1. I had a nice Sunday…I made a trip to Bloomington…had an early dinner at Trojan Horse with my family…got the dill pickle spears with tzatziki sauce for dipping, breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, basket of fries, cold Bud in frosty mug…I picked up my three wallet-sized IU basketball schedules(Trojan Horse keeps them stacked near their aquarium)…I’m very superstitious …I must acquire my three schedules from Trojan Horse…One for wallet, one to attach to cork bulletin board in kitchen, and one extra to give to undetermined future recipient….After dinner something kind of cool happened..We took a drive around town and as I was heading down Walnut Street I saw a small group of what I later surmised to be part of the USC-Upstate basketball team hanging in the Rally’s Hamburger parking lot. Am I the only one that gets a rush from the rare encounter of passing b-ball teams on vacations, or day-trip destinations? It was a good day…bored the bejesus out of my family talking IU hoops during the long drive, ate delicious tenderloin sandwich..picked up IU schedules…passed a group of basketball thugs wearing Spartan green…family members in car thanked god and Steve Jobs for their iPods drowning me out.

    Does this post qualify as non-random?…I did mention the unexpected brush with Upstater greatness..


    —————-►READ AT OWN RISK◄—————

    “Valparaiso made 12 3-pointers, including a 7-for-10 performance during a second half in which the Crusaders shot 53 percent and quietly inched their way back into the game.”

    “… a determined tea(Valparaiso) that just wouldn’t quit.”

    The above descriptions/quotes are excerpts from the CBS game Recap of a contest yesterday between Valparaiso(Indiana) and the defending NCAA National Champion, North Carolina Tar Heels.

    Final Score:
    North Carolina 88
    Valparaiso 77

    Valpo Leading Scorers:
    Brandon MrPherson(Lawrence North HS, Ind) 20 pts.
    Brandon Wood(Kokomo, Indiana) 30 pts.

    Granted UNC was probalbly flat and not anticipating the feisty nature of a well-coached Homer Drew team; a team rich in basketball tradition from the small Indiana town of Valparaiso…A team almost as young as the Hoosiers with seven freshman and sophomores..The two unsung Indiana kids mentioned above put up a combined 50 points against last year’s National Champions!…More evidence of the great distribution, and often unnoticed, hoops talent that spreads more abundantly than corn to every corner of this great basketball state.

    Final Note of Interest: For those that like to put great stock in player star ratings…

    Brandon MrPherson: 2-star class of 2005 rating out of high school by Scout.com

    Brandon Wood: no stars…”invited to Indiana Top 40 camp in 2007 … named team’s Most Improved Player following freshman season … holds school record for most 3-pointers in a single game, knocking down ten triples.”

  3. As college coaches go Coach Drew is a true “diamond in the rough” for sure. Even to a 5th year senior he still is teaching the soundness of fundamentals. He gets the most from the talent any baller has to develop.

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