Each week I'll talk about the sport I love, college basketball:
•I know there is a lot of talk about players leaving early for the NBA draft. Kansas center Cole Aldrich announced his decision to turn pro and I understand that. At Kentucky though, I feel Eric Bledsoe would really benefit from another season with the Wildcats. He can improve many aspects of his game and mature as a person. Since a number of prognosticators have him as a first round pick, I am afraid he may opt to leave Lexington after one season. He would be better off coming back for another season, allowing him to further develop under John Calipari.
• Come on! There is no shot of Tom Izzo going to Oregon. Teams can ask to talk to him, but he is truly a Spartan, baby! Izzo is a legend in East Lansing and with his sixth Final Four trip in 12 years; a statue should be made in his honor. I know the Ducks want to land a big name and there will be a new arena in Eugene, but I simply do not see Izzo making that move.
• It is truly an amazing achievement for Duke to be going to the Final Four for the 11th time under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Let's also give a salute to the hard-working coaching staff which includes Steve Wojciechowski, Chris Collins and Nate James. This Blue Devil team works so hard on defense and I feel that is an aspect of this team that is not given enough publicity.
• Now that St. John's has hired Steve Lavin to replace Norm Roberts as head coach, one thing is very important. Lavin needs to hire a dynamic staff with great ties to the AAU and high school programs in the New York Metropolitan area! He brings personality and charisma to the job and he has the potential to get Madison Square Garden rocking and rolling again!
• Conference USA has had a history of hiring coaches who had some issues at other schools and took advantage of another opportunity, with UTEP naming Tim Floyd as their head coach. There were issues at USC that led to Floyd's departure, but he will be back on the collegiate sideline down in El Paso.
• Bet you didn't realize that former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson had an impact on this year's NCAA tournament. Former Hoosier guard Armon Bassett was brilliant in scoring 31 points for Ohio University in an upset of Georgetown. Another ex-Indiana player, Jordan Crawford of Xavier, played very well in helping the Musketeers reach the Sweet 16, before suffering a heartbreaking loss to Kansas State. Then there is Devin Ebanks of West Virginia, who was originally heading to Bloomington but de-committed when Sampson left.
• Congratulations to Gonzaga coach Mark Few. When he lost assistant coach Leon Rice, who became the new head coach at Boise State, he added former UCLA assistant Donny Daniels to his staff. Daniels, who also gained head coaching experience at Cal State-Fullerton, did a super job on Ben Howland's staff and it will be a blow to the Bruins next season.
• All the UConn women do is win, win, win. It is now 76 games in a row, and it is not against cupcake city... Geno Auriemma's team managed to win their Elite Eight game by 40, with Maya Moore in foul trouble early in the contest! Now we have a Final Four showdown between the Huskies and Brittney Griner of Baylor. This is a much anticipated game, baby!
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