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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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