landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
You'll remember the backstory of the Vegas 16 post-season tournament at Mandalay Bay. They couldn't even find 16 teams willing to play in the first-year tournament, so the Vegas 16 is now the Vegas 8 - although they're still calling it the Vegas 16.
Anyway, I'm watching the Oakland-Old Dominion game right now, and there are maybe 20 or 30 people in the stands. Tops. Attendance-wise, it looks like an EMU women's game. I've seen Division I men's games with small crowds before, but nothing like this.
Per UMHoops via Jeff Borzello, Columbia redshirt junior Grant Mullins will transfer (Ivies don't allow graduate student players apparently). The 6'3" guard from Burlington, Ontario, averaged 13 ppg, 3 assists, and shot 44% from downtown.
Columbia profile here:
With the announcement that AJ Harris is transferring, Ohio St has now lost four of the five players from its heralded 2015 basketball recruiting class - Austin Grandstaff, AJ Harris, Daniel Giddens, and Mickey Mitchell. While none made a particularly large impact this past year, there was obviously opportunity to contribute down the line.
I should probably be eating some crow here, as I was convinced that class was going to be really special. Guess not.
The team will be fine next year, with the majority of their playing time and points returning, but sure seems like there may be some internal issues. Also, Thad Matta has had some health issues. Maybe the grind of B1G bball, coupled with that, is starting to wear him a bit thin.
Land Grant Holy Land's take here: http://www.landgrantholyland.com/2016/3/29/11322174/ohio-state-basketbal...
Michigan’s Spike Albrecht told ESPN he was granted his release today and plans to play next season elsewhere as a grad transfer.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2016
MOD EDIT: Alright, we're going to make an editorial decision and just lock this but allow the news and comments to stand. Way too much ridiculous in this thread and I can't in good conscience let it go on. We're better than this. - LSA
The ladies got a big win. With a slow start (traililng 23-9 after the first quarter), they put things together in the 3rd quarter to even things up. With 7 seconds left in the 4th, Thome rebounded her own miss, and put it in for the one point victory 77-76.
Next up, Florida Gulf Coast in the semi-finals.
So here we are at the Final Four. Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Syracuse(!?). There's one team every year that benefits from upsets to get an easy path and this year it's Syracuse. Raise your hand if you picked Syracuse to be in the Final Four.....<crickets>.
Anyways, as far as points and rankings in the MGoBlog group here is where the top 5 stands:
Rank - Bracket - Champion - PPR** - Total - PCT
1 - Ovaltine Jenkins - UNC - 640 - 920 - 99.8
2 - The Big Prince - Oklahoma - 480 - 890 - 99.5
3* - Angry Midget - UNC - 640 - 880 - 99.3
3* - Death to Drupal - UVA - 160 - 880 - 99.3
5* - smallfrey03 1 - UNC - 640 - 860 - 98.6
5* - ROLLLLLL TIIIIIIIDE - Kansas - 0 - 860 - 98.6
5* - ancisler 1 - Kansas - 0 - 860 - 98.6
* - tie breaker used
** - Possible Points Remaining
Lots of room for change at the top since many people picked Kansas and Michigan State to win the title. Roll Tide and Ancisler are in trouble since they do not have any possible points remaining. I'm just happy I'm on the first page and in contention for a top 10 finish!
We had 725 entries this year, up from 643 a year ago! Good luck to everyone that still has a shot at claiming a top spot and thank you to everyone that played along! I look forward to doing this again next year!