Did you turn your clocks ahead an hour?
13) Kentucky 71, Florida 70— If you don’t think John Calipari is a great coach, think again.
— Soph G Ashton Hagans stepped away from the team for personal reasons; March 7th isn’t an ideal time for stuff like this to happen.
— Immanuel Quickley fouled out, playing only 21:00.
— Florida led 59-41, with 11:48 left to play.
— Calipari pulled an old trick, getting a technical when Kentucky was down 12; he thinks that can snap his team out of a funk, and often it has. I remember him doing that at UMass in a game against George Washington a long time ago.
12) Creighton 77, Seton Hall 60— Bluejays won 11 of last 13 games, finished in a 3-way tie atop Big East standings. Creighton will be the #1 seed in next week’s Big East tournament- this is first time Creighton won a share of the Big East’s regular season title.
11) Belmont 76, Murray State 75— Games like that are what March Madness is all about; mid-majors getting national TV time for a shot at going to the NCAA’s.
This was third year in a row these teams met in final of the OVC tournament, with Murray State winning the previous two; quite a rivalry.
10) Virginia 57, Louisville 54— Cavaliers won their last eight games, with seven of those wins by 3 or fewer points, Two of their last three wins were over Duke/Louisville.
9) Utah State 59, San Diego State 56— Sam Merill’s week in Las Vegas:
— Thursday: 34:00, 29 points. Aggies won 75-70
— Friday: 38:00, 27 points. Aggies won 89-82
— Saturday: 40:00, 27 points. Aggies won 59-56
That is 83 points in 112:00 in less than 48 hours. Hell of a weekend.
8) USC 56, UCLA 54— Jonah Mathews made his Senior Day a memorable one, draining the winning 3-pointer as the Trojans beat their crosstown rival, ending UCLA’s 7-game win streak.
— Cornell (+12) 85, Princeton 82
— Washington (+10.5) 69, Arizona 63
— Fort Wayne (+7.5) 77, South Dakota State 69
— Northwestern (+7.5) 80, Penn State 69
— Mississippi Valley St (+7.5) 74, Ark-Pine Bluff 71
— Southern Utah (+7) 85, Montana 80 OT
— Rutgers (+6) 71, Purdue 68 OT
— Wofford (+6) 77, Furman 68
6) West Virginia 76, Baylor 64— WVU’s Chase Harler didn’t score any points in 17:00 on his Senior Day, but I’m guessing he had a pretty good day— he proposed to his girlfriend before the game, and luckily for everyone, she said yes.
Baylor limps into the Big X tournament 2-3 in its last five games.
5) Washington 69, Arizona 63— This will sound weird, but if Washington can get PG Quade Green back eligible and somehow win the Pac-12 tourney, they could make the Final Four, and I mean that- they were really good while he was eligible.
Huskies are 15-16, 5-13 in Pac-12, but Green is their QB and they lost a ton of close games with him on the sidelines. Washington is 3-12 since Green was declared ineligible.
4) WTF losses: Losses by teams that make you ask…….
— Northwestern 80, Penn State 69
— Oklahoma State 81, Texas 59
— St John’s 88, Marquette 86
— Utah 74, Colorado 72 OT
3) Oregon State 74, Cal 56:
— When your first name is Tres, you wear number 3, and you score 2,000+ points in your college career.
— When you’re a 4-year starter and your dad is head coach, Senior Day has to be a very emotional day for the whole family.
— Tres Tinkle scored 24 points for an Oregon State team that could be dangerous at the Pac-12 tournament next week in Las Vegas.
2) Oregon 79, Stanford 67— Ducks clinch regular season title in Pac-12, which was way better than it was last year. Payton Pritchard is a great senior guard.
Doug Gottlieb was the TV analyst for FS1 on this game; he used to work for ESPN, which I think totally missed the boat when they let him walk. Gottlieb is smart, opinionated, a little edgy and he didn’t go to Duke; if I ran a cable network, he’d be my choice to be our top analyst.
1) If you’re a bubble team, you’re rooting like hell this week for the teams you played this season, especially the teams you beat. Anything that elevates your resume is a good thing. This has the feel of a tournament where unusual things can happen; sometimes the hardest part of a year like this is just getting your foot in the door.