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BOZICH | Monday Muse: Taking Buffett's NCAA challenge; Tired Tyler? 50 Shades of Grayson

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Warren Buffett, Grayson Allen and Tyler Ulis headline Rick Bozich's Monday Muse. Warren Buffett, Grayson Allen and Tyler Ulis headline Rick Bozich's Monday Muse.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I have to make the introduction quick today. I’m in a rush to get to Dairy Queen.

Not for a Blizzard. Sorry, Mr. Lamb, but I’m looking for a temporary, part-time job. You’re a sports fan. I hope you understand.

Anything for the Monday Muse – and a chance at $1 million.


This is the news I woke up to Monday morning. According to ESPN business reporter Darren Rovell, Warren Buffett, the world’s richest college basketball fan, appeared on CNBC and announced that he has expanded his NCAA Tournament bracket challenge.

Buffett teamed with Yahoo! In a pool two years ago for a bracket challenge contest that featured a $1 billion prize for anybody who picked every game correctly in the NCAA Tournament.

Haha. This is where you insert a wise-guy emoji.

Nobody made it out of the Sweet Sixteen.

The fun disappeared last year because of a legal dustup. But it appears that Buffett will be back with a 2016 contest that features two different rules:

*You’ll earn $1 million a year for life by picking a perfect bracket into the Sweet 16.

*You must work at one of Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway companies to participate.

Dairy Queen is the closest Berkshire Hathaway company to my house. I can be there for the noon shift. I regularly make my own ice cream cones and sundaes at Jason’s Deli.

For the record: Not one entry was perfect after the first full weekend of the tournament two years ago.


There was lots of chatter about fatigue and Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis after he shot 5 for 20 and missed all seven three-point shots Saturday at Vanderbilt.

John Calipari downplayed the possibility, insisting that Ulis had asked him not to back off in practice. That, for the record, is when true fatigue builds – in practice. Most coaches move to shorter sessions in late February and March.

Players and coaches argue that with all the lengthy TV breaks during college basketball games, players are capable of staying on the court for significant minutes.

One item I noticed about Ulis Saturday: He played with tape on both wrists.

That has not been the case all season. I looked at pictures from the Louisville game on Dec. 26. Nothing on his left wrist and an elastic sleeve on his right arm.

I also checked his minutes. According to the web site (subscription required) Ulis ranks tied for 20th nationally in minutes played per game at 36.8.

Two other prominent point guards – Cat Barber of North Carolina State (38.6) and Monte Morris of Iowa State (38.0) are playing more.

I agree with Calipari. Ulis will be fine – if his wrists are OK.


It’s that time of the year when Job Hopping becomes the daily rage.

Here are the some of the best stories in the coaching grapevine:

Bruce Pearl from Auburn to Memphis to replace Josh Pastner; Gregg Marshall from Wichita State to Oklahoma State to replace Travis Ford; and Dale Brown from retirement to replace Johnny Jones at Louisiana State. (I’m kidding about the last one, but, hey, at least Dale made it to a pair of Final Fours. Jones is about to coach the first pick in the NBA Draft to the NIT.)

What about the job that is confirmed open at UNLV, the one that Rick Pitino’s name was tied to last month?

I’ll let the guys at TodaysU handle it. They’ve still got Pitino at the top of their list. Of course, William Rhoden has a column in the New York Times today advocating another top candidate -- former UNLV star Stacey Augmon, who wants the job.


If you’ve read my work through the years, you know I’m not a Duke or Mike Krzyzewski basher. In fact, I’ve never understood the universal urge to hoot at the remarkable program Coach K has built in Durham.

But this Grayson Allen junk is just silly. And unnecessary.

His intentional trip of Raymond Spalding in the Louisville game should have led to a suspension with teeth. Anybody who remembers the Minnesota-Ohio State brawl from the early Seventies understands that you’d better stop the unsportsmanlike silliness before something truly ugly happens. Google Luke Witte and Ron Behagen for details.

Allen’s stunt at the end of the Florida State game should have sent him to the sidelines for several games. To let him continue to play after a reprimand is to let him laugh at the rules.

It was a nice gesture for Coach K to call FSU coach Leonard Hamilton to apologize. But shouldn’t Allen have made that call?


Indiana earned at least a share of its second Big Ten regular season title in four seasons after Maryland (Purdue) and Iowa (Ohio State) lost over the weekend. At 13-3 in the league, the Hoosiers finish with games against those two teams – at Iowa Tuesday and in Assembly Hall against the Terps Sunday.

The Media Behavior Police set off five-alarm complaints three seasons ago when the Hoosiers celebrated earning a share of the Big Ten title following a Senior Night loss against Ohio State by cutting down the nets after a loss. Some guys recommended federal indictments for Tom Crean. Or maybe it was the Electric Chair.

Whatever it was, Brad Stevens would have done it better.

IU eventually won the title outright at Michigan several days later.

This share of the title remains just as tricky. Although IU is assured a piece of first place, the Hoosiers are not yet assured a double-bye in the Big Ten Tournament because they could lose all four tiebreakers in a possible five-way tie atop the league.

These are the eight things that would have to happen for a five-way tie that would eliminate Indiana’s bye. None of them are outlandish.

Iowa beats Indiana Tuesday; Michigan State beats Rutgers and Wisconsin beats Minnesota Wednesday; Maryland beats Illinois Thursday; Michigan State beats Ohio State, Iowa beats Michigan Saturday and Wisconsin beats Purdue Saturday; Maryland beats Indiana Sunday.

Put the scissors away.


Strange story out of New Mexico – Cecilee Moses and Rick Schimmel, the parents of former University of Louisville basketball stars Shoni and Jude Schimmel, were removed as the coaches of a boys’ team at the Sante Fe Indian School after an incident that occurred at halftime of a game.

According to this Associated Press story, Rick Schimmel told the police that the athletic director of the opposing team made a comment about his team not being on “the damn reservation,” when it was reportedly slow to leave the court at halftime. That led to a larger confrontation.

Schimmel and Moses were removed as coaches on Feb. 17. Police continue to investigate.


Skal Labissiere can’t stay on the floor when it matters for this Kentucky basketball team but the guys who put together these mock drafts for the 2016 NBA Draft do not care.

They keep rating Labissiere a first-round pick, with several still including Skal in the lottery.

Here is the latest projection by Sam Vecenie of He features three local players in the first round – all from Kentucky.

Vecenie has guard Jamal Murray taken fifth by Minnesota; Labissiere 14th by Detroit and Tyler Ulis 22nd by Memphis. Labissiere to the Pistons? Sorry, but his game does not remind me of Bill Laimbeer or Ben Wallace.

A guy averaging 6 points and less than 3 boards per game is a lottery pick? I wouldn't take him in the first 14 picks in the SEC


If you’re a long-time fan of women’s basketball, you remember Nancy Lieberman. She was the Pete Maravich of the women’s game, throwing stylish passes around the court while leading Old Dominion to national titles in 1978 and 1980.

Now Lieberman has a son playing the college game – and he’s a talented player. T.J. Cline plays for Richmond, where he is averaging 17 points and 4 assists for the Spiders.

The assists are worth nothing because according to this story, the only  frontcourt player in the nation averaging more assists is Ben Simmons of Louisiana State. Cline is 6 feet 9, and Ken Pomeroy ranks him as the Spiders’ top player.


When the White Sox signed former Cincinnati starting pitcher Mat Latos to a one-year, $3 million contract several weeks ago, I thought he was a reasonable option for a fifth starter.

The baseball world looked at his contract and screamed that the White Sox got a bargain, the baseball equivalent of shopping at The Dollar Store.

But the world of $3 million bargains did not last forever.

The price of a bargain has jumped to $8 million. That is how much the Texas Rangers will give shortstop/outfielder Ian Desmond, who could not land a multi-year contract anywhere after leaving the Washington Nationals as a free agent.

Former Reds’ general manager Jim Bowden led the charge to praise the move by the Rangers, calling it a “great” move by GM Jon Daniels.

Next question: Who will be the first $15 million bargain?


Has Kentucky earned a geographical break in the NCAA Tournament South Regional, which will be played in Louisville next month?

Yes 29 percent

No 71 percent.

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