I had the opportunity to go to the CBE Basketball tournament here in Kansas City at Municipal Auditorium and it was Awesome!! We went to the Tuesday Night Consolation Final and Championship final. The four teams were Texas Tech who played Air Force and Duke who played Marquette(in the final). We only watched the second half of the consolation game and it was pretty rough. Bob Knight had his head in his hands almost the entire second half. Rightfully so, they looked terrible. They aren’t very deep and the only guy that could score was Jackson and he couldn’t seem to create many opportunities for himself(probably because the entire team stood around to watch). Air Force wasn’t all that talented, although they hit shots when they had to , but man did they play hard. I could definitely see a scenario with Air Force in the show in March while Texas Tech is playing in the NIT.
On to the second game…What a difference in speed, athleticism in the backcourt and all around pretty good ball. Duke doesn’t look very deep, I think they played 8 or 9 guys but really only 6 or seven that contributed. Josh McRoberts is pretty overrated and what a freaking crybaby. They gave him the ball in the post about 5 times in a row at a crucial point in the second half and he forced bad shots 5 times without making a single one. Marquette, man they have some athletes…Especially tournament MVP Dominic James.
It was fun to get out and see some college hoops, thanks Mike!!
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