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Post by up7587 Wed Mar 20, 2024 9:37 pm

There are 48 games in the next four days, so no lack of viewing options. For the Thursday games, here are some possible games to check out (all times PDT):
9:40am Duquesne vs BYU
11:00am Long Beach St. vs Arizona
1:00pm Oregon vs South Carolina:
4:25pm McNeese vs Gonzaga
7:00pm Drake vs Washington St.

Hope your bracket isn't busted on day 1.

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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Mar 20, 2024 10:21 pm

up7587 wrote:There are 48 games in the next four days, so no lack of viewing options.  For the Thursday games, here are some possible games to check out (all times PDT):
9:40am Duquesne vs BYU
11:00am Long Beach St. vs Arizona
1:00pm Oregon vs South Carolina:
4:25pm McNeese vs Gonzaga
7:00pm Drake vs Washington St.

Hope your bracket isn't busted on day 1.
Thanks for the list, there is just so much to choose from on the first two days it's difficult to know what games to prioritize.

Due to 21st Century magic, some of us are able to record/watch all 32 games over the next two days, AND the UP Pilots game against Kansas St. on ESPNEWS on Friday at 1:30.

As for the bracket, it's good to see there is more interest this year, but where is perennial top finisher PilotFan4Life?
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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Mar 20, 2024 10:25 pm

#10 Colorado took care of #10 Boise St. tonight in Dayton and earned the right to a bus ride to Indianapolis to play #7 Florida on Friday.
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Post by up7587 Wed Mar 20, 2024 10:27 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:As for the bracket, it's good to see there is more interest this year, but where is perennial top finisher PilotFan4Life?
She entered her Random Bracket.

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Post by DoubleDipper Thu Mar 21, 2024 1:23 pm

Watching these Tournament games would be a lot less stressful if you actually selected the team you wanted to win in your bracket instead of the team you thought would win.

That was the situation this morning when I was yelling for Duquesne to get physical with BYU and beat them and quiet their fans...

So, bracket busted but very happy the Dukes prevailed. Twisted Evil


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Post by up7587 Thu Mar 21, 2024 1:30 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:That was the situation this morning when I was yelling for Duquesne to take get physical with BYU and beat them and quiet the BYU fans...

So, bracket busted but very happy the Dukes prevailed. Twisted Evil

Duquesne almost literally punched them in the mouth.  BYU was only 33% on 3P tries, and just over 38% shooting overall.

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Post by up7587 Thu Mar 21, 2024 3:55 pm

Nevada led by 19 with 7:14 to go, Dayton scored 20 straight over the next 5 minutes, and outscored Nevada 24-2 to finish the comeback victory and avoid the #7-#10 upset.  

I of course had Nevada on my bracket.

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Post by up7587 Thu Mar 21, 2024 6:39 pm

Oakland just had the bracket buster, when they Bobby Sharped Kentucky with 15 3Ps. 6'3" Sr G Jack Gohlke had 10 of them. It's his first year at Oakland (from Rochester MI), previously he was at Hillsdale College.

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Post by up7587 Thu Mar 21, 2024 6:49 pm

4.26% of brackets in Yahoo picked Oakland. One of those was Deaner. Congrats.

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Post by DoubleDipper Fri Mar 22, 2024 11:03 pm

I'm guessing that if Grand Canyon U. ever joins the WCC, it will because the other WCC members overrode the wishes of St. Mary's College.  

Wow!  GCU was fast and physical...
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Post by up7587 Sat Mar 23, 2024 12:30 am

The SEC Commissioner recently said that too many automatic qualifiers were hurting the competitiveness of the tournament, keeping out bubble teams from the strong conferences.

In Round 1, #4 Auburn, #8 Mississippi St., #6 So. Carolina, #7 Florida, and #3 Kentucky all lost. #9 Texas A&M, #2 Tennessee, and #4 Alabama were winners. I'm sure the SEC would have done better if only 17-16 LSU had been selected instead of Oakland or Yale.

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Post by up7587 Sun Mar 24, 2024 6:38 pm

Grand Canyon had a lead against Alabama late, but Alabama matched their speed and physicalness, and GCU's lack of discipline cost them in the final minutes. Alabama to the Sweet 16.

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Post by up7587 Sun Mar 24, 2024 9:00 pm

There was only one upset on Saturday, when #5 GU beat #4 Kansas. And GU was favored, so not much of an upset.

Unless Yale makes a 28 point comeback in 7:35, the only upset Sunday was #6 Clemson beating #3 Baylor.

The only bottom half team to make the Sweet 16 is #11 NC State, who beat #14 Oakland to advance.

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Post by up7587 Mon Mar 25, 2024 10:13 am

There is only one mid-major team left, San Diego St. from the MWC.
By conference, the remaining teams are:
Big East: U.Conn, Marquette, Creighton (power conf. in basketball only)
ACC: Duke, N.C. State, N. Carolina, Clemson
Big 10: Purdue, Illinois
Big 12: Houston, Iowa St.
Pac-12: Arizona
SEC: Tennessee, Alabama
WCC: GU (not a mid-major school, in a mid-major conf.)


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Post by up7587 Sat Mar 30, 2024 5:25 pm

UConn made a little 5 point run to finish the first half against Illinois, breaking 23-all tie to go in up 28-23. They started the second half with a 28-2 run. Illinois scored 2 points in 9-1/2 minutes. UConn cruised home the rest of the way.

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Post by up7587 Sun Mar 31, 2024 4:38 pm

Duke got knocked out today. Fine with that. I am little conflicted that the team that knocked them out, N.C. State, finished 10th in the ACC with a losing record (9-11) in conference. They had lost 7 of their last 9 conference games before going on a 5 games in 5 days win streak in the ACC tournament to get the automatic qualification. They have extended that with wins in the NCAA tournament to reach the Final Four

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