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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:28 pm    Post subject: THE CHARITY STRIPE WILL DECIDE FINAL FOUR! Reply with quote

Sean May, Marvin Williams, Francisco Garcia, Rashad McCants, Taquan Dean, Dee Brown, Luther Head, Alan Anderson and Paul Davis are just some of the outstanding players that you will read and hear a lot about prior to Saturday’s Final Four games. But while they all can score even in the tightest quarters, it’s what they will do from the foul line totally uncontested that will ultimately govern the outcome of these matches.

Every basketball fan loves the 3-point bomb and let’s face it as we saw last weekend, you are never out of a game if you got the guys who can drain the ball beyond the arc. Patrick Sparks of Kentucky had an opportunity to tie the game the other day from the foul line in a one and one situation and the guy is an amazing 3-point shooter, but missed the free throw.

Take a look at the 60 games that have been played in the tournament up to this point and more then 75% of the games were won by the team who shot the best from the foul line. Coaches are forever stressing the importance of good shooting from the line and taking care of the ball and limiting the turnovers.

Arizona is a great team and Salim Stoudemire is a great shooter, maybe the best in the country, but like a hitter in baseball, offense is not a consistent commodity. Stoudemire’s shooting touch deserted him Saturday just 48 hours after he had been a hero by sinking a three in the dying seconds. Arizona however could have still won the game despite Salim’s poor shooting day Saturday, but it was his horrible handling of the ball down the stretch that contributed mightily to the loss.

You see the problem with these young basketball players is their inability to “manage their emotions”! They go into a cold spell shooting and they are not able to put it behind them. They somehow lose the focus and do not play in the PRESENT! They start thinking too much how things are not going their way and presto, what used to be automatic is now life and death.

As former quarterback and now football analyst Phil Simms once said, the secret to success in sports or life is to just keep playing. Focus on the task at hand and when confronted with a terrific opportunity…RELAX! Think of your family and how lucky you are and then let the muscle memory take over.

Unfortunately this weekend, there will be one or more players that does not heed this advice. Guaranteed they are on the losing team!
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