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Old 03-24-2018, 09:13 PM
 
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Houston makes those free throws at the end. One of two games, a last second shot doesn't drop, including a lucky bounce on one. Both Loyola and Michigan would have been on the sidelines a week ago. Funny tournament.
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Old 03-25-2018, 02:08 AM
 
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Tourney is a lot about luck, matchups and coming in playing your A game. If Michigan misses a shot that typically goes in 10% of the time their season is a failure...now it’s historical.
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Old 03-25-2018, 06:49 AM
 
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Leonard Hamilton is one odd dude. How he decides not to foul when down by four and 11 seconds remaining, is beyond me. And in the post-game, he had the audacity to act like media personnel had two heads rather than one when he was questioned about it. I know his teams are always offensively challenged and he is a defensive minded coach, but c'mon don't give up that easily! That forced three by FSU subsequent to Michigan corralling that final rebound was unnecessary as well.
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Old 03-25-2018, 07:09 AM
 
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Michigan was favored btw between 4 and 4-1/2 points. And the link details a lot of far less important games where FSU did foul with less of a chance to comeback, if not no chance. Shady stuff if you ask me.

https://www.theringer.com/march-madn...-michigan-loss
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Old 03-25-2018, 09:10 AM
 
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Michigan was favored btw between 4 and 4-1/2 points. And the link details a lot of far less important games where FSU did foul with less of a chance to comeback, if not no chance. Shady stuff if you ask me.

https://www.theringer.com/march-madn...-michigan-loss

This does make one wonder. I don't believe I've ever seen that happen before. Even in a regular season game. Does the Seminole tribe own any casinos?
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Old 03-25-2018, 09:44 AM
 
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Well with all the craziness and upsets (mostly in the South Region and to a lesser extent in the West Region), and two games to go today, it looks like this years tournament, wasn't all that bad seeding-wise.

I think there's four possible scenarios with today's games and the Final 4 seeds for next week could be:

1,1,3,11
1,2,3,11
1,3,3,11
2,3,3,11

For me at least, only one region, the South, was the big surprise.

In the West, I had Michigan going to the Final 4, sure they had some tremendous luck at the end of the Houston game, but they were playing really well at the end of the season and in their conference tourney. My biggest concern was the 11 day layoff between their conference tourney and NCAA tourney. Plus I wasn't that high on Xavier or Gonzaga.

So like most years in the tournament, even with all of the early upsets, it seems to find some "normalcy" as it makes its way to the 3rd weekend.

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Old 03-25-2018, 10:03 AM
 
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This does make one wonder. I don't believe I've ever seen that happen before. Even in a regular season game. Does the Seminole tribe own any casinos?
I laugh at some of the conspiracies I read from gamblers; there have been a lot of bad beats this tournament. Kansas- twice for example- almost blowing that huge lead vs Clemson and the win over Seton Hall- but Seton Hall making an off-balance, crazy 3-pointer just before the final buzzer? That's crazy to think the fix is in given that circumstance. But last night? Something doesn't add up. Mind you too, all the times in meaningless regular season games, FSU did foul with NO chance of coming back to win- and more over, Michigan is one of the very worst free throw shooting teams in the country. Did Hamilton miss what UVA did, down 4 with just a few seconds remaining? Why is Hamilton "gaslighting" two separate reporters, as if the line of questioning is out of left field?
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Old 03-25-2018, 10:18 AM
 
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More fun facts:
*Michigan is the first to reach a Final Four without beating a single top 5 seed in its region.
*Loyola is now 13-4 in the history of the NCAA Tournament. They have the highest winning % of any school in the NCAA Tournament (take that for what it's worth). Duke got overtaken in this tournament by Loyola, and will remain second whether they win or lose today. If Duke wins today, then regardless of its performance in the semi-final, will regain the #1 spot if Loyola loses to Michigan. BTW, Kansas and Michigan are sixth and eighth, respectively.
*Iona has the worst % of any school with at least one tournament victory (1-12). Eastern Kentucky has the most losses (8) without a victory.
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Old 03-25-2018, 11:59 AM
 
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I have some more useless facts/pub trivia regarding my alma mater, Arizona.

While most people already know, Arizona is the 1st and still the only team to beat three #1 seeds to win their one and only title back in 1997, with their loss to Buffalo in this tournament, Arizona is the only school in college basketball history to lose to NCAA Tournament seeds 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

(11) Xavier, 2017
(12) Miami of Ohio, 1995
(13) Buffalo, 2018
(14) East Tenn. State, 1992
(15) Santa Clara, 1993

Arizona is one of only three ever to lose five games to double-digit seeds when seeded in the top four itself.

The others: Kansas, which lost to a 10 (Stanford), two 11 seeds (VCU and Auburn), a 13 (Bradley) and a 14 (Bucknell).

And Syracuse, which lost to three 11 seeds (Dayton, Marquette and Rhode Island); a 13 (Vermont) and a 15 (Richmond).
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Old 03-25-2018, 01:02 PM
 
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Based on what I've seen so far, I don't see Texas Tech beating Villanova today.
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