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Forde Minutes: Predicting Every Remaining Men’s Conference Tournament – Sports Illustrated

Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in men’s college basketball, a place so bananas that Houston Baptist and McNeese State can combine for 293 points in four overtimes in a random Southland Conference game:

WHY IS A CIVIL HANDSHAKE SUDDENLY SO HARD?

First we had Juwan Howard (1) throwing hands in the handshake line after Michigan lost to Wisconsin two weeks ago. Now, we have Duke assistant coaches Chris Carrawell (2) and Nolan Smith (3) coldly bypassing North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis (4) Saturday in sweltering hot Cameron Indoor Stadium.

If you haven’t seen the video: After the Tar Heels stunned the Blue Devils and spoiled Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game, two of Coach K’s assistants showed Davis little to no respect. Carrawell simply refused to extend his hand to meet Davis’s, and Smith executed a no-look handshake, directing his gaze in the opposite direction from Davis.

That left the world wondering what the beef is with Davis, who has been a uniformly unobjectionable personality as a player, coach and broadcaster. Between the shocking upset and the postgame interaction, any concerns about the Duke–North Carolina rivalry fizzling out after Roy Williams and Coach K depart are groundless.

While it was an interesting postscript, it’s also disappointing. Why is something that’s a basic tenet of sports for kids so difficult for adults?

As The Minutes opined after the Michigan-Wisconsin flareup, doing away with the handshake line isn’t the answer; behaving like grownups who can accept the outcome of a game and still respect an opponent is. Don’t lower the bar to enable sore losers. And given the amount of time Coach K has spent as something of a self-appointed arbiter of class and decorum, he might need to spend a few minutes coaching up his assistants.

Kent State’s Sincere Carry; Memphis’s DeAndre Williams; Purdue’s Zach Edey.

Jeff Lange/USA TODAY NETWORK; Joe Rondone/The Commercial Appeal/USA TODAY NETWORK; Joseph Cress/Iowa City Press-Citizen/USA TODAY NETWORK

THE LITTLE DANCE, PART II

The Minutes enters into the second stage of previewing and picking the conferences tourneys, which escalate in wattage and marquee value this week. With Selection Sunday less than a week away, it’s time to study up and get current. The list:

American

When: March 10–13.

Top seed: Houston (5). The Cougars had been bulletproof for much of the season, but showed some vulnerability in the last month. Depleted a bit by injuries, Houston was swept by Memphis and split with SMU, the only other legitimate contenders in the AAC. Still, this is a rugged team with a lot of March experience. Expect the Cougars to be ready for postseason play.

Dark horse: Memphis. This season has been all over the map for the Tigers, from highly ranked to highly dysfunctional to a highly impressive regrouping. Penny Hardaway’s …….

Source: https://www.si.com/college/2022/03/07/conference-tournament-predictions-acc-big-ten-sec

Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in men’s college basketball, a place so bananas that Houston Baptist and McNeese State can combine for 293 points in four overtimes in a random Southland Conference game:

WHY IS A CIVIL HANDSHAKE SUDDENLY SO HARD?

First we had Juwan Howard (1) throwing hands in the handshake line after Michigan lost to Wisconsin two weeks ago. Now, we have Duke assistant coaches Chris Carrawell (2) and Nolan Smith (3) coldly bypassing North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis (4) Saturday in sweltering hot Cameron Indoor Stadium.

If you haven’t seen the video: After the Tar Heels stunned…….

Forty names, games, teams and minutiae making news in men’s college basketball, a place so bananas that Houston Baptist and McNeese State can combine for 293 points in four overtimes in a random Southland Conference game:

WHY IS A CIVIL HANDSHAKE SUDDENLY SO HARD?

First we had Juwan Howard (1) throwing hands in the handshake line after Michigan lost to Wisconsin two weeks ago. Now, we have Duke assistant coaches Chris Carrawell (2) and Nolan Smith (3) coldly bypassing North Carolina head coach Hubert Davis (4) Saturday in sweltering hot Cameron Indoor Stadium.

If you haven’t seen the video: After the Tar Heels stunned…….

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