Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

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Byline: Hays Carlyon

HAYS' SIMPLE THOUGHTS

- Isn't it ironic that on the day offensively challenged Dennis Rodman makes the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, we have a national championship game with horrific shooting?

- Can Ian Poulter do something at a major, other than gag, before being critical of Tiger Woods' game? Poulter is a poser.

Want more? Read "The Monday Hays" on jacksonville.com and find Hays on Twitter @hayscarlyon.

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LOTS OF WINNERS AND LOSERS IN MARCH MADNESS

Another NCAA Tournament has passed, and while the ending was weak, the tourney as a whole was spectacular.

It's time to reflect on the past three weeks with a look at the winners and losers from the Big Dance. I'm passing on the obvious (winner: Connecticut ... duh). Forgive me.

WINNERS

BCS proponents: The importance of college basketball's regular season was severely downgraded. It isn't meaningless, but it's close. National champion UConn finished in a three-way tie for ninth in the Big East. Teams like Virginia Commonwealth and Butler making the Final Four after average regular seasons didn't help, either. Most people would agree the tourney could start over tomorrow and a completely different result would unfold. I like that aspect of the college hoops postseason, but others will criticize it.

Shaka Smart: No star rose faster in March, player or coach, than Smart's. The VCU coach went from unknown to household name.

NCAA: VCU's run was welcomed on two fronts. The selection committee's criticized decision to include the Rams in the field was validated. VCU also reached the Final Four after being part of the First Four, the new feature of an expanded field.

Officials: From the Sweet 16 on, there were few complaints and no controversies.

LOSERS

Kansas: The Jayhawks blew a dream draw. Had Kansas, the top seed in the Southwest region, reached the national championship game it would have faced one team seeded higher than seventh. …

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