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Texas Tech Stuns # 1 Louisville at The Jimmy V Classic

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Louisville came in as the top ranked team in the country.  Very confident and sure of their abilities but I’m not sure if they realized what kind of fight they were getting into.  Texas Tech came out on top 70-57 in a game that was very physical from start to finish.  They came out the gate firing on all cylinders.  The Red Raiders came into this contest with a balanced attack and no real star power, but managed to pull off a great team win.  Their prized Freshman Jahmius Ramsey sidelined due to injury, the Red Raiders aimed to play scrappy and simply lay everything on the line in front of the capacity MSG crowd.  Louisville looked shell shocked by how much energy Texas Tech came out with.  Compound that with shooting a dismal 28% from the field and it was going to be a long night for Louisville.

 NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN: Louisville Guard Darius Perry gets back on defense at the Jimmy V Classic versus Texas Tech. Photo courtesy of Cal Griffin/ATH

In the first half it was the energetic play of Texas Tech Forward Avery Benson that made the difference.  He was everywhere on the court showing the Garden faithful why he wanted it more.  He rebounded, he dove for loose balls and all of the dirty work for the Red Raiders.  He led Tech with 7 first half points and had the entire Garden on their feet cheering him on because of how hard he was working.  On the other end after sustaining the initial punch by Texas Tech, Louisville managed to recover and keep the game close.  Cardinal big man, Steven Enoch made 4-5 shots from the paint to contribute 10 first half points.  If Louisville was going to win they were going to need someone to step up, but that never happened.

During the whole game we tried to stay positive.  We came out of the half up 3, and we knew we could have played better – and so could Louisville, because once again they’re a really good team.  We just wanted to keep going tough the second half and take it each media timeout at a time

-Avery Benson (Texas Tech, Forward)

There was more of the same in the 2nd half and Louisville never regained the swagger that got them the number 1 ranking in college basketball.  Jordan Nwora tried to be more assertive and ended up with 14 points and 9 rebounds.  Steven Enoch didn’t score in the 2nd half and they really needed more from him.

 NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. – MADISON SQUARE GARDEN: The moment when Texas Tech’s TJ Holyfield and Terrence Shannon, Jr. know they have just beat the #1 ranked school in the country. Photo courtesy of Cal Griffin/ATH

Texas Tech fans couldn’t be more excited to knock off such a high ranked team.  The fans nearly stormed the court but security held them at bay.  David’s Moretti  came up huge for the Red Raiders pouring a team high 18 points.  Forward Avery Benson said “During the whole game we tried to stay positive.  We came out of the half up 3, and we knew we could have played better – and so could Louisville, because once again they’re a really good team.  We just wanted to keep going tough the second half and take it each media timeout at a time and turn 20 minutes into four-minute segments and try to build on every four minutes.  Win the turnovers, keep playing hard and do our assignments.”  The accomplished this feat and were able to go home with the W.

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WTF Baron Davis | Season 1 Episode 1

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It appears to be a normal day at the Davis household. Then Brandon “B-Dot” Armstrong storms in ready to make his entrepreneurial dreams a reality only to find Baron working on a wolf puzzle with his next door neighbor Kenny, a tech wizkid living under the thumb of his leech parents. Baron also introduces B-dot to Ron, a political strategist whose strategy appears to be eating Baron’s cereal and roasting B-dot. 

We also meet Baron’s team: Andy, an exuberant and enthusiastic business manager who knows absolutely nothing about basketball (and potentially nothing about business) and Zoe, Baron’s ever-unimpressed publicist who’s just trying to pick up her paycheck. 

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March Madness to Carry On Without Fans Due to Coronavirus

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We better get used to watching high-stakes basketball games being played in empty arenas, because that appears to be the norm that is heading our way with the outbreak of the coronavirus.

NCAA Selection Sunday is just a few days away, when the 2020 NCAA Tournament Bracket will be finally be set. Unfortunately this year’s March Madness tournament is going to be a whole lot different.

The NCAA has announced that the tournament will carry on as planned, but no fans will be allowed to attend the games.

It is tough to think back on some of the great moments in the history of March Madness and imagine them without the roar and anticipation of a crowd full of fans in attendance.

At the end of the day, playing without fans is better than the alternative of not getting to watch the games at all.

Every minute of March Madness excitement will still be available to watch on TV, it will just be presented in a different way.

Hopefully the games still prove to be as full of thrill and intrigue as we see every year, even with the element of a roaring crowd being left out.

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The BIG All-Star Experience | Powered By: SLiC Studios

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2020 All-Star Weekend in Chicago was an instant classic | Powered By: SLiC Studios

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