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  • Issue # 11.4.3 “What Happened?” (F4 Preview + FF Recap)

    Posted on March 31st, 2023 - 1:03 am Scott No comments


    American Lung Association
    2023 NCAA FINAL FOUR @ Houston, Texas

    4th Final Four (’71 (Astrodome), ’11 (Reliant Stadium), ’16 (NRG Stadium))
     –  –  – 
    Hosted by U. of Houston (American Athletic Conf) (3rd Final Four), Rice U. (Conf USA) (4th Final Four), Houston Christian U. (Southland Conf) (1st Final Four), and Texas Southern U. (Southwestern Athletic Conf) (2nd Final Four)
     – The Floor
    First SemifinalSecond Semifinal
    (Seed #17, NET #14, AP #18)

    Louisville, Kentucky (7th Regional)

    Hosted by U. of Louisville
    (Seed #33, NET #13, AP #25)

    New York City, New York (12th Regional)
    – Hosted by Big East Conf and St. John’s U.
    (Seed #20, NET #35, AP #16)

    Kansas City, Missouri (16th Regional)

    Hosted by Big 12 Conf
    (Seed #13, NET #8, AP #10)

    Las Vegas, Nevada (1st Regional)

    Hosted by U. of Nevada, Las Vegas
    San Diego St 
    Florida Atlantic 
    Miami (Florida) 
    UConn (4 star) 
    San Diego State University Aztecs (31-6) Florida Atlantic University Owls (35-3) University of Miami Hurricanes (29-7) University of Connecticut Huskies (29-8)
    Mountain West Conference – Regular Season and Tourney Champs
    San Diego, California
    1st Final Four
    def #12 College of Charleston 63-57
    #13 Furman 75-52
    #1 Alabama 71-64
    #6 Creighton 57-56 
    Conference USA – Regular Season and Tourney Champs
    Boca Raton, Florida
    1st Final Four
     def #8 Memphis 66-65
    #16 Fairleigh Dickinson 78-70
    #4 Tennessee 62-55
    #3 Kansas St 79-76
    Atlantic Coast Conference – Regular Season Co-Champs
    Coral Gables, Florida

    1st Final Four
    def #12 Drake 63-56
    #4 Indiana 85-69
    #1 Houston 89-75
    #2 Texas 88-81
    Big East Conference (4th Place)
    Storrs, Connecticut
    6th Final Four (’99’04, ’09, ’11’14)
    def #13 Iona 87-63
    #5 Saint Mary’s 70-55
    #8 Arkansas 88-65
    #3 Gonzaga 82-54

    Thursday, March 30, 2023 

    At least $1,332 will be donated to American Lung Association; over $4,470 donated over 13 years

    HOME, CA (smt) – Whereas last year we had four teams with a combined 61 Final Fours and 17 championships (20 including pre-NCAA) and each with at least 3 titles, this year we have 3 newbies joining #4W-UConn, who have 4 titles but all won in the past 24 years (this, its 6th Final Four).  Joining the Big East’s UConn is a member from the ACC, but not Duke, UNC, or Virginia, but #5MW-Miami (of Florida, not Ohio). Mid-majors join the fun as the Mountain West has #5S-San Diego St and Conference USA (who just won the NIT with North Texas beating fellow CUSA member UAB taking the title Wednesday in not-NYC) has #9E-Florida Atlantic.  Who would’ve thought the local team would be San Diego St and that two teams from Florida would be in the Final Four?

    Seems like a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away that we were talking about defending champion #1W-Kansas not getting the Kansas City regional (they lost in the 2nd round), #1S-Alabama leading a strong SEC contingent (they lost in the Sweet 16 and the SEC had 9 wins after the first weekend but then went 0-3 in the Sweet 16), #1MW-Houston becoming the second team to play in their home city (Butler in Indy in 2010) since 1972 (they lost in Sweet 16), and #2W-UCLA succumbing to injuries (they did, losing to #3W-Gonzaga in another classic in Sweet 16).

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  • Issue # 9.4.1 “Rally and Rout” [Pub: March 29]

    Posted on March 29th, 2023 - 11:43 am Scott No comments


    Saturday, March 25, 2023 

    Samurai Jack
     remains in the lead with 103 pts; Just 19 entries still alive

    UConn routBELLINGHAM, WA (smt) – #9E-Florida Atlantic had 22 turnovers yet went on a 13-1 run in three minutes to erase a six-point deficit to beat #3E-Kansas St, 79-76, to reach their first Final Four with their 35th win of the season.  FAU hit their last four free throws and KSU could not get off a shot at the end of the game for a chance to tie.  FAU is the third #9 seed to make the Final Four.

    #4W-UConn quickly turned a 7-point halftime lead into a massive 33 points in routing #3W-Gonzaga, 82-54, in making their 6th Final Four, all in our pool era (’99, ’04, ’09, ’11, ’14).  They have won all four games by 15 or more points.  The Bulldogs were a very uncharacteristic 33% from the field and 2/10 from three.  With both #3 seeds falling, only #2MW-Texas is the lone top 12 team left.

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  • Issue # 7.3.1 “Zags-UCLA Did Not Disappoint”

    Posted on March 23rd, 2023 - 11:19 pm Scott No comments


    Thursday, March 23, 2023 

    March Sadness
     takes the lead as 1 of 4 to go 3-1; 81 entries still alive

    HOME, CA (smt) – #7E-Michigan St rallied from five down late to send the game into the tournament’s first overtime and led 92-90 but #3E-Kansas St scored 8 of the last 9 points to win 98-93.  K-State’s Markquis Nowell set a tournament record with 19 assists (while adding 20 points and 5 steals) as the last Big Ten team was eliminated (they started with a tournament-high 8).  #4W-UConn never trailed and used an early 14-0 run and at one point led by 29 in a 88-65 win over #8W-Arkansas.

    #9E-Florida Atlantic went on a 18-2 run to turn a 39-33 deficit into a 51-41 lead that they did not relinquish in upsetting #4E-Tennessee, 62-55.  The FAU Owls won their 34th game (#1MW-Houston hopes to join them tomorrow) and makes their first Elite 8 in just their second appearance. 

    What is it about #3W-Gonzaga and #2W-UCLA in the tournament?  In 2006 (Sweet 16), UCLA rallies from a 13-point halftime deficit by scoring the last 11 points of the game in 3:26 to win by 2 and end Adam Morrison’s Gonzaga career.  In 2021 (Final Four), UCLA rallied from 5 points down in overtime to tie it only to have the Zags’ Jalen Suggs banked a near half-court buzzer beater to win it. 

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  • Issue # 5.2.2 “Upsets But Little Drama”

    Posted on March 20th, 2023 - 12:48 am Scott No comments


    Sunday, March 19, 2023 

    #5, #6, #7, and #9 PULL AWAY LATE
    Jah Lives-2
     remains on top with 85 pts; 134 entries still alive

    LA MIRADA, CA (smt) – After #16E-Fairleigh Dickinson closed the gap to 3 with 3:27 left, #9E-Florida Atlantic went on a 7-0 to put the game away.  Up by 8 (78-70) with seconds left, FAU, not used to winning, tried an uncontested 360 degree dunk (failed miserably) as time ran out, unsportsmanlike to the max.  While FAU was favored, three lower seeds pulled off upsets, but with little drama at the end. 

    #7E-Michigan St stunned trendy pick #2E-Marquette by going on a 7-0 run after the lead was cut to one with 3:36 left to win by 9.  #6S-Creighton never allowed #3S-Baylor to get closer than 9 in the last 11 minutes behind Ryan Nembhard’s 30 points.  After #4MW-Indiana went up 49-47, #5MW-Miami (Florida) went on a 16-2 run to win by 16. 

    #3MW-Xavier led by 20 and held on to a 9-point win.  #3E-Kansas St trailed by one to #6E-Kentucky with 2:39 left but a couple of clutch 3s and hitting all 8 free throws propelled them to a 75-69 win.  #4W-UConn trailed by one to #5W-St. Mary’s with 16:06 left but went on a 22-7 run to win by 15.  Both #6W-TCU (12/20 60%) and #3W-Gonzaga (16/25 64%) struggled from the line but it was the Zags who pulled away late (buzzer beater three by TCU made the final margin close at 3).

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