inside Verizon Center. Coach John Thompson III was asked if he thought about...

By Camille Powell  |  March 5, 2007; 10:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Carolina Blues

I've received a good number of emails from college hoops fans in the state of North Carolina who took exception to my story last week about the changing landscape of the ACC. I wrote about the success of Virginia, Virginia Tech and Boston College and the fact that North Carolina...

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 5, 2007; 8:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Mason, ACC Madness and the Winthrop Question

Welcome, everyone. All the college writers will be chiming in throughout the day. I drew the 8 a.m. time slot, which is the equivalent of playing the noon game on the opening day of the NCAA tournament. That's fine, unless of course I wind up in the New Orleans regional....

By Eric Prisbell  |  March 5, 2007; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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