DFW Sports Mix BY Don Arnick

This article is about basketball, and nothing but that. With March madness aroud the corner, you can catch the feeling of this time of year in the DFW. The SWAC conference is having their tournement in Garland, Texas March 9-12. Both the men’s and women’s teams are involved. This conference gives you, Prairie View, Grambling, Texas Southern, to name a few. If you need more
info, go to www.swachoops.org. And two weeks after that, the Women’s regional finals are coming to Dallas-FT.Worth. March 27 and 29 at the American Airlnes Center. Go to www.ncaasports.com for ticket details.
This year’s NCAA Basketball Classic has increased the to a field of 68, with 4 networks covering the action.
One team hoping to be a part of the party is SMU. The Mustangs are enjoying their best season in a while under the coaching of Matt Doherty. Driving the Ponies success it forward Papa Dia. The senior is having his best year in a Mustangs jersey. With Mike Walker at center
and Colin Mangrum and Robert Nykaundi playing along side Dia, the Mustangs are making some hey in Conference USA. They have found the road unkind down the stretch with a key loss to Marshall, all games are a must win for the Ponies if they want to get into the NCAA tournament. By the way, SMU leads C-USA in freethrow percentage and 3 point shots. They are doing some things to be proud of on the Hiltop.
Lockout, lockout, lockout. No matter what channel you watch, or listen to, or any article you read, the NFL lockout is dominating the action. But what does it mean if you look at the big picture. If you are a Dallas Cowboys
fan, a work stoppage could spell near doom for two aspects of the team. For wide receiver Dez Bryant, who broke his ankle near the end of the season, his rehab will be slowed down. He can rehab away from Valley Ranch, but his progress won’t be monitored by the team. And he needs more time learning the routes and timing with QB Tony Romo. Bryant’s development as a top notch wide receiver will by hampered by the lockout, if he can’t learn more about the offense while the teams can’t get to Valley Ranch.
It will also hurt Ron Ryan, the new Pokes defensive coordinator. He has a new defense he wants to establish, and more time with the defense trying to learn Ryan’s schemes and game plan is critical in the off season. And for a
defense who got sheraded during the season, the down time to get Ryan’s system in is crucial. The can’t do anything during the lockout.
And with the employees who work concessions and the small things that make game day at Cowboys stadium work, loss of income will happen to the people who work those positions.
So the lockout will effect practically everyone, and during a long lockout stretch, fan impatience will be a big test if this lockout happens. The fans always have a major say in this.
In a chase to get to the best record in the NBA, defense plays a major role.
The Dallas Mavericks emphasized that by getting Corey Brewer, who was let go by the Knicks. Corey will provide defensive toughness, especially against teams like the Spurs and the Lakers, the teams the Mavericks are battling for better playoff position. All three teams will be battling each other between now and the end of the season. Lots of head to head game in hand coming up. You know the Mavs want to make all games count as we get close to post season play.

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