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March Madness 2017, Final Four!

March 27, 2017

The second weekend of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and we have reached the pinnacle of the tournament — the Final Four teams!  And as usual, probably not the four teams that the majority of fans would have picked.  Only two of the #1 seeds survived along with a number three seed and a number seven seed.  Cinderella is alive and well.  What another exciting tournament for college basketball fans.

The upsets in the tournament during the second round this second weekend included:
Kansas (#1) losing to Oregon (#3).
Florida (#4) losing to South Carolina (#7)

The Final Four teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
South Carolina (#7)

Midwest Regional
Oregon (#3)

South Regional
North Carolina (#1)

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1)

March Madness 2017, Elite Eight!

March 25, 2017

Happy Saturday!  As we reach the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament, the field has been halved yet again to the Elite Eight with the Final Four yet to be determined by the end of the weekend.  Three (3) number one seed still remain (Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga), but a couple of Cinderellas are still hanging around (South Carolina [#7 seed] and Xavier [#11 seed]) so it will be fun to see how the games go today and Sunday.

The upsets in the tournament during the first round of the second weekend included:
Baylor (#3) losing to South Carolina (#7).
Arizona (#2) losing to Xavier (#11).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Florida (#4)
South Carolina (#7)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Oregon (#3)

South Regional (top four seeds advanced)
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)

West Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Xavier (#11)

March Madness 2017, Down to Thirty-Two!

March 18, 2017

The Spartans win!  The first round of the NCAA Tournament has come to a close and the field has been cut in half.  The first full-day of games had only a couple of surprises and both involved the higher-seeded Big Ten school going down in defeat (Minnesota [#5] and Maryland [#6]).   Day two found only a couple more “upsets” — Dayton (#7) losing to Wichita State and Miami (#8) losing to Michigan State (#9).  Tom Izzo worked his March magic as the Spartans found a way, following a very slugging start, to get the win.

Next up for the Spartans:  a Sunday game in the Tulsa Regional Final where they will face the Jayhawks from Kansas . . . .    Go Green!

The upsets in the tournament this first weekend included:
Minnesota (#5) losing to Middle Tennessee State (#12).
Maryland (#6) losing to Xavier (#11)
SMU (#6) losing to USC (#11)
Dayton (#7) losing to Wichita State (#10)
Miami (#8) losing to Michigan State (#9).

The teams remaining (by regional):

East Regional
Villanova (#1)
Duke (#2)
Baylor (#3)
Florida (#4)
Virginia (#5)
South Carolina (#7)
Wisconsin (#8)
USC (#11)

Midwest Regional
Kansas (#1)
Louisville (#2)
Oregon (#3)
Purdue (#4)
Iowa State (#5)
Michigan (#7)
Michigan State (#9)
Rhode Island (#11)

South Regional
North Carolina (#1)
Kentucky (#2)
UCLA (#3)
Butler (#4)
Cincinnati (#6)
Arkansas (#8)
Wichita State (#10)
Middle Tennessee State (#12)

East Regional
Gonzaga (#1)
Arizona (#2)
Florida State (#3)
West Virginia (#4)
Notre Dame (#5)
St. Mary’s (#7)
Northwestern (#8)
Xavier (#11)

 

Selection Sunday 2017!

March 12, 2017

It has arrived . . . March Madness!  Later today, the field will be selected for the 2017 NCAA College Basketball Tournament.  Is your team in?  My team (Michigan State, Go Green!) is not guaranteed entry this year, but I remain hopeful that their rigorous non-conference schedule, coupled with more than a couple of key players out with injuries (before the season even began), coupled with still managing to play above .500 in Big Ten play, coupled with very few upperclassmen with a good showing in the Big Ten Tournament, will earn them a berth in the tournament.  But if not . . . there is always next year!  Here are some helpful links as we begin the Road to the Final Four in earnest.  Tulsa’s BOK Center is hosting some of the regional games this year (Friday and Sunday games for the East and Midwest Regionals) and I will be at each and every game!  Woot!  I love this time of year!

Tournament Schedule
Joe Lunardi’s latest “Bracketology
Tournament Challenge (create your brackets now)

 

The Final Four, 2016!

March 28, 2016

What an exciting couple of weeks for college basketball fans.  Yes, there were the requisite upsets that ruined many a bracket, there were the close wins as time ran out, there were the wins in overtime and the field of sixty-eight has been reduced to the final four . . . It was not a good weekend for #1 seeds as three of the four found themselves on the wrong side of the final scores.  Only one #1 seed survived along with two #2 seeds and a #10 seed.

North Carolina (#1) defeated Notre Dame (#6)
Oklahoma (#2) defeated Oregon (#1)
Villanova (#2) defeated Kansas (#1)
Syracuse (#10) defeated Virginia (#1)

On to Houston for the Final Four next weekend where North Carolina will face Syracuse in one of the semi-finals while Oklahoma will face Villanova in the other.  Good luck one and all.

Elite Eight in 2016!

March 26, 2016

The plot thickens . . . is your team still in the mix?  The field has been halved again as we inch closer to the glory of achieving a “final four” finish.  Here’s the eight who still have a shot.

West Regional
Oregon (#1) defeated Duke (#4)
Oklahoma (#2) defeated Texas A&M (#3)

South Regional
Kansas (#1) defeated Maryland (#5)
Villanova (#2) defeated Miami (#3)

East Regional
North Carolina (#1) defeated Indiana (#5)
Notre Dame (#6) defeated Wisconsin (#7)

Midwest Regional
Virginia (#1) defeated Iowa State (#4)
Syracuse (#10) defeated Gonzaga (#11)

Sweet Sixteen in 2016!

March 21, 2016

The second round of action has been completed and the field has been halved once again.  All that remain are the “sweet sixteen” teams, each one with dreams of reaching the “Final Four” by this time next week.

Here’s a breakdown of the second round action . . . the winners, the losers, and the surprises (lower seeds).

West Regional
Oregon (#1) defeated St. Joseph’s (#8)
Oklahoma (#2) defeated VCU (#7)
Texas A&M (#3) defeated Northern Iowa (#11)
Duke (#4) defeated Yale (#12)

South Regional
Kansas (#1) defeated UConn (#9)
Villanova (#2) defeated Iowa (#7)
Miami (#3) defeated Wichita State (#11)
Maryland (#5) defeated Hawaii (#13)

East Regional
North Carolina (#1) defeated Providence (#9)
Indiana (#5) defeated Kentucky (#4)
Notre Dame (#6) defeated Stephen F. Austin (#14)
Wisconsin (#7) defeated Xavier (#2)

Midwest Regional
Virginia (#1) defeated Butler (#9)
Iowa State (#4) defeated Arkansas-Little Rock (#12)
Syracuse (#10) defeated Middle Tennessee State (#15)
Gonzaga (#11) defeated Utah (#4)

Any Cinderellas This Year?

March 19, 2016

March Madness has officially begun.  We have had the “play-in” games as well as the first full round of games and the field has already been narrowed to thirty-two teams (my beloved Spartans were ousted in the first round by Middle Tennessee State).  Has your bracket been busted?  Did you pick any upsets?  Who are this year’s Cinderellas?  Here is a breakdown of the first couple of days of action . . . the winners, the losers, and the surprises (lower seeds).

South Regional
Kansas (#1) defeated Austin Peay (#16)
Villanova (#2) defeated North Carolina Asheville (#15)
Miami (#3) defeated Buffalo (#14)
Maryland (#5) defeated San Diego State (#12)
Iowa (#7) defeated Temple (#11)
Connecticut (#9) defeated Colorado (#8)
Wichita State (#11) defeated Arizona (#6)
Hawaii (#13) defeated California (#4)

West Regional
Oregon (#1) defeated Holy Cross (#16)
Oklahoma (#2) defeated Cal State Bakersfield (#15)
Texas A&M
 (#3) defeated Green Bay (#14)
Duke (#4)
defeated North Carolina Wilmington (#13)
Saint Joseph (#8) defeated Cincinnati (#9)
VCU (#10) defeated Oregon State (#7)
Northern Iowa (#11) defeated  Texas (#6)
Yale (#12) defeated Baylor (#5)

East Regional
North Carolina (#1) defeated  Florida Gulf Coast (#16)
Xavier (#2) defeated Weber State (#15)
Kentucky (#4) defeated Stony Brook (#13)
Indiana (#5)
 defeated Chattanooga (#12)
Notre Dame (#6) defeated Michigan (#11)
Wisconsin (#7)
defeated Pittsburgh (#10)
Providence (#9) defeated USC (#8)
SF Austin (#14) defeated West Virginia (#3)

Midwest Regional
Virginia (#1) defeated Hampton (#16)
Utah (#3) defeated Fresno State (#14)
Iowa State (#4) defeated Iona (#13)
Butler (#9) defeated Texas Tech (#8)
Syracuse (#10) defeated Dayton (#7)
Gonzaga (#11) defeated Seton Hall (#6)
Arkansas-Little Rock (#12) defeated Purdue (#5)
Middle Tennessee State (#15) defeated Michigan State (#2)

Let The Madness Begin!

March 14, 2016

127March Madness has arrived!  And, following a week of turmoil and upsets among the conference tournaments, the selection committee announced the field for the NCAA Tournament yesterday. Michigan State was able to win the Big Ten Conference Tournament, garnered a #2 seed in the Midwest regional, and will face Middle Tennessee State  in the first round on Friday.  Go Green!    Here is a list of the ranked teams that did not win their conference championships.

Villanova (#3) lost to Seton Hall (NR) by two (2) points in the Big East final.
Virginia (#4) lost to North Carolina (#7) by four (4) points in the ACC final.
Xavier (#5) lost to Seton Hall (NR) by four (4) points in the Big East semifinals.
Oklahoma (#6) lost to West Virginia (#9) by two (2) points in the Big Twelve quarterfinals.
West Virginia (#9) lost to Kansas (#1) in the Big Twelve final.
Indiana (#10) lost to Michigan (NR) by three points in the Big Ten quarterfinals.
Miami (#11) lost to Virginia (#4) by five (5) points in the ACC semifinals.
Utah (#12) lost to Oregon (#8) in the PAC-Twelve final.
Purdue (#13) lost to Michigan State (#2) by four points (4) in the Big Ten final.
Arizona (#15) lost to Oregon (#8) by six (6) points in the PAC-Twelve seminfinals.
Texas A&M (#17) lost to Kentucky (#16) by five (5) points in the SEC final.
Maryland (#18) lost to Michigan State (#2) by three (3) points in the Big Ten semifinals.
Duke (#19) lost to Notre Dame (NR) by five points in overtime in the ACC quarterfinals.
Iowa (#20) lost to Illinois (NR) by two points in the 2nd round of the Big Ten tournament.
Iowa State (#21) lost to Oklahoma (#6) by three (3) points in the Big Twelve quarterfinals.
Baylor (#22) lost to Kansas (#1) by four (4) points in the Big Twelve quarterfinals.
Texas (#23) lost to Baylor (#22) in the Big Twelve quarterfinals.
California (#24) lost to Utah (#12) by four (4) points in the PAC-Twelve seminfinals.

(NR) = not ranked.

Selection Sunday 2016!

March 13, 2016

izzo_infographic01pThe day has finally arrived!  Let the Madness begin as the field of 68 will be selected later today, allow me to break down a little bit of the Michigan State Spartan history when it comes to this tournament . . . the infographic to the right shows the history with Tom Izzo at the helm, but their complete profile (regardless of coach) includes:

  • Tournament Appearances: 29 (1957, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Championships: 2 (1979, 2000)
  • Runner-ups: 1 (2009)
  • Final Fours: 9 (1957, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2015
  • Elite Eights: 13 (1957, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015)
  • Sweet Sixteens: 19 (1957, 1959, 1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Round of Thirty-Two: 21 (1978, 1979, 1986, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Win-Loss: 63-28
  • Conference Tournament Champions: 4 (1999, 2000, 2012, 2014)
  • Conference Regular Season Champions: 13 (1957, 1959, 1967, 1978, 1979, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2009, 2010, 2012)

So, as the tournament gets underway, good luck Sparty!  Go Green!