||"Other" Syracuse freshmen:
Star Gerry McNamara and super-sub Billy Edelin lock up chance they'll be "Doesn't it feel like he's been in college forever?" players in 2007.
The Lead Item
Two Words For You:
What dirty word starts with "S"?
Is it the s-bomb that Roy Williams dropped in
uncharacteristically crass reaction (giving new
meaning to the phrase "Carolina blue") to the postgame
ambush? (Sometimes, swearing is underrated.)
Or is it "seniors," the sanctimonious conventional
wisdom that NCAA titles came from older players'
leadership? Though they showed huge heart, Kansas
seniors Nick Collison (missed FTs) and Kirk Hinrich
(awful start) were the difference all right -- for
Carmelo Anthony -- who fortified his case as the best
freshman ever -- and the rest of the young'un Syracuse
champs dismantled that notion. (Experience,
apparently, is overrated.)
More overrated and underrated findings:
'Melo: What Next?
Underrated: Bolting college for the
NBA. Testament to Anthony's skills, you don't hear
anyone -- even the NBA-haters -- saying "This kid
really could use another year of college
Roy: What Next?
Underrated: Scoop on Williams' next
job: Andy Katz reports UNC will want a near-instant
answer when they make Williams an offer later this
week. 'Cause those high-pressure tactics always
Hello ... Gerry
Overrated: Free throws. Who needs 'em
when you can drain the 3 like Syracuse did in the
first half (the Orange made 10)?
Rock, Choke ...
Underrated: Free throws. Who needs 'em? KU. The Jayhawks could have used just a smidge more than 12 of
30, a record 18 missed. (For the record, the seniors
went 4 of 11.)
Overrated: Ghosts of Championships
Past. But who
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else was thinking "Derrick Coleman 1987, Part Deux" when Carmelo missed that front end of
the 1-and-1 with a minute to go and Hakim Warrick missed two FTs with 14 seconds left?
Overrated: Cliched labels like
"scrappy" and "feisty" that only seem to be applied
to, uh, "certain" players.
Others we'll need an offseason to forget: "What
length!" ... "coach's son" ... "Syracuse, Big 12
champs!" ... and, of course, good ol' "senior
Helping the Kids Out
After watching the ads with the shot-put guy
and the woman swimmer about 700 times in the last
three weeks, finally figured it out: the NCAA isn't
really a greedy, exploitative soul-less machine
-- it helps student-athletes prepare for life!
There might not be a more entertaining
prospective talk show than "Summitt & Auriemma," the
top two women's coaches who share no love for each
other. Tonight's title game is the best must-see
matchup -- men's or women's -- in years.
Players may or may not win championships,
but they can erode your career. There'll be extra
muffins at Bulls HQ this morning with the absence of GM Jerry Krause, the guy MJ called "Crumbs."
Meanwhile: Don't listen to those insta-rumors
(who spreads those?) about Jordan taking over.
Watch John Paxson.
Because Mother Nature technically can't be
a member of Augusta National, rain appropriately
washed out the Masters' opening day yesterday; the
forecast calls for showers each of the next three
days, giving big hitters an edge.
If a tree falls in the forest ... Judge ruled
yesterday Augusta has the right to stick Martha and
Co. far, far away from the course.
Denial over missed title shot (best chance yet) almost as huge as denial that coach isn't leaving for Chapel Hill.
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