Monthly Archives: March 2011

Surviving the Aftermath: Basketballmanac, 1st Saturday

Thanks to those of you who have inquired about my state of mind in the aftermath of the stunning U of L loss Thursday. Along with local condolences, I’ve had calls and emails from Boston, Cali and Georgia, the purpose of which were to make sure I hadn’t performed hari kiri, or some similar form […]

Louisville Card File: Morehead State

Welcome to March Sadness. While this isn’t really a game that needs to be broken down. I will do so a bit in a second. At least a little bit. First, major credit where major credit is due. Coach Donnie Tyndall and his staff developed a great game plan, especially on the defensive end. The […]

Tipoff is Today: Basketballmanac, First Thursday

Chips ✔ Beverages ✔ Impellizzeri’s on Speed Dial ✔ New batteries in the clicker ✔ Fresh coat of leather softener on the Ekornes recliner ✔ Alrighty then. I am ready for the Cards. And the Cats. And fourteen — count ‘em, 14 — other first round matchups. Yes, it has dawned gorgeous outside. Winter’s leaves […]

From Aztecs to Zebras: NCAAlphabet

In the LEO print edition that hit the stands today, I’ve provided an alphabetical listing of tournament minutiae. (If, by chance, you don’t know what tournament I’m talking about, I doubt you’re really reading this.) And, fortunately for you, as is our wont these days, it’s also posted online. Which means you can click here […]

The Ballentine Rule, That Other Tourney: Basketballmanac, 1st Wednesday

So, not only does my friend David head Down Under (with a side trip to Bali) for most all of the b-ball season, then come back and start pontificating about players and teams he hasn’t watched, but he has the audacity to have a birthday this first NCAA tourney Friday night with a celebratory sit […]

Elite Eight Bound Bellarmine Bashes Ferris State 85-66

In retrospect, despite its sterling play and marksmanship, Ferris State never had a chance. This one was destined to be. Down by a deuce at the half, Bellarmine struck immediately. Braydon Hobbs hit a follow to tie the score at 39. The Knights really never looked back. At one point, Knights Hall was a din […]

CardsLove, Bracket Racket, Seeding Bleating: Basketballmanac, 1st Tuesday

Tip off’s tonight. Have you figured out how to find TruTV on your dial? Have you logged it in on your box as a Favorite Channel? * * * * * Other than figuring out whether to pick Michigan or Tennessee on your Office Pool Bracket, the major quandary in these parts — at least […]

Bellarmine Knights survive Norse, Face Ferris for Elite Eight Spot

Scotty Davenport’s 29-2 Knights zoomed off from a six point halftime advantage over rival Northern Kentucky to lead the Round of 32 tilt by 18. Then something happened but I’m not sure what it was. NKy’s shooting % went up. They were 16/ 28 for the stanza. but, so did Bellarmine’s. The Knights hit 72% […]

Louisville Card File: UConn

The sentiments of this song aren’t exactly what’s happening in the wake of the Cards setback in the tourney finals, but the underlying premise is the same. It was a much more onerous task, getting to sleep and arising this a.m. and reading the paper, than it was yesterday. What a difference a day makes. […]

Bellarmine Passes 1st Tourney Test

Scotty Davenport’s Knights kept Indy measured, 84-70. The Spugs Report: Knights advance in NCAA with with 84-70 victory over UIndy LOUISVILLE, Ky.–The No. 2 Bellarmine University men’s basketball opened NCAA play today with an 84-70 victory over the University of Indianapolis in the first round of the Midwest Regional at Knights Hall. The game marked […]