Sunday, March 20, 2016
#3 Miami vs. #11 Wichita State Wichita State's stifling defense doesn't have a chance to set up when they can't hit a shot and keep turning it over. Is it less shocking that Wichita State only had 6 points in 12 minutes or that they had given up 27? First half shooting percentages, 23% for Wichita State and 60% for Miami. Angel Rodriguez is out-VanVleeting VanVleet. When you hear the name Shaq Morris do you think of Jack Morris or Zack Morris? I think your answer to this question says a lot about you as a person. There are 3 stages to a comeback this big: 1) cut the lead in half, you need to go on a run at some point to make it at least seem possible, and mentally put it in your head that you can win and theirs that they can lose. 2) you have to get it down to one possession, give yourself some chances to make a shot or get a steal and be within striking distance. And then the hardest part often times 3) you need to take the lead at some point otherwise the other team is still dictating how the game will be played, especially in the final possessions of a game, the team with the lead has a huge advantage, even if it's only one point. Baker did briefly give them the lead at 43-42 but Miami immediately took it back and held it, forcing Wichita State into at times frantic offense. One of my least favorite things in basketball is when a player on a fast break tries to take it himself instead of passing to an open teammate. But Miami was able to hang out and knock out a very popular pick to go to the Sweet 16 and perhaps beyond. #4 Duke vs. #12 Yale If seeds were based on highest tuition, these to schools would have been #1 seeds, along with Notre Dame and USC. All above $65,000 per year. My hatred of Duke is not based on class or race like most people's, mine is mostly due to the couple assholes they have, and their success. Since the team is having a down year, and because Syracuse beat them, and because I was able to choose them for the Final Four as a sleeper, I am rooting for them. I also like their style of play. Lots of guys who can dribble and shoot. They look for teammates and they knock down shots. Fun to watch. Amazing comeback by Yale. They did the same thing every time and attacked the basket. Either got baskets or got offensive rebounds. Plumlee is the only guy Duke can rely on for interior defense. And their Yale's disrupted Duke's offense. They stopped driving and dishing and played too much 1-on-1. But Duke was able to pull it off and advance to the Sweet 16. #4 Kentucky vs. #5 Indiana This is probably one of the games people were most looking forward to in the first weekend. Two of basketballs bluebloods. Yogi Ferrell's sisters changed their shirts. Today the say "Yogi's a bear to have as a brother" and "I can beat Yogi in 1-on-1."