NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.17.12 EditionPosted by Brian Goodman on March 17th, 2012
The NCAA Tournament is here and there’s more news, commentary and analysis than any of us can possibly keep up with. To make things a little easier, we’ll bring you a list of daily links gathered about teams in each of the four regions all the way through the Final Four.
- North Carolina head coach Roy Williams is looking forward to pushing the pace against Creighton. Both teams prefer to push the ball, so tomorrow’s third round matchup ought to be a fun watch.
- South Florida knocked Temple out of the dance despite shooting just 17-50 from the floor with only three made shots in the first half. The Bulls have never been known for their offense, but their tenacity on the other end has keyed them to two victories, something maybe only Stan Heath thought possible in November.
- In an exciting day for upsets, Ohio defeated Michigan Friday night in Nashville. The Wolverines had their hands full with Bobcat guard D.J. Cooper.
- Jason Clark and Henry Sims can breathe a sigh of relief now that Georgetown has its first NCAA Tournament win since 2008. Their work is far from over, though, with popular Sweet 16 pick N.C. State on tap Sunday.
- The most telling stretch of Kansas’ win over Detroit was a 34-7 run that drug over almost 16 minutes.
- It didn’t take long for a darling to emerge in this season’s tournament. It’s been a whirlwind day for Norfolk State forward Kyle O’Quinn since the Spartans knocked off Missouri. In about an hour after Friday’s epic upset went final, O’Quinn’s Twitter account more than doubled in followers.
- In Florida‘s opening win over Virginia, it wasn’t one of the Gators touted guards who made the biggest impact, nor was it heralded big man Patric Young. Casey Prathercame to play Friday, coming off the bench to score 14 points on a perfect 6-6 day from the field.
- Marquette will look to take down Murray State with a fast but physical style. The New York Times‘ Ray Glier gives interesting insight into the Golden Eagles’ calling card.
- Card Chronicle breaks downLouisville‘s game with New Mexico. Rick Pitino‘s team is 4-1 when facing a 5-seed, which appears to bode well for the Cardinals’ chances to crack the Sweet 16 today.
- The last team standing from Missouri isn’t the Tigers, but the Saint Louis University Billikens. Rick Majerus‘ experience, tough defense and high basketball IQ have been the stand-by’s this season.
- Tom Crean and Indiana took a long, hard road back to the top.
- It’s becoming quite obvious that Illinois will contact Shaka Smart about its head coaching job when VCU’s season ends.
- Kentucky is expecting a three-point shooting attack from Iowa State.
- Baylor’s tall, physical lineup will pose a test for Colorado.
- Iowa State forward Royce White‘s career has been quite the odyssey.
- Gonzaga head coach Mark Few says there are few players in the nation that mean as much to their teams as Robert Sacre means to the Bulldogs.
- Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas is sparking the Buckeyes’ run in the NCAA Tournament.
- This is a pretty humorous story about the way Kansas State head coach Frank Martin recruited Jordan Henriquez.
- Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins is a man of many talents.
- A key for Wisconsin against Vanderbilt will be slowing John Jenkins and its three-point attack.