Welcome to a friendly rivalry version of BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your offbeat NCAA tournament needs. Today’s edition includes a father’s role reversal, the true length of the final minute in an NCAA tournament basketball game and some rivalry love.
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Glenn Robinson is embracing his newest role around the basketball court — as a spectator.
The former Purdue and NBA star has become a regular on the Indiana college basketball circuit, following his son, Michigan sophomore Glenn Robinson III, around the state.
He was there to see his son make the winning basket in overtime against Purdue in February. He was at Bankers Life Fieldhouse two weeks ago to see the Wolverines reach the Big Ten tournament championship game. He was at Lucas Oil Stadium to watch his son in the Midwest Regional semifinal Friday night and he’s planning a return trip for Sunday, when the second-seeded Wolverines (28-8) face eighth-seeded Kentucky (27-10). The winner advances to the Final Four, something the Big Dog got a chance to experience as a player.
"As long as we win, it’s not tough at all," the elder Robinson told AP sports writer Michael Marot in Indianapolis. "It’s just great that I have the opportunity to be able to see my son go out there and play hard and do what he does best. He’s going to continue to improve. He does a little bit of everything. He’s just an all-around player."
Robinson could soon become a regular on the Indiana college football circuit, too, now that his younger son, Gelen, has signed a national letter of intent to play at Purdue. Gelen Robinson will be a freshman this fall.
The rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville is one of the fiercest in college basketball with games that are always physical and sometimes heated.
When it comes to respect, it appears there’s no shortage of that between the Bluegrass rivals.
Just look at what Louisville’s Russ Smith had to say about the Wildcats after the Cardinals’ loss in the NCAA tournament on Friday:
"Those are a great group of guys. They show great love. You respect someone when you see a competitor out there the court. From each class, from my sophomore year on, Kentucky’s guys have shown me the same love. And those are new waves of classes, not the same people. So I’ve gotten great respect for them and their program."
Considering Smith was on the losing end and not playing the gracious winner, it seems pretty clear he meant what he said.
We know how you feel: The final minute of a college basketball game seems like it lasts forever, filled with multiple timeouts and, if you’re lucky, plenty of agonizing stoppages for the officials to look at the replay monitor.
Well, the good folks at Deadspin decided to look at the final 60 seconds of this year’s NCAA tournament and, yeah, it takes a long time to get through a minute.
They found that the final 60 seconds took an average of 5 minutes, 57 seconds, with a high of 18:07 to complete the Tennessee-Michigan matchup.
Overall, including the extra minute in the six overtime games — not including Saturday’s Wisconsin-Arizona game — the final 60 seconds of the first 52 games in the tournament lasted 5 hours, 44 minutes, 51 seconds.Next Page >
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