Category Archives: basketball

Remembering Dean Smith

I’m sad to say that I don’t have a Dean Smith story — unlike many that I’ve been reading in the papers and listening to on sports talk radio since the University of North Carolina basketball coaching icon died on Saturday evening, … Continue reading

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Two views of sport

Earlier this week, I posted a link on my Facebook page to an article in The Atlantic magazine called “The Shame of College Sports” by journalist Taylor Branch. He’s better known for his magisterial trilogy of books about the civil … Continue reading

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Almost an upset: It’s tournament time, Part 3

Would the scrappy underdog pull the upset, or would the perennial championship contender dig down deep and find a way to win? Yeah, I know it sounds like every cliche in the book, but it’s tournament time and the cliche’ … Continue reading

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Basketball again: It’s tournament time, Part 2

“About 80 percent of basketball is improvisation.” — Lincoln Memorial men’s basketball coach Josh Schertz. That’s a quote from last weekend that has stuck with me as another basketball season — or at least my in-person reporting on it — … Continue reading

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A heart-breaking tale of woe, misery and frustration

I debated whether to do today’s blog entry or not, but in the end, I decided it might be therapeutic, so here goes. I managed to miss most of the Clemson-North Carolina basketball game on TV last night and it’s … Continue reading

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Pfeiffer’s flock of Falcons

My favorite sport to cover is basketball, and one of the reasons is that there are so many different ways to play the game. I saw one worth writing about on Saturday night when I covered a men’s game between … Continue reading

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