Friday’s Den: Wrapping up a very busy day……..

Thursday of Champ Week is always one of my favorite days of the year; this year especially, the first normal March Madness since 2019. Throw in the labor impasse ending in baseball, and this was an excellent day. 

13) Big X
— Oklahoma 72, Baylor 67— Since 1985, no team has won the national title after losing their first conference tournament game.
— TCU 65, Texas 60— Texas led this game by 20 just before halftime. Longhorns are 3-5 in their last eight games.
— Bruce Weber is out as Kansas State’s coach; they say he “retired” but they’re paying his salary for next year, so they fired him. 

12) SEC
— Texas A&M 83, Florida 80— Underdogs covered the first seven games played Thursday.
— LSU 76, Missouri 68— Tigers led this game 34-9, but they’re erratic.
— Vanderbilt 82, Alabama 76— 48% of Alabama’s shots are 3’s, but they’re shooting only 30.8% on the arc (#307)

— Georgia fired coach Tom Crean, who made the Final Four with Dwyane Wade, Marquette back in 2003.
— Vanderbilt assistant coach Ed Conroy is the nephew of author Pat Conroy, who wrote one of my favorite movies, Prince of Tides. 

11) Pac-12
— Arizona 84, Stanford 80— Wildcats’ PG Kriisa sprained his ankle (check status). Stanford lost despite making 11-20 on the arc.
— Colorado 80, Oregon 69— Ducks lost seven of their last nine games. 

10) Big 14
— Michigan State 76, Maryland 72— Spartans led by 20 with 13:04 left; Tom Izzo wasn’t happy after game with how MSU damn near blew this game.
— Iowa 112, Northwestern 76— Not a gutty effort by the Wildcats.
— Indiana 74, Michigan 69— Wolverines are 17-14, 4-5 in last nine games. A bubble team. 

9) Mountain West
— Wyoming 59, UNLV 56— Cowboys ended an 0-19 skid against the Rebels in Las Vegas.
— Boise State 71, Nevada 69— Boise starts four seniors; they’re a quiet 25-7 team.
— Colorado State 53, Utah State 51— Teams combined to shoot 4-33 on the arc.
— Four Mountain West games Thursday were decided by total of 14 points. 

8) ACC
— Duke 88, Syracuse 79— Three SU kids played whole 40:00; they were up 7 in second half, played their hearts out, but still gave up 1.28 ppp. Was this Jim Boeheim’s last game as a coach?
— Miami 71, Boston College 69, OT— Hurricanes shot 64.9% inside arc.
— Virginia Tech 87, Notre Dame 80— Hokies won 11 of their last 13 games. 

7) Big East
— Villanova 66, St John’s 65— Red Storm led by 17 early in second half.
— Providence 65, Butler 61— Four of last five Friar wins were by 4 points or in OT.
— Creighton 74, Marquette 63— Bluejays won eight of their last ten games. 

6) Mid-American:
— Toledo 72, Central Michigan 71— #1-seed Rockets were favored by 17; they were losing with 0:20 left.
— Akron 70, Buffalo 68— Zips outscored Buffalo 6-1 over final 1:26. 

5) AAC
— Tulsa 73, Wichita State 67— Shockers went 6-10 in last 16 games, after a 9-3 start.
— UCF 60, South Florida 58— Knights won despite shooting 30.8% on arc. 

4) A-14:
— Fordham 54, George Mason 49— Rams are 16-15; they’ve had one winning season since 2008.
— UMass 99, George Washington 88— UMass made 12-29 on arc, scored 1.27 ppp. 

3) Big West
— Long Beach State 72, Bakersfield 61— Beach won 15 of its last 17 games.
— UCSB 78, Cal-Irvine 69— Gauchos won nine of last ten games.
— Hawai’i 68, Cal-Riverside 67— Rainbows won six of last eight games. 

2) Conference USA
— Louisiana Tech 59, Western Kentucky 57— Tech survived 20 turnovers (minus-9)
— Middle Tennessee 66, UTEP 59, OT— Blue Raiders outscored UTEP 17-7 on line. 

1) Big Sky:
— Montana State 83, Sacramento State 61— Bobcats won 16 of their last 18 games.
— Northern Colorado 68, Eastern Washington 67— Bears led by 17 in 2nd half, hung on for win.

Friday’s games start in eight hours; I better sleep fast 🙂

Author: Armadillo Sports

I've been involved in sports my whole life, now just write about them. I like to travel, mostly to Las Vegas- they have gambling there.