I have been a college basketball fan since high school. I remember my heart breaking that night in 1982 when Georgetown guard Eric â€œSleepyâ€ Floyd, mistakenly passed the ballÂ to North Carolina’s James Worthy with 7 seconds on the clock, icing the championship game for the Tarheels.
This weekend I plan to watch all three games. While Iâ€™m not a fan of any one of the four teams left in this yearâ€™s madness, I will be rooting for Michigan StateÂ and Kentucky (a) because I picked them, and (b) because one is the underdog and the other is going for history. Wonâ€™t that make for a great championship game story?
One of the things I like about college basketball is the importance placed on the assist. For those not familiar with basketball, a player receives an assist when they make a pass that leads to another player scoring. While the guy hitting the 3-point shot or making the thunderous dunk may get most of the applause and headlines, assists get noticed. They are an official stat listed alongside points and rebounds in the boxscore.