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That was a thriller, but with a foul to give and the guy gets it in the lane, foul before the shot. I think they got a little lucky that UT wasn't holding for the last shot and scored too quick.

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I didn't fill out a bracket and have barely watched a minute of any game.  My team isn't there this year, so I don't give a shit.  But if I had filled out a bracket I would never have picked Virginia to go all the way.  I don't have anything against Virginia, and I think Tony Bennett is a great guy and coach.  However, I would always fear that there would be something of his father in him.  Dick was also a good guy and coach, but he got so stressed, especially leading up to a big game, and I felt that sometimes he affected his players adversely.  I always wonder whether Tony has some of that in him.  Probably totally irrational on my part, I know!

Loyola getting to the Sweet 16 makes me smile, because it probably makes Bob Newhart smile.  The character Bob Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show (one of my all-time favorites) was an alum of Loyola, as is Newhart himself, and there were several references to Loyola basketball in the show - Bob getting Emily to stand in the rain for 2 hours to get tickets to the big Loyola-Marquette matchup, telling the French psychologist who was extolling the virtues of the Sorbonne that Loyola would beat the pants off them in basketball, and so on.    

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14 hours ago, Calvada said:

I didn't fill out a bracket and have barely watched a minute of any game.  My team isn't there this year, so I don't give a shit.  But if I had filled out a bracket I would never have picked Virginia to go all the way.  I don't have anything against Virginia, and I think Tony Bennett is a great guy and coach.  However, I would always fear that there would be something of his father in him.  Dick was also a good guy and coach, but he got so stressed, especially leading up to a big game, and I felt that sometimes he affected his players adversely.  I always wonder whether Tony has some of that in him.  Probably totally irrational on my part, I know!

 

Dick Bennett has said he can't watch Virginia games live because he gets so stressed out. I rememeber when Dick was coaching Wisconsin, I always used to think he was going to have a heart attack on the sideline. Or kill a referee. Tony seems calmer, though.

When the pack line defense is good, it is good...but when the offense is bad it is horrid. We lost to Southwest Missouri State in the 1999 tournament and scored 32 points. I had, like, PTSD flashbacks to that game during Virginia's loss. But then we had the 2000 Final Four run and I don't think I've ever seen a team play finer defense than I did during that run. Stromile Swift and Jabari Smith had no clue.

GREAT win for Michigan last night, an amazing game and a buzzer-beater no less. 

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Did anyone know that Syracuse fouls when they're up by 3? Because they only told me 75 times in 4 seconds. I don't have anyone in this fight, but MSU just didn't play well. They kept passing up open mid range looks, and just didn't execute offensively. 

Who told all the announcers this year that if someone makes a bank shot that they have to say he "used the window." It's stupid and I hate it. 

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I don't get the point of that NCAA commercial with the bunch of kids--student athletes--who act like they've got chips on their shoulders.  Why are they so angry?  Who labled them, and why?  It's a stupid commercial.

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Is that one on tv or streaming? I'm watching streaming. There's the commercial on streaming with the woman who has never folded a slice of pizza before that drives me UP THE WALL. 

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I’ve never folded a slice of pizza before but not because it’s a foreign concept, it’s that I find it super gross.

No repeat champ this year, and in a pretty convincing fashion on the Aggies part.

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The whole point of the ad was that the pizza was "New York style" so that's why you fold it. But the woman was looking at the pizza like she's never seen a slice before. 

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I hadn't watched any of the tournament until today, which I've spent on the sofa, feverish, fighting off a bug, with the TV on.  Seeing both Izzo and Roy Williams get bounced is doing wonders for me; I feel better now but hoping it's not some delusion caused by this virus.  

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2 hours ago, AimingforYoko said:

Safe to say 2018 will go down as Annus Horribilis in East Lansing.

I was dreading sports media going on about how basketball wins were Healing Our Troubled Community if MSU went far in the tournament, so I'm kind of glad they lost.

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1 hour ago, ganesh said:

Is that one on tv or streaming? I'm watching streaming. There's the commercial on streaming with the woman who has never folded a slice of pizza before that drives me UP THE WALL. 

It's one on tv.  They've been running it quite often.

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Awwww........UMBC lost to Kansas state but they will be in the NCAA basketball history books.  So GO UMBC!  

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I love the kids from UMBC. They all have real majors (apparently it's quite a renowned STEM school) and star player Jarius Lyles is a grad student working toward a Master's degree.  They may not have won their second game but they won our hearts.

Also, kudos to the K-State player (I forgot who it was) who gave Lyles a congratulatory slap on the back when he came out of the game with 9.4 seconds left.

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You could get her bobblehead!

The announcer guy says “this is Michigan’s first Final Four since 2014!” like that’s some bygone era and Michigan should be ashamed of themselves for that drought.

Meanwhile Loyola hasn’t been in the Final Four since JFK was President.

I have no beef with Michigan one way or the other but I was rooting for the 9-11 matchup.

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Good Lord NCAA! Get yourself some more sponsors!

I'm tired of being told every break that Charles is dumb or that Apple/Samsung's new phone has a new camera. And what the advertiser thought was a catchy tune when filming turns into a damn annoying earworm after a couple of games.

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9 minutes ago, xaxat said:

Good Lord NCAA! Get yourself some more sponsors!

I'm tired of being told every break that Charles is dumb or that Apple/Samsung's new phone has a new camera. And what the advertiser thought was a catchy tune when filming turns into a damn annoying earworm after a couple of games.

But horrible commercials shown ad nauseam during March Madness are a tradition unlike any other.  And by the way, I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you all that the Master's will take place April 5- 8, and you'll never guess ---- it will be televised by CBS!  

During tomorrow's games, how many times will we be told about the Stormy Daniels interview coming up on 60 Minutes?

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^Every ad break and the announcers will tell us about it too.  Especially during the second game.

Dana Jacobsen is already the ultimate pro, and now I give her props for hanging in there for that Leonard Hamilton interview.  I mean, he was a dick, but not directly to HER, but I’m such a nervous coward when he turned away I woulda been like “ok thanks coach” and run away.

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Well, I have to cut Leonard Hamilton (or any coach in any sport) a little slack because after a loss you don't want a microphone stuck in your face immediately after the game.  I know it's the reporter's job to do that, but don't expect the coach to be ok with it.  

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9 minutes ago, Ohwell said:

Well, I have to cut Leonard Hamilton (or any coach in any sport) a little slack because after a loss you don't want a microphone stuck in your face immediately after the game.  I know it's the reporter's job to do that, but don't expect the coach to be ok with it.  

But Hamilton and the other coaches are compensated to provide media access. What I hate is the fact that the NCAA forces the losing players to attend press conferences. 

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12 minutes ago, xaxat said:

But Hamilton and the other coaches are compensated to provide media access. What I hate is the fact that the NCAA forces the losing players to attend press conferences. 

Oh I know they're compensated and it's their job to do it, but they're human and they get pissed.  I just wish that the reporters would give them, say, a five minute cooling off period before interviewing them, instead of sticking a mic in their face as soon as the game is over.  At least by press conference time they've probably cooled off. 

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I think that's the point though. They want to get the immediate reaction because it's the most real. They don't want the cooled off version. They want the emotional. And that's fine, but you're not going to get nice and polite all the time. 

I don't know if anyone is watching via streaming but the commercial with the woman who doesn't know how to fold the pizza slice infuriates me to no end. 

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1 hour ago, ganesh said:

I think that's the point though. They want to get the immediate reaction because it's the most real. They don't want the cooled off version. They want the emotional. And that's fine, but you're not going to get nice and polite all the time. 

Yeah I agree, they want the emotional and that's what I hate about them and why I wish they'd stop it.  

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Thank goodness, now that Dreaded Duke is gone I can really just sit back and enjoy the rest of the tournament.  My heart is with Loyola but I don't mind who wins now.

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13 minutes ago, mojoween said:

I hate gravity but most especially I have hated Kansas for thirty years.  Fuck.

I never root for Duke, but today I was hoping they would win.  So it's probably my fault.  Sorry.

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I feel like a lot of midrange looks were passed up in both games today to keep kicking it out for a 3. I certainly won't complain that Duke lost, but there were a couple times where they could have gone for a quick 2 and waited for a 3 and missed.

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I used to like Duke because my ex-husband went to UNC but over the past decade or so I've come to realize Coach K is kind of a dick and his one-and-done program cheapens such an esteemed university.  And then there's Grayson Allen.  In other words congrats to Kansas.

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1 hour ago, Ohwell said:

Welp, it was a great run for Loyola and Sister Jean, congrats to Michigan.

Well, I would have thumbs upped the first half of that sentence, but not the second one.  :)

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16 minutes ago, Silver Raven said:

Well, I would have thumbs upped the first half of that sentence, but not the second one.  :)

Well, while my heart was with Loyola, I really didn't have a favorite.  As long as Duke was out I was fine with whoever won.

I think Loyola (and Sister Jean) had a great time. 

And even though it seems like it's been ages ago, I also won't forget UMBC, who will go down in the record books. 

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1 hour ago, Ohwell said:

And even though it seems like it's been ages ago, I also won't forget UMBC, who will go down in the record books. 

It really does seem like ages ago! But that's definitely the game of the tournament. 

Welp, my Jayhawks got their butt handed to them tonight but they overachieved this season by winning the Big 12 and making the Final Four run so I can't be disappointed. Monday should be a good one.

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I fell asleep last night just before “One Shining Moment” so just watched it.  Screw you NCAA for including the ONE moment that I still cannot believe happened.

I mean, they showed the ball roll around the rim, roll out and then the awful, terrible, no good Jayhawks celebrating.  Boooooo, NCAA.  Booooooooooo.

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How on earth did the equipment team manage to misspell the name of Buddy "Boheim"  on his jersey, son of  the coach and eventual HOFer Jim Boeheim?

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Because Michigan State and Louisville weren’t able to wrap things up in a timely fashion, the beginning of the Duke game was only available on the ESPN app.

Now I have basically forgotten all the Spanish I ever knew, but the fact that the only feed was the Spanish language feed did not diminish my enjoyment of the game one bit.  

I like Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas, but I didn’t miss them.

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Dan Shulman keeps calling Virginia the “wahoos”.  Are they not the Cavaliers any more?

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1 hour ago, mojoween said:

Dan Shulman keeps calling Virginia the “wahoos”.  Are they not the Cavaliers any more?

That's been a secondary nickname of theirs for a long time. 

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So obvs last night’s Duke game sucked monkey balls.  

But that pales in comparison to what SU is going through today.  I mean, how can Boeheim even get up for coaching on Saturday?  College GameDay is coming and I was considering heading to the Dome for the 11 a.m. show but that seems unseemly now.

GameDay has cancelled for Saturday.  It’s so sad all around.

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But that pales in comparison to what SU is going through today.  I mean, how can Boeheim even get up for coaching on Saturday?  College GameDay is coming and I was considering heading to the Dome for the 11 a.m. show but that seems unseemly now.

GameDay has cancelled for Saturday.  It’s so sad all around.

I live near Syracuse and he has pretty much been exonerated. 0 on the breathalyzer, wasn't speeding, stayed at the scene, used his cell phone flashlight to direct traffic around the accident scene, victim was walking in the middle of an expressway.

I think he feels coaching is a good distraction and I guarantee he'll get a standing ovation at the game.

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The family of the victim doesn’t want him to coach.  Coaching would be a distraction but people in all walks of life take time after a trauma and it just seems weird for him to go back to work so soon.  I’m just glad the game is at the Dome because road crowds are vicious and cruel.

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At least Marquette will eff up my pool as a five seed this year....

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