The Blue Devils and their trio of freshmen starters are going to their 16th Final Four, a record-matching 12th for coach Mike Krzyzewski, after a 66-52 win Sunday in the South Regional over Gonzaga…
OK, so maybe we won’t get to see another celebratory fall by Georgia State’s Ron Hunter, but the regional rounds of the NCAA Tournament are filled with some fantastic storylines.
Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a big basket with 1 minute left, and ninth-seeded Wichita State earned its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 with a 70-66 victory over Ohio State on Saturday.
To measure the unpredictability of this year’s NCAA Tournament, consider two items that didn’t make this column: Gonzaga, a 32-win team on a 15-game win streak, didn’t survive the first weekend, and Harvard, a 14 seed, won its first ever Tournament game.
Florida Gulf Coast head coach Andy Enfield has won at life. There isn’t much more to say than that.
Gonzaga is out of the NCAA tournament thanks to Wichita State, a No. 9 seed that made five straight shots from behind the arc Saturday for a 76-70 victory that sent the West Region’s top seed back home.
Paul Bessire, better known by the name of his simulation program, “The Prediction Machine,” joined The Fan Morning Show on Wednesday to offer the machine’s advice for filling out brackets this year.
Yesterday was a relatively drama-free Selection Sunday. Joe Lunardi was a perfect 68 for 68, as Middle Tennessee State, St. Mary’s, Boise State, and La Salle claimed the final spots in the field. Louisville, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Indiana earned the top seeds.
Louisville earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament Sunday, while Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga also received No. 1s after a topsy-turvy regular season and another round of weekend upsets.
Gonzaga has a history of busting brackets but the Bulldogs now find themselves in the role of the hunted as Gonzaga became No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in history.
If there’s a squad that should be rewarded outside the power six conferences with a No. 1 seed, it’s New Mexico.
This is a major opportunity for UCLA. The Bruins have yet to earn a marquee victory in the non-conference portion of their schedule and the Tigers will enter Pauley Pavilion as the seventh-ranked team in the country.
I believed in Colorado. I had already seen the Buffaloes about a half-dozen times this season and thought they had what it took to push Kansas in Lawrence on Saturday. Boy was I wrong.
Iowa State at Iowa: An intense in-state rivalry should provide a thrilling atmosphere in early December.
All of a sudden, the Orange have a completely different look heading into the NCAA Tournament.