Philadelphia has a rich tradition of college basketball and a few coaches in town cracked ESPN’s Top 50 College Basketball Coaches.
Young scored 20 points for Kentucky last night, twice as many as the next highest-scoring Wildcat, in a 60-54 loss to Connecticut. This was Young’s ninth 20-plus point game and he led Kentucky with 17 in the Final Four win over Wisconsin.
Last night, the Huskies cut down the nets in Dallas after beating Kentucky 60-54 to win the school’s fourth national championship. Consider that Kentucky needed four straight late escapes to reach the final and you get a sense for what kind of Tournament this was.
At least someone associated with the 76ers will know what the taste of winning is like this basketball season.
The wildest NCAA Tournament of the modern era culminates with an 8 seed versus a 7 seed for the championship. Kentucky, a 74-73 winner over Wisconsin on Saturday, will face Connecticut, which upset Florida 64-53.
The Huskies were punished for the mistakes made by players over the four previous years. While five players left the program, others remained loyal to UConn.
On Friday, after Iowa State had cut a 17-point deficit to four with two minutes left, Boatright made what his coach called the play of the game.
Kentucky, the preseason No. 1 that entered the Big Dance unranked, has reached the Final Four as an eight seed. The Wildcats will face Wisconsin, which upset top seed Arizona in a thriller.
Shabazz Napier scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half, and UConn beat Michigan State 60-54 to return to the Final Four a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.
DeAndre Daniels scored 26 points, 18 in the second half, and UConn held off Iowa State 81-76 on Friday to reach the East Regional final a year after the Huskies were barred from the NCAA tournament.
The St. Joe’s women are still alive in the NCAA Tournament. On Tuesday night they will take on Connecticut in the second round up in Storrs
Any loss in college basketball is tough for a coach, but a loss in the NCAA Tournament is as tough as it gets.
The loss ended a great season for the Hawks, who finished 21-10 and had their dreams dashed of possibly facing Villanova in the second round on Saturday.
Many fans on campus, like Clint, think the team has really come together down the stretch.
It’s plagued them for months. And though the St. Joe’s Hawks are a far different, far better team than they were that chilly December 7 Saturday night, they want another crack at Villanova.