Unlike in past couple of years, Texas has an undeniably strong presence in this year’s NCAA Basketball tournament with a record-tying 7 teams in the 68 team field vying for the Final Four in San Antonio. In no particular order, Texas Tech, Stephen F. Austin, Houston, Texas A&M, Texas Southern, TCU and UT have made the field. Red thinks Tech and TCU have the best shot at a Final Four appearance, but he is almost always wrong about such things.
In fact, a Texas school has not been in the Final Four since 2003 when the University of Texas came on strong for its third Final Four shot. But, UTEP is the only other Texas team to have made a Final Four and won the only NCAA Championship for a Texas team with its upset of Kentucky in 1966. Maybe this is the year.
Red was a little too busy yesterday to comment on the much anticipated game between the Spurs and Warriors on Monday night. The game featured the teams with the two best combined records ever to meet this late in the season. The Warriors and Spurs had combined to win over 88% of their games. However, the defending NBA champion Warriors put a brutal butt-whipping on the Spurs last night in a 120-90 victory proving that they are the best team in the NBA right now. The NBA’s best offense overpowered the NBA’s best defense – albeit playing without Tim Duncan. Red is almost thankful that he did not get to watch the Warriors dismember the Spurs on live TV.
Even with all-world defender Kawhi Leonard on him, Steph Curry still managed to torch the Spurs with 37 points on 12 of 20 shooting. It was as if the Warriors still believe they have something to prove despite being defending champion and having tied an NBA record for best start after 45 games at 41-4. Meanwhile, the Spurs will have more than a month to regroup and get ready for the Warriors when they come to SA in March.
See ESPN for the Box Score if you must.