DFW SPORTS MIX By Don Arnick
March Madness is finally here. Time to get the bracket out and navigate your faves to the title. And the DFW might be involved in the madness. TCU is wrapping up their final year in the Mountain West with at bang. A winning record going into the MW tournament. Leading the way for the Frogs is the guard tamdem of Hank Throns and J.R. Cadot. Both are receiving all conference recognition for their fine season for Coach Jim Christian Frogs. A good run in the MW tournament would get the Horned Frogs in, an NIT bid is also possible. Let’s keep a close eye on how the Frogs progress in the post season.
North Texas is angling for a shot at the big dance as they battle in the Sun Belt Conference tournament. Coach Jonny Jones Mean Grean squad is relying on Tony Mitchell and Brandon Walton to get them in. They are facing Western Kentucky for the conference tournament championship, and a invite to the big dance. They were a win short of getting in last year. Let’s see what this year brings to the Mean Green hoops squad.
In the big field of teams that will be invited into the NCAA tournament, I feel that Kentucky will survive and win it all. Coach John Calipari’s Wildcats has assembled their best team since he has been there. Anthony Davis has super long arms, which is great for blocking shots and extension on slam dunks. And Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is a super ball handler. And the Kentucky Wildcats are making their foul shots. Over 70% which leads the SEC. It will be another fun run to the final four, and the road to Dallas begins after business is done in New Orleans.
For the ladies, Baylor looks like the team to beat on their trek to the final four. Coach Kim Mulkey has the nice combination of a good point guard in Oddsey Sims from Irving MacArthur, and the tall woman in the middle Brittney Griner. Who has played smarter as she matures, she does not foul out as much when she was a freshman. The bullseye is on the Bears with potential meetings in the tournament with Notre Dame, Stanford, Texas A&M, and UConn. It’s the toughest 6 wins to get, but I think Baylor’s squad will prevail and win the women’s title. Another reason for the folks in Waco to go wild again.