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Weekly links … NCAA Tournament style

 

Reminiscing about last week’s NCAA Tournament games and I can’t help but think how fun it was to watch South Carolina defeat Duke.

Of course, it is fun anytime Duke goes home the first week of the tourney but it was especially fun because all the Duke excuse makers were out in full force.

You see, it was somehow unfair for Duke to have to play South Carolina in the state of South Carolina.

But for some reason, it never is unfair for Duke opponents to have to play the Blue Devils in the state of North Carolina. How many times has Duke had two quasi-home games in the NCAA tourney?

Yet somehow it was really unfair for Coach K and his team to have to play in a different state.

Duke couldn’t play in the home state this year because the tournament was pulled from North Carolina due to that weirdo transgender bathroom law.

Do they have guards outside the bathroom checking your gender before you are allowed in? What a dumb law.

Anyway, South Carolina and star guard Sindarius Thornwell outclassed Duke. And Frank Martin outcoached Coach K.

South Carolina became America’s Team for a night as most people around the nation enjoyed watching another Duke early exit.

Go Mercer! Go Lehigh! Go South Carolina!

Isn’t Duke an elite program? Well, elite programs should be able to win anywhere.

End of story.

 

Interesting tidbit I dug up: Wisconsin has won more NCAA Tournament games than anyone else over the past four years.

The Badgers are looking for their 14th NCAA win in that time span when they face Florida on Friday.

Normally, I wouldn’t care who wins a game like this. Especially since my bracket has already met the shredder (thanks, Villanova).

Oh yeah, it was Wisconsin causing my bracket to become full of red ink with its impressive victory over Villanova.

But I now realize it is time for the Badgers to go home. Not their fault but I learned that the slimy politician guy named Paul Ryan is from Wisconsin.

Ryan is the dingbat who is somehow coming up with a worse health care plan than the disaster known as Obamacare (the one time Donald Trump is right). I wouldn’t trust that Ryan clown to correctly put English muffins in the toaster. Heck, my mom calls him a jackass.

Go Gators! Make Paul Ryan have a horrible Friday night.

Here is the stellar preview — http://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/wisconsin-looks-to-keep-run-going-versus-florida/

 

Thursday is the night that all of those Gonzaga fans will become really sad.

The Bulldogs don’t have enough ball-handlers to deal with the “Press Virginia” defense that West Virginia is famous for. The Mountaineers have forced 724 turnovers — nobody else even has 600 — and I see them creating havoc all game long.

Gonzaga also is the team with all the pressure on it. The Bulldogs have never reached a Final Four and even coach Mark Few admitted that the Final Four thing will continue to hang over the program until it reaches one.

Well, I don’t see Nigel Williams-Goss and his teammates even reaching the Elite Eight. I see Gonzaga’s season coming to an end on Thursday.

Here is the stellar preview — http://newsok.sportsdirectinc.com/basketball/ncaab-preview.aspx?page=/data/NCAAB/matchups/g6_preview_19.html

 

 

 

San Diego might no longer have a NFL team but it gained an impressive new sports legend.

Poway native Kelsey Plum scored an out-of-control 57 points on Saturday to become the all-time leading scorer in women’s basketball history with 3,397 points.

Plum broke the record held by legendary Jackie Stiles — one of the few instantly recognizable names in women’s college basketball history.

Now Plum holds that record and she will raise it to a level that should make it last a long time before her senior season at Washington concludes.

Probably the most enjoyable part of Plum’s scoring spree is she outscored the entire Duke men’s team (50 points) on Saturday.

Coach K is sure to come down with another sore back once that news reaches Durham, N.C.

Plum leads the nation in scoring with a 31.6 average — proof that not all the best players end up at Connecticut.

Oh yeah, someone you know put together a quick story that ended up on this website among others: http://www.scoresandstats.com/breaking-news/basketball/wncaab/washingtons-plum-scores-57-sets-ncaa-womens-career-record/170162/

An interesting tidbit is that former LSU great Pete Maravich is the only Division I player — man or woman — to score more points than Plum. Maravich scored 3,667 points in just 83 games between 1967-70.

That is an incredible 44.2 average over three college seasons. They didn’t let freshman play back then and they also didn’t have a 3-point line.

Maravich would have scored over 5,000 points if allowed to play four seasons with a 3-point line.

The best comment of the day when it came to Plum’s record was made by Boston Celtics’ general manager Danny Ainge.

Congratulations @kelseyplum10 for becoming the best scoring 5’8″ player in UW history. Amazing accomplishment.”

Priceless. You see, the Celtics’ best player is All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas. He happens to stand 5-8 and played for Washington.

Boom.

Back to Plum … she starred in high school at La Jolla Country Day in San Diego County. That is the same small school that produced former Stanford star and WNBA player Candice Wiggins and football player Rashaan Salaam, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Colorado who committed suicide in December.

She also has good athletic genes as her father Jim was a big-time multi-sport star at Helix High – the school that produced basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton and prominent football players Reggie Bush and Alex Smith — and played football and baseball for San Diego State.

Another thing to note is that Plum said she wasn’t feeling very well during Saturday’s monster outing and was eating applesauce during timeouts.

What I take from that is all budding young girls’ basketball players should start eating applesauce. Gallons of it.

That noisy celebration you think you heard after Duke beat Baylor on Sunday night wasn’t coming just from Durham, N.C., or Duke alums scattered across the nation.

It was coming from CBS.

The network badly didn’t want to have to televise a Final Four without a No. 1 seed for the second time in five seasons. The ratings fell sharply from the previous year the last time CBS didn’t have a one seed among the final four teams.

That was in 2006 – the tournament where George Mason was repeatedly taking out the big-name programs during its historic Final Four run. You just know a final quartet of Butler, Michigan State, West Virginia and Baylor would have sent CBS into shock a full six days before the event started.

But Duke (33-5) restores a small semblance of order by cracking the Final Four with a 78-71 victory over Baylor. Those sharp winds you think you felt in your area Sunday evening were actually CBS executives breathing a heavy sigh of relief.

So get ready for the upcoming love fest between CBS and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. It’s Duke’s 11th Final Four trip under Coach K but its first since 2004. That is quite a drought for the Atlantic Coast Conference powerhouse program.

The Blue Devils last won a national title in 2001 but first must get past a tough West Virginia squad in Saturday’s Final Four. Michigan State and Butler, the hometown team, meet in the other national semifinal game in Indianapolis.

Duke got past Baylor even though star player Kyle Singler (five points) missed all 10 of his field-goal attempts. But Nolan Smith stepped up with 29 points and Duke was strong on the boards, getting numerous second chances thanks to 22 offensive rebounds.

Baylor (28-8) reaching the Final Four would have been a great story. The program was a mess after Patrick Dennehy was shot to death in the summer of 2003 by teammate Carlton Dotson. Then-coach Dave Bliss tried to cover up what happened and everything crumbled, and not just Bliss’ reputation.

Scott Drew took on the challenge and has done an incredible job rebuilding the Bears. Baylor reached the NCAA tournament two years ago, played in the NIT title game last season and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament this season.

It’s hard to believe Baylor was after picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 this season with talented players like LaceDarius Dunn (22 points), Michigan transfer Ekpe Udoh (18 points) and Tweety Carter (12 points) on the roster. The Bears fell short against Duke on Sunday but can still hold their heads high after putting together the best season in school history.

Michigan State back in Final Four

Michigan State is in the Final Four for the sixth time in 12 years after outlasting Tennessee 70-69 in an entertaining contest on Sunday.

The Spartans (28-8) lost to North Carolina in last year’s title game and are persevering despite the loss of team leader Kalin Lucas to a torn Achilles’ tendon.

Raymar Morgan’s free throw with 1.8 seconds provided the winning point as coach Tom Izzo’s postseason success in regional finals continues to be out of the world. The Spartans are now 6-1 under Izzo when a Final Four berth has been on the line. Izzo’s Spartans won the 2000 national title by beating Florida.

Tennessee (28-9) had never previously advanced to the Elite Eight before this year’s appearance under coach Bruce Pearl. Think about this: The Volunteers’ stay in the men’s tournament was longer than the length in which the school’s vaunted women’s program coached by legendary Pat Summitt lasted in the women’s tourney.