12 March 2011

Kemba Walker & UConn Capture 2011 Big East Title

Kemba Walker has been clutch for the Connecticut Huskies all week at the 2011 Big East Tournament and he came through big tonight in the final with 19 points as the Huskies defeated the Louisville Cardinals 69-66 for their fifth win in five days for the tournament championship. It was a see-saw battle at MSG tonight as UConn took a big lead early but Louisville staged a furious rally to make it a game. This is Connecticut's seventh tournament title, tying them with the Hoyas of Georgetown for most in Big East history.
Walker was far and away the best player in the conference this tournament and was easily the MVP and he not only set the record for most points in Big East tourney history with 130, but he collected so many big rebounds as well as steals and beautifully set up his teammates with crisp passing.

Washington Wins Pac-10 Championship On Overtime Buzzer Beater By Isaiah Thomas

In a fantastic Pac-10 Tournament Championship Game between the Washington Huskies and the Arizona Wildcats, it was the Huskies that came out on top in overtime 77-75 thanks to a buzzer beater by star guard Isaiah Thomas, who led all scorers 28 points and was fantastic throughout. The Huskies had to rally a little at the end of regulation but hit the big shots they needed to push it to overtime, then were able to outlast the Wildcats, who were led by another terrific performance from Derrick Williams (24 points and 11 boards). And the Huskies get the guaranteed NCAA Tournament bid with the victory today.
Gus Johnson and Bob Wenzel were on hand for the thriller at Staples Center and let's hear their thoughts.

Kansas Captures Big 12 Tournament, Locks Up One Seed

The Kansas Jayhawks seemingly locked up a one seed today by defeating the Texas Longhorns in the Big 12 Tournament Championship Game, 85-73. Kansas is now 4-0 in Big 12 championship games while the Longhorns fall to an 0-6 mark in such games.
The Jayhawks were led by a balanced effort offensively, with six guys in double figures in points. They were also very strong at crashing the boards and outrebounded the 'Horns by eight, as well as shooting much better (56.9% to 40.9%).
Bill Self's squad left the Spring Center in KC feeling confident about getting a top seed in this year's tournament while Rick Barnes' Longhorns will be a 3 or 4.

San Diego State Finally Defeats BYU, Wins Mountain West Tournament

The BYU Cougars swept the Aztecs of San Diego State during the regular season but when they met in the Mountain West Tournament Final, San Diego State had the last laugh, winning 72-54. Jimmer Fredette was terrific as usual with 30 points but the tag team of Billy White (21 points, 12 rebounds, five steals) and Kawhi Leonard (20 points and 8 rebounds) were enough for the big victory in Las Vegas.
The Cougars now have no chance of a top seed and seem destined for a 4 seed. The Aztecs look like a 2 or 3 seed right now.
Continue reading for highlights

Akron Wins MAC Tournament, Moves On To March Madness

Well we have been used to seeing madness at the MAC Tournament Final in the past and the 2011 edition was no different. The battle between Akron and Kent State went into overtime and Akron held on to a 66-65 victory when they blocked a Kent State shot at the buzzer. This is the Zips first appearance in the tournament since 2009.
However as the trophy was being wheeled out, a scuffle brook out between the two clubs after a Kent State player was stepped on during the celebration. Typical MAC mayhem.

Duke & North Carolina To Play For ACC Tournament Title

The most famous rivalry in all of college basketball takes on a whole new meaning as Duke and North Carolina will play for the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Sunday afternoon after both won their semifinal matchups today in Greensboro.
Led by a spectacular performance by star freshman Harrison Barnes, who set an ACC Tournament record with 40 points, the Tar Heels edged the pesky Clemson Tigers in overtime 92-87.
In the second semifinal, Blue Devil guard Nolan Smith refused to let an injured toe slow him down as he led the Dukies to an easy victory over the Hokies of Virginia Tech 77-63.
For a complete recap of Semifinal Saturday at the Greensboro Coliseum, Tim Brando and Mike Gminski have the floor.

UTSA Wins Southland Conference Tournament, Heads To March Madness

The Roadrunners of the University of Texas-San Antonio won the Southland Conference Tournament by defeating the Cowboys of McNeese State 75-72 to go to their first NCAA Tournament since 2004 and their fourth overall. They were lead by a terrific performance from their stud freshman Jeromie Hill, who scored 25 points today at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. And despite finishing only fourth in the West division in the Southland, UTSA is headed to the big dance.

Princeton Captures Ivy League, Heads To 2011 NCAA Tournament

For the first time since 2004, the Princeton Tigers are going dancing after defeating the Harvard Crimson 63-62 on a Douglas Davis buzzer beater at the horn. Since the Ivy League does not host a conference tournament, the champion of the regular season wins the automatic bid. Since the Tigers and Crimson were tied at the top of the standings, they were forced to play a tiebreaker today at Yale. And after a fantastic game for the Ivy title, the Tigers are going to March Madness.
Bracketology 101 projection: 13 seed

Hampton Wins MEAC Tournament, Heads To NCAA Tourney

For the first time in five years, the Hampton Pirates are going dancing after they defeated the Morgan State Bears 60-55 in the championship game of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title game. The second seeded Pirates prevented the Bears from a three-peat of the MEAC championship. The Tigers are not likely to be anything more than a 15 seed at this juncture but who can forget their upset of the second seeded Iowa State Cyclones in the 2001 Tournament? Could it happen again?

Memphis Tigers Capture C-USA Tournament Crown, March On To NCAA Tournament

In the 2011 Conference USA Tournament championship game, the Memphis Tigers did not lead the UTEP Miners at all until Joe Jackson coolly made two free throws with seven seconds left. Those free throws were the difference as Memphis won 67-66 today in El Paso. The Tigers are projected to be a 12 or 13 seed.
Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, and Reggie Miller have the recap from the campus of Texas-El Paso.

Boston University Wins America East Championship, Heads To March Madness

Thanks to a terrific performance from John Holland, who dropped two free throws to give the Boston U. their only lead of the game as part of his 27 point performance, the BU Terriers are headed to the 2011 NCAA Tournament as they defeated the Sea Wolves of Stony Brook 56-54 in the America East Men's Basketball Tournament Final. This will be the seventh tournament appearance for the Terriers and the first since 2002.
Bracketology 101 projection: 16 seed

2011 NCAA Tournament: Predicting Announcer Assignments For Rounds 2-3 (Part 6)

Selection Sunday is just around the corner as the major conferences beginning to wrap up their tournaments.And I will try to predict where the eight NCAA Tournament broadcast teams will be calling their games in rounds 2-3 of the 2011 March Madness.
Here is my sixth stab at it with the bracketology of Bracketology 101 

11 March 2011

Bucknell Cruises To Patriot League Title, Moves On To NCAA Tournament

The Bucknell Bison were the dominant team in the Patriot League all season and they proved it on Friday night as they captured the Patriot League Men's Basketball Conference Tournament 72-57 over the Lafayette Leopards. There were a rowdy home crowd in Lewisburg, PA at the Sojka PAvilion and the Bison fed off the energy in pulling away from the Leopards. Terrific forward Mike Muscala led the way with 18 points.
And now, teams should be afraid of this Bison squad. After all, they have pulled off big upsets before, just ask the Kansas Jayhawks and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Bracketology 101 projection: 14 seed.

Team Fay Defeats Team Parles In Epic Overtime Duel

Where the hell were you Friday night? Because if you were not at Travers gymnasium watching one of the most unbelievable games I have ever seen, much less be a part of, you missed out. And if I told you that Team Fay defeated Team Parles despite being down big early, would you not believe me and die of laughter? Well like I just said, YOU SHOULD HAVE BEEN THERE. Oh my goodness.
So the game started like you would expect, the Parles squad was awesome. There were making shots and playing lock down defense. But then the tide turned. The Fay crew started to make shots. They began to shut down the perimeter. And it became a ballgame. It got tight.
It was back and forth till the very end of regulation, when it looked like Parles had the win. But Fay got some breaks and Ross Weiner layed a bucket in off the backboard at the horn for overtime. Still with me?
The overtime period was just as intense. Fay got some breaks and got the lead late. No matter how many free throws they missed, they got the victory and are headed to the championship game next Friday night. 65-62 final.
When the Fay team started out slow, it was Brendan McGrail who took over. When they needed him most, he came up huge. He and Dan Galvin were beasts in the paint, they were just simply awesome. James Stroud, the firebrand. Matt Fay, the glue guy. Dave Galvin and Andrew Oundjian with the enormous three pointers. Weiner, the field general with the ice cold veins who put the game in overtime on the coast-to-coast drive. And there was me, with the bricked jumpers and the screaming from the bench.
I have to give props to Team Parles, they played their hearts out. Evan Linares was simply electric, we did not have an answer. Jeff Parles and Bobby Fischer were also great. Nick Bullen with the smooth as silk jumper who did not even hit the net on his free throws, they were that good. Ray McDowell with some big threes himself. PJ Abplanalp and Evan Romano with the endless effort and determination. I have the upmost respect for those guys, as well as their legendary coaches Mr. Craig Parles and Mr. Vince Linares. I honestly thought that team was the best in the whole league.
But it is Team Fay playing for the 2011 Highlands Rec Basketball championship this Friday night at 8:00 PM at Travers gymnasium against Team Whittam, who won the previous matchup by a 70-60 score.
I can only keep telling you people to show.

Charles Barkley Rips Billy Packer

This whole scenario is not surprising at all. The legendary curmudgeon Billy Packer is not a fan of the new NCAA Tournament set-up on television in which every game is seen nationally and not just on CBS but also on TBS, TNT, and TruTV. And he also did not like the fact that NBA analysts will be calling some of the action. This would be a valid point, if CBS did not do the same when they had the NBA rights. And that pissed Sir Charles Barkley off. And thus Barkley says the words that so many college basketball fans and other people will a brain have wanted to say for years. To the videotape.

Classic March Madness: The Shot

It was arguably one of the greatest games in college basketball history. Kentucky and Duke in the 1992 East Regional Final in the Tournament. Down by one with only 2 seconds to go, an epic pass from Grant Hill to Christian Laettner who capped off a perfect game with no missed shots with a turnaround jumper at the horn for the 104-103 victory.
Verne Lundquist and Len Elmore have the call.

10 March 2011

Kemba Walker...Simply Unbelievable

And this guy was not named Big East player of the year? As the seconds ticked away at Madison Square Garden in the first quarterfinal of the 2011 Big East tournament, the Connecticut guard not only murdered Gary McGhee's ankles, he sinks the winning jumper at the buzzer to defeat the top seeded Pittsburgh Panthers. To the videotape.

Northern Colorado Wins Big Sky, Reaches NCAA Tournament For The First Time

For the first time ever, the Northern Colorado Bears are headed to March Madness. They defeated Montana last night in the Big Sky Men's Basketball Tournament final by a 65-60 score. The Bears were led by their star and conference MVP Devon Beitzel, who scored 27 points. 
"One of the greatest feelings I've ever felt in my entire life," said Beitzel, the league's regular season and tournament MVP. "It's unreal." 
Only a few years ago was Northern Colorado sitting at the bottom at the NCAA with a 4-24 record but however, this time they are going dancing.
Bracketology 101 projects them as a 15 seed.

09 March 2011

Long Island Captures Northeast Conference Title, Marches On To NCAA's

For the first time in 14 years, the Blackbirds of Long Island University are going dancing. They defeated the Robert Morris Colonials, the two time defending conference champion, in an overtime thriller 85-82 to win the Northeast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament. The sellout crowd in Brooklyn were treated to a classic basketball game in which the Colonials had a catch and shoot threeball at the buzzer that did not go.
Bracketology 101 has the Blackbirds projected to be a fifteen seed. But could this play as well as Robert Morris did last year, when they had the 2 seeded Villanova on the ropes before the referees took the game over? The beauty of March Madness...

Team Fay Defeats Team Mamunes

It had the energy, the passion, the intensity of an NCAA Tournament game. But this time, Gus Johnson was not to be found at Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, N.J. but March Madness it sure was. In the Elite Eight of the 2011 Highlands Rec Basketball Tournament, Team Fay (7-6 in the regular season) pulled the upset and defeated Team Mamunes (12-2) 58-56. The Mamunes squad entered this game as a terrific three point shooting team but they were slowed down enough by the 3-2 defense of the Fay squad, who was led by another coach, Mr. Peter Stroud, instead of usual coach Mr. Jimmie Fay who did not show up until the third quarter. Meanwhile the Fay team was terrific in the interior as they were led by Brendan McGrail and Dan Galvin, the team's first two picks at the draft, who both had terrific games in the paint. Galvin also scored the winning basket.
The game was a grinder, a see-saw affair and it certainly felt like a tournament game.
So what does this victory mean? Well that means the Fay squad of McGrail, Galvin, Ross Weiner, Matt Fay, David Galvin, James Stroud, Andrew Oundjian, and yours truly will take on the top team in all of the league, Team Parles who did beat Fay 78-65 on February 11, Friday night at 7:00 P.M. at Travers gymnasium in USR at the Bogert school. The winner will play for the championship the next Friday.
It was an awesome game to be a part of and kudos to Team Mamunes, who had an awesome season and gave it their all tonight.
But it's Team Fay moving on.

Tom Brady Dancing...Hilarious

Watch Tom Brady shake what his mommy gave him at Carnival 2011. Guess he did not forget to bring his boogie shoes and get down tonight.

See How Rutgers Gets Royally Screwed By The Officials Against St. John's

Well we all give the NBA officials a lot of crap for being corrupt and mediocre and for good reason. But people always fail to realize how much better they are than college officials.
Case in point. After a couple of questionable non-calls that would have gone against St. John's, Rutgers has a chance to get the win but they attempt to inbound the ball to a Scarlet Knighty past midcourt and it is intercepted by a Red Storm (how do we make that singular?). But that player not only clearly travels but he steps out of bounds WITH TIME ON THE CLOCK and threw the ball out of bounds with time still on the clock. But of course, no call because the referees decided to stop doing their jobs. To the videotape, because those referees should be fired for this ridiculous display.

Oakland Wins Summit Tournament, Moves On To March Madness

For the second straight year, the Golden Grizzlies of Oakland University are headed to the NCAA tournament after they defeated the Oral Robetrts Golden Eagles by a 90-76 score in the Summit League Men's Basketball Tournament Final last night in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. This will be Oakland's seventh appearance in March Madness, all under head coach Greg Kampe, who is in his 27th year at the school.
Bracketology 101 projects Oakland to be a 13 seed.

Butler Captures Horizon League Championship, Heads Back To The NCAA Tournament

Last year's Cinderalla national runner-up, the Butler Bulldogs, are headed back to March Madness after defeating the UW-Milwaukee Panthers, 59-44, in the Horizon League Men's Tournament final. The Bulldogs took a big lead early on the inexperienced Panthers and they never recovered.
But the question, can the pesky team that had Duke on the ropes in last year's championship game stun the nation and go on another run? We'll have to wait and see.

08 March 2011

Arkansas-Little Rock Wins Sun Belt Tourney, Moves On To 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans were largely thought of as an afterthought entering the 2011 Sun Belt conference tournament and especially not in the final, where they faced the North Texas Mean Green who swept the Mean Green in the regular season. However, not of that mattered tonight in Hot Springs, where Arkansas-Little Rock captured the Sun Belt automatic bid by defeating UNT 64-63 as the conference player of the year Soloman Bozeman hit a three-pointer with a second left for the win.
This will be UALR's first appearance in a postseason tournament since making the 1996 NIT and their first March Madness appearance since 1990.

Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards

The Big 12 conference has announced the recipients of the 2010-11 All Big Ten basketball awards and the list is highlighted by Kansas junior Marcus Morris, who was named the Big 12 Player of the Year. Who else was honored for their efforts this basketball season? Continue reading for more.

Classic March Madness: Villanova Stuns Georgetown

Nobody gave the Villanova Wildcats a chance against the Georgetown Hoyas in the 1985 NCAA tournament final. The Hoyas were playing in their third national championship game in four years under head coach John Thompson and they had the most dominating player in all of college basketball in PAtrick Ewing. The Wildcats were only a seven seed. But behind a terrific performance from big man Ed Pinckney and terrific shooting overall, somehow Rollie Massimino's club pulled off the victory in the ultimate David vs. Goliath showdown, 66-64.

Wofford Wins Southern Conference, Headed To NCAA Tournament

For the second straight year, the Wofford Terriers are going dancing as they defeated the Charleston Cougars last night for the Southern Conference tournament title 77-67 thanks to a 21 point performance from Cameron Rundles. Wofford did lose both regular season matches to the Cougars but the third time was the charm for them. Wofford is projected to be a 14 seed for the 2011 NCAA tournament by Bracketology 101. Meanwhile, the Cougars were denied their first NCAA tournament berth since 1999 and coach Bobby Cremins' first since 1996 with Georgia Tech.

Gonzaga Wins West Coast Conference, Moves To March Madness

For the thirteenth straight season, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are headed to the NCAA tournament as they defeated the rival St. Mary's Gaels 75-63 last night in Vegas to win the WCC tournament. It was a physical and hard-fought ballgame at the Orleans Arena. The Zags were lead by senior Steven Gray, who scored 15 points despite needing four stitches above his his eye when the game was over.
Gonzaga is projected to be a 10 seed and while the Gaels were unable to repeat as WCC champions, they look to be getting an at-large bid as well.

Big Ten Men's Basketball Awards

The Big Ten conference has announced the 2010 All-Big Ten teams and the major awards are swept by Purude. JaJuan Johnson, the star forward for the Boilermakers, has won play of the year and head coach Matt Painter has been named coach of the year. Who else was honored by the coaches and the media? Continue reading to find out.

07 March 2011

Old Dominion Wins CAA Tournament, Heads To The 2011 NCAA Tournament

The Old Dominion Monarchs captured the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball tournament final on Monday night and they are headed to March Madness by defeating the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, 70-65 in Richmond, Virginia. The Monarchs won this tournament last year and went on to upset Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament last year. The Monarchs are currently projected to be an eight seed
VCU pulled off a major upset by defeating the top seeded George Mason Patriots in the semifinals but they were unable to pull off another upset in the finals as they are likely to miss the tournament. 

St. Peter's Wins MAAC Championship, Marches To NCAA Tournament

For the first time in sixteen years, the Peacocks of Saint Peter's College are headed to the 2011 NCAA Tournament after upsetting the Iona Gaels by a 62-57 score in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament on Monday night. The Peacocks defeated the top seeded Fairfield Stags yesterday to advance to the tournament final and they continue the string of upset tournament winners by capturing the automatic bid awarded to the champion of the MAAC.
The small school had not played in the MAAC tourney final since 2006 and ad not won it since 1995.

Classic March Madness: "By George, The Dream Is Alive"

In the 2006 NCAA Tournament, little-known George Mason was never considered to be a team that could make the Final Four. In fact as they were playing Michigan State in their opening game, few thought they would make it to the second round. But not only did they defeat the Spartans, they defeated North Carolina, a three seed, in the second round and Wichita State, a seven seed, but they were to play the top seeded Connecticut Huskies in the round of eight. Who thought that an unknown commuter school from Fairfax would beat one of the powerhouses and reach the Final Four? In this edition of Classic March Madness, watch the incredibly exciting final minutes of regulation and of overtime of the Eastern regional final between the George Mason Patriots and the UConn Huskies. Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery have the call.

College Basketball Conference Tournament Schedules

It is championship week across the land as there is less than a week to go before Selection Sunday and the major conferences are having their conference tournaments. Here is the TV schedule for every conference tournament going down this week. 

ACC Men's Basketball All-Conference Teams

The Atlantic Coast Conference has announced the all-conference squads for the 2010-11 college basketball season and the only unanimous pick for the first team was Duke guard Nolan Smith, who had a great season all year and took his game to another level when touted freshman Kyrie Irving missed time due to injury.
Who else comprised the All-ACC teams? Continue reading to find out.

Pac-10 Men's Basketball Awards

The Pacific-10 Conference has announced the recipients for the 2010-11 college basketball season awards and no surprise who won Player of the Year, as it was Derrick Williams of the Arizona Wildcats. Williams had a terrific season and led his team to the Pac-10 regular season title.
Who else won awards? Continue reading for more.

2011 NCAA Tournament: Predicting Announcer Assignments For Rounds 2-3 (Part 5)

Selection Sunday is less than a week away and that means that the 2011 NCAA Tournament is right around the corner. And as usual, like on every Monday I try to predict where the eight NCAA Tournament broadcast teams will be calling their games in rounds 2-3 of the 2011 March Madness.
Here is my fifth stab at it with the bracketology of Bracketology 101.

06 March 2011

Ohio State Destroys Wisconsin, Has Sights On Big Ten Tournament

The top ranked Ohio State Buckeyes had already clinched the Big Ten regular season championship but played with a chip on their shoulder against #10 Wisconsin, who defeated them earlier in the year in Madison, and crushed them 93-65 behind an awesome performance from Jon Diebler, who on Senior Day went 7 of 8 from three and totaled 27 points. The Buckeyes are now 29-2 and are the top seed in the 2011 Big Ten tournament while the Badgers fall to 23-7 and will be the 3 seed. Gus Johnson and Dan Bonner have the report from Columbus.

Carl Edwards Win Kobalt Tools 400

When you see a backflip at a NASCAR race, you know that Carl Edwards has just won the race. Edwards took advantage of Tony Stewart taking four tires on his last stop while he took two and he outlasted Smoke to win his first race of the season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway today. Stewart led a race high 166 laps but he ran out of time before he could catch Cousin Carl.
Continue reading for more coverage of the Kobalt Tools 400.

Indiana State Wins Missouri Valley Tournament, Heads To 2011 NCAA Tournament

For only the third time overall and the first time since 2001, the Sycamores of Indiana State are headed to March Madness 2011 as they won the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament by defeating the Missouri State Bears, 60-56 today in St. Louis. Indiana State was lead by Aaron Carter, who scored 15 points, and Jake Odun, who scored 12. The game was a grinder and stayed close throughout and now Greg Lansing's squad is going dancing.
Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel have the report from Arch Madness.

2010-11 All-Big East Teams

The Big East has announced the 2010-11 All-Big East team and the only unanaimous selection was Notre Dame guard Ben Hansbrough. Who else joined Hansbrough on the All-Big East squad? And who comprised the second, third, honorable mention and all-rookie teams?

Morehead State Wins Ohio Valley Conference, Heads To March Madness 2011

The third and final team to win a trip to the 2011 NCAA Tournament is the Eagles of Morehead State, who captured the Ohio Valley Conference tournament championship today with an 80-73 victory over Tennessee Tech. This will be the Eagles' first appearance since making the big dance in 2009 and their fourth ever conference title.
Morehead State's best player is senior big man Kenneth Faried, who with his eightieth career double-double ties him for second all time with Ralph Sampson and four behind the all time leader of Tim Duncan.