The second half of a basketball game is no more important than the first half. No matter how it feels. However, the second half of a basketball game is certainly different than the first half. It is the outcome of halftime adjustments. It marks the separation between a team that loses energy and one whose focus rises as the game clock dwindles.

Are you among those who have been impressed with the United States men’s basketball team and its accomplishments in the 2012 Olympic Games in London?

Do you remember the dominance of the original “Dream Team,” the first U.S. Olympic men’s basketball contingent to feature current active National Basketball Association players, in 1992? It mowed down its eight opponents by an average of nearly 44 points per game on its way to the gold medal.

If you are reading this hot off the press, the Bucks open their 2012-13 regular season three months from tonight. They start on the road, for the 28th consecutive season. The Bradley Center buzzes one night later.

National Basketball Association teams have been working gold mines in Chapel Hill, N.C., and Lexington, Ky., with rewarding payoffs for more than a half-century.

Only one college basketball program – UCLA – has produced more NBA players than the University of North Carolina and the University of Kentucky.

Together, the Tar Heels and Wildcats have turned out 23 NBA All-Stars.

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