It’s has been rumored for years that Florida men’s head basketball coach Billy Donovan would make the jump from the NCAA to the NBA. Well, that day could soon be approaching. The Oklahoma City Thunder fired head coach Scott Brooks on Wednesday and the Thunder have taken public interests in a few candidates in the college realm, including Donovan.
With the national championship coming up Monday night and all the hype that comes with it — especially after watching 38-0 Kentucky fall to Wisconsin in one of the best revenge games of all time on Saturday — we here at Dorm Room Hoops thought it might be beneficial to put the championship game into a little bit of perspective. Let’s take a look back at the best national championship games in the history of the game.
No. 1 Kentucky took care of business against No. 8 Cincinnati today, with a solid 64-51 trouncing of the Bearcats.
The first half started slow, with a 4-minute scoring drought and 12 consecutive missed shots. Cincinnati’s Octavius Ellis, who played tonight despite being ejected from Thursday’s game against No. 9 Purdue, did a great job on the boards pulling down 6 in the half. Aaron Harrison, who ended the game with 13 points, landed a three to send the Wildcats up 7 going into the half, 24-31.
In overtime, Cincinnati pulled it out over Purdue in an aggressive, physical game, 66-65 in overtime.
In a slow paced first half, Cincinnati started strong, scoring on 7 straight possessions. This consistency wasn’t enough to pull away however, as the score stayed within five points for the entire half. Purdue had a great time at the boards, pulling down 26 rebounds, to keep the game in reach. A big three by Vince Edwards clanged off the rim to the send the game to halftime, with Purdue up 29-26.
Following the ejection of Octavius Ellis, the game became even more physical in the second half. With arms flying during every rebound and defenses playing hard, tensions ran high.
The game remained close, with Purdue up 6 going into the final minute. Kevin Johnson hit a crucial three with 43 seconds left, and a horrible turnover by Vince Edwards allowed Cincinnati to pull within one. Jon Octeus made one of two free throws to give Purdue a two point lead, setting up a clutch layup by Troy Caupain to send into OT.
If you remember correctly, America was stunned that UCLA was even in the field this year. Motivation? Maybe. UCLA jumped out to an early lead in the first half on the shoulders of Bryce Alford, who went 9-of-11 from 3-point range. Alford was draining threes and controlling the tempo of the game as SMU looked like it had just gotten out of bed and was late for class. Larry Brown, SMU’s head coach is suffering from bronchitis and early on it felt as if his players were a little under the weather as well. UCLA took a 4 point lead into halftime.
Before the day ends, we’ll know what 68 teams have made the field for the NCAA Tournament. There are a lot of teams that are awfully nervous heading into the announcement, sitting squarely on the tournament bubble. Bracketologists have prognosticated who they think is in and who is out. What do we think? Here are the four teams we think will be deemed the “Last Four In.”
There has been a new wave of designing basketball courts across the nation. Many have ditched their look for new ones that will make them stand out, but some have gone the extra mile to do that. Some new courts are awesome, while some make you wonder what the logic was behind the design. Many are redesigning their basketball courts to distance themselves from the rest of the competition. It has to be big tool for use in recruiting. Here’s a look at some the best designs out there.