3/19/2011

2011 NCAA Tournament 3rd Round: What To Watch For

It was a very exciting round two of the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a bunch of awesome basketball games flooded the airwaves on Thursday and Friday. As the third round gets under way this afternoon, here is watch to watch for this weekend.

Syracuse Defeats Indiana State, Will Play Marquette On Sunday

In this matchup of a 3 and 14 seeds in Cleveland, the Syracuse Orange fended off a challenge from the Sycamores of Indiana State and they won, 77-67 behind 23 points from Rick Jackson. The Orange struggled to put the MVC champions away until very late in the game as the day changed from Friday to Saturday. But now they will face on Big East rival Marquette, who upset Xavier, on Sunday and the victor will head to Newark and the Sweet Sixteen (complete round 3 schedule).
Gus Johnson and Len Elmore recap.

Isaiah Thomas & Washington Hold Off Georgia

Isaiah Thomas (19 points, 7 assists) was terrific tonight as he led the Washington Huskies, the seventh seed in the East region, to a close victory over the tenth seeded Georgia Bulldogs, 68-65 in Charlotte. The Huskies were in control throughout most of the game but they allowed the Bulldogs to stick around late including allowing them to get a shot off at the horn for the tie but it came nowhere close to going in. U-Dub now looks to reach their second consecutive Sweet Sixteen as they take on the North Carolina Tar Heels, winners of a shootout with Long Island, for the right to do so on Sunday afternoon on CBS (click here for full round 3 television schedule).
Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg have the recap from Time Warner Cable Arena.

VCU Crushes Georgetown, Takes On Purdue On Sunday

Brandon Rozell was fantastic this evening for the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, the eleventh seed in the Southwest region after defeating USC in the First Four, as he scored 26 points to lead VCU to a big victory over the Georgetown Hoyas, the sixth seed, 74-56. The game was never close and from the get-go the Rams looked like the superior team in Chicago this evening.
Who's is next on the schedule for the Rams this tournament? The third seeded Purdue Boilermakers, who blew by St. Peter's earlier today, on Sunday and the winner will advance to the Sweet Sixteen at the Alamodome (round 3 television schedule).
Spero Dedes and Bob Wenzel have the recap.

3/18/2011

Illinois Cruises Past UNLV To Advance To 3rd Round

In a Southwest region 8-9 matchup, the Fighting Illini of Illinois blew by the UNLV Runnin' Rebels and won 73-62 but the final score does not do justice for the dominating performance put on by the guys in orange. Not many picked the Illini but they cruised by the Rebels with such ease in an impressive performance by Bruce Weber's club. The reward for the Illini's first tournament win 2006? A showdown with the Kansas Jayhawks, who struggled for much of the game with the 16 seeded Boston Terriers, on Sunday (round 3 television schedule).

Marquette Upsets Xavier To Advance To The Third Round

In this East regional matchup, Darius Johnson-Odom and the eleventh seeded Marquette Golden Eagles upset the sixth seeded Xavier Musketeers 66-55 on Friday night in Cleveland. Johnson-Odom led all scorers  as he tallied 19 points on 6-11 shooting. This was the first NCAA Tournament victory for Marquette in two years  and they prevented Xavier to make any sort of run this evening. The Golden Eagles will play for the right to advance to Newark and the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday (round 3 television schedule).
Gus Johnson and Len Elmore have the recap from Quicken Loans Arena.

Purdue Routs St. Peter's, Advances To Third Round

In this 3-14 showdown in the Windy City, the Purdue Boilermakers found no trouble with the Peacocks of Saint Peter's and they won going away by a 65-43 score. E'Twaun Moore was terrific once again for Purdue as he led all scorers with 19 points. And now, the Boilermakers will take on the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, who beat up the Georgetown Hoyas on Friday evening, on Sunday for an opportunity to advance to the round of sixteen at the Southwest regional in San Antonio (round 3 television schedule).
Spero Dedes and Bob Wenzel recap.

North Carolina Wins Shootout With Long Island

There were a lot of offensive fireworks for both teams this evening in Charlotte in this matchup between the 2 and 15 seeds in the East region and it was the North Carolina Tar Heels, led by a trio of terrific nights from Tyler Zeller (32-9), John Henson (28-12) and Harrison Barnes (24-15) as they held off a hard fighting Long Island club by a 102-87 score. The Tar Heels let the Blackbirds stick around thanks to a bunch of turnovers but their tremendous size was too much for LIU to handle. UNC will now take on the winner of Washington-Georgia on Sunday for the right to advance to Prudential Center in Newark and the Sweet Sixteen (round 3 television schedule).
Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg recap the game.

Kansas Pulls Away Late From Boston

For much of this 1-16 matchup in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Boston Terriers had the Kansas Jayhawks on the ropes and had historic upset on their minds. But after a bit, normality was restored as the Jayhawks pulled away late by going on a big run as they knocked down their shots and won, 72-53. But the game throughout was closer than the final score was but the Terriers were never able to get in front and crumbled away late. But they showed with their determination that they were a better club than most of America thought and should be applauded for their efforts today at BOK Center.
Rock Chalk Jayhawk will take on UNLV, who smoked the Fighting Illini with such ease, on Sunday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen (round 3 television schedule).

Florida State Wins Defensive Struggle With Texas A&M

In this 7-10 matchup in the Southwest region, the Florida State Seminoles won their first NCAA Tournament in 13 years as they were the victor in a grinder with the Aggies of Texas A&M in Chicago, 57-50. Two of the better defenses in the nation were showcased today at United Center but the 'Noles were fantastic defensively, as they blocked 11 shots and helf the Aggies to 31.4% shooting. FSU will take on Notre Dame, who ran away from Akron earlier today, on Sunday for the chance to move on to San Antonio and the Sweet Sixteen (round 3 television schedule).
Spero Dedes and Bob Wenzel recap the game.

Ohio State Mauls Texas-San Antonio, Faces George Mason On Sunday

The 16th seeded Roadruners from UT-San Antonio has no chance agains tthe top overall seed, the Ohio State Buckeyes, as they got destroyed, 75-46 today in Cleveland. A solid performance for William Buford, who tallied 18 points, as well as a terrific overall performance keyed the OSU victory in this East regional second round matchup. The Buckeyes will take on the George Mason Patriots, who came back against Villanova to win that clash, on Sunday (round 3 television schedule).
Gus Johnson and Len Elmore have the recap from the Forest City.

Derrick Williams Leads Arizona Past Memphis

The star forward of the five-seeded Arizona Wildcats, Derrick Williams was awesome today as he not only tallied 22 points and 10 boards but he prevented a tie ballgame late with a huge stuff right at the basket to preserve his team's 77-57 victory over the twelve seeded Memphis Tigers in this West region brawl in Tulsa. The Wildcats will face the Texas Longhorns, who survived the Oakland Golden Grizzlies earlier today, on Sunday for the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen out in Anaheim (round 3 television schedule).
Marv Albert and Steve Kerr recap.

Kyrie Irving Returns, Leads Duke To A Destruction Of Hampton

Kyrie Irving, the supremely talented point for the #1 Duke Blue Devils who has not played since December, returned to the hardwood with a vengeance as he led all scorers with 14 points as the Dukies crushed the #16 Hampton Pirates by an 87-45 score in this second round matchup in the West region. The game got out of hand early but the storyline of the afternoon in Charlotte was whether or not Irving would play or not and how well would he play. Granted Hampton is a putrid team but the early results of Irving's gameplay are positive. Duke will take on Michigan, who routed Tennessee earlier today, on Sunday (round 3 television schedule).
Continue reading for the game recap with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg.

George Mason Comes Back To Beat Villanova, Can They Do It Again?

The George Mason Patriots, seeded 8th in the East region, pulled off the comeback from 10 down before the half to defeat the Villanova Wildcats, the 9th seed, to win 61-57. The Patriots' Luke Hancock hit a threeball with 21 seconds left to give them the lead that they held to the horn. The Wildcats sputtered to the finish line of their season by losing their sixth straight basketball game. The Patriots will be playing the top seeded Ohio State Buckeyes, who crushed the Roadrunners of UTSA, on Sunday (round 3 television schedule) and can't they recapture the magic they had in their Final Four run in 2006?
Gus Johnson and Len Elmore recap the game.

Notre Dame Pulls Away From Akron

The 15th seeded Akron Zips fought hard against the 2nd seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish in this Southwest regional matchup in Chicago but ultimately it was Ben Hansbrough and the Irish who came out on top, 69-56. Hansbrough, the Big East player of the year, led all scorers with 15 points and also had a game high eight assists. Notre Dame will play Florida State, who won a defensive struggle with Texas A&M, on Sunday for the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen in San Antonio (round 3 television schedule).
Spero Dedes and Bob Wenzel have the report from United Center.

Michigan Demolishes Tennessee, Likely Ends Bruce Pearl's Tenure In Knoxville

Bruce Pearl has been under fire of late in Tennessee for his recruiting violations and he probably sealed his fate as his Volunteers, the ninth seed in the West, got blitzed by the Michigan Wolverines, the eight seed, 75-45 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. The Wolverines at one point went on a 53-17 run. In fact after this deplorable performance by his club, I would be stunned if Pearl was rocking his infamous orange blazers next season in Knoxville. The Maize and Blue will play on Sunday against the Duke Blue Devils and the victor will play in the Sweet Sixteen in Anaheim (round 3 television schedule).
Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg recap.

Texas Survives Oakland & Advances

The Texas Longhorns, seeded fourth in the West region, fought off the upset-minded Oakland Golden Grizzlies, the 13th seed, by a 85-81 score. The Longhorns held a nice lead but Oakland made it a game late but they were unable to finish it off. And now, the Longhorns are advancing to the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and they will be playing on Sunday in Tulsa against the Arizona Wildcats, who defeated Memphis today at the horn (round 3 television schedule).
Marv Albert and Steve Kerr recap from BOK Center.

2011 NCAA Tournament 3rd Round Television Schedule

Here is the television schedule for the third round of the 2011 NCAA tournament with announcer pairings and broadcast times for each. This is a schedule for the games on Saturday and Sunday.

Kansas State Holds Off Utah State

Jacob Pullen was terrific yet again as he scored 22 points to lead the #5 Kansas State Wildcats to a victory over the #12 Utah State Aggies, 73-68, in a Southeast region matchup on Thursday night. The Wildcats were dominant early on but the Aggies fought hard to make it a game in the second half but were unfortunately unable to complete the comeback. Kansas State will now face the Wisconsin Badgers, who just beat the Belmont Bruins, on Saturday where will the victor will head to New Orleans and the Sweet Sixteen (round 3 television schedule).
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, and Dan Bonner have the recap.

Gonzaga Upsets St. John's, Will Play BYU On Saturday

The Gonzaga Bulldogs, the 11th seed in the Southeast region, dominated the glass against the 6th seeded Red Storm from St. John's, and that propelled them to the upset victory, 86-71 on Thursday night in Denver. Midway through the first half, the Zags jumped out to a double digit lead and the Red Storm were never able to recover from the deficit. Gonzaga will play Jimmer Fredette and the #3 Brigham Young Cougars on Saturday at Pepsi Center (round 3 television schedule).
Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery have the recap.

Cincinnati Smokes Missouri, Will Play UConn On Saturday

In this West region matchup in Washington, D.C., the #6 Cincinnati Bearcats took control early against the #11 Missouri Tigers and held on for the victory 78-63. The Bearcats played stifling defense throughout and in their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2005, they will face their Big East rival, the Connecticut Huskies, on Saturday at Verizon Center and the winner will go on to the Sweet Sixteen out in Anaheim, California (round 3 TV schedule).
Tim Brando and Mike Gminski recap.

3/17/2011

UCLA Holds On Against Michigan State Despite Furious Rally

In this Southeast region showdown, the #7 UCLA Bruins were up by 23 points with 8 minutes plus to go but somehow, someway the #10 Michigan State Spartans rallied to make it a ballgame late but they were never able to pull off the stunning comeback as they ultimately came up short, 78-76. The Bruins will play on Saturday for the right to advance to the Sweet Sixteen against the Gators of Florida, who are coming off a demolition of UC-Santa Barbara (round 3 television schedule).
Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel have the recap.

Wisconsin Knocks Out Belmont

In this Southeast region matchup, the #4 Wisconsin Badgers were widely considered to be a candidate for an upset by the #13 Belmont Bruins but the exact opposite occurred. The Badgers were in control throughout in Tuscon this evening and behind a great performance from Jon Leuer, who scored 17 of his 22 points after the half, Wisconsin won by a 72-58 score. The Badgers will face Kansas State, who held off Utah State on Thursday night, on Saturday at the McKale Center (round 3 TV schedule).
Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, and Reggie Miller recap.

Kemba Walker & UConn Rout Bucknell

Kemba Walker did it again. He scored 18 points, grabbed eight boards, and dished out a career high 12 assists as he lead the Connecticut Huskies, seeded 4th in the West region, to a big 81-52 victory over the 13th seeded Bucknell Bison, who I do not believe actually showed up this evening in D.C. The Bison looked helpless all night against the Huskies and the results proved just that. The Huskies will play the Cincinnati Bearcats, who smoked the Missouri Tigers Thursday night, on Saturday at Verizon Center (round 3 TV schedule).
Tim Brando and Mike Gminski have the recap.

Jimmer Fredette & BYU Hold Off Wofford

Jimmer Fredette was terrific again, dropping 32 points to lead the #3 BYU Cougars past the pesky #14 Wofford Terriers 74-66 in a Southeast region matchup. The Cougars struggled early but got on a roll as the game wore on and the Terriers could not compete. Brigham Young will matchup with Gonzaga, who upset the St. John's Red Storm, on Saturday in Denver, Colorado (round 3 TV schedule).
Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery have the recap.

Florida Crushes UC-Santa Barbara, Marches On To Next Round

It was easy sailing for the Florida Gators, #2 in the Southeast region, as they routed the UC-Santa Barbara Gauchos, #15 in the region, 79-51 in a game that was never close. Chandler Parsons was terrific Thursday night in Tampa as he scored 10 points, 7 boards, and 10 assists. The Gauchos never had a chance.
The Gators now march on to the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament where they will await the UCLA Bruins, who were able to hold on against Michigan State, this Saturday (round 3 TV schedule).
Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel have the recap.

Richmond Edges Vanderbilt To Advance To The 3rd Round

In this Southwest region matchup, Kevin Anderson was lights-out in the second half for the #12 Richmond Spiders, as he scored 16 of his 25 points after halftime and secured the win with a floater with 18.7 seconds left against the #4 Vanderbilt Commodores. This is the third straight year that Vandy has fallen in their first game to a double-digit seed. The Spiders will take on the Morehead State Eagles, who pulled off the first major upset of the day by toppling Louisville, on Saturday (round 3 TV schedule).
Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery have the recap.

San Diego State Defeats Northern Colorado, Advances To 3rd Round

Billy White and the 2nd seeded San Diego State Aztecs spoiled the first ever tournament appearance for Northern Colrado, the 15th seed in the West, by defeating the Bears by a 68-50 score. It was only a six point game at halftime but the Aztecs rolled in the second half and outscored their opponents by 12 points. Kawhi Leonard and White were terrific today as both had double-doubles (Leonard: 21-10; White: 12-13). The Aztecs will take on Temple on Saturday (round 3 TV schedule), after they defeated the Nittany Lions at the buzzer earlier.
Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner and Reggie Miller have the recap.

Pittsburgh Runs Away From UNC-Asheville

It was only a five point game at the half between the top seed in the Southeast, the Pitt Panthers, and the victor of the one of the play-in games, the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs, but history was not to be made in the capital as Gary McGhee and Pitt came out on top, 74-51 thanks to a 44-26 run in the second half. The Panthers are in for a tough test on Saturday when they play the reigning national runner-up, the Butler Bulldogs who won at the buzzer earlier today, at Verizon Center (round 3 TV schedule).
Tim Brando and Mike Gminski recap from Washington.

Kentucky Survives Princeton & Advances To The Third Round


Kentucky's Brandon Knight made his only basket from the field count as it gave his Wildcats, the 4th seed in the East region, a 59-57 win over the pesky Tigers of Princeton, the 13th seed, to advance to the third round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. It was a grinder throughout at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa as the Tigers played a very smart and efficient ballgame to stay close. But it's the Wildcats advancing to face off with the #5 seeded West Virginia Mountaineers, who defeated Clemson earlier today, on Saturday aftenroon (round 3 TV schedule).
Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel have the recap.

Temple Defeats Penn State At The Buzzer

At one point the Penn State Nittany Lions, 10 seed in the West held a nine point lead over the 7 seeded Temple Owls, but they were unable to hold on by falling 66-64 in Tuscon as Owls junior Juan Fernandez made a shot right before the horn after Talor Battle tied the game with a deep three for Penn State. The Owls were able to end their opening game skid in the NCAA Tournament and will take on San Diego State on Saturday (round 3 TV schedule).
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner recap.

Morehead State Stuns Louisville In The Biggest Upset Of Thursday's Games

Demonte Harper hit the go-ahead shot from downtown and star forward Kenneth Faried blocked a three pointer at the buzzer as the Morehead State Eagles, the 13 seed in the Southwest region, upset the 4 seeded Louisville Cardinals by a 62-61 score in Denver. The game changing moment was when Louisville big man Preston Knowles suffered an injury midway during the second half and did not return. For the second straight year, Rick Pitino's club falls in their opening game while the Eagles will take on Richmond, who pulled off the second upset in Denver, on Saturday (round 3 television schedule).
Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery have the recap.

West Virginia Holds On Against Clemson, Marches On To Third Round

Thanks to great performances from Darryl "Truck" Bryant and Kevin Jones, the Mountaineers of West Virginia, 5th seed in the East region, pulled away from the fatigued Clemson Tigers, the 12 seed, 84-76 today in Tampa. The Tigers were able to make it a ballgame late but several turnovers from the team in orange in the final minute spelled their doom. West Virginia will now face the #4 seeded Kentucky Wildcats, who defeated the #13 Princeton Tigers, on Saturday (round 3 TV schedule).
Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel have the recap.

Butler Knocks Off Old Dominion At The Buzzer, Moves On To 3rd Round

In a hectic last couple of seconds in Washington, D.C., the Butler Bulldogs, the 8 seed in the Southeast, defeated the Old Dominion Monarchs, the 9 seed, on a Matt Howard tip-in at the buzzer, 60-58. It was a thriller throughout the afternoon at Verizon Center with 21 lead changes and no team leading more than 6 points at any point during the game. The Bulldogs have now won 10 straight games and they will face the winner of Pittsburgh and UNC-Asheville on Saturday (round 3 TV schedule).
Tim Brando and Mike Gminski have the recap.

VCU Knocks Out USC, Takes On Georgetown Next

In the finale of the First Four, the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth defeated the USC Trojans by a 59-46 score, thanks to a sixteen point performance from Jamie Skeen who led all scorers. It was a defensive showdown all evening but the Rams generated enough juice offensively to advance to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament to take on the Georgetown Hoyas in Chicago at 9:45 on Friday night (click here for full second round TV coverage).
Gus Johnson and Len Elmore recap from UD Arena.

3/16/2011

Texas-San Antonio Holds Off Alabama State, Takes On Ohio State Next

Thanks to an awesome performance from Melvin Johnson III, who scored 29 points tonight with 25 coming in the first twenty, the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio held off a late run from the Alabama State Hornets to win 70-61 in the first game of the second doubleheader of the First Four. The Roadrunners will now head to Cleveland to take on the top overall seed, the Ohio State Buckeyes, on Friday at 4:30 on TNT (click here for full 2nd round television schedule).
Gus Johnson and Len Elmore have the recap.

President Obama's NCAA Tournament Bracket

Here is the official NCAA Tournament bracket for President Obama for the 2011 tournament. Enjoy the chalk. 


Clemson Smacks UAB, Marches On To Face West Virginia

Jerai Grant and the Clemson Tigers looked like they belonged in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Alabama-Birmingham Blazers? Not so much. The Tigers took control at the onset of the second game of the tournament and won going away 70-52. Grant led all scorers with 22 points.
The Tigers now head on from the First Four in Dayton to face the West Virginia Mountaineers, the fifth seed in the East region, Thursday at noon on CBS (click here for a full 1st and 2nd round TV schedule). And this Clemson squad looked like a team that could definitely scare WVU.
Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, and Steve Kerr have the game recaps of the Tuesday First Four games in Dayton.

3/15/2011

UNC-Asheville Holds Off Arkansas-Little Rock In OT, Moves On To Face Pittsburgh

Matt Dickey and the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs rallied late in the opening game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament to tie the Trojans of Arkansas-Little Rock and force overtime and they held on in OT to win by a 81-77 score. Dickey and teammate J.P. Primm led the way with 22 points apiece. The Bulldogs will advance from the First Four to face Pittsburgh, the top seed in the Southeast region, Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C. You can watch that game at 3:00 PM on truTV (Click here for the full 1st and 2nd round television schedule).
Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, and Steve Kerr have the game recaps from the First Four in Dayton.

Kyrie Irving To Be Ready For NCAA Tournament?

The big story all season for the Duke Blue Devils is whether or not star freshman point guard Kyrie Irving will return at all this season. Irving, who has been out since suffering a toe injury against Butler in early December in East Rutherford, was widely thought to be done for the year. But now there is "a chance" that Irving may play in the Blue Devils' first round matchup against Hampton on Friday in Charlotte after Irving practiced a bit today according to coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Classic March Madness: Heartbreak City

In the Oakland regional semifinal of the 2006 NCAA Tournament, Adam Morrison and the Gonzaga Bulldogs led by as much as 17 points. However, the Bruins of UCLA were able to cut the lead...and the rest is history. Gus Johnson is on the call for one of his most memorable moments throughout his sportscasting career.

Dwayne Wade Stuffs Tim Duncan

Last night in the Spurs-Heat game, Tim Duncan went up for an easy two but gets downright rejected by Dwayne Wade, who sports unreal hops to get the block. To the videotape.

3/13/2011

2011 NCAA Tournament 1st & 2nd Round Television Schedule

Here is the television schedule for the 1st (First Four) and 2nd (round of 64) rounds of the 2011 NCAA Tournament with announcer pairings and broadcast times for each. These are for the games from Tuesday to Friday.

2011 NCAA Tournament: Announcer Assignments For Rounds 2-3

We just found out the bracket for the 2011 NCAA Tournament. We already knew the announcers for the Tournament this year. So where will each pair be calling their games in rounds 2 and 3?
The schedule is below, thanks to @TimCaryCBS.

2011 NCAA Tournament: Final Announcer Predictions

Well the bracket for the 2011 NCAA Tournament was announced just hours ago and the announcer sites should be announced shortly. Here are my final predictions for the eight broadcast crews, plus the regional sites.

2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket

2011 NCAA Men's Tournament Bracket

Thanks to USA Today for the bracket.

The tournament selection committee really did not do a good job at all this season. Here is Bracketology 101 for some analysis.

Alabama State Wins SWAC Title, Marches On To NCAA Tournament

Despite a terrible start to their season (sitting 6-16 at the start of February), the Alabama State Hornets rallied, winning 11 of their last 12 to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference over the Tigers of Grambling State 65-48 in order to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2009 and the fourth overall.
The Hornets are likely to be playing in one of the play-in games in Dayton, Ohio as part of the First Four.

UC-Santa Barbara Captures Big West Tournament Title, Heads To 2011 NCAA Tournament

For the second straight year, the Gauchos of California-Santa Barbara are going dancing as they won the Big West tournament 64-46 over the Long Beach State 49ers, despite blowing a ten point lead in the first half. Senior guard Orlando Johnson led the way with 23 points, 18 of them coming in the second half.
UCSB became the first 5 seed in the Big West tournament to win the title today, despite losing six out of 10 coming into the tourney. But now they are marching on to March Madness 2011.