Saturday’s Den: Wrapping up a busy basketball day

13) Pac-12 tourney:
Oregon State 75, Oregon 64
— Beavers were picked last in pre-season polls, finished a surprising 5th in regular season, now they’re playing for the league title Saturday.
— Oregon State is 20-44 on the arc the last two days.

Colorado 72, USC 70
— Buffs had a 17-0 run in first half, needed a tip dunk with 0:02.3 left for the win.
— Colorado has now beaten USC seven times in a row.

12) Big 14 tourney:
Michigan 79, Maryland 66
— 11:30am opener saw Michigan coach Howard get tossed after he got into a kerfuffle with Maryland coach Turgeon. Michigan is 20-3; Howard should be happier.

Ohio State 87, Purdue 78 OT
— Buckeyes led by 18 at half, needed OT for the win.
— Purdue was only 15-27 on the foul line.

11) ACC tourney:
— Georgia Tech advanced to finals because Virginia couldn’t play due to COVID issues.

Florida State 69, North Carolina 66:
— Florida State has unusually good depth; they’ll be a popular pick to make the Final Four.
— North Carolina shot 34% inside arc, had 21 offensive rebounds.

10) Big X tourney:
Oklahoma State 83, Baylor 74:
— Cowboys outscored Baylor 31-14 over final 7:49.
— OSU star Cunningham tweaked his ankle last week and missed a game, but played 77:00 out of 80:00 the last two days.
— Baylor heads into the NCAA Tournament at 22-2.

Texas advanced to the finals, because Kansas couldn’t play due to COVID issues.

9) Big East tourney:
Georgetown 66, Seton Hall 58
— #8-seed Hoyas are in Big East finals for first since since 2010.
— Seton Hall lost five of last six games, finishes 14-13. No bueno.

Creighton 59, UConn 56
— Bluejays won the MVC tournament last two years they were in that league, but they’ve never won the Big East tournament- they’re favored to do that tonight.
— Creighton outscored UConn 11-3 over final 5:26 of this game.
— Bluejays are #40 experience team; they’re an experienced group.

8) Big Sky tourney:
Montana State 80, Southern Utah 77 OT
— Top-seeded Thunderbirds get upset here.

Eastern Washington 78, Montana 50
— Eagles won 12 of their last 13 games

7) Upsets of the Day:
— Oregon State (+8) 75, Oregon 64
— Montana State (+6.5) 80, Southern Utah 77 OT
— Fairfield (+6.5) 52, Saint Peter’s 47
— Cincinnati (+5.5) 74, SMU 71
— Georgetown (+3.5) 66, Seton Hall 58

6) SEC tourney:
— All four favorites won Friday; I’m hoping Ole Miss gets in the NCAA Tournament- they looked like a tournament team in their 76-73 loss to LSU. Non-conference losses to Dayton/Wichita aren’t going to help their cause any.

Arkansas 70, Missouri 64:
— Razorbacks have won nine games in a row.
— Officials totally dominated this game- the TV guys stopped counting when they got to 17 offensive fouls in this game. Guys were flopping all over the place.
— Underrated thing about Eric Musselman; he’s coached two NBA teams and he also coached in the CBA— the guy is an X’s-and-O’s savant.

5) MAAC tourney:
Iona 70, Niagara 64
— Rick Pitino re-surfaces on national TV Saturday; his Gaels are playing for their fifth MAAC tournament title in last six tries.
— Iona didn’t play a game in January; they had a 7-week COVID pause, and didn’t play for 17 days before this tournament. Gaels have a new coach (albeit a Hall of Fame coach) and #274 continuity team, but they’re favored to win their league title tonight.

4) MAC tourney:
Ohio 87, Toledo 80
— Toledo hasn’t made the NCAA’s since I was in college (1982); they were the top seed here, but got upset here, despite shooting 69.4% inside arc.

Buffalo 81, Akron 74 OT
— Buffalo survived miserable 8-19 shooting on foul line; they were down 5 with 6:32 left.
— Bulls have won seven games in a row; they’re trying for 5th NCAA bid in last six tournaments. 

3) Conference USA tourney
Western Kentucky 64, UAB 60
— Hilltoppers made 10-20 on arc; they also have an NBA-type big man in Bassey, who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 4 blocked shots.

North Texas 54, Louisiana Tech 48:
— Mean Green won last three nights, giving up 53 ppg. They’re experience team #16 and they play a very slow tempo. North Texas last made the NCAA’s in 2010. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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