Climate change, thankfully, is real in college basketball’s men’s and women’s games

PHOTO: Johnny Juzang drives against Michigan State. By TOM SHANAHAN College basketball is refreshing again. The Final Four -- on both the men’s and women’s sides – has knocked us off our feet two straight nights, the women on Friday in San Antonio and the men Saturday in Indianapolis. The climate change has displaced the predictable air clouding the sport through the previous decade. Kentucky has been blown into the background, watching the NCAA tournament with a 9-16…

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Wisconsin’s “Maestro” applies refreshing facial scrub to college basketball

By TOM SHANAHAN We’re barely a couple weeks into the Big Ten season, but Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s sounded as if he was ready to name Wisconsin’s D’Mitrick Travis the Big Ten Player of the Year. Izzo called him “The Maestro” of a senior-laden team, intending to draw a comparison to Leonard Bernstein, not to Bob Cobb, Jerry Seinfeld’s Tuscany foil. Wisconsin’s "Maestro" was lightly recruited out of high school and is six years removed from his…

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Coach K confident in his young team and March Madness taking place

By TOM SHANAHAN March Madness – in one form or another – is on its way back in 20201 assured Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski in a Wednesday Zoom call. And he likes the team he can put on the floor to chase an ACC title, Final Four and national title. “We have a lot of pieces,” Coach K said. “We’re going to play an up-tempo game -- fast paced. … We’re going to be playing more people…

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