Thursday, March 26, 2009

2009 NCAA Tournament---Pick and Rolls

I wish CBS would display the shot clock from the 35-second mark on every possession…like the World Wide leader does.

My Women’s bracket is a real mess, what with all the upsets I never saw coming. I did, however, have the Dukie Chicks losing in the second round to Michigan State. Duke was way over rated from day one.

This is the first year since 1998 that neither the UNC nor Duke Women’s team(s) has made the Sweet 16.

Villanova has won more games as the lower seed (13 wins) than any other college since seedings were introduced in 1979.

I understand the love of upsets, but that usually leaves you with a lousy second weekend and a messy bracket.

Tyreke Evans of Memphis averages 3.8 assists per game and 3.5 turnovers per game.

When Villanova won the 1985 championship game over Georgetown, it was the last college game played without a shot clock.

Jim Croce graduated from Villanova and said, “Villanova perfectly prepared me to live in the 13th century.” Of course, that was before Jamie Dixon became the coach.

Xavier gave Pitt all they could handle. Great game. Xavier has played a #1 seed four times in this century.

All this talk about “non BCS” schools succeeding in the NCAA Tournament drives one salient point home for me. College football and college basketball are entirely different animals. You could make a case that at least half the Sweet 16 teams are MIA in football.

Pitt’s Levance Fields assists to turnover ratio is the second best in the nation.

This year is the first time that any Massachusetts city has hosted the Regional Finals since the NCAA Tournament began in 1939. Boston has never hosted a Final Four.

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