Mens College Basketball regional semifinals day 1 open thread

Submitted by ThadMattasagoblin on March 27th, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Dayton vs. Stanford 7:15 CBS

Baylor vs. Wisconsin 7:47 TBS

UCLA vs. Florida 9:45 CBS

SDSU vs. Arizona 10:17 TBS



March 27th, 2014 at 7:15 PM ^

The fact that a 10-seed is playing an 11-seed in the Sweet Sixteen is pretty rare and significant, but if anyone is interested in a little trivia, an 11-seed has made it as far as the Final Four only three times since the expansion of the Tournament - George Mason in 2006, LSU in 1986 and VCU in 2011. 

An 10-seed, however, has made it to the Regional Finals 9 times, most recently Davidson in 2008 and Kent State in 2002. Dayton, of course, accomplished this feat in 1984. 


March 27th, 2014 at 7:44 PM ^

Dayton/Stanford had quite a bit of offense in the first few minutes, and it was thoroughly entertaining. Then, missed shots/fouls for everyone... hopefully this game picks up


March 27th, 2014 at 8:14 PM ^

Man if Stanford could have gotten a bucket there, being down single digits would have had to have been a Good feeling considering Dayton really owned the half.

Wisconsin looking swell against the Baylor zone. Poor Creighton, just didn't have the guns to match-up against Baylor. Wiscy certainly does.


March 27th, 2014 at 8:25 PM ^

Why? Because that's what they've been best at and honestly they are pretty good at it, especially this hot stretch they've been on. They've also been playing this zone almost strictly for a month now.

Now yes, they have to figure something else out right now, because said zone is getting shredded. But there is a reason they've been utilizing it.


March 27th, 2014 at 8:21 PM ^

I can't believe Creighton couldn't get open shots against this Baylor team. Wisconsin is passing up open shots because they know they can get even better ones. 

Not that I think Creighton should be some dominant power, but this is ridiculous.


March 27th, 2014 at 8:32 PM ^

Agree somewhat. I think/thought Creighton is a damn good team. I mean they lead the nation in ppp (p/100p). In theory they had the firepower to match up to Baylor but in reality they didn't have a 7 footer, a la Frank Kaminsky, who is a pretty nice neutralizer to this zone. That's not the full story of course but in the game last weekend Creighton tried to go down low but it just wasn't happening like it is tonight and I think Baylor was better able to guard shots, hence Creighton getting very little good looks.


March 27th, 2014 at 8:30 PM ^

The Wisconsin defense is winning this game. They're doing well offensively but holding a team to 16 points. Very good representing the Big Ten.


March 27th, 2014 at 8:37 PM ^

Frank Kaminsky's offer sheet:

  • Bradley
  • DePaul
  • Northern Illinois
  • Northwestern
  • Southern Illinois
  • Wisconsin

Traevon Jackson's offer sheet:

  • Akron
  • Arizona State
  • Cleveland State
  • Miami (O)
  • Ohio U.
  • Wisconsin

Sam Dekker's offer sheet:

  • Bradley
  • Milwaukee
  • Northern Illinois
  • Northern Iowa
  • Valparaiso
  • Wisconsin

And on and on. What other coach is able to do this? I can think of one.


March 27th, 2014 at 10:08 PM ^

Ryan identified him and closed the deal before he blew up. Beilein does that too.

The other guys that are considered great coaches don't have to do any of this. Calipari, Krzyszewski, Williams, Pitino, Self--they've got five-stars falling into their lap and it doesn't matter if they're early or late to the party.

These two guys find ways to churn out championship-caliber teams without ever diving into the cesspool. Either they're plucking guys from mid-majors, or they're getting firm verbals a year before anyone else has realized the guy's any good, and then they use them to beat the teams that didn't recruit them at all or came in too late.

Mr. Yost

March 27th, 2014 at 8:38 PM ^

And not just because Michigan plays...

Because I'll take ALL FOUR games over any 1 game tonight.

Gonna be a fun night, meh, thankful it's basketball, but that's about it.


March 27th, 2014 at 8:38 PM ^

Welp, so much for this Wisconsin/Baylor being the prettiest/best game of the NCAAT. 

I was coming into it expecting a final score around 80-75 Wisconsin. This is the exact opposite of what I thought, besides the fact that Wisky is still winning.