If the Final Four coaches were to play a game of two-on-two this weekend in Glendale, it wouldn’t be great basketball. Semifinal opponents Gonzaga and South Carolina are coached by guys who did not play in college, Mark Few and Frank Martin. North Carolina’s Roy Williams played just one year on UNC’s JV squad, while Oregon coach Dana Altman played at a junior college in Nebraska and Division II Eastern New Mexico. “I didn’t have many highlights as a player,” Altman said Monday on a conference call. “I was awful. I would have sure hated to coach me, that’s for sure.”
There are many talented young players still competing in the NCAA Tournament, and I wrote about two of them for CBS Local: Oregon’s Tyler Dorsey and South Carolina’s Chris Silva. The sophomores played important roles in helping their teams advance to the Sweet 16 and will be counted on again. Dorsey and the Ducks take on Michigan on Thursday night, while Silva’s South Carolina squad plays Baylor on Friday.
It would be almost impossible for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament to be lame, but this year’s Tourney got off to a historically crazy start. Recap what you missed — or relive what you saw live — in my latest Five Things column for CBS Local.
What’s at stake in the Pac-12 conference tournament, which starts Wednesday in Las Vegas? Which players claimed the league’s awards? My story for CBS Local San Francisco covers the latest news in the “Conference of Champions.”