For the 2nd year in a row, the entire sports staff at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is going to host a day long event on the day following Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament. This year, that falls on March 12th. The event will once again be hosted by the Oxmoor Center on Shelbyville Road, and will encompass a total of 6 hosts and 13 hours of sports programming. Plus, we will host a BRACKET CHALLENGE with a chance to win a super-nice Gorilla Basketball Goal, courtesy of Steepleton's. Below is the entire rundown of events, so feel free to head out to Oxmoor any time in the day and you will get your sports fix headed into tournament time:
7-10AM: The EarlyBirds w/ Drew Deener
10-12PM: KentuckySportsRadio w/Matt Jones
12-1PM: Lachlan Mclean on WKRD
1-2PM: Drew Deener on WKRD
2-3PM: Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM: The Afternoon Underdogs w/Tony and Dave
530-6PM: Terry Meiners
7-9PM: Occupy Lachlan (the entire cast of hosts together on stage at the same time)
WHERE TO LISTEN ON THE AIR
Early Birds with Jody Demling
7-10AM (790AM WKRD)
The Tom Leach Show
9-10AM (1080AM WKJK)
KentuckySportsRadio with Matt Jones
10AM-12PM (1080AM WKJK)
Joe B. and Denny Show
10AM-12PM (790AM WKRD)
The Afternoon Underdogs with Dave Jennings and Tony Vanetti
3-530PM (790AM WKRD)
Sportstalk84 with Lachlan McLean
7-9PM (840AM WHAS)
Photo Credit - www.washingtonpost.com
Article By - Daniel Farish
Where are you Big East teams? WE CAN'T SEE YOU! Following the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament, the Big East conference has 3 teams remaining. They started with 8. The Atlantic 10 has 5 teams remaining. They started with 6. Something has gone turribly, turribly wrong in the conference formerly known as the best in the land.
Once nicknamed, "The Beasts In The East", this power conference will be gone in just a few short weeks. What once was the best conference tournament in the land will now be a second rate tournament in a world class facility with a mid-major feel. The final BE Tournament went out with a bang. Two of the most successful teams in the conference over the last 8 years were in the final, and we were treated to one of the biggest comeback/runaway wins in Big East history. And then came the NCAA Tournament.
To understand the present and predict the future, we must first look at the past. Beginning with the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the Big East has put 34 teams in. One of those (UConn in 2011) won it all. That means 33 teams have lost. 25 have lost in the first weekend, or 73.5%. Of those 25, 16 were in the first round. Think that sounds bad? It gets worse. 10 of the 16 first round losses were to teams seeded lower. Only 3 of those losses were 7-10 / 8-9 games. Four of them were 6-11 games, one was 4-13 (cough cough Louisville), one was 3-14 and the final was 2-15.
And now, we can look at 2013 as a whole. #10 Cincinnati lost to #7 Creighton who isn't necessarily a one trick pony, but if you can contain Doug McDermott then you have a chance. The best college basketball player in the country (not to be confused with the best player in college basketball) lit up the Bearcats for 27 points and 11 rebounds. The Blue Jays attempted 22 less shots, shot a higher percentage from 3pt and committed 10 fewer fouls. Someone forgot to tell Mick Cronin and his players they weren't in conference play anymore. And still, with 3:33 left it was tied at 54. Over the final 5 minutes, Cincinnati was 1 of 5 from the charity stripe, Creighton was 11 of 12. Game.
#9 Villanova lost to #8 UNC, but fate was against them. Roy Williams was going for his 700th win, a win that would put him in the 2nd round against his former team, the Kansas Jayhawks. It also didn't help that the Heels jumped out to a 32-12 lead. Villanova eventually climbed back and took the lead, 45-44 with 12:46 to go but were unable to sustain it. Back to back Reggie Bullock / PJ Hairston baskets put UNC up 5 and 'Nova never got within four after that. Three huge wins at home got them in the tournament and a lackluster neutral court performance got them bounced.
When I saw that the Shockers of Wichita State were graced with a #9 seed, I couldn't pick them fast enough. Follow that up with seeing they played #8 Pittsburgh, I about fell out of my chair. Guaranteed upset...if you call a #9 beating an #8 an "upset." Jamie Dixon hasn't been able to get these players to perform when expectations were high (2010: Lost 2nd round as a #3 to #6 Xavier; 2011: Lost as a #1 seed to #8 Butler), so how in the world would they perform as a lowly mid-seeded team? The Shocker's didn't shock the world. They did however hold Pitt's leading scorer, senior Trey Woodall, to 2 points.
I am one of those few fans who can take his conference blinders off when examining a bracket. This being said, I saw no reason why #7 Notre Dame should have a problem with the #10 Iowa State Cyclones. The Irish allowed only 32.1% of opponents 3pt's to go in this season, while Iowa State led the nation with 9.8 trey's per game. So the Cyclones did what you would expect...they had two big men combine for 36 points in an 18 point whupping. Hitting close to 70% in the second half, Iowa State ran away and hid from Notre Dame. Oh, and they also hit their average nine three-pointers. Buh-bye Notre Dame, we'll see you in the ACC.
The Norfolk State Spartans made their first trip to the NCAA's memorable in 2012, leaving with a 1-1 record and a win over #2 Missouri. I can almost picture Floriga Gulf Coast University coach Andy Enfield watching that game and thinking, "Why not us?" Or maybe he was sitting down to dinner with his wife. Google her, and thank me later. In only their 2nd year of Division I eligibility, the FGCU Eagles knocked off Miami in Coral Gables back in November. Then they finished 2nd in the Atlantic Sun regular season and knocked off Mercer in the tournament final. And on Friday night, they proved that eagles from Florida sure can fly. They threw down 5 dunks, each one more monstrous than the previous, en route to a 78-68 upset of #2 Georgetown. THIS was the game that a #15 could realistically upset a #2. Curious as to why? If you shut down Otto Porter, you shut down Georgetown. In 2008, the Hoyas lost to a #10 seed. In 2010, they lost opening round to a #14 seed. In 2011, they lost to an #11 seed. And in 2012, they lost to another #11 seed.
“I wish I could,” Thompson said when asked if he could find a common thread in his program's tournament woes. “Trust me, more than anyone on this earth, I’ve tried to analyze it, think about it, look at it, see what we could do --- should do --- differently, and I don’t know.”
As the reigning Big East Coach Of The Year, he had better figure something out. The remaining 3 teams in the tournament have much different paths ahead of them. #3 Marquette is coming off of a loss/bye situation, as #14 Davidson simply gave the game away with a reckless turnover while trying to break the press. #4 Syracuse had a horrible second half of the season but managed to make the BE Tournament final. They dismantled Montana in the opening round 81-34 and are set to face #12 California on Saturday night. The BE does boast the overall #1 seed in Louisville. The Cardinals rolled over #16 North Carolina A&T Thursday night and are currently up on #8 Colorado State 45-31 at halftime. The are expected to win the tournament, as any overall #1 is expected to.
The Big East as we know it is over. I would have expected it to go out better than this. Ideally the Big East will go into the Sweet 16 with three teams. UL is cruising against Colorado State, the Orange and Golden Eagles are favorites against their opponents, California and Butler. But when he being a favorite stopped the Big East from losing? Never, says history. Maybe Louisville can reverse history.