NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.24.12 Edition

Posted by WCarey on March 24th, 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.

Midwest Region

  • Kansas has been winning dangerously throughout the NCAA Tournament against seemingly inferior competition. If the Jayhawks do not play better against North Carolina on Sunday, their run in the tournament may very well come to an end.
  • Kansas center Jeff Withey’s block with 10 seconds left helped save the Jayhawks from an upset by NC State. That block was one of 10 for the junior from San Diego.
  • NC State made a surprise run to the Sweet Sixteen this season with a coach that many doubted when he was hired by school. Hiring Mark Gottfried looks like a good choice because the future is bright in Raleigh.
  • Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports believes that North Carolina’s run in the NCAA Tournament will come to an end Sunday. Forde says the Tar Heels have seen what life is like without the services of Kendall Marshall and it is not pretty.
  • Every year it seems like a mid-major school that has success in the NCAA Tournament vaults it coach into being a hot commodity for high major schools. This year Ohio’s John Groce fits that description.

West Region

East Region 

  • Wisconsin pounded the Syracuse zone for 14 three-pointers Thursday night, but Orange head coach Jim Boeheim is not about to abandon the team’s famous 2-3 zone.
  • Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas has a well-known reputation as a shoot-first player. However, the sophomore is not going to be an apologist for his shoot-first ways.
  • Syracuse guards Scoop Jardine and Dion Waiters share a special bond. The two guards are both Philadelphia transplants.
  • After struggling in the first two games of the NCAA Tournament, Ohio State forward Jared Sullinger regained his form in the Buckeyes’ Sweet Sixteen victory over Cincinnati. If Sullinger continues his solid play, Syracuse will have problems with the sophomore big man.
  • Ohio State point guard Aaron Craft will play against Syracuse with his older brother in mind. Brandon Craft will be deployed to Afghanistan on Saturday.

South Region 

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