Who would have thought that the biggest scoring margin of the NCAA Tournament would occur in the Final Four? That’s exactly what happened when Villanova beat Oklahoma by 44. It was a record-setting performance, and the Wildcats will face North Carolina in tonight’s title game. For a recap of Saturday’s games and a mini championship review, check out my latest for CBS Local.
Has this become a Syracuse basketball blog? My latest story is on Tyler Lydon, a freshman forward for the Orange who made some key plays in Chicago last weekend. Can he help Syracuse pull off another big upset?
Every March, I dream of a perfect bracket. I know that nailing every game in the NCAA Tournament is impossible; I’m talking about correctly picking 15 of the Sweet 16 teams or the entire Final Four. Most years, by the end of the Tourney’s first weekend, I’m hoping I at least get the champion right and finish with a better bracket than my brothers (neither will happen this year).
Leading up to the NCAA Tournament, I’ll be providing season recaps for several teams for CBS Local: key wins, great individual performances, and more. Next up: the Syracuse Orange.
Jim Boeheim returns from his suspension to coach Syracuse on Saturday, thus ending Mike Hopkins’ nine-game tenure as head coach. But Hopkins will take over once Boeheim retires. The “head coach in waiting” agreement is not unique to Syracuse. Gonzaga, San Diego State, and SMU have similar arrangements.
I spoke to coaches at several of these schools as well as previous coaches in waiting, several of whom replaced their fathers, for a feature story in the latest Basketball Times.