RTC Live: NCAA Second Round Evening Games – Thursday

Posted by rtmsf on March 17th, 2011

RTC Live is proud to have the entire NCAA Tournament covered from First Four to Final Four this season.  Our correspondents have scattered throughout the nation in order to report from the most consistently entertaining and fulfilling American sporting event.  The format of our NCAA version of RTC Live is a little different than what we do during the regular season — rather than focusing separately on individual games, we will instead utilize our multiple correspondents who are courtside at each site to report from all of the games in a given session.  For example, this afternoon we will be reporting on the ins and outs from the eight Second Round games in Tampa, Washington, Denver and Tucson; later this evening we’ll be back with another RTC Live session to cover the evening games.  To make this as interactive as possible, we welcome questions and commentary from those of you out there watching on television or tracking from your computers — let us act as your eyes and ears from the court level.  Join us all day as we drown ourselves in a hoops bacchanalia (green color is purely coincidental)!

Evening Schedule

  • 6:50 pm – Florida vs. UC Santa Barabara
  • 7:15 pm – BYU vs. Wofford
  • 7:20 pm – UConn vs. Bucknell
  • 7:27 pm – Wisconsin vs. Belmont
  • 9:20 pm – UCLA vs. Michigan State
  • 9:45 pm – St Johns vs. Gonzaga
  • 9:50 pm – Cincinnati vs. Missouri
  • 9:57 pm – Kansas State vs. Utah State

 

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RTC Live: NCAA Second Round Afternoon Games – Thursday

Posted by rtmsf on March 17th, 2011

RTC Live is proud to have the entire NCAA Tournament covered from First Four to Final Four this season.  Our correspondents have scattered throughout the nation in order to report from the most consistently entertaining and fulfilling American sporting event.  The format of our NCAA version of RTC Live is a little different than what we do during the regular season — rather than focusing separately on individual games, we will instead utilize our multiple correspondents who are courtside at each site to report from all of the games in a given session.  For example, this afternoon we will be reporting on the ins and outs from the eight Second Round games in Tampa, Washington, Denver and Tucson; later this evening we’ll be back with another RTC Live session to cover the evening games.  To make this as interactive as possible, we welcome questions and commentary from those of you out there watching on television or tracking from your computers — let us act as your eyes and ears from the court level.  Join us all day as we drown ourselves in a hoops bacchanalia (green color is purely coincidental)!

Afternoon Schedule

  • 12:15 pm – Clemson vs. West Virginia
  • 12:40 pm – Butler vs. Old Dominion
  • 1:40 pm – Louisville vs. Morehead State
  • 2:10 pm – Temple vs. Penn State
  • 2:45 pm – Kentucky vs. Princeton
  • 3:10 pm – Pittsburgh vs. UNC-Asheville
  • 4:10 pm – Vandy vs. Richmond
  • 4:40 pm – San Diego State vs. Northern Colorado

 

 

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RTC Live: First Four — Day Two

Posted by jstevrtc on March 16th, 2011

Tonight, two more from the First Four in Dayton. First, at 6:30 PM ET, SWAC Tournament champions Alabama State take on Texas-San Antonio, winners of the Southland Conference tournament. ASU prides itself on its defense, ranking in the top 30 nationally in turnovers forced and 2FG%. The Roadrunners, on the other hand, are more of a balanced squad and will look to speed things up. The Hornets won’t shy from a fast pace, but as good as their defense within the three-point arc is, their defense of the three point shot ranks as one of the worst in the game, so you can bet UTSA will look for long range opportunities in transition. The winner gets overall #1 Ohio State on Friday.

The second game has a pair of at-large bid earners battling for the right to face Georgetown in Chicago in 48 hours. Nikola Vucevic averaged a double-double (17.3 PPG, 10.2 RPG) this year and Alex Stepheson (10/9.2) wasn’t far from one, but they and the rest of their USC mates will have their hands full trying to keep up with a VCU team that launches threes with abandon. It will also be interesting to see if the Rams play with a bit of a chip on their collective shoulder; since the bracket was released on Sunday, VCU (along with UAB) has been treated like an uninvited guest who shows up at a party and then promptly knocks over the drink table.

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RTC Live: First Four — Day One

Posted by jstevrtc on March 15th, 2011

Welcome to…history.

RTC is proud to be in Dayton for the debut of the First Four. No mere kickoff event, this, and certainly no play-in set of games, so don’t even call it that. This is the official first round of the NCAA Tournament. Each of the two days will feature a game between two winners of smaller-conference tournaments followed by a game pitting two of the last four at-larges granted admission. On Tuesday, Solomon Bozeman leads his Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans and one of the best three point shooting teams in the nation (their 39.8% from range was 12th in the country) against Big South Tournament champions UNC-Asheville, who will try to keep the pace quick and coax unforced errors out of UALR (UNCA forced 17 turnovers per game against its opponents, 7th nationally). After that one, UAB and their trio of double-figure scorers — namely, Jamarr Sanders (17.7 PPG), Cameron Moore (14.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG) and Aaron Johnson (12.0 PPG, 7.7 APG) — take on Clemson, a team whose defense held opponents to 0.898 points per possession during the season, 10th in the nation. The first game tips off at 6:30 PM ET on TruTV. We hope you’ll have us alongside for both of them, and join in the conversation. Let’s Dance!

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RTC Live: NCAA Tournament Selection Show

Posted by rtmsf on March 13th, 2011

For all of us around here, it’s Christmas, our birthday, graduation and St. Patty’s all in one — Selection Sunday.  A true national holiday.  Let’s celebrate with some analysis and chat throughout the show this evening.  Join us!

 

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RTC Live: Ohio State vs Penn State (Big Ten Championship)

Posted by jstevrtc on March 13th, 2011

Game #220: The eyes of the college basketball world are on Indianapolis for other reasons, today. But first, there’s the small matter of the Big Ten Tournament title game.

Here’s the biggest reason why this will be an interesting one: Ohio State knows its status. It’s not just a 1-seed. It’s the 1-seed. Even a loss here won’t change that. They’re playing for the right to print t-shirts, cut nets, and to take home that big brass and wood trophy sitting about 30 feet from where I type this. Penn State is playing for all of that, and maybe even their Tournament existence. Can the Buckeyes avoid playing this game without one eye focused on a bracket that’s being pieced together mere minutes from here? You know where the Nittany Lions’ focus is. Join us just before 3:30 PM ET as we see how it plays out.

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RTC Live: Kentucky vs. Florida (SEC Championship)

Posted by rtmsf on March 13th, 2011

Game #219.  The top two programs in the SEC meet on Sunday afternoon with a championship on the line.

In yesterday’s semifinal matchup with Vanderbilt, Florida guards Kenny Boynton and Erving Walker took over in the second half to recover from a 12-point deficit.  The two guards shot a combined 8-15 from behind the arc, an uncharacteristic number from a pair that often struggles from three.  The team as a whole shot 11-21 from three.  The Gators had to make a second consecutive second half comeback to get the win.  Kentucky on the other hand easily cruised past SEC West leader Alabama, leading at one point by as many as many as 26.  Kentucky Coach Calipari shrugged the performance off as one of those days where you just can’t go wrong saying, “We’d have smacked anybody the way we played today.”  He also expressed his displeasure with Kentucky’s seven turnovers saying that only having seven turnovers is a sign his team isn’t playing fast enough.  Not a lot of coaches out there demanding more turnovers.

Today in the SEC Championship we have the two best teams in the league.  They split wins during the season with the home team winning each time.  These two programs have learned a special disgust for each other.  Yesterday during the Florida/Vanderbilt game a picture of Joakim Noah was displayed on the giant screen as the SEC Tournament stars were honored.  That picture caused loud boos from the many Kentucky fans in attendance, so many that they drowned out the Florida cheers.  This should be an exciting matchup.  Kentucky wins it 71-68.

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RTC Live: UNC vs. Duke (ACC Championship)

Posted by rtmsf on March 13th, 2011

Game #217.  These two teams have played once or twice before, right?  RTC Live will experience its first such battle.

Isn’t this the matchup that everyone really wanted deep down? Carolina and Duke, bitterest rivals, settling their split series in the conference finals. The Coliseum is going to be packed and it is going to be loud. Duke, despite the thumping they took in Chapel Hill, is still the better team on paper. Despite Jimmer and Kemba’s masterwork performances, Nolan Smith isn’t done making his case as the best player in college basketball. Yet a surging and emergent Harrison Barnes spell trouble for this Duke team. Carolina is playing like they believe they can’t lose and, given the finishes in their other tournament games, who can blame them? Singler may be the deciding factor. Duke doesn’t need a great game from him to win games, as they showed today against Virginia Tech, but it sure helps. Singler has struggled against the defense of Barnes and John Henson, both possessing the speed and length to match up effectively. Carolina has established itself as the better team on defense, but Duke is no slouch on defense and throughout this season, their offense has been consistently better. Duke wants to prove that they deserve a number one seed, and North Carolina wants to go from being a “dark horse” Final Four pick to an acknowledged member of this year’s most elite teams. Of course this is Duke and Carolina: There may be other stakes, but this games is about pride. For the rest of us, it’s one last scintillating spectacle before the Big Dance starts.

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RTC Live: Dayton vs. Richmond (A-10 Championship)

Posted by rtmsf on March 13th, 2011

Game #218.  Dayton could play bubble buster for any of a number of teams across the country, making this one of the more important games of Selection Sunday.

Two days of great basketball concludes this afternoon as two “sort of Cinderellas”, Dayton (22-12) and Richmond (26-7), go head-to-head for the Atlantic 10 Championship at 1:00 pm in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Cinderella may seem like a strange label – combined they have 48 wins and over 4,400 points scored over 60+ games this season, but both the #1 and #2 seeds in the tournament are gone, and the two teams left standing took them down. Dayton eliminated #1 seed Xavier 68-67, on Friday afternoon, and Richmond broke Temple’s 10 game Boardwalk Hall winning streak, 58-54, on Saturday. Dayton Coach Brian Gregory may use nine or ten players in his normal rotation, but expect to see All-Conference players Chris Wright and Chris Johnson for at least 33 minutes. Richmond Coach Chris Mooney, whose Spiders beat the Flyers 70-61 in Dayton in the team’s only meeting of 2011 will counter with seniors Kevin Anderson and Justin Harper and a supporting cast as solid and deep as Dayton. Join RTC Live at 1:00 pm in the Boardwalk Hall for the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship game.

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RTC Live: UConn vs. Louisville (Big East Championship)

Posted by rtmsf on March 12th, 2011

Game #215.  After five days of incredible basketball, it comes down to a NPOY candidate vs. a bunch of unknowns in MSG tonight.

After 14 games in four grueling days at MSG, we have finally reached the Big East Tournament final where UConn and Louisville will be squaring off. The Huskies are playing their fifth game in five days, having knocked off both Pitt and Syracuse in the last two games in instant classics. Louisville played a gem themselves, coming back from 16 points down to beat Notre Dame. Both the Cardinals and the Huskies went to overtime last night. The first time these two teams met up in the regular season went into double overtime. With three overtime games — a record — in this tournament already, can I just go ahead and assume we will be getting an extra five minutes tonight?

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RTC Live: BYU vs. San Diego State (Mountain West Championship)

Posted by rtmsf on March 12th, 2011

Game #215.  A third clash of the Mountain West titans occurs tonight in the desert.  Jimmer’s 52 and the high NCAA seed on the line makes this must-see television.

We’re back for one last battle in Vegas, as BYU and San Diego State renew their rivalry with the Aztecs hoping to avenge their only two losses on the season. BYU, for their part, still has a potential #1 seed on its mind, and it would also love to leave the MWC with their trophy. We’ll get to see SDSU’s potent frontcourt provide the stiffest challenge for BYU’s Brandon Davies-less roster, and we’ll get to see if the Aztecs have anyone who can slow Jimmer Fredette, fresh off the performance of his career in the semifinals. And if this championship game can in any way live up to their precedent set by the semifinals, we could be in for a classic. Stop by and chat us up if you get a chance, it should be a fun couple hours of basketball.

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RTC Live: Kansas vs. Texas (Big 12 Championship)

Posted by Brian Goodman on March 12th, 2011

Game #214. After going to town on a burnt end sandwich, we lick our fingers for the Big 12 Tournament Final in Kansas City.

Kansas and Texas have given us some of the most memorable games in Big 12 history. In 2003, KU beat the Longhorns behind 24 points and 23 rebounds from Nick Collison. In the 2006 Big 12 final, a young Kansas team starting three freshmen and two sophomores shut down LaMarcus Aldridge to capture tournament gold. The next year, Kevin Durant lit up Allen Fieldhouse for 25 first half points and followed it up a week later with a 37-point, six-block effort in the last game of the conference tournament. Kansas and Texas met up again in the 2008 final, with national championship hero (or villain, depending on your tastes) Mario Chalmers torching the nets for 30 points on 8-12 shooting from beyond the arc.  This year should be no different. Kansas lost to UT on January 22 after the Jayhawks were up all night grieving with Thomas Robinson over his mother’s death, and were zapped by the second half. Texas took advantage and rolled to victory, and from the minute the clock ran out that day, KU has longed for a second shot at the Longhorns. Both teams have taken care of business this week in Kansas City, and after yesterday’s semifinals played to seed, we very well could have another classic brewing tonight, so pull up a chair and join us as the Big 12 crowns a tournament champ!

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