Louisville v Wichita State

Wichita State hung tough in the first half and actually started to pull away at the start of the second half, but Louisville’s incredible defence looked the part to close out the game and the Cardinals are off to the NCAA championship game after a 72-68 win.

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Louisville v Wichita State

If you’ve watched Wichita State at all in this tournament, it should come as no surprise that the Shockers are hanging tough with No. 1 overall seed Louisville in the first Final Four game.

Wichita State jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead (which was actually Louisville’s biggest deficit of the tourney so far) and kept the pressure coming throughout the first half, as evidenced by this thunderous Cleanthony Early dunk…

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Kevin Ware on Letterman

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Between him actually being the one to calm his teammates down after his horrific injury and his upbeat personality in the days following, Kevin Ware has already become somewhat of an inspiring figure regardless of how swiftly or successfully he gets back on an NCAA basketball court.

As if that inspiration hadn’t already endeared the sophomore Louisville guard to fans and casual observers, here’s Ware helping people find the humour in his misfortune on the Late Show with David Letterman:

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In the two weeks since the 2013 NCAA tournament tipped off, college basketball has seen its fair share of scandals. There was the Los Angeles Times revealing that Shabazz Muhammad is actually 20-years-old instead of 19. Then came the Mike Rice scandal at Rutgers that resulted in Rice being fired and assistant coach Jimmy Martelli resigning. Western Kentucky’s director of basketball operations resigned on Thursday amid prior NCAA allegations, and now this – Ed Rush has resigned as Pac-12 coordinator of officials after some odd comments made towards officials during the Pac-12 tournament.

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Louisville guard Kevin Ware, who suffered a broken leg in the first half of Sunday’s game against Duke, spoke for the first time earlier today.

Ware, who was cleared to travel with the team to Atlanta for Saturday’s Final Four matchup against Wichita State, averaged 4.5 point per game this season.

UPDATE: Mike Rice has been fired as head coach of Rutgers.

 

Clearly, Rice was fired not because of his actions but because he got caught. Had this video not surfaced and ESPN not gone digging, I have no doubt Rice would still have his job. Time to look at some others at Rutgers and see if they should be keeping their jobs as well. Not much more to say than this.

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ESPN’s Outside The Lines has obtained dozens of hours of videotape of Rutgers coach Mike Rice berating, abusing, and generally just being a jackass to his players in practice. The video shows Rice throwing basketballs at his players, screaming at them, pushing them, and being just a beacon of adulthood, maturity, and a nurturing, useful coach.

The video was apparently reviewed by Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti in December. Rice was then suspended for three games and fined $50,000 which seem like totally reasonable punishments for being a total psychopath towards teenagers. Because it’s the NCAA and who cares about the students, no further punishment was levied against Rice. Thankfully, this is also the Internet and once video is released for the masses, a reputation is never quite the same.

Pernetti has said that Rice will be coming back next season but now that this disgusting video is out in the public, I wouldn’t be surprised if that tune changed rather quickly.

Seriously, get this guy away from coaching kids as fast as humanly possible. He’s a lunatic.

Florida Gulf Coast Eagles v San Diego State AztecsIt seems that March Madness need not only apply to on-court happenings. Dunk city is on the move.

Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel is reporting that a deal between USC and Andy Enfield is imminent after the university made the Florida Gulf Coast coach its top candidate for the vacant head coaching position with their men’s basketball team. Enfield would replace long-time USC assistant Bob Cantu, who was acting on an interim basis after Kevin O’Neil was fired 17 games into the 2012/2013 season.

Enfield led the Cinderella FGCU squad – the tournament darlings – to the Sweet 16 of this year’s NCAA Tournament after pulling off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history, beating Georgetown 78–68 in the first round. It was only the seventh time that a 15-seed had managed to defeat a 2-seed. Enfield then became the first head coach to lead a 15-seed to the Round of 16, when his Eagles upset San Diego State by the score of 81–71.

It’s been an especially impressive season for FGCU, considering that the school only began competing at the NCAA Division I level in 2011. 

Prior to becoming head coach of FGCU, Enfield acted as an assistant coach under Leondard Hamilton at Florida State. He also has extensive experience working with NBA players as an independent shooting consultant, and as a shooting coach with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Boston Celtics.