By Michael Rosenberg, SI.com
ATLANTA -- By the end of the night, I expected Kevin Ware to jump, Trey Burke to fly to South America, Peyton Siva to meet him there, and Spike Albrecht to solve the crisis in North Korea. I bet Mike Rice didn't even throw a basketball at his TV.
This game was so great, I don't even need to tell you it was great. If you saw it, you know. Louisville was a little bit better than Michigan, and at least in this national title game, both teams looked a little bit better than anybody else in the country. The Cardinals' 82-76 championship-game win was not just exhilarating. It was cathartic. More »
How does the average fan measure how good a player is? The box score. It's not like you can watch every single game during college basketball's long season. So most people simply look at the stats — points, rebounds, and assists — to determine who's a star and who isn't. More »
After watching Brittney Griner lead the Baylor Lady Bears to college basketball's first ever 40–0 season last year, and becoming college basketball's all-time-leading shot blocker (men's or women's) in January, you might assume the 6' 8" center has been dribbling a ball since she was in diapers. However, Griner grew up more interested in cars and the X Games than slam dunks and blocked shots. More »
I've heard every lame excuse out there.
It goes something like "The refs had to call that foul, 92 feet from the basket with less than a second left. You have to make the call whether it's the first second or the last second." If you think that, you're wrong. So wrong. So incredibly wrong that there the word "wrong" simply isn't enough to express how wrong you are. You're super-wrong. Ultra-wrong. Uber-wrong. Here's why. More »
There's been a lot of talk this season about how there's no "one dominant team" like North Carolina last season. And I agree with that. There are four dominant teams.More »
For sports fans, Thursday and Friday are the best two days of the year: NCAA Tournament first round games!
And what's better about March Madness than the upsets? There's nothing like seeing the unknown, disrespected underdog rise up and knock off a team from one of the powerhouse conferences. Here's a look at the teams I think have the best chance at shocking the world in Round 1:
Okay. Okay. I get it. My bracket was downright awful in the SI Kids Bracket Challenge. I had North Carolina losing in the second round (and I still say they would have if they had to play Butler instead of LSU in Round 2, but Butler stunk it up in their first-round game).
But someone's bracket certainly didn't stink: DogDog9, your 2009 SI Kids Bracket Challenge Champion! DogDog9 nailed the Final Four perfectly! He had North Carolina over Michigan State in the final, and Connecticut and Villanova as the other semifinalists. That is an impressive feat, and it gave DogDog9 168 points and a one-point victory over AceClimber.
So what did DogDog9 win?More »