Posts Tagged ‘NCAA tournament’

Maryland coach Gary Williams retires; who are top 10 Terps of Williams era?

May 6, 2011

Whoever replaces Gary Williams as the University of Maryland’s basketball coach will have huge shoes to fill.  The 66-year old coach announced his retirement Thursday, after more than two decades at Maryland that included a national championship in 2002 and a Final Four appearance in 2001.  Under Williams the Terps made 14 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, won three ACC regular-season titles, and captured the ACC Tournament in 2004. Williams had seven wins over top-ranked teams, more than any other coach. Williams, a former Terrapin point guard, was also the National Coach of the Year in 2002.

So who are the best Terps of the Gary Williams era?

  • Juan Dixon, shooting guard, ‘98-‘02.  Excelled at mid-range jumpers, three-pointers, defense, and steals and played with a lot of heart…Team leader brought Maryland to back to back Final Fours including its only national championship in ’02, and was named first-team All-American…Earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the ‘02 Final Four, averaging 25.8 points in NCAA tournament that year…Was Maryland’s all-time leader in scoring and three-pointers and second in steals…Averaged 20 points a game in ‘02…Led team to 109 wins in four seasons.
  • Walt Williams, shooting guard/small forward/point guard, ‘88-‘92. It’s not an exaggeration to say the “Wizard” saved the Maryland program when he decided to stay after the Terps were put on NCAA probation from ’91-‘93…In ‘92, Williams averaged a school-record 26.8 points per game, and also had 5.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 2.1 steals…Named All-American senior year when he scored more than 30 points in seven straight ACC games.
  • Joe Smith, center, ‘93-‘95.  Athletic center dominated the ACC his sophomore year…Won ‘95 College Player of the Year award…Averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds for his two-year career…Terps made Sweet 16 in both his seasons after five-year NCAA drought…Drafted number one overall in ‘95 NBA draft.
  • Keith Booth, power forward, ‘93-‘97.  Averaged 19.5 points as a senior, made more free throws than any player in Terp history and ranks sixth on Maryland’s all-time rebounding list despite being only 6-4 and playing power forward…Played a key role in Maryland’s resurgence to NCAA tournament after five-year absence…Decision to attend Maryland opened pipeline for other Baltimore players to play for the Terps.
  • Greivis Vasquez, shooting guard, ‘06-‘10.  Scored from inside and out, also an excellent passer and rebounder for his size…Only player in ACC history with 2,000 points, 700 assists, and 600 rebounds…Was voted ‘10 ACC Player of the Year…Maryland’s second all-time leading scorer…Only Terrapin basketball player to lead the team in points, rebounds and assists in a single season…Had triple double in win vs. eventual national champion North Carolina junior year…Scored 10 points in final two minutes of final college game, an NCAA second round loss to Michigan State.

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Reggie Miller – try to give Len Elmore some respect

March 27, 2011

Reggie Miller is usually pretty good as a color commentator on the NBA, but Len Elmore is a much better college analyst.  So when Miller constantly argued with Elmore and stepped on his toes during the NCAA tournament’s Butler-Florida telecast, it didn’t sound too good. Keep Johnson and Elmore together – Elmore is probably the best color guy in the country.  He’s good with Mike Patrick too. Elmore is better than Clark Kellogg and Bill Raftery, better than Dick Vitale too. Elmore is as good of an analyst as Jay Bilas but Bilas can be overbearing and little annoying as a know it all.

Having the NBA guys in the studio was a little awkward.  Kenny Smith was ok but Charles Barkley didn’t do his homework. Greg Anthony was very good because he’s been doing college for a few years now. Steve Smith is very average.

Miller is pretty good on the NBA but he made himself look bad next to the classy Elmore.

I used to think Gus Johnson was cheesy like Kevin Harlan but Gus’ enthusiasm is real and he actually sounds very good now.

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Kemba Walker scores 33 to lead UConn over Cincinnati 69-58 and into Sweet 16

March 20, 2011

Star point guard Kemba Walker scored 33 points to lead the 3rd-seeded Connecticut Huskies to a 69-58 victory over 6th-seeded Cincinnati in a West Region NCAA tournament game Saturday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Walker, a national player of the year candidate, scored inside and out, hitting three 3-pointers and making all 14 of his free throw attempts, most of them after driving into the lane.  Walker also grabbed six rebounds and dished out five assists.

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Butler stuns No. 1 Pitt 71-70 behind Mack’s 30 points, Howard’s last second free throw

March 20, 2011

Pitt's Gilbert Brown missed a free throw with 1.4 seconds left that could have beaten Butler. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

This was March Madness with a surprise ending. Butler did it again.

Eighth-seeded Butler shocked top-seeded Pitt 71-70 in an NCAA Southeast Region tournament game Saturday night that featured a bizarre ending, with each team giving the other one a chance to win it on free throws in the final seconds.

Shelvin Mack scored 30 points for Butler, but it was a free throw by Matt Howard with 0.8 of a second remaining that provided the difference for the Bulldogs over the Big East regular season champion Panthers in front of 18,684 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Howard was the hero in the opening round, giving Butler a win over Old Dominion by scoring a last second layup. This time it appeared that it was teammate Andrew Smith’s turn to score the game’s final points.

With 9.2 seconds remaining and Pitt leading 69-68, the Panthers were called for a shot clock violation.

After each team called timeout, Mack passed the ball to Shawn Vanzant, who threw the ball into Smith in the lane.  The 6-11 sophomore center then banked the ball in off the right side of the glass for a layup to give Butler a 70-69 lead.

Then all hell broke loose.

With each team out of timeouts, Pitt senior forward Gilbert Brown caught a pass near midcourt along the left sideline.  With 1.4 seconds remaining, Mack inexplicably fouled Brown, bumping him in the shoulder.

Brown made the first shot, but having a chance to win the game, his second shot rolled off the rim, leaving the score tied at 70.

Howard grabbed the rebound and tossed the ball toward the basket. Somehow, Nasir Robinson reached up and made contact with Howard, fouling him with 0.8 of a second to go.

An eerie mix of cheers and gasps filled the Verizon Center as the crowd realized what had just happened. Butler would have a chance to win in regulation instead of going to overtime.

Howard calmly sank the free throw for Butler, and intentionally missed the second, giving the Bulldogs an improbable 71-70 upset victory, unlikely because of the way it ended.

Butler (25-9), one year removed from playing in the National Championship game, was going back to the Sweet 16.  Pitt (28-6), picked by many to win the tournament, was bitterly disappointed and headed home.

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Cincinnati Bearcats defeat Missouri Tigers 78-63, will face UConn Saturday in D.C.

March 18, 2011

Cashmere Wright of Cincinnati runs the offense for the Bearcats, who will face UConn Saturday in the NCAA tournament. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

The sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats used a stifling defense and a strong front line to easily handle the 11th-seeded Missouri Tigers 78-63 in a West regional game Thursday night at Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

Yancy Gates led the Bearcats with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Dion Dixon scored 16 for Cincinnati.  Point guard Cashmere Wright added 11 points and seven assists for the Bearcats.  Ricardo Ratliffe led Missouri with 13.

After the Tigers jumped out to a 9-2 lead, Cincinnati (26-8) took its first lead at 20-19 midway through the first half and never looked back. Cincinnati led 39-28 at halftime.

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UConn Huskies dominate Bucknell in NCAA tournament 81-52, Kemba Walker: 18 points, 12 assists

March 18, 2011

Connecticut Coach Jim Calhoun. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

The 3rd-seeded Connecticut Huskies used a 12-0 run late in the first half to break the game open and ease past the 14th-seeded Bucknell Bison, 81-52 Thursday in a West region opening round game at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

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Seth Greenberg’s Virginia Tech Hokies robbed again, fail to make NCAA tournament

March 13, 2011

Five teams from Virginia made the NCAA tournament, but Virginia Tech wasn’t one of them, and Georgetown qualified for the fifth time in the last six seasons.

Coach Seth Greenberg’s Virginia Tech Hokies were robbed for the third time in four seasons, failing to make the NCAA tournament despite a winning record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. As the end of the selection show drew near, the unthinkable was happening.  A winning record in the ACC is usually a lock for the NCAA tournament.

The Hokies also failed to make the tournament in 2008 and 2010 after having winning records in the ACC.   The Hokies (21-11, 9-7 ACC) lost their final two regular season games but redeemed themselves by defeating Georgia Tech and Florida State in the ACC tournament.  The Hokies also had a signature win against top-seeded Duke, a team that had only four losses in 34 games.

The Hokies beat NCAA tournament invitees Florida State (twice) and Penn State, although it appears that a March 5 loss to Clemson may have been the difference between the Hokies and Tigers getting in. Clemson also had a 9-7 conference mark. Hokie seniors including guard Malcolm Delaney (18.6 points per game) and forward Jeff Allen (13.6 points and 10 rebounds) will leave Virginia Tech never having played in the NCAA tournament.

Teams from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and Virginia that made the tournament include Georgetown, George Mason, Hampton, Old Dominion, Richmond, and Virginia Commonwealth.

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Lucious’ buzzer beater leads Michigan State Spartans past Maryland Terrapins 85-83, into Sweet 16

March 22, 2010

Maryland overcame a 16-point second half deficit, only to lose on a heartbreaking three-point shot at the buzzer by Michigan State’s Korie Lucious, 85-83 in the second round of the NCAA tournament today in Spokane, Washington.

Maryland senior guard Greivis Vasquez, playing in his final game, scored 26 points including 10 in the final two minutes as the fourth-seeded Terrapins (24-9) fell just short of the Sweet 16. Vasquez added eight assists, four rebounds and three steals.

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4th-seeded Maryland Terrapins run past Houston Cougars, 89-77 in first round of NCAA tournament

March 22, 2010

The fourth-seeded Maryland Terrapins used their size advantage to defeat the 13th-seeded Houston Cougars 89-77 in the first round of the NCAA tournament last night in Spokane, Washington.

Freshman center Jordan Williams scored a career-high 21 points and dominated on the boards with 17 rebounds, helping the Terps (24-8) to a 47-26 rebounding advantage. Another frontcourt player, senior forward Landon Milbourne, scored 19 for Maryland.

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Bassett leads No. 14 Ohio Bobcats to 97-83 upset of third-seeded Georgetown Hoyas in NCAA 1st round

March 22, 2010

Fourteenth-seeded Ohio upset third-seeded Georgetown 97-83 in the first round of the NCAA tournament behind 32 points from junior guard Armon Bassett tonight in Providence, Rhode Island.

Junior point guard Chris Wright led the Hoyas (23-11) with 28 points and led a comeback that brought Georgetown from 19 down to within seven with five minutes to play, but Georgetown would get no closer.

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