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It was an exciting and historic first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament over the weekend, with the blue bloods of college basketball reaching the second week of the tourney along with surprise teams including LaSalle, Wichita State and No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast.
But what did it really take for the teams to win two, and in LaSalle’s case, three, games last week?
The NBA draft is all about projections and potential. A generation ago, most NBA executives’ strategy was to compare prospects based on their collegiate careers. Then the Fab Five arrived at Michigan, and suddenly the process was flipped upside down. Underclassmen were scrutinized, analyzed and scouted thoroughly by NBA clubs who wanted to get the next big-time prospect.
While prospects with high upside are intriguing, they come with more risk than upperclassmen. The lottery is annually dominated by underclassmen, primarily freshmen.
Sheridan Hoops was well-represented at Thursday’s NBA draft in Newark, N.J.
We had Joe Kotoch provide a pretty successful mock draft by anyone’s standards.
And we had yours truly and a trusty video camera, capturing some of the sights and sounds in and around the Prudential Center.
If you want to see Knicks fans hating on their pick, Dion Waiters showing off his Cartier watch, John Henson explaining his obsession with big-city traffic and Evan Fournier’s lack of knowledge of current events, just click on the box above.
By Terry Lyons of DigitalSportsDesk.com
CAMBRIDGE, Mass — “Think-Tanks” abound in the congested enclave located across the Charles River from Boston. The bustling suburb of Cambridge is known for its smarts and, in fact, was named as the fourth “smartest” city by Forbes Magazine a year or two ago. But that survey surely factored in the dim bulbs of Wall Street in the 10001-10005 zip codes, and we know where their smarts got them.
Down the road and across the river from Harvard Square, you’ll find an athletic complex in Allston that dates back to 1903.
Harvard Stadium and the surrounding facilities don’t define the institution, as its medical school is second to none in working the miracles of stem-cell research, while the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School both seem to matter a lot more to this world than Ivy League athletics.
But tucked in, just off Soldier’s Field Road behind Harvard Stadium and Dillon Field House and just a short walk away from the Bright Hockey Center where Oliver Barrett IV fell in love with Jennifer Cavelleri (look-up Love Story if you don’t get the reference), there is Lavietes Pavillion, a 2,195-seat excuse of a gym that houses the men’s and women’s basketball teams of Harvard University.
The building honors Ray Lavietes, Class of ’36, a two-year letterman for men’s hoops team who donated a couple million to help the Crimson update the gym with some new offices, a lounge, a nice lobby and trophy case. But the trophies in that case mostly belong to Harvard women’s basketball team as its coach, Kathy Delaney-Smith, is in her 30th season as head coach and only trails Princeton’s legend and Hall of Famer Pete Carill’s 514 victories. A quick look at the math shows Harvard’s victory over Boston University last week to be Delaney-Smith’s 458th, leaving her only 56 behind the wizard of Princeton, to steal a phrase from UCLA, Hollywood and Westwood.
Just 56 more and the popular Harvard coach will be the winningest coach for any sport in all of Ivy League athletics history. Not bad.
That might seem to be a bit daunting to the coach of the Harvard men’s basketball team, but Tommy Amaker has enjoyed an amazing basketball career himself, as he is mostly known for his backcourt work for the Duke Blue Devils where he led the team as its point guard extraordinaire during four consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and the 1986 NCAA championship when Duke boasted a stunning 37-3 record.