Gotta Love The Drake….

….that is if you had Western Kentucky in your NCAA brackets….or if you knew The Drake before he broke up with the Drakette. Best game of the tournament so far, the Hilltoppers blow a 16-point lead with eight minutes to go in regulation, then come back to best Drake on an outrageous three-pointer at the buzzer by Ty Rogers in overtime, 101-99.

Rogers joins one-shot legends such as Bryce Drew, Tate George and Tyrus Edney — not to mention Christian Laettner, Lorenzo Charles and Keith Smart — who will forever be remembered for a single swish in time.

Gotta love the Drake.

Gosh, I miss Al McGuire, New Yorker, coach of 1977 NCAA champion Marquette, basketball commentator. McGuire once said: “My rule was I wouldn’t recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house. That’s not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk.”

Gotta love cracked sidewalks.

And for the upset of the tournament, how about San Diego beating the UConn Huskies on a last-second basket by De’Jon Jackson in OT, 70-69. San Diego is nicknamed the Toreros.

Gotta love the Toreros.

Almost as shocking was Siena’s 83-62 victory over Vanderbilit, another 4-13 shocker. Although CBS-TV Channel 2 in New York televised everything but the Saints. Hey CBS, last time I looked Albany was still in New York. Yeah, lots of interest here in Mississippi State-Oregon.

Gotta love the Saints

Western Kentucky, San Diego, Siena and lastly Villanova made it a clean sweep in Tampa –four games, four upsets, four lower seeds advance.

Gotta love Tampa.

You knew that Notre Dame’s Austin Carr held the all-time, single game NCAA tournament scoring record with 61 against Ohio University in 1970 right? In fact, Carr has four of the top nine scoring performances of all time — 61, 52 twice and 47 — in tournament history

Gotta love Austin Carr.


2 Comments on “Gotta Love The Drake….”

  1. Tom Curran says:

    Rick, good to see you bringing up Al McGuire. A rare case of a guy walking away while on top. I ran into him registering for a hotel where he was later giving a motivational speech. A regular guy on line, but he later got mixed reviews as the featured speaker. He didn’t have a prepared rah-rah script and just talked to the audience. Some wanted Vince Lombardi-like lines, but I remember him talking softly about the power of long-term relationships with his players and people.

  2. sportslifer says:

    Al McGuire was classic New York.

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