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March 28, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–Elite 8 Sunday

Due to severe weather issues approaching as this publication is being written, it will be a little truncated.

 

MIDWEST REGION CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

 

Bruins Take Rubber Match With Cougars

 

1968 UCLA

99

1968 Houston

92

 

 

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

C

14

23

0

0

6

9

6

17

23

2

0

4

3

3

34

Mike Lynn

F

4

9

1

3

1

2

2

8

10

1

0

1

2

2

10

Lynn Shackleford

F

8

15

2

4

5

7

1

5

6

1

1

0

3

4

23

Lucius Allen

G

5

11

2

5

2

4

0

4

4

7

0

0

4

4

14

Mike Warren

G

4

8

2

4

5

6

0

2

2

6

2

0

5

3

15

Jim Nielsen

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

2

0

Kenny Heitz

1

2

0

2

1

2

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

3

3

Bill Sweek

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Neville Saner

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Gene Sutherland

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

Team

3

Totals

36

68

7

18

20

30

10

37

50

19

5

5

19

23

99

 

 

 

Houston

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Elvin Hayes

C

15

27

0

0

5

9

3

9

12

1

2

2

2

3

35

Ken Spain

F

3

8

0

0

2

4

2

7

9

2

1

1

1

5

8

Theodis Lee

F

8

16

1

3

1

3

2

4

6

4

0

0

4

4

18

Don Chaney

G

6

14

3

8

3

5

1

3

4

6

3

1

2

4

18

George Reynolds

G

3

9

1

5

3

3

0

1

1

3

0

0

1

3

10

Tom Gribben

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Vern Lewis

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

4

3

Carlos Bell

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

Niemer Hamood

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

Team

4

Totals

36

77

6

18

14

24

8

25

37

18

7

5

11

28

92

Player of the Game

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

52

47

99

Houston

47

45

92

 

WEST REGION CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

 

Bruins Cruise To Final Four

 

1972 UCLA

75

1982 North Carolina

54

 

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

4

8

12

4

1

4

3

2

18

Jamaal Wilkes

F

3

7

2

5

4

4

2

5

7

1

3

0

2

2

12

Larry Farmer

F

2

5

1

3

1

2

0

5

5

0

1

0

1

0

6

Greg Lee

G

3

8

1

4

4

5

0

2

2

2

3

0

3

3

11

Henry Bibby

G

4

7

2

4

2

3

0

1

1

3

2

0

2

0

12

Tommy Curtis

3

8

2

5

3

4

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

2

11

Larry Hollyfield

1

4

0

1

1

2

1

2

3

1

1

0

2

3

3

Swen Nater

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

0

1

1

2

2

Team

2

Totals

24

51

8

22

19

27

8

27

37

13

12

5

16

14

75

 

 

 

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Sam Perkins

C

5

8

0

0

2

3

2

4

6

1

0

0

2

5

12

James Worthy

F

5

11

0

0

3

4

2

6

8

2

2

1

4

2

13

Matt Doherty

F

3

9

2

6

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

3

5

8

Michael Jordan

G

4

12

2

7

4

5

1

4

5

2

1

0

3

2

14

Jimmy Black

G

2

7

1

4

2

2

0

3

3

3

2

0

5

4

7

Jim Braddock

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

3

0

Chris Brust

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

1

0

Buzz Peterson

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

2

2

0

Warren Martin

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

Team

3

Totals

19

50

5

19

11

14

5

22

30

12

6

2

21

25

54

Player of the Game

Bill Walton

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

40

35

75

North Carolina

28

26

54

 

FINAL FOUR–Saturday, April 4

 

1974 North Carolina St. vs. 2018 Villanova

1968 UCLA  vs. 1972 UCLA

 

 

 

March 27, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–The Sweet 16 Friday

After last night’s games, we are down to just 12 teams left, and before tonight’s action ends, we will have the Elite 8.  Then, by the end of  the weekend, we’ll be down to the Final Four.

Tonight’s Sweet 16 action involves games in the Midwest and West Regions.

MIDWEST REGION

 

Jabbar Destroys Duke

 

1968 UCLA

83

2015 Duke

57

 

The number one seed in the Midwest Region has reached the Region Finals with relative ease.  The 1968 UCLA Bruins quickly dispatched 2015 Duke with a 19-4 run to begin the game.

UCLA took a 20-point lead at 34-14 after back to back baskets by Kenny Heitz and Mike Lynn.  Once down by 20 points, Duke never got closer than 15 points the rest of the way.

By the time the UCLA reserves entered the game for good, the Bruins led 74-42.  Duke ended the game on a 15-9 run.

 

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

C

14

23

0

0

3

5

7

9

16

1

1

5

3

1

31

Mike Lynn

F

3

6

0

0

4

6

1

4

5

3

3

0

1

3

10

Lynn Shackleford

F

2

5

0

2

2

2

1

5

6

2

2

1

2

3

6

Lucius Allen

G

3

8

2

5

5

6

0

2

2

4

3

0

3

1

13

Mike Warren

G

4

7

2

4

2

2

0

3

3

3

1

0

4

2

12

Jim Nielsen

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

Kenny Heitz

2

5

1

3

1

2

0

1

1

2

2

0

1

1

6

Bill Sweek

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Neville Saner

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

1

0

2

2

Gene Sutherland

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

0

3

Team

3

Totals

30

61

6

17

17

23

11

26

40

16

12

7

15

13

83

 

 

 

Duke

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jahlil Okafor

C

3

9

0

0

0

1

1

4

5

1

1

0

2

4

6

Justise Winslow

F

4

11

2

5

4

5

1

2

3

0

0

1

6

4

14

Quinn Cook

F

3

8

1

5

3

5

1

3

4

2

1

0

3

3

10

Matt Jones

G

5

10

3

6

0

0

0

5

5

1

2

0

4

4

13

Tyus Jones

G

4

12

1

4

3

4

0

3

3

5

2

0

3

2

12

Grayson Allen

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

3

1

2

Amile Jefferson

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

2

0

Marshall Plumlee

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

1

1

0

Nick Pagliuca

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

3

Totals

20

52

7

20

10

15

6

21

30

9

6

1

23

21

57

Player of the Game

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

50

33

83

Duke

33

24

57

 

 

Cougars Survive Incredible 3 OT Game–Hayes Is Magnificent

 

1968 Houston

122

3 OT

1976 Indiana

121

Elvin Hayes played 52 out of a possible 55 minutes, leading the 1968 Cougars to an incredible triple overtime win to advance to the Elite 8 against an historic rival for a shot at the Final Four on Sunday.

Hayes scored 49 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, connecting on 21-35 from the field and 7-11 at the foul line.   Forward Theodis Lee and guard Don “Duck” Chaney combined for 47 points backing up the Big E.

Indiana appeared to have the game won in the first overtime.  A basket and made foul shot by Bobby Wilkerson, followed by a three-pointer by Tom Abernathy gave the Hoosiers a 102-95 lead with 1:08 remaining.  In the final 68 seconds, Houston forced three turnovers on the Hoosiers.  Hayes hit two baskets, and a three-pointer by George Reynolds tied the game with 12 seconds remaining.   A desperation shot by Quinn Buckner at the buzzer was off target.

In the second overtime, Indiana led 111-108 and had the ball with 12 seconds to go.  Wilkerson went to the foul line with a chance to put IU up by five and missed both foul shot attempts.  Kenny Spain rebounded the ball for Houston and found Chaney open for the tying three-pointer at the buzzer.

In the third overtime, it was Houston’s turn to take the lead and watch Indiana mount a comeback.  With a 120-113 lead, the Hoosiers sent Cougar players to the foul line.  Hayes, Lee, and Chaney combined for 2-6 in the final Houston’s final three possessions.  Indiana crept back with a three-pointer by Wayne Radford and baskets by Scott May and Kent Benson to cut the Houston lead to 122-120.  After the Cougars turned the ball over, Hayed fouled Benson as Benson tried to tie the game up.  Benson hit the first shot and missed the second.  Lee rebounded and threw the outlet pass to Chaney to end the game.

Houston now faces a familiar opponent.  In reality in 1968, the Cougars beat the Bruins at the Astrodome in the Game of the Century, but UCLA blew the Cougars off the floor in the Final Four.  Very few people since realize that Reynolds did not play for Houston in the NCAA Tournament.  He has been eligible in this tournament.

Boxscore

Houston

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Elvin Hayes

C

21

35

0

0

7

11

6

12

18

2

1

4

4

3

49

Ken Spain

F

5

11

0

0

2

4

5

10

15

1

2

3

2

5

12

Theodis Lee

F

11

24

1

5

3

6

3

7

10

3

0

1

2

4

26

Don Chaney

G

7

17

3

8

4

7

2

6

8

8

3

0

5

3

21

George Reynolds

G

4

9

2

5

4

5

0

5

5

6

2

0

4

3

14

Tom Gribben

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

Vern Lewis

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

3

0

Carlos Bell

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

Niemer Hamood

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

4

Totals

48

97

6

18

20

33

16

41

61

22

9

8

18

27

122

 

 

 

Indiana

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kent Benson

C

10

18

0

0

4

5

2

9

11

2

0

2

2

4

24

Scott May

F

10

21

3

7

6

7

1

7

8

5

2

0

4

4

29

Tom Abernathy

F

8

14

5

11

2

2

2

5

7

2

0

1

3

2

23

Bobby Wilkerson

G

4

13

1

5

4

6

1

7

8

4

1

2

5

5

13

Quinn Buckner

G

4

9

1

3

3

4

1

3

4

6

3

0

3

4

12

Wayne Radford

3

7

1

2

2

3

0

1

1

2

0

0

1

3

9

Jim Wisman

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

Rich Valavicius

2

3

2

3

0

0

1

2

3

0

1

0

0

3

6

Jim Crews

1

2

1

2

2

2

0

2

2

1

1

0

1

2

5

Mark Haymore

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

0

Jim Roberson

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

5

Totals

42

90

14

34

23

29

8

37

50

23

8

5

19

31

121

Player of the Game

Elvin Hayes

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

OT

OT

OT

Final

Houston

45

44

13

9

11

122

Indiana

41

48

13

9

10

121

WEST REGION

 

Undermined Miners Scare Bracket’s Overall Top Seed But Fall Short

 

The 1972 UCLA Bruins began the game looking like they would advance to the Elite 8 with very  little trouble.  Leading 39-20, UCLA went cold, while Texas Western ran their fast break and scored 12 straight points to cut the lead to 39-32.  After Jamaal Wilkes hit a three-pointer, TW scored the final seven points of the half to cut the lead to three points.

Texas Western actually took the lead briefly in the second half when Orsten Artis hit a jumper to put the Miners of 59-58.  UCLA held a slim 68-66 lead when the Bruins went on a 12-2 run to take an 80-68 lead.  TW couldn’t cut the lead under 10 points until the final possession.

 

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Bill Walton

C

9

17

0

0

6

10

5

11

16

5

1

3

2

4

24

Jamaal Wilkes

F

7

14

3

7

2

2

3

8

11

0

0

1

1

2

19

Larry Farmer

F

2

5

1

2

0

0

1

4

5

1

1

0

2

3

5

Greg Lee

G

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

2

0

0

3

3

2

Henry Bibby

G

8

16

3

7

4

4

0

3

3

6

2

0

5

2

23

Tommy Curtis

4

9

2

5

1

2

0

1

1

3

1

0

4

2

11

Larry Hollyfield

2

6

1

3

0

0

0

4

4

0

0

0

2

4

5

Swen Nater

2

3

0

0

1

2

2

3

5

0

0

0

0

3

5

Team

4

Totals

35

72

10

24

14

20

11

36

51

17

5

4

19

23

94

 

 

 

Texas Western

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Nevil Shed

C

1

5

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

0

0

0

0

5

2

David Lattin

F

7

15

0

0

2

3

3

11

14

1

1

0

1

1

16

Harry Flournoy

F

4

7

0

0

0

0

2

7

9

2

1

1

2

4

8

Orsten Artis

G

5

14

3

9

3

4

0

2

2

4

3

0

3

3

16

Bobby Joe Hill

G

7

17

4

10

5

7

0

1

1

3

2

0

4

2

23

Willie Cager

4

8

1

2

5

6

1

3

4

1

1

0

1

2

14

Willie Worsley

1

5

1

4

3

5

0

0

0

3

2

0

2

1

6

Team

3

Totals

29

71

9

25

18

25

7

28

38

14

10

1

13

18

85

Player of the Game

Bill Walton

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

42

52

94

Texas Western

39

46

85

 

 

Jordan Puts Tar Heels On His Back–Carolina Going To Elite 8

 

1982 North Carolina

83

1960 Ohio St.

72

 

The 1982 North Carolina Tar Heels needed someone to step up.  Trailing 61-52 midway in the second half, Michael Jordan took matters into his own hands connecting on 6-7 from the field after making just one of his first seven shots.  Three of those six made shots were three-pointers, and he added four foul shots.  His 19 points in the final 10 minutes brought Carolina back fro the brink.  Jordan’s three-pointer with the Buckeyes leading 68-66, gave the Tar Heels their first lead of the game.  Once Ohio State was forced to foul at the end, North Carolina hit seven of eight foul shots.  Ohio State could not connect from behind the arc in crunch time, as UNC pulled away in the last two minutes to win by 11.

 

Boxscore

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Sam Perkins

C

6

11

0

0

5

6

2

5

7

2

0

1

3

3

17

James Worthy

F

7

12

0

0

3

4

2

5

7

3

1

2

1

3

17

Matt Doherty

F

2

5

2

4

5

6

0

3

3

1

0

0

1

2

11

Michael Jordan

G

7

13

3

7

6

8

1

4

5

3

2

0

3

2

23

Jimmy Black

G

3

7

1

3

3

4

0

2

2

5

1

0

2

3

10

Jim Braddock

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

2

0

Chris Brust

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

1

2

2

Buzz Peterson

1

2

1

2

0

0

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

0

3

Warren Martin

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

0

1

0

Team

3

Totals

27

53

7

16

22

28

6

24

33

17

6

4

13

18

83

 

 

 

Ohio St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jerry Lucas

C

9

16

1

2

5

6

3

8

11

3

0

2

2

3

24

Joe Roberts

F

3

8

0

0

1

2

1

3

4

1

0

0

3

4

7

John Havlicek

F

7

14

2

5

4

5

2

7

9

4

3

0

1

4

20

Larry Siegfried

G

4

11

2

6

3

4

0

2

2

3

1

0

3

2

13

Mel Nowell

G

2

5

1

3

1

2

1

1

2

2

1

0

3

3

6

Dick Furry

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

2

Richie Hoyt

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Bob Knight

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

Team

3

Totals

26

56

6

16

14

19

7

22

32

13

5

2

15

20

72

Player of the Game

Michael Jordan

 

Coming Tomorrow: The East and South Regional Finals

East: 1974 North Carolina St. vs. 2019 Virginia

South: 1970 UCLA vs. 2018 Villanova

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 19, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–Thursday, March 19 Results

Welcome to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament between the best teams of the last 60 years.

After two nights in Dayton, we are down to 64 teams, and today, the East and South Regions are featured.

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

 

THE EAST REGION

 

Blue Devils Shoot Lights Out And Turns Lights Out On The Bonnies

 

1 Duke 2001

84

16 St. Bonaventure 1970

70

 

Boxscore

Duke

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Carlos Boozer

C

6

9

0

0

5

6

2

6

8

1

0

2

2

4

17

Shane Battier

F

7

13

2

4

4

4

1

7

8

4

1

2

3

3

20

Mike Dunleavy

F

5

9

1

2

2

2

1

5

6

3

0

0

1

3

13

Nate James

G

2

6

1

3

1

2

0

3

3

1

0

0

3

2

6

Jay Williams

G

6

11

3

6

4

5

0

4

4

5

2

0

2

1

19

Chris Duhon

3

6

0

0

1

2

0

3

3

3

0

0

3

3

7

Casey Sanders

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

4

5

0

0

0

1

3

2

Matt Christensen

0

1

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

Team

3

Totals

29

55

7

15

19

23

6

35

44

17

3

4

15

20

84

 

 

St. Bonaventure

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Bob Lanier

C

8

19

0

0

4

7

4

11

15

0

0

3

2

3

20

Matt Gantt

F

5

13

0

0

4

6

3

6

9

0

0

0

1

1

14

GregBubba Gary

F

3

9

0

2

1

2

3

2

5

1

1

1

0

4

7

Paul Hoffman

G

4

12

1

3

4

4

1

0

1

1

0

0

2

2

13

Bill Kalbaugh

G

4

10

3

8

2

3

0

2

2

4

2

0

2

2

13

Mike Kull

1

4

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

1

3

Tom Baldwin

0

2

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

Team

2

Totals

25

69

5

19

15

22

11

21

34

7

4

4

7

17

70

Player of the Game

Jay Williams

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Duke

45

39

84

St. Bonaventure

39

31

70

 

Wildcats Have Too Much Inside Punch For Spartans

 

9 Kentucky 1978

73

8 Michigan St. 1979

59

 

Boxscore

Kentucky

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Rick Robey

C

5

8

0

0

3

4

3

7

10

2

2

2

2

1

13

Mike Phillips

F

3

7

0

0

2

3

2

5

7

0

0

2

1

3

8

Jack Givens

F

5

10

0

1

5

6

0

3

3

2

1

0

3

1

15

Truman Claytor

G

1

4

1

3

0

0

0

1

1

3

1

0

1

2

3

Kyle Macy

G

4

9

3

8

4

4

0

1

1

4

1

0

2

1

15

James Lee

3

5

0

0

2

3

1

4

5

0

0

1

1

4

8

Jay Shidler

2

5

2

5

1

1

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

1

7

Chuck Aleksinas

1

2

0

0

2

3

1

5

6

0

0

2

0

2

4

LaVon Williams

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

2

Totals

24

52

6

17

19

24

7

28

37

13

6

7

12

15

73

 

 

Michigan St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Ron Charles

C

2

5

0

0

0

0

1

6

7

0

0

0

1

5

4

Greg Kelser

F

6

14

0

0

3

4

2

5

7

1

0

0

4

3

15

Jay Vincent

F

2

6

0

0

1

2

1

3

4

0

1

1

0

4

5

Mike Brkovich

G

3

9

2

7

2

2

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

2

10

Magic Johnson

G

5

11

1

3

5

7

2

7

9

7

2

0

2

2

16

Terry Donnelly

2

5

2

5

1

1

0

0

0

2

1

0

3

3

7

Rob Gonzalez

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

3

2

Team

2

Totals

21

54

5

15

12

16

6

23

31

12

5

1

13

22

59

Player of the Game

Rick Robey

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Kentucky

39

34

73

Michigan St.

24

35

59

 

 

Wolf Pack Relies on Stars Thompson, Burleson, and Towe To Top the Blue Devils

 

4 North Carolina St. 1974

94

13 Duke 1999

72

 

Boxscore

N. C. State

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Tom Burleson

C

10

17

0

0

5

7

4

9

13

0

0

4

3

3

25

Tim Stoddard

F

2

5

0

0

1

2

3

7

10

0

1

2

2

4

5

David Thompson

F

11

23

2

5

9

12

4

6

10

3

3

1

3

2

33

Mo Rivers

G

3

9

2

7

2

2

1

1

2

4

2

0

2

1

10

Monte Towe

G

5

12

4

11

5

5

0

1

1

6

6

0

4

1

19

Mark Moeller

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

1

4

2

Steve Nuce

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

2

0

Phil Spence

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

3

0

0

1

2

3

0

Team

3

Totals

32

69

8

23

22

28

15

27

45

14

13

8

17

20

94

Duke

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Elton Brand

C

7

12

0

0

4

6

2

6

8

0

1

2

3

5

18

Corey Maggette

F

1

5

0

2

3

5

1

5

6

1

1

1

5

4

5

Chris Carrawell

F

1

4

0

1

1

2

0

2

2

3

2

0

1

2

3

Trajan Langdan

G

6

14

4

11

2

2

1

2

3

3

2

0

6

4

18

William Avery

G

8

17

2

6

4

4

0

1

1

4

2

0

5

2

22

Shane Battier

1

3

0

1

1

1

1

3

4

0

1

1

2

4

3

Chris Burgess

1

1

0

0

1

2

1

4

5

0

0

0

1

2

3

Nate James

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

2

3

1

1

0

1

3

0

Team

2

Totals

25

57

6

22

16

22

7

25

34

12

10

4

24

26

72

Player of the Game

David Thompson

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

N. C. State

41

53

94

Duke

37

35

72

 

 

Griffith Leads Cardinals To Upset Victory

 

12 Louisville 1980

82

5 Connecticut 1999

74

 

Boxscore

Louisville

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Wiley Brown

C

5

9

0

0

1

3

2

4

6

0

0

2

1

3

11

Rodney McCray

F

3

7

0

0

2

3

3

8

11

2

0

1

2

3

8

Derek Smith

F

7

13

0

0

2

4

3

11

14

1

1

2

2

4

16

Darrell Griffith

G

9

18

1

3

5

6

1

3

4

4

2

1

3

3

24

Jerry Eaves

G

2

4

1

2

1

2

0

1

1

5

2

0

2

2

6

Poncho Wright

3

5

0

0

1

1

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

2

7

Roger Burkman

1

3

1

3

4

4

0

1

1

2

0

0

2

1

7

Tony Branch

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

1

2

3

Team

3

Totals

31

60

4

9

16

23

9

31

43

14

6

6

14

20

82

 

 

Connecticut

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jake Voskuhl

C

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

6

8

0

0

2

1

3

0

Kevin Freeman

F

2

5

0

0

2

3

1

8

9

1

0

0

1

5

6

Richard Hamilton

F

8

19

2

7

5

6

2

5

7

3

2

0

2

4

23

Ricky Moore

G

5

11

2

5

4

6

1

2

3

5

1

0

3

3

16

Khalid El-Amin

G

8

18

0

2

4

5

0

1

1

6

1

0

1

1

20

Albert Mouring

2

4

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

2

4

Edmund Saunders

1

2

0

0

1

2

0

2

2

0

0

1

1

3

3

Souleymane Wane

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

Rashamel Jones

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Antric Klaiber

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

3

Totals

27

64

4

14

16

22

7

25

35

16

5

3

9

21

74

Player of the Game

Darrell Griffith

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Louisville

41

41

82

Connecticut

41

33

74

 

 

Cavs’ Defense Stifles High-Flying Hogs

 

3 Virginia 2019

70

14 Arkansas 1991

61

Boxscore

Virginia

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Mamadi Diakete

C

3

5

0

0

0

2

2

5

7

0

0

2

1

3

6

De’Andre Hunter

F

6

12

1

3

3

4

3

6

9

1

0

0

2

2

16

Guy Jerome

F

6

11

4

8

3

3

1

6

7

6

1

0

4

2

19

Kyle Guy

G

5

14

3

9

2

3

1

5

6

2

0

0

3

1

15

Kihei Clark

G

1

4

0

2

1

2

1

1

2

3

1

0

4

2

3

Braxton Key

3

5

1

2

2

2

1

5

6

2

1

0

3

3

9

Jack Salt

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

Team

1

Totals

25

53

9

24

11

16

10

29

40

14

3

2

17

15

70

 

 

 

Arkansas

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Oliver Miller

C

7

12

0

0

2

4

2

6

8

1

0

1

3

3

16

Isaiah Morris

F

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

0

0

0

1

2

2

Todd Day

F

3

9

2

8

5

5

1

3

4

3

3

0

3

0

13

Lee Mayberry

G

4

11

2

9

4

5

0

1

1

2

2

0

2

2

14

Arlyn Bowers

G

2

8

1

5

0

0

0

1

1

3

2

0

1

2

5

Ron Huery

2

6

1

4

1

2

0

2

2

2

2

0

1

3

6

Roosevelt Wallace

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

0

0

0

2

2

Ernie Murry

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

0

3

Rod Fletcher

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Team

2

Totals

21

53

7

27

12

16

5

20

27

13

9

1

12

15

61

Player of the Game

Guy Jerome

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Virginia

34

36

70

Arkansas

29

32

61

 

Hoyas Come From Behind In Last 4 Minutes To Top ‘Nova

Villanova led 58-52 & Georgetown ends game on 13-2 run

 

11 Georgetown 1984

65

6 Villanova 2016

60

 

Boxscore

Georgetown

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Patrick Ewing

C

6

10

0

0

4

6

3

6

9

0

0

5

2

2

16

Reggie Williams

F

4

10

2

5

2

3

1

3

4

1

0

0

3

1

12

Fred Brown

F

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

2

1

0

2

0

2

David Wingate

G

4

10

0

0

3

4

0

6

6

3

1

0

1

1

11

Michael Jackson

G

3

6

1

3

3

3

0

1

1

4

1

0

4

1

10

Michael Graham

2

3

0

0

0

2

2

3

5

0

0

2

1

2

4

Horace Broadnax

2

4

1

2

1

1

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

6

Gene Smith

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

2

0

1

0

2

Bill Martin

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

0

2

Ralph Dalton

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

1

0

1

0

Team

3

Totals

24

50

4

10

13

19

6

28

37

15

5

8

14

8

65

 

 

 

Villanova

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Daniel Ochefu

C

3

6

0

0

1

2

1

7

8

0

0

1

1

5

7

Kris Jenkins

F

3

9

2

6

0

0

1

3

4

2

0

0

1

5

8

Josh Hart

F

5

11

2

4

1

2

1

6

7

3

1

0

2

2

13

Jalen Brunson

G

3

7

1

4

2

2

1

2

3

2

0

0

3

0

9

Ryan Arcidiacono

G

6

15

2

8

2

2

1

2

3

4

2

0

2

1

16

Darryl Reynolds

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

Phil Booth

2

6

1

3

0

0

1

0

1

2

0

0

0

1

5

Mikal Bridges

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

2

0

1

3

2

Team

2

Totals

23

58

8

26

6

8

6

22

30

14

5

1

11

18

60

Player of the Game

Patrick Ewing

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Georgetown

28

37

65

Villanova

26

34

60

 

Callaway Sinks Crucial Foul Shots To Give Hoosiers The Win

 

10 Indiana 1987

76

7 UCLA 1995

75

 

Boxscore

Indiana

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Dean Garrett

C

3

5

0

0

1

2

2

6

8

0

0

2

3

3

7

Daryl Thomas

F

4

9

0

0

3

4

1

7

8

1

1

0

2

2

11

Rick Callaway

F

4

8

0

0

7

8

0

4

4

2

1

0

4

1

15

Keith Smart

G

4

8

2

4

2

2

1

2

3

3

1

0

1

2

12

Steve Alford

G

9

17

4

7

4

5

0

1

1

3

1

0

2

2

26

Steve Eyl

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

0

Joe Hillman

0

2

0

1

2

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

1

2

Todd Meier

0

0

0

0

1

2

1

1

2

1

0

0

1

3

1

Kreigh Smith

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

2

2

Team

2

Totals

25

51

6

12

20

25

5

23

30

13

4

2

14

18

76

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

George Zidek

C

4

7

0

0

1

2

3

5

8

1

0

0

0

5

9

Ed O’Bannon

F

5

11

1

3

3

4

2

4

6

3

1

1

3

3

14

Charles O’Bannon

F

4

7

0

0

3

4

1

3

4

1

2

1

1

2

11

Cameron Dollar

G

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

2

2

2

0

0

1

2

2

Tyus Edney

G

3

7

3

7

4

5

0

1

1

6

2

0

4

1

13

Toby Bailey

3

8

1

3

3

4

1

3

4

2

2

0

3

2

10

J.R. Henderson

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

1

4

4

Ike Nwankwo

3

5

0

0

0

1

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

2

6

Kris Johnson

2

4

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

4

Omm’A Givens

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

Team

1

Totals

28

58

5

14

14

20

8

25

34

17

7

2

13

23

75

Player of the Game

Rick Callaway

Callaway hit 2 FT on last possession to win for IU

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Indiana

37

39

76

UCLA

44

31

75

 

 

May’s Last Second Block Shot Secure Exciting Overtime Victory for Carolina

 

2 North Carolina 2005

104

2 OT

15 Ohio St. 1962

103

 

Boxscore

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Sean May

C

9

15

0

0

7

9

3

11

14

1

2

1

4

3

25

Jawad Williams

F

4

9

2

5

5

6

1

8

9

1

0

0

2

4

15

Jackie Manuel

F

2

4

0

0

1

2

0

3

3

3

1

1

1

1

5

Rashad McCants

G

6

14

3

6

3

5

0

4

4

5

2

0

3

4

18

Raymond Felton

G

5

11

2

5

5

5

1

2

3

10

3

0

5

2

17

Marvin Williams

5

10

0

0

6

6

1

1

2

0

1

0

2

3

16

Melvin Scott

1

4

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

3

Reyshawn Terry

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

0

1

2

2

David Noel

1

3

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

3

3

Quentin Thomas

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Team

4

Totals

34

71

9

23

27

34

7

31

42

22

10

2

19

23

104

 

 

 

Ohio St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Jerry Lucas

C

10

16

0

0

5

6

5

13

18

3

1

3

1

3

25

Doug McDonald

F

4

7

0

0

1

2

1

4

5

1

0

1

2

5

9

John Havlicek

F

7

15

2

6

4

4

4

9

13

5

5

0

1

4

20

Richard Reasbeck

G

4

8

0

0

1

2

0

0

0

2

0

0

3

2

9

Mel Nowell

G

7

16

4

9

2

3

0

1

1

6

2

0

4

4

20

Gary Bradds

1

3

0

0

2

3

1

2

3

1

0

0

2

3

4

Jim Doughty

1

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

Gary Gearhart

1

4

0

2

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

1

2

3

LeRoy Frazier

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

3

2

Don Flatt

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

Bob Knight

2

4

1

3

2

3

0

2

2

1

0

0

2

2

7

Dick Taylor

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

Team

4

Totals

39

80

7

20

18

25

11

31

46

20

9

4

18

31

103

Player of the Game

Raymond Felton

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

OT

OT

Final

North Carolina

44

36

11

13

104

Ohio St.

36

44

11

12

103

 

THE SOUTH REGION

 

Big Blue Press and Three-Point Shooting Downs Terps

 

1 Kentucky 1996

98

16 Maryland 1974

88

 

Boxscore

Kentucky

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Walter McCarty

C

5

9

0

0

1

2

2

5

7

1

1

2

2

3

11

Antoine Walker

F

11

19

1

2

5

7

3

7

10

3

0

0

4

2

28

Derek Anderson

F

2

6

1

3

0

0

0

3

3

3

2

0

1

5

5

Tony Delk

G

5

11

3

8

3

4

1

2

3

4

2

0

3

1

16

Anthony Epps

G

3

5

2

3

2

3

2

1

3

6

1

0

2

4

10

Ron Mercer

7

12

3

5

4

5

2

4

6

3

1

0

3

3

21

Mark Pope

1

3

0

0

0

0

2

3

5

0

0

2

1

4

2

Jeff Sheppard

1

4

1

3

2

2

1

0

1

2

0

0

1

2

5

Wayne Turner

0

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

2

0

Allen Edwards

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

0

1

0

0

Team

0

Totals

35

70

11

24

17

24

13

26

39

23

10

4

18

26

98

Maryland

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Len Elmore

C

7

11

0

0

6

8

3

8

11

0

0

4

2

3

20

Tom McMillen

F

7

15

1

3

5

7

2

4

6

2

0

2

4

2

20

Owen Brown

F

4

7

0

0

1

2

1

5

6

1

1

1

1

5

9

John Lucas

G

8

19

5

13

5

6

0

2

2

5

3

0

5

3

26

Mo Howard

G

2

6

1

4

4

5

0

1

1

4

2

0

3

4

9

Jap Trimble

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

1

0

1

3

2

Tom Roy

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

1

1

2

Billy Hahn

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

2

1

0

Team

3

Totals

30

61

7

20

21

28

7

24

34

14

7

7

19

22

88

Player of the Game

Antoine Walker

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Kentucky

55

43

98

Maryland

43

45

88

 

UCLA Pulls Away From Hoosier With Second Half 14-2 Run

 

8 UCLA 1964

87

9 Indiana 1981

80

 

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Fred Slaughter

C

2

4

0

0

1

2

3

6

9

0

1

1

3

3

5

Keith Erickson

F

3

6

0

0

2

2

1

8

9

2

2

0

2

1

8

Jack Hirsch

F

5

11

0

0

3

4

3

4

7

1

1

0

4

2

13

Walt Hazzard

G

7

17

2

5

7

9

0

3

3

2

2

0

2

3

23

Gail Goodrich

G

7

15

4

9

7

7

0

1

1

5

3

0

3

2

25

Kenny Washington

4

7

0

0

2

3

4

9

13

0

0

1

3

3

10

Doug McIntosh

1

2

0

0

1

2

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

2

3

Kim Stewart

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Chuck Darrow

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Mike Higgins

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Vaughn Hoffman

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

3

Totals

29

62

6

14

23

29

11

33

47

11

9

2

19

16

87

 

 

 

Indiana

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Landon Turner

C

5

8

0

0

1

2

2

7

9

0

0

1

1

4

11

Ray Tolbert

F

6

13

1

3

3

3

1

7

8

2

1

0

2

3

16

Ted Kitchel

F

6

17

4

13

3

4

0

3

3

1

0

0

2

4

19

Randy Wittman

G

3

6

2

5

2

2

1

5

6

3

2

0

5

2

10

Isiah Thomas

G

5

14

3

8

4

5

0

4

4

6

1

0

4

3

17

Jim Thomas

1

3

1

3

0

0

0

1

1

3

2

0

2

3

3

Tony Brown

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

0

1

2

Steve Risley

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

1

0

0

2

0

Glen Grunwald

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

0

0

0

1

2

Team

4

Totals

28

66

11

32

13

16

5

33

42

16

8

1

16

23

80

Player of the Game

Gail Goodrich

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

36

51

87

Indiana

39

41

80

 

 

Bruins Control The Glass & Place Starting 5 in Double Figures

 

4 UCLA 1970

113

13 Oklahoma 1988

85

 

Boxscore

UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Steve Patterson

C

7

13

0

0

4

6

4

7

11

1

0

3

2

3

18

Sidney Wicks

F

8

15

0

0

6

7

7

9

16

1

1

5

4

2

22

Curtis Rowe

F

10

17

0

0

7

8

3

7

10

3

3

1

3

4

27

John Vallely

G

6

13

1

3

3

5

1

2

3

3

1

0

2

1

16

Henry Bibby

G

5

10

2

5

4

5

0

2

2

7

2

0

4

3

16

John Ecker

2

3

1

2

1

1

2

3

5

0

0

0

1

1

6

Kenny Booker

1

3

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

2

0

2

3

2

Terry Schofield

1

3

1

3

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

3

Andy Hill

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Bill Siebert

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

0

0

0

0

1

0

Rick Betchley

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Jon Chapman

1

2

1

2

0

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

0

3

Team

3

Totals

41

79

6

16

25

32

18

36

54

17

10

9

20

19

113

Oklahoma

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Stacey King

C

8

14

0

0

3

5

2

5

7

0

0

1

3

4

19

Harvey Grant

F

7

13

0

0

3

4

1

7

8

0

0

0

2

5

17

Dave Sieger

F

1

5

1

5

0

0

1

4

5

2

1

0

1

3

3

Mookie Blaylock

G

6

17

5

13

2

4

1

2

3

4

4

0

5

3

19

Ricky Grace

G

4

11

3

9

4

6

0

0

0

6

3

0

4

5

15

Terrence Mullins

2

3

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

2

5

Tony Martin

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

0

3

1

2

Andre Wiley

2

4

0

0

1

2

1

3

4

0

0

0

1

1

5

Mike Bell

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

Art Pollard

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

2

0

Team

2

Totals

31

72

10

29

13

21

7

23

32

16

8

1

20

29

85

Player of the Game

Curtis Rowe

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

58

55

113

Oklahoma

39

46

85

 

 

Siva’s Foul Shooting In Final Two Minutes Seals Victory For The Cardinals

 

5 Louisville 2013

74

12 North Carolina St. 1983

73

 

Boxscore

Louisville

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Gorgiu Dieng

C

2

4

0

0

1

2

3

6

9

0

0

1

1

2

5

Chane Behanen

F

2

5

0

0

3

6

4

5

9

0

0

0

3

1

7

Wayne Blackshear

F

4

9

1

3

2

3

1

6

7

1

2

0

2

3

11

Russ Smith

G

7

14

2

5

6

7

0

3

3

2

1

0

4

1

22

Peyton Siva

G

3

8

2

6

8

9

0

4

4

4

2

0

4

2

16

Luke Hancock

1

4

1

4

1

2

0

1

1

3

1

0

2

0

4

Montrezl Harrell

2

3

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

1

1

1

4

Stephan Van Treese

2

2

0

0

0

0

2

2

4

1

1

0

2

2

4

Kevin Ware

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

0

1

Team

3

Totals

23

49

6

18

22

31

11

30

44

13

8

2

20

12

74

 

 

 

N. Carolina St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Cozell McQueen

C

3

7

0

0

0

0

2

5

7

0

0

0

1

5

6

Thurl Bailey

F

6

12

0

1

2

3

2

6

8

1

1

3

2

3

14

Lorenzo Charles

F

3

6

0

0

0

0

1

4

5

0

0

1

1

4

6

Dereck Whittenberg

G

6

15

4

12

3

4

0

1

1

3

1

0

3

3

19

Sidney Lowe

G

3

9

2

7

3

3

0

1

1

6

2

0

2

4

11

Terry Gannon

2

5

2

5

2

3

1

2

3

2

0

0

1

3

8

Alvin Battle

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

2

2

Ernie Myers

3

7

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

1

0

1

4

7

Team

2

Totals

27

63

9

28

10

13

6

20

28

14

5

4

11

28

73

Player of the Game

Peyton Siva

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Louisville

43

31

74

N.C. State

30

43

73

 

 

Roy Williams’ Jayhawks Upset Roy Williams’ Tar Heels

 

14 Kansas 1997

92

3 North Carolina 2009

82

 

Boxscore

Kansas

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Scot Pollard

C

4

7

0

0

3

4

4

4

8

0

1

1

2

4

11

Raef LaFrentz

F

6

11

0

0

4

5

5

5

10

0

0

2

1

4

16

Paul Pierce

F

10

15

3

5

4

6

3

3

6

2

1

0

4

3

27

Jerod Haase

G

3

7

2

5

3

4

1

2

3

4

1

0

3

4

11

Jacque Vaughn

G

2

7

1

3

2

2

0

2

2

7

1

0

3

2

7

Ryan Robertson

1

3

1

3

1

1

0

1

1

3

0

0

1

3

4

Billy Thomas

4

9

2

5

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

2

2

10

T.J. Pugh

1

3

0

0

1

2

0

3

3

0

0

0

1

2

3

B.J. Williams

1

2

0

0

1

2

1

4

5

1

0

1

0

1

3

Nick Bradford

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

Team

4

Totals

32

65

9

21

19

26

14

25

43

18

5

4

17

27

92

 

 

 

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Tyler Hansbrough

C

7

10

0

0

8

10

2

7

9

1

1

0

2

3

22

Deon Thompson

F

3

6

0

0

2

3

0

8

8

0

0

1

1

5

8

Danny Green

F

4

10

2

4

1

2

2

4

6

5

0

1

3

2

11

Wayne Ellington

G

5

11

2

5

5

6

1

5

6

4

1

0

5

4

17

Ty Lawson

G

4

11

1

3

5

6

1

1

2

5

4

0

3

3

14

Ed Davis

2

4

0

0

1

2

1

6

7

1

0

1

2

3

5

Bobby Frasor

1

3

1

2

0

0

0

2

2

0

1

0

1

1

3

Larry Drew

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

2

0

Tyler Zeller

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

1

2

Team

3

Totals

27

58

6

14

22

29

7

35

45

17

7

3

18

24

82

Player of the Game

Paul Pierce

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Kansas

41

51

92

North Carolina

40

42

82

 

Blue Devils Pull Away In Final Three Minutes To Advance

 

6 Duke 1992

75

11 Connecticut 2014

68

 

Boxscore

Duke

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Christian Laettner

C

5

9

1

2

5

6

3

6

9

1

2

1

1

2

16

Brian Davis

F

2

6

0

0

3

4

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

3

7

Grant Hill

F

6

11

2

4

3

4

1

5

6

2

1

0

2

2

17

Thomas Hill

G

3

7

1

3

2

3

1

2

3

3

1

0

1

2

9

Bobby Hurley

G

4

7

2

4

3

4

0

1

1

6

0

0

1

1

13

Antonio Lang

2

4

0

0

1

1

0

1

1

2

0

0

0

2

5

Cherokee Parks

3

5

0

0

0

1

2

1

3

0

0

0

1

3

6

Marty Clark

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

2

Team

2

Totals

26

51

6

13

17

23

8

20

30

15

4

1

6

16

75

 

 

 

Connecticut

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Phillip Nolan

C

2

4

0

0

2

2

2

4

6

0

0

0

0

3

6

DeAndre Daniels

F

8

14

0

0

0

0

0

7

7

1

0

1

1

1

16

Niels Giffey

F

2

5

1

3

0

0

1

4

5

1

0

0

0

2

5

Ryan Boatright

G

2

5

1

3

4

5

1

2

3

3

1

0

2

2

9

Shabazz Napier

G

8

17

3

8

3

4

2

8

10

5

1

0

4

2

22

Lasan Kromah

2

5

0

0

1

2

1

1

2

2

1

0

1

2

5

Amidah Brimah

1

2

0

0

1

2

1

3

4

0

0

1

1

3

3

Terrence Samuel

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

1

2

Team

2

Totals

25

52

5

14

13

17

8

30

40

12

3

2

9

16

68

Player of the Game

Grant Hill

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Duke

37

38

75

UConn

34

34

68

 

 

Balanced Gator Offense Offsets Incredible Game By Anthony

 

7 Florida 2007

82

10 Syracuse 2003

76

 

Boxscore

Florida

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Joakim Noah

C

5

9

0

0

3

4

2

6

8

1

0

1

2

4

13

Al Horford

F

6

11

0

0

7

9

5

8

13

2

0

3

1

1

19

Corey Brewer

F

4

9

3

7

3

3

3

2

5

1

3

0

2

2

14

Lee Humphrey

G

3

8

2

6

2

3

0

1

1

2

1

0

2

2

10

Taurean Green

G

4

9

3

7

3

5

0

1

1

6

0

0

4

3

14

Walter Hodge

2

5

1

2

1

2

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

1

6

Chris Richard

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

0

0

0

2

2

Dan Warner

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

0

1

2

Marreese Speights

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

3

2

Team

3

Totals

27

57

9

22

19

26

11

24

38

15

5

5

13

19

82

 

 

 

Syracuse

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Craig Forth

C

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

2

1

5

2

Carmelo Anthony

F

12

22

2

6

5

7

4

7

11

2

1

0

3

2

31

Hakim Warrick

F

3

7

0

0

2

4

1

2

3

0

1

0

0

4

8

Kueth Duany

G

2

5

1

3

2

2

3

1

4

1

2

0

2

4

7

Gerry McNamara

G

6

15

3

7

4

4

0

1

1

5

0

0

3

1

19

Billy Edelin

2

5

0

0

3

4

0

1

1

3

2

0

1

2

7

Josh Pace

1

3

0

0

0

0

1

7

8

2

2

0

0

4

2

Jeremy McNeil

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

2

0

Team

3

Totals

27

60

6

16

16

21

10

21

34

13

8

3

11

24

76

Player of the Game

Al Horford

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Florida

37

45

82

Syracuse

40

36

76

 

 

‘Nova Opens Hitting 9 of First 11 Shots To Put Game Away Early

 

2 Villanova 2018

81

15 Illinois 2005

70

 

Boxscore

Villanova

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Omari Spellman

C

3

7

1

3

1

2

2

6

8

0

0

3

2

3

8

Eric Paschall

F

3

6

2

5

2

3

2

4

6

3

1

0

1

2

10

Michael Bridges

F

8

14

2

4

4

5

1

4

5

2

2

1

2

1

22

Phil Booth

G

3

6

1

2

1

2

0

3

3

4

1

0

2

2

8

Jalen Brunson

G

7

15

1

1

4

4

0

2

2

4

0

0

2

2

19

Donte DiVincenzo

3

7

1

3

2

2

1

2

3

3

1

0

0

3

9

Collin Gillespie

1

3

1

3

0

0

0

1

1

0

1

0

1

2

3

Tim Delaney

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

0

0

0

0

0

2

Jermaine Samuels

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

4

Totals

29

60

9

21

14

18

7

24

35

16

6

4

10

16

81

 

 

Illinois

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

James Augustine

C

3

6

0

0

4

6

2

7

9

1

0

1

2

3

10

Roger Powell

F

3

7

0

1

0

0

4

6

10

4

2

0

1

2

6

Luther Head

F

6

14

2

7

2

2

2

5

7

2

0

0

2

4

16

Deron Williams

G

5

11

2

4

1

2

1

3

4

4

1

0

3

3

13

Dee Brown

G

7

15

4

10

5

7

0

1

1

5

2

0

4

2

23

Jack Ingram

1

4

0

1

0

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

1

2

2

Richard McBride

0

1

0

1

0

0

1

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

0

Nick Smith

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

0

0

Warren Carter

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

Shaun Pruitt

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Fred Nkemdi

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

2

Totals

25

60

8

24

12

17

11

25

38

17

6

2

15

16

70

Player of the Game

Jalen Brunson

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Villanova

48

33

81

Illinois

32

38

70

 

Saturday’s East & South Region Schedule

 

East

1 – Duke 2001 vs. 9 – Kentucky 1978

4 – North Carolina St. 1974 vs. 12 – Louisville 1980

3 – Virginia 2019 vs. 11 – Georgetown 1984

2 – North Carolina  2005 vs. 10 – Indiana 1987

 

South

1 – Kentucky 1996 vs. 8 – UCLA 1964

4 – UCLA 1970 vs. 5 – Louisville 2013

6 – Duke  1992 vs. 14 – Kansas 1997

2 – Villanova 2018 vs. 7 – Florida 2007

 

Coming Tomorrow: Second Round Action From The Midwest and West Regions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 18, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–Wednesday, March 18

Friars Hot Three-Point Shooting Leads To Victory

1973 Providence

79

2008 Memphis

75

Unassociated Press:  The 1973 Providence Friars connected on 11 three-point shots and held off a furious Tiger Rally to beat 2008 Memphis 79-75.

Ernie DiGregorio and Kevin Stacom combined for nine of the Friars’ 11 three-pointers, while Marvin Barnes dominated inside with 17 rebounds.

Down 73-59 with five minutes to play, Memphis held Providence scoreless for three minutes while scoring 13 consecutive points and connecting on six of nine shots to cut the lead to a point at 73-72.  Consecutive baskets by Barnes and Nehru King built the lead back to five points wiht one minute remaining.

Providence advances to the Midwest Region as the Number 16 seed and will face top-seed 1968 UCLA on Friday.

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Providence

41

38

79

Memphis

32

43

75

Boxscore

Providence

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Marvin Barnes

C

7

12

0

0

2

5

4

13

17

0

0

4

3

3

16

Frank Costello

F

3

6

0

0

0

0

2

7

9

1

0

1

2

3

6

Nehru King

F

3

8

2

7

0

0

1

4

5

2

0

0

2

1

8

Kevin Stacom

G

6

11

4

7

3

4

1

1

2

5

2

0

1

2

19

Ernie DiGregorio

G

9

19

5

11

3

3

0

2

2

8

1

0

1

1

26

Charles Crawford

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

0

0

2

2

4

Team

3

Totals

30

61

11

25

8

12

8

29

40

17

3

5

11

12

79

 

 

 

Memphis

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Joey Dorsey

C

5

10

0

0

2

3

2

6

8

0

0

2

0

2

12

Robert Dozier

F

3

6

0

0

0

0

3

4

7

1

0

1

1

1

6

Chris Douglas-Roberts

F

8

17

2

6

3

4

1

2

3

2

1

1

2

1

21

Antonio Anderson

G

1

5

1

5

0

0

1

2

3

4

1

0

0

2

3

Derrick Rose

G

7

15

1

3

4

5

1

4

5

6

3

0

1

1

19

Donneal Mack

0

3

1

3

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

1

2

1

Shawn Taggart

2

4

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

1

1

1

0

2

4

Willie Kemp

2

5

2

5

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

6

Andre Allen

1

3

1

3

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

0

1

3

Team

2

Totals

29

68

8

25

9

12

9

24

35

16

6

5

5

12

75

Player of the Game

Ernie DiGregorio

 

 

Cougars Prevail in Exicting Overtime Game

 

1983 Houston

104

OT

1972 North Carolina

101

 

Unassociated Press: The 1983 Houston Cougars and 1972 North Carolina Tar Heels fought an evenly contested game that took an extra five minutes to decide the outcome Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio.  Houston won 104-101.  Late steals by Clyde Drexler and Bennie Anders led to baskets that clinched the victory for the Cougars.

North Carolina had taken a 99-96 lead with 90 seconds remaining in overtime, but Houston capitalized on consecutive steals leading to consecutive made baskets and free throws to take a 102-99 lead.  The Tar Heels appeared to be headed to victory in regulation with a 79-71 lead late in the second half.  Houston tied the game at 87-87 on a basket by Larry Micheaux with eight seconds remaining.

Houston advances to the West Region as the number 16 seed and will face number one seed 1972 UCLA on Friday.

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

OT

Final

Houston

45

42

17

104

N. Carolina

47

40

14

101

 

Boxscore

Houston

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Hakeem Olajuwon

C

10

16

0

0

5

9

4

6

10

0

1

4

3

4

25

Michael Young

F

7

14

0

0

2

4

2

3

5

1

1

0

1

4

16

Larry Micheaux

F

8

13

0

0

4

7

3

4

7

2

2

1

2

4

20

Clyde Drexler

G

8

17

1

3

4

4

1

3

4

2

4

1

1

3

21

Alvin Franklin

G

2

5

1

4

2

3

0

1

1

6

2

0

3

3

7

Benny Anders

1

3

1

3

2

2

0

2

2

2

3

0

3

4

5

Dave Rose

1

4

0

2

1

2

1

3

4

1

1

1

1

5

3

Reid Gettys

2

4

2

4

1

2

1

2

3

1

0

0

0

2

7

Team

2

Totals

39

76

5

16

21

33

12

24

38

15

14

7

14

29

104

 

 

 

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Bob McAdoo

C

10

17

0

0

4

6

4

7

11

1

0

2

2

4

24

Dennis Wuycik

F

5

12

2

5

6

6

2

4

6

2

0

0

2

3

18

Bobby Jones

F

4

7

1

2

3

3

2

8

10

4

2

1

3

4

12

Steve Previs

G

1

4

0

1

2

3

1

2

3

3

0

0

4

5

4

George Karl

G

4

9

2

5

4

4

2

1

3

4

1

0

5

4

14

Bill Chamberlain

5

10

2

4

5

7

1

6

7

1

1

0

2

3

17

Kim Huband

2

5

1

3

2

2

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

1

7

Donn Johnston

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

2

1

0

2

1

2

Bill Chambers

0

0

0

2

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

3

0

Craig Corson

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

0

Ray Hite

1

1

1

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

3

Team

2

Totals

33

67

9

23

26

31

12

32

46

18

7

3

24

30

101

Player of the Game

Hakeem Olajuwon

Coming Thursday:  The East and South Regions

 

East Region

1-Duke 2001 vs. 16-St. Bonaventure 1970
8-Michigan St. 1979 vs. 9-Kentucky 1978
4-North Carolina St. 1974 vs. 13-Duke 1999
5-Connecticut 1999 vs. 12-Louisville 1980
3-Virginia 2019 vs. 14-Arkansas 1991
6-Villanova 2016 vs. 11-Georgetown 1984
7-UCLA 1995 vs. 10-Indiana 1987
2-North Carolina 2005 vs. 15-Ohio St. 1962

 

South Region

1-Kentucky 1996 vs. 16-Maryland 1974
8-UCLA 1964 vs. 9-Indiana 1981
4-UCLA 1970 vs. 13-Oklahoma 1988
5-Louisville 2013 vs. 12-North Carolina St. 1983
3-North Carolina 2009 vs. 14-Kansas 1997
6-Duke 1992 vs. 11 Connecticut 2014
7-Florida 2007 vs. 10-Syracuse 2003
2-Villanova 2018 vs. 15-Illinois 2005

 

 

 

 

 

March 17, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–Tuesday, March 17 Results

Bonnies Prevail In The Paint

1970 St. Bonaventure

87

1984 North Carolina

79

 

Unassociated Press: The 1970 Saint Bonaventure Bonnies dominated in the paint and taking advantage of early 1984 North Carolina turnovers to take a 10-point lead in the first eight minutes, as they cruised to an 87-79 victory.  The Bonnies now advance to the East Region as the number 16 seed where they will face the top-seeded 2001 Duke Blue Devils.

Bob Lanier led Saint Bonaventure with 31 points and 18 rebounds, and in the process he drew five fouls on Tar Heel starter Brad Daugherty.

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

St. Bonaventure

44

43

87

N. Carolina

34

45

79

Boxscore

St. Bonaventure

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Bob Lanier

C

13

21

0

0

5

8

6

12

18

0

0

4

2

3

31

Matt Gantt

F

6

13

0

0

3

5

3

5

8

1

1

1

1

4

15

GregBubba Gary

F

4

11

0

0

2

4

2

2

4

1

2

0

3

3

10

Bill Kalbaugh

G

3

7

2

5

3

4

0

2

2

3

2

0

4

3

11

Paul Hoffman

G

4

10

3

8

7

8

0

1

1

2

0

0

3

4

18

Mike Kull

1

4

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

3

2

Tom Baldwin

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

2

1

0

1

1

0

Team

2

Totals

31

66

5

14

20

29

11

25

38

10

6

5

15

21

87

 

 

 

North Carolina

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Brad Daugherty

C

2

7

0

0

1

2

1

5

6

1

0

0

2

5

5

Sam Perkins

F

7

12

0

0

5

6

2

8

10

2

1

1

3

2

19

Matt Doherty

F

2

6

2

5

2

2

1

3

4

2

0

0

5

4

8

Michael Jordan

G

6

14

3

9

7

8

1

5

6

5

2

1

3

3

22

Kenny Smith

G

3

7

2

6

5

6

1

3

4

4

2

0

5

5

13

Steve Hale

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

0

0

1

2

2

Joe Wolf

2

5

0

0

1

2

2

5

7

0

0

2

2

3

5

Buzz Peterson

3

7

2

6

2

2

0

1

1

3

2

0

3

2

10

Cecil Exum

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

1

1

0

2

3

0

Team

3

Totals

24

55

9

26

22

26

7

28

38

18

8

4

24

24

79

Player of the Game

C-Bob Lanier

 

 

Terps Ride Big Offensive Night From Lucas

 

1974 Maryland

95

1970 Florida St.

85

 

Unassociated Press: The 1974 Maryland Terrapins played 37 minutes of up-tempo basketball before slowing the game down during the final three minutes to hold off the 1970 Florida State Seminoles 95-85.  Star guard John Lucas was virtually unstoppable, leading Coach Lefty Driesell’s Terps with 25 points, while narrowly missing a double-double with nine assists.  His three steals led to seven Maryland points.

Florida State stayed within striking distance thanks to strong offensive rebounding, but the Seminoles committed 22 turnovers, 10 of them via steals and never could get within six points in the second half.

Maryland advances to the South Region as the 16-seed and will face top-seed Kentucky 1996 on Thursday.

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

Mary

52

43

95

FSU

45

40

85

 

 

Boxscore

Maryland

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Len Elmore

C

7

13

0

0

5

8

3

9

12

1

0

3

1

3

19

Tom McMillen

F

9

16

2

5

3

4

1

6

7

2

1

1

2

2

23

Owen Brown

F

4

7

0

0

1

2

1

4

5

0

1

1

1

3

9

John Lucas

G

8

17

3

7

6

7

0

1

1

9

3

0

3

2

25

Mo Howard

G

4

11

3

8

2

3

0

2

2

4

2

0

2

2

13

Tom Roy

2

4

0

0

0

0

2

3

5

0

1

1

1

2

4

Jap Trimble

1

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

0

1

2

Billy Hahn

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

2

1

0

1

2

0

Team

3

Totals

35

71

8

21

17

24

7

27

37

19

10

6

11

17

95

 

 

 

Florida St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Dave Cowens

C

8

15

0

0

3

4

4

12

16

0

1

2

2

3

19

Willie Williams

F

10

17

0

0

2

3

3

9

12

0

0

1

1

2

22

Vernell Ellzy

F

2

5

2

5

0

0

2

2

4

3

0

1

3

2

6

Ken Macklin

G

3

7

2

6

2

2

0

1

1

2

2

0

5

4

10

Skip Young

G

2

6

1

4

4

6

1

3

4

5

1

0

3

3

9

Ron Harris

3

7

2

5

2

3

0

1

1

3

1

0

2

3

10

Rowland Garrett

2

5

0

1

0

0

1

4

5

0

0

1

1

2

4

Randy Cable

1

4

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

1

3

Jan Gies

1

3

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0

1

2

2

Team

2

Totals

32

69

8

26

13

18

11

34

43

15

5

5

19

22

85

Player of the Game

John Lucas

 

Wednesday’s Schedule From Dayton

 

Midwest Region: 2008 Memphis vs. 1973 Providence

West Region: 1972 North Carolina vs. 1983 Houston

 

 

March 15, 2020

The Greatest March Madness That Never Was

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament, we cannot issue our great Bracketnomics 505 Course for 2020.  2020 figured to be the year where we debuted many new pieces to our bracket-picking formula, as we spent well dozens of days researching and back-testing data, as well as research what we call the morphing of the game, where one style of play became more successful over another style of play, and where one metric proved more accurate in predicting March Madness success over other metrics.   

Alas, all that research must now go into hibernation until such a time that an NCAA Tournament can be played.  If the tournament re-schedules to May, June, July, or August, we will not issue a Bracketnomics tutorial, since this will be totally uncharted water.  We hear that the NCAA is trying to salvage something by possibly conducting a 16-team tournament much like the old NIT where all 16 teams gather in one venue.  This was the last gasp plan before the tournament was  completely cancelled, and there is talk that the top 16 teams, which would have been the top four seeds in each region could still be put into one venue for five days, just like 16 teams played at Madison Square Garden.

Our unique plan would be to play a tournament like this outdoors in a warm weather and dry climate where rain would not be a factor.  Games have been played outdoors in the past, including in the Olympics.

In place of the real tournament, The PiRate Selection Committee has seeded 68 of the greatest  teams in modern day history in the “Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was.”

This simulated tournament will consist of 44 past National Champions and the best teams that fell a little short.  The only rules in our selection system is that no single school can have teams picked from consecutive seasons.  That means that we could not award all three of Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s UCLA teams bids.  And, because the 1968 team rates the highest of the three, we did not select the 1967 and 1969 Bruins in order to get the great 1968 team.

Additionally, because we wanted National Champions first and foremost, great teams like the 1975 Indiana Hoosiers and 1991 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels were ineligible for the tournament, since the 1976 IU and 1990 UNLV teams received automatic bids.

 
Four regions with 17 teams in each region have been seeded and games have been scheduled, starting Tuesday night with two first round games in Dayton, Ohio.

These games will be played via a tabletop game created by our Captain and inspired by the Avalon Hill/Sports Illustrated Professional Game called Statis-Pro Basketball.  If you want to take a peak at this out of print game, go to the following link:  https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4453/statis-pro-basketball

The Captain is the utmost sports boardgame geek.  Games like the one above and Strat-O-Matic Baseball led to his falling in love with statistics.  The Captain cracked the ratings codes for many of these games, including Statis-Pro,  and he decided to create his own college version of the game.  He even added three-point shooting to the game with the addition of a few simple rules, and voila, he had created a homemade board game that supplied him (and friends) with many hours of great fun.  Teams were made from the 1960’s through the 1980’s and later into the 1990’s.  After many years of use, when Mrs. PiRate placed the ring on his finger, the game was put away in a storage closet in the Captain’s basement.  When the Coronavirus claimed almost all sports as its victims, the Captain’s Lady thought it might be a good idea for him to play out a tournament by using the old game and reporting the results on this website.

The first thought was to make 68 teams from the 2020 season based on regular season conference champions and at-large teams that his bracketology showed to be the right 68.  There was a problem with that, because he could not make 68 new teams from 2020 and play this tournament beginning Tuesday, as it would be April before he could make 68 teams.  So, since he had dozens of the greatest teams from 1960 to about 1997, he only needed to update the set of teams from 1998 to 2019, which he spent most of Thursday and Friday and some of Saturday night making.  The 68 teams have been chosen and are ready to begin “The Greatest NCAA Basketball Tournament Never Played.”

The Selection Committee, otherwise known as the Simple Rating System at Sports Reference, has chosen and seeded the field.  Let’s get to it.

First, we began with the East Region. These games will be played in Hartford, Connecticut, on Thursday and will not be broadcast on CBS.  Our PiRate Ratings Network is “See BS.”

The number one seed in the East Region is—————- 

The 2001 Duke Blue Devils.   Coach Mike Krzyzewski has a roster stacked with talent, including Shane Battier, Jay Williams, and Mike Dunleavy.

Duke will play the winner of the 16-seeded play-in game Tuesday night between the 1984 North Carolina Tar Heels, with eight McDonald’s All-Americans on the roster, and the 1970 St. Bonaventure Bonnies.  Just so you know, Bob Lanier will be healthy for all NCAA Tournament games St. Bonaventure plays. In real life, Lanier’s injury in the Eastern Regional Final cost his team any chance to compete against Jacksonville in the National Semifinal Game.

The number eight seed is the 1979 Michigan State Spartans featuring the great Magic Johnson. They will play the nine-seed Kentucky Wildcats of 1978.  This was Wildcats’ coach Joe B. Hall’s lone national title with a team featuring Jack “Goose” Givens and the Twin Towers of Rick Robey and Mike Phillips.

The number four seed is the 1974 North Carolina State Wolf Pack, with Norm Sloan coaching the great David Thompson along with tiny Monte Towe and huge Tom Burleson. NC State will play the number 13 seed 1999 Duke Blue Devils, one of the at-large non-national champions.  This Blue Devil team had eight McDonald’s All-Americans, including Trajan Langdon, Shane Battier, and Elton Brand.

And, the final game in this Hartford pod features the number five-seed 1999 Connecticut Huskies.  UConn was led by Richard Hamilton and Khalid El-Amin.  The Huskies will be  playing the number 12-seed Louisville Cardinals of 1980 with the great Darrell Griffith leading the way.

Now, let’s go to the bottom half of the bracket in the East Region. These games will take place in Greensboro, North Carolina, at the Greensboro Coliseum on Friday.

The number three-seed Virginia Cavaliers of 2019, the team that avenged the embarrassment of being the first number one seed to lose to a 16-seed in 2018 by winning the national championship in 2019.  The Wahoos will take on the number 14-seed Arkansas Razorbacks of 1991, another at-large team that failed to win the national championship.  This Razorback squad featured three big stars in Todd May, Lee Mayberry, and Oliver Miller.

The next game features the number six-seed Villanova Wildcats of 2016 playing the number 11-seed Georgetown Hoyas of 1984, two hot rivals that won national championships. In this simulation, trying not to have multiple teams from the same school in each region was more important than having teams from the same conference playing each other, and that is why two Big East teams are playing in their first game.

Let’s move on. The number seven-seed UCLA Bruins of 1995 will play the number 10-seed Indiana Hoosiers of 1987, the team that won the title on a last second shot by Keith Smart.  And, rounding out the East Region, the number two-seed North Carolina Tar Heels of 2005 will take on the number 15-seed Ohio State Buckeyes of 1962, a heavy favorite that lost their national championship game that year to in-state rival Cincinnati, in a game played by the previous two national champions.

East Region

Play-in Round for #16 Seed
North Carolina 1984 vs. St. Bonaventure 1970

1-Duke 2001 vs. 16-UNC/St. Bonaventure
8-Michigan St. 1979 vs. 9-Kentucky 1978
4-North Carolina St. 1974 vs. 13-Duke 1999
5-Connecticut 1999 vs. 12-Louisville 1980
3-Virginia 2019 vs. 14-Arkansas 1991
6-Villanova 2016 vs. 11-Georgetown 1984
7-UCLA 1995 vs. 10-Indiana 1987
2-North Carolina 2005 vs. 15-Ohio St. 1962

Now, let’s look at the South Region. These next four games will play Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee. The top seed in the South is the 1996 Kentucky Wildcats. Rick Pitino finally won his first national championship with a team loaded with talent that could go 10-deep without the Wildcats missing a beat.

 

The Big Blue will play the winner of the play-in round Tuesday night between the 1974 Maryland Terrapins and the 1970 Florida State Seminoles. Maryland did not make the NCAA Tournament, and partly because one of the top three teams in the nation was just the number two team in the ACC, the NCAA expanded to 32 teams in 1975 and began to allow two teams from each conference to make the tournament. The 1970 Seminoles were definitely one of the top teams in the nation, but they were on probation and ineligible for the tournament that year. In our simulation world, a great team with the terrific Dave Cowens is getting a ticket to this dance.

 

The next game in this pod features the number eight-seed UCLA Bruins of 1964, featuring Walt Hazzard, Gail Goodrich, and Keith Erickson. They will face the nine-seed Indiana Hoosiers of 1981 with the great Isaiah Thomas in what should be an excellent study in contrasts.

 

Moving on, the number four-seed is the 1970 UCLA Bruins, the semi-surprise champion in Westwood after Kareem Abdul Jabbar graduated. They will play the number 13-seed Oklahoma Sooners of 1988, another at-large non-champion.

 

Rounding out this pod, the number five-seed is the 2013 Louisville Cardinals, and they will take on the 12-seed North Carolina State Wolf Pack of 1983, the Cinderella champion of the great Jim Valvano.

 

The other half of the pod in the South Region will take place in Chicago on Friday at the United Center. The number three-seed North Carolina Tar Heels of 2009 will play the number 14-seed Kansas Jayhawks of 1997, another at-large power that did not win the national championship. Coach Roy Williams of the Tar Heels will go up against Coach Roy Williams of the Jayhawks.

The number six-seed is the 1992 Duke Blue Devils, and Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s second ever champion will take on the number 11-seed Connecticut Huskies of 2014, a team that almost lost their first tournament game in real life and won it in overtime before reeling off five more victories.

The number seven-seed is the 2007 Florida Gators, the better of Billy Donovan’s consecutive national champions. Florida will play the number 10-seed Syracuse Orangemen on 2003.

And,  rounding out the South Region, the number two-seed Villanova Wildcats of 2018 will play the number 15-seed Illinois Fighting Illini of 2005, another at-large team that came up a few minutes short in the title game.

Half the field is now chosen. Are you hoping your favorite team will make this dance? If they won the national championship, and it isn’t a consecutive season from another national championship, they will be in the field, but there are still eight at-large teams that will be in one of the final two regions.

 

South Region

Play-In Round for 16-seed
Maryland 1974 vs. Florida St. 1970

1-Kentucky 1996 vs. 16 Maryland/Florida St.
8-UCLA 1964 vs. 9-Indiana 1981
4-UCLA 1970 vs. 13-Oklahoma 1988
5-Louisville 2013 vs. 12-North Carolina St. 1983
3-North Carolina 2009 vs. 14-Kansas 1997
6-Duke 1992 vs. 11 Connecticut 2014
7-Florida 2007 vs. 10-Syracuse 2003
2-Villanova 2018 vs. 15-Illinois 2005

Let’s go to the Midwest Region. These four games will be played on Friday at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The top seed in the Midwest is the 1968 UCLA Bruins, the best of the three seasons when Kareem Abdul Jabbar was in Westwood. The Bruins will face the winner of Wednesday’s play-in round game in Dayton between the 2008 Memphis Tigers and the 1973 Providence Friars. This Providence team will have a healthy Marvin Barnes, unlike the team that lost to Memphis State in the Final Four.

 

The number eight seed is the 1962 Cincinnati Bearcats, the repeat national champion that beat in-state rival Ohio State for the second year in a row. Cinti will take on the number nine-seed Loyola of Chicago Ramblers of 1963, the closest opening round game that was actually played in a national championship.

 

The number four seed in the Midwest is the 2015 Duke Blue Devils, Coach K’s most recent national champion. Duke plays the number 13-seed Connecticut Huskies of 2011 led by the incredible Kemba Walker.

 

The number five seed is the 2017 North Carolina Tar Heels, and Roy Williams’ squad will face the 12-seed Villanova Wildcats of 1985, one of the biggest upset winners in national championship game history.

 

Now moving on to the bottom half of this region’s bracket, these four games will take place Thursday in Kansas City. The number three seed is the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers, Coach Bob Knight’s first title team and the last team to go undefeated. Their opponent is the number 14-seed Stanford Cardinal of 2001, another of the at-large teams that did not win the national championship.

 

The number six seed is the 1994 Arkansas Razorbacks, and Arkansas will take on the number 11-seed Kansas Jayhawks of 1988, the surprise national champion led by the great Danny Manning.

 

The number seven seed is the 1998 Kentucky Wildcats, the team led by Coach Tubby Smith. The Big Blue will face the 10-seed UCLA Bruins of 1975, Coach Wooden’s final national champion.

 

Rounding out the Midwest Region, the number two seed Michigan Wolverines of 1989 will play the number 15-seed Houston Cougars of 1968, another at-large team that did not win the national title, featuring the Big E, Elvin Hayes, and Donald “Duck” Chaney.

 

Midwest Region

Play-In Round for 16-seed
Memphis 2008 vs. Providence 1973

1-UCLA 1968 vs. 16-Memphis/Providence
8-Cincinnati 1962 vs. 9-Loyola (Chi.) 1963
4-Duke 2015 vs. 13-Connecticut 2011
5-North Carolina 2017 vs. 12-Villanova 1985
3-Indiana 1976 vs. 14-Stanford 2001
6-Arkansas 1994 vs. 11-Kansas 1988
7-Kentucky 1998 vs. 10-UCLA 1975
2-Michigan 1989 vs. 15-Houston 1968

 

That’s three regions down and just one to go. Here’s the seeding for the West Region. These next four games will take place at the Key Arena in Seattle on Friday. The number one seed and the top seed in the entire tournament is the 1972 UCLA Bruins, led by Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes, and Henry Bibby. They will face the winner of Wednesday’s play-in game in Dayton between 16-seeds 1972 North Carolina and 1983 Houston, two teams that fell a tad short in the Final Four.

 

The number eight seed Connecticut Huskies of 2004 led by Emeka Okafor will face the nine-seed Arizona Wildcats of 1997, Coach Lute Olson’s lone national champion.

 

The number four seed is the 2000 Michigan State Spartans, the last Big Ten team to win the title. Sparty will face the number 13-seed 1986 Louisville Cardinals with Never Nervous Pervis Ellison.

 

The number five seed is the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats, John Calipari’s national championship team. Kentucky will play the 12-seed Texas Western Miners of 1966, a team that spoiled another Kentucky team’s hopes and dreams.

 

And in the last pod, these games that will be played Thursday at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah.  The number three seed is the 1960 Ohio State Buckeyes with Jerry Lucas, John Havlicek, and Larry Siegfried. The Buckeyes will square off against the number 14-seed Cincinnati Bearcats of 1960, an exact match from the 1960 Final Four. This is the Cinti team led by one of the all-time greats in the Big O, Oscar Robertson.

 

The number six seed is the 1990 UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, the team that holds the record for largest margin of victory in the National Championship Game. The Rebels will face the number 11-seed Marquette Warriors of 1977, Coach Al McGuire’s only national champions that came in his final year of coaching.

 

The number seven seed is the 2002 Maryland Terrapins, and the Terps will face the 10-seed 1982 North Carolina Tar Heels, featuring the great Michael Jordan, along with James Worthy and Sam Perkins.

 

And, finally, rounding out the field of 68, the two seed is the 2008 Kansas Jayhawks, and Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, KU faces the 15-seed Gonzaga Bulldogs of 2017, the last of our at-large field.

 

West Region

Play-in Round For 16-seed
North Carolina 1972 vs. Houston 1983

1-UCLA 1972 vs. 16-UNC/Houston
8-Connecticut vs. 9-Arizona 1997
4-Michigan St. 2000 vs. 13-Louisville 1986
5-Kentucky 2012 vs. 12-Texas Western 1966
3-Ohio St. 1960 vs. 14-Cincinnati 1960
6-UNLV 1990 vs. 11-Marquette 1977
7-Maryland 2002 vs. 10-North Carolina 1982
2-Kansas 2008 vs. 15-Gonzaga 2017

 

Who were the teams that just barely missed out on getting into this dance?

The First Four Out were in order, the 1975 Kentucky Wildcats, the 1986 Duke Blue Devils, the 1993 Michigan Wolverines, and the 1969 Purdue Boilermakers.

The Next Four Out were the 2007 Ohio State Buckeyes, the 1996 Massachusetts Minutemen, the 1960 California Golden Bears, and the 1989 Seton Hall Pirates.

We’ll be back Tuesday Night with the results of the first two games in Dayton.

 

Tuesday Night:
East Region: 1984 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. 1970 St. Bonaventure Bonnies

South Region: 1974 Maryland Terrapins vs. 1970 Florida State Seminoles

March 1, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For March 1, 2020

Sunday’s Games

 

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Charlotte

Florida Intl.

3.7

Fairfield

Rider

-2.0

Georgetown

Xavier

1.9

Houston

Cincinnati

6.9

Illinois

Indiana

4.6

Louisville

Virginia Tech

13.4

Monmouth

Manhattan

5.8

Nebraska

Northwestern

2.8

North Texas

Western Kentucky

5.5

Northeastern

Towson

4.2

Ohio St.

Michigan

4.4

Old Dominion

Florida Atlantic

4.8

Quinnipiac

Marist

5.1

Rhode Island

Saint Louis

7.0

Rice

Middle Tennessee

7.2

SMU

Wichita St.

-0.9

St. John’s

Creighton

-4.0

Stanford

Colorado

1.3

Temple

South Florida

5.1

UTEP

Southern Miss

6.6

UTSA

UAB

2.2

Wisconsin

Minnesota

4.4

 

Sunday’s Key TV Games

 

Time (EST)

Network

Home

Visitor

1:00 PM

ESPN

Houston

Cincinnati

2:00 PM

CBS

Georgetown

Xavier

2:00 PM

BTN

Illinois

Indiana

2:00 PM

ESPNU

Rhode Island

Saint Louis

4:00 PM

CBS

Ohio St.

Michigan

4:00 PM

ESPNU

SMU

Wichita St.

6:00 PM

ESPNU

Stanford

Colorado

6:30 PM

BTN

Wisconsin

Minnesota

 

Conference Tournaments Start Tuesday Night

Coming Tuesday, we begin our daily conference tournament coverage all the way to Selection Sunday. 

The Atlantic Sun, Big South, Horizon, and Patriot Leagues will get started on Tuesday. 

On Wednesday, the Mountain West, Northeast, and Ohio Valley Conferences commence post-season play. 

On Thursday, the Missouri Valley (Arch Madness) and The West Coast Conference start tournament play.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 19, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For February 19, 2020

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Wednesday’s Games

 

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Alabama

Texas A&M

13.1

American

Navy

4.9

Arkansas St.

UL Monroe

7.0

Bradley

Missouri St.

4.9

Cincinnati

Central Florida

11.2

Citadel

Chattanooga

-8.4

Colgate

Lehigh

15.3

DePaul

Villanova

-3.4

Drake

Valparaiso

2.4

Duquesne

George Washington

11.4

East Tennessee St.

Furman

4.6

Fresno St.

Air Force

6.2

Georgetown

Providence

4.8

Georgia

Auburn

-3.4

Houston

Tulsa

10.0

Houston Baptist

Abilene Christian

-10.7

Incarnate Word

McNeese

-7.3

La Salle

Fordham

7.6

Lafayette

Boston U

-0.3

Louisville

Syracuse

10.0

Loyola (Chi.)

Illinois St.

11.4

Loyola (MD)

Army

2.6

Memphis

East Carolina

15.8

Mercer

Samford

7.5

Minnesota

Indiana

4.9

Mississippi St.

South Carolina

5.5

North Carolina St.

Duke

-8.4

North Dakota

South Dakota St.

-4.1

Northwestern St.

Nicholls St.

-4.3

Richmond

George Mason

11.8

Rutgers

Michigan

1.2

Sam Houston St.

Lamar

8.8

San Jose St.

Boise St.

-11.5

Seton Hall

Butler

5.7

Siena

Iona

7.0

South Dakota

North Dakota St.

0.3

Stephen F. Austin

Central Arkansas

14.0

Texas

TCU

4.1

Texas Tech

Kansas St.

12.0

Tulane

SMU

-6.1

UC Irvine

Long Beach St.

15.7

UMKC

California Baptist

-0.2

UNC Greensboro

Wofford

10.1

Utah St.

Wyoming

21.1

Virginia

Boston College

11.6

Virginia Tech

Miami

4.9

Wake Forest

Georgia Tech

1.3

Washington St.

California

6.6

Western Carolina

VMI

9.5

 

Wednesday’s Key TV Games

 

Time (EST)

Network

Home

Visitor

6:30 PM

FS1

Seton Hall

Butler

7:00 PM

ESPN

Louisville

Syracuse

7:00 PM

BTN

Rutgers

Michigan

7:00 PM

ESPN+

East Tennessee St.

Furman

8:00 PM

ESPN3

South Dakota

North Dakota St.

8:30 PM

FS1

Georgetown

Providence

9:00 PM

ESPN

North Carolina St.

Duke

9:00 PM

ESPNU

Houston

Tulsa

9:00 PM

BTN

Minnesota

Indiana

9:00 PM

SECN

Mississippi St.

South Carolina

In Order To Perform A More Perfect Metric

 

If you follow this website on a semi-regular basis, you know that our R+T Rating has been the one unique metric used by us when predicting NCAA Tournament favorites.

For those of you that are new to this site, our R+T Rating was created two decades ago to estimate the extra scoring opportunities (by points) each team might be better than average in the NCAA Tournament.  We realized long ago that just like the “Money Ball” type of baseball strategies did not work well in the Major League Playoffs, the NCAA Tournament presented its own unique differences and required more than the Four Factors to determine winners when only the good to great teams remain.

The current formula for R+T consists of counting stats, but we have realized for some time that rate stats are much more accurate.  Using baseball as an example, a counting stat would be Johnny Horsehide hitting 43 home runs and driving in 118 runs.  These two stats might lead the Majors, but these stats may not reveal what we want them to reveal.  Gary Goodeye might hit just 34 home runs and drive in 95 runs, but Good Ole Gary might be a better home run hitter than Johnny.  How many times did Horsehide come to the plate?  What if Horsehide walked 34 times in 702 plate appearances while playing for a team that had three all-stars hitting in front of him, all of whom have on-base percentages of .400 or better?

What if Goodeye had 650 plate appearances playing on a team that was quite weak offensively?  Let’s say his teammates that batted in front of him had one-base percentages between .320 and .335.  Let’s say that Goodeye didn’t always get good pitches when he appeared in the batter’s box, and he walked 125 times.

Now, if we look at the number of home runs hit per at bat or plate appearances that did not end in a walk (or hit by pitch or sacrifice), we will see that Goodeye actually hit home runs at a slightly better rate than Horsehide.  As for runs batted in, that statistic is close to meaningless, because in order to drive runs in, runners must be on base.  So, the RBI stat is more reliant on the other players on the team.  It could be that Goodeye drove in runners better than Horsehide, because when we look at how many runners were on base and what base they were on, Goodeye might have had a better percentage at driving those runners in.

Back to basketball.  A team with a rebounding advantage of 43-37 has a +6 margin.  A team with a rebounding advantage of 35-30 has a +5 margin.  Using counting stats, the 43-37 team is one better than the 35-30 team.  But, the 35-30 team rebounded 53.85% of the missed shots, while the 43-37 team only rebounded 53.75% of the shots.  So, the 35-30 team is a little better than the 43-37 team on the surface.

However, it is harder to get offensive rebounds than it is to get defensive rebounds.  In fact, data throughout the calculated history of college basketball shows that an offensive rebound is worth better than 2 1/2 defensive rebounds.  The Four Factors breaks rebounding rate down into offensive and defensive rates.  

Let’s say that in a game,  Team A shot 25 of 60 for 41.7% while shooting 16-22 at the foul line for 72.7%.  Team B shot 28 of 58 for 48.3% while shooting 10-17 at the foul line for 58.8%.  Team A hit one more three point basket than Team B and one by a point.  

Now, let’s look at the rebounding for this game.  First, there were five dead ball rebounds, which we do not count as actual rebounds.  The statistical rules in basketball is that for every missed shot, there must be a rebound.  When a player is at the foul line for two shots, and he misses the first shot, there is not a real rebound.  The foul shooting team gets credited with a dead ball rebound.

To the contrary, team rebounds do count, because these are rebounds in which possession is determined.  When a missed shot ends up out of bounds before possession can be guaranteed, the team that gets possession out of bounds receives an offensive rebound.

In this game after removing the five dead ball rebounds, there were 73 rebounds to be had.  When Team A shot, there were 39 potential rebounds following misses, while when Team B shot, there were 34 potential rebounds following misses.

Looking at the stats, Team A finished with 13 offensive rebounds and 23 defensive rebounds for 36 total rebounds.  Team B finished with 11 offensive rebounds and 26 defensive rebounds for 37 total rebounds.

Team B had a counting rebounding margin of +1, while Team A had a margin of -1.  However, let’s now look at the percentage of offensive rebounds each team enjoyed.  Team A had 13 offensive rebounds out of 39 missed shots, which is 33.3% of the missed shots at their offensive end.  Team B had 11 offensive rebounds out of 34 missed shots for 32.4% of the missed shots at their offensive end. 

Looking at the rate stats, Team A may have retrieved fewer total rebounds than Team B, but they were actually the better rebounding team in this game by almost 1%.

The rate data is obviously more telling than counting data, but how can we determine a point value to substitute rate data for counting data in our R+T Rating, which in the past has picked a lot of surprise NCAA Tournament winners?

We’ve been back-testing values daily for two months.  We had to include a constant in our formulas to smooth out the results to make the numbers mean something.  Without the constant, the results were too far apart to mean something.  Tiny differences led to major spreads, and that did not tell us what we wanted.  

After about 150 to 175 different attempts, we believe (HOPE) that we have finally had a breakthrough.  The following formula will be explained after we reveal it:

((R*8)+(S*2+((5-Opp S)*2)+(T*4)))/2.75

 

This formula now refers to Rate Stats.  The “R” in the formula now stands for Rebounding Rate.  This is a combination of both offensive and defensive rebounding rate and it is a deviation from the norm and not just a percentage.  The norm in our experiment is 28.1%.  If a team has an offensive rebounding rate above this number, it is above average, and if it is below this number, it is below average.  Thus, the norm for defensive rebounding rate is the opposite of the above number, or 71.9%.  We then calculate our R part of the formula by taking each team’s offensive rate minus 28.1 plus their defensive rate minus 71.9 and then add the two results and divide by 2.

Example: Today, Houston has an offensive rebounding rate of 38.5%, which is 10.4% higher than average (we experimented with using the actual percentage better which would have been 37% better than average, but we never arrived at a usable final number doing so.)  Houston’s defensive rebounding rate is 74.5%, which is 2.6% better than average. 

We then take both numbers (+10.4 & +2.6), sum the numbers, and divide by 2 to get +6.5.  That would be the R number for Houston in the new formula.

Let’s now update our formula:

((6.5*8)+(S*2+((5-Opp S)*2)+(T*4)))/2.75

 

The rest of this formula uses the same system as above.  The norm for steals (S) is 9.2% for both offense and defense.

Houston has a 7.4% steal rate, which is 1.8% below average.  Houston’s opponents have a 7.5% steal rate against them, which is 1.7% above average for Houston.  Once again, we update the formula.

 

((6.5*8)+(-1.8*2+((5- [-1.7])*2)+(T*4)))/2.75

 

Now, we need Turnover rates, both offensive and defensive.  The norm for turnover rate is 16.9%.  Obviously, the lower the offensive turnover rate is, the better, and the higher the defensive turnover rate is, the better.  Houston’s offensive turnover rate is 14.9%, which is 2.0% better than average.  The Cougars’ defensive turnover rate is 15.8%, which is 1.1% below average.  We sum the two numbers and divide by 2:  2.0 + (-1.1) = 0.9 and divided by 2 = 0.45.  The 0.45 is now our T in the equation and we are ready to solve the equation.  The 2.75 by the way is our constant that when used brings the results into what we hope is a usable formula.

 

((6.5*8)+(-1.8*2+((5- [-1.7])*2)+(.45*4)))/2.75

 

We will simplify the formula in case you have math anxiety like one of our PiRate lasses.

 

((52)+(-3.6+(6.7*2)+(1.8)))/2.75

 

(52+9.8+1.8)/2.75

 

63.6/2.75 = 23.13

 

We will have some growing pains with this new formula, and there’s a good chance that the numbers will be tweaked in the future, but this is the Rate Version of the R+T Rating that we will use in the NCAA Tournament.  Because it is an experiment, we will also use the original R+T formula when we issue our Bracketnomics 2020 edition.

 

Here are the two formulas together for you to compare.

 

Original R+T using actual counting margins and averages

 

(R * 2) + (S * .5) + (6 – Opp S) + T

R = Rebounding Margin
S = Average Steals Per Game
T = Turnover Margin

 

New Experimental R+T using rate the percentage number difference from the norm

 

((R*8)+(S*2+((5-Opp S)*2)+(T*4)))/2.75

The 2020 Norms

Offensive Rebounding:        28.1%

Defensive Rebounding:       71.9%

Steals (O&D):                         9.2%

Turnovers (O&D)                16.9%

 

 

 

 

 

February 12, 2020

PiRate Ratings College Basketball For February 12, 2020

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Wednesday’s Games

 

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Abilene Christian

Houston Baptist

16.6

American

Loyola (MD)

6.2

Army

Lafayette

-1.8

Auburn

Alabama

5.6

Binghamton

Stony Brook

-10.6

Bradley

Indiana St.

2.9

Butler

Xavier

6.3

Central Arkansas

New Orleans

4.7

Chattanooga

VMI

9.1

East Tennessee St.

Citadel

21.9

Evansville

Loyola (Chi)

-8.6

Georgia

South Carolina

2.6

Georgia Tech

Louisville

-5.6

Hartford

Albany

1.5

Hawaii

Long Beach St.

11.8

La Salle

Richmond

-4.7

Lehigh

Holy Cross

7.4

Miami (Fla.)

Boston College

5.4

Missouri St.

Drake

2.2

Navy

Bucknell

4.3

Niagara

Canisius

-0.8

Nicholls

Lamar

8.2

Northern Iowa

Illinois St.

16.1

Northwestern

Michigan

-6.3

Northwestern St.

Incarnate Word

9.5

Ohio St.

Rutgers

6.5

Oklahoma

Iowa St.

5.6

Oral Roberts

Omaha

7.4

Pittsburgh

Clemson

4.4

Samford

Furman

-12.4

San Jose St.

Fresno St.

-6.5

Seton Hall

Creighton

6.0

SMU

Connecticut

2.5

South Dakota

Western Illinois

14.2

South Florida

Houston

-6.6

Southeast Louisiana

Sam Houston St.

-9.8

St. John’s

Providence

1.8

Texas A&M

Florida

-5.6

Texas A&M-CC

Stephen F. Austin

-7.8

Tulane

Temple

-3.8

Tulsa

East Carolina

12.3

UAB

Middle Tennessee

8.2

UC Riverside

UC Irvine

-3.9

UMass Lowell

Maine

6.8

UNC Greensboro

Western Carolina

10.3

UNLV

Nevada

-1.3

Valparaiso

Southern Illinois

2.7

VCU

George Mason

14.4

Vermont

New Hampshire

15.7

Villanova

Marquette

2.8

West Virginia

Kansas

-0.9

Wofford

Mercer

8.3

 

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The 25-Teams Could Win The NCAA Championship Myth

 

If you view a national basketball telecast this year, the so-called experts announcing the games repeatedly say that this season is different because there are no overly dominating teams in college basketball.  These scribes say that 25 different teams could be good enough to win the national championship.  Some even say that 40 different teams are talented enough to make the Final Four.

We at the PiRate Ratings tend to be contrarian in nature.  We just don’t buy these theories of parity.  Certainly, none of the teams in this year’s Top 10 appear to be as talented and dominant as any of the Top 10 teams of the past decade.  However, none of the teams outside of the Top 10 appear to be as talented as their counterparts of the past decade.

We do not see the parity that others see, and the analytics when compared on a one season basis, actually tell us that fewer than 10 teams this season have statistical resumes worthy of contending for a national championship.

If you have been reading our chicken scratch long enough, you obviously know that we value certain data when predicting the outcomes of college basketball games past the Ides of March.  We have looked at reams and reams of data dating back to the years where statistics were kept on these games and have identified consistencies in the champions that other teams could not match.

Namely, the ability to rebound the basketball on the offensive end and get extra shooting chances appears to be much more valuable in the Big Dance than it is in the regular season, because so many of the tournament teams are in the top group of defensive teams.  Additionally, being able to protect the ball and limit turnovers has become more and more important in the 21st Century, because the age of pressing full court for 40 minutes and then relying on fast breaks off these turnovers just doesn’t happen like it used to work when UCLA ran its incredible 2-2-1 press and Rick Pitino used his matchup press defense at Kentucky.  So many of the top teams have little to no problem defeating the press defense and exploiting it for points that this strategy has become a non-factor most of the time.

Teams with excellent offensive efficiency, very good defensive efficiency, an ability to hold onto the ball, and a highly-ranked offensive rebounding rate rise above the rest when there are just 68 teams remaining in contention for the title.  Additionally, teams that lack this ability to rebound on the offensive end or limit turnovers have been vulnerable to early round upsets, as was seen multiple times with teams like Georgetown and Vanderbilt in the past decade, two notorious teams that were excellent offensive efficiency teams, very good defensive efficiency teams, but lousy offensive rebounding teams with no turnover margin advantage.

When you combine the teams that possess excellent offensive efficiency, very good defensive efficiency, strong rebounding ability with decent turnover prevention, and then said team has played a schedule that ranks in the top 35% of college basketball (basically a Power Conference), these are the teams that have National Championship Resumes.

By now, we hope you are wondering how many teams currently fit this National Championship footprint?  How many have excellent offensive efficiency, very good defensive efficiency, highly-ranked offensive rebounding ability, and a good rate of taking care of the rock?

The answer is far from the 25 to 40 teams that the hardwood pundits claim.  As of Wednesday, February 12, there are only 3 teams that possess these national championship worthy resumes.

Those three teams are: Duke, Gonzaga, and San Diego State.  Gonzaga and San Diego State just barely qualify on the basis of schedule strength, and unfortunately for the Aztecs in the Mountain West Conference, their remaining schedule might lower their overall schedule strength to remove SDSU from this list.

Because the West Coast Conference is abnormally stronger this season, Gonzaga still has enough games against opponents that will maintain the Bulldogs’ schedule strength above the line needed to qualify.

So, the next time you hear that this could be the year that somebody like Penn State or Rutgers makes an unexpected run to the national title, or that this is the year the Pac-12 returns to prominence with Oregon or Arizona winning it all, refer them to this data that says this is not so.  For now, we would tend to believe that Duke and Gonzaga are runaway top contenders.  We aren’t saying that somebody else might get hot and move into the field of legitimate contenders, since there is a month to go until Selection Sunday, but when somebody says that 25 teams today are good enough to win the title, laugh at the statement and educate them in the analytics of long historical importance.

Let’s take a look at the supposed biggest dark horse national champion in the last 60 years.  The infamous 1966 Texas Western Miners (UTEP today) pulled off the monumental upset over the mighty Kentucky Wildcats.  Was Texas Western a use anomaly that year?  Did they come from out of nowhere to upset the trends and blow this theory apart?

Quite the opposite.  The issue that year wasn’t the mathematics; it was the publicity.  Texas Western was no dark horse.  Let’s take a look at the stats available to us.

First, let’s start with the obvious.  What was the Miners strength of schedule?  They were an independent in 1966, which in those days was the largest group of all.  There were close to 50 Division I Independents then, and they included some of the top teams in the nation like former National Champion Loyola of Chicago, future National Runner-up Dayton, Providence, Houston, and Syracuse.

Texas Western finished the regular season with a 23-1 record and were ranked #3 in the polls.  When has the #3-ranked team ever been considered a dark horse or surprise team?  Just because the Nabobs of the Eastern Elite Media didn’t dub the Miners with their accolades, it did not make the Miners a dark horse.

The Miners played one Top 10 team in the regular season.  They slaughtered Iowa by 18 points.  They beat a host of above average teams by well above average margins and blew out the rest of the teams on their schedule until the final game.   They lost by two at Seattle, when the Chieftains were still a strong program and just seven years removed from appearing in the National Championship Game.

The issue with the established press is that all these TW wins came against teams west of the Mississippi River.  The media didn’t realize that the Miners had outrebounded their opponents by an average of 51.5 to 36.2 in their 24 regular season games.  They didn’t know that the Miners had one of the toughest defenses in the nation, limiting opponents to an estimated 79 points per 100 possessions (not exact because offensive rebounds and turnovers were not official stats then),  They didn’t see that the Miners were quite efficient for the day with an estimated 99 points per 100 possessions.  Remember that there was no three-point line then, and anything over 85 points per 100 possessions was above average.  That Texas Western team also took good care of the ball.  They had exceptional ball handlers in Bobby Joe Hill, Willie Worsley, and Orsten Artis.

Texas Western began tournament play with an easy 15-point victory over Oklahoma City, holding the Chiefs 25 points under their average of nearly 100 points per game.  The Miners dominated on the glass and proved to be much too quick for the Chiefs, fouling out four of OKC’s starters.

In the second round, TW had to go to overtime to beat the favored Cincinnati Bearcats.  Cincinnati actually controlled the boards, but the Miners won with steals and not turning the ball over.  It was the only game where the other team won the rebounding war, but the difference in turnovers was huge.

In the Midwest Regional Final, Texas Western faced a favored Kansas team that featured all-American center Walt Wesley and 1st team all-Big 8 guard Jo Jo White.  The press basically advanced the Jayhawks to the Final Four before this game began, but the Miners proved to be too quick for the slower KU team.  TW won the rebounding and turnover battle, and Kansas’s two stars were matched by the Miners’ balance.  On to the Final Four in College Park, Maryland, went the Miners, finally playing games in the East.

The Final Four was nothing like it is today.  The University of Maryland’s gymnasium was no 70,000-seat dome stadium. Cole Field House seated about 12,000.  However, the press made a big deal out of half of this field.  The Eastern Region Champion Duke Blue Devils, the number two team in the nation placed the Mideast Region Champion Kentucky Wildcats, the number one team in the nation.  The winner of this game would then win the National Championship Game the next night against the winner of the other semifinal game.  Texas Western and Utah were there too.

The semifinal games were both close.  Kentucky came from behind to nip Duke, while Texas Western stayed ahead of Utah most of the game but never ran away from the Utes, thanks to superstar forward Jerry Chambers keeping the Utes in the game.

The Championship Game was considered an afterthought.  The mighty Wildcats of Kentucky were basketball royalty with their Baron, Adolph Rupp.  Texas Western was this tiny school from El Paso with a coach that had learned the game from the great Hank Iba, but they were almost as much a patsy for Kentucky’s soon to be fifth national title as the Washington Generals were for the Harlem Globetrotters.

There were some astute professional gamblers that knew what was really about to happen.  Kentucky’s players were quite talented.  They could shoot the ball about as competently as any team in the history of the game, and with Louie Dampier and Pat Riley on the perimeter, they could quickly shoot a weaker opponent out of the gym.  Kentucky’s devastating 1-3-1 zone trap defense had forced numerous opponents out of their normal offense, where they either turned the ball over or took a hurried shot.  It had worked like a charm 27 times out of 28.  Ironically, just like Texas Western, Kentucky only lost their regular season finale at Tennessee, a team that would win the SEC the following year.

The “Sharp” gamblers knew something that most of the rest of the nation and just about all of the Eastern Establishment media did not know.  Texas Western was much quicker than Kentucky.  Their man to man defense was stronger than Kentucky’s 1-3-1 zone trap, and it did not surrender a handful of easy buckets like the gambling press.

In the opening minutes of the game, neither team could find the range, but Kentucky’s fast break led to a couple of baskets.  Additionally in the first part of the game Kentucky enjoyed a huge rebounding edge, as the Wildcats missed multiple offensive tips.  Texas Western scored on some lob passes over the zone for easy layups, and even though they were a tad sloppy with the ball, they limited turnovers, being called for a couple of travelling violations but not giving UK easy breakaway baskets off steals.

The key sequence of the game was when Kentucky’s Tommy Kron dribbled the ball up the floor guarded man to man and then from the blind-side, Bobby Joe Hill came in and stole the ball, driving for an easy layup.  The play tightened the screws on the favored Wildcats.  On the very next possession, star guard Louie Dampier brought the ball up the middle of the floor, and Hill pressured him to the left.  As Dampier attempted to cross over, Hill stole the ball again and drove for another easy basket.

Texas Western never relinquished the lead the rest of the night.  As the game continued, Kentucky only had one shooting opportunity per possession, while Texas Western had second and third chances.  Thunderous dunks by power player David Latin allowed the patient Miners to keep the lead.  Kentucky had chances to tie or take the lead, but every time, the Texas Western defense held and secured the rebound.

Can San Diego State be this year’s Texas Western?  Can Gonzaga finally get over the hump and win the National Championship?  Will Coach Mike Krzyzewski win another national championship?  If we had to predict the champion today, we believe these are the only three possible teams that could go from 68 to 1.  Duke has the perfect resume this year.  We’ll see if anybody else joins the group of championship-worthy teams in the final four weeks before Selection Sunday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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