Which takes us to the third round. Kansas could have a date with either Maryland or Michigan State. Both of these teams have the ability to slow down Kansas. They also have players unafraid to step up in the clutch – Greivis Vasquez and Kalin Lucas to start with.
Eight years ago, Coach Chris Belmont and his Lasers made their first 240 mile trek across the Empire State to the NYSPHAA championships at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. They lost in the semi-finals to the eventual champion, Our Lady of Lourdes from Poughkeepsie.
Notre Dame and anyone is intriguing. Notre Dame and Richmond? Wow! The Irish have learned to play with patience of late. Richmond forces teams to play uncomfortably patient basketball. Tory Jackson versus Kevin Anderson?
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A sixteen seed versus a one seed. It is supposed to be a reward for the one seed. The only problem is the opponent. Five years ago, the Orange were a four seed when they lost in the first round. The thirteen seed Syracuse played? None other than the Vermont Catamounts. It doesn’t matter though. All the faces have changed. Sixteen beating a one seed? It can’t happen. Can it?
78.6 percent. That is the first thing you need to know about this team. That number represents their team free-throw percentage. They lead the country. Not only do they lead in percentage, but among the top 20 teams for free throw percentage, only three have taken more free throws.
Coaches and their teams have bunkered down feverishly making plans. They have been and will continue to pour over scouting reports and game tapes looking for answers, looking for weaknesses in their opponent. They will analyze match-ups and lineups looking for the right mix.
Once was a time when McDonald’s All-American on a resume meant a freshman was ready to contribute. Of recent years, if a program was honored enough to keep a McDonald’s All-American for a sophomore or junior season, it meant multiple wins in the NCAA Tournament. After this season’s results, a few teams might modify their recruiting channels.
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Championship games are taking place today in the Big East, Mountain West, Great West, Big West, American East, MEAC, Pac 10, Southland, WAC, SWAC, MAC, and Conference USA. Semi-final tilts in the Atlantic 10, ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten.