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Posts Tagged ‘SEC Tournament’

That’s One Way To Get Your Point Across (March Madness)

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Give the Bird

Saw this during the Kentucky/LSU game, which is going on as I type. I’m not sure who the referee is, but I admire the way Tony Greene points things out to the people watching. Nice choice of pointing digits, there, Mr. Zebra. He’s either pointing to the sidelines or letting those who notice his bird what he thinks of today’s events. Or, he could be letting Trent Johnson — the coach at the other end of the court, the direction the finger is pointing at — that he doesn’t approve of any sideline criticisms.

Hey, at least he didn’t tackle any South Carolina quarterbacks.

Good News For Kentucky Fans (March Madness)

As Kentucky suffers through its worst season since Rick Pitino took over for the disgraced Eddie Sutton, it’s been hard on the fans. Loads of “Billy versus Tubby” talk going on. And then this ESPN piece didn’t paint UK’s now-beleaguered coach in the best light. All-in-all, it’s been a season to forget with — save a Jodie Meeks 54-point outing — very little to cheer about.

Until now.

In the above video, Kentucky fans might have found a salve to help them recover and prepare for next season: Patrick Patterson told reporter Alan Cutler he would in fact be returning to the Wildcats next season. The sigh of relief you hear can be attributed to the state that’s bordered by Tennessee, Ohio, West Virginia and Illinois. Now if they can get the same from Jodie Meeks, there might actually be some positive feelings about next season.

The Wildcats have a decent recruiting class coming in with the centerpiece being big man Daniel Orton, and the idea of pairing Orton and Patterson on the low blocks is an attractive one. And hey, the good news for Kentucky keeps on coming as they beat the Ole Miss Rebels in the first round of the SEC Tournament this afternoon.

The win keeps the Wildcats’ paper-thin tournament hopes alive.

SEC Plans Ticket Refund

Thanks to weather like this:

The SEC Tournament had some issues to deal with. But thanks to some (divine?) intervention and some hard-nosed play, the Georgia Bulldogs, a team no one picked to win the thing, won, beating Kentucky, Mississippi State, and Arkansas in the process (all NCAA Tournament teams).

Due of the weather, the SEC Tournament was moved from the Georgia Dome to Georgia Tech’s home court, which is a much smaller arena than the initial location. Because of that, crowds in the relocation arena were severely limited, meaning thousands of people are looking for some satisfaction from the NCAA and the SEC. Well, worry not. According to Jerry Tipton, the SEC is on it:


ATLANTA, Ga.—The Southeastern Conference and its 12 member institutions are currently working on a refund process for the 2008 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament. Fans will be informed through as well as the official internet sites of the 12 SEC member institutions as information comes available.

The SEC advises fans to retain any unused tickets for the 2008 tournament.

Congratulations are certainly in order for Georgia. Regardless of their regular season record, their defensive effort in all four tournament game wins (matching their regular season SEC wins) could not be denied. Enjoy your trip to the Dance, guys… and congrats on saving Dennis Felton’s job at least for one more season.

Billy Donovan Absolutely Rips His Young Team

Magic DonovanWhen you’ve grown accustomed to wining back-to-back NCAA titles, sub-par seasons, followed by being bounced in the first round of the SEC Tournament, apparently don’t sit well with head coaches. Just ask Billy Donovan and his Florida Gators.

After Alabama had their way with the Gators last night — securing the twice defending national champs an NIT bid — the man that left for the Orlando Magic had some choice words concerning the outlook of his team:

“You know, it’s hard for me to be excited going forward because I don’t see things being fixed,” the Florida coach said after an 80-69 loss to Alabama.

“We’re 31 games into the season, and I’m not going to sit up here and talk about youthfulness or what we don’t have or what we lost or those type of things… You want to see a group of guys really understanding what it takes to win…

“They’re not committed to it…”

I don’t think Donovan has had to use words in conjunction like this for a couple of seasons now (Isn’t it ironic, dontcha think?). Apparently, he’s holding his team to the standard set by the Perfect Storm his Gators enjoyed so much. Sorry, but back-to-backs are not the norm in college basketball, Coach Donovan. You are beginning to sound like a UK fan.