Some people told me I was crazy when I made that statement prior to Kentucky’s win over Louisville on Saturday but when you watch “MKG” play, it’s tough not to see why he’s more valuable than anyone else in college basketball.
The highly anticipated showdown between arguably the nation’s two most talented rosters should come down to a battle of toughness and outside shooting.
Steve Lavin brought St. John’s back to respectability faster than even the most die-hard Red Storm fan could have hoped. Just as suddenly, it all came crashing down. “It was very silent after,” said senior Dwight Hardy, “and a lot of tears were shed.”
We were all set for a crazy couple of weeks following St. John’s in the NCAA Tournament. Whoops. The Johnnies tapped into their inner Norm Roberts, upended by Gonzaga on Thursday night.
Marquise Carter scored a career-high 24 points, lifting 11th-seeded Gonzaga to an 86-71 victory over sixth-seeded St. John’s on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The only shooting for St. John’s senior D.J. Kennedy at this tournament involves a video camera. Asked about the significance of Kennedy’s absence from Thursday’s lineup, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin didn’t mince words: “A devastating blow.”
The NCAA tournament has a new look this year, with a 68-team bracket and a matchup of First Four teams vying for spots in the main draw. To get you ready for the main event, here’s a rundown of what to look for from the Tri-State locals and the national powerhouses.