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March 17th, 2008, 01:45 PM


We're taking it this year!!!

March 20th, 2008, 05:46 PM
With Marquette's win moments ago I am 4 for 4 so far. So, since I'm such an expert picker, I'll have you know I have Georgetown beating Kansas to get to the Final Four, but then losing to North Carolina. Sorry, maybe next year! ;)

March 20th, 2008, 06:01 PM
Do any of You See LA in the Final 4? Some of the professional prognosticators have given them Love.

(I wish I could say Stanford will be there in the final mix, but I know better. :()

March 22nd, 2008, 07:17 PM
I had a perfect first day, and it's been all downhill from there. Of course my Blue Devils went out early to a higher seed, again. 4th year in a row.

March 24th, 2008, 12:14 PM
Georgetown had to loose last night!!! :mad: We were up by 11!!! That Curry kid from Davidson is a beast..

March 24th, 2008, 12:25 PM
Doh! There goes one of my F-4. I only have half of my Sweet 16 correct, but then again I'm doing better than most in my pool. Lots of upsets, which means lots of great basketball.

March 25th, 2008, 04:51 AM
Jayhawks All The Way, Heathens... :d

March 26th, 2008, 11:40 PM
Really Luca? If you don't mind my asking, how did you arrive at becoming a Kansas fan?

March 27th, 2008, 09:40 AM
That's where I went to college...:cool:

March 27th, 2008, 12:09 PM

March 27th, 2008, 12:22 PM
That's where I went to college...:cool:I was at Wisconsin.

March 28th, 2008, 05:36 AM
^ Don't badger us any longer. :)

BTW (as if anyone cares) Stanford is still hanging on after they routed Marquette ..... 82 to 81 ..... in Overtime.

March 29th, 2008, 06:08 AM
Bull! ... The Sweet Sixteen had a Bitter taste.

http://assets.espn.go.com/i/teamlogos/ncaa/sml/251.gif (2) Texas 82

http://assets.espn.go.com/i/teamlogos/ncaa/sml/24.gif (3) Stanford 62

I noticed that this is unlucky Post # 13.

March 29th, 2008, 01:31 PM
Yeeeehhaaaw!! KU is through to the midwestern final....


April 1st, 2008, 08:50 PM
That's where I went to college...:cool:

What can I say? For some reason, I just didn't picture you as a Kansas alum.

April 2nd, 2008, 03:53 AM
Jayhawk to the core!

My Bloomberg 'signature' bears the Italian and the Kansas flags on it.

But I guess London's my 'home town' for keeps, now (with NYC as my favorite alternative, naturally).

Good luck on Saturday.

April 8th, 2008, 07:50 PM
Luca, this is for you.


Super Mario Chalmers lifts Kansas

Tuesday, April 8th 2008, 4:00 AM

The euphoric Jayhawks celebrate their first national title in 20 years on Monday night.

Mario Chalmers reacts after hitting a three-pointer to force overtime.

A dejected Pierre Niles sits on the Memphis bench while the celebration begins.

SAN ANTONIO (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/San+Antonio) - There is a spot 15 feet from the basket that players associate with words like "free" and "charity." For Memphis (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Memphis+Tigers) on Monday night there was nothing easy or charitable about it. The free throw line is where the Tigers' aspirations for a first NCAA (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/National+Collegiate+Athletic+Association) championship vanished.
Kansas (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kansas+Jayhawks) had whittled away most of a nine-point deficit that Memphis held with 2:12 left in regulation and needed some kind of an opening to keep its bid for the national title alive. The Tigers provided it by missing four of their five free throws in the final 1:15. That gave the Jayhawks the chance to get even, then play a dominating overtime for a 75-68 win before 43,257 at the Alamodome (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Alamodome).

After Derrick Rose (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Derrick+Rose) made only one of two foul shots with 10.8 seconds left to give Memphis a 63-60 edge, Kansas hustled the ball up to Mario Chalmers (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mario+Chalmers). He lofted a high-arcing three-point shot just beyond the reach of Rose that went through with 2.1 seconds left, tying the score and forcing overtime.
The Jayhawks scored the first six points - all inside after Memphis center Joey Dorsey (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Joey+Dorsey) had fouled out late in regulation - and they never looked back en route to their third national crown and first since 1988.
"I thought it was going in when it left my hands," said Chalmers, who finished with 18 points and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player. "It felt pretty good."

"It's amazing that he could deliver in such a huge situation," Jayhawks coach Bill Self (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Bill+Self) said. 'All we needed was a small break ... after that we made all the plays."

Darrell Arthur (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Darrell+Arthur) had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Brandon Rush (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Brandon+Rush) had 12 points and Sherron Collins (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Sherron+Collins) had 12 points and six assists for the Jayhawks (37-3). Chris Douglas-Roberts (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Chris+Douglas-Roberts) had 22 points but missed three of those free throws in the last 1:15 for the Tigers. Rose added 18 points, including 14 in a 16-6 run that put Memphis up 54-47 with 5:10 to play.

The Memphis players and coach John Calipari (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Calipari) confessed that they thought they were on their way to cutting down the nets when things suddenly went south. They were still up 60-53, but Antonio Anderson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Antonio+Anderson) threw a ball away off the inbounds and Sherron Collins sank a three-pointer.
"The bottom line is that with a lead like that, you should win," Calipari said. "I thought we were national champs ... and within 30 seconds they make a play and it's OT and it's on again. ... It makes it very difficult."

When Douglas-Roberts missed the front of a one-and-one with 1:15 to play and a 62-58 lead, Arthur answered at the other end with a layup to cut it to two. Douglas-Roberts missed a pair of free throws with 16.8 seconds left, but Robert Dozier (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Robert+Dozier) got the offensive rebound and got it to Rose, who made only the second of two free throws with 10.8 remianins, setting the stage for what Self would call "the biggest shot in Kansas history."

"I can't explain why I missed them," Douglas-Roberts said. "We did miss at a crucial time, but we were still up. We had a lead with 10 seconds left."
"Everything that they needed to have happen ... it happened," Calipari said.
"You couldn't have written it any better," said senior Russell Robinson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Russell+Robinson) from New York (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/New+York)'s Rice High.

Memphis was the worst free throw shooting team in the 65-team tournament draw, yet coach John Calipari insisted since Selection Sunday that it would play no significant role and shouldn't be regarded as a flaw.
He'd been right until Monday night. Yes, Memphis struggled with pressure free throws in a three-point second-round win over Mississippi State (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mississippi+State+University). But it had shot 70% in the tournament - about 10% better than it had coming into the Big Dance - and Douglas-Roberts and Rose were a combined 20-for-23 from the line in the Final Four win over UCLA (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/University+of+California-Los+Angeles).

"I really thought all we needed was a little break and we got it," Self said.
"Once they let us back in, we knew we had it," Collins said. "We knew we were going to take off. That's what we showed and that's why we're national champs."


April 9th, 2008, 08:49 AM
First of all, THANKS for the post

Living in Europe, I've not been able to catch most of the games; simply cannot afford to stay up all night in the middle of a take-over. But just reading the news on the web in the morning and exchanging e-mails with some old college friends my pulse was racing. WHAT A RESULT !!!!!

KU's always had a way of coming back from a nasty deficit with a couple of minutes to spare; talk about heart-attack games!!! Those poor Memphis guys must have bene gutted.

April 9th, 2008, 08:56 AM
I will always see this game as a massive "choke" by Memphis. Coach Calipari halted all criticism of his team's poor free throw percentage, in his attempt to sweep that flaw under the rug. The effort was certainly there otherwise, and the sad look on some of their faces before they even went into overtime, foreshadowed the resultant bust.

March 17th, 2009, 11:25 AM
Okay everybody, it's thats time of the year again! Who is your Final Four pick? Who do you think will win it all? Will we see another Cinderella story? Lets the games begin!

March 19th, 2009, 12:26 PM
I went with Pittsburgh winning it all against Louisville because almost everyone else has North Carolina.

Boring to pick so many #1's, but:
UNC, Pitt, Memphis, Louisville

Same final four as Obama's bracket (http://games.espn.go.com/tcmen/entry?entryID=2813746).

March 19th, 2009, 01:02 PM
UNC is like the Mets- they get to the end and flub it- over and over.:cool:

March 19th, 2009, 01:06 PM
Pitt will beat Louisville [finally, a school I actually attended].

Looking for a dark horse in the other regions.

March 19th, 2009, 07:15 PM
Ya'll KNOW what I'M going to predict... :D

March 19th, 2009, 07:36 PM
Get outta here, Luca.

Pitt, Louisville, Missouri, Syracuse

March 19th, 2009, 08:31 PM
Please do better during the 2010 NCAA basketball season CSUN. USC and UCLA.

March 20th, 2009, 06:23 PM
Wake-up call for Pitt, although ETSU played as well as a 16 seed can.

March 21st, 2009, 12:04 AM
I hope to see UCLA will win their 12th national title.

March 24th, 2009, 03:06 AM
CSUN,UCLA and USC are knocked out March Madness. I am rooting for UCONN and I also am rooting for Syracuse.

March 24th, 2009, 10:19 AM
All the big seeds advanced, but a lot of almost-upsets.

The interesting game to watch might be Syracuse-Oklahoma. Griffin against the 2-3 zone. OU played only one game against a zone, beating Michigan, but big diff between SYR and MI.

If the game becomes a track meet, SYR will win.

Go Pitt.

March 24th, 2009, 06:50 PM
Go Syracuse!

March 27th, 2009, 02:45 PM
All 4 of my picks are still alive, but after last night, I gotta say that no one is playing better D than Villanova. Duke couldn't run anything, being forced time after time to put up 3's. I had Pitt beating Villanova, but they're going to be a handful.

Never figured Mizzou would put a hundred up on Memphis. Hope that game wasn't their tournament.

Good chance for a all Big East final four.

March 29th, 2009, 11:48 AM
Scottie Reynolds' drive with :0.5 left lifts Villanova over top-seeded Pitt

BY Dick Weiss (http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/Dick%20Weiss)
Sunday, March 29th 2009, 3:50 AM

Elsa/Getty Scottie Reynolds goes up for game-winning shot that falls with half a second remaining as third-seeded Villanova knocks off Pittsburgh ...

Savoia/AP ... and heads to Final Four for first time since winning national title in 1985.

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BOSTON (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Boston) - Scottie Reynolds (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Scottie+Reynolds) was still clutching the game ball in the locker room Saturday night, long after his runner with half a second left lifted third-seeded Villanova (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Villanova+Wildcats) to its first Final Four berth since winning it all in 1985.
And he wasn't about to let go.

"I'm going to hold on to that ball for a long time," the Wildcats' star junior guard said after Villanova's 78-76 victory over top-seeded Pittsburgh (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Pittsburgh+Panthers) in the East Regional final. "I think they're going to take it, but they're going to have to wrestle me for it.

"After the game, I kept asking, 'Where's the ball? Where's the ball.' Our assistant AD Bob Steitz gave it to me. I've always seen Michael Jordan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michael+Jordan) take the ball and run off the court after big games. I always wanted the ball if we advanced and I have it now."

Reynolds made a shot for the ages that will be replayed over and over again in highlight reels every March. He took a flip pass from Dante Cunningham (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Dante+Cunningham) near halfcourt and drove past multiple defenders into the lane, overcoming Gilbert Brown (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Gilbert+Brown)'s hand in his face to drain the winner.
"Oh man, it's so many emotions going through my mind," he said. "It's something you think about as a youngster, advancing to the Final Four or winning the championship."

Villanova (30-7) became the second Big East (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Big+East+Conference) team to qualify for a spot in the Final Four, joining West Regional champion UConn (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/University+of+Connecticut).
The Wildcats will play the winner of Sunday's South Regional final between North Carolina (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/North+Carolina) and Oklahoma (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Oklahoma) in the national semifinals on Saturday in Detroit (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Detroit).

This was a game that epitomized the Big East. It was an instant classic, with 10 ties and 16 lead changes, and looked like it was headed for overtime after Xaverian product Levance Fields (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Levance+Fields) drained a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to tie the game at 76 after a sloppy inbounds play set up the Panthers for the opportunity.
Pitt had no timeouts left and neither did Villanova. The Panthers (31-5) pressured the inbounds pass, making it difficult for Reggie Redding (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Reggie+Redding) to find an open man.

"It looked for a minute like they were having trouble getting it in," Fields said. "If it had been one more second it probably could have been a five-second call. At the last second, he was able to get the ball to Cunningham. I guess Jermaine Dixon (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jermaine+Dixon) (Pitt's best on the ball defender) turned the wrong way, which gave Scottie stepping room. Cunningham made a good pass to Reynolds."

Reynolds, who was selected the Regional's Most Outstanding Player, had the presence of mind to drive straight to the basket, absorbing some contact as he hoisted the decisive shot.

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"We run that play in practice," Villanova coach Jay Wright (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jay+Wright) said. "And it never works."

This time, it did, with the clock showing zeroes. The officials reviewed the play and put 0.5 seconds back on the clock, giving Pitt one last chance. Fields' desperation heave from 70 feet hit the top of the backboard, sparking a wild celebration by Villanova.

Wright immediately ran over to hug his wife Patti and three children, then made his way over to the stands to embrace former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Rollie+Massimino), who coached the Wildcats to their only national title in 1985 and hired Wright as an assistant.

"He told me, 'I'm so proud of you.I'm so happy,'" Wright said. "He's emotional. I was emotional. He said, 'I love you' and I told him I love him. And it means the world to have him here."

Senior forward Dwayne Anderson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Dwayne+Anderson) led the Wildcats with 17 points, making a clutch three-pointer that gave Villanova a 71-69 lead with 1:42 to play. Reynolds had 15 points, while Cunningham added 14 points and five rebounds.

Sam Young (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Sam+Young) scored 28 points for the Panthers, and 6-7, 265-pound sophomore behemoth DeJuan Blair (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/DeJuan+Blair) had 20 points and 10rebounds.
The Pitt players, as expected, were crushed, and Panthers coach Jamie Dixon (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jamie+Dixon) began to crack when he talked about Young and Fields, his senior leaders.
Wright could feel for him.

"This group earned this," Wright said. "We could have lost this game, but they still would have earned the right to be good enough to play in the Final Four, just like Pitt did. Pitt is good enough to be in the Final Four. We just happened to win the game."

March 29th, 2009, 11:50 AM
Freshman Kemba Walker's 23 points helps UConn outlast Missouri

BY Roger Rubin (http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/Roger%20Rubin)
Sunday, March 29th 2009, 12:05 AM

Martinez/Getty Kemba Walker drops 23 points and helps lift UConn past Missouri.

GLENDALE (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Glendale+(New+York)), Ariz. (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Arizona) - They had mobbed one another and done a celebratory dance for their fans. The NCAA (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/National+Collegiate+Athletic+Association) West Regional championship trophy had been lifted. Then the Connecticut Huskies (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/UConn+Huskies) filed off the court, leaving a message for the remaining teams hanging on the rims.
No, UConn (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/University+of+Connecticut) did not cut down the nets after earning its third trip to the Final Four with an 82-75 victory over Missouri (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Missouri+Tigers) Saturday before 18,886 at University of Phoenix Stadium (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/University+of+Phoenix+Stadium). It was a subtle, symbolic gesture.
"There was no reason to cut them down here," senior Jeff Adrien (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jeff+Adrien) said.

"We'll do that in Detroit (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Detroit), where it really matters."
Top-seeded UConn survived Missouri's "fastest 40 minutes in basketball" attack, but one could see from the fresh gashes on Stanley Robinson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Stanley+Robinson)'s chest and shoulders that it was no typical battle. Third-seeded Mizzou wore the Huskies down, but not out. And they found out that UConn has the one player built for their frenetic style of play: Kemba Walker (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kemba+Walker).
The Tigers had no answer for the guard out of Manhattan (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Manhattan) powerhouse Rice High. When they pressed, Walker sliced through. When they trapped, he split their defenders on the dribble. And when it was over, the 6-1 guard from the Bronx (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/The+Bronx) had played his finest game as a collegian: his 23 points tied a career high and he added five assists, five rebounds and only two turnovers. He shot 7-for-9 from the floor and 9-for-10 on the line.

"He grew up today," said West Regional MVP A.J. Price (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/A.J.+Price), who scored 18 points Saturday. "He played like a man among boys. There were times he dominated the game. They couldn't pressure him. He was breaking through two or three guys and still had enough left in him to go down and finish the plays off."

"This is a perfect game for Kemba," coach Jim Calhoun (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Jim+Calhoun) said. "A full-court game, he wants that 95 feet. When he gets going 95 feet ... he's a pretty special player." Apparently Walker is so quick, Calhoun awarded him an extra foot.

Despite being dogged by reports alleging they violated NCAA recruiting rules, the Huskies (31-4) will meet the winner of Sunday's Midwest Regional final between Louisville (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Louisville+Cardinals) and Michigan State (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Michigan+State+Spartans) on Saturday at Ford Field (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ford+Field).

The Huskies built an early 13-2 lead and managed to hold the Tigers (31-7) at bay with 70% shooting for a 44-38 edge at the break. Walker made the difference in the game's last 20 minutes, when he had 14 of his points and was 4-for-4 from the line as UConn made all of its 10 free throws in the last 62 seconds.

Missouri trailed the entire game until J.T. Tiller fed Keith Ramsey (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Keith+Ramsey) for a layup and a 50-49 lead with 13:36 to play. With the score tied at 50 less than a minute later, Walker put the Huskies ahead for good by slicing in from the wing for a layup. His biggest basket might have been an off-balance, one-handed jumper in the lane with 2:11 to play that ended one of many Mizzou runs and made it 70-65. "It was definitely a big basket," said Walker, who was named to the all-regional team. "I think it was a heartbreaker."

Robinson had 13 points and four blocked shots; Adrien finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists and Hasheem Thabeet (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Hasheem+Thabeet) added 13 rebounds for UConn. Thabeet, the Huskies' 7-3 center, bloodied a finger in a scramble for a loose ball in the second half, held a bandage to his right hand after the game, but said he should be good for Saturday's game. Matt Lawrence (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Matt+Lawrence) and Leo Lyons (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Leo+Lyons) scored 13 apiece for Missouri, whose 21 NCAA Tournament wins are the second-most by a team that has never been to the Final Four. Only Boston College (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Boston+College) has more, with 22.
The Huskies are 2-for-2 on trips to the Final Four, winning titles in 1999 and 2004. Each of those years, they advanced by winning the West Regional in the state of Arizona.

Calhoun isn't bashful about his superstitions, either. He took the team for a tour of the Diamondbacks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Arizona+Diamondbacks) ballpark Friday and then out to dinner for Mexican food just as he had the night before the finals in '99 and '04. Calhoun joked that he would buy a house here and make sure he returns every five years.

"Coach has his things he likes to do. We have our things that we like to do," said Walker, who teared up after the final buzzer. "For me - and I think for everyone here - that's win. We're going to the Final Four and I almost can't believe it. Now all we want is to win there."

March 30th, 2009, 11:35 AM
Alrighty then. 1 out of 4, I'm OUT.

That Pitt/Villanova game was :eek:

March 30th, 2009, 11:53 AM
I was looking good heading into the weekend, but crashed and burned.

Pitt-Villanova was great to watch, but an excruciating finish for me. Villanova is looking smooth.

Disappointed that Syracuse didn't expose Oklahoma the way UNC did.

My best pick was Mizzou. Just didn't have enough to get by UConn.

Don't know what happened to Louisville. Sleepwalking. Maybe overconfident after blowing out Arizona.

March 30th, 2009, 02:51 PM
In first place in my 40 member pool heading into the final curve. Good on 'Nova over Pitt and everyone and their mother picked Louisville...so everyone stalled there. Looking at UConn over UNC a week from today for this Husky, though when I was there, athletics were an afterthought.

If we could even summon up a thought.

April 7th, 2009, 01:31 AM
I can't believe UNC didn't muff it at the last minute?!

March 19th, 2010, 05:40 PM
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West Virginia starts slow, comes back to defeat Morgan State 77-50 in first round of NCAA Tournament

Originally Published:Friday, March 19th 2010, 2:40 PM
Updated: Friday, March 19th 2010, 3:52 PM

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Though they start out slow, West Virginia is able to laugh after routing No. 15 Morgan State.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Buffalo+(New+York)) - The way West Virginia (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/West+Virginia+Mountaineers+(Basketball)) was missing one shot after another, the thought actually crossed forward Kevin Jones (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kevin+Jones)' mind whether the Mountaineers would ever hit a basket.

After missing their first 11 attempts, the second-seeded Mountaineers eventually found their range Friday - and have Jones to thank for leading the way.

The sophomore forward scored 13 of his game-high 17 points in the first half in helping West Virginia (28-6) roll to a 77-50 win over No. 15 seed Morgan State (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Morgan+State+Golden+Bears) and avoid another Big East (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Big+East+Conference) flameout in the first round of the NCAA tournament (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/NCAA+Basketball+Tournament).

"We always let teams get off to those huge leads and let them get confidence and that's where it hurts us," Jones said. "I'm just glad we could come out and stomp on them and not let them back into the game."

Stomp they did.

Jones went 4-for-4 for nine points during a decisive 21-4 run over a 6-minute stretch in the first half. Devin Ebanks (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Devin+Ebanks) scored 16 and added 13 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who found another dimension to their offense after the Bears contained star guard Da'Sean Butler (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Da'Sean+Butler).

Reggie Holmes (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Reggie+Holmes) scored 12 points for Morgan State (27-10), the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mid-Eastern+Athletic+Conference) champ, which followed up its first tournament appearance last year with another bid this season. Kevin Thompson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kevin+Thompson) had eight rebounds and three blocks to go with nine points for the Bears.

The Big East champions advanced to the second round of the East Regional on Sunday. West Virginia will face the winner of the game between No. 7 seed Clemson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Clemson+Tigers+(Basketball)) and No. 10 Missouri (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Missouri), who played later Friday.

Despite the early scare, it proved to be a far better start to the day for the Big East, after the conference's teams struggled Thursday. Georgetown, Marquette and Notre Dame (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Notre+Dame+Fighting+Irish+(Basketball)) were all upset, while No. 2 seed Villanova (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Villanova+Wildcats+(Basketball)) survived a major challenge, needing overtime to beat Robert Morris (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Robert+Morris+Colonials) 73-70.

"We're our own team," Butler said, when asked to reflect on the conference's sudden tournament troubles. "I just think we came out and didn't want to leave early. We wanted to take care of our own business."

The Bears were left to wonder how their solid start got away.

"Those damn 40-minute games," coach Todd Bozeman (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Todd+Bozeman) said, with a sly grin. "If we had 12 minutes, we would have won the game."

The Bears opened by hitting four of their first six attempts to build a 10-0 lead before the game was 5 minutes old. And their swarming defense did its part by shutting down Butler, who finished with nine points.

West Virginia trailed 12-3 before scoring its first field goal with 12:15 left, when Ebanks hit a hook shot from the paint. The basket sparked the Mountaineers back into the game, as they hit eight of their next 11 attempts and took the lead with 5:42 remaining in the half.

That's when Joe Mazzulla (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Joe+Mazzulla) went coast-to-coast following Troy Smith (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Troy+Smith)'s turnover and was fouled while scoring on a layup. Mazzulla completed the three-point play to put West Virginia ahead 22-21, a lead the Mountaineers never relinquished.

West Virginia didn't let up after halftime, eventually building a 70-36 lead with 6 minutes left in the game.

Butler is the Mountaineers' go-to player, having scored six game-winning baskets this season, including a running jumper with 4 seconds left that sealed a 60-58 win over Georgetown (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Georgetown+Hoyas+(Basketball)) in the Big East title game Saturday. What impressed Butler is how his teammates were able to pick up the slack Friday.

That's something that didn't happen last year, when the Mountaineers were bounced from the tournament in the first round in a 68-60 overtime loss to 11th-seeded Dayton (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Dayton).

"We had a good team last year, but everybody was so young. I kind of felt I had to do a lot more," Butler said. "But this year I have a team. Everybody's mature. ... It's a lot easier for me to go out there and play."

The Bears' shooting fizzled, and they finished the game 18-of-61.

"We weren't frustrated," said Smith, who scored nine points for the Bears before fouling out. "The ball wasn't going in as much as it usually goes in for us. ... We just weren't hitting our shots."

March 19th, 2010, 05:43 PM
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Shocker! No. 14 Ohio beats No. 3 Georgetown, 97-83, in first round of NCAA Tournament

BY Dick Weiss (http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/Dick%20Weiss)
Originally Published:Thursday, March 18th 2010, 9:53 PM
Updated: Friday, March 19th 2010, 10:27 AM


From left, Chris Wright, Coach John Thompson, and Jason Clark and Georgetown Hoyas are stunned by the Ohio Bobcats.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Providence+(Rhode+Island)) - March Madness (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/NCAA+Basketball+Tournament) became March insanity here last night.
The Ohio University Bobcats (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ohio+Bobcats), the 14th-seeded pride of the Mid-American Conference (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mid-American+Conference), raced by third-seeded Georgetown (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Georgetown+Hoyas+(Basketball)), 97-83, embarrassing one of the beasts of the Big East (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Big+East+Conference) in a NCAA Tournament Midwest Region game.
The Hoyas, who played four exhausting games last week in a physical Big East Tournament at the Garden, appeared lethargic and spent defensively, giving up 48 points in the first half and never making enough stops on the perimeter to get back in the game after falling behind 66-49 early in the second.

"It's hard to digest right now," Georgetown coach John Thompson III (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Thompson+III) said.
This was difficult for the Big East to stomach, too, as the conference - widely regarded as the country's best - went 1-3 on the Big Dance's first day. Sixth-seeded Notre Dame (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Notre+Dame+Fighting+Irish+(Basketball)) was upset by 11th-seeded Old Dominion (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Old+Dominion+University), 51-50; Marquette (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Marquette+Golden+Eagles+(Basketball)), also seeded sixth, fell to No. 11 Washington (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Washington%2c+DC), 80-78, on a shot with 1.7 seconds left; and No. 2 Villanova (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Villanova+Wildcats+(Basketball)) needed overtime to get by feisty No. 15 Robert Morris (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Robert+Morris+Colonials), 73-70.

"It's crazy," Ohio second-year coach John Groce (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/John+Groce) said. "My wife, she's an NCAA (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/National+Collegiate+Athletic+Association) guru, she thinks. She was telling me how close all the games were this afternoon before we came over here. It doesn't surprise me. There's just a lot of good teams out there, a lot of good players, a lot of good coaches."
Georgetown (23-11) was just another high-profile casualty of the growing parity in this sport.

Ohio junior guard Armon Bassett (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Armon+Bassett) torched the Hoyas for 32 points, shooting 9-for-17 and making five of 10 3-pointers. Confident freshman point guard D.J. Cooper (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/D.J.+Cooper) added 23, shooting 8-for-12 and hitting five of eight from beyond the arc. Together, they ignited one of the great moments in school history, one that brought back memories of the run by the 1964 Ohio team, which reached the NCAA Mideast Regional final.

This Bobcats team may be 22-14, but it went 7-9 in league play and was the ninth seed in its conference tournament. Ohio (22-14), which has won eight of its last nine games and seems to be peaking at the right moment, shot a blistering 58%, making 13 of 23 3-point attempts.
"Every time you step on the floor, you have to be ready to play," said Greg Monroe (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Greg+Monroe), Georgetown's sophomore All-Big East center. "You can't wait for somebody to go into a slump. You have to make plays on your own.

They were hot tonight. They were making shots and we couldn't do anything to stop them."
Monroe (19 points, 13 rebounds) went on to say this was not his last game in a Georgetown uniform, intimating he would not declare for the NBA draft. He may need awhile for the psychological scars from this one to heal.

The Hoyas did cut a 19-point deficit to 81-74 with 4:55 to play, but Cooper calmly buried a 3-pointer on the next possession to send the lead back to 10. "Their guards were tough to defend because they use ball screens, millions and millions of ball screens," said Georgetown guard Chris Wright (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Chris+Wright), who led the Hoyas with 28 points. "With guards like that, when they get a head of steam, it's hard to contain them."

Bassett transferred to Ohio U. at the end of his sophomore year in the wake of the NCAA scandal involving then-Indiana (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Indiana) coach Kelvin Sampson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kelvin+Sampson) in 2008. "We went through a lot of controversy when they fired our coach in the middle of the season and we were a Top 10 team. But everything happens for a reason."

Bassett, averaging 29.6 points over the past five games, became personally motivated for this challenge when he was snubbed in the balloting for the All-MAC (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Mid-Eastern+Athletic+Conference) first and second teams.
"I've been playing with a crazy chip on my shoulder ever since," Bassett said.

Last night, he took it out on the Hoyas, who were left stunned.
"We really thought we could make some noise in this tournament," Georgetown guard Austin Freeman (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Austin+Freeman) said. "We really didn't imagine we would be one-and-done."

March 19th, 2010, 06:21 PM
Ain't saying nuthin' this year.

March 20th, 2010, 09:10 PM

Northern Iowa.

March 21st, 2010, 12:49 AM
^^^ Whoa, indeed.

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Top-seeded Kansas sent packing by No. 9 Northern Iowa in biggest upset of NCAA Tournament

Mike Lupica (http://www.nydailynews.com/authors/Mike%20Lupica)
Saturday, March 20th 2010, 8:05 PM


Ali Farokhmanesh's big three-pointer with 34 seconds left helps No. Iowa upset Kansas.

There on the television set early Saturday evening, with so much basketball having been played over the last three days and nights and more to be played in the NCAA Tournament (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/NCAA+Basketball+Tournament), was the tournament we still want this to be. There was the ball in the hands of a Northern Iowa (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Northern+Iowa+Panthers+(Basketball)) guard named Ali Farokhmanesh (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ali+Farokhmanesh) and a one-point lead over Kansas (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Kansas+Jayhawks+(Basketball)), the No. 1 team in the tournament and one of the most famous teams ever. And now seeding didn't matter and neither did pedigree in college basketball, and it didn't matter that the big schools are supposed to own the tournament now.
The only thing that mattered was that Farokhmanesh, having the week of his life, was wide open again in March, in the tournament we want.

On Thursday, Farokhmanesh was supposed to be one of those one-shot wonders, the kind we always get in the first or second round of March Madness. Murray State (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Murray+State+Racers) had beaten Vanderbilt (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Vanderbilt+Commodores+(Basketball)) on this day and now Northern Iowa had a shot to beat Vegas. It wasn't a huge upset and really wasn't supposed to matter, because the winner of Northern Iowa-UNLV (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/UNLV+Rebels+(Basketball)) was going to get Kansas Saturday in Oklahoma City (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Oklahoma+City). Didn't matter to Northern Iowa. Farokhmanesh made a 3-pointer, and his team, out of Cedar Falls (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Cedar+Falls), Iowa (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Iowa), had made it to Saturday.

Ali Farokhmanesh was hot, even if only his own fans, and all those who had the Northern Iowa Panthers in their bracket, really noticed or cared. We get a lot of guys like this the first two days. We got a lot this year, as good and exciting a start as we have had to March Madness in a while.
But here is what Farokhmanesh and Northern Iowa, out of the Missouri Valley Conference (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Missouri+Valley+Conference) the way Larry Bird (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Larry+Bird)'s Indiana State (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Indiana) team came out of that conference a million years ago, weren't supposed to do: They weren't supposed to make it out of the first weekend. They weren't supposed to make it out of Oklahoma City and all the way to St. Louis (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/St.+Louis). So nobody listened to Kansas coach Bill Self (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Bill+Self) the other day when he said, "Northern Iowa can beat anybody in this tournament."

Then Northern Iowa went out and played Self's Kansas team straight-up and unafraid all day long, led most of the game, somehow kept its lead even in those last frantic minutes Saturday when the Panthers all seemed to panic against the Kansas press, when you began to wonder how coach Ben Jacobson (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Ben+Jacobson)'s kids were supposed to pull off an upset like this - one of the biggest and best we've had in a long time, whether Northern Iowa was a No. 9 seed or not - if they couldn't manage to get the ball inbounds.

"The longer the game went on," Adam Koch (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Adam+Koch) said to a radio reporter when it was over, "the more we sort of said, 'Okay, we're in the game. We're here.'"

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On Friday, one of the reporters in Oklahoma City had asked Koch how many of the Northern Iowa players - eight of them come from the state of Iowa - could start for Kansas.

"They've got a lot of talent," Koch said. "Be pretty hard for one of us to start for them."
But the beauty of basketball is that it is still a five-man game. And when it was all on the line Saturday, the five guys from Cedar Falls were better. They got ahead 63-56 on an amazing putback by Koch with 80 seconds left. But then a ball was thrown away against the press and a kid stepped out of bounds when Northern Iowa did get the ball inbounds and finally, finally in the last minute it was Northern Iowa 63, Kansas 62.

And if somebody from Northern Iowa couldn't get the ball inbounds this time, then this was the end of it for them, they weren't going to the Sweet 16, they weren't going to pull off this kind of upset.
Only they did get the ball inbounds and it ended up in the hands of Ali Farokhmanesh.
Down there on the right side, just outside the 3-point line, 34seconds left on the clock.

There was a brief, wonderful moment when Farokhmanesh looked around, as if wondering in Oklahoma City where everybody had gone. There were 30 seconds left on the shot clock, all the time in the world. But Farokhmanesh knew something from the other night against Vegas or the three 3-pointers he had made already: He figured that right now in the NCAA Tournament he was the hottest guy in the world.

His father played volleyball for Iran (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/Iran) in the 1980 Olympic games, came to the United States (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/United+States) to go to college. Farokhmanesh's mother Cindy comes from Iowa. The kids who make shots like these always have a story. He is 6-feet tall and 21 years old and looked back at the basket and squared up and buried the three and it was 66-62 for Northern Iowa.

Some things would happen after that. An offensive foul call that went against Kansas and gave the Panthers the ball back and made Kansas foul Farokhmanesh. Of course he made them both. It was 69-64 for his team now. And on this day a No. 1 seed didn't own the NCAAs (http://www.nydailynews.com/topics/National+Collegiate+Athletic+Association) or the month of March or the first Saturday of the tournament. Northern Iowa (30-4) did. Final: 69-67.

The free throws that Farokhmanesh made Saturday, the ones that put Kansas (33-4) away for good, came with 4.8 seconds left. The 3-point basket that beat Vegas the other night came with 4.9 seconds left. His time this week, in all ways. The big schools didn't own March Saturday. He did.

March 21st, 2010, 12:21 PM
Kansas (1), Villanova (2), and New Mexico (3) - OUT all in one day - wow!

March 13th, 2012, 01:56 PM
Tis nearly been two years, but fear not! March Madness is back!

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NCAA basketball: Pick your bracket buster for March Madness


Long Beach State players celebrate after defeating UC Santa Barbara in the Big West Conference championship. The 49ers, though seeded 12th, could be a surprise team in the NCAA tournament after a strong season playing a rigorous schedule. (Alex Gallardo / Associated Press / March 10, 2012)

March 12, 2012, 9:05 a.m.

The 2012 NCAA (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/national-collegiate-athletic-association-ORSPT000122.topic) basketball tournament bracket came out Sunday, so now everybody can start (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/#) getting ready for their office pools.
Every year there's a handful of lower-seeded teams that pull off some unexpected victories and cause many an office bracket to make its way into the recycling bin by the end of the first weekend of the three-week tournament.

2012 NCAA tournament interactive brackets (http://www.latimes.com/sports/college/basketball/la-ncaa-2012-bracket,0,1812260.htmlpage?dssdass)

So the trick becomes predicting just which teams are going to emerge as the bracket busters. Last year did anyone really pick VCU to advance from a midweek first-round game against USC all the way into the Final Four?
Probably not many, but the Rams might be a popular choice to break a bracket or two as the No. 12 seed in the South Region this year. Another 12 seed -- Long Beach State (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/long-beach-state-49ers-ORSPT000665.topic) in the West -- might also get a lot of love from office poolers after the 49ers' strong showing against a rigorous schedule this season.
But what if those two teams are one and done, and their first opponents -- the No. 5 seeds Wichita State and New Mexico -- go on to cause some damage of their own? As you can see, this is pretty risky business. Pick the wrong bracket-buster and your bracket could be, well, busted.
Our experts from the Tribune Co. newspapers will do their best to help you out with their early round bracket busters. Check back throughout the day for their responses, and feel free to submit (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/#) your own bracket busters in the comment section.

[Updated at 10:42 a.m.:

Todd M. Adams, Orlando Sentinel
This time of year, when searching for upsets, I like to look for low-ranked teams from big conferences that enter the tournament hot.
To that end, I’d pick 11th-seeded North Carolina State (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/north-carolina-state-wolfpack-ORSPT000000278.topic) as my bracket buster for the first weekend.
Before narrowly losing to North Carolina (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/north-carolina-tar-heels-ORSPT00000150.topic) (one of the NCAA’s No. 1 seeds) in the ACC (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/atlantic-coast-conference-ORSPT00000248.topic) semifinals this past weekend, the Wolfpack (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/north-carolina-state-wolfpack-ORSPT000000278.topic) had won four straight games. That included a victory over NCAA Tournament team Virginia (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/virginia-cavaliers-ORSPT000224.topic).
While it probably lacks enough depth to make a real deep tourney run, N.C. State has a very athletic group of seven core guys, including five that average more than 10 points a game. They have great balance, led by C.J. Leslie (14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg), Lorenzo Brown (12.7 ppg, 6.4 apg) and Richard Howell (10.7 ppg, 9.3 rpg).
The Wolfpack opens with a very beatable sixth-seeded San Diego State team, and then would most likely play third-seeded Georgetown (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/us/new-york/new-york-city/brooklyn-(new-york-city)/georgetown-PLGEO100100802013200.topic).

David Teel, Newport News (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/us/virginia/newport-news-city/newport-news-(newport-news-virginia)-PLGEO100101184030000.topic) Daily Press

Attention, shoppers: While our competitors offer a mere single upset to bank (http://wirednewyork.com/forum/#) on for the office pool, we’re offering a 2-for-1 special. Virginia Commonwealth will defeat not only Wichita State but also Indiana to reach a South Regional semifinal against Kentucky (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/kentucky-wildcats-ORSPT000000274.topic). Think CBS could milk that matchup for a few promos? The
Rams proving last year’s unfathomable Final Four run was not a fluke vs. the top-ranked Wildcats striving for Coach John Calipari (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/basketball/john-calipari-PESPT0011644.topic)’s first national championship.
Yes, Wichita State is first-rate, and no, VCU isn’t as good as 2011. But Shaka Smart’s full-court pressure still orchestrates a hectic, turnover-rich pace, and after last season’s Final Four and this month’s Colonial Athletic Association tournament title, Smart and veteran players such as Bradford Burgess and Juvonte Reddic know how, and expect, to win.]

[Updated at 1:50 p.m.:

Mike Hiserman, Los Angeles Times

Inquiring about a “bracket buster” is just a trendy way of asking which team might be this year’s tournament Cinderella (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/entertainment/movies/cinderella-(fictional-character)-PEFCC000025.topic). So we’re going to get provincial here and go with the team located only a few miles from Cinderella’s Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim.
That would be Long Beach State -- the long-shot school from the long-shot conference that hasn’t made an NCAA tournament splash since the days of Jerry Tarkanian and the original Runnin’ Rebels of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (Long before they ran off and joined the Mountain West (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/mountain-west-conference-ORSPT00000316.topic).)
Long Beach is regular season and tournament champion of the Big West Conference (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/big-west-conference-ORSPT000655.topic), which should strike fear into … no one.
However, the 49ers played the kind of nonconference schedule that has left them confident of competing with anyone. They had a win at Pittsburgh and another over Xavier in Hawaii. They also played tough in tight losses on the home courts of NCAA participants San Diego State, Montana, Louisville, Kansas and North Carolina.

A big concern for the Beach is the health of guard Larry Anderson, one of four senior starters. Anderson has a sprained right knee, and his availability is unknown. The 49ers still have Casper Ware, though, and he’s the type of veteran point guard who typically shines this time of year. Ware averages 17.4 points,
is a deft ball-hander and a good defender. Long Beach also has forward T.J. Robinson (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/basketball/thomas-robinson-PESPT000010555.topic) (12 points, 10.1 rebounds per game) to match up New Mexico’s best player, Drew Gordon, in the second round.
Once past the Lobos (http://wirednewyork.com/topic/sports/college-sports/new-mexico-lobos-ORSPT00000320.topic), the 12th-seeded 49ers should then be able to take down 13th-seeded Davidson, which will upset Louisville in a second-round game.]