Tag: March Madness

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Gonzaga Makes First NCAA Title Game with Win Over S Carolina

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Their star guard was outstanding. Their big men dominated inside. Still, it came down to some last-second strategy for Gonzaga to move on to the NCAA Tournament championship game for the first time.

Duane Wilson

Top 10 Value Add Players Deliver Upsets for S. Carolina, Michigan; ‘Home’ Edge Tourney Key

Skeptics abounded after the March 11 announcement that South Carolina’s Sindarius Thornwell passed Kansas’ Frank Mason and Villanova’s Josh Hart as the Most Valuable Player in college basketball according to the www.valueaddbasketball.com rankings. However, there may not be many doubters after his third three-pointer Sunday put South Carolina ahead of Duke 42-41, and was part of a 53-point weekend that denied Marquette and Duke a trip to the Sweet 16 in New York.

Kennedy Meeks

ESPN’s $240 Million/Yr. ACC Produces 1 Sweet 16 Team, Fox Sports Debut Conferences Produce 8

Four years ago ESPN increased its annual payment to the ACC to $240 million as part of an attempt to make it the greatest basketball conference in history, and prevent Fox Sports from getting off the ground with a basketball lineup of the Big East to its lineup of the Big 12 and Pac-12. This week ESPN’s “greatest conference ever” produced only one Sweet 16 team (UNC) while the three Fox Sports’ conferences produced eight.

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Black Saturday: ACC’s Claim as ‘Best Conference Ever’ Ends With 3 Blowout Losses

Hype that called the ACC the greatest basketball conference in history came crashing down when their three NCAA teams lost by an average of 21 points on Saturday, leaving them as the only major conference without a Sweet 16 team. Jim Boeheim wanted his Syracuse team included as a 10th team in the tournament, to match the Big East and Big 12 with two-thirds of their teams in the conference.

Josh Hart, Ethan Happ

Topple-Seed: Villanova Stunned 65-62 by Wisconsin in NCAA

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Top-seeded Villanova was bounced from the NCAA Tournament by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, which overcame foul trouble for two of its stars in the second half Saturday to upset the defending champions 65-62 in the East region.

Josh Hart

Hart: No. 1 Player Leads No. 1 Team Into March Madness

In our final press conference, Villanova coach Jay Wright wondered if he was biased in calling Josh Hart the best player in the country after the senior scored 29 points to win his second Big East Tournament MVP and almost assure that March Madness would start with him rated as the best player and Villanova rated as the best team when March Madness starts this week.

Jaylen Barford, Joe Toye

March Madness Guide: South Carolina MVP; Va Tech, Creighton, Xavier Toughest Injuries

Villanova’s Josh Hart passed Kansas’ Frank Mason in what looked like a two-way race for the Value Add Basketball Most Valuable player, only to have Sindarius Thornwell pass them both for No. 1 after single-handedly putting South Carolina in the NCAA tournament. In filling out your brackets be aware Virginia Tech, Xavier and Creighton must overcome the toughest injuries.

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Life Lesson for 129 Teams With a Chance, 46 Eliminated Thursday

All of the 129 teams that still have a chance at an NCAA bid should take a lesson from Providence Coach Ed Cooley’s final words in Madison Square Garden, in response to a Breitbart Sports question Thursday about how to deal with the loss that ended their six-game winning streak.

Josh Hart, Eli Cain

DePaul, 175 Other Teams Eliminated; 175 Alive for NCAA Title

Breitbart Sports asked the last question to Billy Garrett Jr. as a player for DePaul University, as his hopes of making March Madness died, just like players from 175 other teams. The simplified conference-by-conference list of the 175 teams alive now shows the day of their next conference playoff game, and the chance they will make the tournament if they do not win the automatic bid.

Mark Few, Nigel Williams-Goss

23 Teams Eliminated, Leaving 261 Competing for March Madness

Jacksonville State became the 25th team to make the tournament, winning the Ohio Valley Conference title Saturday after stunning heavy favorite Belmont in the semifinals en route to their first March Madness appearance. For 23 other teams the chances of March Madness ended with conference tournament losses and a 0% chance of an at-large bid.

Frank Mason III, Manu Lecomte

67 Teams Eliminated, 284 Left for 68 Bracket Spots

The Conference Basketball championships are in fact the opening rounds of March Madness for teams that do not have a chance for an at-large bid to the tournament – and the following is the conference breakdown of 284 teams that still have a chance after 67 teams were eliminated.