MARCH MADNESS HERE WE COMEMar 10, 2011 -- 10:48pm
Well, here we are folks! It's time for March MADNESS at it's very best. There is a lot to talk/write about when it comes to basketball in general. For me, I want to take a little time to discuss College basketball at it's very best and the upcoming NCAA Tournament, which begins next week. Here in Los Angeles we are getting ready for the exciting Pacific Life Pac-10 Basketball Tournament, which starts tomorrow, 9 March 2011 at the Staples Center. Things kick off with Stanford playing Oregon State at 6PM PST and later tomorrow night it will be Oregon taking on Arizona State. Thursday, 10 March 2011 there's four games starting with USC VS CAL (Berkley) followed by Arizona against the winner of Game 1; then UCLA against the winner of Game 2 and Washington taking on their state rival Washington State. I can't wait to see Klay Thompson in action once again. He's the younger son of former Laker Center, Mychael Thompson. Yep, he won an NBA Championship bask in the day with folks like "Magic" Johnson, Kareem and Byron Scott, just to name a few of his team-mates at that time. His other son, Mychael Jr. is a Senior playing at Pepperdine University here in Malibu. Klay, he's the real baller in my opinion. So, the question is: who's going to win the Pac 10 Tournament Championship? We'll have to wait and see and I'll keep you up to date with the final results. Hey, the Love family are basketball fans at every level. I follow the Men's game and my son Stephan, he follows the men and the women's game.
Now, for the rest of the nation. I really like a lot of the teams from the Big East because they have so many who have done well during the regular season team play. Teams like, from my hometown, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the Pitt Panthers. They're ranked #3 in the Men's AP Top 25 Poll. In the other poll, I forget the name right now, but they're ranked #4. I'm expected great things from them in NCAA Tournament. Plus, you have to take teams like Ohio State, Kansas, Notre Dame, Duke, orth Carolina, Syracuse, San Diego State, BYU, Purdue, Texas, Louisville, Wisconsin, Florida, Kentucky, Arizona, St. John's and Cincinnati seriously. It should be a good tournament this year with some very close games right from the start. I am ready Baby! I'm hopeing one of our local teams can make a little noise this year. For whatever reason I tend to cheer for UCLA because so many young Aftican-American players have come out of their program and made it to the NBA. But because most of them tend to acquire their degrees either when they graduate or by taking classes in continuing education until they get that under graduate degrees. I have to also admit that I'm rooting for them this year because Stephan's AAU Coach, Mr. Stover's kid Anthony Stover, a Freshman, is one of the Centers on the team who's been getting some minutes. Loyalty is important to me. Getting back to some of the other teams I'm looking to make a little noise in the Big Dance are St. John's and keep an eye on West Virginia. I'm really going to be pulling for Pitt and North Carolina. I think they can do some damage maybe make it to the Final Four. Obviously, we'll just have to wait and see with the Brackets come out. Who do you think President Obama's going to go with this year? His Bracket is usally pretty good. He knows his basketball. That's it for now and enjoy all the great basketball coming your way. Be Blessed in the LORD!
Walt "Baby" Love
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