April 3, 2007

THE ORANGE GOT JOBBED:

The Ring Two: How the Florida Gators repeated as NCAA Tournament champs (Robert Weintraub, April 3, 2007, Slate)

Ohio State superfreshman Greg Oden barely broke a sweat against Georgetown on Saturday before he had to sit with foul trouble. By Monday night, the striped shirts had gotten the memo that people wanted to see Oden play with that impassive look on his face, not sit on the bench with that impassive look on his face. Not only did Oden avoid foul trouble last night, he rampaged through the paint like a rhino. There are so many no-calls to choose from--my favorite was when he hip-checked Corey Brewer in the nether regions, sending the Gators swingman to the floor in brief but intense pain.

Despite Oden's free reign to flex inside, Florida handled Ohio State easily, becoming the first college team to repeat since Duke in 1992. The Gators made it look easier than the 84-75 final score, although if the Buckeyes had been even poor from the 3-point line, it might have been a nail-biter. Instead, OSU was atrocious, going 4-for-23.

More than anything else, last night's game proved that the NCAA needs to get serious about pushing back the 3-point line. When a dominating 7-footer like Oden goes for 25 points and 12 rebounds and his team never seriously threatens, then something is clearly out of whack.


Congrats to Bart Rhodes and Jeff Mann, the highest ranking non-Judds, in our NCAA pool. Send your addresses and we'll send books.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 3, 2007 7:39 AM
Comments

Thanks Orrin. If you didn't receive my email let me know.

Posted by: Bartman at April 3, 2007 8:02 AM

Ditto:

Congrats to the Judds for finishing 1-2. I wonder how OJ would have fared if Syracuse had made the field.

Posted by: jeff at April 3, 2007 8:48 AM

First football, now this. The people in our Florida office are getting insufferable.

Posted by: Mike Morley at April 3, 2007 9:19 AM

"When a dominating 7-footer like Oden goes for 25 points and 12 rebounds and his team never seriously threatens, then something is clearly out of whack."

Ummm...maybe tell the team not to keep shooting 3 pointers instead of changing the rules?

Posted by: ken at April 3, 2007 10:04 AM

Yeah ken,

OSU was 4-23 from beyond the arc; Fla 10-18.

Game set match Gators.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at April 3, 2007 11:30 AM

That line that ken pulled out is the worst piece of sports "analysis" I've read in a long, long time. (Imagine a football writer saying this: "When a dominating quarterback throws for 350 yards and 3 touchdowns and his team never seriously threatens, then something is clearly out of whack.") Hey Rob, just maybe the game was out of hand early and so individual stats don't tell you anything meaningful...

Posted by: b at April 3, 2007 11:52 AM

This whole exercise felt like a world series circa the 1960s...everyone knew who the dominant team was, the only thing that remained to be seen was whether someone else might get lucky.

Posted by: curt at April 3, 2007 12:25 PM

Pretty funny how the writer juxtaposed this:
"...OSU was atrocious [at 3-pointers], going 4-for-23."

with this:
"...the NCAA needs to [push] back the 3-point line."

Supposedly Florida's easy win leads to the second point. But doesn't the first point negate it?

--Brad

Posted by: at April 3, 2007 3:43 PM

"When a dominating 7-footer like Oden goes for 25 points and 12 rebounds and his team never seriously threatens, then something is clearly out of whack."

The only think out of whack was the coaching. They are letting your big man get away with murder inside. Tell the next player that attempts a three-pointer they are sitting down for the rest of the game. At least until they start calling the game differently.

Posted by: ken at April 3, 2007 5:10 PM

Florida wins basketball, Florida wins football, Florida wins basketball again...

How I miss the days of 38-point Fiesta Bowl trouncings.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at April 3, 2007 10:36 PM

Matt -- Get used to it. With the eclipse of Miami and Florida State, the UF football team is absolutely loaded for the next few years.

Posted by: curt at April 4, 2007 8:01 AM
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