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March 21, 2012

Open Thread: CBI, Pitt-Butler

Filed under: Basketball,Open Thread — Chas @ 6:03 pm

This game is on HDNet at 8pm. If you have DirecTV (and HD service) it is on channel 306.DISH is Channel 362. AT&T U-verse has it on Channel 1105.  Verizon FiOS is channel 569.  In the Pittsburgh area, Comcast/Xfinity appears to offer it on channel 897.

On the call for HDNet will be Kenny Rice and Keno Davis. Yes, the ex-Providence coach is on loan from the Big Ten Network. As for Rice, he generally handles horse racing and MMA. Shouldn’t be annoying at all.

I’m probably going to be running a bit behind on watching the game, so we’ll stick with the open thread.

Meeting Up With Butler

Filed under: Basketball — Chas @ 9:37 am

There is no way to claim there will be any measure of revenge that can be extracted from this game. There just isn’t. So, no matter what any hack writer tries to concoct for a storyline — forget it. Just as beating Vandy in some regular season or preseason tournament after Barry Goheen could never have made up for 1988. This is as much a notice for any sports writer who comes here looking to gauge Pitt fan feelings for some storyline, as it is for everyone else. There is no revenge here, because there is no equivalency.

Not that we can ignore last year. No. That isn’t going to happen.

Butler’s Andrew Smith and Ronald Nored spent part of Tuesday viewing footage from last year’s NCAA tournament game against Pittsburgh.

They still can’t believe what they saw. The foul at midcourt, the missed free throw, the inexplicable foul on Matt Howard and finally Howard’s free throw to win it.

The final 1.4 seconds of that game will go down as one of the craziest finishes in tourney history. Now, 367 days later, Butler and Pittsburgh have a chance to do it all over again Wednesday night in the College Basketball Invitational tournament semifinals.

“I guess it took about 20 minutes to figure out what was going on because I really didn’t know,” Bulldogs center Andrew Smith said after looking again at the tape.

Sorting it all out is confusing, even now…

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