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March 22, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–Round Three Sunday

Welcome back to the See BS Studio.  I’m  Bernie Johnson along with my colleagues Charles Ruffley, Clark Post, and Kenny Jones, and we’re ready to bring you the final eight games of the Round of 32.  By the end of the day, the Sweet 16 will be set.

Let’s go out to the Midwest Region, where the number one-seed UCLA Bruins of 1968 will battle the eight-seed 1962 Cincinnati Bearcats.  It should be a great matchup inside between two great centers.  So, take it away Brad Messler, Steve Blabbin, and Evan Dryburn.

 

MIDWEST REGION

 

Balanced Bruin Offense With 5 In Double Figures–UCLA Runs Away From Bearcats

 

1 UCLA 1968

75

8 Cincinnati 1962

59

After a close first half, in which the Bearcats never trailed by more than five points, UCLA pulled away with a 14-3 run in the second half and stayed 12 points or more ahead the rest of the way.

Two free throws by Tom Thacker and a three-pointer by Tony Yates gave Cincinnati their only lead of the day at 27-26 late in the first half, but UCLA countered with a three-pointer by Lynn Shackleford and an offensive putback by Kareem Abdul Jabbar to give the Bruins the lead for good.

 

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

C

6

11

0

0

4

6

4

8

12

2

0

4

3

2

16

Mike Lynn

F

4

7

0

0

2

2

2

7

9

1

1

0

0

3

10

Lynn Shackleford

F

6

13

2

4

3

4

1

4

5

3

2

0

1

1

17

Lucius Allen

G

5

12

1

3

2

4

0

2

2

2

4

0

5

3

13

Mike Warren

G

4

10

2

5

4

5

0

1

1

6

3

0

3

2

14

Jim Nielsen

0

1

0

0

1

2

2

3

5

0

0

1

1

3

1

Kenny Heitz

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

2

0

2

1

2

Bill Sweek

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

2

2

Team

3

Totals

27

57

5

13

16

23

9

28

40

15

12

5

16

17

75

 

 

 

Cincinnati

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Paul Hogue

C

3

7

0

0

1

2

1

8

9

2

0

1

3

4

7

George Wilson

F

1

4

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

1

0

0

1

4

2

Ron Bonham

F

5

14

0

0

3

5

2

3

5

4

1

0

3

2

13

Tom Thacker

G

4

12

2

8

4

5

1

4

5

2

3

0

5

3

14

Tony Yates

G

5

10

3

6

3

4

0

1

1

3

1

0

6

3

16

Tom Sizer

2

6

2

6

1

2

1

3

4

0

1

0

2

5

7

Team

3

Totals

20

53

7

20

12

18

6

23

32

12

6

1

20

21

59

Player of the Game

Mike Warren

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

34

41

75

Cincinnati

31

28

59

 

 

Blue Devils Come From Behind With Big Finish To Knock Off Rival Tar Heels

 

4 Duke 2015

76

5 North Carolina 2017

66

 

After a close first half, North Carolina pulled ahead by 11 points at 49-38 after Joel Berry and Luke May hit back to back three pointers, and then a steal by May that led to a basket by Justin Jackson, gave the Tar Heels their biggest lead.  Duke then began mounting a steady comeback, cutting the lead to eight at 52-44, to five at 56-51, and finally down to just two points at 62-60.  After the teams traded one made foul shot to make it 63-61 Carolina, Matt Jones tied the game at 63-63, and then Tyus Jones drove into the lane to hit a basket and draw a foul on Theo Pinson.  After Jones made the foul shot, Duke led 66-63.  The Tar Heels could manage just one three-point basket, while they sent the Blue Devils to the foul line.  Duke hit 7 of 8 at the charity stripe to salt the game away.

 

Boxscore

Duke

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jahlil Okafor

C

6

12

0

0

0

1

2

5

7

1

0

0

1

4

12

Justise Winslow

F

4

11

1

5

2

3

1

4

5

2

2

2

1

3

11

Quinn Cook

F

4

10

1

4

0

0

1

6

7

3

0

0

3

1

9

Matt Jones

G

6

9

4

6

0

0

1

3

4

2

1

0

2

2

16

Tyus Jones

G

1

3

0

0

8

10

0

2

2

1

3

0

2

3

10

Grayson Allen

2

5

1

3

3

4

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

8

Amile Jefferson

2

4

0

0

2

2

1

2

3

3

1

2

0

2

6

Marshall Plumlee

2

5

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

0

0

0

1

2

4

Team

2

Totals

27

59

7

18

15

20

8

24

34

13

8

4

11

18

76

 

 

 

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kennedy Meeks

C

1

3

0

0

3

4

1

6

7

2

1

2

4

2

5

Isaiah Hicks

F

2

5

0

0

1

2

3

6

9

1

0

2

2

1

5

Justin Jackson

F

6

15

2

7

3

5

2

4

6

3

0

0

1

2

17

Theo Pinson

G

1

3

0

1

2

2

1

1

2

4

1

0

3

5

4

Joel Berry

G

6

14

3

8

3

4

1

5

6

2

2

0

6

2

18

Tony Bradley

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

Nate Britt

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

2

0

Luke May

5

9

2

4

3

3

0

2

2

1

1

0

1

2

15

Seventh Woods

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

3

Totals

22

53

7

21

15

20

9

25

37

13

5

4

18

18

66

Player of the Game

Matt Jones

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Duke

34

42

76

N. Carolina

36

30

66

 

 

Indiana Solves The Arkansas Press And Dominates On The Glass

 

Indiana looked to be vulnerable in the first half as Arkansas forced nine turnovers with their full court press, and the Razorbacks led by as much as 10 points.  In the second half, The Hoosiers did not turn the ball over in the backcourt one time and committed just five frontcourt turnovers.  Meanwhile, Indiana outrebounded Arkansas in the second half 24-9 to win going away.  Scott May scored 19 of his game high 28 points in the final half.

 

3 Indiana 1976

82

6 Arkansas 1994

71

 

Boxscore

Indiana

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kent Benson

C

9

14

0

0

2

4

4

5

9

2

0

2

2

3

20

Scott May

F

9

16

3

5

7

8

2

6

8

5

1

0

3

1

28

Tom Abernathy

F

4

8

3

6

3

4

1

4

5

1

0

1

1

3

14

Bobby Wilkerson

G

2

6

0

2

1

2

2

7

9

3

3

2

4

4

5

Quinn Buckner

G

2

5

0

1

2

4

1

4

5

4

2

0

2

2

6

Wayne Radford

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

1

3

2

Jim Wisman

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

Rich Valavicius

2

3

1

1

2

3

0

1

1

1

0

1

1

1

7

Team

4

Totals

29

56

7

16

17

25

10

30

44

19

6

6

14

18

82

 

 

 

Arkansas

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Dwight Stewart

C

1

4

0

2

1

2

2

2

4

2

0

0

1

5

3

Corliss Williamson

F

5

9

0

0

1

2

1

5

6

3

1

0

0

3

11

Ken Biley

F

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

Scotty Thurman

G

6

15

4

11

5

6

2

1

3

2

1

0

3

5

21

Corey Beck

G

2

6

0

1

0

0

0

2

2

4

3

0

2

2

4

Darnell Robinson

4

9

0

0

0

2

2

3

5

0

0

0

1

2

8

Clint McDaniel

2

7

1

4

3

4

0

3

3

0

0

0

1

3

8

Lee Wilson

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

Divar Rimac

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Alex Dillard

3

6

3

6

3

4

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

2

12

Ray Biggers

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

4

Totals

25

61

8

24

13

20

7

19

30

13

6

0

9

24

71

Player of the Game

Scott May

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Indiana

37

45

82

Arkansas

42

29

71

 

 

15-seeded Cougars Advance To Sweet 16 In Exciting Game

 

15 Houston 1968

108

10 UCLA 1975

101

In what turned out to be the most exciting game of the day, Houston and UCLA staged one of the finest offensive performances in Simulated NCAA Tournament History by combining for 209 points.

The pace of the game was fast from the onset, as the teams were tied 25-25 just eight minutes into the game.  Elvin Hayes was virtually unstoppable all day, and a 12-point scoring burst in the final six minutes of the opening half gave the Cougars a six-point halftime lead.

The teams traded the lead for most of the second half with UCLA’s last lead coming at the six minute mark at 87-86.  Houston enjoyed a quick 10-3 run to make it 96-90, and the Bruins could not overcome the run.

 

Boxscore

Houston

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Elvin Hayes

C

15

25

0

0

9

13

8

14

22

2

0

5

4

3

39

Ken Spain

F

7

15

0

0

4

7

2

10

12

1

2

2

2

3

18

Theodis Lee

F

4

9

1

3

4

6

1

5

6

3

1

1

1

5

13

Don Chaney

G

7

13

4

8

5

6

1

4

5

7

3

0

3

4

23

George Reynolds

G

4

12

2

6

2

3

0

1

1

5

1

0

5

4

12

Tom Gribben

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

2

3

0

Larry Cooper

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

1

0

1

2

0

Carlos Bell

1

3

0

0

1

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

3

Vern Lewis

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

1

0

Team

3

Totals

38

77

7

17

25

37

13

38

54

20

8

8

19

28

108

 

 

 

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Richard Washington

C

5

11

0

0

3

4

3

6

9

0

0

1

2

5

13

Dave Meyers

F

8

14

0

0

7

10

3

8

11

1

0

1

1

4

23

Marques Johnson

F

10

22

2

6

4

6

2

7

9

3

2

1

4

3

26

Pete Trgovich

G

7

15

3

8

3

4

0

4

4

4

3

0

2

4

20

Andre McCarter

G

1

6

1

4

2

3

0

1

1

6

1

0

5

5

5

Ralph Drollinger

3

7

0

0

1

2

2

3

5

1

0

2

1

3

7

Raymond Townsend

2

5

2

4

1

2

0

1

1

3

1

0

1

5

7

Jim Spillane

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

Wilbert Olinde

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Team

5

Totals

36

80

8

22

21

31

10

30

45

18

7

5

16

35

101

Player of the Game

Elvin Hayes

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Houston

61

47

108

UCLA

55

46

101

 

 

WEST REGION

 

Overall Top Seed Romps Again

 

1 UCLA 1972

94

8 Connecticut 2004

61

 

The top seed in the tournament looked infallible for most of the game, as the Bruins began the game with a 16-1 lead before the Huskies could hit their first basket.  UCLA began to empty the bench in the first half once the lead swelled past 30 points, which allowed UConn to make its only run of the day cutting a 42-12 lead to 44-19 at the half.

After a 20-10 run to start the second half, the Bruins led by 35 points, when they started to remove the starters.  Until Emeka Okafor hit an old-fasioned three-pointer on the final possession, UCLA backup center Swen Nater had matched him point for point.  Nater played just 12 minutes to Okafor’s 33.

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Bill Walton

C

7

11

0

0

3

5

5

9

14

4

2

4

2

3

17

Jamaal Wilkes

F

6

9

2

3

4

4

1

6

7

1

1

1

1

3

18

Larry Farmer

F

5

7

2

3

1

2

2

5

7

1

3

1

1

2

13

Greg Lee

G

3

7

1

3

3

4

0

3

3

2

1

0

3

3

10

Henry Bibby

G

3

8

2

5

5

6

0

2

2

5

2

0

2

2

13

Tommy Curtis

2

5

1

3

1

2

0

1

1

3

1

0

2

1

6

Larry Hollyfield

2

6

1

3

0

0

1

1

2

1

1

0

1

2

5

Swen Nater

3

5

0

0

2

3

2

3

5

0

0

1

0

2

8

Vince Carson

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

Andy Hill

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Jon Chapman

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gary Franklin

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

Team

3

Totals

33

64

9

21

19

26

11

32

46

18

11

7

13

21

94

 

 

 

Connecticut

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Emeka Okafor

C

4

8

0

0

3

6

2

7

9

1

0

2

1

4

11

Josh Boone

F

3

7

0

0

0

2

2

4

6

0

1

0

3

2

6

Rashad Anderson

F

4

11

3

9

3

4

1

5

6

2

2

0

2

4

14

Ben Gordon

G

5

16

3

12

4

4

0

2

2

3

1

0

5

3

17

Taliek Brown

G

3

8

0

0

2

5

0

2

2

3

1

0

3

4

8

Denham Brown

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

Hilton Armstrong

1

2

0

0

1

2

1

2

3

1

0

0

3

3

3

Charlie Villanueva

1

4

0

1

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

Shamon Tooles

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

2

Totals

21

57

6

22

13

23

7

24

33

10

5

2

18

24

61

Player of the Game

Bill Walton

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

44

50

94

UConn

19

42

61

 

 

Smaller, Quicker Miners Steal Way To Victory

 

12 Texas Western 1966

71

13 Louisville 1986

59

Louisville, a team known for an excellent full court press through the years, fell victim to the man to man press by Texas Western.  The Miners stole the ball 16 times in the game, while forcing 25 Cardinal Turnovers.

After an early 8-5 Louisville lead, back to back steals by Bobby Joe Hill led to a basket and two foul shots to give the Miners their first lead at 9-8.

Later in the half, after Louisville recovered to take a 24-22 lead, steals by Willie Worsley and Orsten Artis led to easy baskets to put TW up 26-24.  A missed three-point attempt by Milt Wagner, led to a fast break basket for the Miners when Harry Flournoy grabbed the rebound and found Artis, who then passed to Willie Cager for the layup.  Up 28-24, The Miners led the rest of the way.

Louisville cut the lead from eight to three with eight minutes to play, but a 8-0 run put the game away.

 

Boxscore

Texas Western

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Nevil Shed

C

3

6

0

0

2

3

4

4

8

0

0

1

1

2

8

David Lattin

F

4

11

0

0

2

3

2

3

5

2

2

0

3

2

10

Harry Flournoy

F

4

10

0

0

3

5

4

9

13

1

0

2

2

1

11

Orsten Artis

G

3

9

2

5

3

4

0

2

2

4

4

0

4

3

11

Bobby Joe Hill

G

4

11

2

6

3

4

0

1

1

3

4

0

3

2

13

Willie Cager

4

7

2

3

4

5

2

3

5

2

3

1

2

2

14

Willie Worsley

1

4

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

2

3

0

2

1

4

Team

3

Totals

23

58

7

16

18

26

12

22

37

14

16

4

17

13

71

 

 

 

Louisville

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Pervis Ellison

C

6

13

0

0

2

4

2

4

6

0

0

2

4

4

14

Billy Thompson

F

5

11

0

0

0

0

1

5

6

3

1

0

2

2

10

Herbert Crook

F

3

8

0

2

2

3

1

3

4

1

1

1

5

5

8

Jeff Hall

G

3

6

2

4

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

3

3

8

Milt Wagner

G

3

7

1

3

4

5

0

2

2

4

2

0

5

2

11

Tony Kimbro

2

4

1

2

1

2

1

2

3

2

1

0

3

4

6

Kevin Walls

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

8

8

0

0

0

1

1

0

Mark McSwain

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

2

2

2

Team

2

Totals

23

51

4

11

9

14

6

27

35

12

5

3

25

23

59

Player of the Game

Harry Flournoy

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Texas Western

33

38

71

Louisville

26

33

59

 

 

Siegfried’s Three Sinks Marquette

 

3 Ohio St. 1960

72

11 Marquette 1977

70

 

Larry Siegfried connected on a three-point shot in Ohio State’s final possession to give the Buckeyes their only lead in the second half, and then a last-gasp shot by Bernard Toone missed and was rebounded by Joe Roberts to send Ohio State to the Sweet 16.

Marquette was able to slow the pace down, using up 24 to 28 seconds on the shot clock per possession and limiting Ohio State’s offensive rebounding strength.  With Bo Ellis scoring 11 of his 13 points in the first half, the Warriors led by a bucket at the break.

Butch Lee kept Marquette’s offense moving in the second half, as the Warriors kept the lead between four and seven points until the three minute mark.

After a 6-6 foul shooting mark in the first half, Marquette players missed several crucial foul shots down the stretch, as the Warriors could only hit 7 of 12 free tosses.  Ohio State rebounded the ball on all the missed foul shots, and they scored on five consecutive possessions to cut a 68-61 lead to 70-69.  After a Jim Boylan turnover, Ohio State tried to get the ball inside to Jerry Lucas or in the mid post to John Havlicek, but Marquette’s zone defense plugged the middle, forcing Siegfried to take the three-pointer as the shot clock expired.

 

Boxscore

Ohio St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jerry Lucas

C

9

14

0

1

2

2

3

7

10

2

0

1

2

3

20

Joe Roberts

F

3

9

0

0

0

0

2

5

7

1

0

0

1

4

6

John Havlicek

F

6

12

2

4

4

5

2

6

8

3

2

0

1

2

18

Larry Siegfried

G

5

11

3

6

5

8

1

4

5

4

1

0

3

2

18

Mel Nowell

G

2

6

1

3

3

4

0

1

1

3

1

0

5

3

8

Dick Furry

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

0

2

2

2

Team

3

Totals

26

55

6

14

14

19

9

25

37

14

4

1

14

16

72

 

 

 

Marquette

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jerome Whitehead

C

5

12

0

0

1

2

3

4

7

1

0

1

2

4

11

Bo Ellis

F

5

11

0

0

3

5

1

8

9

2

2

2

1

3

13

Bill Neary

F

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

Butch Lee

G

6

13

4

10

5

6

0

1

1

2

1

0

4

3

21

Jim Boylan

G

2

6

1

3

2

2

0

2

2

5

2

0

2

2

7

Bernard Toone

4

7

0

0

2

3

2

5

7

0

0

0

2

2

10

Gary Rosenberger

2

3

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

6

Team

2

Totals

25

55

7

16

13

18

6

22

30

11

5

3

12

17

70

Player of the Game

Larry Siegfried

 

 

Tar Heels Win Overtime Thriller

 

10 North Carolina 1982

86

OT

2 Kansas 2008

78

 

Darnell Jackson missed the front end of a 1 and 1 foul opportunity, and James Worthy’s field goal tied the game up at in the final seconds of regulation to force overtime.  In overtime, the Carolina Trio of Worthy, Sam Perkins, and Michael Jordan took the game over to give the Tar Heels a ticket to the Sweet 16.

Reserve forward Chris Brust came off the bench and hit two crucial baskets when Kansas had begun to stretch the lead.  Brust’s two baskets sandwiched one by Matt Doherty in a 6-1 Tar Heel mini-run that cut the KU lead to two points.  Moments later, Perkins fouled Jackson, and Jackson missed the foul shot that allowed Carolina force overtime.

Boxscore

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Sam Perkins

C

8

15

0

0

4

6

3

6

9

0

0

2

2

3

20

James Worthy

F

8

13

0

0

7

8

3

8

11

2

0

2

2

2

23

Matt Doherty

F

2

5

2

4

2

2

0

2

2

1

1

0

1

3

8

Michael Jordan

G

4

9

2

5

8

9

2

5

7

4

1

1

1

2

18

Jimmy Black

G

1

4

1

4

2

3

0

2

2

5

2

0

3

3

5

Jim Braddock

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

2

0

Chris Brust

2

3

0

0

2

4

1

3

4

0

0

0

2

3

6

Buzz Peterson

1

2

1

2

3

4

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

2

6

Team

3

Totals

26

51

6

15

28

36

9

28

40

15

5

5

13

20

86

Kansas

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Darnell Jackson

C

8

14

0

0

3

5

3

4

7

2

0

1

2

4

19

Darrell Arthur

F

5

7

0

0

2

3

1

6

7

1

0

0

1

4

12

Brandon Rush

F

1

4

1

4

2

2

3

3

6

3

1

0

3

5

5

Russell Robinson

G

5

12

3

8

3

4

0

2

2

4

2

0

2

3

16

Mario Chalmers

G

5

15

3

11

5

6

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

4

18

Sherron Collins

2

6

1

4

1

2

1

4

5

1

0

0

1

5

6

Sasha Kaun

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

4

2

Rodrick Stewart

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Cole Aldrich

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Team

2

Totals

27

61

8

27

16

22

8

21

31

13

4

1

10

33

78

Player of the Game

James Worthy

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

OT

Final

North Carolina

33

37

16

86

Kansas

36

34

8

78

 

The Sweet 16

 

East Region–Thursday

 

1974 North Carolina St. vs. 1978 Kentucky

2019 Virginia vs. 1987 Indiana

South Region–Thursday

 

1970 UCLA vs. 1964 UCLA

2018 Villanova vs. 1992 Duke

 

Midwest Region–Friday

 

1968 UCLA vs. 2015 Duke

1976 Indiana vs. 1968 Houston

 

West Region–Friday

 

1972 UCLA vs. 1966 Texas Western

1960 Ohio St. vs. 1982 North Carolina

 

 

 

 

 

March 20, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–March 20 Edition

Welcome to the second day of Second Round action in the NCAA Tournament between the best teams of the last 60 years.

After yesterday’s Second Round action from the East and South Regions, we are down to 48 teams, and today, the Midwest and West Regions are featured.

Our See BS Network has all the games for you here today.  16 games were played in these two regions, and the results are in.  Without further adieu, let’s get out to the Midwest Region for the first game.

 

MIDWEST REGION

 

Jabbar Too Much For Friars

 

1 UCLA 1968

91

16 Providence 1973

70

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

C

11

16

0

0

5

8

6

13

19

0

0

5

3

2

27

Mike Lynn

F

4

7

0

0

2

3

4

9

13

1

0

1

2

1

10

Lynn Shackleford

F

4

11

2

6

1

1

2

6

8

1

0

0

3

0

11

Lucius Allen

G

6

14

1

4

2

3

0

1

1

4

2

0

4

1

15

Mike Warren

G

5

12

3

9

3

4

0

2

2

7

3

0

3

1

16

Jim Nielsen

2

3

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

0

0

3

2

4

Kenny Heitz

1

3

1

3

2

2

0

1

1

2

2

0

2

2

5

Bill Sweek

1

3

1

3

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

0

1

1

3

Gene Sutherland

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

Neville Saner

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

Team

3

Totals

34

69

8

25

15

21

15

40

58

16

7

6

23

11

91

 

 

 

Providence

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Marvin Barnes

C

5

13

0

0

2

3

1

7

8

0

0

1

3

4

12

Frank Costello

F

2

4

0

0

0

0

1

5

6

0

0

0

0

1

4

Nehru King

F

3

8

0

1

0

0

0

4

4

1

0

0

1

3

6

Kevin Stacom

G

6

17

4

14

2

2

1

3

4

3

1

0

3

2

18

Ernie DiGregorio

G

8

22

6

18

3

4

0

1

1

4

2

0

6

3

25

Chuck Crawford

2

5

0

0

1

2

0

2

2

0

1

0

2

2

5

Al Baker

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

1

2

0

Rich Dunphy

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mark McAndrew

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Gary Bello

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Dave Modest

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

3

Totals

26

70

10

33

8

11

4

22

29

9

4

1

16

19

70

Player of the Game

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

44

47

91

Providence

27

43

70

 

Better Bearcats Outlast Ramblers This Time

 

8 Cincinnati 1962

67

9 Loyola (Chi.) 1963

65

 

Boxscore

Cincinnati

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Paul Hogue

C

7

15

0

0

4

6

2

12

14

0

0

2

4

3

18

George Wilson

F

4

7

0

0

1

2

3

9

12

0

0

1

2

4

9

Ron Bonham

F

5

12

2

5

3

4

1

7

8

2

1

0

3

1

15

Tom Thacker

G

5

14

2

6

2

3

1

2

3

4

2

0

5

3

14

Tony Yates

G

3

8

1

3

2

3

0

1

1

3

1

0

1

2

9

Tom Sizer

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

3

2

Team

3

Totals

25

58

5

14

12

18

7

32

42

10

4

3

16

16

67

Loyola (Chi.)

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Les Hunter

C

6

15

0

0

2

3

6

10

16

0

1

1

2

4

14

Vic Rouse

F

3

14

0

0

3

3

5

7

12

1

0

1

1

4

9

Jerry Harkness

F

4

17

0

1

5

6

4

6

10

1

3

0

4

3

13

Ron Miller

G

4

12

2

6

2

3

3

2

5

3

2

0

2

3

12

John Egan

G

5

16

4

13

3

3

2

2

4

2

1

0

4

3

17

Team

4

Totals

22

74

6

20

15

18

20

27

51

7

7

2

13

17

65

Player of the Game

Paul Hogue

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Cincinnati

34

33

67

Loyola (Chi.)

29

36

65

 

 

Blue Devils’ Tight Defense Forces 20 Husky Turnovers

 

4 Duke 2015

78

13 Connecticut 2011

69

 

Boxscore

Duke

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jahlil Okafor

C

8

13

0

0

3

5

3

5

8

0

0

2

2

2

19

Justise Winslow

F

3

8

0

0

3

6

1

6

7

1

2

0

1

0

9

Quinn Cook

F

7

15

0

0

0

0

0

4

4

3

2

0

0

1

14

Matt Jones

G

2

5

1

3

2

2

1

3

4

2

1

0

2

1

7

Tyus Jones

G

5

11

2

5

6

7

0

1

1

5

2

0

3

2

18

Amile Jefferson

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

4

1

0

0

1

2

0

Marshall Plumlee

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

1

2

1

0

Grayson Allen

3

6

2

3

3

4

1

0

1

2

2

0

1

2

11

Sean Kelley

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

Team

1

Totals

28

59

5

11

17

24

8

22

31

15

10

3

12

11

78

 

 

Connecticut

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Tyler Olander

C

0

2

0

0

0

0

2

3

5

0

0

0

2

4

0

Alex Oriakhi

F

3

5

0

0

1

1

3

7

10

0

0

2

3

5

7

Roscoe Smith

F

2

4

0

0

0

0

1

6

7

1

0

2

0

5

4

Jeremy Lamb

G

4

9

2

5

3

4

0

5

5

3

1

0

4

1

13

Kemba Walker

G

11

23

3

6

6

6

0

2

2

5

2

0

6

2

31

Shabazz Napier

4

8

2

4

2

2

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

0

12

Niels Giffey

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

0

2

1

0

Charles Okwandu

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

2

4

0

1

0

1

2

0

Jamal Coombs-McDaniel

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

Donnell Beverly

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Team

4

Totals

25

56

7

16

12

13

9

26

39

11

6

4

20

22

69

Player of the Game

Tyus Jones

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Duke

34

44

78

UConn

37

32

69

 

 

Tar Heels Outlast Villanova’s Slow Pace To Survive And Advance

 

5 North Carolina 2017

68

12 Villanova 1985

60

 

Boxscore

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kennedy Meeks

C

6

10

0

0

1

2

3

6

9

1

2

1

2

3

13

Isaiah Hicks

F

2

4

0

0

3

4

2

5

7

1

0

1

1

3

7

Justin Jackson

F

5

12

2

5

3

4

2

2

4

3

1

1

0

2

15

Theo Pinson

G

2

5

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

3

4

Joel Berry

G

5

12

3

7

6

8

0

1

1

5

2

0

1

2

19

Tony Bradley

3

7

0

0

0

0

2

2

4

0

0

0

2

2

6

Nate Britt

1

3

0

2

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

2

Luke May

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

2

Seventh Woods

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

2

Totals

25

55

5

15

13

18

10

17

29

15

5

3

7

16

68

 

 

 

Villanova

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Ed Pinckney

C

4

8

0

0

5

7

3

6

9

0

0

1

3

4

13

Harold Pressly

F

6

11

0

0

2

3

3

6

9

3

1

0

1

1

14

Dwayne McClain

F

6

13

0

0

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

0

4

3

15

Dwight Wilbur

G

2

6

0

2

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

4

Gary McLain

G

2

5

1

3

2

2

0

3

3

2

2

0

3

4

7

Harold Jensen

2

3

2

3

1

2

0

3

3

2

1

0

3

3

7

Mark Plansky

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Chuck Everson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

3

Totals

22

46

3

8

13

18

8

21

32

13

5

1

14

17

60

Player of the Game

Joel Berry

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

North Carolina

27

41

68

Villanova

25

35

60

 

 

Excellent Passing Leads Hoosiers To Solid Victory

 

3 Indiana 1976

80

14 Stanford 2001

67

 

Boxscore

Indiana

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kent Benson

C

8

13

0

0

2

2

4

6

10

1

0

2

3

3

18

Scott May

F

8

15

2

3

3

4

2

5

7

3

0

0

2

2

21

Tom Abernathy

F

5

9

3

5

2

2

1

4

5

3

1

0

1

1

15

Bobby Wilkerson

G

2

5

0

0

2

3

1

3

4

3

1

1

1

3

6

Quinn Buckner

G

2

6

0

0

2

4

2

3

5

5

3

0

0

2

6

Wayne Radford

3

6

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

7

Jim Crews

1

4

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

0

2

Rich Valavicius

1

2

1

2

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

5

Jim Wisman

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

Team

3

Totals

30

60

7

14

13

17

10

21

34

19

6

3

9

15

80

 

 

 

Stanford

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jason Collins

C

7

12

0

0

3

4

2

7

9

0

0

1

2

3

17

Jaron Collins

F

5

9

0

0

2

4

2

5

7

1

0

0

4

2

12

Ryan Mendez

F

3

9

1

4

2

2

1

3

4

3

1

0

1

3

9

Michael McDonald

G

2

5

1

2

1

2

1

1

2

4

1

0

2

1

6

Casey Jacobsen

G

5

11

3

7

3

4

1

2

3

3

1

0

3

3

16

Tony Giovacchini

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

2

Julius Barnes

1

3

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

3

Teyo Johnson

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

1

1

2

Team

2

Totals

25

53

6

16

11

16

7

21

30

15

4

1

14

15

67

Player of the Game

Scott May

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Indiana

37

43

80

Stanford

29

38

67

 

 

Razorbacks’ “40 Minutes of ‘Havoc’ ” Proves Too Much For Jayhawks

 

6 Arkansas 1994

94

11 Kansas 1988

71

 

Boxscore

Arkansas

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Dwight Stewart

C

3

6

1

2

0

0

3

3

6

3

2

0

1

3

7

Corliss Williamson

F

8

14

0

0

4

7

4

5

9

1

3

2

2

2

20

Ken Biley

F

3

8

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

0

0

0

0

4

6

Scotty Thurman

G

10

17

4

5

4

5

0

4

4

3

2

0

3

2

28

Corey Beck

G

3

6

2

4

4

6

0

2

2

6

1

0

2

1

12

Alex Dillard

4

9

2

5

2

3

1

1

2

4

2

0

2

1

12

Clint McDaniel

1

2

1

2

2

3

0

1

1

3

2

0

1

2

5

Lee Wilson

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

Divar Rimac

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

1

2

Darnell Robinson

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

Team

3

Totals

34

67

10

18

16

24

11

24

38

20

12

2

12

18

94

 

 

 

Kansas

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Danny Manning

C

9

17

1

3

4

6

4

10

14

3

2

2

5

3

23

Chris Piper

F

2

4

0

0

1

2

2

4

6

1

2

1

2

2

5

Milt Newton

F

4

10

1

4

2

3

1

3

4

0

0

0

1

5

11

Jeff Gueldner

G

2

5

1

3

0

0

0

3

3

3

1

0

4

3

5

Kevin Pritchard

G

5

13

2

8

4

4

0

1

1

5

1

0

6

5

16

Keith Harris

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

0

Lincoln Minor

1

2

0

0

1

2

1

2

3

0

0

0

2

0

3

Scooter Barry

2

4

1

2

3

3

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

8

Clint Normore

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

1

0

Mike Maddox

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

3

Totals

25

56

6

20

15

20

8

25

36

15

7

3

22

22

71

Player of the Game

Scotty Thurman

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Arkansas

49

45

94

Kansas

32

39

71

 

 

Bruins Pull Off Mild Upset With Great Efforts From Washington, Johnson, Trgovich, And Meyers

 

10 UCLA 1975

93

7 Kentucky 1998

78

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Richard Washington

C

8

15

0

0

5

7

7

6

13

0

0

4

3

2

21

Dave Meyers

F

6

13

0

0

7

9

5

9

14

1

0

1

2

4

19

Marques Johnson

F

7

11

2

3

3

5

3

6

9

1

3

0

3

3

19

Pete Trgovich

G

6

12

4

9

1

2

0

3

3

4

0

0

1

1

17

Andre McCarter

G

2

6

1

3

1

3

0

2

2

8

2

0

4

1

6

Ralph Drollinger

3

5

0

0

2

3

2

4

6

0

0

2

3

4

8

Jim Spillane

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

2

3

Wilbert Olinde

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

0

0

Team

3

Totals

33

65

8

17

19

29

17

32

52

17

6

7

19

17

93

Kentucky

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Nazr Mohammed

C

3

6

0

0

0

0

1

5

6

0

0

0

2

5

6

Scott Padgett

F

6

13

3

7

4

5

2

3

5

1

0

0

3

3

19

Allen Edwards

F

5

12

2

6

0

0

1

2

3

4

1

0

1

3

12

Jeff Sheppard

G

9

21

4

11

3

3

0

3

3

3

2

0

3

4

25

Wayne Turner

G

1

4

1

3

2

4

1

0

1

4

4

0

2

2

5

Heshimu Evans

1

2

0

0

2

3

0

2

2

0

2

0

0

5

4

Jamal Magloire

1

3

0

0

2

3

1

3

4

1

0

1

1

3

4

Cameron Mills

1

3

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

3

Michael Bradley

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

Saul Smith

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

2

0

0

Team

3

Totals

27

64

11

30

13

18

6

19

28

16

9

1

14

27

78

Player of the Game

Marques Johnson

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

40

53

93

Kentucky

40

38

78

 

 

The Big E And Duck Trample The Wolverines As #15 Seed Wins

 

15 Houston 1968

110

2 Michigan 1989

83

 

Boxscore

Houston

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Elvin Hayes

C

12

23

0

0

6

10

8

14

22

0

2

4

3

3

30

Ken Spain

F

5

12

0

0

3

5

2

3

5

1

0

2

1

3

13

Theodis Lee

F

4

9

0

0

2

3

3

8

11

1

1

1

2

5

10

Don Chaney

G

7

16

2

4

7

11

3

6

9

3

5

1

4

2

23

George Reynolds

G

4

8

2

5

3

4

2

2

4

4

2

0

5

2

13

Tom Gribben

2

5

1

3

2

2

1

2

3

1

2

0

1

2

7

Larry Cooper

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

2

Carlos Bell

2

4

2

4

3

4

2

2

4

0

1

0

0

4

9

Vern Lewis

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

2

1

0

Kent Taylor

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

0

Niemer Hamood

1

4

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

Team

5

Totals

38

85

8

21

26

39

21

40

66

12

13

8

20

27

110

 

 

 

Michigan

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Terry Mills

C

2

5

0

0

3

4

2

6

8

0

1

0

3

5

7

Loy Vaught

F

5

11

0

0

3

3

1

9

10

2

0

0

2

5

13

Glen Rice

F

5

12

4

10

7

8

2

7

9

3

2

0

6

2

21

Mike Griffin

G

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

5

4

Rumeal Robinson

G

4

11

2

7

4

7

0

4

4

4

2

0

5

2

14

Sean Higgins

4

14

3

11

3

4

1

1

2

0

1

0

3

4

14

Demetrius Calip

0

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

2

0

Mark Hughes

2

4

0

0

0

2

0

2

2

1

1

0

2

5

4

J. P. Oosterbaan

1

2

0

0

1

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

3

3

Marc Koenig

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Rob Pelinka

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

3

Team

5

Totals

26

69

10

32

21

30

6

31

42

14

8

0

25

36

83

Player of the Game

Elvin Hayes

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Houston

67

43

110

Michigan

41

42

83

 

 

WEST REGION

 

Overall Top Seed Cruises To Easy Victory

 

1 UCLA 1972

94

16 Houston 1983

72

 

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Bill Walton

C

7

11

0

0

4

7

5

13

18

5

1

4

3

3

18

Jamaal Wilkes

F

6

11

2

4

6

7

1

4

5

0

1

0

1

1

20

Larry Farmer

F

6

11

3

7

1

3

3

2

5

1

2

1

1

2

16

Greg Lee

G

2

5

1

3

1

2

0

2

2

2

1

0

3

3

6

Henry Bibby

G

7

15

4

9

5

7

0

2

2

7

2

0

2

0

23

Tommy Curtis

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

3

2

0

2

1

2

Larry Hollyfield

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

1

0

1

1

2

Swen Nater

2

3

0

0

1

2

2

1

3

0

0

2

1

2

5

Vince Carson

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

Andy Hill

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

2

2

Jon Chapman

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

Gary Franklin

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Team

3

Totals

32

62

10

24

20

30

13

29

45

19

10

7

17

17

94

Houston

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Hakeem Olajuwon

C

6

13

0

0

3

6

3

7

10

0

0

2

4

4

15

Larry Micheaux

F

4

7

0

0

2

4

2

5

7

0

0

1

2

5

10

Michael Young

F

8

17

1

3

2

3

2

5

7

1

1

0

1

4

19

Clyde Drexler

G

6

14

2

7

3

4

1

4

5

4

2

1

3

2

17

Alvin Franklin

G

1

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

5

1

0

4

4

3

Reid Gettys

1

5

1

4

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

3

3

Benny Anders

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

2

0

Dave Rose

1

2

1

1

2

2

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

4

5

Team

2

Totals

27

63

6

19

12

19

9

22

33

12

5

5

17

28

72

Player of the Game

Bill Walton

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

51

43

94

Houston

31

41

72

 

 

Anderson’s Two Pressure-Packed Three-Pointers Leads Huskies To Double Overtime Win

 

8 Connecticut 2004

98

2 ot

9 Arizona 1997

96

 

Boxscore

Connecticut

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Emeka Okafor

C

7

12

0

0

5

10

7

7

14

0

1

6

3

3

19

Josh Boone

F

4

9

0

0

1

2

2

3

5

0

0

1

1

4

9

Rashad Anderson

F

4

11

1

6

6

7

3

7

10

2

0

0

2

3

15

Ben Gordon

G

6

13

4

9

8

9

1

1

2

3

3

0

3

4

24

Taliek Brown

G

3

7

0

0

2

4

0

2

2

11

1

0

2

2

8

Denham Brown

3

9

1

5

2

3

1

0

1

2

1

0

2

2

9

Hilton Armstrong

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

2

2

2

Charlie Villanueva

4

7

0

1

4

6

2

4

6

1

2

0

1

3

12

Shamon Tooles

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

1

0

Team

5

Totals

32

72

6

21

28

41

17

26

48

19

9

7

17

24

98

Arizona

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

A.J. Bramlett

C

2

4

0

0

1

3

3

6

9

0

0

1

4

5

5

Bennett Davison

F

7

14

0

0

1

2

1

8

9

2

0

0

1

4

15

Michael Dickerson

F

1

3

1

3

4

6

3

2

5

1

1

0

3

5

7

Miles Simon

G

10

20

4

8

5

6

0

3

3

4

1

0

5

4

29

Mike Bibby

G

8

15

6

11

6

8

0

1

1

7

3

0

4

4

28

Jason Terry

3

6

2

4

0

0

0

1

1

4

2

0

1

3

8

Eugene Edgerson

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

0

2

4

2

Donnell Harris

1

2

0

0

0

2

1

5

6

0

0

0

2

5

2

Team

6

Totals

33

66

13

26

17

27

9

28

43

19

7

1

22

34

96

Player of the Game

Rashad Anderson

Hit back to back three pointers with UConn down by 4 in final 1:15

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

OT

OT

Final

UConn

37

36

14

11

98

Arizona

34

39

14

9

96

 

 

60% Second Half Shooting Brings Cardinals Back From 10-point Deficit

 

13 Louisville 1986

68

4 Michigan St. 2000

63

 

Boxscore

Louisville

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Pervis Ellison

C

6

9

0

0

4

6

3

7

10

1

0

2

2

3

16

Billy Thompson

F

4

8

0

0

3

4

1

5

6

3

1

2

0

2

11

Herbert Crook

F

4

7

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

2

0

0

3

3

8

Jeff Hall

G

3

7

3

7

0

0

0

1

1

2

2

0

1

1

9

Milt Wagner

G

5

10

2

4

4

5

0

2

2

4

3

0

4

0

16

Tony Kimbro

3

6

0

0

1

2

1

2

3

2

1

0

2

2

7

Kevin Walls

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

0

Mark McSwain

0

2

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

Team

2

Totals

25

50

5

12

13

19

6

20

28

15

7

4

13

14

68

 

 

 

Michigan St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

A.J. Granger

C

4

11

1

4

2

2

4

4

8

0

0

0

2

4

11

Andre Hudson

F

1

2

0

0

1

2

2

3

5

0

0

0

1

2

3

Morris Peterson

F

4

11

2

6

3

4

2

5

7

1

0

0

4

1

13

Charlie Bell

G

2

3

0

0

2

2

0

1

1

4

2

0

2

2

6

Mateen Cleaves

G

6

14

3

8

3

4

0

1

1

5

0

0

3

1

18

Mike Chappell

2

6

1

3

1

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

3

6

Jason Richardson

3

4

0

0

0

0

1

5

6

1

1

0

4

2

6

Adam Ballinger

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Aloysius Anagonye

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

1

1

2

0

David Thomas

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

3

Totals

22

51

7

21

12

15

10

21

34

13

4

1

18

18

63

Player of the Game

Pervis Ellison

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Louisville

24

44

68

Michigan St.

34

29

63

 

Miners Surprise Wildcats Again

 

12 Texas Western 1966

82

5 Kentucky 2012

73

 

Boxscore

Texas Western

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Nevil Shed

C

2

5

0

0

2

2

3

7

10

0

0

2

5

3

6

David Lattin

F

6

13

0

0

3

5

3

5

8

1

1

1

2

1

15

Harry Flournoy

F

2

6

0

0

2

3

4

10

14

0

0

1

3

3

6

Orsten Artis

G

5

12

4

9

4

4

0

1

1

3

2

0

4

2

18

Bobby Joe Hill

G

6

13

2

5

3

4

0

0

0

5

3

0

3

1

17

Willie Cager

5

10

0

0

2

4

2

3

5

2

2

0

1

5

12

Willie Worsley

3

7

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

4

4

0

3

1

8

Jerry Armstrong

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

4

Totals

29

66

8

19

16

22

12

27

43

15

12

4

21

16

82

 

 

 

Kentucky

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Anthony Davis

C

9

15

0

0

5

7

7

8

15

0

2

5

3

4

23

Terrence Jones

F

2

6

0

1

0

0

2

4

6

0

2

2

2

3

4

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

F

4

12

2

7

4

5

3

7

10

2

0

1

5

4

14

Doron Lamb

G

2

7

2

5

4

4

0

2

2

3

1

0

2

4

10

Marquis Teague

G

4

11

2

5

0

0

0

1

1

4

1

0

6

2

10

Darius Miller

5

13

1

3

1

2

0

1

1

2

0

0

3

1

12

Eloy Vargas

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

0

0

1

2

0

Kyle Wiltjer

0

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

Team

3

Totals

26

67

7

21

14

18

13

27

43

12

6

8

22

20

73

Player of the Game

Bobby Joe Hill

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Texas Western

41

41

82

Kentucky

34

39

73

 

 

Buckeyes’ Big Three Stars Prove Too Much For Bearcats’ Superstar

 

3 Ohio St. 1960

111

14 Cincinnati 1960

102

 

Boxscore

Ohio St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jerry Lucas

C

14

23

3

5

3

3

6

11

17

1

1

2

2

3

34

Joe Roberts

F

5

11

0

0

1

2

1

2

3

0

0

0

1

3

11

John Havlicek

F

9

16

3

6

4

5

3

7

10

6

3

0

3

1

25

Larry Siegfried

G

7

15

3

8

6

7

0

3

3

3

2

0

4

2

23

Mel Nowell

G

4

9

1

4

1

2

1

2

3

7

2

0

3

4

10

Dick Furry

2

4

0

0

0

0

2

4

6

0

0

0

1

3

4

Howard Nourse

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

2

2

Bob Knight

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

2

2

2

Richie Hoyt

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Team

3

Totals

43

84

10

24

15

19

14

31

48

19

9

2

17

21

111

 

 

 

Cincinnati

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Paul Hogue

C

10

19

0

0

3

7

3

10

13

2

0

2

3

4

23

Larry Willey

F

4

6

0

0

1

2

3

3

6

0

0

0

1

3

9

Ralph Davis

F

2

6

1

4

0

0

1

2

3

1

2

0

2

3

5

Carl Bouldin

G

4

11

2

5

1

2

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

1

11

Oscar Robertson

G

13

24

5

11

10

12

4

8

12

11

4

0

4

2

41

Bob Wiesenhahn

3

8

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

3

6

Tom Sizer

1

2

1

2

0

0

1

2

3

0

1

0

2

0

3

Sandy Pomerantz

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

4

John Bryant

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

3

Totals

39

80

9

22

15

23

12

27

42

17

9

2

17

17

102

Player of the Game

Jerry Lucas

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Ohio St.

59

52

111

Cincinnati

49

53

102

 

 

Warriors Upset Favored UNLV

 

11 Marquette 1977

76

6 UNLV 1990

68

 

 

Boxscore

Marquette

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jerome Whitehead

C

4

9

0

0

2

4

2

7

9

2

0

1

1

3

10

Bo Ellis

F

6

11

0

0

5

6

3

9

12

3

0

2

2

3

17

Bill Neary

F

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

Butch Lee

G

6

13

3

7

5

6

0

1

1

3

2

0

4

3

20

Jim Boylan

G

3

5

2

3

2

3

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

3

10

Bernard Toone

5

9

0

0

0

0

2

3

5

1

1

1

1

3

10

Gary Rosenberger

2

5

2

5

3

3

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

2

9

Team

3

Totals

26

52

7

15

17

22

7

24

34

13

5

4

11

18

76

 

 

 

UNLV

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

David Butler

C

7

12

0

0

3

5

2

4

6

0

0

0

0

3

17

Larry Johnson

F

7

15

0

1

3

4

3

8

11

1

0

1

2

3

17

Satcey Augmon

F

5

13

1

3

4

6

1

6

7

4

1

1

3

2

15

Anderson Hunt

G

3

7

1

2

0

0

1

1

2

3

2

0

3

3

7

Greg Anthony

G

2

5

2

5

3

4

0

2

2

7

2

0

2

4

9

Travis Bice

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

2

3

Moses Scurry

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

Barry Young

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

1

Totals

25

54

5

13

13

19

7

22

30

17

6

2

11

20

68

Player of the Game

Bo Ellis

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Marquette

40

36

76

UNLV

29

39

68

 

 

Tar Heels Hold Off Terp Comeback Attempt

 

10 North Carolina 1982

75

7 Maryland 2002

70

 

Boxscore

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Sam Perkins

C

3

5

0

0

5

7

3

6

9

1

0

0

1

3

11

James Worthy

F

5

9

0

0

7

9

4

3

7

3

1

0

2

3

17

Matt Doherty

F

4

8

3

5

3

4

0

3

3

1

0

0

0

3

14

Michael Jordan

G

6

10

4

7

4

5

2

5

7

2

1

0

2

2

20

Jimmy Black

G

2

6

1

3

2

3

0

1

1

6

0

0

3

3

7

Jim Braddock

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

3

2

Chris Brust

2

4

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

0

1

2

4

Buzz Peterson

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

1

0

Team

2

Totals

23

46

8

17

21

28

10

22

34

16

3

0

12

20

75

 

 

 

Maryland

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Chris Wilcox

C

2

5

0

0

1

3

1

3

4

1

1

2

1

5

5

Lonny Baxter

F

7

12

0

0

4

6

2

4

6

2

1

2

0

4

18

Byron Mouton

F

2

5

0

0

2

2

2

2

4

3

0

0

2

3

6

Juan Dixon

G

4

10

2

7

4

4

1

0

1

2

3

0

2

4

14

Steve Blake

G

3

8

3

7

1

2

1

3

4

7

2

0

3

2

10

Tahl Holden

3

7

2

6

0

0

1

1

2

0

1

1

0

4

8

Drew Nicholas

3

6

0

0

3

5

2

2

4

0

0

0

0

4

9

Team

3

Totals

24

53

7

20

15

22

10

15

28

15

8

5

8

26

70

Player of the Game

Michael Jordan

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

North Carolina

40

35

75

Maryland

32

38

70

 

 

Chalmers Hits Jumper At The Buzzer To Lead KU To Next Round

 

2 Kansas 2008

79

15 Gonzaga 2017

78

 

Boxscore

Kansas

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Darnell Jackson

C

3

6

0

0

2

4

2

6

8

0

0

0

1

4

8

Darrell Arthur

F

4

8

0

0

1

3

4

7

11

1

0

0

2

4

9

Brandon Rush

F

4

10

2

5

4

5

2

7

9

3

0

0

2

3

14

Russell Robinson

G

2

5

1

4

0

0

0

3

3

2

1

0

4

5

5

Mario Chalmers

G

8

13

4

8

6

6

1

3

4

5

2

0

3

3

26

Sherron Collins

5

9

2

3

3

4

0

1

1

4

1

0

2

4

15

Sasha Kaun

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

2

Team

3

Totals

27

54

9

20

16

22

9

27

39

16

4

0

14

25

79

Gonzaga

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Przemek Karnowski

C

4

8

0

0

4

6

1

2

3

0

0

1

2

4

12

Johnathan Williams

F

2

6

1

3

3

4

2

5

7

0

0

0

1

4

8

Nigel Williams-Goss

F

3

8

0

3

3

6

2

4

6

6

1

0

1

2

9

Jordan Mathews

G

3

8

1

4

1

2

0

1

1

5

2

0

0

3

8

Josh Perkins

G

4

5

4

5

2

3

0

1

1

4

0

0

2

1

14

Zach Collins

7

10

0

0

3

5

3

6

9

1

0

3

1

4

17

Silas Melson

2

7

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

5

Killian Tillie

2

5

0

0

1

2

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

5

Team

3

Totals

27

57

7

18

17

28

8

20

31

16

4

5

7

21

78

Player of the Game

Mario Chalmers

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Kansas

37

42

79

Gonzaga

40

38

78

 

Here is Sunday’s Third Round Schedule for the Midwest and West Regions

MIDWEST REGION

1 – UCLA 1968 vs. 8 – Cincinnati 1962

8 – Duke 2015 vs. 9 – North Carolina 2017

3 – Indiana 1976 vs. 6 – Arkansas 1994

10 – UCLA 1975 vs. 15 – Houston 1968

WEST REGION

1 – UCLA 1972 vs. 8 – Connecticut 2004

12 – Texas Western 1966 vs. 13 – Louisville  1986

3 – Ohio St. 1960 vs. 11 – Marquette  1977

2 – Kansas 2008 vs. 10 – North Carolina 1982

 

Coming Tomorrow–Third Round Action From The East And South Regions.  Eight teams will advance to the Sweet 16.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 12, 2017

PiRate Ratings Money Line Parlays for October 12-14, 2017

Ouch!  We took it on the chin and everywhere else last week, as all four of our parlays went down in flames.  It wasn’t even close, as we were 0-4 quite quickly.

About all we accomplished in the last two weeks is that we now have two of our followers experimenting with their own formulas.  One is using IF bets, while the other is going with single games.  Neither of them accomplished what they hoped so far, but both are mathematically sound.  The issue is that there is a bit more parity in football this season, and the teams that you and we just know will win for sure go off at Money Line odds of -1000 or worse.  If you are totally sure that Ohio State will beat Nebraska, Mississippi State will beat BYU, Alabama will beat Arkansas, Oklahoma State will beat Baylor, Georgia will beat Missouri, South Florida will beat Cincinnati, Clemson will beat Syracuse, and Iowa State will beat Kansas, you can put down a wager on this parlay and feel about 85% confident you will win this wager.  And guess what you will receive for every $1 you wager on this “sure thing”?  If you bet $1 and win, you will receive $1.35 in winnings, which includes your original buck invested.  Yes, it would be a 35% return on your investment, and even Warren Buffett and Seth Klarman would accept a 35% ROI over 3 days in the investment.  But, they would still hold off on this one, because the Margin of Safety would not be there, and the chances of losing all of the investment would outweigh the chance to make a 35% profit in 3 days.

This week our little ship of buccaneers and queens of the sea were not in agreement on many supposed sure-thing winners that would allow us to construct parlays with odds of +120 or better.  We only came up with two parlays, one of which forced us to go four-deep in games.  We are in the hole a bit too much to risk additional funds on games we do not all believe can win.

We almost made a decision to double our investment on this week’s games, but the Captain warned us that doubling down almost always ballooned into something out of control.  If you lose $100 this week, bet $200 next week; if you lose again, then bet $400 the next week; then $800, $1,600, $3,200, etc.  If you get on a really cold streak, soon you are betting your house and car, and your family, and your kidney, etc.  So, we stick with equal unit wagers on all games.

REMEMBER THIS: We are playing with imaginary currency.  So, we actually could double down, because $200 of fake dough is equal to $100 of fake dough.  We do know that a large number of you reading this use the real stuff, so we are going to approach this weekly feature as if it was real.  Also, there are more than one of you that have told us that you modify our selections and our Ratings’ Spreads and actually do quite well with the data.  One of you has even told us about how you have been ultra successful, but we did not press this issue in order for you to keep your method private.  Any method that really works quickly doesn’t work once the world discovers the secret, because the odds then change, making the system worthless.

Here are our picks for this week.  We hope they are a tad better than worthless, but we have our doubts.

#1@ +170  
Must Win Must Lose
UL-Lafayette Texas St.
South Carolina Tennessee
San Diego St. Boise St.

 

#2 @ +137  
Must Win Must Lose
Miami (O) Kent St.
Temple Connecticut
Tulane Florida Int’l.
Houston Tulsa

 

March 18, 2016

NCAA 3rd Round Picks–Saturday, March 19, 2016

Higher Seed Lower Seed Red White Blue
Miami Wichita St. -1 2 -3
Duke Yale 4 6 11
Kentucky Indiana 2 1 3
Iowa St. UALR 6 6 8
Virginia Butler 7 6 9
Kansas Connecticut 7 4 15
Utah Gonzaga -2 -1 -1
North Carolina Providence 10 8 22

 

Saturday Schedule

Time (EDT) Network Higher Seed Lower Seed
12:10 PM CBS Miami (Fla.) Wichita St.
2:40 PM CBS Duke Yale
5:15 PM CBS Kentucky Indiana
6:10 PM TNT Iowa St. UALR
7:10 PM TBS Virginia Butler
7:45 PM CBS Kansas Connecticut
8:40 PM TNT Utah Gonzaga
9:40 PM TBS North Carolina Providence

 

March 16, 2016

PiRate Ratings For NCAA Tournament Round of 64

Thursday, March 17        
Higher Seed Lower Seed Red White Blue
Kansas Austin Peay 22 23 31
Colorado Connecticut -3 -2 -4
Arizona Wichita St. 1 4 1
Miami Buffalo 12 13 14
Baylor Yale 3 3 11
Duke UNC-Wilmington 6 8 12
North Carolina Florida Gulf Coast 19 21 25
USC Providence 1 1 3
Indiana Chattanooga 10 8 11
Kentucky Stony Brook 11 10 10
Virginia Hampton 20 25 33
Texas Tech Butler -1 -1 -2
Purdue UALR 6 7 17
Iowa St. Iona 8 10 13
Seton Hall Gonzaga 1 -1 -1
Utah Fresno St. 7 8 15
     
Friday, March 18        
Higher Seed Lower Seed Red White Blue
Maryland South Dakota St. 6 7 8
California Hawaii 5 6 11
Iowa Temple 8 6 9
Villanova UNC-Asheville 13 14 22
Oregon Holy Cross 22 25 35
St. Joseph’s Cincinnati 1 -2 1
Texas Northern Iowa 5 6 10
Texas A&M Green Bay 9 12 18
Oregon St. VCU -2 -4 -4
Oklahoma Cal State Bakersfield 11 13 20
Notre Dame Michigan 2 3 1
West Virginia Stephen F. Austin 6 8 12
Wisconsin Pittsburgh 1 1 -1
Xavier Weber St. 13 13 17
Dayton Syracuse -1 -1 2
Michigan St. Middle Tennessee 16 16 21

March 13, 2016

NCAA Men’s Basketball Conference Tournament Selection Sunday Update #1

The finish line is in site.  Our bracket geniuses have been working through the wee hours of the night, losing an hour of work time due to Daylight Savings Time, and breaking teams down to core parts.

 

As of this morning, with five games left to be played, the 32 Gurus agree on 64 of the 68 teams.  The Bubble has been reduced to 8 teams fighting for four slots.

 

We will release our final bracketology later this afternoon following the end of the American Athletic Conference Championship Game, where Memphis will force 32 Bracket Gurus to quickly re-adjust their brackets if the Tigers knock off Connecticut to earn an automatic bid.  Because our guys say UConn is already in the tournament, a Memphis win will bump one of the Bubble teams out of the dance.

 

Here is today’s schedule

Time Network Conference Team vs. Team
12:30 PM CBS Atlantic 10 VCU vs. St. Joe’s
1:00 PM ESPN-2 Sun Belt UALR vs. UL-Monroe
1:00 PM ESPN SEC Texas A&M vs. Kentucky
3:15 PM ESPN American Connecticut vs. Memphis
3:30 PM CBS Big Ten Michigan St. vs. Purdue

 

Here is The Bubble in order of best to worst.  Thus, for now, the top four are in the tournament and headed to Dayton, while the bottom four are your #1 seeds in the NIT.  As only the Memphis outcome can affect this Bubble, South Carolina and Michigan are the teams worried the most, because one of the two will be squeezed out if Memphis wins.  The bottom four can do nothing now to work their way into the field if our Gurus are on target.

  1. Wichita St.
  2. Saint Bonaventure
  3. Michigan
  4. South Carolina
  5. Saint Mary’s
  6. San Diego St.
  7. Syracuse
  8. Vanderbilt

The final predicted field will be released as soon as we can tabulate the 32 Gurus’ selections following the Memphis-Connecticut game.

 

 

April 6, 2014

PiRate Ratings Preview of NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship

This has been one of the most interesting NCAA Tournaments in many years.  Never have both title game participants both enter the game with eight or more losses.  Kentucky with 10 and Connecticut with 8 make for the most total losses by title contenders at 18.  The same goes for highest combined seeds (UK-8/UConn-7).  Both teams failed to play in the NCAA Tournament at all last year, although Connecticut was ineligible due to academic progress issues.

 

The most interesting part of this equation for us involves the Huskies.  Connecticut has become the first team ever to make the Championship Game with a negative R+T rating.  R+T is a statistic that we invented.  It is similar to park-adjusted On-Base Plus Slugging Percentage in baseball.  It is a one-for-one adjustment to the number of extra scoring opportunities a team should expect to obtain in a game due to rebounds and turnovers, but with a higher emphasis on offensive rebounds and steals, which most frequently lead to easy scoring chances.

 

These schools squared off in the Final Four in 2011, which just so happened to be played in the Lone Star State.  Connecticut edged Kentucky by one point at Reliant Stadium in Houston.  No current Kentucky player was on the 2011 roster, while three Husky players saw action in that game.

 

Here is our look at the starting lineups.

 

Point Guard:

Kentucky—Andrew Harrison   #5        6-6, 215 Fr.

Connecticut—Shabazz Napier #13      6-1, 180 Sr.

Shooting Guard:

Kentucky—Aaron Harrison   #2        6-6, 218 Fr.

Connecticut—Ryan Boatright  #11      6-0, 168 Jr.

Small Forward:

Kentucky—James Young  #1        6-6, 215 Fr.

Connecticut—Niels Giffey #5        6-7, 205 Sr.

 

Power Forward:

Kentucky—Julius Randle    #30      6-9, 250 Fr.

Connecticut—DeAndre Daniels  #2    6-9, 195 Jr.

 

Center:

Kentucky—Dakari Johnson  #44      7-0, 265 Fr.

Connecticut—Phillip Nolan   #0        6-10, 212 So.

 

Reserves

Kentucky—Alex Poythress    #22      6-8, 239 So.

Kentucky—Marcus Lee     #00      6-9, 215 Fr.

Kentucky—Jarrod Polson  #3        6-2, 182 Sr.

Kentucky-Dominique Hawkins  #25      6-0, 193 Fr.

 

Connecticut—Lasan Kromah #20      6-6, 201 Jr.

Connecticut—Amida Brimah #35      7-0, 217 Fr.

Connecticut—Tyler Olander   #10      6-10, 230 Sr.

Connecticut—Terrence Samuel  #3        6-4, 190 Fr.

 

Here is our special statistical look at the game.

 

Stat Kentucky Connecticut
FG 986 949
FG-Att 2168 2109
3-Pt 198 281
Effective FG% 50.0 51.7
Def FG 911 860
Def FG-Att 2218 2195
Def 3-pt 216 236
Def Effective FG% 45.9 44.6
Offensive Reb 564 379
Opp. Def. Reb 768 863
Reb Rate 42.3 30.5
Opp. Off. Reb 429 482
Defensive Reb 1011 983
Opp. Reb Rate 29.8 32.9
Turnovers 468 447
Free Throw Attempts 1122 819
Turnover Rate 14.8 15.2
Opp. Turnovers 418 505
Opp. FT-Attempts 826 777
Opp. Turnover Rate 13.8 16.5
Free Throws Made 768 634
Free Throw Rate 29.5 24.7
Opp. FT-Made 567 519
Opp. FT Rate 21.8 20.1
Possessions/Game 66.8 65.8
R + T Rating 14.3 -1.1
Road/Neutral W-L 13-8 16-5
Strength of Schedule .5825 .5735
FG% Margin Score 3.54 6.13
Reb Rate Score 3.12 -0.59
TO Margin Score -0.37 0.49
FT Rate Score 1.27 0.77
PiRate Criteria Score 7.57 6.80
Predicted Score 69 67

 

April 4, 2014

PiRate Ratings Final Four Criteria Preview

We only made it to North Texas with one of our Final Four participants, and we did not pick Florida to win the National Championship, so this year is a bust. Nevertheless, we will go ahead and preview the remaining games.

Overall, we are 43-17 (72%) in the prediction of tournament games to this point.

Here is our preview of the National Semifinal round.

Time (ET) Team vs. Team
6:09 PM #1 Florida (36-2) vs. #7 Connecticut (30-8)
8:49 PM #2 Wisconsin (30-7) vs. #8 Kentucky (28-10)

Florida vs. Connecticut–Criteria Components
Strength of Schedule: Tie
Field Goal % Margin: Florida by 0.7
Rebound Margin: Florida by 13.6
Turnover Margin: Florida by 2.3
Steal Margin: Florida by 0.1
R+T Rating: Florida by 12.4

PiRate Criteria: Florida by 7 criteria points
Estimated Spread: Florida by 17
Predicted Score: Florida 75 Connecticut 58

Kentucky vs. Wisconsin—Criteria Components
Strength of Schedule: Wisconsin by 0.9
Field Goal % Margin: Wisconsin by 2.0
Rebound Margin: Kentucky by 11.5
Turnover Margin: Wisconsin by 3.4
Steal Margin: Wisconsin by 0.1
R+T Rating: Kentucky by 13.2

PiRate Criteria: Kentucky by 2 criteria points
Estimated Spread: Kentucky by 4
Predicted Score: Kentucky 71 Wisconsin 67

 

March 29, 2014

PiRate Ratings Elite 8 Preview–March 29-30, 2014

Here are the matchups for The Elite 8 games with our criteria comparisons. Remember, the criteria spread is not the predicted spread for each game. We have commenced with adding a predicted score from the interpretation of the criteria spread.

The four Elite 8 games are not going to be as exciting as a whole as the Sweet 16 games were, but there are still a couple of really good ones in our opinion. We believe all four games are close to tossups, which means the TV viewer should have one fantastic night of entertainment.

Elite 8 Schedule

SATURDAY
6:09 PM EDT on TBS
South Region (MEMPHIS)—#1 Florida vs. #11 Dayton
Florida has significant advantages almost across the board, and this game looks like a mismatch for the top-seeded Gators. The FG% margins tilts strongly in UF’s favor, as well as the turnover margin difference. Rebounding gives a tiny edge to the Gators, and the R+T rating is basically a wash. Dayton would have to shoot lights out or Florida would have to be ice cold for this game to be close

PiRate Criteria: Florida by 7      Predicted Score: Florida 71 Dayton 51

8:49 PM EDT on TBS
West Region (ANAHEIM)—#1 Arizona vs. #2 Wisconsin
Arizona has considerable advantages over the Badgers, but not as much as Florida’s advantages over Dayton. The Wildcats’ biggest advantage is in the R+T rating, where our formula states that ‘Zona will get nine extra scoring opportunities. The important note here as that we consider scoring opportunities to be different than possessions. By scoring opportunities, we refer to the high-percentage opportunity from offensive rebounds and steals where the offense has a considerable advantage over the defense.

Arizona also owns slight criteria advantages in FG% margin and rebounding, while turnover margin is a wash. The Badgers get a little advantage for schedule strength, but not enough to turn the tide in their favor.

PiRate Criteria: Arizona by 2      Predicted Score: Arizona 75 Wisconsin 68

SUNDAY
2:20 PM EDT on CBS
East Region (NEW YORK CITY)—#4 Michigan St. vs. #7 Connecticut
Michigan State holds a decisive R+T rating in this game, and we figure the Spartans will get an extra eight scoring opportunities. MSU has a very slight advantage in FG% margin and a stronger rebounding margin advantage, while turnover margin is about even. Throw in a slight Spartan advantage in strength of schedule, and it adds up to Sparty cutting down the nets at Madison Square Garden. Even a mild home court advantage does not tilt the game in UConn’s favor.

PiRate Criteria: Michigan St. by 3      Predicted Score: Michigan St. 68 Connecticut 59

5:05 PM EDT on CBS
Midwest Region (INDIANAPOLIS)—#2 Michigan vs. #8 Kentucky
This is the biggest contrast game of the Elite 8, and it should be the most exciting of the four games. Michigan owns the FG% margin advantage, as well as the turnover margin advantage. In fact, Kentucky is the only team left with an effective FG% less than 50% and the only team with a negative turnover margin. These are usually indications that a team will lose in this round.

However, Michigan is the only team left in the field with a negative rebounding margin, while Kentucky has the best rebounding margin of the eight remaining teams. Kentucky’s unbelievable 14 extra scoring opportunities forecasted in this game is an eye-popping statistic reminiscent of the old UCLA teams during the Wooden dynasty, or in other words, an insurmountable advantage.

Michigan has a slight strength of schedule advantage in this game. Now, add one more little thing. Unlike most of the other victors in the tournament as a whole, Michigan has continued to maintain and even surpass their three-point shooting acumen. They have actually exceeded their regular season FG% criteria in the postseason. This is reminiscent of Butler during their back-to-back trips to the Championship Game. Could Michigan repeat this? That’s why this game is extremely close, and it should be the best of the weekend.

PiRate Criteria: Tie (to 2 decimals)      Predicted Score: Michigan 85 Kentucky 84 2ot

March 27, 2014

PiRate Ratings Sweet 16 Preview for Friday, March 28, 2014

Here are the matchups for Friday’s Sweet 16 games with our criteria comparisons. Remember, the criteria spread is not the predicted spread for each game. We have commenced with adding a predicted score from the interpretation of the criteria spread.

The four games on Friday constitute the best four Sweet 16 games in one night in several years. We believe all four games are close to tossups, which means the TV viewer should have one fantastic night of entertainment.

Sweet 16 Friday Schedule

7:15 PM EDT on CBS
Midwest Region—Michigan vs. Tennessee
Take your pick. Michigan has slight edges in field goal margin and turnover margin, but Tennessee has a decided edge on the glass. The strength of schedule makes the Wolverines an ever so slight favorite

PiRate Criteria: Michigan by less than 1    Predicted Score: Michigan 72  Tennessee 70

7:27 PM EDT on TBS
East Region—Connecticut vs. Iowa St.
The teams are dead even in shooting margin. Neither can rebound the ball all that well, so this is a push as well. Turnover margin is no different, and the R+T ratings are exceptionally low for Sweet 16 teams. Rarely does a team with a low R+T make the Elite 8, but one must this year, and it will be the winner of this game.

PiRate Criteria: Iowa St. by less than 1   Predicted Score: Iowa St. 67  Connecticut 66

Approx. 9:45 PM EDT on CBS
Midwest Region—Louisville vs. Kentucky
Louisville has the best field goal margin ratings of any team remaining in the tournament, while Kentucky ranks near the bottom of Sweet 16 teams. The Wildcats are without a doubt the best rebounding team left in the tournament, but Louisville has the best turnover margin in the remaining field. Kentucky has considerably better R+T and schedule strength, which brings us back to square one—almost.

PiRate Criteria: Louisville by 1 Predicted Score: Louisville 74  Kentucky 71

Approx. 9:57 PM EDT on TBS
East Region—Virginia vs. Michigan St.
When you think of a Tom Izzo team, rebounding prowess immediately comes to mind. However, in this game, Virginia actually holds a slight edge. Michigan St., never the finesse team, actually has better shooting margin ratings than the Cavaliers. This game will be decided in the turnover margin, and UVA has the slight edge there.

PiRate Criteria: Virginia by 1 Predicted Score: Virginia 58  Michigan St. 56

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