Posts Tagged ‘NCAA Tournament’

College Basketball Champs Crowned!

April 9, 2019

The NCAA College Basketball season has come to a close.  Congratulations to the Virginia Cavaliers for defeating Texas Tech Red Raiders  in overtime and for winning the NCAA College Basketball Championship!  In the semifinal games (played last Saturday),

Virginia (1) defeated Auburn (5) by one (1) point.
Texas Tech (3) defeated Michigan State (2).

And in the final last night,

Virginia (1) defeated Texas Tech (3) in overtime.

Now, just a few more months before the start of college football!

NCAA Final Four, 2019!

April 1, 2019

127The Spartans win!   The second full weekend of March Madness has come to a close and only four teams remain: the Michigan State Spartans (#2), the Red Raiders of Texas A&M (#3), the Virginia Cavaliers (#1), and the Auburn Tigers (#5).  What a great weekend of college basketball with all games being decided by six (6) points or less and two of the games going into overtime.  This is the Spartans first Final Four since 2015.  Congratulations to the winners and best of luck in the Final Four games this coming weekend.

Next up for the Spartans (#2): facing the Texas A&M Red Raiders (#3) on Satruday.

East Regional
Michigan State (#2) defeated Duke (#1) by one (1) point.

South Regional 
Virginia (#1)  defeated Purdue (#3) by five (5) points in overtime.

West Regional
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Gonzaga (#1) by six (6) points.

Midwest Regional
Auburn (#5) defeated Kentucky (#2) by six (6) points in overtime.

The Elite Eight, 2019!

March 30, 2019

Congratulations to the Michigan State Spartans who have made their way into the Elite Eight (for first time since 2015).  Here are the outcomes of the Thursday/Friday games.   Congratulations to the winners and best of luck this weekend as the field is further whittled down to the Final Four.  Of the eight games, three (3) were “upsets” with the lower seed finding a way to win.  North Carolina was the first #1 seed to exit, but a lot of the top seeds still remain.  There are now three (3) #1 seeds (Gonzaga, Virginia, and Duke)  remaining along with two (2) #2 seeds (Michigan State and Kentucky), two (2) #3 seeds (Purdue and Texas Tech), and a #5 seed (Auburn).

Next up for the Spartans: the Regional Final against the the overall #1 seed, Duke, on Sunday.  Go Green!

East Regional
Duke (#1) defeated Virginia Tech (#4) by two (2) points.
Michigan State (#2) defeated LSU (#3).

South Regional 
Virginia (#1)  defeated Oregon (#12).
Purdue (#3) defeated Tennessee (#2).

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1) defeated Florida State (#4).
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Michigan (#2).

Midwest Regional
Kentucky (#2) defeated Houston (#3) by four (4) points.
Auburn (#5) defeated UNC (#1).

The Sweet Sixteen, 2019!

March 25, 2019

So, the first weekend of March Madness has come to a close and there are now only sixteen (16) teams remaining (from the original sixty-eight (68) that started the journey last week).  And, true to form (or history), several of the higher-ranked seeds did not survive the first weekend (upsets are in red).   Twelve (12) lower seeds won the first day (four 9 seeds, three 10 seeds, one 11 seed, three 12 seeds, and one 13 seed).  Day two corrected slightly with the higher seeds reestablishing their dominance.  Here are the lucky surviving sixteen (16) teams by regional, with their seeding in parentheses.  The Big Ten had seven (7) of their eight (8) teams make it to the final thirty-two (32), but only three (3) of the original eight (8) made it to the Sweet Sixteen!  Congrats to Michigan, Michigan State (first time back to the Sweet Sixteen since 2015), and Purdue.

Up next for the Spartans (#2): the Tigers of LSU (#3) on Friday.  Go Green!

East Regional
Duke (#1) defeated UCF (#9) by one (1) point.
Michigan State (#2) defeated Minnesota (#10).
LSU (#3) defeated Maryland (#6) by two (2) points.
Virginia Tech (#4) defeated Liberty (#12).

South Regional 
Virginia (#1)  defeated Oklahoma (#9).
Tennessee (#2) defeated Iowa (#10) by six (6) points in overtime.
Purdue (#3) defeated Villanova (#6).
Oregon (#12) defeated UC irvine (#13).

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1) defeated Baylor (#9).
Michigan (#2) defeated Florida (#10).
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Buffalo (#6).
Florida State (#4) defeated Murray State (#12).

Midwest Regional
North Carolina (#1) defeated Washington (#9).
Kentucky (#2) defeated Wofford (#7) by six (6) points.
Houston (#3) defeated Ohio State (#11).
Auburn (#5) defeating Kansas (#4).

Big Ten Tournament Champs!

March 18, 2019

127The B1G conference crowned their tournament champion yesterday.  Congratulations to the Spartans of Michigan State who rallied back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to defeat the University of Michigan Wolverines to take the Big Ten Tournament crown!  The Big Ten Conference ended the season with five (5) teams ranked in the AP top-25: Michigan State (#6), Michigan (#10), Purdue (#13), Wisconsin (#19), and Maryland (#21).

Next up: the NCAA Tournament where the B1G Conference had eight teams selected to the field: Michigan State (2 seed), Michigan (2 seed), Purdue (3 seed), Wisconsin (5 seed), Maryland (6 seed),  Iowa (10 seed), Minnesota (10 seed), and Ohio State (11 seed).

The Spartans first-round game will be on Thursday at 1:45 PM against the Bradley University Braved (Missouri Valley Conference champs).  Go Green!

Here’s the 2019 bracket . . . let the madness begin!

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They Are The Champions!

April 3, 2018

Congratulations are in order for Villanova Wildcats who successfully navigated March Madness and the Road to the Final Four culminating in their NCAA College Basketball Tournament victory last night over the Michigan Wolverines.  It was an awesome season with a lot of great games (and more than the usual share of surprises along the way).  This is what makes college basketball so much fun (and aggravating at the same time, go figure).  Next up . . . the start of major league baseball and only a five month wait until the start of college football (and the Michigan State Spartans are in the way too early pre-season top-25 — woohoo!).

Final Four, 2018!

March 26, 2018

Is the cream starting to rise to the top?  There are still a a couple of “blue blood” teams left in the tournament, but the lower seeds continue to win.  Loyola University-Chicago (#11) continued its Cinderella story by advanced to the elite eight and then on to the Final Four!  On Thursday, only one of the higher seeds advanced (Michigan [#3]); whereas on Friday, only one of the higher seeds did NOT advance (Purdue [#2]).  On Saturday and Sunday all of the higher seeds advanced except for #9 Kansas State who could not get past this year’s Cinderella, Loyola-Chicago.  On to San Antonio next weekend for the Final Four!

Sweet Sixteen games
Villanova (#1) defeated West Virginia (#5)
Kansas (#1) defeated Clemson (#5) by four (4) points.
Duke (#2) defeated Syracuse (#11) by four (4) points.
Michigan (#3) defeated Texas A&M (#7)
Texas Tech (#3) defeated Purdue (#2)
Florida State (#9) defeated Gonzaga (#4)
Kansas State (#9) defeated Kentucky (#5) by three (3) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeated Nevada (#7) by one (1) point.

In the regional finals, there was only one #1/#2 matchup (Kansas/Duke in the midwest); a #1/#3 matchup (Villanova/Texas Tech in the east), a #3/#9 matchup (Michigan/Florida State in the West), and a #9/#11 matchup (Kansas State/Loyola Chicago) in the south).

Elite Eight games
Villanova (#1) defeating Texas Tech (#3)
Kansas (#1) defeating Duke (#2) by four (4) points in overtime.
Michigan (#3) defeating Florida State (#9) by four (4) points.
Loyola-Chicago (#11) defeating Kansas State (#9).

The madness continues.  Congratulations to the four teams who survived the second weekend to arrive at the Final Four.

The
East Regional Champs
Villanova (#1)

will play . . . the

Midwest Regional Champs
Kansas (#1),

and, the

South Regional Champs
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

will play . .  the

West Regional Champs
Michigan (#3).

Sweet Sixteen, 2018!

March 19, 2018

History was made this weekend when a #1 seed (Virginia) was defeated by a #16 seed (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) for the first-time ever in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.  Congratulations to UMBC!  Virginia was not the only “favored” seed to not survive the first weekend . . . eight (8) other higher-seeded teams lost in the first round: Arizona (#4), Wichita State (#4), TCU (#6), Miami (#6), Arkansas (#7), Missouri (#8), Creighton (#8), and Virginia Tech (#8).  Then in round two, the upsets continued with six (6) additional “favored” teams losing: Xavier (#1), North Carolina (#2), Cincinnati (#2), Tennessee (#3), Michigan State (#3), Auburn (#4).  Madness indeed.  The Michigan State Spartans took care of business to win their opening-round game against a formidable Bucknell team on Friday, but were unable to handle Syracuse’s zone defense and lost by two (2) points yesterday thus ending their season.   Congratulations are in order for the “Sweet Sixteen” survivors of the first weekend.  Good luck one and all next week!  Let the Madness continue?

East Regional
Villanova (#1)
Purdue (#2)
Texas Tech (#3)
West Virginia (#5)

South Regional
Kentucky (#5)
Nevada (#7)
Kansas State (#9)
Loyola-Chicago (#11)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Duke (#2)
Clemson (#5)
Syracuse (#11)

West Regional
Michigan (#3)
Gonzaga (#4)
Texas A&M (#7)
Florida State (#9)

The Brackets are Set!

March 12, 2018

The ‘madness” has been ongoing all season, so we didn’t really have to wait for March, but now that March is here, the madness can officially begin!  I always look forward to this time of year and put together what I consider to be a quality bracket only to have it “busted” before the end of the first weekend.  I guess this is what makes the tournament so much fun (and aggravating if it is your team that falls early).  Here are the teams (and their seeds) in this year’s tournament.  My Spartans garnered a #3 seed in the Midwest  regional and will play Bucknell on Friday.  Good luck to all, and Go Green!

East Regional
#1 Villanova
#16  Long Island University/Radford

#8 Virginia Tech
#9 Alabama

#5 West Virginia
#12 Murray State

#4 Wichita State
#13 Marshall

#6 Florida
#11 St. Bonaventure/UCLA

#3 Texas Tech
#14 Stephen F. Austin

#7 Arkansas
#10 Butler

#2 Purdue
#15 Cal State Fullerton

South Regional
#1 Virginia
#16 University of Maryland, Baltimore County

#8 Creighton
#9 Kansas State

#5 Kentucky
#12 Davidson

#4 Arizona
#13 Buffalo

#6 Miami
#11 Loyola-Chicago

#3 Tennessee
#14 Wright State

#7 Nevada
#10 Texas

#2 Cincinnati
#15 Georgia State

Midwest Regional
#1 Kansas
#16 Pennsylvania

#8 Seton Hall
#9 NC State

#5 Clemson
#12 New Mexico State

#4 Auburn
#11Charleston

#6 TCU
#11 Arizona State/Syracuse

#3 Michigan State
#14 Bucknell

#7 Rhode Island
#10 Oklahoma

#2 Duke
#15 Iona

West Regional
#1 Xavier
#16 North Carolina Central/Texas Southern

#8 Missouri
#9 Florida State

#5 Ohio State
#12 South Dakota State

#4 Gonzaga
#13  UNC Greensboro

#6 Houston
#11 San Diego State

#3 Michigan
#14 Montana

#7 Texas A&M
#10 Providece

#2 North Carolina
#15 Lipscomb

 

Big Ten Tournament Champs, 2018!

March 5, 2018

Congratulations to the Michigan Wolverines who were crowned the Big Ten tournament champions yesterday.    The Spartans won their quarterfinal game against Wisconsin, but lost in their semi-final round to the Michigan Wolverines who then defeated Purdue in the finals to claim the title.    The Big Ten continues to have four teams among the AP top-25:  Michigan State [#2], Purdue [#8], Ohio State [#13], and Michigan [#15].

Next up for the Spartans: the NCAA Tournament.  The brackets and seedings will be revealed on Sunday.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Michigan State (#2) losing to Michigan (#15).
Duke (#5) losing to unranked Virginia Tech by one (1) point.
Kansas (#6) losing to unranked Oklahoma State.
Purdue (#8) losing to Michigan (#15).
North Carolina (#9) losing to unranked Miami by three (3) points and losing to Duke (#5).
Texas Tech (#12) losing to West Virginia (#20).
Ohio State (#13) losing to unranked Penn State by one (1) point.
Auburn (#14) losing to unranked Arkansas.
Rhode Island (#17) losing to unranked St. Joseph’s and losing to unranked Davidson by two (2) points.
Clemson (#18) losing to unranked Syracuse by three (3) points.
West Virginia (#20) losing to unranked Texas.
Nevada (#21) losing to unranked San Diego State by five (5) points.
Kentucky (#23) losing to unranked Florida.
Middle Tennessee State (#24) losing to unranked Marshall.

The close calls this week (won by six points or less [two scores] or in overtime) included:
Virginia (#1) defeating unranked Louisville by one (1) point and defeating unranked Notre Dame by five (5) points.
Michigan State (#2) defeating unranked Wisconsin by three (3) points.
Xavier (#3) defeating unranked DePaul by three (3) points.
Villanova (#4) defeating unranked Seton Hall by one (1) point in overtime.
Wichita State (#11) defeating unranked UCF by four (4) points in overtime.
Texas Tech (#12) defeating unranked TCU by four (4) points.
Michigan (#15) defeating unranked Iowa by six (6) points in overtime.
Tennessee (#16) defeating unranked Georgia by five (5) points.
St. Mary’s (#22) defeating unranked Pepperdine by three (3) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Duke (#5) defeating North Carolina (#9).
Cincinnati (#10) defeating Wichita State (#11) by one (1) point.