All Things 2021 NCAA College Basketball March Madness Tournament Thread

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Roads to the Final Four by seed...
Gonzaga: 16, 8, 5, 6=35
UCLA: 11 (play in), 6, 14, 2, 1=23 (+11 for play-in, if that counts)
Baylor: 16, 9, 5, 3= 33
Houston: 15, 10, 11, 12=48

No idea if this matters. Found it interesting that hosuton has by far the easiest (by seed) road and of course UCLA has the toughest not opening against a 15/16 plus the extra game.

Gonzaga and Baylor on a collision course. I'll take the Zags by a dozen.
 

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Is ours the only campus on BOTH sides of the river?
Even on the river period ... off the top of my head in the P5: just LSU is coming to mind. They might have some buildings on the other side, but mostly to the east.

WashU in STL is an Ivy level academic institution, that deemphasized athletics long ago. In another world I supposed, they might've joined the Big Ten like NW.
 

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Why is there this much time between games ? An hour of the studio crew is a bit much.

Maybe the needed time to shift stuff over to the other court or building in time for potential OT? The simple answer would be more ad revenue.
 

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His parents came from Germany to watch him; they showed them in the stands. Bad time to have one of the worst games of your collegiate career. Maybe that just added a little extra pressure.
I hope they came up to him afterward and said:

"Vat have you done??! You've disgraced our family name, and disgrace all of Germany!!"

Then:
 

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It answers the question of what a coach like Few could do with the best roster in the country.
Yup...

But doesn't answer the question of "could Pitino avoid weakling Wednesday with the best roster in the country?"
 

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Michigan just can't by UCLA in the tournament (maybe they have, I'm too lazy to look it up). One of the first college basketball games I really remember as a kid was the 1965 tournament final between Michigan and UCLA. Michigan had Cazzie Russell, Bill Buntin, and Oliver Darden who were all really good (great in the case of Russell) college basketball players, but Wooden had that magic (and good players). This was UCLA's second consecutive championship near the start of their great run. This was UCLA pre-Alcindor/Abdul-Jabbar and the team was pretty small, led by Gail Goodrich and Keith Erickson. Goodrich could not be stopped and he put up 42.
 

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Yup...

But doesn't answer the question of "could Pitino avoid weakling Wednesday with the best roster in the country?"

I think so. After all, he did manage to avoid weakling Wednesday three out of eight years. With the best roster in the country, he might get as high as fourth in the conference.
 

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Even on the river period ... off the top of my head in the P5: just LSU is coming to mind. They might have some buildings on the other side, but mostly to the east.

WashU in STL is an Ivy level academic institution, that deemphasized athletics long ago. In another world I supposed, they might've joined the Big Ten like NW.
WashU is also not on the Mississippi since we are into semantics here. It's on the western edge of STL city proper, next to the suburban part (Clayton). My wife did med school there though and it's a fantastic school and place to spend 4 years. SLU is closer to the Mississippi, but still not on it.
 

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Michigan just can't by UCLA in the tournament (maybe they have, I'm too lazy to look it up). One of the first college basketball games I really remember as a kid was the 1965 tournament final between Michigan and UCLA. Michigan had Cazzie Russell, Bill Buntin, and Oliver Darden who were all really good (great in the case of Russell) college basketball players, but Wooden had that magic (and good players). This was UCLA's second consecutive championship near the start of their great run. This was UCLA pre-Alcindor/Abdul-Jabbar and the team was pretty small, led by Gail Goodrich and Keith Erickson. Goodrich could not be stopped and he put up 42.
We were very good also with Lou Hudson and Archie Clark but only conference champs went to the tournament.
 

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His parents came from Germany to watch him; they showed them in the stands. Bad time to have one of the worst games of your collegiate career. Maybe that just added a little extra pressure.
Just brutal. He missed from all sorts of spots too.
 

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I hope they came up to him afterward and said:

"Vat have you done??! You've disgraced our family name, and disgrace all of Germany!!"

Then:

Cute but I'm pretty sure they don't have Standartenfuhrers anymore.
 

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Michigan just can't by UCLA in the tournament (maybe they have, I'm too lazy to look it up). One of the first college basketball games I really remember as a kid was the 1965 tournament final between Michigan and UCLA. Michigan had Cazzie Russell, Bill Buntin, and Oliver Darden who were all really good (great in the case of Russell) college basketball players, but Wooden had that magic (and good players). This was UCLA's second consecutive championship near the start of their great run. This was UCLA pre-Alcindor/Abdul-Jabbar and the team was pretty small, led by Gail Goodrich and Keith Erickson. Goodrich could not be stopped and he put up 42.
Fun little feature here from ESPN regarding historical matchups between universities shows that Michigan is now 1-4 versus UCLA in March Madness.

It should be pointed out, the Golden Gophers are 2-0 against UCLA :).
 

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Maybe the needed time to shift stuff over to the other court or building in time for potential OT? The simple answer would be more ad revenue.
The simple answer is to provide a solid start time so the teams can be in their routine before tip, rather than just saying "Uhm...you'll tip off about 20 minutes after the completion of the previous game, but we don't know when that will be".
 

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Have a feeling the semi-finals are going to be routes with Gonzaga and Baylor winning easily. But a Gonzaga/Baylor final should be really entertaining. Baylor might be the only team that can run with Gonzaga in terms of scoring.
 
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