NCAA Tournament Tidbits: 03.31.14 Edition

Posted by Griffin Wong on March 31st, 2014


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

  • Just a year after the UConn Huskies were banned from postseason play, they now find themselves back in the Final Four.
  • Yet again, All-American Shabazz Napier led the way for UConn yesterday, notching 25 big points, including five key ones late in the game.
  • In just his second season as the head coach in Storrrs, Kevin Ollie has led UConn all the way to the Final Four.
  • Michigan State came in as the favorite, but UConn wanted to make sure it “hit first” against the Spartans. The Huskies did just that, and although they let up their early lead, they still found a way to take it back by the time the final buzzer sounded.
  • Michigan State coach Tom Izzo’s streak of never having a four-year senior without a Final Four appearance may have ended, but that wasn’t what he was frustrated about yesterday. The Spartans’ nine-point second half lead vanished largely thanks to their poor shot selection and turnovers.
  • Michigan State seemed bound for the Final Four during much of yesterday’s second half, but it just couldn’t hang on to the lead. “We had 16 of the most out-of-body turnovers known to mankind,” Tom Izzo said. “I mean, you’re just not going to win games like that.” Whether it was a bad performance by the Spartans or a good one by the Huskies, the fact remains that Michigan State is going home.

Midwest Region

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