It’s NCAA tournament time and the Sixers that were fortunate enough to see their alma mater’s named called on Selection Sunday haven’t stopped bragging yet.
Jrue Holiday raved about his UCLA Bruins drawing a No. 6 seed in the South Region. The Bruins will play Minnesota in the second round of the tournament on Friday.
“We got in,” Holiday said. “That is all I really cared about. Evan (Turner) was talking about how his team (Ohio State) got the No. 2 seed and how he feels sorry for the first … team that draws them.”
Turner could be proud of his Buckeyes’ No. 2 seed, but Sixers teammate Jeremy Pargo has the upper hand with Gonzaga drawing the top seed in the same West Region.
You can bet that there might be a friendly wager between the two if their respective schools were to meet in the Elite Eight with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
The NCAA tournament connections don’t stop at the players for the Sixers.
Doug Collins’ son Chris Collins, the associate head coach at Duke, will get to spend the upcoming weekend with family. Duke is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region and will begin its tourney journey at the Wells Fargo Center against 15th-seeded Albany.
“They are going to be judged now on how they do in the tournament,” Doug Collins said of Duke. “That is what it is all about. I hope they can make a nice run.
“They have a great group of guys. Those seniors have made a huge commitment to their program. Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly. Seth is playing with a stress fracture in his leg and Ryan Kelly is coming back from a broken foot, so it would sure be nice for those guys to be rewarded coming down the stretch.”
Whenever the Blue Devils’ run comes to an end, don’t be surprised to hear about Chris Collins interviewing for the newly-vacant head coaching job at Northwestern. Former Princeton head coach Bill Carmody was fired after 13 season at the helm for the Wildcats.
Doug Collins would not comment on his son’s coaching future. However, Doug Collins does have confidence that Chris Collins will be an excellent head coach someday.
“Over the last couple years, Chris’ name has been floated out there a little more,” Doug Collins said. “The beauty of it is at Duke you are so used to dealing with so much stuff. Chris’ priority obviously is Duke and the NCAA tournament.
“Obviously, he is at a stage in his career where he is ready to be a head coach. Last year, there were a couple situations that opened up that he was interested in. He is ready to do that, so hopefully he will get a chance somewhere because I think he is going to be a terrific coach.”
Like father, like son.