Midwest Swing: Title Game Edition

Midwest swing

By Paul M. Banks

INDIANAPOLIS- Signs inside, outside and all over downtown Indy read “the road ends here.” Indeed it did, my four venue, three city college basketball tour ended on this night. As did the championship aspirations of the 64th and final team. I literally teared up as Duke cut down the nets and hoisted the championship trophy because for me, the “Midwest Swing” that began nearly a month ago in Indy, ends in Indy. I came full circle in the “circle city.”

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Duke vs. West Virginia: the “Varsity Game” tonight

DICKIE V. DUKE

By Paul M. Banks

INDIANAPOLIS- It’s easy to look at the seedings, #1 vs. #2, and think that this game is the “varsity contest” (the fact that it’s the primetime, and not the early game only intensifies this idea) and Butler-Michigan State the J.V., but don’t make that mistake.

What has this tournament been if not unpredictable? As Disco Stu from “The Simpsons” once said, “If these trends continue…” we’ll end up with more underdog winners.

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Coach K. Exclusive

Paul M. Banks has an exclusive chat with Duke Head Coach MIKE KRZYZEWSKI.

I actually did this interview last April in Chicago, but since I’m about to head off to the Final Four tomorrow (one in which Duke is appearing) I figured it was a good time to update and re-run this. Also, a good portion of my writers seem to be taking this week off for some reason, so that’s always a good time to rerun stuff.

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