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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, April 4, 2017

by - Published April 4, 2017 in The Morning Dish

North Carolina was dominant at times in the 2016-17 season, maybe more so than any other team in the country. That was not the case in the NCAA Tournament, but it was still good enough for the Tar Heels to complete what they couldn’t the year before.

In a championship game that was ragged almost the whole way-though for differing reasons, especially depending on the half-Carolina outlasted Gonzaga 71-65 Monday night for its sixth national title in school history and the third under Roy Williams since his arrival in 2003-04. The Tar Heels finished what they started in the title game a year ago, when Villanova ended their season in the most heartbreaking fashion with a buzzer beater, and became the fourth school to win a national championship one year after losing in the final. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, April 2, 2017

by - Published April 2, 2017 in The Morning Dish

North Carolina will get a chance to finish what it started last year. Gonzaga gets a shot at finishing what it started nearly 20 years ago.

You can also go with East vs. West, blueblood vs. new(er) power, behemoth public research institution vs. small Catholic school, or any other number of themes. There will be no shortage of storylines, but a matchup with two No. 1 seeds in the national championship game should provide us a thrilling conclusion to the 2017 NCAA Tournament, especially if Saturday’s Final Four semifinals are any indication. … Continue Reading

NCAA Tournament second weekend notes: Newcomers give us an attractive Final Four

by - Published March 27, 2017 in Columns

For an event that started with a relative thud by its lofty standards, the 79th NCAA Tournament sure has made up some ground as it hits the homestretch.

Sputtering out of the gate with a largely uneventful first round, this year’s tourney has picked up steam since in the categories of close games, upsets and storylines. It will culminate this coming weekend with one of the more fascinating Final Four quartets in some time, and certainly its most unlikely since the 2011 event included Butler, Connecticut, Kentucky and VCU. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 26, 2017

by - Published March 26, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Half of this year’s Final Four is set, and we can already say this much: good luck choosing just one sentimental favorite.

One team already in has never been to the Final Four, period, and 20 years ago was an undistinguished if respected regional program that no one in their wildest dreams could’ve imagined would very soon become one of the top national names of all in the sport. The other hasn’t been to the national semifinals since 1939, the first year of the NCAA Tournament and a year in which its team known as the Tall Firs won the national title.

(As if that wasn’t enough, it also has Donald Duck as its mascot) … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 24, 2017

by - Published March 24, 2017 in The Morning Dish

It can be argued rather easily that no two programs in college basketball have been so consistently good for the last 30 years while still being kept from making a Final Four appearance as Gonzaga and Xavier. One of those two will still have heartache after Saturday, but the far better news is that one will not.

It’s only fitting that the Bulldogs and Musketeers will square off on Saturday, with one guaranteed to make its first-ever national semifinals appearance. The two Catholic schools moving on in the West Regional was the highlight of an eventful first night of the 2017 NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.

The two basketball-first schools both move to the brink of their first trip to the Final Four as Gonzaga edged West Virginia 61-58 and Xavier tripped up Arizona 73-71. It was also a night where Kansas established itself as the national title frontrunner-at least for now-while the team in the highlighter yellow uniforms-Oregon-lurked quietly but still advanced to its second straight Elite Eight. … Continue Reading

2017 NCAA Tournament first week review: unpredictability light so far

by - Published March 21, 2017 in Columns

The NCAA Tournament never fails to deliver. Some years, it just delivers a little bit less than others.

It provided us some memorable moments good and bad (defending national champion Villanova exiting early; Iowa State rallying from a 19-point second-half deficit before running out of steam; Vanderbilt losing in part because of a highly publicized mental error in the final seconds). Overall, though, the first week of the 2017 NCAA tourney was marked first and foremost by its lack of surprises, as well as the typical end-of-game thrills we’re so used to.

It wasn’t a bad six days. There were a good share of solid games coming down the stretch, especially in the second round. But competitive games are basically a minimum standard in the tourney. We crave unpredictability, yet this year’s tourney is lacking it. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Sunday, March 19, 2017

by - Published March 19, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The NCAA Tournament of upsets that really aren’t continued Saturday.

Through five days, the 2017 tourney has become marked by its lack of surprises, and Saturday was no different, regardless of what seeds say. The day did leave us with our first two top 16 seeds eliminated, though, including defending champion Villanova plus (region) 3 seed Florida State.

Villanova’s season-long ability to close tough games out vanished on Saturday, and with it went chances to repeat as national champions. The Wildcats led Wisconsin by seven points late, yet couldn’t get stops down the stretch. With it, the Badgers came through for a 65-62 win. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Friday, March 17, 2017

by - Published March 17, 2017 in The Morning Dish

With all respect to the four teams eliminated in play-in games, Thursday always marks the start of the NCAA Tournament as most know it. As far as opening days go, this year’s opening day was somewhere in the middle.

There were no buzzer beaters, and really only one true upset. Maryland was a better team than Xavier much of the season, but the Terrapins are young while the Musketeers are one of the most tournament-tested programs of all. It didn’t take much at all to imagine a result like X winning 76-65. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Thursday, March 16, 2017

by - Published March 16, 2017 in The Morning Dish

The postseason is just a couple days old, and already it’s been one wild ride for the Pac-12.

For a time, that ride felt like about 24 straight hours on a rodeo bronc, with lots of bucking and bumps and spinning out of control after Tuesday and most of Wednesday. Life finally settled down for the league late Wednesday night, though, when USC pulled of the type of comeback that seems to be a mark of the NCAA Tournament First Four, storming back from 17 down in the second half to defeat Providence 75-71 and advance into the main draw.

In a bizarre game that recalled BYU’s coming back from 25 points down to defeat Iona in a First Four contest five years ago, the Trojans controlled the first few minutes, then saw the Friars dominate the rest of the first half and take a 46-29 lead early in the second half. Then, the teams changed roles again, with USC taking the lead with more than 6 1/2 minutes left and never slowing down, as Bennie Boatwright scored a career-best 24 and Southern California advanced to a rematch with an SMU team it already defeated earlier this season. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Wednesday, March 15, 2017

by - Published March 15, 2017 in The Morning Dish

Much the same as the NFL season opening on Thursday or Major League Baseball beginning on Sunday night, the NCAA Tournament beginning with play-in games on a Tuesday night-starting with two 16 seeds against each other-will never feel right.

That said, as long as the NCAA continues grabbing for dollars with its still-unnecessary First Four, as it’s called, then Tuesday night was a pretty good start for a tourney. Both games were very competitive, and one even came down to the end. Not bad for a testing of the waters in the 2017 tournament.
… Continue Reading

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