March Madness is all over the place, like Charles Barkley playing the piano and singing at the same time. Also, Oklahoma is creaming every team they play, making it to the elite 8. Besides Oklahoma, there are other teams making buzzer beaters, such as Paul Jesophern, who plays for Northern Iowa, making a 3 pointer half-court shot to beat Texas. Also, Notre Dame had a tip in win against SFA. Kris Jenkins/ Big Smooth splashed a 3 pointer to win the national championship against North Carolina. Big Smooth plays for Villanova.
March Madness by Henry
March Madness is when 66 teams from division 1, in NCAA men's basketball compete in a single elimination tournament.
There are 4 regions throughout the country that make up the tournament entries. The terms are in accordance to their regular season record and by their place in their conference tournament, which is held after the regular season.
March Madness is one of the most exciting USA events, and many small colleges participate, and often beat the big colleges.
Enjoy the exciting games!!
My Favorite Player -- “Pistol” Pete Maravich by Henry H.
Pete Maravich was born on June 22, 1947 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, which is in western Pennsylvania near Pittsburg. Two years after Pete was born, his father Peter “Press” Maravich made a deal to coach the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats basketball team, and this was his first year to coach a college NCAA basketball season. Then knowing better how to coach, “Press” had the opportunity to spend more time with his family. After the Bobcats, he coached for Davis And Elkins from 1950 - 1952, and then Aliquippa HS, and this is where things got interesting.
In 1960, “Pistol” started to find basketball interesting and sought his Dad for help. The first time they practiced together, they worked on dribbling, and the basic rules of the game. As the difficulty of the practice improved, so did his skills. Instead of doing hour practices, he was now doing 5 hour practices!!
About to enter high school, Pistol was eager to be successful in basketball tryouts, he and his father were about to have their second most active basketball summers.
In 1960, Pistol and Press did many drills together that improve ball handling, dribbling, shooting, and passing. Here are some of the drills they did, and you can do them too.
HOW TO PLAY LIKE THE PISTOL! To start off with -- ball handling drills: Squeeze the Banana, which you squeeze it out of your hands, and it improves finger strength Around the world, which you can pass back and forth with your head, waist, and legs. Tip: To improve a lot, you need to spin as fast and repeatedly as you can. How to not cheat with head: Go around the head, not over it. Going over your head does not improve anything.
Now, let's move on to dribbling skills: They worked on a drill and dribble move, called the stop and pop. For this drill, let's say you're on a fastbreak at full speed, and an opponent is about just about 1 foot behind you. If you see them almost get ready to steal the ball, you can amiddlety stop and dribble low, and then shoot for a wide open shot. SWISH!!! Here is another drill and dribble move, called behind- the-back switch directions. For the behind the back switch directions, you need to take 2 dribbles, perform a behind- the- back, switch hands after the behind-the-back, and then change directions.
The following are passes that are not drills, but real passes, but some have drills that go with it. Here is one pass, called the hook pass. Let's say there’s a man in front of you and there’s a teammate about a little more than a yard away, right on line with your defender. The drill to it is you pivot with your right foot and pivot with your left. Because, when you pass the ball, let's say to your right, you pivot with your left foot, and pass with your right hand only, with a bounce to the pass. Here is another pass that involves a drill to get better at it: Behind-the-back-bounce pass. How you do it, is you pass behind-the-back with a bounce, and when you pass, you pass with one hand. The drill is you have a wall or person and you run about 2 feet every time you pass the ball. The last pass I’ll mention is the between-the-leg pass. How you do it, is you pass between the legs with one hand and you must have a bounce with it. The drill is the same as behind-the-back-bounce pass, except it's between-the-legs.
Now, here are some shooting drills he did: To start off with, The Gun Barrel. It starts from your shoulder, all the way to the index finger, and you want to imagine that the index finger is wrapped around the rim of the basket. To add on to the gun barrel, you shoot with your arm, and your wrist helps. Now, here is the George Mikan drill, which helps with our next shot, the hook shot. So, this is how you do it: You lay the ball up with one hand, almost over your head. Also, when you lay the ball up, you do it very softly, but make sure you bank it. And how you do the hook shot, is you get somewhere diagonal, or right in front of the basket, and get one hand, and shoot it over your head.
So, that was some of the drills they did during that time.
PISTOL'S COLLEGE YEARS Pistol entering college chances were not very high, with his SAT scores low, and his parents lacked money. So, guess what he had to do? Practice basketball like never before and hope to get a scholarship.
So guess what he did? He practiced basketball longer than his average 5 hours, and did the same drills he did before high school. After Pete's practicing and hoping, he got a scholarship to go to the college, LSU Tigers, and play basketball there. Now “Pistol” had entered college, and here are his college basketball NCAA stats. “Pistols'” field goal percentage (FGP) was 43.8%, his assists per game (APG) was 5.1, his free throw percentage (FTP) was 77.5%, and his points per game (PPG) were 44.2. WOW!!! With averaging 44.2, PPG, he has held the all-time NCAA basketball points, since 1970. AMAZING!!!
PISTOL PETE GOES PRO In 1971, due to his amazing college basketball career -- “Pistol” Pete Maravich was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks. After his 4 year term with the Hawks, “Pistol” ran out of his contract, and signed for the New Orleans Jazz. The Jazz and New Orleans were so happy for his arrival. No one knew how good that “Pistol” would be, for this will be the best team he was on. Pistol had his highest averages ever on the Jazz, with an average of 43.6 shooting percentage, 5.9 APG, 1.5 SPG, 25.2 PPG, 4.3 RPG, and 83.6 free throw percentage. In his 1976 - 1977 year, Maravich averaged 31.1 PPG, winning the highest scoring award in the NBA. FOR REAL!!! After his 5 years with the New Orleans Jazz, and his ½ year with the Utah Jazz, Maravich was traded to the Boston Celtics. Pete did pretty okay if you say that it’s his last ½ year. He averaged 86.7 free throw percentage, 44.9 field goal percentage, 1.9 APG, .1 blocks per game (BPG), 1.8 RPG, .6 SPG, and 13.7 PPG. Ooohhh, I forgot something. Well, the NBA created three pointers in the 1979-1980 season, so guess what his was… it was 66.7! AWESOME!!! Also did you know that most NBA players shot in the mid 30’s for 3 pointers. COOL!!!
After “Pistol’s” 10 years playing in the NBA, he then had some health problems, making his career shorter. Who knows what he could have done.
To show how good “Pistol” did in his 10 year career, here are his stats. He averaged, 44.1 field goal percentage, 66.7 three point percentage, 82.0 free throw percentage, 4.2 RPG, 5.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, .3 BPG, and 24.2 PPG.
After Pete’s 40 years of life, Pete died of a surprise heart attack at a basketball pickup game. R.I.P “Pistol” Pete Maravich 1947-1988
Fun Fact about “Pistol” Pete: He has a tight relationship with his Dad.
Another Fun Fact about “Pistol”: He is in the college and the NBA Hall of Fame.
The last Fun Fact about Pete Maravich: The Utah Jazz retired the number 7 and so did the Pelicans. But, LSU retired the number 23.
“How many steps do you have?” That is a question that is frequently asked to those who have a Fitbit. The Fitbit company just came out with the Fitbit Alta. It comes in black, blue, plum and teal. They will release it in March. It can track your steps, distance, and calories. It can give you reminders to get moving!! It lasts 5 days on battery, has silent alarms, is water resistant and MUCH MORE! So for all of you Fitbit lovers, if any of you have a birthday or anything, you just may want to get one!!!!
Super Bowl 50 by Gwen
Super Bowl 50 is coming up! The Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos are playing this year. The Super Bowl will take place on February 7th. Tickets are on sale now, costing $7,000-$750,000! Coldplay will be performing for the halftime show.
Fun Facts: *Doritos is as old as the Super Bowl *Next year’s Super Bowl is taking place here in Houston!