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Richmond holds quite an impressive record in the NCAA Tournament, and truth be said, they just made this one better as the Spiders were able to pull-off a last second shot to take a 66-69 win. This was the second upset of the day as Morehead State was capable of stunning Louisville, but contrary to that other game, Richmond knew they had a chance all along.
Heck, even the US President, Barack Obama, saw it coming. He missed out on Louisville, though. Obama had Louisville reaching the regional semifinals when he filled in the presidential bracket just a couple of days ago. But he sure enough hit a good pick when he went for 12th seeded Richmond to win over the 5th seeded Vanderbilt.
President Barack Obama lost another valuable pick with Michigan State, which fell to UCLA later on that night. But let’s get back to the Richmond Spiders game against the Vanderbilt Commodores.
Ok, it is not that Richmond is one of the big teams in College Basketball. We are very far away from making that statement. On the other hand Richmond beat an Auburn team led by Charles Barkley during the 1984 NCAA tournament and defeated the second-seeded Syracuse Orange in 1991. So yes, this is not the first time they’ve done something like this. But its sure has been the first time in quite a while.
To be more precise this is actually the Richmond Spiders’ first NCAA tournament win since they knocked out South Carolina in 1998 as a No. 14 seed.
Looking for the man of the hour, well look no further, it was Kevin Anderson. He guided the spiders scoring 16 of his 25 points in the second half, including a beautiful floater with 18.7 seconds remaining that helped seal the game for Richmond.
The No. 12 seed, the Richmond Spider will now play the 13th seed, the Morehead State tomorrow, to earn a ticket to the Sweet 16 dance. Stick around for more coverage on all the madness of the NCAA Tournament.
This time around, President Barack Obama didn’t take that many chances and even though he is the most renowned advocate of change and the change we can believe in, he certainly goes for the safe route when taking on the NCAA Bracket. This time around President Obama is not taking too many risks as he had chosen the 4 top seeded teams to waltz their way pass the Sweet 16 dance and overpower their rivals in the Elite Eight and straight into the Final Four.
The US President says that the Duke Blue Devils, the Kansas Jayhawks, the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Pittsburgh Panthers are all expected to not only follow what the Selection Committee said where the favorite teams but also what the sportsbook-world handicappers are saying would be the strongest teams of the bracket.
Once again, Obama went for the Kansas Jayhawks to be win the Big Game. Obama’s national Champion would face the Ohio State Buckeyes, the No. 1 overall seed of the 68-team tournament, on the final. Barack Obama holds a 1-1 record when it comes to picking the National Championship. He was right on in 2009 when he went with the North Carolina Tar Heels for to win it. Last year, he wasn’t that accurate, as he picked the Jayhawks. They were a bit of a disappointment and it was the Duke Blue Devils guided by Coach K. who would go on to win the NCAA Tournament.
This year again, Obama is holding strong to the Jayhawks and putting his faith on the Morris brothers. According to Barack Obama those two could guide Kansas into great things. In his own words, those twins have depth and experience. One thing is for certain, Obama might be one of holds one of the most privileged and complicated offices in the world, but he seems to still find time to know who is who in college basketball.
Only a week ago, the North Carolina Tar Heels went on to defeat the Duke Blue Devils in one thrilling, winner-takes-all game for the Atlantic Coast Conference outright regular season title. The Tar Heels made it look all too easy. But perhaps the Tar Heels took just too many chances against a very solid and well paced team.
This time around, the roles were going to change and the Blue Devils would show no mercy against the Tar Heels. The second-seeded Duke Blue Devils were up by 18 points by halftime, and truth be said, they never let the Tar Heels get even close in the second half. The Tar Heels had managed to rally their way out of a mess in the last three games of the tournament, but not against head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his brilliant Blue Devils.
Seniors Nolan Smith and Kyle Singer from Duke had a flawless performance at Greensboro, North Carolina. The two seniors who led the 5th seeded Blue Devils to the National Championship brought on their A-game and clearly overpowered the Tar Heels, not only to win the ACC Tournament but also to do it while crushing their biggest rival. Nolan Smith had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 10 assists and Kyle Singer had 11 points, 8 rebounds and 1 assist for the 75-58 win over North Carolina, securing Duke’s record-breaking 19th ACC Tournament Title.
The Blue Devils have now won their third straight ACC Tournament and 10th in the last 13 years, proving that Coach K. and the guys from Duke take this tournament just as seriously as they take the NCAA Tourney.
North Carolina’s fans were hoping that once again the Tar Heels would put together one of those amazing come-from-behind wins that had kept them alive in this year’s tournament. Check it out: North Carolina had rallied from a 19-point deficit in the final 10 minutes to beat Miami on a last-play layup in the quarterfinals. On their next game the Tar Heels rallied from 14 down to force the game into overtime and beat Clemson in the semifinals. This time, the Blue Devils were going to stop North Carolina on its feet, as the Tar Heels got no closer than nine after halftime.
Seth Curry had 20 points last week when the Tar Heels beat Duke. This time around Curry only had 11, including a 3-pointer after the Tar Heels had pulled to within nine. John Henson was the strongest Tar Heel of the night with 10 points, 18 rebounds and 2 assists. As for the rest of North Carolina’s squad, Harrison Barnes had a very hard picking up his tempo despite scoring a tournament freshman record 40 points on his previous game. Barnes finished the game with 16 points and Tyler Zeller had 14 but to be fair, we must say that North Carolina shot 34 percent (against 50 percent from Duke) and never looked like the team that had managed to win 19 of their last 21 games.
The Duke Blue Devils still lost their race for the top seed in the NCAA Tournament to the Ohio State Buckeyes. The Blue Devils are now seeded No.3 for the March Madness Tourney, following the Kansas Jayhawks who is second and just in front of Notre Dame, which is 4th.
It’s Cornhuskers time. The No. 2 ranked team in the nation, the Texas Longhorns, took a hard blow on Saturday night. Brandon Richardson hit a pair of free throws on with just 7.2 seconds to play and guided the Nebraska to a 70-67 win over the Texas Longhorns. This is the first time since 1994 that Nebraska wins against a team ranked among the top 3 of the nation. Back then Nebraska took over the Missouri 98-91 for the Big Eight Conference final.
But this win feels even better. At 18-6 overall and a 6-6 record on Big 12 games, Nebraska was certainly not enjoying their best season ever. So this win over the Longhorns really meant something to the team.
The Texas Longhorns could have saved the game. But a last second three-point attempt wasn’t completed and there was little to do but move aside as a couple hundred Nebraska students stormed into the field once the buzzer went off.
It is certainly not a good scenario for the couple of teams in the top. It’s all been going south for the top ranked teams since the last polls where published. Ohio State was the first to get the domino effect going with last Saturday’s loss. It was all too quickly followed by Kansas’ loss to Kansas State on Monday. Texas and Pitt continued the trend with losses on Saturday to unranked opponents.
Trent Richardson led Nebraska with 15 points, 10 of those coming in an outstanding performance during the second half. Richardson was backed up by none other then Toney McCray who added 14. The Longhorns offensive put on a big fight. Still, despite great games by J’Covan Brown and Jordan Hamilton, their 18 points per head where not enough to give the win they needed to assure their top-spot on next week’s polls.
There is no other way to put it: the Cornhuskers dominated the Longhorns throught the game. The Longhorns, who entered this game having made 49 percent of their shots in conference play, only completed 36 percent of its shots against Nebraska, which packed the lane and kept Texas from running smoothly in transition. AS if that was not enough, Nebraska dominated the paint, outscoring Texas 38-14. The Cornhuskers also held a 39-34 edge in rebounds. So on both ends, it was clear that Nebraska was a much stronger team.
Like we said at the beginning, this is certainly a good win for Nebraska. Four of Nebraska’s six wins all-time against Texas have come against ranked Longhorns squads. So even if as of press time Nebraska sits 7th in the Big 12 conference, this might be a good booster for the Cornhuskers to really work their in-conference play performance and secure a spot in the NCAA tournament.
Sure, it is a long shot, and realistically there are not that many chances to see the Cornhuskers playing in the March Madness. But if they can play like they did against Texas for the rest of the season, if only head coach Doc Sadler can get his guys to play at their best, we could have quite a pleasant surprise coming from the Nebraska in the postseason.