Most of us have had the same complaints in recent years. College basketball has gotten slower and less fun. The tempo is down, the whistles are up, and there's a timeout every 45 seconds or so. A given game could produce 40 fouls and 50 free throws, last nearly two and a half hours, and produce a 68-64 final score. The payoff for following the sport isn't as grand as it once seemed to be. And if you're a Missouri fan, that feeling goes double. Triple, maybe.
The relationship has grown stale, in other words. But if that's ever going to change, it's during Championship Week and the NCAA Tournament. Friday brings us fewer games and higher stakes. Four top-25 teams are tipping off at 11 a.m., and the momentum continues for about 15 hours. Let's see if we can't fall in love with this sport all over again.
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Last night certainly brought the crazy to Championship Week.
You had buzzer beaters...
Puking (and on-location reporting!)...
Bulter's mascot just vomited on the court. Hahaha! pic.twitter.com/vy4WCe9poR— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 13, 2015
Ole Miss being dumb...
Safe to say, if you're not enjoying college basketball at the moment, you're probably not going to this year.
Shift No. 1
AAC Quarterfinals: No. 20 SMU vs. East Carolina (11:00 a.m. CT, ESPN2)
A10 Quarterfinals: No. 24 Davidson vs. La Salle (11:00 a.m. CT, NBC Sports)
B1G Quarterfinals: No. 6 Wisconsin vs. Michigan (11:00 a.m. CT, ESPN)
SEC Quarterfinals: No. 1 Kentucky vs. Florida (12:00 p.m. CT, SEC Network)
Shift No. 2
AAC Quarterfinals: Temple vs. Memphis (1:00 p.m. CT, ESPN2)
B1G Quarterfinals: Penn State vs. Purdue (1:00 p.m. CT, ESPN)
A10 Quarterfinals: VCU vs. Richmond (1:30 p.m. CT, NBC Sports)
SEC Quarterfinals: LSU vs. Auburn (2:00 p.m. CT, SEC Network)
CUSA Semifinals: MTSU vs. UTEP (3:00 p.m. CT, CBS Sports)
Shift No. 3
B1G Quarterfinals: No. 8 Maryland vs. Indiana (5:30 p.m. CT, BTN)
A10 Quarterfinals: Dayton vs. St. Bonaventure (5:30 p.m. CT, NBC Sports)
CUSA Semifinals: Louisiana Tech vs. UAB (5:30 p.m. CT, CBS Sports)
SEC Quarterfinals: No. 21 Arkansas vs. Tennessee (6:00 p.m. CT, SEC Network)
Big East Semifinals: No. 4 Villanova vs. Providence (FS1)
ACC Semifinals: No. 3 Virginia vs. No. 19 North Carolina (6:00 p.m. CT, ESPN)
Big 12 Semifinals: No. 9 Kansas vs. No. 16 Baylor (6:00 p.m. CT, ESPN2)
AAC Quarterfinals: Tulsa vs. Houston (6:00 p.m. CT, ESPNU)
Shift No. 4
B1G Quarterfinals: Ohio State vs. Michigan State (7:55 p.m. CT, BTN)
Big 12 Semifinals: No. 13 Iowa State vs. No. 15 Oklahoma (8:00 p.m. CT, ESPN2)
ACC Semifinals: No. 2 Duke vs. No. 11 Notre Dame (8:00 p.m. CT, ESPN)
Pac-12 Semifinals: No. 5 Arizona vs. UCLA (8:00 p.m. CT, Pac-12)
SEC Quarterfinals: Georgia vs. South Carolina (8:00 p.m. CT, SECN)
AAC Quarterfinals: UConn vs. Cincinnati (8:00 p.m. CT, ESPNU)
MWC Semifinals: No. 25 Boise State vs. Wyoming (8:00 p.m. CT, CBSSN)
A10 Quarterfinals: George Washington vs. Rhode Island (8:00 p.m. CT, NBC Sports)
Big East Semifinals: No. 23 Georgetown vs. Xavier (8:30 p.m. CT, FS1)
Shift No. 5
Pac-12 Semifinals: No. 17 Utah vs. Oregon (10:30 p.m. CT, ESPN)
MWC Semifinals: Colorado State vs. San Diego State (10:30 p.m. CT, CBSSN)
Big West Semifinals: UC Irvine vs. UCSB (10:59 p.m. CT, ESPNU)
Together, we will learn to love again.