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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, althought Bryant Matthews, a player you may or may not recall from three seasons ago, might have been a better Hokie dunker. Big East teams used to stop warm-ups and watch his 360s before games.

Anyway, Virginia Tech and Virginia practice back-to-back, in that order, tonight starting at 5 for an hour each. Big day in the awards for each yesterday, as Dave Leitao won Coach of the Year in his second season. In a release sent out by Virginia media relations maverick and Cav Man look-a-like Rich Murray, Mount Leitao thanked his assistant coaches for putting up with his "ranting and raving."

For the Hokies, Jamon Gordon won defensive player of the year, and he was a worthy recipient. He made 2.5 steals per game and was a general menace to opposing point guards. Gordon's defense keyed a lot of big wins, particularly against Virginia at Cassell when he shut down both Sean Singletary and J.R. Reynolds in the first half.

Speaking of awards, there's a teriffic rumor -- which I have on good authority to be true -- that one member of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association, the group of writers that decides the postseason awards, voted Tyler Hansbrough on the second team, not first, even though Hansbrough was announced as a unanimous selection for the first team. Hmmmmmm. If true, this would certainly add to the pervading notion of favoritism toward North Carolina schools in the league. The whole "We're from Carolina and we're better than you" feeling is not helped by Duke and North Carolina being the only two schools to not practice publicly today.

Chiming in on Camille's post, I'd like to second her assertion that it gets no bigger than the Big East Tournament, thanks to Madison Square Garden. That is the mecca of hoops, college or pro, and the atmosphere in that building for game after game after is astounding. I've never been to Greensboro, but I've always felt the Big East is the best conference tournament, aside from perhaps the Missouri Valley of recent vintage.

Of course, this happened during the ACC Tournament, and it is my favorite play in the history of basketball. When Randoph Childress' Come-Get-Me crossover on Jeff McInnis is topped, I want to be there.

Syracuse is tipping off now on ESPN; here's your chance to see the debut of the most putrid jerseys ever.

In case you're wondering, it's 80 degrees outside, palm trees line the streets and there are no clouds in the sky. How's it taste, Camille?

By Adam Kilgore  |  March 7, 2007; 2:04 PM ET
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Would Gary Williams be upset that his nickname (The Volcano) is being used on someone else? I'm not sure that Leitao has done anything to justify that description. Breaking a clipboard is the most I've heard.

Posted by: Asimov | March 7, 2007 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Go ahead and root for UMD. It is your right. But as far as I know, UMD is not in DC. And the king of DC is Georgetown, and DC has always been Big East country. Root for Tobacco Road if you want, but Washingtonians know the legacy of that league as far as civil rights are concerned.

Posted by: John | March 8, 2007 5:15 PM | Report abuse

College Park is ACC turf, and Washington is Big East country. Go Big East, and leave Tobacco Road to those nostalgic about a bygone (and shameful) era.

Posted by: Mike | March 8, 2007 5:26 PM | Report abuse

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