I don't really follow college hoops through the regular season, but I do get rapt up in March Madness. The big screen and remote will definitely get a workout the next few days.
The first weekend is great as that's when the biggest upsets tend to occur, 15 beats 2, 14 beats 3. One of these days, a 1 will lose to a 16, but until then, we can only get excited about David even hanging with Goliath for 15 minutes or so...
NCAA TOURNAMENT: MIDWEST; Halfway to an Upset, San Jose State Runs Out of Magic
AP MARCH 15, 1996
San Jose State thought it had a monumental upset brewing against Kentucky. Then the second half started.
The Spartans, one of only two teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament with a losing record, stayed with top-seeded Kentucky throughout the first half today. But Kentucky's pressure wore them out in the final 20 minutes and the Wildcats won, 110-72, in the first round of the Midwest Regional.
We absolutely hit the wall," San Jose State Coach Stan Morrison said. "You saw the element of depth and what that can do. The dam broke and there's a great price to be paid, and we paid it to an outstanding team."
Kentucky (29-2) only led by 6 at halftime, and the margin was just 12 with 12 minutes left in the game. Then the Wildcats scored on seven straight possessions -- dunks, 3-pointers, layups -- and the outcome was settled. Walter McCarty tied his career high with 24 points; Tony Delk scored 22 and Kentucky forced 26 turnovers. The Wildcats' 42 field goals came via a school-record 35 assists.
The Spartans (13-17) didn't have many problems with Kentucky's press in the first half, attacking it successfully and making their first five shots.
The teams spent most of the half trading leads, and San Jose State led by 4 on two occasions. The Spartans shot 61 percent in the half and outrebounded the Wildcats by 21-15.
The Spartans' last lead was 37-35 on a layup by Tito Addison with 4 minutes 38 seconds left before halftime. They made just two field goals the rest of the half, missed three free throws and committed three turnovers as Kentucky took the 6-point halftime lead.
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I used to work for the company that printed all the NCAA men's and women's tournament programs each year.
Every year, we would set up an area for the people at IMG to use complete with 3 or 4 tvs, workstations, nice comfortable chairs and lots of pizza, usually Papa John's. That way, they could set there, watch the games and set up the pages as soon as the games were finished. Then, the files were given to us and we would work them through immediately.
If Kentucky or Louisville were playing, there would be a lot of us in their area watching along with them. The customers from IMG was always nice to us, and didn't mind us being there watching and eating.
They was also very picky, making many changes to the pages on the fly, doing their best to make sure every school's colors were exactly the right shade of whatever color they were, every players stat's was correct and so on.
I was usually the lead person on these jobs, working whatever hours needed to get the files through the department and ready to print.
So March Madness lived up to its name for me each year.
-------------------- Your uncrowned NWA Heavyweight Champion of the World.
I was just saying to a friend, with all the carriers now offering unlimited data plans, I suspect a lot more people will be watching on their devices over their cellular signals (those that can get them in their buildings) to avoid being on corporate wifi networks to stream games. People will be sneaking phones and tablets in and out of drawers all day LOL.