UMBC stuns no.1 Virginia 74-54 in historic win

It was going to happen at some point and tonight it did- a 16 seed beat a 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The University of Maryland-Baltimore County defeated the overall no.1 seeded Virginia 74-54 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament tonight. The game was tied coming out of halftime at 21 but UMBC was firmly in control in the second half, outscoring the Cavaliers by 20 and at times it was the Retrievers ,and not the Cavaliers, who looked like the number one seed. Virginia’s vaunted defense,…

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Villanova defeats UNC 74-77 on buzzer beater to win Nat’l Title

Well I can admit it, I was wrong. If you read my earlier piece from today, you know I predicted that North Carolina would win tonight’s national championship game against Villanova. I said the Tar Heels’ size and their defense would be more than the Wildcats would be able to handle. How off I was! Carolina was on target from behind the three point line in the first half, shooting a scorching 78% from downtown. This hot shooting helped them take a five point lead 39-34 lead into intermission. In…

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Cut the BS NCAA! They are play-games!

The 2016 play-in games and the first weekend of the NCAA tournament have come and gone and what a first weekend it was. Half court buzzer beaters, crazy comebacks and upsets made this one of the best opening salvos ever of the tourney. I enjoyed every second of it but I must admit I completely abhor  the play-in games with a passion. The formula for getting in the field of 64 ( I still call it that because if you are truly in the field, you don’t have to engage…

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Day 2 of NCAA Tournament ends with a bang

The round of 64 wrapped up tonight and it did not disappoint. Upsets were the order of the day, the biggest of which was 15 seeded Middle Tennessee State upending 2nd seeded Michigan State, 90-81. Others included in the East, 14 seed Stephen F. Austin bouncing 3 seed West Virginia 70-56; in the South, 13 seed Hawaii ended California’s tournament,77-66. In the West bracket, 11 seed Northern Iowa defeated Texas , 75-72 on a half court heave at the end of regulation by Paul Jesperson that will no doubt go…

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