Friday, October 17, 2008

In Honor of the Official Start of the 2008-09 Season

Yes, it is really here folks. Today, schools around the country will officially start their seasons. After seeing this article on ESPN and reading Rush The Court's 30 reasons posts, I've been inspired. In honor of the start of the new college basketball season, here are BIAH's top 10 15 (I couldn't cut it down farther) most memorable moments from the 2007-2008 season. The list is a little Tournament heavy, but hey, don't the most memorable moments come when they count the most?

As always, if I missed any, let me know about them and I'll get them up there.

15. John Griffin of Bucknell starts off March Madness the right way. Is the announcer saying "Bingo" or "banked home"?

14. Tyler Hansbrough hits a game winner against Virginia Tech in the ACC tourney. Doesn't this play epitomize Hansbrough? Outhustles everyone to come up with a lose ball, hits a big shot, and then pulls out the, well, I'm not quite sure exactly what that celebration was...

13. Minnesota's Blake Hoffarber ends a crazy game with a crazy buzzer beater against Indiana. It wasn't his first miracle shot either.

12. Brook Lopez hits a leaner as Stanford beats Marquette in OT in a second round NCAA tournament game. Some things of note from this game - Mitch Johnson had 16 assists to just 1 turnover for Stanford, and if you remember this game, then you remember Marquette's Jerel McNeal absolutely taking over in the second half and overtime.

11. I'm still bitter about this. Next.

10. #1 plays #2, and it just so happens to be two teams from the same state who just so happen to be heated rivals. Tennessee knocked on undefeated Memphis to claim their first #1 ranking in the school's history.

9. Baylor and Texas A&M go to five OT's to settle things in College Station. Baylor came out on top after 65 minutes of basketball. Of note: eight players fouled out and eight players logged over 40 minutes, with four of those over 50. Gotta tip your hat to the players on both teams after an effort like that.

8. Kansas State knocks off Kansas on their home floor for the first time in 24 years. Michael Beasley had 25, Bill Walker had 22, and Jacob Pullen had 20 in the win.

7. On his senior night at Vanderbilt, Shan Foster scored 42 points, including 29 in the final 15 minutes and overtime. Those 29 points included him hitting 9 straight 3's, and some of them were from 30 feet with a hand in his face.

6. On a similar note as #7, Robert Vaden of UAB scores 28 points in the second half as the Blazers knock off Kentucky. Any coach that wants to teach a player how to move without the ball and how to use screens effectively should show them this clip.

5. Wayne Ellington capped off a 36 point night with a buzzer beating three to beat Clemson in OT. David Potter is a great defender, and even though he probably should have had it, why would you go for a steal there?

4. In Tampa, during the opening weekend of the tournament, two twelve seeds and two thirteen seeds advanced, including Western Kentucky and San Diego in these two fantastic finishes.

Again, still very bitter. Next.

3. Stephen Curry scored 128 points (that's 32 ppg) in Davidson's run to the Elite 8. On the way, he led upsets of Gonzaga, Georgetown, and Wisconsin before he was finally worn out by the multitude of defenders Kansas threw at him. A two week coming out party, if you will. Is it obvious I love guys that can shoot the lights out yet?





2. After a vicious storm tears through Atlanta and rips a hole in the Georgia Dome (seriously, that is a pretty scary video, I can't imagine what it was like in there), the University of Georgia has to play two games in one day, and actually wins both, to earn the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

1. Mario Chalmers. Enough said.

So did I miss anything?


Micah said...

rob--this post is awesome man. thouroughly enjoyed it,

Anonymous said...

Josh Shipp's controversial circus shot to beat Cal in UCLA's season finale?

(skip to 1:25)

Rob Dauster said...

@anon - yeah, that was a great shot, although it brings to mind the hoopla surrounding the Cal, Stanford and Texas A&M games and their officiating.

Another one I missed - Bill Walker peeing into a towel?:

Anonymous said...

per #3 this is as far as I got " Is it obvious I love guys"