NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.20.13 Edition

Posted by WCarey on March 20th, 2013


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

West Region

South Region

East Regional

  • Jeff Goodman of writes that while Indiana coach Tom Crean has quickly become one of the most disliked in coaching circles, his ability to return the Hoosiers to national prominence has made him the toast of the town in Bloomington.
  • Last season, NC State celebrated wildly when its name was announced on Selection Sunday. This is not last season, as the Wolfpack were expecting to hear its name called. After an inconsistent season that saw the team finish fifth in the ACC, the 2013 NCAA Tournament could be seen as a last chance as seniors Richard Howell and Scott Wood will graduate and juniors C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown are expected to leave school early for the NBA.
  • UNLV has six players on its roster that have never played in or sat on the bench for an NCAA Tournament game and these Rebel newcomers are eager to live out their dreams when they play California in the Round of 64 on Thursday.
  • California point guard Justin Cobbs has grown comfortable in his role as the team’s point guard and second leading scorer. The Bears are going to need Cobbs to perform well in both roles if they are going to pull the upset over UNLV on Thursday.
  • Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams did not play an important role on last season’s Elite Eight team, but as a sophomore, he is a very integral part of the Orange attack as it preps for another potential deep run.
  • Butler coach Brad Stevens takes time to celebrate every NCAA Tournament appearance, as he recently said, “You can’t take the NCAA bid for granted. I don’t care if you are at Butler. I don’t care if you haven’t been there in 30 years. I don’t care if you’re at Carolina or Duke. It’s never a given. You have to earn it.”
  • Bucknell forward Mike Muscala was lightly recruited as a 6’9″ scrawny forward, but he was always quite gifted fundamentally. Once at Bucknell, Muscala bulked up considerably and he is now one of the most productive big men in the country.
  • Davidson enters the NCAA Tournament as winner of 17 straight games. While the Wildcats breezed through Southern Conference play, coach Bob McKillop believes his underdog team will benefit from its experiences in early season match-ups against New Mexico, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Gonzaga, Charlotte, Richmond, and Duke.
  • Illinois coach John Groce has a positive outlook and his Illini are recharged as they are set to open play in the NCAA Tournament on Friday against Colorado. The Illini are definitely a team to keep an eye on, because with wins over Gonzaga and Indiana, they have shown they can certainly pull an upset.
  • Pacific coach Bob Thomason decided last spring that this season – his 25th – would be his last with the program. Thomason’s reward for his service to the school – a trip to the NCAA Tournament and a Round of 64 game against Miami on Friday. Thomason said of his retirement gift, “I’m not going to sit in a rocking chair anyway. The guys couldn’t give me any better gift than this. It’s fantastic.”
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