Bernucca: You Can Have the NCAA Tournament


sportsWICHITAstate_t640I don’t like the NCAA Tournament.

I don’t like that college basketball’s regular season provides little postseason incentive. I don’t like that the coach is a bigger personality than the players. I don’t like that the games are played on neutral courts. I don’t like that one bad game or bad call or bad break can end a team’s season. I don’t like that “close” becomes a synonym for “well-played.” And I don’t like that poor play determines the outcome much more often than great play.

Most of all, I don’t like how I’m supposed to just accept that it’s fantastic and wonderful and beautiful, when it’s actually substandard basketball in a flawed format that tells me less and less every year about the game I love, which is the NBA.

I’m not trolling here. As anyone who knows me will tell you, I’ve truly felt this way for a while. Part of it is admittedly a lingering distaste developed over more than a decade of working on a sports news desk and spending countless hours having to plan, preview, write, edit, update and package all of the words and numbers associated with the NCAA Tournament.

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Playoff Help Still Available: 5 D-Leaguers Who Could Boost NBA Teams

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dleagueAfter March 1st had passed, most fans assumed there were no difference makers left to help NBA playoff teams.

Those who follow the D-League would beg to differ.

Gambling on the Western Conference: A Free-For-All

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The Western Conference is absolutely nothing like the Eastern Conference when it comes to championship odds.

We have what I call a two-horse race in the East versus what I am going to call the six-plus team race in the West.

In the 15 previous seasons, only four teams (the Lakers, seven times; the Spurs, five times, the Mavericks, two times; the Thunder, once)  have won the Western Conference, which is a similar concept to what the Eastern Conference has gone through recently, as I outlined in this column laying out the loooong odds on anyone not from Miami or Indiana winning the East.

Iverson: I’m not going to D-League

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Allen Iverson wants to finish his career in the NBA. So did Stephon Marbury. And Gilbert Arenas.

All of them chose to continue their careers overseas. And when the Dallas Mavericks reached out to Iverson to gauge his interest in joining Delonte West, Rashad McCants, Sean Williams, Melvin Ely, Luther Head and Justin Dentmon (all NBA alumni) with the Texas Legends, “The Answer” had an answer.


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D-League season opens with 10 NBA players on assignment

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Jeremy Lin in the D-League in 2011.

Just for kicks, can we have one of the D-League teams schedule an exhibition against Jack Taylor and Grinnell College?

I nominate the Iowa Energy.

Justin Hurtt could take it as a personal challenge. I’d bet he’d put a little Hurtt on Mr. Taylor.

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