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RAMBLIN’ RECK: Field down to 16 — but one No. 1 is out
The field is down to 16 in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship with most of the top teams still in the field.
Recent South swimmers Roach, Bray heading to DI nationals
I’m sure most of you with office jobs can relate.
When work gets busy, sometimes it’s easy to skim over our emails. After all, how many times do we need to read the same nonsense from alleged Nigerians wanting to make us rich if we’ll send them several thousand dollars first?
So after having three consecutive days off, that almost happened to me when I returned to work Tuesday. Then I realized that the message from Jeff Thompson, Terre Haute South High School’s boys and girls swimming coach, contained significant news.
RAMBLIN’ RECK:Brackets are set, now make your picks
Get your brackets filled out — the first games in the 75th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship will be played this evening.
COLLEGE REPORT: Jake Newton makes big impact for Lincoln Trail College
Jake Newton had a long time between playing in competitive basketball games, a span of about 18 months, and used the frustration from that long dry spell to produce a stellar freshman season for Lincoln Trail College this winter.
CRAIG PEARSON: ISU women take a step forward in Moren’s third season
The definition of progress is “development or growth” or “steady improvement.”
That’s exactly what Teri Moren and her staff accomplished in her third season as Indiana State’s women’s basketball coach.
It’s gratifying to listen to Moren talk about some of the individual growth, but she also deserved to speak about the progress she has led the program to in her three years.
REDNECK QUAKER: Bear walks away from tree stand north of the border
When Steve Reedy and I were sitting on a picnic table one day reminiscing about past hunts, it was like throwing gasoline on a camp fire.
MVC can't wait on Crieghton to move forward
Will they go or not? That’s been the question that the Missouri Valley Conference and Creighton have been faced with since rumors of the Bluejays’ potential exit went public in December.
TOM RECK: Championship Week marks beginning of Madness
The final round of Championship Week for men’s college basketball teams began Monday and winds up Sunday just before teams are announced for the NCAA tournament.
TODD GOLDEN: Disrespect shown to MVC by CBS
I felt sick when I woke up on Sunday.
I was in St. Louis — Indiana State’s advancement to Saturday’s Missouri Valley Conference Tournament semifinals assured that my hotel stay would last through Sunday.
My usual M.O. when I’m at Arch Madness until Sunday is to just go ahead and cover the MVC championship game whether ISU is participating or not.
TODD GOLDEN: Sycamores will have to grow, improve mental toughness
Indiana State coach Greg Lansing was blunt after the Sycamores’ 64-43 loss to Creighton in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The beatdown that the Bluejays administered to the Sycamores called for nothing less.
Jeff Saturday retires as a Colt
An Indianapolis Colt for life. Pencil in Jeff Saturday for that honor.
The 14-year veteran center in the NFL put an official stamp on a career Thursday that began in Baltimore in 1998 and ended in Green Bay in 2012. But it was those 13 seasons in between — from 1999 to 2011 in which he played for Indianapolis — when Saturday earned his greatest rewards.
FROM THE PRESSBOX: Can Sycamores reverse fortunes heading into MVC Tournament?
Mastery of a basketball season comes in many forms. Mostly, it comes in forms that involve avoidance of turnovers, anemic scoring and poor defense.
The mechanics of X-and-O success in basketball are obvious, but what’s often overlooked in building a successful campaign is managing the rhythm of the season, which is the hardest thing of all.
COLLEGE REPORT: A.J. Reed earns SEC Player of the Week honors
After belting three home runs during a five games last week, Kentucky sophomore left-handed pitcher/first baseman A.J. Reed was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Clay City, Rockville, Linton remain alive
Another busy week of Indiana boys basketball sectional action is history, and three teams from the area now are preparing for regional games on Saturday.
TILL IT'S OVER: Whitley’s determination on display for ISU Senior Day
Taylor Whitley averaged 12.1 points, 4.7 assists and went on an offensive rampage two years ago in St. Charles, Mo., to earn All-Missouri Valley Conference Tournament accolades.
A knee injury caused her a major setback as a junior, but Whitley’s senior year seems to have gone just how she would like it to: with her in the background doing the dirty work for a team that ranks among the NCAA’s best in scoring defense. The Sycamores are allowing 53.7 points-per-game, which is the best in the program’s history by a wide margin.
It’s a team that plays harder consistently for 40 minutes than any I’ve watched in 10 years covering ISU women’s basketball.
NCAA Division III basketball tournament returns to Rose-Hulman
The last time Rose-Hulman served as host for the NCAA Division III men’s basketball tournament, its game was played inside an old World War II airplane hangar.
You “old-timers” should know the building I’m talking about and the matchup wasn’t really that long ago — March 6, 1997, to be exact.
REDNECK QUAKER: Valley hunters to be featured on Outdoor Channel show
Little did a buck in his prime at 41⁄2 years old realize he would become famous on not only trail cameras, but a television show as well.
AMEY TAKES AIM: Annual Amey Awards signal end of girls basketball season
The second annual Canterbury-Mater Dei Invitational in Hulman Center is still a few days away, but unfortunately none of our Wabash Valley teams are available to make the high school girls state basketball championships a little more exciting.
RECK: Basketball claiming center court this week
A really, really busy week of basketball begins tonight with the start of boys basketball sectional play in Indiana and winds up with the girls state finals in Terre Haute for the second straight year.
TILL IT'S OVER: NCAA-leading throwers, Valley talent lead ISU into MVC Championships
Indiana State women’s track coach Angie Martin may have understated things when she said Tuesday that “we’re kind of on a little bit of a roll.”
COLLEGE REPORT: Spring newcomers making marks
Several freshman baseball and softball NCAA Division I players from the Wabash Valley have already made immediate impacts at their new schools, while others are waiting for their turns to shine.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Successful girls hoops season ends for Valley
The season has ended for girls high school basketball teams in the area and is winding down for the boys teams.
FROM THE PRESS BOX: Accountability isn't Lansing's alone in ISU's recent struggles
Taking ownership has always been one of Indiana State men’s basketball coach Greg Lansing’s strengths.
When ISU has lost games in his three seasons at the helm that it was expected to win, Lansing has always been willing to fall on the sword and take blame for it.
Friends of the NRA banquet coming up at Idle Creek
As I sit down to the dining room table to write these words, I had to clear away all the clutter from days of writing myself notes. I realized my memory is about as long as a bobcat’s tail!
DAVID HUGHES: Childhood friends use faith, sports to get them through
When I learned in February 2009 that a rare form of appendix cancer would devastate my life and cause me to miss work for several months, Mike Saylor was among the first to offer assistance.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: Indiana State men receive votes in Associated Press top 25 poll
Wild and wacky best describe the week of college basketball that ended Sunday.
RAMBLIN’ RECK: With the Super Bowl done, it’s time to focus on hoops
Now that the Super Bowl has been played, it’s time for what could be some super basketball games.
COLLEGE REPORT: A.J. Reed named third-team preseason baseball All-American
Two-way sophomore standout A.J. Reed was one of three University of Kentucky players named third-team preseason All-America by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
REDNECK QUAKER: Father, son enjoy island adventure together
Here I sit looking at a picture of two adventurous souls standing next to a boat they’re about ready to take on an adventure of a lifetime.
I’m at awe reading a 41-page diary Rich Cope kept while he and his son adventured out to Anclote Key Island on the west side of Florida. Four-mile-long Anclote Key is the northernmost in a chain of barrier islands that stretch to Cape Romano at the southern end of Collier County.
TODD GOLDEN: Indiana State has far more occasions to rise to
Rejoice, Indiana State basketball fans. The Sycamores’ 68-55 victory at No. 15 Wichita State on Tuesday is worthy of celebration.
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