So, you thought Davidson v. Oklahoma was exciting back in November? Or that nailbiting Tennessee-Gonzaga game last week? Or U of L taking up the bitter fight against UK over the Christmas holidays? Well, you would be wrong.
NOW is when the roundball matchups get really exciting. Take a look at the games today. Louisville-Villanova, for example. That’s not just sweat rolling off those youthful foreheads. It’s determination, even desperation. Rage. These are the games that matter — a major loss for either of these teams, currently ranked 21 and 17, respectively, in the second half of the season means being pushed back to the bottom of a hill far too steep to climb between now and the start of March Madness.
The play gets uglier now. Uglier, and bolder, and riskier, and much, much better. Defensive players who watched, stultified, while the offense took three or four shots now light up under their opponents’ basket, fighting for rebounds, stealing passes, risking goaltending calls to knock the ball back.
And on offense, even the most prima of prima donnas suddenly realizes that there are four other guys on the court. Passing gets cleaner and more creative. Players cut better, and shot selection improves. Even musclebound, Shaq-esque lugs get their feet moving to get open.
It’s the purest form of the purest form of the game of basketball.
If you haven’t been watching up to this point… well, what exactly are you waiting for?