26 March 2011

UConn Advances to the 2011 Final Four

Jim Calhoun and the Connecticut Huskies are headed to their first Final Four since 2009 after defeating the Arizona Wildcats 65-63 this evening in Anaheim in the West regional final of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Kemba Walker led the way again for the Huskies with 20 points while Jeremy Lamb chipped in 19 points as well. This will be UConn's fourth Final Four appearance.
The Huskies will take on the Kentucky Wildcats this Saturday on CBS for the right to advance to the National Championship game.
Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery have the recap from Honda Center.

Butler Returns To The Final Four for The Second Straight Year

As Tim Brando would say, "The Butler did it again!" For the second straight NCAA Tournament, the pesky Butler Bulldogs are headed back to the Final Four after defeating Florida 74-71 in overtime in the Southeast regional final. Shelvin Mack was huge yet again, scoring 27 points to lead all scorers today in New Orleans, and he played a huge part in getting this team to surprise everyone once again to make a run to the Final Four.
But this Bulldogs squad is no Cinderella. In fact, it is not crazy to see them win the whole thing. Will they finish the job they came so close to doing last year? They will play the even more surprising VCU Rams on Saturday.
Gus Johnson, Reggie Miller and Len Elmore recap from New Orleans Arena.

2011 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Picks

And now there are eight. Eight teams are still fighting for the big prize of the 2011 NCAA Tournament as the four regional final matchups will take place on Saturday and Sunday and the winners of each will head to the Final Four down in Houston on April 2nd. Who will those four teams be?

VCU Defeats Florida State In Overtime, Moves On To Elite Eight

If there was any question over who the Cinderella was of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, we sure found out on Friday evening in San Antonio as the Virginia Commonwealth Rams, a team that nobody thought deserved to make the big dance, defeated the Florida State Seminoles 72-71 in the Southwest regional semifinals in overtime. The winner for the Rams came from Bradford Burgess, who led the Rams with 26 points, who made a layup with seven ticks of the clock remaining and was the difference. And now the Rams will take on the top seed in the Southwest, the Kansas Jayhawks, in the regional final for the right to advance to the Final Four. Can the Rams do it?
Craig Sager recaps from San Antonio.

Kentucky Upsets Ohio State, Advances To Elite Eight

For the second time this tournament (first against Princeton) Brandon Knight hits the game winner, this time to upset the top overall seeded Ohio State Buckeyes as it gave his Kentucky Wildcats a 62-60 victory in the East regional semifinal in Newark. For the second straight year, the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament fails to reach the Elite Eight. And now the Wildcats will take on North Carolina, who defeated them at the Dean Dome earlier this season, on Sunday for the right to advance to the Final Four.
Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg recap from the Rock.

25 March 2011

Kansas Rolls Past Richmond, Advances To Elite Eight

The Kansas Jayhawks looked like the dominant top seed they were thought to be as they smoked the Richmond Spiders 77-57 and looked to not fall to another Cinderella team for the second year in a row. Kansas took control early and the Spiders were never able to dig themselves out of the deep hole they were put in in the first half. And now Kansas has a chance to advance to the Final Four as they will play in the Southwest regional final this Sunday on CBS.
Craig Sager recaps from San Antonio.

North Carolina Smokes Marquette To Advance To Elite Eight

The North Carolina Tar Heels were prolific on offense yet again this evening in Newark as they rolled by the Marquette Golden Eagles 81-63 behind strong performances from Tyler Zeller (27 points, 16 boards), Harrison Barnes (20 points) and John Henson (14 points, 12 boards). The Golden Eagles simply could not keep up with Carolina offensively. Now after winning in the East regional semifinals tonight, they will play on Sunday against Kentucky, who they defeated in December, for the right to advance to the Final Four down in Houston.
Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg recap from Prudential Center.

Terrible Moments In Broadcasting: Gus Johnson

If I told you that Gus Johnson would blow a call at the end of regulation of a tied game, would you believe me? But after last night, where BYU and Florida were tied with only seconds to go, you better believe it. Gus inexplicably asks the analysts by his side, Reggie Miller and Len Elmore, if BYU should foul. Keep in mind it is a tie game. And thus, this edition of Terrible Moments In Broadcasting is courtesy of Mr. Gus Johnson.

2011 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight Television Schedule

Saturday afternoon marks the beginning of the Elite Eight of the 2011 NCAA Tournmanet, and the winners of these games will have the right to advance to the Final Four. Here is the television schedule for the games this weekend (Saturday only for now).

Butler Holds Off Wisconsin, Advances To Elite Eight

Those pesky Butler Bulldogs are at it again and they are headed to the Southeast Regional Final after defeating the Wisconsin Badgers, 61-54, thanks to a strong performance yet again from Matt Howard (20 points, 12 rebounds). The Bulldogs had an early lead and were able to hold off a Wisconsin run in the second half for the victory. Now they will face the Florida Gators on Saturday for the right to return to the Final Four.
Gus Johnson, Len Elmore and Reggie Miller recap from New Orleans.

Arizona Shocks Duke To Advance To Elite Eight

Thanks to a scintillating 19-2 run at the start of the second and yet another terrific performance from Derrick Williams (32 points and 13 boards), the Arizona Wildcats pulled off the upset of Thursday's games by knocking off the top seeded Duke Blue Devils 93-77 to advance to the West Regional Final against Connecticut and the right to advance to the Final Four on Saturday. This is 'Zona's first appearance in the round of eight since 2005.
Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery recap from Honda Center in Anaheim.

24 March 2011

Florida Knocks Out BYU In Overtime, Advances To Elite Eight

Alex Tyus was dominant in the paint today for the Florida Gators, 19 points and 17 rebounds, as they ended the Jimmer Fredette show as they defeated the Cougars of Brigham Young 83-74 in overtime, despite Fredette's 32 points, in the first Southeast Regional Semifinal matchup this evening in New Orleans. The Gators were very balanced offensively with four guys scoring at least 16 points while Fredette was the only Cougar in double figures. The Gators now advance to the Elite Eight and they will play Butler this Saturday for the right to advance to the Final Four.
Gus Johnson, Len Elmore and Reggie Miller have the recap from New Orleans Arena.

Kemba Walker Leads UConn Past San Diego State, Heads To Elite Eight

Thanks to another superb performance from star guard Kemba Walker, 36 points with 22 coming after the half, and some generous officiating, the Connecticut Huskies, the third seed in the West region, defeated the second seeded San Diego State Aztecs by a 74-67 score to advance to the Regional Final this Saturday. Jeremy Lamb also came up huge for the Huskies as he chipped in 24 points and nailed a key three-pointer with 1:43 to go that was the dagger in the heart of the Aztecs. Now UConn will face Arizona this Saturday for the right to advance to the Final Four.
Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery recap from Anaheim.

Gus Johnson Describes Great Moments In History

Well the comedic geniuses from Funny or Die have arguably had one of the great ideas in recent memory, take the most excitable announcer in sports, Mr. Gus Johnson, and have him narrate great moments from history. You think it's too good to be true, think again. Let's go to the videotape.

23 March 2011

JaVale McGee With The Insane Rejection

Check this one out. In last nights' Wizards-Blazers matchup, Wesley Matthews heads towards the hoop for a seemingly easy dunk until JaVale McGee comes out of nowhere and rejects him out of the air with one hand. To the videotape.

22 March 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen Predictions

And then there were sixteen. Sixteen college basketball squads are what is left of a wild weekend of basketball and they will try to survive and advance to the Elite Eight. Who do I think will be able to do so and continue their dream of a national championship?

21 March 2011

2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen Television Schedule

As the third round wraps up and the field is cut down from 32 teams to 16 teams, we are now headed to the regional semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Here is the schedule for all of the games this Thursday and Friday for the Sweet Sixteen.

20 March 2011

Marquette Stuns Syracuse To Advance To The Sweet Sixteen

Tonight in Cleveland, the Golden Eagles bit the Orange. Buzz Williams' Marquette club, the 11 seed in the East region, was able to defeat Syracuse, the 3 seed, by a 66-62 score after Darius Johnson-Odom hit a three to break a tie after 'Cuse's Scoop Jardine went backcourt to catch an errant pass. For the first time since Dwayne Wade led the team to a Final Four in 2003, the Golden Eagles are headed to the regional semifinals. They will play North Carolina, who barely beat Washington, on Friday in Newark.
Gus Johnson and Len Elmore report from Quicken Loans Arena.

VCU Smokes Purdue, Marches To Sweet Sixteen

Shaka Smart, the head coach of the 11 seed Virginia-Commonwealth Rams, did not even think his team would even make the 2011 NCAA Tournament. But now his club is headed to the Sweet Sixteen in San Antonio after they crushed the 3 seed Purdue Boilermakers by a 94-76 score. This is the first ever appearance in the round of sixteen in the history of VCU's basketball program. And now the team that nobody thought had any business being in the tournament will take on either Notre Dame or Florida State on Friday at the Alamadome for the right to make the Elite Eight.
Spero Dedes and Bob Wenzel recap.

Arizona Holds Off Texas To Advance To Sweet Sixteen

It was an exciting finish in this 3rd round matchup out of the West region between the fifth seed Arizona Wildcats and the fourth seeded Texas Longhorns. The Wildcats led throughout but the Longhorns took a two point lead with seconds left. After Derrick Williams misfired on a threeball, the Longhorns were called on a five second violation which gave Arizona hope. Williams then made a shot despite being fouled and he made the free throw for the win, 70-69. The Wildcats will now take on the Duke Blue Devils, who survived Michigan earlier today, in the Sweet Sixteen out in Anaheim.

Ohio State Obliterates George Mason, Cruises To Sweet Sixteen

A lot of folks across the nation thought that the George Mason Patriots, the eighth seed on the East region, could scare the Ohio State Buckeyes, the number one overall seed. Good call. The Buckeyes absolutely mauled Mason today by a 98-66 score today in Cleveland. Ohio State had no trouble putting the ball in the basket as they shot 61% from the field and an absurd 61.5% from three-point land. There were a lot of great individual performances for OSU, but the star of the day was David Lighty. The senior guard was flawless with the threeball as he made all seven of his attempts from behind the arc and totaled 25 points on the day.
And now, the Buckeyes are headed to the East regional semifinals in Newark, where they will take on the fourth seeded Kentucky Wildcats.
Gus Johnson and Len Elmore recap.

Kyle Busch Wins The Jeff Byrd 500

For the first time of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season, Kyle Busch is a victor as today he completed the Bristol Motor Speedway sweep by winning the Jeff Byrd 500. This is Rowdy's fifth straight victory in Thunder Valley when counting the three major NASCAR series (2 cup wins, 2 Nationwide wins, 1 truck win). This is also Busch's 20th victory in NASCAR's top circuit.
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Duke Holds On Against Michigan, Advances To Sweet Sixteen

Tim Hardaway Jr. and the eighth seeded Michigan Wolverines gave the top seeded Duke Blue Devils a hell of a run for their money but Nolan Smith and the Dukies were able to hold on 73-71. Darius Morris had a runner as the seconds dripped away that rimmed out and the Wolverines have to fly the long ride home back to Ann Arbor after coming so close to pulling the upset.
However, Duke is moving on to Anaheim and the the West regional semifinals next weekend and they will take on the Arizona Wildcats, who defeated Texas today.
Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg recap from Time Warner Cable Arena in downtown Charlotte.

North Carolina Edges Washington, Moves On To Sweet Sixteen

In this East region matchup, Harrison Barnes and the #2 North Carolina Tar Heels trailed most of the afternoon to the #7 Washington Huskies but were able to rebound and take the lead late and they were able to prevail 86-83. Tyler Zeller and Barnes combine for 45 points and point guard Kendall Marshall had 14 assists.
The Huskies had a chance late but they got screwed when the officials did not give them enough time after a Hail Mary shot bounced out of bounds off a UNC player. The Huskies' final shot did not go and they head home to Seattle.
The Tar Heels are headed to Newark and the Sweet Sixteen and will play the winner of Marquette and Syracuse.
Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg recap from the Queen City.