By Josh Kramer
We are nearing the three-month anniversary of the initial “Throwback Saturday.” I for one am very proud of this segment and have truly enjoyed time traveling with you. What was happening on March 31, 2011? How about on March 31, 2010? Let’s find out.
One year ago..
NBA Night Tonight
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People need to realize though that College Basketball is not the only game in town. The NBA season is coming down to the final stretch before the playoffs, with much left to be decided. Plus, tonight features two mega matchups. So after you watch your respective MLB teams open up the season, tune in to one of the two insanely good matchups the NBA has this evening. Sorry to my Giants and Dodgers fans. As the only night game, you will have to make a decision, but for the rest of the country, watching the NBA Action is a no brainer.
Boston at San Antonio: Many are proclaiming this matchup a possible preview of the NBA Finals. Both of these elite squads have looked somewhat vulnerable as of late though. Granted they both have easily secured home court advantage for at least the first round of the playoffs, but both would like to end up with the overall number 1 seed in their respective conferences. In the East, the 1 seed has not meant much in recent years. Just ask King James about that. But in the West, the Lakers have secured the number 1 seed 3 consecutive years (this year is much in question though). They have also represented the West in the NBA Finals 3 consecutive years. Home court matters no matter how you spin it in playoff basketball (To finish reading this post, click this link).
It is hard to argue that March 31, 2011 was a big night for the NBA. When you have the Celtics/Spurs and the Lakers/Mavericks going head to head on the same night, there is nothing boring about it (at least not last year). Boston has since faded into mediocrity this season, while the Mavericks have struggled in the defending champion role. I made sure to enunciate in this post that “Home court matters no matter how you spin it in playoff basketball.”
Boy was I wrong. A two seed and a three seed met in the NBA Finals last season. So toss that piece of information out the window. Also on this day, I predicted that the Celtics and Lakers would win their respective primetime matchups. Shockingly, I went two for two in my predictions. The Celtics handed the NBA’s best home team San Antonio a second consecutive home loss (107 to 97), largely due to Rajon Rondo putting up a scintillating 22 points and 14 assists. In the late game, the Lakers steamrolled the Mavericks by 28 points, in a very rough and tough game where five players were injected. Little did we know what the Mavericks had in store of the Lakers come playoff time. I will give you a hint, Dallas grabbed their brooms (Mavericks swept the Lakers out of the playoffs).
Two years ago..
Rising Stars at McDonald’s
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Tonight is the biggest night of the year for high school hoop’s stars. It is a chance for the nation’s top players to go at it head to head on national television in front of a big time crowd. You better believe that college coaches from all over the country will be in attendance or watching tonight hoping to lure some of the unsigned studs out of this 2010 class.
Some of the storylines for the evening. Well first of all, the East has two players that will be playing in their future home in Buckeye nation tonight in Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas. These are two of the top players in the country at their respective positions and Sullinger is really expected to dominate this evening’s affair and lead the East to a victory. Thad Matta will be licking his chops after this one and many Buckeye fans will get over the sting of losing to Tennessee last weekend knowing what is coming next season. As I have said many times before, Buckeye fans should be booking their tickets to the 2011 Final Four already (To finish reading this post, click this link).
I hit the nail on the head this time. As we mentally prepare ourself for the monumental showdowns tonight in New Orleans, two of the biggest names in college hoops are Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas. They have left their mark at Ohio State. Granted, I did jump the gun in saying that Ohio State would make the Final Four in 2011. A year late is not horrible by any means though for a program that has made the Final Four just one time since the 1960s (the 1999 Final Four was revoked). Lastly, I talked later in the post about the enormous impact that Freshman make at the collegiate ranks. Just ask John Calipari and Kentucky about the validity of this statement.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.