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Mack The Knife …………………….

Mack The Knife …………………….

Well the Florida Gators when the chances were there to put the game ( 74-71 ) away the Butler Bull Dogs simply outplayed the Gators as Brad Stevens’ team make their second consecutive Final Four in the NCAA Tournament .


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Slide show for your perusal.

Destiny was there for the Bull Dogs’ as Shelvin Mack literally stuck the dagger in the backs of the Gators and having impaled Billy Donovan’s team , Mack and his teammates turned and stuck that knife even deeper into the wound as the Gator’s hopes bled incessantly with no way of stopping the flow. Along with that win it now adds further legitimacy as to what Butler has done and in particular it makes the young Brad Stevens perhaps an even hotter prospect as a potential candidate for a NBA coaching position should one become vacant this offseason within the NBA .

This game was as exciting as one would expect and a thriller it turned out to be but at the same time would one say that Butler was a team of destiny ? Or did they simply to their strengths while the Florida Gators fall apart under the mountain of expectations albeit that may well have been the perception of their rabid and vociferous fans ? These are the questions that may well be asked and are still to be answered over the course of the next few days. And while I’ve no doubt that to their credit the Gators under Billy Donovan overachieved with this team . The players to their credit can certainly take something away from this defeat but at the same I don’t think that they can hide the disappointment of this loss and what it meant to them as player but also the Gators’ fans up and down the country.

From my own perspective this tournament has been one to be appreciated from all perspectives but this much I do know seeing the Duke Blue Devils fall (93-77) to the Arizona Wildcats was enough for me to know that this wasn’t to be Mike Krzyzewski’s year to win his fourth national title . So 2012 becomes a another year and another chance to aspire to add to his legacy and that of the Blue Devils’ program.

For Billy Donovan I can’t help but feel sorry for coach and his team as they were never really expected to get this far much less competing with this much competitiveness during the tournament . And for Donovan having won consecutive titles in 2006 and 2007 the coach was seeking to win his third title overall with the Florida Gators. This has been a spectacular run by the coach , this program and what it has done for the school in terms of the publicity gained .

As to the remainder of the tournament the berths have now been set with regard to the Final Four and the teams now chasing collegiate basketball immortality. It has to be said that each of the participants left are deserving of their fate and whatever they achieve from hereon in has to be seen as an added bonus for those teams and their respective fans across the country. Collegiate basketball at the D1 level offers a spectacle unlike any other collegiate tournament presided over by the NCAA or BCS in terms of the FBS and their national championship. The BCS for all of its merits to my mind pales into insignificance in comparison to the NCAA Tournament. And inasmuch as fans across the country have been in awe of the BCS National Championship as a thrilling spectacle is something to appreciate but I for one believe that it elicits nowhere near as enough excitement as that of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament . College football may well be the more popular of the two sports by far of which there’s no denial but there’s every reason to believe that while over the course of the season it has the fans showing their passion for the game . This much we do know is that come time for the NCAA Tournament it grabs even the uninitiated amongst us and has in awe and appreciation for the game the teams and all of the excitement it brings .



Picture gallery for your perusal .

In terms of what you’ve witnessed during the tournament do you feel that it has lived up to your expectations and what if anything are you now expecting to see during the Final Fours and which teams do you expect to be playing for the national title ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on the matter and thanks as always for the continued support !

Alan aka tophatal ………………………..


Picture and slide show details

(1) Butler’s Alex Anglin holds up the Southeast Regional Trophy as the team is greeted by fans as they arrive at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 27, 2011. Butler defeated Florida, 74-71 , to advance to the Final Four. AP Photo/Darron Cummings ……..

(2) Butler head coach Brad Stevens talks to the fans that greeted the team at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 27, 2011. Butler defeated Florida, 74-71, to advance to the Final Four. AP Photo/Darron Cummings …..

(3) Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators fouls Matt Howard #54 as Chrishawn Hopkins #20 of the Butler Bulldogs tries to block his shot in the second half during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ………..

(4) Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs reacts during their game against the Florida Gators in overtime of the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ……..

(5) Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs dunks against the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ……

(6) Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs celebrates defeating the Florida Gators 74 to 71 in overtime by cutting down part of the net during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ……

(7) Head coach Billy Donovan talks to Patric Young #4 of the Florida Gators during the second half of their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ……


NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Elite 8 results

Final Four

Games scheduled for Sunday 27th March to decide the final two berths

Kentucky Wildcats vs North Carolina

Kansas vs VCU

Already through to the Final Four ……… U Conn and Butler


Brooke  Burke

Eye candy ………… Brooke Burke


Mase ……. feat’g Total …………………. “Tell Me What You Want From Me”

Fredro Starr ….. feat’g Jill Scott ………………. ” I See Your True Colors”

10 thoughts on “Mack The Knife …………………….

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Surgical l interns were said to be watching this to see if they could learn anything new because the Bull Dogs’ dismantling of the Gators was like watching clinical surgical doctors at work . The Gators’ defense was so haphazard at times that it was almost as the players were being given the runaround !

      Donovan needs to instill into the kids that it’s not all about offense and with the noles’ it’s about playing offense and defense as and when needed . No wonder Hamilton was pissed at his players !

      tophatal …………..

      1. When the Gators played their game, working it inside out and didn’t start chucking up three-pointers, they were tough to beat.

        When they hustled for offensive and defensive rebounds instead of allowing opponents to sneak under the board for them, they were tough to beat.

        But then again, who isn’t?

  1. Nice that they took out the Gators…..looks like Brooke has her own roundballs….can I dribble em?

    1. al clements

      The Bull Dogs ….. really took it to the Gators big time ! They were never in that game for the large part of it even when though it went to OT .

      As for Brooke Burke I’d dare say you wouldn’t mind suckling on her tater-tots ? I mean is there anything better than hitting on a hot chick like her other than actually doing the deed that is ?

      I must say she wears her jewelry well !

      tophatal ……………..

  2. NCAA football needs a playoff. NCAA is a fake champion. NCAA hoops is great. It’s one and you’re done. I love it. Dogs rule. The NCAA has been doing this since 1939. Here’s a bit of history. The NIT was bigger than the NCAA from 1935 til the end of the 70’s. Al McGuire snubbed the NCAA in I think it was 1967 or so and said screw you I played in the NIT. That was the year Clyde the Glide Frasier played for SIU. SIU beat Marquette 71-56. Marquette guard Dean the Dream Memenger couldn’t bring the ball past half court. Clyde the Glide picked his pocket each time. UCONN-Kentucky should be a good game. Butler-VCU another good one. I love it.

    1. Bobby Gee

      We all know the BCS System to be corrupt and fraudulent but there are idiots out there who subscribe to the fact that it’s the best way of determining a national champion in football. In reality the only reason it exists is to garner monies into the coffers of the major conferences and that of the NCAA who act in collusion to facilitate this all. And less we forget they’re assisted in this by Congress through the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee who aid them (BCS & NCCA) both in granting antitrust exemption status.

      As to the NCAA Men’s Tournament it’s one of the most interesting and thrilling that I can remember in years ! And the very fact that there isn’t a # 1 ranked team left amongst the Final Four is a clear indictment of that fact.

      U Conn vs Kentucky has all the makings of being an instantaneous classic and the same with VCU vs Butler ! It’s unfortunate that you can’t have Shaka Smart squaring off against Brad Stevens in the Finals but I guess that’s the luck of the draw as they say. To my mind they’re by far in a way the best two young coaches in the country in men’s collegiate basketball !

      tophatal ……..

  3. Chris Humpherys

    I’m not even sure that Donovan and his coaching staff actually had a game plan in place to use against the Bulls Dogs in this game . And it was telling when they became so reliant on chucking up the 3 pointers like you said in desperation that it placed even great pressure on players such as Vernon Macklin , Alex Tyus and Kenny Boynton who struggled to bring the Gators back into the game.

    But this all becomes a learning process for the team and coaching staff . So I’m sure that they’ll be the better for it next year !
    Before one learns how to win consistently and with consistency you’re tested with the adversity to see how one can handle losing . If they can learn anything from that then they will prosper and be successful in the future .

    tophatal ……………………

  4. Sorry man, but I was rooting against the Gators hard. I got my wish too with Mack going off and taking them down. I hope Butler makes it to the championship game…

    1. chappy81

      No worries man I’m not a Gators’ fan as I said I’ve been a rabid Blue Devils’ fan for years !

      I for one think that the best thing that could happen for the NCAA Tournament is to see a mid conference non- major —– win the tournament outright ! And who better than either the VCU Rams or Butler Bull Dogs ?

      As of now I feel that Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart are the two best young coaches in D1 college basketball !

      tophatal ………………

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