Kansas looks really sloppy. Not a pretty game to watch.
Sunday NCAA game thread
They have right now and a true pass-first-drive-second point guard, they would be unbeatable.
When was the last time they had a good point guard? Last year it was Nutpunch.
Mario Chalmers maybe... Geez that was awhile ago
A lot of games have been ugly in this tourney.
If the Texas game will be available to watch online at some point? I had prom last night, and I missed the game.
Stanford missing multiple bunnies early
This would give us a nice bump in SOS and RPI..
/s but seriously Go Stanford.
Thanks to the lack of threes being made, the early shooting in this sort of lackluster (43.6% to 50.0%, advantage Stanford). It seems that slow starts have been a recurring theme this weekend, however, although I bet we don't top yesterday's Saint Louis-Louisville game for utter brutality when it comes to starts for games. At least, I hope we don't - that was a rough watch.
Stanford looking good
Would love Stanford on this game. I hate Bill Self so much I don't even care about my bracket
Not going to lie, jealous of Stanford's shot blocking
Kansas without Embiid just seems like a slightly sloppier version of us.
I don't think they are anything like us. They can't seem to shoot the ball at all. And yes, far sloppier
Stanford's shot blocking is awesome. Even against the mighty Kansas they're swatting shots on the reg.
CBS at it again with this totally worthless endline view. If I wanted to watch from shitty seats I would have paid to go to the game.
And after all that Kansas is up 2.
Nastic for Stanford is a good player
Both these teams look over-seeded. Don't see how either one advances past the next game and into the Elite 8.
Overseeded as a 10?
Yes. Should have been sent to the NIT
I wish someone would overseed my lawn.
And after beating New Mexico, who people thought should have been seeded higher than a 7.
Nearly beat UM earlier this year in what was essentially a road game at Barclay's Center.
That was one of our first games (or the first game) without McGary and we played badly,not forced out of our game by the Cardinal. Anyway, Stanford never really got better over the season and add that to the Pac-12 being carried by Arizona's strength and I see a very overrated team that isn't as good as a handful of NIT teams.
Without Embiid they just aren't the same team and their PG play is awful.
if Kansas goes down Florida is going to have by far the easiest path to the final 4.
On paper. Upsets happen. As we've seen time and again.
That was a charge.
It's shocking how bad Stanford is at breaking a press. They've missed the open pass their last 4 times down the floor. Kansas gonna win.
Stanford trying to hold on for dear life
Has some serious ass raping going on. Kansas getting away with most if it.
Kansas has been called for 3 more fouls and their second best player has already fouled out.
Hypothetically, That doesn't mean that more foul calls were deserved
Biggest call of the game goes to Stanford.
It's not the refs job to even up the fouls. Kansas is fouling more.
There have been a couple of games the refs have botched in this tournament. This isn't one of them. Get over your hate for Kansas.
huge putback there
The PG play in this game has been atrocious on both sides.
read a little bit ago that Mercer beat Tennessee in last year's NIT. Tennessee is hot right now but have to think Mercer can win again.
isn't one of Mercer's starters injured though...I'm putting my money on Tennessee (but my bracket suggests you should put your money wherever my money isn't)
good question. Join the club of Dont Know Much About Mercer. Also join the club of Bracket Destroyed.
It's a backup Big man that's out for 1 game with a concussion, Monty Brown, only averages 4.5 pts and 3 rebounds in 10 minutes/game, so may not be a huge loss for them. www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaab/2014/03/22/key-mercer-big-man-to-miss-sundays-game-vs-tennessee/6738297/
Both these teams suck
Poss. arrow to Stanford!
This is going to be crazy if Stanford plays smart to the finish. How many people could possbily have had Stanford over Kansas in this section of the bracket?
I doubt many had Stanford over New Mexico.
I actually did. Got wrecked by Cuse and Duke though..
I had New Mexico over KU, so this actually helped me by virtue of no one will be getting points for the S16 or E8 in this part of the bracket.
So do we want Stanford to win? I mean, I kind of do, but having Kansas on MSU's side of the bracket is good, so maybe them? Ah well, KU isn't gonna win anyway at this point.
Dunno why I root vs. Kansas
Maybe it's Bill Self
LOL at Kansas
Stanford has played well, but a lot of this is Kansas and Self choking.
That sequence where they stole the ball like 3 times in a row and didn't get a basket will haunt them. They had their opportunities. If they could just make a basket down the stretch they could be pulling this out.
Florida is going to walk to the final four
I beg of you all...someone .gif that young Kansas fan tears.
Where they will lose by 10 to Virginia
Who will then lose to Michigan
.....but the stills are already available:
Wow both Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are out of the tourney.
Eyes on the future they had.
Things didn't go well for Durant at Texas either.
Stanford is JAYWALKING!
For opening weekend, this has got to be some kind of record for games going down to the wire, games going to overtime and double digit seeds pulling off huge wins.
bracket be damned, I am loving this.
Don't look now.
Why is Stanford not playing defense?
Kansas not going down without a fight!
did the guy miss both free throws after the inbound foul?
Dayton looks like they have a legit shot at the Elite 8 seeing as they have a competent coach which neither of these teams have.
This should give 1 and done recruits pause when considering Kansas.
Wiggins is still probably gonna be the top pick in the draft and if not he'll be a very high lottery pick. That's all one-and-dones care about.
Boom Aaron Craft'd
Ok start crying again kid.
fan here (starting Friday)! They look really tough to me.
Next is to see Randle go down to Wichita St. and we can say buh-bye to all the big name One-and-Dones.
The rich get richer. Florida goes two straight months without playing a ranked opponent in a crappy conference (which included several close call games) and now all the top seeds in their bracket are gone.
I want so desperately for them to get exposed but their schedule won't allow it.
I can't believe people actually watch that sport before September.
Crying kid's parents might want to move, he'll never live that down.
I'm not sure who to root for between Wichita State and Kentucky. Guess I just want a good game.
Looking past our next opponent, who would we rather play? Kentucky or Wichita St.? One plays a team game and is undefeated. One has some of the best athletes in the country, which usually give us fits. Wichita St. also seems to have a much better game coach though, who might be better able to prep for us in one day.
I've watched both UL games and I haven't been impressed. I actually think they are appropriately seeded. I don't like them beating either of these teams.
Rooting for Wichita St. because they have a better chance to beat Louisville and I really don't want to play Louisville again
Wichita State is deadly in transition.
Wichita state looks good. If they play like this, they will beat Louisville.
for these bums?
I want that Wichita State poster. Thunderdunk!
Man this UK/WSU game is interesting.
I honestly have no clue who we would want of the three: UL/UK/WSU IF we get by Mercer/Tenn.
Both WSU and UK have huge athletes, can slash like crazy, and drain open threes. UL has a couple trees, a "not just a shooter", and a very good PG.
I guess any of the 3 are going to be a very tough team to beat. I really can't think of which is the "best matchup" for Michigan...
Any other insight for this would be helpful...
(gun to my head I pick Louisville)
I'm rooting for Wichita. I want us to be the team that finally ends their unbeaten run. (And if we lose, then I want them to go 40-0.)
Kentucky getting all the calls in this game. You would think they were the 1 seed. They got handed 3 points when the ball was out of of them.
Are these fans really chanting SEC?
If we end up playing Tennessee and we are up late (and the game is safe), people at the game please start a mocking Big Ten chant, I will die laughing.
Refs really handing this game to Kentucky right now. Such weird officating this tournament.
That was not continuation. Not even close. Kentucky is getting all the calls and seeing as they are an 8 seed they should have been sent either out west or out east. They should not be playing so close to home.
What? They can review foul calls but not OB plays that clearly no official saw?
This 2nd half is probably the 2nd best half of the tourney.
That Wisc/Oregon 2nd half last night was just about the most enjoyable game (not involving Michigan) I've seen in a long time.
And this game is right up there with that one.
Some good bball being played this tourney (but also some ugly ugly bball as well).
Randal is getting all the calls at both ends.
This is quite entertaining.
This feels like an Elite Eight game, with all the talent on the floor. It's fun to watch.
Sparty was a favorite to beat these two teams Florida and Louisville?
Is EsPN serious?
How the hell are those fouls on drives/under the hoop not being called on both ends? Seems only UK benefits.
Randal and the Harrisons are getting treated like they are LeBron.
Wow. WSU turn things around fast.
Now I see why UK is getting these calls -CBS already hyping up that matchup
Think CBS would like the Louisville - WSU rematch story line too - I think they are happy either way. Then if they could get the Louisville - Michigan rematch, I don't think that CBS could have asked for better story lines out of the Midwest region.
Intestinal Fortitude!!! For sure Greg, for sure.
More missed/blocked dunk attempts in this game than I've seen in a while.
Kentucky is so fucking lucky. They deserve to lose.
Some haymakers being thrown.
EDIT Minnesota wins, 63-55.
EDIT 59-53 Minny, 1:02 to go, St Mary's ball.
Minnesota is leading St Mary's 54-48 @home w/ 2:27 rremaining.
Earlier in the day, Illinois lost at Clemson 49-50 after taking a 49-48 lead w/ 2:07 left and missing on their remaining three possessions. Clemson went ahead on a layup with 10 seconds left, and then Illinois failed to counter as Tracy Abrams missed a three point jumper.
How do you call that on Van Fleet?
Another reason to root for Wichita: either UK or UL will have a ton of fans in Indy. Wichita is the only potential Elite Eight opponent that would give us a neutral (or even pro-UM) crowd.
Officiating on hand checks is so inconsistent across not just the whole tourney but within games and halves of games.
This gettin ridiculious. You can't even go near a Kentucky player.
I think I want Wichita State to win. Kentucky could give us some problems.
The only way this Kentucky team gives us trouble is if we can't make shots.
I have a feeling even Jordan Morgan couldn't stop Randle's quickness inside
If we are hitting our shots, I am not worried about any other team.
The officials have taken over this game. They won't call offensive fouls on Randal.
Kansas, Wichita State or Loiusville? Who do we match up best with?
We can out horse any of them.
Two more offensive fouls not called.
Early is a beast.
The refs really helped Kentucky in the second half of this game.
The refs seem to refuse to call a foul on the offense on lose balls and it gives an unfair advantage to teams with size like Kentucky and Texas.
It's been absurd they've gotten away with it along with getting all the calls.
4 of the last 5 fouls called on the Shockers.
Come on Wichita State strike a blow against the SEC.
I'm that guy. WSU wins this game 8 out 10 times they play and still might pull this one out. But the other two times UK would need officials like these.
Have completely boned WSU. Completely taken away their ability to play D and the consistency has not been there on the other end.
Wow. He was hit on the elbow.
The ref was 1 foot away
Still can't believe the committee allowed an 8 seed to have basically home court against a 1. Disgraceful. It will be the same for us against Kentucky or Louisvile if we get that far.
That is why I am rooting for WSU
I can't believe the shots both teams have made in this game. Wow.
Hopefully we have different refs if we play Kentucky.
Give these kids a raise. Well, probably not the Kentucky ones.
I can't stand calipari.
I can't stand refs deciding games.
Should have gotten a quick 2 there
Gotta say, UK has capitalized on the line down the stretch.
WSU didn't get that opportunity.
Give UK credit for hitting that huge 3 to take the lead, but so many muggings under the basket not called. Oh well.
Elbow to the face?
Since when did it become a judgement call? Manny Harris got ejected when he wasn't even trying to hit the guy with his elbow.
When Kentucky/Duke/Louisivlle are involved.
Go for the two. Unless it's Early with a clean look.
Really late on he timeout there. Three seconds is tough to get a layup from a front court inbound play.
Not sure of there has been a walk off buzzer beater this tourney yet - maybe it is time?
Texas. Do you go for the win here?
Texas/ASU. Not a jumper but still a buzzer beater.
My bad - for some reason I just don't feel like that stacks up to the epic walk offs
It was definitely not epic.
This tourney has been fun, but I have been missing the handful of buzzer beaters (I.e. Down by one, guard takes it coast to coast and hits the winner) that there usually is - also, the Texas game was tied, I am missing the make it or go home shots - The closest thing that sticks out right now is the 4 point play, which was awesome, but not a winner.
Seems like you could get to that spot to call a TO a bit faster than nearly 4 seconds.
If you're going to call a timeout, why dribble it up? Throw a quick pass into the frontcourt to save time.
Have a feeling this will end badly. Don't see the officials making a call on UK (they haven't for the last 5 mintues)
I wonder if WSU saw out play for GR3..
Yet again a team goes for three when they only need a two..
Teams go for three when down 1 now days. It's atrocious but I'm getting numb to it, unfortunately.
Not a horrible look, but I can't think that's what they wanted as a first option.
Feel awful for WSU. A 1 seed should not have to go on the road in the 3rd round. Its really a joke.
Said this when the brackets came out, it looked like the committee was sending a message "so, you think you can play with the big boys, here is Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan/Duke - oh and we are going to make you travel farther than all of them"
I don't know if any team could have beaten Kentucky the way they played today.
So now if we win Friday, we get a road game in the elite 8
It's really not that had. It's close enough that anyone who wants to go from AA can go pretty easily. Just gotta buy up the tickets.
I know it's closer to Louisville, but it's not exactly a far drive from Ann Arbor either. And with our fan base, I'd be shocked if we didn't have just as much representation as Louisvilke or Kentucky.
We'll have a solid turnout, but I fully expect to be outnumbered. UK and UL fans live and die basketball and they're used to traveling en masse to regional sites - they do it every year - whereas we're just getting back in the swing of things in that regard.
It won't be as bad as a genuine road game, but I'd bet it'll be like 70-30 against us if we play in the Elite Eight.
Also, look for uk or ul fans rooting for us to win. Especially if uk beats Louisville.
Luckily our team had won in some of the most hostile arenas on the country: the Khol Center, the Breslin Center, and Value City Arena.
Indy has a big Michigan presence. There are also a lot of Indiana fans who hate Kentucky. The X factor is that college basketball is all there is in Kentucky.
At least we get a shot at Louisville/Kentucky for the final four if we get by Tennessee/Mercer. I would want to beat no one else.
Kentucky's size and athleticism is scary. It now looks like they have learned how to play too.
Kentucky doesn't play defense. Russ smith is louisville's only scorer and is prone to bad shots/turnovers. I don't mind playing either team
Wisconsin, a two seed gets a home game, and the Shockers go on the round agains an underseeded Kentucky. #neutral court.
Wichita State shouldn't have been a 1 seed anyway. No shock that the first time they play legit competition they lose. Losing to an 8 seed out of the SEC is embarrassing
Jim Nance is putz. That shot was off before UK player "closed quickly." Just a meh look from too far away.
Yuck. Their first loss had to be to Kentucky.
Still to play a team with thatt much talent that close says they're very well coached.
Should have been Early's shot.
WSU botched the end. Between letting 3 seconds run off before the timeout, and then going for an unnecessary HeroBall 3 to end it. I'd take my chances for OT and try for the tie. Especially with the time constraints...easier to hit a two under pressure than a long 3.
Albert calling the UNC ISU game I keep thinking it is an NBA game......cornfusing
Tennessee's bigs aren't athletic.
two tough outs. Both UT and Mercer look pretty dang serviceabvle from a talent perspective.