By Adam Stanco
7 Secrets to Tournament Success:
If the NCAA Tournament is
the Big Dance, the point guard is the choreographer.
An excellent lead guard
controls the pace and energy of the entire cast. Whenever the performance
peaks too quickly or too deliberately, he must steady the rhythm. True point
guards carefully balance fundamentals and freestyle.
The shimmy and shake of a
stylish move is fan-friendly, yet point guards are not judged by the swivel
of their hips or the bounce in their crossover. They can not be measured in
points, steals, or even assists. To find the true worth of a
tournament-tested general, just ask him the same two questions a mother asks
her daughter after she arrives home from a taping of “Blind Date”: Did you
keep your poise? More importantly, did you go all the way?
Mike Bibby answered both
questions emphatically during the 1997 National Championship. Future NBA
players Michael Dickerson, Miles Simon, and Jason Terry comprised a talented
and experienced Wildcat backcourt, yet the freshman was their sage. Bibby’s
consistency was frightening and his brilliant contributions were so
plentiful they screamed redundancy. He scored. And passed. And rebounded.
And defended. In two Final Four games, he danced to the beat of 39 points,
16 rebounds, 8 assists, and 6 steals.
When it comes to guard
play, apparently age doesn’t matter. Duke’s Bobby Hurley (1991) and tiny
Tyus Edney (1995) of UCLA proved size doesn’t either. And, as Kentucky’s
Wayne Turner (1998) taught us, you don’t even need a jumper.
It’s all about
punctuation. Sometimes point guards are periods and sometimes they are
exclamation points. If they roll their coaches’ eyes, they might even be a
question mark. Yet, no matter how they express themselves, their only job is
to end the sentence… with a win.
Secrets For NCAA Tournament
- NBA potential is no joke.
- The bigger, the better.
- Simple math: three is better than two.
- Who has nerves of steel?
- Winning is the All-American way.
- Little guys point the way.
- Fear of the unknown.
The March Manifesto is the secret
to filling out your NCAA Tournament bracket.