by Kent Stering
It started with Wednesday night’s Pacers win over the Miami Heat, and will end tomorrow afternoon as Michigan and Kentucky play for a chance to dance for a national title next weekend in Cowboys Stadium.
The best weekend of basketball ever in Indianapolis has been incredible so far with some all time great games, including the 1A state championship tilt this morning between Barr Reeve and Marquette Catholic who needed an extra period to decide things. Providence bound Ryan Fazekas and his 34 points was too much for Barr Reeve as Marquette cashed in for their first state championship.
Tonight, Tech will play in front of a bunch of Kentucky fans who want a glimpse of the future as Trey Lyles fights for the first state title won by an IPS school since Broad Ripple beat New Albany in 1980.
The Pacers reverted back to their most recent form last night in a loss at Washington, failing to scored 80 points for the third time in four games. They now lead the Heat for the #1 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs with nine games to play.
Today’s show is a shorty – following the conclusion of the 2A State Basketball Championship – and running until 4p, when a wonderful retrospective of the Colts move from Baltimore to Indianapolis will air. It was 30 years ago this week that Bob Irsay agreed to the deal proposed by mayor Bill Hudnut, and so much has changed in this city because of that move.
Fox 59’s Chris Hagan and I will lament Kentucky advancing last night, or at least I will, and we’ll also talk about the future of the Indiana Hoosiers program. Is this year a brief sabbatical from the Sweet Sixteens of the previous two seasons, or the beginning of a new mediocrity. Five players left the program this week, and their might be another who joins them soon.
Anthony Lee (13.6 ppg) from Temple might choose to join the Hoosiers, and late signees Josh Cunningham and Yante Maten may pledge soon.
Can’t wait for the show to start!