Thursday, April 18, 2013
Behind The Scoreboard
Fabulous title game
After the outstandingly useful (?) rhetoric from all the talking heads, the 67th game in this season’s NCAA tournament, in its 75th year, finally got underway in Atlanta in front of 70,000 fans.
The Michigan Wolverines showed their hunger early, especially in the person of Albrecht, who came off of the bench and popped treys like Orville Redenbacher. In no time the Wolverines were up by a dozen.
That made my Durable Duo prediction look pretty good until “cool hand” Luke Hancock said to himself, “Self, what the heck,” and did some popping of his own. When he put the lid back on, he had overtaken Michigan by one. Luckily, the Wolverines were able to go back up by one (38-37) at the half.
Michigan had the entire Fab Five of ’92-’93 fame cheering them on. Jalen Rose, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson, Juwan Howard and Chris Webber didn’t win a championship; however, they are credited with putting a different face on collegiate basketball.
Their two-year stint at Michigan was not without controversy. Years later because of a “deed of shame” wrought by Webber, the records of those stellar years were completely erased from the university’s annals. Webber was hit with a sanction which spanned 10 years and forbade contact with the university or any portion of the basketball program. Howard, Webber and Rose went on to have spectacular careers in the NBA.
It was noticeable about five minutes into the second half that both squads appeared to be a bit subdued. It was apparent that the Wolverines did not exhibit the momentum which propelled them in the first half. The Cardinals kept a margin of three to five points difference during the latter part of the second.
Michigan would not go away and Louisville would not stop attacking, no matter how many points they were ahead. Of course, we all know the Cardinals were the eventual winners, but ask anyone from one end of the country to the other and you would get the same reaction – the best championship basketball game at the collegiate level in many years.
The next night the women played their championship game and it was a number one versus a number five. There were a lot of fans pulling for Louisville to complete the slate by stopping the UConn Huskies.
Expecting another entertaining contest, I had set the recorder to pick up the contest, which would be watched upon my return from covering a baseball game.
After activating the tape, there was a trailer at the bottom of the screen which stated that UConn had defeated the Lady Cardinals by a score of 93-60.
Isn’t modern technology wonderful? Huskies, Huskies.
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