Around the Horn (April 02, 2018) Sportswriters around the country discuss sports issues

[CAPTIONING MADE POSSIBLE BY ESPN., INC.] CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY VISIT NCICAP.ORG >> IT’S “AROUND THE HORN.” HERE’S TONY REALLY HOW WE GOT HERE VILLANOVA CRY ATING THREES AND NOW THAT WE ARE HERE LOOK AT THE LINE VILLANOVA WAS A SEVEN-POINT FAVORITE MICHIGAN WON 14 STRAIGHT IS THAT A BIG FAVORITE IN YOUR EYE? >> THIS WAS WIRE-TO-WIRE ON THIS TEAM THEY PLAYED WELL WITH WHAT THEY HAVE AND SMALL BALL LINEUP AND GUYS WHO CAN SHOOT IT THEY LEAD THE COUNTRY IN OFFENSIVE EFFICIENCY AND THREE-POINTERS MADE AND OFFENSE AND LET’S NOT FORGET, THEY HAD ONE GAME IN THIS TOURNAMENT AGAINST TEXAS TECH WHERE THEY WERE SHOOTING THE LIGHTS OUT THEY CRANKED UP THE DEFENSE AND BOARDS AND TURN GUYS LIKE SPELLMAN TO DO OTHER THINGS IT IS A LEGITIMATE FAVORITE TONY: WHAT CAN THEY DO TO STOP VILLANOVA? >> I DON’T THINK SO TONY: NOT MUCH OF A CONVERSATION ISRAEL, JOIN US, PLEASE >> IF THEY PLAY THEIR NORMAL GAME, BUT IT IS THE NCAA AND ONE-GAME SCENARIO AND A LOT OF PRESSURE ON THE LINE IF YOU LOOK WHAT MICHIGAN HAS DONE, THEY HAVE BEEN PLAYING BETTER DEFENSE THAN THEIR OFFENSE HAS BEEN BAD SO THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO KEEP THEIR OPPONENTS DOWN AND KEEP THE GAME CLOSE THEY WON ON THE BUZZER BEATER AND I THINK THEY CAN DO IT WITH VILLANOVA THESE ARE THE IFS THAT ARE NECESSARY MICHIGAN’S THREE-POINT SHOOTING AS COMPARED THROUGHOUT THE REGULAR SEASON, THEY ARE DUE FOR A BIG THREE-POINT SHOOTING GAME WITH THE DEFENSE AND HIT ON THE ON THAT TONY: WOODY HAS GOT HIM TO 569 WOODY, IT’S ALL YOURS >> WE GOT RID OF THE CINDERELLAS OUT OF TIME BUT THE FAIRY TALE FINISH WITH “BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.” I THINK IT’S A WELL-DEFINED MACHINE ON OFFENSE BUT YOU HAVE THE BEAST ON THE OTHER SIDE IF YOU LOOK AT MICHIGAN AND WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO, WHAT THEY HAVE DONE EARLIER IS TO PROTECT THE THREE-POINT LINE KEEP PEOPLE OFF THE THREE-POINT LINE PUT HANDS IN FACES AT THE THREE-POINT LINE FORCE YOU INTO THE TWO-POINT PERIMETER AND WHEN PEOPLE ARE FORCED TO SHOOT TWO-POINT JUMPERS, THEY AVERAGED LESS THAN 40% A GAME WHETHER THEY MAKE VILLANOVA DOING SOMETHING, THEY ARE UNCOMFORTABLE GO INSIDE FOR SHORTER SHOTS THERE IS A REAL GOOD CHANCE THIS WILL BE A VERY CLOSE GAME I PICK VILLANOVA >> I COURAGEOUSLY THE NUMBER ONE SEED TO WIN THE TOURNAMENT BUT IT HAS TO BE ONE OF THE BEST COLLEGE OFFENSES I HAVE EVER SEEN THEY JUST DON’T HAVE A COUPLE OF GUYS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM CAN HIT THREES AND RANKED THIRD IN THREE-POINT ATTEMPTS AND 12TH IN THREE-POINT ATTEMPT RATES THEY ARE PICKING THEIR SPOTS THEY ARE GOING WITH GOOD STOPS TONY: EVERYTHING WENT SO RIGHT FOR THEM ON SATURDAY IT WOULD BE HARD TO REPEAT THAT PERFORMANCE ON MONDAY NIGHT >> I DON’T THINK IT WILL TURN THAT STELLAR PERFORMANCE AGAINST A TEAM THAT PLAYS DEFENSE VERY WELL THEY HAVE SO MANY OPTIONS I LIKE SPELLMAN TAKE YOU OUTSIDE AND BE INSIDE AND HANGING ON THE RIM IN THE NEXT SYSTEM [HORN BLOWS] >> IT CAN MAKE IT DIFFICULT BUT I LOVE VILLANOVA TAKING THE NBA-STYLE OF GYM YOU PUT THE BIG MEN OUT THERE TONY: LET’S GET A SCORE WHO CAN SCORE IT >> TAKE IT 75-66 >> 68-66 >> 71-70 >> 86-78 TONY: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE GREATEST FINISH I’M WAITING FOR YOU GUYS TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT COULD POSSIBLE APPLY BE BETTER THAN

THIS AND WHAT COULD BE BETTER THAN THIS WOODY GIVE US ANY TAKE AWAY FROM NOTRE DAME NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP, PLEASE >> IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED IN THE HISTORY OF WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TWO LAST SECOND SHOTS ONE PERSON HAS NEVER MADE GOING BACK TO WHEN I WAS COVERING THIS IN 1939, NOBODY COULD EVER HAVE BACK-TO-BACK IN THE SEMIFINALS AND FINALS NUMBER TWO, IF YOU WILL AND SHE DID IT TWICE AND UCONN THE BEST ONE EVER MISSISSIPPI STATE THEY CAN’T SAY IT HAPPENED TO US AGAIN AND IT HAPPENED >> THAT WAS THE GREATEST SHOT YOU WILL EVER HAVE AND UN-UPED HERSELF TWO NIGHTS LATER IT’S GREAT THAT THE REFEREE DIDN’T REALLY RUIN THE MOMENT THAT CALLED IT A FOUL BUT PUTTING 1/10 OF A SECOND BACK ON THE CLOCK I LOVED IT BEING A COMPELLING FINAL AND THE SAME PERSON HIT THE GAME WINNERS MAKES YOU WANT TO WATCH IN THE FUTURE UCONN ON THE WAY >> IT WAS A FANTASTIC FINAL FOUR FOR THE WOMEN DOUBLE O.T. GAME AND ANOTHER ONE AND TWO BUZZER BEATERS TO WIN 1994, NORTH CAROLINA WON THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON A LAST SECOND.7 SECONDS LEFT ON THE CLOCK, INBOUND THE PASS, LIKE A SKIP PASS TO CHARLA WHO DRAINED IT RIGHT AT THE BUZZER >> SECOND GAME WINNER WAS AMAZING SHE WAS HAVING A BAD SHOOTING NIGHT AND HAD THE CONFIDENCE TO TAKE THE SHOT SHE BAILED THEM OUT THIS TIME LAYUP OR SOMETHING, WE WOULD BE TALKING MORE ABOUT THE BLOWN CALL TONY: WAS MORGAN’S STYLE WITH FIVE SECONDS LEFT? >> ABSOLUTELY THAT’S NOT WHY THEY LOST THEY HAD THEIR SHOT TONY: EVERYTHING AFTER? >> EVERY PLAY IS INDIVIDUAL AND SURE >> YOU KNOW HOW MANY SITUATIONS WE HAVE HAD LIKE THIS? THIS ENDING WAS TOO GOOD — THE ENDING WAS TOO GOOD TO DICE ECT THIS REFEREE ON THIS ONE PARTICULAR CALL ONE CALL DOES NOT WIN OR LOSE A GAME TONY: I’M GOING TO REMEMBER THAT WHEN YOU LOSE A SHOWDOWN BY ONE >> MISSISSIPPI STATE DID SET THIS UP THEY BLEW A BUNNY DOWN THE END HAD THAT PLAY BUT AT THE END OF THE DAY, THERE HAD TO BE A FANTASTIC UNBELIEVABLE SHOT MADE AT THE END TO WIN IT [HORN BLOWS] TONY: WHY PUT .1 SECOND LEFT ON THE CLOCK? THEY HAD FOUR AL TEARS AMAZING THE ONLY THING THAT COULD SUPERSEDE THE WIN LET ME JUST ASK A QUESTION, HAVE YOU EVER EVER BEEN ASKED IN THE HISTORY OF THE SHOW? IF UCONN, FOURTH YEAR >> I THINK MY TAKE-AWAY WE NEED START ASKING THE QUESTION AND HAVE A DIFFERENT QUESTION ABOUT WOMEN’S BASKETBALL UCONN OVER? THE REST OF THE FIELD HAS CAUGHT UP TO THEM AND IT WASN’T A FLUKE THEY LOST THEY LOST BECAUSE OF TOO MANY TURNOVERS AND NOTRE DAME’S ZONE DEFENSE AND I THINK AFTER TWO YEARS, WE CAN EXPECT THAT LEVEL OF COMPETITION AT THE END OF TOURNAMENTS >> WELL, I THINK THE SITUATION HERE IS VERY CLEAR THAT EVERY OTHER TEAM IS SHOOTING FOR THEM ALL THE TIME IN REGARD TO WE

HAVE TO KNOCK OFF THE CHAMPION AND SAW WITH UCLA AND JAB AR AND BILL WALTON YEARS AND DAVID THOMPSON CAME TO KNOCK OFF THE MOUNTAIN THESE TEAMS ARE IMPROVING THEIR PROGRAMS IMPROVING THEIR COACHING STAFFS AND GETTING MORE COMFORTABLE WITH WATCHING AND PAIRING AGAINST UCONN AND THERE WAS A GAME THAT WAS 70 POINTS AND EVERYONE SAID THERE IS NTS COMPETITION FOR THEM >> WE COMPLAINED ABOUT IT DURING THE PROCESS COMPLAINED ABOUT WHILE THE OTHER TEAMS WERE ANSWERING AND IF YOU HAVE A LITTLE PATIENCE >> THE PROBLEM ISN’T AT THE FINAL FOUR THE PROBLEM IS BEFORE THAT WHEN YOU SEE UCONN AND OTHER TEAMS WHO ARE DROPPING THEIR COMPETITION BY 20, 30, 40, 50 POINTS IN REGULAR GAMES AND I THINK THAT’S WHERE THE PROBLEM IS WITH THE TALENT MORE REALLY GOOD HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYERS NEED TO GO TO A VARIETY OF PROGRAMS RATHER THAN JUST A FEW THAT THEY SEEM TO GO TO [HORN BLOWS] >> THEY HAVEN’T LOST, UCONN IN REGULATION SINCE 2013 THEY CAN STILL MAKE THE REGULAR SEASON POINTS >> THERE WAS A SMILE WHEN MORGAN WILLIAMS HIT THE SHOT IT WAS SO ABSURD THAT IS INCREDIBLE WE ARE GOING TO TONY: HE WAS 1-5 BUT NO ONE REMEMBERS HARPER OTANI TO START HIS CAREER [LAUGHTER] >> I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD GET A CUT >> HE WAS STRUGGLING DURING SPRING TRAINING GUYS, RELAX THERE IS A REASON WHY TEAMS ARE FIGHTING OVER THIS GUY HE CAN HAVE THE STUFF AND NEEDS A SECOND TO ADJUST TO BIG LEAGUE HITTING AND PITCHING WE DON’T TREAT EVERY START TONY: WOODY >> YOU GET A CUT, FIRST CUT EVERY TIME YOU’RE ON >> I LIKE HIM IN SPRING TRAINING AGAINST JUNIOR LEAGUERS HE STRUCK OUT NINE OF 12 GUYS HE IS WAY AHEAD IN PITCHING I DON’T KNOW HE WILL BE A GREAT HITTER, BUT HE WILL BE THE SECOND PERSON TO HAVE HIT HOME RUNS AND 10 VICTORIES ON THE MOUND >> IT IS FUNNY WHEN A GUY CHANGES CONTINENTS WE EXPECT HIM TO BE ON FIRE IN SPRING TRAINING I THINK IT IS A LOT OF PRESSURE ONE THING TO BE THE STRONG STARTING PITCHER THAT CAN HIT AND LABEL HIM THE NEXT BABE RUTH >> WE GET EXCITED ABOUT THESE GUYS REMEMBER DICEK AND THE GYRO BALL BASEBALL IS STILL AROUND AND DICE K., NOT REALLY >> THERE IS A SHIFT IN THE ORIOLES’ BUNT AND MINNESOTA COMPLAINING ABOUT THE BUNT UNWRITTEN RULES AND WOODY, IS THIS A BUY OR SELL?

>> WHEN I THINK ABOUT IT, IF YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A SHIFT WHEN YOU ARE AHEAD 7-0, AND HAS A RIGHT TO BUNT, I WANT TO SEE MORE PLAYERS, I DON’T CARE WHAT THE CIRCUMSTANCES >> THE SHIFT IS TOO NEW THERE AREN’T RULES WRITTEN ABOUT IT YET I DON’T THINK THAT IS SOMETHING WE SHOULD IMPLEMENT MINNESOTA HAS DEBATE LEADERSHIP OVER THERE TRYING TO WIN A GAME AND STOP BOWING AT THE END OF BASKETBALL GAMES? >> WE SAID THE EXACT SAME THING, WHY DON’T THEY BUNT TO THE OTHER SIDE THIS IS THE PRESCRIPTION TO BEING IN THE SHIFT SHOULD YOU SEE IT AGAIN LATER ON >> AND IT’S BAD FOR BASEBALL BECAUSE THE UNWRITTEN RULES WHICH ARE DUMB IS USUALLY ABOUT DECORUM THIS IS ABOUT COMPETITIVENESS AND IF I HAVE A BAD IDEA, I’M INFURIATED >> IT’S NOT THE OLD PLAYERS IT’S YOUNG GUYS THAT 21-YEAR-OLDS ARE SAYING OH, THIS IS THE WAY IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE PLAYED >> YOU’RE WELCOME, GALAXY >> IT GIVES YOU HOW YOU SAY — >> THIS IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF DEBUT YOU WANT AND THE TYPE OF DEBUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE 36 YEARS OLD AND NOT IN HIS PRIME ANYMORE >> THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED FROM DAVID BECKHAM AND HE COMES IN A HOUSEHOLD NAME IN SOCCER IN THIS COUNTRY NOBODY KNEW THE BEST PLAYER FROM SWEDEN AND GET A TASTE AND HOPEFULLY PEOPLE WILL TUNE IN TO WATCH >> NOT LIKE DAVID BECKHAM >> I HAVE A HISTORY OF MAKING IT ACTUALLY TRUE HE DID SCORE IN HIS FIRST GAME AND MENTALLY ENTERTAINING WHICH IS WHY HE IS SO DEBATE IT’S HIS PERSONALITY THE VIEWING IS JUST A BONUS >> I DON’T THINK PEOPLE KNOW THERE IS ANOTHER TEAM SO IT WAS GOOD — IF YOU WOULD TRAFFIC CLAWS [HORN BLOWS] >> YOU WANTED TO TELL EVERYONE THAT THIS WAS ELL TRAFFICO AND NOT ELCLASSICO >> GRANT HILL, HE IN THE HALL OF FAME AND GOING TO THE TELECAST >> WHEN YOU PUT GRANT HILL ON TWITTER, THE INTERNET >> YOU REMEMBER THE CRAZY REACTION? [HORN BLOWS ] TONY: LET’S HEAR ISRAEL’S REACTION THE ANTHONY BROW SHAVING APRIL FOOL’S PRANK >> SOMEONE WHO NEVER GETS COMMENTS ABOUT HIS EYEBROWS EVER, I DO UNDERSTAND WHERE THIS IS COMING FROM >> AND EVEN I KNEW THAT WAS A PRANK [HORN BLOWS] >> WASN’T WELL EXECUTED AT ALL TONY: VIDEO OF SPRING TRAINING IF YOU THINK IT’S TRUE, WHAT IS IT ACCOMPLISHING? >> LEADS ME TO BELIEVE DOESN’T KNOW THAT CHOP BLOCK IS LEGAL GET IT TONY: ARE YOU STILL DOING THE DOG IMPERSONATION HERE I DON’T THINK DEFENDERS COULD BEND THEIR HEADS

[HORN BLOWS] TONY: A SUBJECT WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT, FORMER UCLA COACH CALLING JOSH ROGUE AND A MILLENIAL HE SAYS HE NEEDS MORE INFORMATION OTHERWISE HE IS GOING TO BE BORED AND HE NEEDS TO KNOW WHY CAN YOU IMAGINE RAISING YOUR KIDS THAT WAY? NO NO JUST FOCUS ON FOOTBALL FOR THREE STRAIGHT YEARS AND MAYBE YOU WILL BE SUCCESSFUL OF WHAT YOU DO [HORN BLOWS]