The NCAA Tournament is here and there’s more news, commentary and analysis than any of us can possibly keep up with. To make things a little easier, we’ll bring you a list of daily links gathered about teams in each of the four regions all the way through the Final Four.
- Marquette’s offseason conditioning regimen tends to resemble football practices, with sleds, rope climbs and even some boxing. The result is a team of physical yet fast players like Junior Cadougan and Todd Mayo.
- Freshman Florida guard Bradley Beal has come through in a huge way for the Gators in the postseason, leading the team in points, rebounds, assists, steals and free throws in his last five games. Fair or not, “The Real Deal” may still have doubters after the Gators beat down 15-seed Norfolk State in the round of 32.
- Kyle Kuric and Russ Smith had to swallow some pride to go off scholarship this season so that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino could haul in a touted recruiting class. The situation hasn’t fazed the Cardinal captains, though.
- The Sweet Sixteen is old hat for Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo. With a 7-2 record in the round, the bright lights don’t seem to bother him.
- Spartan forward Draymond Green continues to reel in the individual honors, the latest being an NABC First Team All-America selection. As Green goes, so do the Spartans, so there’s no questioning his value.
- Indiana beat Kentucky on December 10, but Wildcats head coach John Calipari is adamant about that revenge is not a motive for his team entering Friday’s rematch with the Hoosiers.
- A pretty solid look from the fan’s perspective regarding the Kentucky/Indiana matchup this Friday night. Considering how the first meeting went, the rematch could be the highlight of the weekend.
- The USBWA named Kentucky freshman big man Anthony Davis its player of the year Tuesday. With the honor, Davis will be rewarded with the Oscar Robertson Trophy.
- A blogger believes that Baylor forward Perry Jones III has no business entering the NBA Draft and his lack of a strong performance in the NCAA Tournament should be a key factor in his decision.
- Xavier freshman forward Dez Wells has a sprained toe and will not practice this week. Still, Musketeer head coach Chris Mack says the freshman will be ready to play Friday versus Baylor.