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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.

Hoyas continue Big East climb, Colonials win and head out of town, Wizards hexed on the road, Canadiens surprise Caps

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Two days after defeating Villanova 69-66, the Georgetown Hoyas returned to the Verizon Center Jan. 31 to face the Louisville Cardinals and defeated them 62-59. The game was aired on national television by ESPN. In a sloppy first half, the Hoyas shot 31 percent from the field. They came out with a much better second half as they shot 76.5 percent and a total of 47.8 percent for the game. YDC asked Hoya coach John Thompson III about the difference in shooting in the second half, “I think in the first half, particularly early in the game, we were getting good shots, they just weren’t going in. We were executing, we were getting good shots, the ball just wasn’t going in. That happens sometimes. In the second half it was going in.” Chris Wright was the Hoya’s leading scorer with 24 points, a season high. Georgetown is now 6-4 in the Big East and play at the Verizon Center with Providence on Saturday with a tip off at noon.
On Saturday, the George Washington Colonials defeated St. Louis 52-46 at the Charles E. Smith Center. Tony Taylor led the team with 19 points on the afternoon. GW now travels to face Atlantic 10 leader Duquesne and UNC/Charlotte, which is third from the bottom in the A-10. They return home next Wednesday to face the Richmond Spiders.
The Washington Wizards continue to lose on the road. They are 0-25 away from the Verizon Center. They fell 102-92 against the Dallas Mavericks Monday. Road win number one slipped away tonight as they lost against the New Orleans Hornets, 97-89.
The Washington Capitals returned home from the NHL All-Star game to face the Montreal Canadiens at the Verizon Center tonight and lost. At the All-Star break, the Caps had 27 wins, 15 losses plus 9 overtime losses. They now hold 64 points in the Southeast division. Currently the Caps are five points behind first place Tampa Bay the Southeast.

Caps and Wiz improve, GW skids, G’town reverses Big East record

Monday, January 24th, 2011

After a 3-2 overtime loss in Philadelphia, the Washington Capitals are riding a two-game winning streak into their meeting with the New York Rangers Monday at the Verizon Center. Saturday, Jan. 22, the Caps defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in Toronto, 4-1. Left wing Alexander Ovechkin scored three goals in the game and was credited with the hat trick. Ovechkin and defenseman Mike Green head to Raleigh, N.C. , Jan. 28-30 for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend.

The Washington Wizards beat all odds in front of a sold out crowd at the Verizon Center Saturday as they defeated the Boston Celtics 85-83. The Celtics currently hold the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Wizards travel to face the New York Knicks Monday at Madison Square Garden. Last time the Wizards played there, they lost by 20. The Wizards are still looking for their first road win, as they are 0-20 on the road. The Wiz then return home on Tuesday to face the Denver Nuggets at the Verizon Center.

The George Washington Colonials are in the middle of a three-game losing skid as they lost their last meeting at the Charles E. Smith Center to St. Bonaventure, 62-49. After the game, YDC asked the winning coach of St. Bonaventure, Mark Schmidt, if he was worried when GW cut the lead to nine with seven minutes to go. He replied, “I was nervous in the last seven seconds of the game. You’re always concerned. We have a very inexperienced team. And especially on the road, you never know when the momentum is going to change. So when they cut it to nine, I thought our guys handled the adversity and found a way.” YDC asked GW coach, Karl Hobbs, if the St. Bonaventure defense did something to affect his team’s 3-point shot percentage. “We’re not a good 3-point team anyway, so I’m not sure if it was them or us. Once again, looking at the stats, you have to give them credit.” GW will try to rally and end this string of losses Wednesday as they travel to face Xavier. Their next home game is against Saint Louis Saturday at the Charles E. Smith Center.

After losing three games in Big East conference play, the Georgetown Hoyas scored two road wins. They won at Rutgers Jan. 15, 74-65, and then the Hoyas traveled to face Seton Hall. They defeated the Pirates, 80-75. The Hoyas play another conference game Wednesday against St. John’s Red Storm at the Verizon Center with a 7:00 p.m. tip-off.

Caps and Wiz return to winning ways, Harvard ends GW’s winning streak, Hoyas struggle to improve Big East ranking

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

The Washington Capitals ended their three game losing skid as they defeated the Ottawa Senators Sunday night at the Verizon Center. After giving up a goal to the Senators in the first minute and 12 seconds of the game, the second period was scoreless for the entire frame. Then after a turnover in the third period, the Caps got the giddy up they needed and scored three unanswered goals—two in a span of 45 seconds. Brooks Laich scored at the 7 minute 15 second mark of the third period. Forty-five seconds later and two seconds into the power-play face off, John Carlson broke the tie.

Next up, the Caps play three on the road to face the Philadelphia Flyers, New York Islanders and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Saturday night, the Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors at the Verizon Center, 98-95. Nick Young led the Wizards with 29 points. The Wizards are now currently 11-27 on the season but are a dismal 0-19 on the road and still searching for their first victory outside the Verizon Center this season.

After a five-game winning streak, the George Washington Colonials fell to Harvard Saturday afternoon, 67-62, at the Charles E. Smith Center. After the game, YDC asked GW coach Karl Hobbs if it is tough ending the streak, Hobbs said, “Well, I don’t know about winning streaks, it’s always tough just to lose the game, period. I give Harvard a great deal of credit. They’re a very good basketball team and similar to a couple of teams in our league. Every loss is a tough loss, particularly at home right before going into league play. But with that being said, I think you have to give Harvard a great deal of credit to come [to] this building, under those conditions. That’s a very seasoned team. They’ve got some very good players and it’s a terrific win for them.”

GW’s next game comes on Jan. 19 when they travel to face Richmond. They return to the Smith Center Jan. 22 to face St. Bonaventure.

The Georgetown Hoyas fell to Pittsburgh, 72-57, Wednesday night at the Verizon Center and finding itself 1-4 in the Big East. After the game, John Thompson III said, “Yeah, it’s a concern, you’re 1-4 in the toughest league in the country, so it’s almost a rhetorical question. The good thing is, we still have a lot of ball to be played. We’re five games into an 18 game season. We can still fight our way out of it. Is it a concern that we’re 1-4? Yes, it’s a concern. Make a few shots—it solves everything. Get a few rebounds, get a few stops. It’s a simple game: make shots and guard your guy.”

G’town got back to winning ways on Saturday as they traveled to the Louis Brown Athletic Center to play the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, defeating them 74-65. Austin Freeman led the Hoyas with 25 points in the game. G’town continues on the road to face Seton Hall Jan. 18. The Hoyas return to the Verizon Center Jan. 26 to play St. John’s.

GW shines in Atlantic 10 play, G’town fades in Big East, Caps continue winning ways at home

Monday, January 10th, 2011

Wednesday, Jan. 5, the George Washington Colonials defeated La Salle 72-67 at the Charles E. Smith Center. The game opened Atlantic 10 play. Guard Tony Taylor led the Colonials with 28 points. After the game, YDC observed to victorious head coach Karl Hobbs that it looked like he was really animated out on the court. He replied, “Having the Mayor here put a little more pressure on me, I guess I was extremely nervous to have him and President Knapp and his wife there; and also Russ Ramsey, the President of our Board of Trustees. But I told them, `You’re putting a lot of pressure on me!’ But I always coach with a lot of passion and energy, and I don’t think tonight was too different.”
Mayor Vincent Gray, Washington, D.C.’s new leader, was on hand and came out to a round of applause during a time out. Look for my full story on Mayor Gray and his years as a basketball player for a GWU intramural team in the next print edition of Young D.C.
Saturday, Jan. 8, GW traveled to face St. Joseph’s in Philadelphia. GW won on the road with the 78-71. GW heads back home for two games: Fordham on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and Harvard on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Also on Saturday, the Georgetown Hoyas lost to West Virginia, 59-65, and fell to 1-3 in Big East play at the Verizon Center. Jason Clark of the Hoyas was the team’s leading scorer with 16 points. Next up for the Hoyas is a critical Big East match up as they welcome Pittsburgh to the Verizon Center Wednesday with at 7:00 p.m. tip off. The game is scheduled to air live on ESPN.
The Washington Capitals won again at home facing the South East Division opponent the Florida Panthers. Alex Ovechkin netted his 15th goal of the season in the 3-2 victory at another sell out at the Verizon Center. The Caps now head on a two-game Florida road trip to face Southeast Division opponents the Panthers tomorrow night and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.