NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.29.14 Edition

Posted by Griffin Wong on March 29th, 2014

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March Madness is finally upon us, and we here at RTC are here to make everything a little bit easier for you. From the First Four until One Shining Moment, we’ll be dropping daily tidbits of knowledge regarding the teams in each region.

South Region

West Region

East Region

  • Virginia went down to Michigan State last night, but with the consistency that coach Tony Bennett is building, there will be more to come for the Cavaliers.
  • The emergence of Adreian Payne and Branden Dawson were crucial to Michigan State’s win over Virginia last night. The two combined for 22 of Sparty’s last 33 points.
  • Up by two with 1.1 seconds left, Michigan State’s Gary Harris was told to intentionally miss his second free throw and to force Virginia to throw up a prayer. Though coach Tom Izzo was met with some resistance with from his assistants, his decision paid off, as the Cavaliers’ heave came up short.
  • UConn came up big against Iowa State last night, but surprisingly, it wasn’t Shabazz Napier who led the way. Junior forward DeAndre Daniels led the Huskies with 27 points and 10 rebounds.
  • As UConn keeps advancing,are Shabazz Napier’s comparisons to UConn great Kemba Walker ever going to stop?
  • Iowa State senior DeAndre Kane spent only one season in Ames, but his legacy and this season won’t be forgotten any time soon.

Midwest Region

  • With the game already in hand for Kentucky, Louisville All-American Russ Smith tried to end his college career with a wide open dunk. Unfortunately for Smith, he missed in what was a fitting end to the game.
  • With its back against the wall, Kentucky, particularly the freshmen, rallied to send the ‘Cats to the Elight Eight.
  • Louisville won’t defend its national title, as Kentucky grew up in front of our eyes last night and pulled out a tough victory against the Cardinals.
  • Michigan turned the ball over on four out of its last five possessions, but the Wolverines were still able to hold off a furious Tennessee rally.
  • Going up against a tough Tennessee frontcourt, Michigan senior Jordan Morgan proved the doubters wrong again, as he went for 15 points, 7 rebounds, and took a game-saving charge with six seconds left when the Volunteers had a chance to win it.
  • Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes was called for a charge in the final seconds, but USA Today’s Chris Chase thinks that the refs messed up the call.
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