Monday, March 10, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville--34 Games, 34 Wins Edition

Walk-ons---another reason college basketball is better than the NBA. Walk-ons who earn a scholarship are an even better reason. Every now and then one becomes Ron Baker of Wichita States and averages 13.1 ppg.
Kansas plays down to its competition…50 1st half points by WVa is the 2nd-most they've allowed in a half all season (52 by Wake Forest in the 2nd half on November 28).
The victory over Oklahoma State was the sixth time this season Iowa State has come back to win after trailing by double digits.
UConn was 5-for-25 shooting in the first half as Louisville won in a rout.
Wichita State had twice as many points as Missouri State in the paint Saturday.
Louisville could make the Final Four. Don’t count them out.
Kansas is a completely different team without Joel Embiid.
Arkansas scored 110 vs. Ole Miss early in the week---58 on Saturday against Alabama. Ooops!
It’s been 15 years since the OVC had the same team {Wichita State} make the NCAA tourney in consecutive seasons.
NC State’s T.J. Warren had back-to-back 40-point games to close the season—something not done in the ACC since 1957.
Both Duke and UNC had 12 assists and 13 turnovers.
UNC’s 20 rebounds was the fewest for the Tar Heels since March of 1987 [James Michael McAdoo had zero boards in 24 minutes]…their 59.6% on field goal was their highest in a loss since March of 1986.
Duke has won 33 in a row in Cameron. Duke’s had 18 undefeated seasons in 75 years in Cameron. In the past decade, Duke has just 11 losses at home.
In the past month, Baylor has gone from 2-8 to 9-9 in the Big 12. Kenny Chery is the biggest reason.
Georgia is the #3 seed in the SEC. Raise your hand if you saw that coming.
Belmont lost the Ohio Valley final to Eastern Kentucky, and will miss the tournament despite an earlier win over North Carolina. EKU defeated the top two seeds to capture the title.
Green Bay was eliminated in the Horizon League Tournament. They could squeak in to the Dance with luck.
Davidson was 17-1 in Southern Conference play…lost in OT to Western Carolina in tourney.
Davidson, Green Bay and Belmont were my three favorite 12-5 or 13-4 upset picks.
Oregon has won seven in a row. Iowa has now lost 5 of 6. Nebraska’s won 11 of last 14.
San Diego State won the Mountain West, coming back in the final 11 minutes from down 16-points.
Florida's Patric Young had as many points in the paint in the first half (10) as the entire Kentucky team (8).
Florida is the fourth team from a major conference in the last 15 seasons to go undefeated in league play.
The Gators had 20 assists on 28 baskets…they outscored SEC foes by 13.1 ppg.
Doug McDermott saved the best game of his college career for a sold out senior night.
Not so fast: Unbeaten in league play: Florida, Wichita State, Stephen F. Austin (25 in a row, 17-0 in conference.).
One more thing: Harvard is the first Ivy League program to reach 20 wins in five straight seasons since Penn did so six times from 1970-75.
Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Celebrate by watching some Conference Tournaments this week.

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