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Raptors Cap Disappointing Season With Win Streak

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 4/18/2013 8:33:00 AM

It has shaped up to be another disappointing season that has seen the Toronto Raptors left out of the playoffs for the fifth straight season, but they ended it on Wednesday night with a 114-90 win over the Boston Celtics.

But fear not, the team sees this as the next step in the building process, and as coach Dwane Casey so clearly puts it - getting to the playoffs.

And Casey didn't hold back in summarizing the roller coaster of a season calling it "a tale of three different seasons."

"Three different teams, three different seasons,'' Casey said. "We are disappointed. I am disappointed. But if you disregard the 4-19, then we are knocking on the door of the playoffs.''

That 4-19 start left the Raptors digging out of a three feet hole as Casey and some of the players have candidly put it throughout the 34-48 season. And even ...

Louisville Proves Why They're the Best

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 4/9/2013 6:43:00 AM

Call them the comeback kings. Call them one of the toughest team in US college hoops or whatever you want, but quite frankly the Louisville Cardinals are the best this year and they have the NCAA title to prove it after beating Michigan 82-76 on Monday night.

The Cardinals proved that the NCAA selection committee didn't get it wrong in picking them as the top overall seed in the tournament, but they had to work hard for it in their last two games.

On Saturday, Louisville rallied back from a 12-point deficit in the second half against Wichita State before clinching the 72-68 victory.

On Monday, they also fell behind by 12 but this time in the first half, before Luke  Hancock led the comeback wiping out the entire deficit before the break.

This was the sixth game this season that the Cardinals came from behind to pull off a ...

Louisville D to Meet Michigan O

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 4/8/2013 6:33:00 AM

The finals of the NCAA are set to go with overall top seed Louisville to square off against the South Region's No. 4 Michigan.

The Cardinals rallied from a 12 point deficit to beat Cinderella team Wichita State to book their tickets to the finals, while the Wolverines held off a second quarter rally from Syracuse to get there.

Louisville had never trailed in the tournament up until Saturday night when the Shockers took control of the match, using a tight defence that took the Cardinals out of their comfort zone.

With Kevin Ware out to a gruesome injury, the Cardinals appeared to be out of sorts and had to rely on a solid effort from their bench to get the win. Luke Hancock came off the bench to score 20 points and walk-on Tim Henderson, hit two 3-pointers when the Cardinals were down, to turn the tide against the ...

Final Four Predictions

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 4/5/2013 8:49:00 AM

After two weeks of action packed basketball, the Final Four of the NCAA tournament are left standing and will play on Saturday night to book their tickets to Monday night's finals.

So, who will make it to the big dance?

SYRACUSE vs MICHIGAN

In the battle of the No. 4 seeds, this game could be the most exciting of the two matches. Both teams seem to be equally matched and this will be a close affair from the get go.

Syracuse's tight and stingy defense will be put to the test by a Michigan offense that is dangerous from the three point line.

The Orange have allowed fewer than 46 points a game and have forced their opponents into 29% shooting, including 15% from outside the arc.

Michigan on the flip side is one of the country's best three-point shooting teams and the Wolverines have managed to shoot better than ...

And Then There Were Four

Posted By: Suzette Francis · 4/2/2013 7:36:00 AM

After two action packed weekends, only four teams are left standing in the NCAA tournament.

Top overall seed Louisville remain the clear favourites after an inspiring win over Duke. After a close first half that saw the Cardinals lose guard Kevin Ware in a gruesome injury, the team regrouped to pull off the 85-63 win over the Blue Devils.

Ware snapped his lower right leg after coming down awkwardly while defending a three pointer, in front of the Louisville bench, where his team mates reacted in shock after seeing his broken leg dangling.
    
Before Ware was wheeled off on a stretcher, the sophomore gave his team mates a pep talk, urging them to get the win and bring it home to his hometown Atlanta, where the next two rounds will be played.

The Cardinals will face Wichita State who have lived up to their nickname - the Shockers....

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