"We go outside on the blacktop," he said, then laughed. "No, I'm just messin' with you. We use the IIT gym. It's great."
The fact that the nearby Illinois Institute of Technology hasn't fielded a team for years was only the first bit of serendipity Hale found when he got to Perspectives. Davis was the second.
"I knew he was Division I-type player. I didn't know he would be a Kentucky-type player back then," Hale said. "But he was determined. ... Anthony worked to be the best in school, too."
The kid is an actual student. He's also too good to have any chance of sticking around long enough to get his degree.
So yeah, you could say Calipari is an enabler. Just remember that's not always a bad thing.
Willie Geist is smart and funny, and smart and funny about sports, and he gets the celebrity treatment today even though his alma mater, Vanderbilt, is long gone from the tournament.
That's because of all those polled over the first two weekends of the tournament, he provided the best methodology for filling out a bracket. It took him 90 seconds, start to finish, apparently by working backwards. Here, with Geist's own sound effects, is how he does it:
"I just try to hear the resonant sound of Jim Nantz announcing the winner at the final horn — 'One Heel of a Team! Carolina is the national champion! — and then I choose that team."
For informational purposes only, Geist has the Heels beating Kentucky.
North Carolina coach Roy Williams deflected questions about the status of point guard Kendall Marshall by saying repeatedly that he is not a doctor. Neither is AP college basketball writer Jim O'Connell. He doesn't even play one on TV. But O'Connell is certain about this much:
"Bad shooting is a lot easier to fix than a broken bone."
The bad-shooting tag belonged to Kansas, based on the way the Jayhawks misfired (1-for-14 on 3-point attempts) against North Carolina State in a semifinal win. The broken bone belongs to Marshall. His absence from the Ohio University game, because of the damaged wrist, exposed how much the Tar Heels' offense relies on his ability to get the ball to the right teammate at the right time, especially at the end of games.
Even if Marshall can play, his minutes and effectiveness will be limited. All the Jayhawks have to do to rebound from their performance the other night, is practice. That's why O'Connell's prognosis is Kansas by a handful.
STAT OF THE DAY
In case you missed it, three teams from North Carolina made the Sweet 16. Kansas beat one of them, North Carolina State, and if they get past the Tar Heels, STATS LLC says history gives them a 50-50 chance to win it all. Eight teams have accomplished what the Jayhawks are trying to do, knock at least two North Carolina entries out the same tournament, and four of them went on to cut down the nets: Marquette beat Wake Forest, UNC-Charlotte and North Carolina in 1977; Louisville beat North Carolina and Duke in 1986; Arkansas beat North Carolina A&T and Duke in 1994; and if you believe in omens, Kansas beat Davidson and North Carolina en route to their 2008 title.
At US Airways Center
Louisville 72, Florida 68
At TD Garden
Ohio State 77, Syracuse 70
At The Georgia Dome
Baylor (30-7) vs. Kentucky (35-2), 2:20 p.m.
At Edward Jones Dome(equals)
North Carolina (32-5) vs. Kansas (30-6), 5:05 p.m.
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