It's not uncommon for success in the NCAA basketball tournament to bring about exciting new opportunities for coaches. Cinderella rides to places deep in the tournament have stamped a number of guys who have gone on to great success after using the tournament as a platform to announce their arrival.
Rick Pitino taking
UM's Jim Larranaga guided Cinderella George Mason to final four status and turned away many bigger opportunities before he eventually found his way to
Guys like Shaka Smart of
But, perhaps, and maybe fittingly so, no coach has gone further while coming from nowhere than Andy Enfield of Florida Gulf Coast, this year's darling who, after winning two tournament games, saw their coach land a million dollar a year deal at USC. The man with the multimillion dollar business touch and model wife may have made the single biggest meteoric rise in tournament history, making this year's event one of the greatest rags to riches stories ever.
It's finally over.
The Miami Heat's streak of victories, the one that captured the imagination’s of the basketball world, hit a brick wall in
You had to love a couple of things about the quest to establish the all time record for consecutive NBA wins. The 71-72 Lakers set the bar at 33 in a row, and nobody has come as close as the Heat by a wide margin.
Not only did we get a great look back at an exciting era in basketball history, but, suddenly, late regular season games were taking on new meaning. The
Dreadful regular season propositions, involving a team that has already wrapped up most of its impending playoff scenarios became international sporting events, viewed with interest the world over.
That in and of itself is an accomplishment of Naismithian proportions.
Who would have thunk it.....
Its one thing to see Billy Donovan's Gators slip into the sweet 16 and remind you of the back to back championships he brought back to the state a few years ago, but, to have not one, but two huge Cinderella rides accompany Sunshine State teams into the hallowed ground of college basketball is beyond comprehension.
Jim Larranaga's UM squad managed to survive a late scare from