SONG SELECTION: The Cranberries, “Dreams”
Wyoming joins San Diego State as a two-bid league in the Mountain West
Harvard scored on a jump shot from 16 feet with 5.7 seconds left to lead Yale 53-51 in their one game Ivy League playoff to determine the conference’s automatic bid. Yale stormed back the other way, but the final two shots went harmlessly off the run as time expired. This is the first time since Princeton accomplished the four-peat feat during the years 1989 to 1992.
The sad part for me about this game was that Harvard’s campus radio decided to switch 50 minutes into the broadcast to some Metropolitan Opera concert event. Give the fans what they really want, please!
OK, off with my soapbox and I hope you aren’t reading too much into what I mentioned in a prior blog as the period of early February to mid March as Thanksgiving for college basketball fans.
Tomorrow is Christmas when the NCAA will open up their goodies and reveal to the world and a CBS TV audience at shortly after 6 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time to reveal the 68 team field and all of the brackets you need to know.
In the meantime, the latest team to qualify as of 7:30 p.m. Eastern:
Conference USA–UAB upends Middle Tennessee State 73-60 for the Blazers’ 15th all-time appearance in the Big Dance, but their first since Memphis dominated this conference for so many years during most of the Oughts.
The AAC will have SMU and UConn, as the Huskies again worked their 2010 magic in upending Tulsa 47-42. The man of the hour, Ryan Boatwright made four huge baskets late and iced the game with four free throws.
SMU broke open a tight game with Temple to win by double digits, 69-56.
The only small surprise of sorts was in the Big Ten semifinal at Chicago.
Michigan State upended Maryland 62-58. Sparty will take on the Badgers in the final game before the draw at 3:30 p.m. Eastern on CBS.
And yes, if you are all wondering–if UConn wins the automatic bid on Sunday, the NCAA will have two separate brackets all made up and ready for presentation.
One will have UConn in the field, one will not.
But there was an upset of sorts with Wyoming as they become a bid thief in winning the Mountain West for the first time since 2002 (not 1992).
The other games should be mostly one-bid leagues except for the Power Five conferences–as we all know that Iowa State, Kansas, North Carolina, and Notre Dame will all be dancing next week.
It is basically time to do some Jingle Bids.
With all apologies to that timely, happy-go-lucky Christmas carol of years gone by, I came up with these lyrics on the fly when composing this blog.
Hope you all enjoy.
(c) Copyright 2015, Big Z Productions
Fun times all the way
Oh what fun to see the teams
As our seeds set up to play
There’s no doubt about it
It’s my favorite time of year
Selection Sunday brings about
Some nerves and greet cheer
Which 68 teams will be in
And which bubbles will burst
But the real fun truly begins
When Greg Gumbel mentions first
Oh, the Number 1 seed
We all know for sure
Kentucky it will be
Question is, come early April
The Final Four won’t be seen for free
That’s why I have this blog for you
For friends like Samantha and Cindy
And others too numerous to mention
Right, Patricia and Tiffany?
See you all later tonight with the final wrap-up on this truly crazy Saturday.