I had so much fun watching all the upsets this week. I just couldn’t stop laughing last night. It seemed continuous prime time teams were getting knocked off one by one. I have put together a list of all the upsets.
10 Purdue vs. 7 St. Mary’s 72-69
15 Norfolk State vs. 2 Missouri 86-84
9 Saint Louis vs. 8 Memphis 61-54
15 Lehigh vs. 2 Duke 75-70
11 Colorado vs. 6 UNLV 68-64
12 VCU vs. 5 Wichita State 62-59
12 South Florida vs. 5 Temple 58-44
13 Ohio vs. 4 Michigan 65-60
As some of you may already know, I have grown up in a college town. That town is West Lafayette, Indiana, or Purdue University. I have attended countless Purdue basketball games, watching players like, JaJuan Johnson, E’ Twaun Moore, and Carl Landry pass through their years here and head to the NBA, but E’ Twaun and JaJuan have been the saddest. These two players were drafted by the Boston Celtics, as I stated in the article “Purdue Duo.” Leaving Purdue with bits and pieces of a team, but I saw them hammer Northern Illinois last night and it was nothing short of amazing.
Purdue was excellent they hit a total of 17 threes and dunked the ball three times, notice that was a big deal for me as they almost never dunk. Adding to the hype was the rededication of the newly remodeled, Mackey Arena.
Check out this Purdue video:
That is not the only new thing at Purdue, the university has aquired new players like freshmen Jacob Lawson (a close comparison to Josh Smith) and Anthony Johnson (a player most identical with Talyor Battle). Purdue also caught up in the latest fashion with new jerseys, one of which I am wearing at the moment, like the style of Duke, Syracuse, and Michigan State. There is sure a lot of new at Purdue as they look at making even deeper in the Big Dance.
We have seen many players playing pro am basketball, but now they are producing powerhouse teams.
Team Indy has a skilled young roster of NBA players and rookies, and former NBA players: Zach Randolph, George Hill, Shelvin Mack, JaJuan Johnson, Dequaen Cook, Eric Gordon, Lance Stephenson, E’Twaun Moore, Paul Geoge, Josh McRoberts, Roy Hibbert, Ron Artest, Bonzi Wells, and so many others. If you want to see if your favorite player is playing, just take a look:
Everbody has heard of this team containing Jeff Green, John Wall, Kevin Durant. This is also a team to be reckoned with.
If, you want to find if there are some other teams out there go ahead and google Pro- Am basketball in any major city.
I think its kind of funny that just a few weeks ago I proclaimed Katie Douglas as the leader of the Indaina Fever, but then forward Tamika Catchings turns around and gets MVP award. I hope you have noticed that I am a new WNBA fan because this would have never happened in a NBA case. In the NBA that would be like me saying Carlos Boozer is the best player on the Chicago Bulls, which we all know is not true, that would be totally stupid because D-Rose just won the MVP award. Please, do forgive for the miscalculation. I really enjoy Katie the most because she went to Purdue University and grew up in my state Indiana.
The SA Siver Stars have been a great team this year and adding to the hype are surging into the playoffs.
With a win against the Washington Mystics last night the Stars will not dissapoint. The two teams to look at this year in the playoffs though are the Indiana Fever led by Purdue product Katey Douglas and the Minnesota Lynx led by UCONN superstar Maya Moore. Both of these basketball teams are destined for greatness, but only time will tell which one is good enough to win a WNBA Championship.
Kelsey Barlow was at the peak of his basketball career, he had great hops, great fans, great coach, and a chance to help his team to a NCAA Championship. What happened? Barlow made a bad decision right before the tournament. This decision probably cost Kelsey and the Boilers a spot in the Final Four. Is KB upset with his mistake? Of course he is upest, but he can’t let that get him down. He gets a chance to prove himself again this year as a defensive stopper and a simply amazing above the rim player.
Like Kelsey, Brandon was a major key to a Final Four bound team. Until, he also made a mistake by violating BYU’s honor code. All BYU fans were devastated. With the tournament just around the corner they knew like Purdue that they wouldn’t last too long.
Brandon was very lucky to get a second chance this season for such a violation of school rules. On my agenda I think Barlow will have more of a break out season with two stars gone, but Davies could also lead the Cougars because of the absence of Jimmer Fredette.
Tell me what you think about these two players.
(Now NBA players) Purdue duo Jajuan Johnson and E’Twaun Moore
look to help out the Celtics. With Purdue being a team known for defense the (former) Boilermakers should get a chance to prove themselves worthy of playing for this team.
Of course they wouldn’t be were they are without current Boilermaker
Robbie Hummel and Coach Matt Painter. With the duo gone and one more year with Hummel. Painter is on the hunt for talent,but with sophmore shooting guard Tyrone Johnson proving himself last year as a back up to Moore and athletic power forward
Jacob Lawson just arriving on campus. The Boilers don’t look like a team to be doubted agan for another good four years.