The Pi-Rate Ratings

April 6, 2020

The Greatest NCAA Tournament That Never Was–National Championship Game

1974 North Carolina St. Wolf Pack

vs.

1968 UCLA Bruins

 

How They Got Here

 

North Carolina St.

Defeated 1999 Duke  94-72

Defeated 1980 Louisville 96-82

Defeated 1978 Kentucky 82-70

Defeated 2019 Virginia 75-64

Defeated 2018 Villanova 97-75

 

UCLA

Defeated 1973 Providence  91-70

Defeated 1962 Cincinnati 75-59

Defeated 2015 Duke  83-57

Defeated 1968 Houston 99-92

Defeated 1972 UCLA  95-92

The Starting Lineups For Tonight’s Championship Game

 

North Carolina St. Wolf Pack

Center–Tom Burleson  7-2  Sr.  from Newland, North Carolina

Forward–Tim Stoddard 6-7 Jr. from East Chicago, Indiana

Forward–David Thompson 6-4 Jr. from Shelby, North Carolina

Guard–Moe Rivers  6-1 Jr. from  Brooklyn, New York

Guard–Monte Towe  5-7 Jr.  from Converse, Indiana

The Wolf Pack are coached by Norm Sloan

 

UCLA Bruins

Center–Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  7-2  Jr. from New York, New York

Forward–Mike Lynn 6-7 Sr. from Covina, California

Forward–Lynn Shackelford  6-5 Jr. from Burbank, California

Guard–Lucius Allen 6-2 Jr. from Kansas City, Kansas

Guard–Michael Warren  5-11 Sr. from South Bend, Indiana

The Bruins are coached by John Wooden

 

And Your Winner is: UCLA

 

1968 UCLA

104

1974 North Carolina St.

77

Boxscore

1968 UCLA

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

C

13

20

0

0

4

6

6

14

20

3

0

7

3

3

30

Mike Lynn

F

4

10

0

0

1

2

2

12

14

1

2

2

1

4

9

Lynn Shackleford

F

4

11

0

2

2

2

1

6

7

2

1

0

2

3

10

Lucius Allen

G

7

16

3

9

3

5

0

3

3

5

3

0

2

2

20

Mike Warren

G

8

18

3

7

3

4

0

2

2

4

2

0

4

2

22

Jim Nielsen

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

2

3

1

0

1

0

2

2

Kenny Heitz

2

5

1

3

2

2

0

1

1

3

2

0

1

0

7

Bill Sweek

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

Gene Sutherland

1

2

0

1

0

0

0

1

1

1

1

0

1

1

2

Neville Saner

1

2

0

0

0

0

1

3

4

0

0

0

1

1

2

Team

3

Totals

41

87

7

22

15

21

11

44

58

20

11

10

15

19

104

 

 

 

North Carolina St.

Start

FG

FGA

3P

3PA

FT

FTA

ORB

DRB

TRB

AST

STL

BLK

TOV

PF

PTS

Tom Burleson

C

4

9

0

0

1

2

1

6

7

4

0

2

2

4

9

Tim Stoddard

F

5

14

0

0

0

0

2

8

10

0

0

0

4

5

10

David Thompson

F

7

17

3

8

4

5

2

10

12

3

2

1

5

3

21

Mo Rivers

G

3

11

2

7

2

3

1

4

5

2

1

0

3

1

10

Monte Towe

G

3

10

2

7

4

4

0

2

2

3

1

0

5

2

12

Phil Spence

2

4

0

0

1

2

1

3

4

0

0

0

1

3

5

Mark Moeller

2

5

1

3

2

4

0

1

1

0

0

0

1

1

7

Greg Hawkins

1

3

1

3

0

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

2

0

3

Steve Nuce

0

2

0

0

0

0

0

2

2

0

0

0

0

1

0

Dwight Johnson

0

1

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Team

4

Totals

27

76

9

29

14

20

7

36

47

13

5

3

23

20

77

Player of the Game

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

Score By Halves

Team

1

2

Final

UCLA

50

54

104

N.C. State

38

39

77

 

This concludes the Greatest NCAA Tournament That Was Never Played.  Our Congratulations go to the 1968 UCLA Bruins, the best college basketball team in the last 60 years, at least according to the tabletop basketball strategy board game.

 

The PiRates are now headed out to sea to find some remote Pacific Island until August.  Hopefully, there will be a college  and NFL football season that start as scheduled.  If not, we will have alternate programming when we return to land.

March 12, 2020

PiRate Ratings Contingency Plans For College Basketball

Hello to all college basketball fans.  This is a little premature, but it is starting to become apparent that the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament might be postponed or cancelled.

 

It is our personal belief that the tournament should be re-scheduled for summer, maybe July, and then create a tournament where all 353 teams will be involved so that all fans can return to the game.  Have the bottom 194 teams play on the higher-rated home court to get from 353 to 256 teams and then play the next four rounds on the higher seeded teams’ home courts.  This will get the field down to the Sweet 16, and then the final four rounds could be played as the Sweet 16 was planned earlier this year.

If the tournament is postponed and not played in March, we are going to host our own March Madness of 68 of the best teams in modern college basketball history.  We will take all the great teams between 1960 and 2019 and pick our own 68-team bracket and then play the games with stats and post them here.

We have a college basketball strategy board game available (created by our captain), and he already has made cards for the great teams between 1960 and 1990.  He has the codes for rating the players and can even estimate the three-point shooting percentages for teams that played prior to 1987.

Included in this tournament would be all the great UCLA teams of the 1960’s and 1970’s, multiple Indiana, Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina teams, and even a couple of greats that did not win the title, like UNLV in 1991, Houston in 1968, and Indiana in 1975.

So, if you don’t have real games to watch next week, come here for the next best thing.  John Wooden and Dean Smith are ready to come out of the old basketball court in rural Iowa to coach again!

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