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Irish Links: MARCH MADNESS IS BEGINNING

Today’s stories include some conference tournament talk, an NFL combine chat, and the latest on what Lavar Ball is saying

NCAA Basketball: ACC Conference Tournament-Georgia Tech vs Pittsburgh Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

Here are some links.

MARCH MADNESS IS ALMOST HERE!

Michael Jordan is saying weird things about the ceiling

At halftime of the UNC-Duke basketball game on Saturday, Michael Jordan announced that the UNC football team will be wearing Jordan brand uniforms, and then went on to declare that for the football team, “the ceiling is the roof.”

Jordan was ridiculed mercilessly on social media for this...

...but some have already made it clear that his statement was indeed correct.

The ceiling is the roof, y’all. People forget that.

It’s Time for Conference Tournaments

Every conference in college basketball is in the midst of conference tourneys, and so The Ringer’s Mark Titus gave us a few storylines to watch. Titus also makes a point in the beginning of his article about how conference tournaments are money-grabs that don’t make sense logically in terms of deciding conference champions that get automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.

SB Nation’s Alex Kirshner agrees, using the example of Monmouth, who dominated its conference in the regular season but was forced to play a road game in the semifinals and fell to Siena, likely ending its NCAA Tournament hopes.

Monmouth v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

This Week’s Edition of “What Did Lonzo Ball’s Dad Say Now?”

On this week’s episode, Charles Barkley called out Lavar Ball for making foolishly confident statements about his freshman-in-college son, and so Ball fired back less than 24 hours later saying that Barkley could have won a championship if he thought more like him.

“If Charles thought like me, maybe he’d win a championship,” Ball said. “He says sometimes when stuff comes out of people’s mouths, it’s just stupid. Guess what? You talking, too. Everybody has an opinion on how things work. ... I know what my boy’s about. I know what work he put it in. It’s not a 1-on-1 sport, but if it is 1-on-1, I’m going to take the taller, faster, stronger guy.”

I simultaneously love and can’t stand this guy so much. I can’t take it.

NCAA Basketball: Washington State at UCLA Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Other Cool Basketball Links

NFL Combine Stuff

With the NFL Combine taking place last week/weekend, everyone is abuzz with talk of John Ross running the fastest official 40-yard dash in the event’s history, Myles Garrett tearing the place apart, and which players improved or hurt their draft stock.

NCAA Football: Southwest Classic-Arkansas vs Texas A&M Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

In the above article, from Bleacher Report’s Chris Simms (yes, THAT Chris Simms), he outlines that Garrett is the definite number-one pick, DeShone Kizer did not impress, this running back draft class is ridiculous, and a few other points.

His assessment of Kizer is the opposite of Matt Miller, who currently projects him to be drafted 25th overall by the Houston Texans. Can you imagine a reunion of that Kizer-to-Fuller deep ball???

Other interesting stories of note from the NFL Combine include Joe Mixon and Chad Kelly being banned from it (and how that wasn’t really a punishment), and Reuben Foster being sent home for freaking out at the hospital.

Other College Football News

NCAA Football: Fiesta Bowl-Ohio State vs Clemson Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
NCAA Football: Arizona State at Oregon Cole Elsasser-USA TODAY Sports

Okay that’s all I’ve got for ya...

BYE