To measure the unpredictability of this year’s NCAA Tournament, consider two items that didn’t make this column: Gonzaga, a 32-win team on a 15-game win streak, didn’t survive the first weekend, and Harvard, a 14 seed, won its first ever Tournament game.
Gonzaga is out of the NCAA tournament thanks to Wichita State, a No. 9 seed that made five straight shots from behind the arc Saturday for a 76-70 victory that sent the West Region’s top seed back home.
Paul Bessire, better known by the name of his simulation program, “The Prediction Machine,” joined The Fan Morning Show on Wednesday to offer the machine’s advice for filling out brackets this year.
Yesterday was a relatively drama-free Selection Sunday. Joe Lunardi was a perfect 68 for 68, as Middle Tennessee State, St. Mary’s, Boise State, and La Salle claimed the final spots in the field. Louisville, Gonzaga, Kansas, and Indiana earned the top seeds.
Louisville earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament Sunday, while Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga also received No. 1s after a topsy-turvy regular season and another round of weekend upsets.
The Duke Blue Devils had to have 36 points from starter Ryan Kelly to knock off the Miami Hurricanes by just three points on Saturday. While the Canes took a loss, it didn’t impact the team’s ranking very much this week.
The University of Miami men’s basketball team knew it was going to pay for the huge upset loss to Wake Forest over the weekend and the team found out just how far down the polls they dropped.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis said Thursday that he expects 24 Nike-backed basketball teams to be in two tournaments in 2017 to celebrate Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.