Where is the fun in today’s March Madness?

By Joe Hines
PSDC Staff & Chicago Guru

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I enjoy the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, AKA March Madness, as much as the next guy. I dutifully fill out brackets and watch them go up in flames along with 99 percent of the rest of the population midway through the first day of the tourney. Here in Northern Illinois, there isn’t much of a regional interest since, for the second straight year, no team from the state made the tournament. The University of Wisconsin is only about 60 miles from where I sit now, and most of my basketball-loving friends have adopted the Badgers as they wind their way through the West Region as a No. 1 seed. Here in my hometown of Rockford, we root for Wichita St. because the Shockers excellent guard, Fred Van Vleet went to high school here. [Read more…]

Christian Laettner’s Jersey Sells at Auction

By Aaron De La Torre
PSDC Contributor

From Bryce Drew’s buzzer-beating three pointer to lift Valparaiso over Ole Miss in the first round of the 1998 NCAA Tournament to Gordon Hayward’s heartbreaking half-court heave in the 2010 National Championship game, the world of college basketball has seen some of the greatest finishes in all of sports over the past 25 years.

There is “One Shining Moment” though, that seems to be engrained in the minds of sports fans far deeper than the rest.

On March 28, 1992, at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, Christian Laettner cemented his legacy in the annals of college basketball with, what his Twitter bio (@laettnerbball) would describe as, “The Shot… to Kentucky’s heart.”

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With 2.1 seconds remaining in the 1992 East Regional final, Laettner caught a full-court inbound pass from Grant Hill, faked one way and swished a fade away jumper to propel reigning champions Duke to a 104-103 victory over Kentucky. Laettner’s infamous buzzer-beater capped off a perfect 10-10 shooting night in which the Duke senior also shot 10-10 from the foul line, scoring 31 points. [Read more…]