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Speaking of head coaches, I didn't know anything about Bruce Pearl of Auburn until the tournament.  When I saw him raging on the sidelines, I thought for sure he was going to have a heart attack and fall out onto the court .  Then I googled him and found some, shall we say, unflattering articles about him.  All I know is, he always looks like he's one second away from exploding.

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TBH there are/were some real slimeball coaches in this tournament. Kelvin Sampson, Bruce Pearl. The standard joke on other college basketball message boards is that it doesn't matter what Auburn does, it will be vacated anyway in a couple years. 

I'll include Coach K on the slimeball list. Now he's whining about what happens if the NBA does away with the one and done rule. Sorry your relatively new gravy train is going to go away. At least Calipari never pretends to be something he's not.

The Purdue/Virginia game was nice because it involved two coaches who are clean as a whistle. Matt Painter and Tony Bennett are among a handful of coaches who really do things the right way. 

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7 hours ago, Minneapple said:

I was amused by Dick Bennett (Tony's father) in the stands. When he coached at Wisconsin, Dick would get really stressed out during games. Like to the point where the fans were worried about his health. He has said he has a hard time watching Virginia games because he gets so stressed out. But he was there during Virginia's Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games, and they kept showing him in the stands. It looked like he wanted to shove everyone aside and take over coaching duties from Tony.

In a "mildly interesting fact", 19 years ago Dick Bennett's Wisconsin team defeated Gene Keady's Purdue team in the Boilers' last trip the Elite 8. Tony was on the staff of that Wisconsin team.

I too am very happy for Tony Bennett, and relieved that DIck Bennett was there to see it.  And yes, I've always worried that Dick would keel over during a game, both when he was coaching and while watching Tony's team. He had stopped attending games because he would get so stressed.  I saw a interview Dick did with Andy Katz after this game, when he said he thought it was very important to be there, that if the Virginia team had the resiliency to come back from what happened last year, he should be there to support them.  

The Wisconsin basketball program and some affiliated with it have been tweeting their congratulations to Tony, Dick, and Brad Soderberg.  That's what is fun about March Madness, you can always find a team, a coach, or a player to root for, even when your team gets bounced in the first round.  

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Finally. jfc. They had no business getting out of the second round. 

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Finally!  Now I can enjoy the rest of the tournament now that Duke is out.

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What a strange feeling, cheering for MSU and Izzo.  Anything to get Duke out!

I wonder how many brackets had these 4 teams in the Final Four.

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Pretty good Final Four. I would like to see Virginia and MSU in the final game. Best of all, no Duke. Three lottery picks; nice coaching job, K.

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Just now, Minneapple said:

Pretty good Final Four. I would like to see Virginia and MSU in the final game. Best of all, no Duke. Three lottery picks; nice coaching job, K.

Totally agree - would like Virginia/MSU in the finals.  

I didn't watch any postgame interviews.  Did Coach K say in a gallant and noble manner that the fault is with his coaching in such a way that everyone knows he's really thinking "these fucking incompetent kids, how dare they deny me, the greatest coach of all time, another Final Four?"

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Words can not express how happy I am that Duke got beat. All I have heard this whole season is how Zion Willamson is the best player in a generation. It drowned out all other conversations. He may be good, but I also feel he's overrated. And maybe not by a little.

How's this for ironies? Virginia is the only number one in the Final Four.  I hope that gets maybe half the media attention that they got for losing last year.

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13 minutes ago, Calvada said:

Did Coach K say in a gallant and noble manner that the fault is with his coaching in such a way that everyone knows he's really thinking "these fucking incompetent kids"

Have you ever heard West Virginia's Bob Huggins after a loss? He always buries the kids and it's never his fault .(Except for that time he said they lost because he was too nice to them.) 

Freakin' hate his act.

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4 minutes ago, xaxat said:

Have you ever heard West Virginia's Bob Huggins after a loss? He always buries the kids and it's never his fault .(Except for that time he said they lost because he was too nice to them.) 

Freakin' hate his act.

At least Izzo screams at them in full view of everyone!  

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Totally random and a blast from the past, but does anyone know if Coach K still has a relationship with Kyrie Irving?

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A quick google search tells me that Kyrie was on Coach K’s Sirius broadcast last November.

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Meh on Duke.  Totally anything but a shocker that they went out.  Sure it came close three times, but there was some fear that they would lose right away on March 22.  But it was still a close game against a team that is very good.  Either way, Duke being out is opposite of something I'd lose sleep over.

I would love to see MSU/UVA as well, but I don't know if MSU can survive against Texas Tech.  IMO, these games are going to be the most difficult games I've had to guess from in quite a while.  Virginia has what it takes to knock off Auburn but they were blessed to defeat Purdue

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At 72 years old, Coach K needs to think about hanging it up. He's gone all in on the "one and done" thing for a while now. He doesn't out-coach opponents anymore, he just out-recruits them.

And while the "one and done" players aren't completely going away, the best of them are going to be heading to the NBA. So, no more Kyrie Irvings or Zion Williamsons in Durham.

2015 title notwithstanding, Coach K might've been better served if he had stuck to what had been successful for him, instead of trying to be John Calipari.

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While I agree about how Coach K should consider hanging it up I sorta hope he waits for about 4 years or so!

I can't say that following what Coach Cal has done has been a total disaster for Duke.  JMO; in a one-and-done tourney, there is a major difference between going out right away and losing right before end city to a great coach and a great program by one possession.  However, like many other sports, when winning the title is the main objective, criticism is totally fair

With whatever time Coach K has left I'm hoping he could mix seasoned players in with one-and-done players.  At the end of the day upperclassmen are a better bet than ready for NBA players

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Can ESPN please just stop with the whole ZOMG ZION WILLIAMSON IS THE BESTEST COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER EVARSSSSS!!!!!!

He isn't even in the top five greatest Duke players of all time. There has been more coverage of him blowing out one of his shoes than anything else he's done.

The greatest college male college basketball player of all time is Lou Alcindor. The greatest Duke basketball player of all time is Christian Laettner.

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At least he was gracious in defeat.  I feel bad for the Auburn players, but somebody's gotta win; somebody's gotta lose.  Also, I cannot stand their coach Bruce Pearl. 

So yay Virginia!

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17 minutes ago, AimingforYoko said:

Is Charles going to be OK?

I was wondering the same thing. Poor guy, he was so excited to have Auburn in the Final Four, and then to lose it like that. Pretty sure there were some tears in his eyes when they went to the post game shots. 

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Whew! I thought that was over. Thankfully Kyle Guy came through when it mattered the most! UVA keeps winning by the skin of their teeth. I'm at the edge of my swat constantly!

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I know they just lost, which is a bummer to me, but I saw a stat today about Notre Dame that if true is crazy.

In the last 11 years, ND has beaten UConn nine times.  UConn has lost eight times total to every other school.

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Congrats to my Baylor Lady Bears for their 3rd Championship -- Sic 'em!

And a big shout out to Kim Mulkey -- the only coach (male or female) to have won the NCAA Championship as a player (La. Tech, 1982), assistant coach (La. Tech, 1988), and head coach (Baylor, 2005, 2012, 2019). She is now third behind Geno Auriemma (UConn, 11 titles) and the late Pat Summit (Tenn., 8 titles) for championship wins.

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5 minutes ago, forumfish said:

And a big shout out to Kim Mulkey -- the only coach (male or female) to have won the NCAA Championship as a player (La. Tech, 1982),

Her grandson wrestling with the cup during the quarterfinal pres conference was adorable. 

I also loved the moment when she had the team out on the court for the shoot around before the final and pointed to the banner commemorating her La. Tech team. "See that! I was on that team!" It was like a scene from Hoosiers.

I also think it was good that this wasn't another "Geno" show. In addition to Kim's run, you had Muffet McGraw's speech on gender inequality get the coverage it deserved.

And the game was really good.

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Huh.  As the game goes on, I find myself not rooting against Virginia, but instead for Texas Tech to keep it a close game.

I guess in the end I'm rooting for the ACC but not a rout.

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5 minutes ago, mojoween said:

Huh.  As the game goes on, I find myself not rooting against Virginia, but instead for Texas Tech to keep it a close game.

I guess in the end I'm rooting for the ACC but not a rout.

The biggest asshole of a boss that I ever had went to Tech so I’m rooting for VA.

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I'm not a fan of the current drive the lane and kick out when you have a clear and open look. Poor defense on Tech's part on the VA 3 to tie because you have to know they're looking for one, and giving up an easy 2 is a better play for them. 

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The idea of OT was exciting but then UVA kind of rolled Tech and made it anti-climactic.  In the end I was happy for Virginia but sad for Hall of Famer Patrick Mahomes, who looked like he was having a great time.

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5 hours ago, mojoween said:

The idea of OT was exciting but then UVA kind of rolled Tech and made it anti-climactic.  In the end I was happy for Virginia but sad for Hall of Famer Patrick Mahomes, who looked like he was having a great time.

Yeah that sucked for Mahomes, and now he has to deal with life following being on the wrong end of two OT results.  Though I really don't feel that bad since it looks like Kansas City will be okay for years to come, while Texas Tech could be very good going forward.  It's more probable than not that TTU won't get back to this stage as there are so many teams that are good and you have to win 4-6 games before losing in order to be there in End City

In the end, while one off night is all it takes to be done, Chris Beard has done well and IMO is the guy that will have the team in the conversation as being a team that can win it all.  Of course, the coach will have to succeed before the typical thing of going a more prominent school happens!

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Given the ugliness of what happened in 2017, I'm so glad that the people of Charlottesville have something to celebrate.  There will be hangovers for days. 😄 

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For any of you who are like me and are too old to stay up past the post game.

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I don't know why they bothered to show Duke highlights of them all standing around waiting for all of their opponents to miss. 

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On 3/31/2019 at 10:27 AM, Minneapple said:

TBH there are/were some real slimeball coaches in this tournament. Kelvin Sampson, Bruce Pearl. The standard joke on other college basketball message boards is that it doesn't matter what Auburn does, it will be vacated anyway in a couple years. 

I'll include Coach K on the slimeball list. Now he's whining about what happens if the NBA does away with the one and done rule. Sorry your relatively new gravy train is going to go away. At least Calipari never pretends to be something he's not.

The Purdue/Virginia game was nice because it involved two coaches who are clean as a whistle. Matt Painter and Tony Bennett are among a handful of coaches who really do things the right way. 

Two coaches that Illinois basketball fans really dislike for justifiable reasons.  One, Pearl, for being the cause of an NCAA investigation and the other, Sampson, for poaching a recruit that had verbally committed to us.  Houston likely will have to vacate a bunch of wins and be under NCAA sanctions if Sampson's history at Oklahoma and Indiana repeat itself there.  Indiana still really hasn't recovered from his tenure there.

It's going to be interesting where Sam and Joey Hauser, who announced their intent to transfer from Marquette, end up.  Supposedly, MSU, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Virginia are on their lists.  All but MSU have scholarships available.  It seems that they're more interested in Virginia than Virginia is in them. 

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