NCAA Men's Tournament at a Glance
- Author: Tracy Ferguson Mar 19, 2017,
Mar 19, 2017, 0:19
They had to find a replacement, and eventually they looked deep into college basketball's ranks to find Army's 33-year-old coach, an unproven but disciplined man named Mike Krzyzewski. The Flyers were on a great run in the conference play but dropped their final game heading to the conference tournament, where they were knocked down by Davidson with 64-73 in the quarterfinals.
In the past week or so, Allen has taken it all in stride, and Friday night he appeared to be the consummate teammate and student-athlete. Villanova is trying to be the first back-to-back titlist since Florida in 2007. The streaky Devils were preseason number one, but stumbled to a 3-4 ACC start with Coach K missing seven games following back surgery. In the first timeout, he was the first Blue Devil off the bench to welcome the starters back to the sideline, standing behind Krzyzewski as Allen extended his palm to the five starters.
Seton Hall and Villanova traded shots for the next two minutes. "It's just when you come in, my job is to give energy". Add to the fact that freshman Lauri Markkanen at 7 feet is a Dirk Nowitski-eque mismatch on most nights, I fully expect Arizona to keep the good vibes going and come out of this region easily.
In the event that Berry does not play, Williams will use seniors Nate Britt and Stilman White and freshman Seventh Woods to share the time, just as the team did earlier in the season with the stating point guard out of the lineup.
"And score some points", Krzyzewski injected.
Jeffrey Carroll had 19 points for Oklahoma State while Phil Forte added 12 points and Leyton Hammonds had 10.
Maybe it's all a PR campaign-an attempt at an image rehabilitation leading up to the National Basketball Association draft. This was not going to faze them one bit. An image lift couldn't hurt. They've won seven of their last 10 games to finish 27-8 and are 5-4-1 against the spread over their last 10 contests as well.
While the memory of Kris Jenkins' iconic buzzer-beating 3-pointer to edge North Carolina in the 2016 title game remains fresh, Villanova starts a new quest - to become college hoops' first back-to-back champion in 10 years on Thursday when it faces No. 16 seeded Mount St. Mary's in the East region. His draft stock has taken a hit, and the 6-foot-5 guard is now a fringe first-rounder at best.
The #3 UCLA Bruins (29-4) have been one of the most talked about teams in college basketball, mostly due to their freshman sensation Lonzo Ball. "And I think we've won some big away games".
"It's great", Duke redshirt junior Rebecca Greenwell said. He knows when to make the right adjustments. Well, not really, because the Graduation Success Rate used by the NCAA doesn't count one-and-done players or anyone who leaves a school early while still academically eligible. It'll be tough for Saturday's victor to break that string because that team will, in all likelihood, have to beat Duke on its home floor - where the Blue Devils are undefeated this season - to make it to Bridgeport. "You know, as far as just our preparation and stuff like that, I feel like it's all been the same".
But Allen didn't play the villain like Christian Laettner or J.J. Redick before him, egging on the crowd by asking for more boos.
"I've embraced it", Robinson said of the constant height difference. If they win the first game it's likely they'll play Kansas later in the weekend.
There are plenty of important mysteries to solve when it comes to the most enjoyable few weeks of the calendar year, but this is a topic that the people really care about. Before Friday's game, The Onion published a story titled "Grayson Allen Recalls Struggle Growing Up Without Any Principles". Bookies in Las Vegas like the Tar Heels' chances, too, making them one of the top picks for the title.
He's hyper-aware that everything he does can and will be nitpicked.