It's Senior Night at Duke, at Indiana, and at Notre Dame.
So I'd like to take a moment and honor the seniors from the programs I have followed closely this season. Duke, Indiana, and Gonzaga are locks for the NCAA Tournament later this month, playing now for possible #1 seeds. Notre Dame is going to get in too. Butler is probably in the Dance, but a deep run in the A-10 tournament would cement an invitation.
Best wishes to seniors Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins (who took a red shirt year this season and who may return in 2013-14), Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee, and Todd Zefirovski.
Best wishes to the seniors who built the foundation with coach Tom Crean from a 10-21 record in 2009-10 to 25-4 so far this season and 13-3 to lead the Big 10, with 2 games to play (including tonight) plus the Big 10 tournament - Jordan Hulls, Christian Watford, and Derek Elston.
Best wishes to seniors Elias Harris, Guy Landry Edi, and Mike Hart. I hope Olynyk, a red shirt junior, comes back for his senior season. But if not, I also wish him the best.
Best wishes to seniors Garrick Sherman, Tom Knight, Joey Brooks, Mike Broghammer, and Jack Cooley. Special tip of the hat to graduate student Scott Martin, who has persevered through an injury plagued career.
Best wishes to seniors Rotnei Clark, Emerson Kampen, Andrew Smith, and Chase Stigall.
St Mary's celebrated its seniors on Saturday. Despite the recent conclusion of an NCAA investigation that resulted in probation for the program, best wishes to Paul McCoy, Mitchell Young, Matthew Dellavedova, Kyle Rowley, and Tim Williams.
To seniors around the country, enjoy your final moments and memories playing at home for your schools. Some of you will make athletics your profession. But as the NCAA says, most of you are going pro in something other than sports.