Sunday, March 1, 2009

Welcome to March

Andy Rooney ended 60 minutes by saying that after the Super Bowl and the Oscars, there isn’t anything to look forward to for a long time. Um, maybe he should start watching college basketball. Consider what we saw this weekend:

Georgetown’s Chris Wright diving through defenders to run out the clock against Villanova.

Creighton’s Booker Woodfox stepping into some clutch free throws to clinch a share of the MVC title.

LSU’s Marcus Thornton stepping in among the trees and sealing a victory at Kentucky.

Arizona's Jordan Hill heroically coming back from an ankle injury and Washington even more heroically holding off Arizona to clinch a share of the Pac-10 title.

UCLA’s Darren Collison absolutely refusing to let Cal get a defensive stop and get back into the game.

Oklahoma's Blake Griffin diving over the scorers table, regardless of any previous concussions.

Michigan St.’s Travis Walton first shutting down Illinois guard Demetri McCamey to the point where McCamey couldn’t even get a shot off down the stretch, and then hitting a game clinching jumper in the final minutes.

Oklahoma St’s Terrel Harris reversing the Rush-the-Court with a Rush-the-Stands.

Announcers insinuating that Duke’s Coach K was thinking of throwing a chair.

Trying to infer whether UConn center Hasheem Thabeet was really injured or whether he really didn’t want to take a pair of free throws at the end of the game against Notre Dame.

Watching Maryland's Greivis Vasquez responded to taunting by the NC State fans by taking a cheap basket instead of running out the clock.

And the best month of the year is just getting started.