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DIME MAG DAILY SMACK: Props to the Terrapins

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With no NBA games on the slate last night, let's get right to the conclusion of the Madness. Congratulations to the Maryland Terrapins for winning their first ever National Championship. It's about damn time. Seriously though, Juanny Dixon was unreal all tournament long and capped off the incredible run with a superb effort on both ends of the floor, dropping 18 points and swiping 5 steals. His play rightfully earned him the award for the Final Four's Outstanding Player. After being up a bunch early on, Indiana clawed its way back until the Terps and Hoosiers were deadlocked at 42. Then Dixon nailed a three-ball to start a 22-5 run that sealed the deal for Maryland. Lonny Baxter was off the heazy, going double-dipping and banging out a season-high on the glass with 14 boards. He also swatted 3 shots and limited Indiana super soph Jared Jeffries to just 8 points on 4-11 shooting, while forcing him to commit 4 turnovers. A big key for Maryland was that Indiana really struggled from the line, especially in the first half where they were just 2-7 and missed the front end of a couple 1 and 1s. Their 2 total free throws made tied them for the lowest total in championship game history.
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Gary Williams had been 0-7 against Indiana all-time and the Hoosiers had been 5-0 in the championship game, but history had no effect on this game. Props go out to Mike Davis for a great running and for being a true class act. Gonzaga University's Mark Few is staying put instead of jumping ship to the University of Washington's vacant head coaching job. Few said he did not want to leave his players. Fresno State was a little luckier in filling its head coaching vacancy. It nabbed Oklahoma assistant coach Ray Lopes, who helped his squad to a Final Four appearance this year. Rumor has it that legendary coach and Hall of Famer John Chaney will be stepping down as head coach of the Temple Owls sometime this week. If it's true, we're gonna miss his style, wit and passion. "These new guys, they're all like robots. They don't have any feel for players' feelings or coaches' feelings, and they act like we're their adversaries, and that's the saddest thing about the nature of our game." That quote came from Larry Brown and cost him 10 G's. Want to know what 5 G's look like? According to the NBA, it looks like Sam I AM's fine for dropkicking the ball into the scoreboard during the Bucks most recent loss. B-Diddy's foot is aching so badly, dude has to wear a walking boot whenever he's not playing because of his strained foot. But Davis is tougher than a three-dollar steak and says he'll compete in every game down the stretch, including four in the next five days. Just how bad is the injury? Davis sleeps with the boot on. In the wake of the fatal shooting that took place inside former NBA star Jayson Williams' house, he has apologized to the neighbors for the intense media pressure. Williams put thank-you cards containing a hand-written apology in each of his neighbors' mailboxes. C'mon J, the media scrutiny hasn't been Saran Wrap tight. You putting little notes in your neighbors' mailboxes is front page news. By the way, it was the real Opening Day of baseball season. You know, the stuff on the highlights until October when pre-season basketball starts again. We're out like the Hoosiers.
Tagged: Bucks, Indiana, Maryland, Temple, St. John's (NY), Oklahoma, Gonzaga, Fresno State

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