Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Jimmy V Classic recap

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Dookie Vitale revealed that his all star guest at his May gala will be none other than Coach AMEX (Coach K) of Duke. This will probably lead to a sellout, although some people may be allergic to the smug-cloud that follows Coach AMEX ;-)

Speaking of Dick Vitale, you may be tired of hearing about his breakfasts the Broken Egg. But how much do you know about the Broken Egg? Learn all about it here (multimedia intro page).

The broadcast also included the original 12-minute speech from Jimmy Valavano that he gave at the 1993 ESPYs that launched the V Foundation. If you have not seen it or heard it, I highly recommend that you try to find it!

On the court, both games were entertaining and had multiple personalities. We saw it all! Here is a quick recap:

  • Louisville had flashes, and it is obvious they are still a work in progress. Part of the reason Louisville had only played three games was the unavailability of Freedom Hall, but I think part of it also was all the injuries key players were recovering from. Along with the Derrick Caracter weight loss program. Pitino needed the extra weeks for his team to heal and get in shape. The return of the Caracter highlighted their game. The new and improved and much slimmer Derrick Caracter showed flashes of what he could be. He was having his way with the Arizona defense before he quickly got in foul trouble on the defensive end. This is going to be an on-going soap opera, although to his credit Derrick Caracter has so far met all the milestones given to him by Rick Pitino according to the espn broadcasters. Juan Diego Tello Palacios seemed to have a spring in his step, perhaps a sign he is recovering from his injuries. The T-Will vs M-Will battle did not really materialize, as M-Will was struggling and spent more time on the pine than usual. According to the broadcasters Padgett is not going to be 100% this season, which probably means he won't bolt for the NBA draft his summer, so Louisville fans will probably have him for his senior season much closer to 100%.
  • Arizona showed perfect offensive execution and they also showed a 2 from 21 segment. The Silver Fox showed a new look with Shakur, Nic Wise and Dillon on the floor at the same time. The rotation was expanded to 8, but with a quick hook when Wise made not so wise decisions. Jordan Hill made a guest appearance. Keep in mind Kirk Walters is out with mono, and JP Prince is not 100% (or something along those lines)
  • Syracuse showed flashes of how good they can be when the pieces fit. Paul Harris is definately a unique player, and unique can cause problems for the opponents. Just like any other defense, the 2-3 zone can be very effective when played well, and not so effective when it is not played well.
  • Oklahoma State may have surprised people. Just like every other team at this time, they are a work in progress as well, but their core rotation of eight has proven that they can give opponents a headache.

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