2011-2012 NATIONAL TITLE GAME
Monday, April 2, 2012 | 9:23 PM, EDT | CBS-TVMercedes-Benz Superdome | New Orleans, Louisiana
2 KANSAS JAYHAWKS 32-61 KENTUCKY WILDCATS 37-2
2011-2012 College Basketball Season ending this evening,I must take a moment to sincerely thank everyone in the PREGAME Community
Especially appreciate each & every bit of feedback:Be it critical or supportive, positive or negative & everything in between
Said it before & I’ll say it again,FEEDBACK is an essential element of “The Write-up” process, & I’m admittedly guilty of reciprocating far less than I receive The $64K question I’m asked dozens of times annually: ‘Why spend time on write-ups? Just drop in the play!? It’s all most folks want to see anyway!’
Yessir – the old 80|20 Evergreen enigma80% spend 20 Seconds or Less on any Story|Writeup|HeadlineJust 20% of those 20% Left only read to the Pick or a few Select bullet Points, ect Well…MOST plays ARE just dropped in W/O WRITE-UP(s)Into the ideally suited Social Media outlet otherwise known as TWITTER(When time doesn’t allow for the careful, point-by-point write-up)
Yet, write-ups PICKS/PLAYS Are essential ways to manually work thru the thought process of a pick/play, Showing work...&The PLAY ITSELF is often derived via the WRITE-UP PROCESS.
MANY write-ups (¼ to ½) die on the keyboard vineEither line-shift(s)&/or Facts/Stats emerge during draft that nullify or downgrade many, many play(s)
#1 Answer (taking time to draft write-ups):THIS IS REAL MONEY WE’RE WAGERING!
Great College Basketball Seasoneven though it is the first on this end since 2003 we will finish in the REDMany valuable (occasionally costly) lessons learned; Especially after a gut-rip 0-3 Final Four Saturday
NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Even after conscientiously breaking down KU’s Frontcourt Duo, KU 7-0 | 238 Jr Withey KU 6-9 | 237 Jr RobinsonIt became painfully clear I still failed to appreciate KU’s demonstrable Frontcourt Defense
Withey’s presence in key (as we've seen all Year & Tourney) especially... Wore down OSU & Altering Bucks’ Frontcourt & disrupting OSU’s Halfcourt ball-swing Coupled w/Bucks’ D Thomas’ PF Issues All contributed to turn the game KU’s way
Agonizing part?Being on OSU, just 5 to 6 possessions from Halftime (2:59 till Half)OSU-KU Game tantalizingly close to a ‘tipping point’
Ohio State up 13, getting & HITTING ½ of their well-designed, catch-&-shoot looks Off curls & in/out transition secondary break 3’sOSU was getting the Court OPENED-UP & well spaced Better than I’d thought (or dreamed) possible
The Bucks were close…
HOWEVER…To Kansas’ HC Self & his troops great credit,KU Jayhawks’ stayed the course
Once OSU’s Perimeter Shooting Cooled(& Kansas’s Defensive rotations improved, w/hedging)KU was able to get game tempo pulled down a bit
Sullinger’s success rate plummeted once KU settled inKU committed to WEAK-SIDE Help Defense Improved their defensive rotations(Busted thru single & DOUBLE-HI OSU bender screens instead of slipping) w/OSU’s Deshawn Thomas saddled w/Fouls & Bucks getting 0 from Bench KU’s adjustments that ensued swung game entirely Jayhawks direction
w/a DOMINANT KU 2H Defense, limiting Ohio St to 8-33 FG (24.2%)
KU Teahan’s 1 MADE 3-FG provided ALL Bench SCORING for both teams
So, moves that Kansas made, w/Jayhawks interior DEFENSE, Predicated upon SIZE Lead one to believe Kansas has a LEGIT SHOTYet not taking a shot at losing more than a C-Notew/Line at Just 2 POSSESSIONS & Neither team having good depth
KU presumably learned their lesson from OSU's rat-a-tat\click-clack start, NEARLY allowing OSU to get away from them w/OSU passing one-step ahead of KU’s Bigs
Therefore, HC Bill Self will have to try & get this Game down in 60’sLOW 60-Possession Rate & (Preferably) LOW 60’s in score, also
Arguably, NEITHER Team has played THEIR Game For more than ½ of any 40 Min Tourney GameKU’s experience is minimal, yet noticeable factor in game
I LIKE JAYHAWKS TO GET THIS THING TIGHTENED UP NEAR HORN& Even – as tough as it is to say, have a risk-worthy shot at a Title
Could even see Kansas’ Tyshawn Taylor Breaking a by-then 0-22 or 0-23 slide (0-20 right now) &Hitting his 1ST & ONLY 3-FG of Tourney to WIN Game for Kansas
1½ UNITKANSAS KENTUCKY | UNDER 138 (BetUS)
½ UNITKANSAS +7 (-115 | Bovada)KENTUCKY
½ UNITKANSAS -275 (5-Dimes)KENTUCKY
Cutting up NBA Materials just mad these daysPreparing for the big 60 Day Grind to crown a 2011-2012 NBA Champion
ALL THE BEST, GUYS.Thanks a MILLION.
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Good luck steve, like all 3 plays.
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You hit the nail right on the head. I am on Kansas and UNDY, and still holding on my future with Kansas @ +900. Don't let anybody talk you out for not writing a write up from each of your plays. As mentioned previously, I enjoy reading your threads. Much appreciated!
On the Under my self, but had to take Kentucky-6.5 Pts. Kentucky showed last game they can dominate the paint and score at will there without even having to hit perimeter shots." & therr guard play so good.....It'll be a good game Mr. Steve, looking forward to your NBA thoughts.........GET MONEY!!!!!
"EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY"
always appreciate your posts Steve gl to you
Thanks for sharing all of that info Steve...and appreciate all you passed along throughout the entire season. Best of luck tonight and continued success ahead.
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Jeeze...humbled as ever guys. THRILLED we 'GET' to make a Las Vegas Trip for at LEAST 1x per year for the NEXT 3 YRS - GREAT move for the PAC-12 to move the Tourney to LV! I VOW to look you guys up & been planning to get my Card-Shark wife to LV...cannot wait. Where the heck are they playing these? Not T+M, some new glitzy joint I'd imagine.
1-2 (yet +0.37 UNIT | Up is Up) Thirty-Seven Bux up - nearly stole an inconceivable backdoor KU Winner to boot, yet we'll take a small Black number & move on to the Association.
So much work to do before 2012-2013; Much more than Teams|Players, but all these new rivalries:
BIG XIIWEST VIRGINIATCU
Not to mention New-Look Big EastMWC w/Fresno State, ectWAC w/Texas-San Antonio, UT-Arlington, Seattle & Denver?SDSU to Big West in Hoops?
Football will be entirely upside-down:Big East w/SDSU & Boise State? & Temple again?
Should take much getting used to...& don't quote me (plz) since it changes daily!
All the best, guys