I have watched countless hours of college basketball and read incalculable articles throughout the season---but, in my mind, the preeminent quote occurred late last night. “Don’t play the clock. Play basketball,” came from Bill Walton. Oh how I wish a few coaches would buy in.
Louisville and Kansas sure looked Final Four ready to me. Helluva comeback for the Cardinals.
Louisville has 14 victories away from home…Kansas has a dozen Top-50 wins.
Should Miami win the ACC Tournament this afternoon, the Canes would set another record. They would be the first non-North Carolina team in the 59 years of the ACC Tournament to win the ACC regular season outright and the tournament.
In the second halves of the three Big 12 Tournament games, Kansas shot 64% (52 of 81) and was 15 of 22 from the arc.
Albany shoots 73.5% from the line and 36.5% from the three.
In the MEAC Championship Final North Carolina A&T held off Morgan State despite scoring only four points in the last 3:57. But, then, Morgan State scored only three.
Akron has one of the best 2-point percentage defenses in the country. The Zips hold opponents to 42% shooting inside the 3-point line, one of the 10 best rates in the nation.
New Mexico State is ranked in the top 20 nationally in fewest fouls committed per game…top 15 in blocked shots. They are #3 in the nation in free-throw rate, and they get almost a quarter of their points off foul shots.
Pacific shoots 39.1% from behind the arc---13th in the country. Interestingly, no one on the team attempted more than 83 3-pointers -- yet there are four players who made at least 40 percent of them.
Montana hits 77% of its foul shots…#7 in the country…getting nearly 23 percent of their points from the foul line.
Not so fast: All five starters for New Mexico are expected to return next season.
One more thing: You might be bored by the way Wisconsin plays, but they win a lot. Don’t let boring break your bracket.
You made it to the end -- celebrate by watching some basketball.