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Upsets Abound in NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourney

Friday, March 25th, 2016


As well as a team may play in the regular season, even if its winning ends in a great seed position in March Madness, an upset is always possible on the basketball court. There can be Cinderella stories and miracles launched by upsets. Before March Madness commenced, 64 men’s teams entered the four bracket challenges. Experts said one of these five teams was likely to win it all: Michigan State, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.

Middle Tennessee kicked Michigan State out in The Big Dance, the first round of games for all 64 teams. Indiana beat Kentucky in the second round. Kansas faces hometown favorite Maryland in the Sweet Sixteen March 24, North Carolina faces bracket buster Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen March 25. Oklahoma has avoided getting knocked out by a spoiler, but they play No. 3 seed Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen.

The most interesting part about this year’s March Madness is that there may be no perfect brackets after March 25. Even before the Sweet Sixteen, eliminations were dramatic. Middle Tennessee, a No. 15 seed, eliminated number two Michigan State, Stephen F. Austin University (SFA), seeded No. 14, beat No. 3 seed West Virginia and lucky 13 seed Hawaii knocked out No. 4 seed California. These unexpected losses all happened on the second day of the first round. This was the first time in men’s NCAA tourney history that the No. 13, No. 14, and No. 15 seed won on the same day.

The Steven F. Austin Lumberjacks played remarkably in their third straight time heading back to the Big Dance. They did it in style against West Virginia. Next, they lost against Notre Dame in a heartbreaker. The game was decided 76-75 by a tip-in basket that Notre Dame made with less than two seconds left on the clock.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders victory over Michigan State marked the eighth time that the No. 2 seed was upset by a No. 15 since the NCAA tourney has expanded to 64 teams in 1985. The last upset like this was in the 2013 NCAA Tourney when No. 2 seed Georgetown lost to Florida Gulf Coast. The Blue Raiders didn’t really have a glass slipper in the next round. Once Syracuse drew its top player Jaqawn Raymond into foul trouble and locked into its powerful zone defense, the Orange crushed the Blue Raiders’ Cinderella dream.

Maybe Syracuse deserved better than its No. 10 seed. While the team struggled throughout the regular season with a conference record barely above .500, it had a decent overall record of 19-13. The program is recovering form a nine-game suspension of Coach Jim Boeheim imposed by the NCAA in March 2015. However, Syracuse had many good wins against Top 25 teams this year which could be the reason for its seeding in the top ten. Syracuse will face No. 11 seed, the Gonzaga Bulldogs, in the Sweet Sixteen.

The No. 5 seed Maryland did what No. 4 seed California couldn’t. In the first round, Maryland defeated South Dakota State 79-74 off a steal by former Duke star Rasheed Solumon. In the second round, the Terps knocked out Hawaii, 73-60, and notched some impressive NCAA stats. Maybe The Turtle should be fitted for glass slippers. However, they are going against the Kansas Jayhawks, the best number one seed in the tourney. A win against Kansas might be a miracle since Terps coach Mike Turgeon was an assistant coach under Jayhawks coach Roy Williams from 1987-1992. When Turgeon coached for Texas A&M (2007 to 2011) his teams were 0-6 against the Jayhawks.

Although, The biggest bracket buster was No. 2 seed Michigan State being eliminated by No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee was the biggest concern for many people who filled in their brackets. This was a concern because many people had their brackets favoring Michigan State to win it all.

Continuing though March Madness the upsets will pile up and your bracket will get closer to being busted whether you are competing in a bracket challenge or playing against your friends. Anything can happen in March Madness, so you will just have to wait until Final Four round comes. The huge aspect is that you may get a Final Four win or guess the national champ correctly. As the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight arrive, getting any matches right is huge.

Will Walde, 16, is a junior at the Lab School of Washington in the District of Columbia.

Please note: this blog entry should be dated March 24, 3:00 p.m.

March looms for local basketball teams

Monday, February 28th, 2011

The Georgetown Hoyas lost its final home game of the season at the Verizon Center to the Syracuse Orange, 58-51. The Hoyas played in front of one of its largest home crowds of this season, as 20, 276 fans showed up. The Hoyas played without senior Chris Wright as he broke his hand during the Cincinnati game on Wednesday. The Hoyas shot 36 percent to the Orange’s 40.7. Senior Austin Freeman lead the Hoyas with 16 points. The Hoyas took 25 three-pointers during the game but only made three of them. After the game, Georgetown coach John Thompson III said, “When you play against that zone, you’re going to get them. That’s what they give you. We tried to figure out after the success we had up there what they were going to take away and they gave us shots. I’m sitting here now, and I have to go back and look, feeling that we got good shots. We still got it into the overload and kicked it out to the guys that were open. I don’t think there were a lot of contested threes. The ball just didn’t go in.”

Since this was the last home game of 2010-2011, the Hoyas celebrated senior night, saying good-by to Chris Wright, Ryan Dougherty and Austin Freeman. Their final game is Saturday as they travel to face the Cincinnati Bearcats. Then it is off to the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The George Washington Colonials welcomed a top 25 opponent to the Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday. Temple, ranked 24 in the nation, defeated the Colonials 57-41. While the Colonials shot 44.4 percent in the first half, they only shot 18.8 percent in the second. GW was 1-11 from three point range, so after the game YDC asked Karl Hobbs about this stat. He said, “I wanted us to shoot layups. At the end, we were trying to get the best shot possible. I was hoping we’d get fouled, because it would allow the clock to stop and let us set up our pressure. But we wanted to try and get baskets any way we could.” GW has two regular season games left, facing Rhode Island on the road, and ending at home against Dayton.

Sportslog salutes local NCAA teams in the top 25: the women’s basketball teams of Maryland and Georgetown. Maryland’s ACC 9-5 conference success does take a backseat to its cousin 30 miles north: UMBC has a record of 13-3 in American East conference play. Venues for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Women’s Division I Championship include Comcast Center at College Park, Md. Time to get those tickets for March 20-22.

BB&T Classic: great triple header; Nats sign Werth; Skins, Caps and Wizards disappoint

Monday, December 6th, 2010

The 16th annual BB&T was on Sunday, Dec 15 at the Verizon Center featuring three NCAA men’s basketball games in a triple-header. The first game was between the University of Florida and American University. Florida defeated AU, 67-48. YDC asked AU head coach Jeff Jones about playing in the larger arena versus the smaller Bender Arena on the AU campus. Jones replied, “No. We could have come over this morning and shot around, I think our time was 7:00 a.m. To change our schedule around that much for 45 minutes of shooting didn’t make sense. So we got over here early, got on the court as early as we could. To be quite honest, I thought we shot the ball pretty well. In general, we got good shots for the most part when we weren’t turning it over. Sometimes they go and sometimes they don’t. But I don’t think it’s because we played in a bigger arena.”

Game two featured two local schools as the George Washington Colonials faced the U.S. Naval Academy. The final score of the game was Navy defeating GW, 64-57. GW came close to tying it up before the half and looked to take the lead in the second half, but Navy took control of the game and never gave up the lead. 

Game three, the game of the tournament, featured Temple University and the University of Maryland. The Terps were down most of the game, but four non-starting replacement players found their way to cut the lead to two late in the second half. They managed to tie it, but then Temple scored with a foul shot for a three-point lead. The final score of the game was Temple, 64, Terps, 61.

The Washington Nationals achieved breaking news on Sunday as they signed Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year $126 million contract.

The Washington Redskins fell to 5-7 on the season as they lost to NFC East opponent the New York Giants. They lost 31-7 at New Meadowlands Stadium. Next Sunday, the Skins face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 1:00 p.m. at FedEx Field.

After losing to Dallas on the road, the Washington Capitals looked to get back to winning ways Saturday night at Verizon Center but fell in the final meeting of the season to South East Division opponent, the Atlanta Thrashers, 3-1.

Lastly, The Washington Wizards looked to go two in a row after defeating the Portland Trailblazers Friday. For Fridays’ game, it was John Wall bobble head night for the first 10,000 fans. The Wizards looked for that second consecutive win on the road against the Phoenix Suns, but lost their tenth road game of the season. They have not won on the road yet this season.

Terps-Middies game kicks off football season, Nats host Mets for last time this season, Skins ready for archrivals

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

The 2010 college football season got under way Labor Day. Nicknamed The Crab Bowl, the game featured the Maryland Terrapins vs. the Navy Midshipmen at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. Missing many opportunities to score, Navy fell to Maryland, 17-14. They fumbled the ball at the 1-yard line and missed a field goal early on in the game. The Terps opened the game on a 14-0 scoring run before Navy tied it up at 14. Navy’s next home game is Saturday, Sept. 11 in Annapolis at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium with a 3:30 p.m. kick-off against Georgia Southern. The Terps’ next battle is against Morgan State, 6:00 p.m., Sept. 11, at Byrd Stadium in College Park.

After having back-to-back wins in Pittsburgh, the Nationals returned to winning ways as they defeated the New York Mets in a Labor Day matinee 13-3. Danny Espinosa had six RBIs and hit two home runs in the game. Nats Cuban rookie pitcher Yuneski Maya made his major league debut as he faced the Mets Dillon Gee Tuesday. Both pitchers made their MLB debuts as the Mets won 4-1 to avenge Monday’s Nats victory. Although a rookie in the US, Maya, 29, is a seasoned player who was on the Cuban national team, which took home the silver medal from the Beijing Olmpics in 2008. The Mets drafted Gee, 24, in 2007. Matched in size and stats before the game, Gee came away with an ERA of 1.29 and Maya’s ERA soared to 7.20. Gee pitched a no-hitter through five innings, while Maya gave up a three-run homer in the first inning. The Mets wrapped their visit to D.C. by winning Wednesday day game, 3-2.

As we all know, this week is Dallas week as the Redskins season starts Sunday, Sept. 12 with an 8:20 p.m. kick-off against the Dallas Cowboys. This is one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL. The game will be nationally televised on NBC Sunday Night Football. The Skins ended the pre-season with a 2-2 record.