Tuesday, March 12, 2013
3-point shot: N.Y. in play for ACC tourney
By Andy Katz
1. Duke athletic director Kevin White said Monday the ACC will likely continue to keep the tournament in Greensboro, N.C. But White said the ACC should look to New York -- Madison Square Garden or Brooklyn -- at some point in a rotation of tournament sites. White said a decision should be reached in the next three to four months as to whether the ACC would pursue a New York turn in the rotation. The ACC is in Greensboro through 2015. Greensboro, Charlotte, Tampa, Washington D.C. and Atlanta all submitted bids for hosting the ACC tournament between 2016-21. But that doesn’t mean New York can’t be back in play. White said the ACC has to consider the new and old assets in the league. Regardless, he said the (eventual 15-team) ACC tournament will be the best basketball in the country.
2. The Pac-12 is hoping that moving the conference tournament to Las Vegas’ MGM Grand will ensure a packed atmosphere instead of the fickle situation at Staples Center in the past. The Pac-12 has no excuses if it doesn’t happen at the MGM. The WCC has been able to sell out and rock the Orleans Arena and they're locked into the site for the next three years. If the WCC can produce a tremendous crowd -- even with fan bases dwarfed by the Pac-12 -- then surely the Pac-12 should be able to come through with a more than respectable showing later this week in Las Vegas.
3. Tim Cluess’ success at Iona should send a strong message to athletic directors across the country. Fit is always better than just name recognition. Cluess has now taken the Gaels to two-straight NCAA tournaments -- one as an at-large and another as an automatic qualifier. Cluess was plucked from relatively unknown C.W. Post before landing at Iona. Ray Harper must also get his due for what he has done at Western Kentucky. I was critical of firing Ken McDonald in January of 2012, more so for doing it at that time of the year. But Harper has been the answer, leading the Hilltoppers to the NCAA tournament now in two-straight seasons; winning the Sun Belt in consecutive years.