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The 2010 NCAA March Madness Archive

In basketball blogging, march madness on February 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm

This blog represents my attempt to cover the 2010 NCAA March Madness. It was a great year, made exciting by the phenomenal play of several “Cinderellas” – the most prominent of these being the Butler Bulldogs, finalists in an epic coming out party in their hometown .

I hope you will peruse the entirety of Yesterday’s Hoops for a comprehensive flashback of the 2010 Tournament.

Thanks to all of the thousands of followers for a great experience.

Butler versus Duke in the Final: We said it back in February, Butler’s Better Than Duke

In march madness on April 4, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Yesterday’s Hoops is so lucky that the first year we exist, the March Madness was filled with great play, upsets, drama and fun times – a great year, thanks for joining us.

And hey, do go back and look at our entries since February 10, when we launched, up to now. It has been a real ball and we’ve been right on point. We really hope you will subscribe based on our quality and join us for coverage of the NBA Playoffs.

That said, in terms of college ball, after a year of amazing play and upsets galore, it comes down to a Butler team that deserves it and a Duke team that doesn’t.

Butler 52, Michigan State 50

Butler continued to play team defense and score by moving the ball inside and out. Perimeter D was again awesome and focused defense on Durrell Summers, who was held to14 points.

“A lot of people want to shoot the last shot in the big game,” Butler G Ronald Nored said. “We want to guard the last shot.”

sick. And again, we believe Butler is better than Duke and said it weeks ago.

Yesterday’s Hoops, February 21, 2010

When YH said it, back on February 21st, everybody made fun of us – not laughing so much now, are ya?

Duke 78, WVU 57

A lot of people believe that half the Final was decided on  selection day.  And everybody who knows March Madness knows it. It’s funny to read and watch the rationalizers and TV hosts – yeah, like Krzyzewski needs sympathy – ha!

The haters leaned on Duke so hard today – primarily for the primrose path they had to get to the Final – that finally even Coach K had to acknowledge the din: “If we’re going to be despised or hated by anybody because we go to school and we want to win, you know what, that’s your problem.”

But then, in a typical move of cover-my-ass that is why so many hate Duke’s Head Man, Coach K also said today, “If Butler wins, it would be a huge exclamation point on parity.”

Hey, Coach K?

YH hopes Brad Stevens and the Butler Bulldogs beat you hollow.

And that the NCAA Tourney expands to 96 teams so we don’t have to keep seeing you at this time of year.

Coach Krzyzewski Does It Again And Is Immediately Favored

In march madness on March 29, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Duke 78, Baylor 71

The Blue Devils needed help from the refs to close this one out, but Coach K remains a formidable March Master.

Duke’s much maligned big men have grown enormously in heart. They exhibit markedly increased effort in the tournament.

What’s scary is the Blue Devils are winning despite a tourney-long shooting slump by Jon Scheyer, who was 5 for 12 in this one, including a late 3 which Dookies are calling clutch, but which could also arguably be called “in garbage time” since it followed the advantage of the 2-shot personal tech …

and he was 5 of 5 from the line.

Just tuning his slumping shooting arm with those FTs, was Scheyer. Will he go off against the Mountaineers? All signs say yes.

Duke looks better than they have looked all year. Huggie Bear has his work cut out for him.

And finally, six weeks ago we wrote:

Butler is Better Than Duke

– Yesterday’s Hoops, February 21, 2010

YH published it and then floated it on comment pages and by chatting on numerous chatboards, starting back on February 21st -and everybody made fun of us.

Now that our bracket is totally shot, one bright spot for YH fans is that the two teams could meet in Indianapolis – on Butler’s home turf – to prove it!

March Madness 2010 has to be one of the Top Five in NCAA Tournament History, not for Fantastic Finishes, but for great fundamental basketball and excellent defense.

Butler Busts Thru the ‘Cuse Frontline, K-State and Xavier Double OT Classic, Mountaineers Don’t Need the Truck

In march madness on March 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

Are you scared of Butler yet?

Butler 63, Syracuse 59

Head Coach Brad Stevens’ Butler Bulldogs were well prepared for Boeheim’s Orangemen. Butler cracked the 2-3 zone and held the ‘Cuse to under 60 points with suffocating defense.

Leading most of the way, Butler succumbed to a heavy push by Rautin, Johnson and the Orange in the 2nd in which ‘Cuse took over and held a four point edge. But in the closing minutes, the Bulldogs went on an 11-0 run to keep Syracuse at bay and head toward their first ever Elite Eight matchup.

Critical made 3’s – one an insane shooter’s roll that back-rimmed, front-rimmed and bounced high before caroming off the backboard and through, by Veansley – and another dead-swish by Nored were the keys to the end of the game. Horizon Conference Player of the Year Gordon Hayward did heavy damage in the second half, balancing sophomore guard Shelvin Mack’s 14 in the first.

Victory against their next opponent means the Bulldogs play in the Final Four Back HOME Again in Indiana – are you scared yet?

Kansas St. 101, Xavier 96 in Double OT

The Jordan Crawford Coming Out Party was finally brought to a halt by Frank Martin’s Kansas State squad led by Jacob “Fear the Beard” Pullen, who was deadly from long range and at the line.

Puerto Rican Sensation Denis Clemente also played a brilliant game.

The young point guard from Bayaramon’s poorest district was cool under pressure, scoring 21 of 25 in the second half and extra periods.

Clemente also nailed late free throws to seal it after an exhausting 45 minutes plus in which Xavier’s Jordan Crawford and Terrell Holloway refused to say die.

The 2010 NCAA Tournament will rightfully be remembered as Crawford’s coming out party for the amazing, hanging, scoop shot finger-roll – that he seems to have invented – which he used twice.

see it here

But no one will soon forget Crawford’s long range three to tie this game at the end of the first OT – it had to have been a 35-footer and nothing but net.

YH extends congrats in defeat to Xavier’s Jordan Crawford, Terrell Holloway and new head coach Chris Mack who called this double-OT classic, “As good a game as I’ve ever coached or been a part of.”

West Virginia University 69, Washington Huskies 56

Despite the loss of PG “Truck” Bryant, the Mountaineers manhandled the lowly Huskies, exposing at last the much predicted weakness of the Pac-10 this year.

Kentucky 62, Cornell 45

Nice run Big Red, now go back to your books and leave the running to the thoroughbreds from Kentucky!

Our Bracket: Reeling and Rocking, Sweet 16 Still Solid

In march madness on March 20, 2010 at 6:11 am

It must be considered one of the better opening weekends in the history of March Madness.

The Greatest? No. But California, Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and Washington tore through the first round, Purdue quashed Siena’s perennial upset bid, and Ohio and Murray State moved on, hurling pundits into the toilet. Drowning, they shout: “Greatest 1st Round Ever!” to cover their failure.

click here for Yesterdays Hoops Bracket

We were surprised Gonzaga came out so strong against Florida State as to put it out of reach.

Gonzaga 67, Florida State 60
This was a coaching failure exposed. A total lack of preparation on the part of FSU for the ferocity of a team like Gonzaga in the first round.

Not one of the Florida State’s 3 through 7 guys could hit a basket – going 1 for 18 in the first half. They were utterly stymied by a well-prepared, very disciplined Bulldog squad. And then their poor lil’ freshman got stuck holding the bag and clanked the critical FTs … tsk, tsk, tsk.

FSU got owned by Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few.

Ups to a Bulldog team that, again, was prepared perfectly, has way more weapons than we expected, but that looks really tired now. Matt Bouldin is clutch and Steven Gray and the big men showed their stuff after traveling more than 3,000 miles to play. Well done Zags.

Georgia Tech 64, Oklahoma State 59
Oklahoma State’s loss to Georgia Tech was a crusher, but again, all credit must be given to the GT coaching staff for an excellent approach to a tough, tough, tough game – one of our favorite contests to watch so far [btw, we watched concurrent with the FSU/Zags matchup via the Internet for the first time – from a writing standpoint, it’s perfect.]

GT defense was truly awesome – kept James Anderson out of the game, neutralized Kieter and kept it tied.The offense struggled but produced. Free throws made the difference. Then in the end, Anderson tried too hard to do too much.

This was Evan Turner’s problem at the end of the Big10 Conference Tournament that he eventually saved with a running 37-footer as time expired. On the four previous possessions before ETs epic shot, Turner was forced into a missed shot or turnover by a well-prepared Minnesota defense – forgot he had teammates.

The same happened to John Wall and Kentucky late in the season on national TV against Bruce Pearl’s well-prepared Vols.  Do you remember the 10-0 run and the two turnovers Wall was forced into?

Murray State 66, Vandy 65
We picked the Murray State upset and were thrilled by the jumper that won it and by fine performances by Butler, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Baylor, Texas A&M, Missouri, New Mexico, Maryland and Tennessee.

St. Mary’s 80, Richmond 71
St. Mary’s was so impressive in their victory over the Spiders, we favor them as underdogs over ‘Nova who are putting up their inexperienced center from Benin, West Africa – who first touched a basketball only a few years ago – against the Gaels’ remarkable Senior Omar Samhan from San Ramon, CA.

The first round included polish-offs by Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, West Virginia, Kansas State, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, but squeakers by Villanova and BYU leave us wondering. Siena and Richmond burned out early and scrambled our South Round – which all along was the hardest one for us to pick.

And the Big East took a swan dive from its position of false support – having been buoyed by the prejudiced New York/L.A. media for so long – burn, Hollywood, burn!

We love the era of parity – so let’s do expand the field.

NCAA Releases Mock NCAA Men’s Bracket

In predictions, Uncategorized on February 12, 2010 at 1:13 pm

The NCAA has begun releasing a mock selection bracket for March Madness a month in advance of the actual selections.

There’s a pretty complex set of stats, algorithms and processes involved in creating this hypothetical and you can read about it at the NCAA website – they even have videos explaining it all, but for now,

here’s the mock bracket, itself

Check out the Mock NCAA Men’s bracket for yourself – set the .pdf to 50% of actual size and you can see the whole bracket on one screen easily.

If selection were to go this way I would definitely put money on Kansas to win it all. (Oh yeah, I already did!).

And looking at Syracuse’s bracket, you run into an opportunity in that game against Texas in the Sweet 16. I’m a Longhorn, but I gotta say ‘Cuse’s play against the BIG men of the BIG East is impressive – Dexter Pittman and Wangemele neutralized and the three high-scoring freshman of Texas under heavy defensive pressure? I like Syracuse.

Lots to look at in  this mock bracket, including Georgetown’s bear of a bracket having to face Belmont, Xavier and Ohio State to get to the Sweet 16 … hmmm. And they’d end up facing a Kentucky team that has a much easier road.

I like Wisconsin in their bracket too. I figure they’d make it all the way to the Kansas matchup and then fall in the final four.

If Purdue and K-State manage to get through some tests against Maryland and Butler, I like that game a lot – K-State D versus that Purdue team wil be a blast to watch. Early, of course, but I’m taking K-state. And if Nova makes it past OK State or Illinois or Wake, I actually like K -state or Purdue in that matchup because of fatigue. G’Town took Nova apart.