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I think the funeral service was on Saturday the 20th. I suppose whether or not Shaq palys will boil down to his state of mind and how much he has on his plate taking care of his mother's final affairs. Would love to have him on the team but would totally understand if that doesn't happen this year.
We've ranked the teams in the 2019 edition of The Basketball Tournament (TBT). We've identified the top player on each squad. Now it's nearly time to play some basketball -- the tournament tips off Friday afternoon -- but not before our TBT experts (Fran Fraschilla, Seth Greenberg, Dan Dakich and Paul Biancardi) make their picks to reach this event's version of the final four in Chicago on Aug. 4.
Which squads have the best chance at the $2 million prize?...
Fran Fraschilla: Self Made (Kansas alumni), No. 3 seed (Wichita Region)
These former Kansas Jayhawks stars are making their first appearance in the TBT. If they are to get to the "final four," they will have to first win in always tough Koch Arena, home of Wichita State's alumni team, the AfterShocks. Wichita native Perry Ellis leads the way for Self Made. This site is likely to be the most raucous of all eight regionals, as ticket sales have been very brisk.
Seth Greenberg: Self Made (Kansas alumni), No. 3 seed (Wichita Region)
Perry Ellis ... is he still in school? I guess he isn't, but he's the adult in the room. Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Johnson are a dynamic backcourt without a doubt, and Travis Releford gives them a big wing who can score. I like the combination of Kevin Young and Landen Lucas, who do all the little things as they did when they were Jayhawks. Darrell Arthur gives them a beast in the frontcourt.
Dan Dakich: Golden Eagles (Marquette alumni), No. 1 seed (Wichita Region)
The Golden Eagles are led by the grand old man of the TBT, Travis Diener. All Diener does is make game winners. Shot-maker Andrew Rowsey joins a team with the most alumni esprit de corps this side of Boeheim's Army.
Paul Biancardi: Golden Eagles (Marquette alumni), No. 1 seed (Wichita Region)
I love the addition of big shot-maker Andrew Rowsey, who starred for the Golden Eagles from 2016 to 2018. He might be the best long ball shooter in the TBT. This group has the offense to make it to Chicago in August...."
Awesome article. To me the best quote by JT Durley. " I can honestly say that our team that year was so close. Everything stayed in the locker room. We won together; we lost together; we got into trouble together. We were a tightnit group. That year really bonded us together.
On the tournament game against Creighton. " We were cheated. Everyone knows we were cheated" In my opinion the shocks got cheated against Louisville and everyone knows we got cheated. Heck Louisville should not have even been in the tounament. Pitino another hall of fame cheater.
My excitement level for the regional is growing daily. I took in some of the games on TV over the weekend.
I'm a little surprised ticket sales aren't higher. I expect Tshirt Chickenhawk fans to arrive in masses for a Saturday matchup against the Aftershocks. I'm already reminiscing about the game in Omaha a few years back which I was fortunate enough to attend.
I wish they were attempting to split up the fans by team as I'll want to vomit if I get stuck by some ignorant KU hacks. If anyone has a couple of extra tickets in a pro WSU area or if you haven't bought yet and plan to soon, please PM me.
Shocker fan for life after witnessing my first game in person, the 80-74 win over the #12 Creighton Bluejays at the Kansas Coliseum.
I watched some TBT hoops over the weekend. Lot's of NBA type offensive play...if you have the ball, make a play and shoot it. If we (AfterShocks) play defense like we remember seeing them play under Marshall, we will hoist the trophy. We need Cotton, Brown, Kelly and Murry to show the Marshall defense over the course of the tourney. We have the offensive studs to score. I can't wait for Thursday to come. GO AFTERSHOX!!!
It will be a fascinating case study to see how players like Zach Brown and Rashard Kelly perform on offense, not necessarily from a numbers perspective, but more from a stylistic perspective. My theory has long been that Marshall's system is a little too rigid and that Marshall himself can get under guys' skin and cause them to think a little too much about what they're doing instead of reacting. I'll be interested to follow that. I think Daishon Smith is a great example of that as well.
I think players like ZB and RK will benefit from a more open style, while it may hurt guys who lack lateral quickness, specifically Shaq, Stutz, and Conner.
"In God we trust, all others must bring data." - W. Edwards Deming