Sunday’s Den: Wrapping up a basketball Saturday

13) OVC tournament:
Murray State 71, Morehead State 67:
— First ticket to March Madness was punched here.
— Murray State has won 20 in a row; last loss was 71-58 at Auburn December 22.
— Morehead had an 18-2 run early in game; they were only 8-18 on foul line. 

12) ACC:
— North Carolina 94, Duke 81— All five UNC starters played the whole second half, where the Tar Heels outscored Duke 55-40.
— Virginia 71, Louisville 61— Lot of good job openings this spring; is Louisville the best one?
— With Roy Williams/Coach K retired, the NC State job is a lot more attractive now.

ESPN should be embarrassed by the preferential treatment they give Duke basketball. It is understood that Mike Krzyzewski is the 2nd-best college coach ever (see Wooden, John), but not  lot was said when Roy Williams retired and he was a great coach, too.

This past week, ESPN was basically a week-long infomercial for Duke; few years ago, they hired Coach K’s son-in-law as a game analyst. Enough already. 

11) SEC:
— LSU 80, Alabama 77 OT— LSU actually fouled on purpose while up 2 with 0:08 left in regulation; their game management skills are not strong.
— Tennessee 78, Arkansas 74— Vols led by 24 in first half, Razorbacks get back-door cover.
— Auburn is top-seed in SEC tourney; semi-finals should be excellent.
— Teams 5-9 in SEC standings were all 9-9 in league play.

Tennessee big man John Fulkerson has played for the Vols for six years; during that time, he’s had 45 different teammates. Forty-five. 

10) Sun Belt tournament:
— Louisiana 79, Texas State 72— Top-seed Bobcats get sent home.
— Underdogs are 7-1 ATS so far in this tournament. 

9) Big X:
— Kansas 70, Texas 63, OT— If you had Texas +6.5, better days are ahead.
— Oklahoma State 52, Texas Tech 51— OSU is on probation; this was their last game.
— Texas-TCU will be a terrific 4-5 game in Kansas City next week. 

8) Pac-12:
— UCLA 75, USC 68— Bruins won six of their last seven games.
— Arizona State 65, Stanford 56— Sun Devils won seven of last eight games.
— Arizona won Pac-12 by three games; will they be a #1-seed in NCAA’s? 

7) Missouri Valley tournament:
— Loyola 66, Northern Iowa 43— Ramblers allowed 50-43 points last two days.
— Drake 79, Missouri State 78 OT— Drake was down 5 with 2:09 left in regulation. 

6) Big East:
— Seton Hall 65, Creighton 60— Pirates won eight of last ten games.
— Xavier 97, Georgetown 75— Hoyas finish 0-18 in Big East play.
— Providence is #1 seed in Big East tournament next week. 

5) MAAC
— Rick Pitino’s Iona squad wins the league by three games, but now they have to win the MAAC tournament to go dancing. No pressure.
— Weird league; two 7-13 teams tied for last place, which is lot of wins for a last-place team.
— Only four 11 teams had winning records in conference play. 

4) Conference USA:
— UTEP 70, North Texas 68— UNT’s 15-game win streak comes to an end.
— Mean Green is still top seed for the conference tournament. 

3) Big South tournament:
— Longwood 79, SC Upstate 70— Top-seed Longwood is the #1 seed; they were down 16 in this game, after winning in overtime Friday.
— Longwood-Winthrop is the conference final Sunday.

When I was in college a long time ago, 40+ years ago, I was student manager of our basketball team, a very good Division III team. We were often in the top 25 nationally; at the same time. Longwood made the D-III Final Four one year, shortly after starting their program.

Their coach was a guy named Ron Bash, who later left coaching and became a basketball tipster. I am told he was quite a character; he was a good coach, too. Longwood inducted him into their Hall of Fame a few years ago. 

2) Mountain West:
— Wyoming 68, Fresno State 64, OT— Cowboys blew 10-point lead with 7:04 left.
— San Diego State 79, Nevada 78— Aztecs led by 18 with 12:03 left.
— Boise State is #1 seed for next week’s Mountain West tourney. 

1) Houston Baptist 149, McNeese State 144, 4OTs:
— HBU was 50-65 on foul line, McNeese 31-45.
— McNeese led by six in second OT.
— Darius Lee scored 57 points for HBU; he was 20-27 on foul line
— McNeese had eight players score in double figures. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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