As it often does, the NCAA Tournament provided a wild first weekend. Mercer saved Warren Buffett $1 billion, Dayton won the state of Ohio and reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in 30 years, Stanford sent Andrew Wiggins and Kansas packing, and the young Kentucky Wildcats ended Wichita State’s dream season. So out of the 32 second and third-round games won by the 16 teams still in contention for the national championship, what statistical trends and insights can we gain
ATLANTA — Luke Hancock etched his place in Louisville — and Kentucky — basketball lore with two late free throws followed by four 3-pointers using his quick-and-smooth set shot stroke — all in a span of 2:34. Was Hancock’s 3-point shooting the main reason the Cardinals were able to make a comeback in the National Championship game? Simply put: Yes. Was it the norm for the tournament? Hell no.
Monday brought forth a great many things, but NBA games were not one of them. So, what was the big news on a day when the dominating headlines all built up to the NCAA National Championship game? The 2013 Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame inductees were formally announced Monday at a ceremony in Atlanta, host site of the NCAA Final Four.
Kobe Bryant has never been interested in making friends. He’s always made that very clear. But he did go out of his way to send some kind words to Kevin Ware, the Louisville guard who suffered one of the most grotesque injuries in recent sports history Sunday against Duke in the Midwest Regional Final. In the spirit of April Fools, Bryant was duped by a fake Kevin Ware twitter account — KevinWare_5 – to which he directed his wishes to get well.
The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament is pure mayhem; games begin and end simultaneously, buzzers sound from TV’s, iPads, iPhones, and computers, celebrations are loud … and defeat is inevitable for more than three-quarters of the field… Which brings us to these next four days of college basketball: Games are fewer than the week before, but the stakes continue to rise as the Sweet Sixteen turns into the Elite Eight, and, eventually the Final Four.
It was an exciting and historic first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament over the weekend, with the blue bloods of college basketball reaching the second week of the tourney along with surprise teams including LaSalle, Wichita State and No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast. But what did it really take for the teams to win two, and in LaSalle’s case, three, games last week?