- If you’re a fan of college basketball and the NBA the past couple days have been very interesting. Thursday was a busy day as it was the first full day of games for the NCAA Tournament as well as the trade deadline for the NBA. Temporarily, Dwight Howard looks to be staying put in Orlando, but the feeling is only for the near future. The question now with the Magic is do they have a run in them, knowing that Howard is not going to be traded? Likewise with Los Angeles as the Lakers decided not to trade either Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum. Surprisingly, they dealt longtime Laker Derek Fisher, which surprised Laker nation as well as the rest of the league. Boston decided to keep the future of the organization in Rajon Rondo and keep the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen in tact. Players are always concerned about getting traded, but now that they are somewhat safe, it allows them to just play basketball. Down the stretch, the Lakers could be the biggest threat to the Oklahoma City Thunder as Bynum and Gasol know they aren’t going anywhere. With the home stretch of the season upon us, it’s now or never for many teams looking for a championship.
- As for college basketball fans, the first weekend of the Big Dance is always one of the best weekends of the years. Watching games all day, knowing that every game and every possession matters makes the games more interesting. Most are interested in the outcomes of games because one upset could mess the rest of your bracket up. After last season’s Cinderella run to the Final Four, VCU pulled off another upset in the first round defeating Wichita State. Normally, the team that plays the best over the next three weeks eventually cuts down the nets. Talent and depth are key components, but don’t kid yourself, a team also needs a little luck to win a tournament like this and have its “One Shining Moment.” The weekend is full of games that will make you wanting more. They’ll be upsets and buzzer beaters, so sit back and enjoy!
- For a prediction on the Magic-Heat NBA game please head over to read the “Vic Predicts” post.
- Don’t forget to check out our latest podcast with former Ohio State basketball walk-on Mark Titus.
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