Syracuse basketball is back in the Final Four. Here are some videos we shot from ground zero of the celebration at Chicago’s United Center. The Orange, back in the Final Four for the first time since 2013, when they reached the final weekend as a #6 seed, become the first #10 seed to ever reach the final.Follow paulmbanks
Syracuse basketball is back in the Final Four. Here’s some photographs we shot from ground zero of the celebration at Chicago’s United Center. The Orange, back in the Final Four for the first time since 2013, when they reached the final weekend as a #6 seed, become the first #10 seed to ever reach the final.
The Orange overcame a 16 point second half deficit to #1 seed Virginia in what was truly an amazing comeback.Follow paulmbanks
Twitter really needs to figure something out with their trending function. Tony Bennett was trending tonight; prompting most users of the social media platform to an instinctive knee jerk reaction.
All these users believed that the legendary singer had passed away. In today’s era of micro-blogging, “if it bleeds it leads,” and obituaries are always HUGE HUGE news (just as they always have been).
Every time I see a celebrity of advanced age trending I always worry that said individual has now met their final destination. It’s sad, but it’s the age we live in.Follow paulmbanks
Virginia Head Coach Tony Bennett has become a “rock star” college basketball coach now. Well, maybe he’s more like a “standard singer” college basketball leader given that he’s got the same name as an iconic vocalist, 89-years-young, who’s lately been teaming up with Lady Gaga.
This is the third straight year he’s led the Wahoos to a #2 seed or higher, and he keeps getting it done while the ACC consistently grows even stronger. This is his second sweet sixteen, and a win tomorrow night ends the Virginia basketball Elite 8 drought (1995). Beat the Syracuse/Gonzaga winner, and it’s UVA’s first Final Four since 1984.Follow paulmbanks
Pittsburgh has found their new head coach in Kevin Stallings, previously of Vanderbilt. Pitt’s previous Coach, Jamie Dixon, left to go coach his alma mater TCU. Thus, two dominos fall and the coaching carousel begins spinning. In Nashville, they’ll begin the search for Stallings’ replacement.Follow paulmbanks
Big Time revenue-producing college athletics is exactly like Search Engine Optimization- “if you ain’t cheating, you ain’t trying.” If your program hasn’t been hit by NCAA sanctions at some point, you’re not getting creative enough in the circumventing of the NCAA “amateurism” sham.
Likewise with SEO; you’re not doing your job if you haven’t received at least a warning email from a search engine corporation.
Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim missed the NCAA Tournament last year because, well in the eyes of the NCAA, he was a naughty naughty boy. Boeheim briefly and vaguely glossed over that yesterday at Sweet 16 Media Day.Follow paulmbanks
The Gonzaga basketball program is exactly like the song “only happy when it rains” by ’90s alt-rock band Garbage. This has nothing to do with the high amounts of precipitation that fall in the Pacific Northwest either. The program is at its best when the situation is less than optimal.Follow paulmbanks
The last time Chicago hosted a NCAA Regional Final we were treated to astonished/happy/excited March Madness Bill Murray the Illinois Fighting Illini fan. Over the weekend we saw despondent March Madness Murray, the Xavier fan. Perhaps that meme will put the stale “Crying Jordan” meme out to pasture now.
It’s all come full circle Virginia basketball fans: Bill Murray at March Madness, Chicago hosting an Elite 8 game, a team in blue and orange favored to cut down the nets and head to the Final Four.Follow paulmbanks
Gonzaga basketball returns to Chicago, and the United Center for the first time since January of 2010. The Zags beat a very up and down Illini team in an exciting overtime clash that Saturday. Friday night, Gonzaga will be competing in the Windy City’s first NCAA Regional Semi-Final since 2005.
Those games ended with one of the most exciting games in recent March Madness history, and quite possibly the high point of modern Illini basketball history.Follow paulmbanks
Yesterday, Northwestern was eliminated from the Big Ten Tournament, thus ending any NCAA Tournament hopes that they might have had. Just hours before that result completed their previous coach, Bill Carmody, clinched a tourney berth in his very first season at his new school, Holy Cross.
Obviously, Carmody was on the program’s mind as current coach Chris Collins mentioned him during his postgame press conference.Follow paulmbanks
Tomorrow begins the month of February, meaning there’s at least six more weeks of pain and tedium this college hoops season for the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois overall. The season is already just about lost for every team in the second city.
In the Land of Lincoln overall, only Southern Illinois looks poised to contend for a NCAA Tournament berth. Illinois State has a decent conference record, but their overall mark is so bad that they need to run the conference tournament table to become relevant.Follow paulmbanks