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The Race For The Eighth Seed

We are winding down the NBA Regular Season, with teams having less than 10 games to play, playoff seating is clarifying, in the Eastern Conference, there is 1 playoff spot left and it is capturing the attention of Hawks fans, Knicks fans, and NBA fans all over the globe. With both teams well under .500 and both sitting at 33 wins, it will be an exciting two weeks to watch these teams duke it out for a spot in the playoffs.

628x471If you’re a Knicks fan, this season has been a major disappointment, a team that was a 2nd seed at this time last year, and not having loss any major pieces, 11 games under .500 is unacceptable, especially in this city. The playoffs is the Knicks one chance at redemption. Continue reading

March Madness final 4

SIGHTS & SOUNDS FROM THE FINAL FOUR

JerrysWorld1-North Texas (and Jerry Jones) are the site of the 2014 Final Four, and thru yesterday’s semi final wins by Kentucky and UCONN, the Dallas Metroplex has been alive with the College Hoops World. The following are observations (good, bad, and everything in between) from first hand accounts on the scene-

“NORTH TEXAS” instead of DALLAS

  • Many people were wondering just why the tag line pushed out to all pertaining to the actual host of the Final 4 was “NORTH TEXAS” instead of “DALLAS”. 48 minutes after the Debate’s shuttle finally arrived at the hotel after leaving the airport, we were well aware this was NOT the same set up of Atlanta from a year ago. 8 different hotels were spread out over the Metroplex, with shuttles running between all of them and downtown. Times between ranged from 5 minutes to 35 minutes, and the trip to AT&T Stadium was an even hour to two. While hosts cities such as A-Town, Indy, and San Antonio set up everything from Bracket Town, the Music Festival, the host Dome, and the Coaches Convention HQ within walking distance from one another, North Dallas was apparently determined to make sure visitors got the full experience of EVERY mile of the area. Continue reading

Xs and Os

ANATOMY OF A PLAY: SWEET 16 EDITION

ANATOMY OF A PLAY: MICHIGAN VS KENTUCKY (3/30/14)

-The Debate was very impressed with each and every game from this past weekend’s Sweet 16 and Elite 8, especially from a Coaching/Scheme standpoint. Whether it was Kevin Ollie and UCONN turning a Tom Izzo Michigan State team into a 3pt hoisting only club (for the first time anyone can remember) or Wisconsin running pick and pop to perfection to squeak past Arizona, the level of game plan and execution was AWESOME. It was extremely difficult to pick just one set for our ANATOMY OF A PLAY breakdown, but even in defeat, Michigan Coach John Beilein was his usual tactically brilliant self. Below is a look at one of the Wolverines’ best sets from Sunday vs Kentucky-

TODAY’S PLAY: “WOLVERINE SHUFFLE STEP OUT P&ROLL”

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