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Sweet 16 Game Thread

Discussion in 'College Sports' started by RedOctober3829, Mar 18, 2018.

  1. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    Thursday
    7:07 CBS(Atlanta)
    South Regional Semifinal #1
    #11 Loyola-Chicago vs. #7 Nevada
    Brian Anderson-Chris Webber-Lisa Byington

    7:37 TBS(Los Angeles)
    West Regional Semifinal #1
    #7 Texas A&M vs. #3 Michigan
    Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner/Dana Jacobsen

    9:37 CBS(Atlanta)
    South Regional Semifinal #2
    #9 Kansas State vs. #5 Kentucky
    Brian Anderson-Chris Webber-Lisa Byington

    9:57 TBS(Los Angeles)
    West Regional Semifinal #2
    #9 Florida State vs. #4 Gonzaga
    Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner/Dana Jacobsen

    Friday
    7:07 CBS(Omaha)
    Midwest Regional Semifinal #1
    #5 Clemson vs. #1 Kansas
    Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery/Tracy Wolfs

    7:37 TBS(Boston)
    East Regional Semifinal #1
    #5 West Virginia vs. #1 Villanova
    Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce

    9:37 CBS(Omaha)
    Midwest Regional #2
    #11 Syracuse vs. #2 Duke
    Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery/Dana Jacobsen

    9:57 TBS(Boston)
    East Regional Semifinal #2
    #3 Texas Tech vs. #2 Purdue
    Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce
     
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  2. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

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    Hammers home the point that two of the regionals are guaranteed to send a 3 seed or worse to the Final Four
     
  3. BaseballJones

    BaseballJones goalpost mover SoSH Member

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    Looking at the bracket given the craziness of the first two rounds, here's how I see it (of course, I'm almost certain to be very wrong).

    South Region
    9 Kansas State vs. 5 Kentucky
    11 Loyola Chicago vs. 7 Nevada

    I think Kentucky rolls through this region now. Chalk pick but yeah. They should crush Kansas State and I think they're significantly better than either Loyola or Nevada. Don't sleep on Loyola though. They were the #28 team in the nation by RPI so they're legitimately good. But Kentucky has the horses and they're finally putting it all together. I see Kentucky emerging.

    West Region
    9 Florida State vs. 4 Gonzaga
    3 Michigan vs. 7 Texas A&M

    To me, one of the most impressive performances of the entire tournament was Texas A&M's demolition of North Carolina. UNC is really good and the Aggies annihilated them. Their two bigs dominated the game and I don't know that Michigan has an answer for that, especially if Hogg is knocking down 3's. I like A&M vs. Gonzaga to advance. From there, that's a tough call as the Zags are good. But I like how A&M is playing, and we can't forget that they were a top 5 team in the country at one point this year. A&M is the pick.

    Midwest Region
    1 Kansas vs. 5 Clemson
    11 Syracuse vs. 2 Duke

    Clemson is playing incredibly well, and the Jayhawks are vulnerable. Could see an upset there. Syracuse goes up against a similar team in Duke, who just happens to be much better. They met earlier in the year and Duke cruised, 60-44. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that SU's defense did a great job against Duke. The Blue Devils have averaged 84.9 points per game this year, 3rd best in the nation, and SU held them nearly 25 points below their average. The problem for Syracuse was, as usual, that their offense couldn't score against Duke. I see another low scoring affair, but Duke has enough to win. Then I see Duke taking care of business against Clemson.

    East Region
    1 Villanova vs. 5 West Virginia
    3 Texas Tech vs. 2 Purdue

    Villanova may be the best team in the nation. WVU has played really well so far and they'll present all sorts of problems, but I don't think they'll have enough unless Villanova plays a substantially subpar game. I like Texas Tech over Purdue, and then Villanova big over Texas Tech to advance to the Final Four.

    So I have in the Final Four:

    5 Kentucky vs. 7 Texas A&M
    2 Duke vs. 1 Villanova

    That would be a pretty interesting and talented group, IMO.
     
  4. Average Reds

    Average Reds Dope Staff Member Dope V&N Mod SoSH Member

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    They played extremely well yesterday, but I do not buy A&M as a juggernaut based on one game. They were a very different (beatable) team against Providence and they didn't lose 12 games this year because they were able to carrry momentum from one game to another.

    As we've seen throughout the season, there are no truly dominant teams out there. (UVA was supposed to be one.) So a lot depends on which version of any given team shows up.

    If I were being completely objective, my final four would be:
    • Kentucky
    • Gonzaga
    • Duke
    • Villanova
    Since I am not objective, I have Michigan beating Gonzaga.
     
  5. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Nevada or Kentucky; Kentucky really has turned their season around but I think Nevada, if hot, can outshoot them
    Gonzaga, tough matchup for aggy
    Duke, though I think playing Clemson (I expect Kansas to lose) could be interesting
    Villanova, as long as they don't lose their mind against WVU and panick. This WVU isn't nearly as good as recent ones IMO.
     
  6. wonderland

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    It’s a different team than last year but Adrian was hurt at the end of the season and that limited their scoring. This year they don’t rebound as well, especially offensively but they are a much better shooting team. They have three guys off the bench that can score 15 points in a game (West, Allen and Bolden).

    There are two advantages for WVU in the Villanova matchup.
    1. It will be pretty even athleticism wise. Wv blew leads against Kansas and Kentucky in the final five minutes because they could lock down West Virginia with their size and speed. That won’t be the case on Friday.
    2. Villanova plays faster which will be good for West Virginia. WV can score points when they are playing fast. They just struggle offensively when they suck the life out of the game. Although because of the above, this will be less of an issue as I think WV can score fine in the halfcourt against Villanova.

    It should be an excellent game.
     
  7. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Hopefully Thomas Walkup can suit up for Nova.
     
  8. sgfeer

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    Ouch, that hurts on a Monday morning.

    Should be a good matchup Nova and WVU. We don't press as hard as we use to, but play a little bit better half court defense. As Huggs says, it comes down to if we can make shots, last year against Gonzaga we missed more than they took I believe and lost
     
  9. MillarTime

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    WVU has me really nervous for Friday night. Barring another ridiculous 3 point effort from Nova this game will be dogfight for sure and probably come down to the last 5 minutes.
     
  10. tims4wins

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    538 puts the odds at roughly 67 to 33 that the champ comes out of the Midwest or East as opposed to the West or South. Hard to imagine there has ever been a bigger gap heading into the Sweet 16.
     
  11. DukeSox

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    Thursday is gonna be bonkers can’t wait
     
  12. tims4wins

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    I just read that Nevada has led for 5 total minutes out of 85 so far.

    Can't wait for tonight.
     
  13. Zososoxfan

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    Just noticed that the spread gets wider based on chronology:

    7pm: Nevada (-1) v. Loyola
    7:30pm: Michigan (-2.5) v. TAMU
    9pm: UK (-5) v. KSU
    9:30pm: Zaga (-6) v. FSU

    First two games feel like coin flips, although I'm a bit surprised that the spread is so big in favor of Zaga. FSU presents a real size problem for just about everyone and the Zags are not that athletic from what I understand. They are still obviously very good, but 6 seems like a stretch - I'd take the points.
     
  14. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Take the favorites in the first two games and the dogs in the 2nd two.
     
  15. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    Nevada coming out hot shooting. We'll see if that lasts.
     
  16. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    This is great! It was true and now they haven't hit a shot in like the last 43 minutes.
     
  17. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    But Loyola is a turnover machine right now.
     
  18. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    They can't complete a simple lob pass over the top of the D.
     
  19. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    This game has had an incredible amount of action, these guys might be tired in an hour. But it's been a pretty fun game thus far.
     
  20. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Nevada might be 2 for their last 17. It's brick city.
     
  21. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    Nevada scored 20 points in about the first 8 minutes of the game. They have 24 now and the half is almost over. No points in the last 6 minutes. Their shots are horrendous, but they are only down 4.
     
  22. RedOctober3829

    RedOctober3829 Member SoSH Member

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    Loyola looking real good at the end of the half.
     
  23. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

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    Really? I think the late game favorites cruise
     
  24. canderson

    canderson Fomenting voting confusion and angst since 2016 Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    aggy being humiliated. More, please.
     
  25. tims4wins

    tims4wins PN23's replacement SoSH Member

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    Hard to believe Carolina lost to this team by 20
     
  26. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Put it all on Kentucky, if you're a betting person. That has to be the easiest bet in 5 years in the tourney.

    AGGIE playing like bull doo doo
     
  27. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    I would have preferred this in the last game.
     
  28. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    It's all about matchups. Its like Aggie is scared of Wegner
     
  29. johnmd20

    johnmd20 literally like ebola Lifetime Member Gold Supporter SoSH Member

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    I'm not betting on these games but if I was, I would be taking the dogs in the night games. But my money isn't where my mouth is.
     
  30. tims4wins

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    As Chris Berman once said - that’s why... they play... the games
     
  31. Ale Xander

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  32. Ale Xander

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    This reminds me of the NFC Championship

    (Championship home field/court curse)
    Can't have Aggy play in South Texas
     
  33. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    Wolverines gonna put up 115
     
  34. Deathofthebambino

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    Michigan is putting on an absolute clinic of ball movement, driving to the hoop, finishing and making shots. They came into this tournament as hot as any team, and they are showing it right now.
     
  35. tims4wins

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    Half didn’t slow Loyola much. 26-6 run??

    28-6?
     
  36. Ale Xander

    Ale Xander Member SoSH Member

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    fast break clinic by the Loyolans
     
  37. johnmd20

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    Nevada is an absolute mess. They are putting on a clinic in failure, poor ball control, terrible shots, and bricks a plenty.
     
  38. RedOctober3829

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    Guess we can say that the layoff from the early tournament didn't matter much.
     
  39. johnmd20

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    Couple of threes drop for Nevada, which is humongous for them, because Loyola is 8 for their last 8.
     
  40. Ale Xander

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    They didn't play like this last week. At least not their offense.
     
  41. Zososoxfan

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    ?!?!?!? It almost (and should have) cost them against Houston.

    Also, Loyola! Also, MICHIGAN!!
     
  42. RedOctober3829

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    What would've cost them wasn't from some layoff. That was a built in excuse in case the conference didn't do well.
     
  43. johnmd20

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    11 for 11 for Loyola now in the half.

    8 minutes and they haven't missed a shot.
     
  44. shawnrbu

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    But did the layoff hurt Loyola like it did Michigan?
     
  45. tims4wins

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    Never seen anything like this. Over 10 mins
     
  46. thehitcat

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    Loyola is running a layup line. It's incredible how easily they are getting to the basket.
     
  47. johnmd20

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    This game has been awesome, in terms of the energy. It's been fast paced from minute one.
     
  48. johnmd20

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    And another layup for Loyola. They just are walking to the hoop.
     
  49. tims4wins

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    Another
     
  50. johnmd20

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    Caroline needs to settle down a bit. He's not doing a good job on the iso.
     

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