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A Sweet Start to the Weekend
Excluding Kansas’ destruction of Purdue’s posts, the first night of the Sweet 16 produced magnificent basketball. Gonzaga beat West Virginia by 3 points, Xavier beat Arizona by 2 points and Oregon beat Michigan by 1 point, ending the Michigan magic with Derrick Walton Jr.’s missed jumper.
The good news: Bill Murray is in the Elite Eight.
Soak it in Bill Murray Xavier is going to the Elite 8pic.twitter.com/I17vmdMmXJ
– gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 24, 2017
The bad news: the other side of the bracket is terrible. One of these six teams will be in the national championship game: Gonzaga, Xavier, South Carolina, Florida, Baylor or Wisconsin. Meanwhile, UCLA, North Carolina and probably Kansas stand in Kentucky’s way of reaching the title.
Tonight’s Basketball Schedule
- 7:09 on CBS — Butler vs. North Carolina
- 7:49 on TBS: South Carolina vs. Baylor
- 9:40ish on CBS: Kentucky vs. UCLA
- 10:05ish on TBS: Wisconsin vs. Florida
Cal’s Return to Memphis
Coach Cal is happy to be back in a city that means so much to him.
“Ellen and I loved our time here, and it was a special time. I say this over and over again. This is not the kind of place where one person can do something. You have to all be together, and this community and the administration, the school just all came behind all of us, and it was a terrific ride. We loved our time here.
“And I understand some people were upset that I left. I get that. I mean, and I accept that. It doesn’t bother me. I know last night we had a couple hundred people in that room, and close to tears, all of us, because we enjoyed the ride together. You know, it’s kind of special to be back. Been back many times, many, many times, but this is the first time coaching in this building since I left. “I think we did all right here. Had some good times.”
Of course, Calipari was met with boos when he entered the arena.
More of the boos directed at Calipari pic.twitter.com/Q3XGdvXbt9
– Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) March 23, 2017
For a deeper look into the situation, watch last night’s feature on Hey Kentucky.
Monk will be Surrounded by Family
Malik Monk’s hometown of Lepanto, Arkansas is just 42 miles northwest of Memphis. The FedEx Forum will be filled with family and friends. For some, that might mean more pressure, but it has quit the opposite effect on Monk.
“It’ll make me way more comfortable. I’m just comfortable. My family is here, I know I have to play good, so I’m going to be comfortable.”
Shooting just 19.2 percent from behind the three-point line in the month of March, a more comfortable shooter can only be a good thing, right?
Views from Open Practice
Normally, the NCAA Tournament shoot-arounds aren’t that entertaining. That was not the case yesterday. The team was flying all over the floor, performing the kind of dunks that incite an audible response. Don’t believe me, just watch.
– KYwildcatsTV (@KYwildcatsTV) March 23, 2017
Lonzo isn’t as Crazy as LaVar
His shot may be crazy-looking, but Lonzo is not like his outspoken father. In the pregame interviews, he was humble, doing his best to avoid the distractions created by his father.
“I just go out there and play basketball. I enjoy playing the game, and I try not to listen to the distractions.” Lonzo said he’s used to this kind of stuff from his dad. “He’s been talking like this since I’ve been born, so it’s nothing new for me. Y’all get to see it for the first time, and he’s always on TV. That’s the only difference.”
Today’s Tale of the Tape
The NCAA Responded to UofL
The latest in the UofL Stripper Scandal contains harsh language from the NCAA. It wasn’t loaded with language that gets you the death penalty, but the terms “common knowledge” make it difficult to defend Pitino’s case. UofL will still get their date in court, some time this summer (Augustish) to make their final defense before the Committee on Infractions hands down the penalty. Read the entire report here.
More Offers for Jarren Williams
The Georgia dual-threat quarterback was Mark Stoops’ first commit in the 2018 recruiting class. At the time, his only other major offers were from West Virginia, Maryland and Colorado. Since then, he’s received offers from almost half of the SEC. Yesterday Florida extended an offer, following LSU, Tennessee, South Carolina, Miss. State and Mizzou.
Williams’ offer sheet reflects the recruiting trend in the South; Kentucky finds ’em early, then everybody else follows their lead.
One Final Thing
I’ll leave you with Kyle Wiltjer’s NCAA Tournament prediction.
KSR starts in one hour, from somewhere in Memphis that is not The Peabody.