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Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 01:46:20 GMT
Jerardi: This Final Four is utter madness
NEW YORK - It seems appropriate in a year when the Final Four will make its first stop in Arizona, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, the first FF in the west since Seattle in 1995, that the first two teams to qualify were western teams, Gonzag
Jerardi: This time 'Nova had no shot at the end
WHEN THERE are just 60 possessions in a game, every last one is important. Villanova, which had been playing from behind all game Saturday against Wisconsin in Buffalo, had it down, it turned out, to just eight possessions with five minutes left. 'Nova, despite its starting frontcourt shooting just 3-for-15 and its offense never really in rhythm, had somehow managed a 57-50 lead.
Dick Jerardi unveils his NCAA bracket
I CALLED every 2016 first-round upset except Middle Tennessee over Michigan State (still have no clue how that happened) and Stephen F. Austin over West Virginia (thought seriously about it) on the way to 29-3. If I ever come close to that again, I will consider myself fortunate. My picks won just about every photo finish. That generally does not happen twice.
Looks like Villanova will be top seed in East
OTHER THAN Louisville possibly taking away North Carolina's No. 1 seed in the South, I think the top line is set - unless Gonzaga somehow loses in the West Coast Conference Tournament.
Jerardi: The foul-out rule should be ejected
I HAVE advocated for years that basketball at all levels should get rid of the foul-out rule, as it is the only sport with such a penalty. If stars sometimes have to watch games from the bench, something is inherently wrong.
'Nova's offense returns and other Saturday games
IF THE NCAA Tournament selections were today, my four No. 1 seeds would be: Villanova (East), North Carolina (South), Kansas (Midwest), Gonzaga (West). Baylor has played its way off the top line. My longer-term prediction would be that the ACC champion, if it is UNC, Duke or Louisville, will be No. 1 in the South and the next ACC team from that group will be No. 2 in the East with Villanova.