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We've got a barn burner in the KSU-WVU game!  All tied up at 2, six minutes into the game!

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this team is so schizophrenic.  They could lose in the first round as a 3 seed or they could make it to the final 4.  Duke - consistency, please find some.

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1 hour ago, RedEyedGhost said:

We've got a barn burner in the KSU-WVU game!  All tied up at 2, six minutes into the game!

One of the worst WVU performances of the year.  I cannot believe we won.

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With Cal losing to Oregon today it seems possible that only these top three Pac-12 teams will get in.  USC still has a shot but doesn't seem guaranteed.

I didn't really get to watch this Duke comeback, but it must have been something.  I got to the gym seeing UNC up 11 with like 10 minutes to go and then saw Duke up like 9 with 2 minutes to go.  Wow.  

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1 hour ago, S John said:

One of the worst WVU performances of the year.  I cannot believe we won.

Especially after making only one of two FTs at the end, and K-State having a full 20sec left.  Really good defense by your guys after that time out.  At least you know you just can't possibly have another game shooting that poorly again this season.

UCLA-Arizona has been a good one in the first half (but also really bad shooting).

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47 minutes ago, RedEyedGhost said:

Especially after making only one of two FTs at the end, and K-State having a full 20sec left.  Really good defense by your guys after that time out.  At least you know you just can't possibly have another game shooting that poorly again this season.

UCLA-Arizona has been a good one in the first half (but also really bad shooting).

Yep I had totally mentally prepared myself to lose from about 8 minutes in until 0:00.  The D on the last possession was definitely key, but Stokes also made the boneheaded move of picking up his dribble at the 3 point line.  Thougt for sure they'd drive for a layup/ foul.  Had to have been a gut wrenching loss for KSU, hopefully theyll make the field.  

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:lol: 

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1 hour ago, Rhom said:

:lol: 

Awesome.

UCLA had one of their coldest offensive nights last night losing handily to Arizona, so now UCLA seems like a 3 seed (hopefully not falling to a 4?) and the winner of Oregon v. Arizona should be guaranteed a 2 seed (and hopefully the loser too?).  

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Watching Michigan vs Minnesota, and Mason for Minn, has one of those smooth lefty strokes. Could watch the kid shoot all day, love it.

I will in no way attempt to explain yesterday or the what results might be today. GO EERS!

ETA: I don't think the kids name is Mason, it might be.....the lefty with the sweet stroke...he's fun to watch regardlesss.

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John Groce is officially out at Illinois. In his five years of coaching at Illinois, he compiled a 37-53 record in conference play, and only one NCAA tournament appearance. I say it was about time. He never got it going at Illinois.

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7 hours ago, Rhom said:

:lol: 

I love me some Huggy Bear! :lol: 

Iowa State has come to play

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Iowa State putting on a clinic vs. WVU... Huggins' head is going to explode on national TV.

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On 3/8/2017 at 8:10 PM, Ded As Ned said:

quote for the bump.  Sorry for the dreaded triple post.  

Brackets out tomorrow! :D 

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Rumors now that Alford is very interested in the Indiana job which in his case would be a place you could see someone leaving UCLA for.  Could that have had anything to do with UCLA's shit performance last night?

Will be fascinating if that job opens right back up.  Wonder what the chances are of keeping the younger Ball bros.  And Wilkes, the 5 start shooting guard committed to UCLA, I would think goes back to IU if Alford goes there given that he's from Indiana, but that's total baseless speculation on my part based on nothing but geography.

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33 minutes ago, Triskan said:

Rumors now that Alford is very interested in the Indiana job which in his case would be a place you could see someone leaving UCLA for.  Could that have had anything to do with UCLA's shit performance last night?

Will be fascinating if that job opens right back up.  Wonder what the chances are of keeping the younger Ball bros.  And Wilkes, the 5 start shooting guard committed to UCLA, I would think goes back to IU if Alford goes there given that he's from Indiana, but that's total baseless speculation on my part based on nothing but geography.

Do you think he could succeed at IU?  I think it would be a bad fit, for my 2 cents.  I think he and UCLA are a great fit, and he'd be dumb to leave what he has going there (such as it is).  IU is a dumpster fire that's going to be a huge challenge for whomever ends up with the job...   

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50 minutes ago, Triskan said:

Rumors now that Alford is very interested in the Indiana job which in his case would be a place you could see someone leaving UCLA for.  Could that have had anything to do with UCLA's shit performance last night?

What's up with Ball's thumb?  I saw it get injured last night, and I felt that was probably why they played so poorly in the second half.  Have you heard anything on it today?  If not, I'm sure they'll mention the status of it during the final tonight.

 

53 minutes ago, Triskan said:

Will be fascinating if that job opens right back up.  Wonder what the chances are of keeping the younger Ball bros.  And Wilkes, the 5 start shooting guard committed to UCLA, I would think goes back to IU if Alford goes there given that he's from Indiana, but that's total baseless speculation on my part based on nothing but geography.

I think he'd be crazy to leave UCLA for IU.  He hasn't really struck me as the best in game coach, so he should try and keep whatever recruiting advantage he can get, and right now it seems like they're a lot more talent in the So Cal area than there is in the Great Lakes region.  I think the younger Balls are UCLA no matter who the coach is... maybe they could be swayed to USC?  I don't know, but I really don't see Daddy Ball let them leave the LA area.  Middle Ball wouldn't be any loss though. Last Ball is supposed to be really good, maybe better than Lonzo.

 

Looks like ISU won their Superbowl.  Should be good for a first round upset as they don't seem to care about the NCAA tournament like they do the Big XII tournament.  I'm sure they're printing "Big XII Champions" t-shirts right now, omitting the key word.

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I've not heard anything about the thumb for Ball yet one way or the other but am anxious to see if it could be an ongoing issue.  ETA:  I should add that TJ Leaf is recovering from a sprained ankle which is also not helping the Bruins.

I don't have any special take how Alford would do at IU, but I also think it would be gutsy and possibly quite stupid to leave UCLA where he's all of the sudden showing he can be an elite recruiter to the point of fielding a strong team even if he's not much of a coach.  Would be fun to speculate again about who they'd get should that job open up.  i do think that this year has brought some gloss back to UCLA, so I would think they've be less likely to be spurned by the Shaka Smarts of the world this time.

In other injury news Chris Boucher for Oregon apparently is done for the year with an ACL.  He's basically their 6th starter and a big shot blocker.  Pretty big blow.

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35 minutes ago, Triskan said:

I've not heard anything about the thumb for Ball yet one way or the other but am anxious to see if it could be an ongoing issue.

He was under the basket and an airball came down and hit his extended thumb in the first half last night.  The rest of the game you could see him rubbing the thumb or hiding it in a fist when ever he could.  It was his off-hand so it would be most concerning for his passing, dribbling, and rebounding.

 

37 minutes ago, Triskan said:

In other injury news Chris Boucher for Oregon apparently is done for the year with an ACL.  He's basically their 6th starter and a big shot blocker.  Pretty big blow.

That's just horrible.  And he's a senior too.  Poor kid.

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The fact that talking heads can say Duke is in discussion for a one seed with a straight face is a straight up travesty.

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Earlier today, the Selection Committee tweeted out that six teams are in discussion for one seeds and that the Sunday games will be considered for seeding purposes.  (Usually, those games don't have any effect... which has been detrimental to Kentucky in situations like last year.)

My assumption is that it's the locks Kansas and Nova, the team that shouldn't be (but will be) Gonzaga, and then the last one is UNC, Oregon, and Kentucky,

Will be rooting for Zona tonight.

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