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From 35 to 30: Why NCAA Basketball Needs to Shorten the Shot Clock

Posted by RichieZ23 on April 8, 2010

Alright, let’s get one thing out of the way first of all.  I fully believe that defense wins championships, and you won’t convince me otherwise.  I have no problem with defensive oriented gameplans.

A slow-it-down defensive oriented approach got Butler into the National Title game and nearly won it for them, as Gordon Hayward almost hit a game winner from half-court, but ultimately Duke endured and won 61-59.

Gordon Hayward almost won it all for Butler in the fifth lowest scoring National Title game over the last 45 years. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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Fran “White Magic” McCaffery to be named Iowa basketball head coach

Posted by RichieZ23 on March 28, 2010

Before today I had never heard of a basketball coach named Fran.  Then this morning, not only had I never heard of a coach named Fran, but I learned he is going to be hired as the head basketball coach at the University of Iowa.

You kidding me?  Who?  Fran McCaffery?  It gets better too.  His wife Margarete has been ejected from games along with her husband for arguing with officials.


So we got a dude named Fran and his wife gets ejected from games for yelling in the crowd.  Sweet.

I was about ready to sever all emotional ties and investment from Iowa basketball and jump off a building before I learned that his nickname was “White Magic” back during his days ballin’ in college playing the point at Wake Forest and Penn.

Fran McCaffery will be named the head coach of Iowa basketball on Monday(Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images North America)

That’s more like it.  I can put up with the fact that his name is Fran, his wife gets ejected from the stands, and he looks like a science teacher — I’ll put up with that if the dude’s nickname was White Magic.

I’ll take White Magic for a coach’s nickname all day.  Now he just needs to bring a little of that magic to Iowa basketball — a program that has been magic-less for quite some time.  Iowa has not won an NCAA Tournament game since 2001 when it defeated Creighton in the first round, only to get worked by Kentucky 92-79 in the second round.  Mr. Magic has won two in the last three years while at Siena.
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Iowa vs. Indiana — Womens Basketball

Posted by RichieZ23 on February 25, 2010

Iowa took on Indiana tonight in women’s basketball, and came out victorious 76-64.

Link to CoverItLive at 7.
Iowa vs Indiana — Here are a few notes as the game unfolded.

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Iowa Basketball & Reason for Optimism: Take it from a first hand account

Posted by RichieZ23 on January 28, 2010

The Iowa Hawkeyes were this close from pulling off the upset Wednesday night against Ohio State, however ended up falling  65-57, in a game that was quite possibly the closest eight point loss in recent Hawkeye memory.
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