Posted on: March 17, 2009 3:09 pm

Impact Players from the 09 NCAA Tournament

The 2009 NCAA Tournament will officially start on Tuesday and not end until the final two teams meet in Detroit.  Who will be the players who step up their game during March Madness and carry their teams on their back as they fight for a national championship. Here are several players everyone should keep an eye on during the 2009 NCAA Tournament.

Ty Lawson – North Carolina

If it was not for Tyler Hansbrough, Lawson would be a household name.  Without a doubt, Lawson the ACC Player of the Year, is the most athletic point guard in the country and means more to his team than any other player on the court.  During the 2008-2009 season, Lawson averaged 15.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 6.5 assists per game.  Despite the solid statistics, Lawson makes a real difference for the Tar Heels on the defensive side of the ball and it showed when he missed time during the regular season.  The only way Lawson is going to have a disappointing NCAA Tournament is if he defeats himself.  He is still not 100% from his toe injury and need be on the court if the Tar Heels are expect to advance deep into March Madness.

Toney Douglas Florida State

When it came to scoring, Toney Douglas knows how to do it.  During the regular season he led the team in scoring in just about every game.  And the Florida State Seminoles will need every thing Douglas can muster as they return the NCAA Tournament after an 11 year absence.  During the 2008 – 2009 season, Douglas averaged 21.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game.  When it comes to defense, Douglas is no slouch either, especially when it comes to creating steals.  If the Seminoles are going to have any success in the return to March Madness, it will be because of Douglas.


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Posted on: March 17, 2009 3:02 pm
Edited on: March 17, 2009 3:06 pm

Key Strategies for a Success March Madness Bracke

When your calendar reads March 15<sup>th</sup> , people across the nation will be focused on one thing, March Madness and filling out numerous brackets.  They will start to pull out their hair as they try to figure out if which teams are going to make it to the Final Four that will be played in Detroit.  The following things have helped provide me with moderate success past NCAA tournaments and they could prove to be useful with your March Madness brackets.


The Regular Season Can Be Overrated

When it comes to the polls, it is nice for a team to be ranked as one of the best 25 teams in the nation, but by no means is it a solid indicator of where a team truly stands.  Te perfect example is LaSalle, who entered the tournament with a 29 – 1 record in 1990 and lost in the second round of the tournament to Clemson.  The same goes for those less than stellar teams who gain entry to March Madness by winning their conference tournaments.  In 2008, the tournament had their first 20 loss team in the field of 65 when Coppin State earned an automatic bid for winning the MEAC conference tournament. 


The First Round is Susceptible to Upsets

Remember, a # 16 seed has never beaten a # 1 seed since the field was expanded to 64 teams.  Do not be the one person in your pool to rest your hopes on College of Charleston being able to upset the University of Connecticut.  When it comes to the #15 seed, teams have had very little success as well.  Only 4 teams have been able to knock off the # 2 seed in the first round of the tournament.


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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 17, 2009 12:58 pm

Top Five Wide Receivers in the NFL

Thanks to all of the recent discussion about Terrell Owens, new life has been brought to the debate, which is the best wide receiver in the NFL. Even though there are countless potential candidates, there are only a few who have the capability to make the big catch when the team needs a momentum change. Here are the five best wide receivers in the NFL

# 5 - Calvin Johnson ( Detroit Lions)

One of the best kept secrets in the NFL is wide receiver, Calvin Johnson, is hidden away in the roster of the first team ever to experience a 0-16 season. During the 2008 NFL, Calvin Johnson had 78 catches for 1,331 yards and 12 touchdowns for a team that had 5 different quarterbacks at the helm. It may have taken then 4 tries, but it appears the Lions finally selected a premier wide receiver that can not only stretch the field but is not afraid to catch the ball over the middle of the field. If you ask any Lions fans for the lone bright spot on a rather dismal season, without a doubt they will cite the work of Johnson.

In 2009, Johnson will be entering his third year in the league, so we should expect to see an increase in his numbers across the board. The future does look bright for Johnson, especially if the Lions are able to turn things around and actually find a capable quarterback to throw him the ball. When that eventually happens, expect Johnson to climbs the ranks and take over the top spot for best wide receiver in the NFL.

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