Sunday, March 17, 2013

Ohio State: 2012-13 Big Ten Champions


The Ohio St. Buckeyes defeated the Wisconsin Badgers, 50-43, on Sunday afternoon at the United Center in Chicago to win the 2013 Big Ten Tournament. The win should lock the Buckeyes in for a No. 2 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, according to SB Nation bracketology expert Chris Dobbertean.
Deshaun Thomas scored 14 points to lead Ohio State, which knocked out Nebraska, Michigan State and Wisconsin as the No. 2 seed on the way to winning its third Big Ten Tournament title in four years.
The Buckeyes, ranked No. 10 in the nation, could be in line for a boost in seeding after their impressive performance in the Big Ten tournament. Wisconsin, meanwhile, has a shot at a No. 4 seed, but could have jumped up to the three-line with a win, per Dobbertean.
The Indiana Hoosiers, who won the Big Ten's regular-season championship but lost to Wisconsin in the semifinals, still looks primed to earn a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance, although Miami winning the ACC Tournament title on Sunday could affect the Hoosiers' chances.


Saint Louis: 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Champions


It's the story movies are made from. A team picked to finish second in the Atlantic 10 at the start of the year, despite never having made a conference title game, wins the championship after the passing of their former head coach.
The No. 16 Saint Louis Billikens, who lost head coach Rick Majerus on Dec. 1, capped a magical three-day run through Brooklyn with a 62-56 win over the No. 25 VCU Rams to clinch an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament and their first-ever Atlantic 10 crown.
From the start, this one looked like it belonged to Saint Louis.
The Billikens led 11-2 before the crowd could even settle in, and appeared ready to roll in their first game against a ranked team in almost a month.
Kwamain Mitchell had six of those first 11 points en route to 19 for the game. Meanwhile on the other end of the court, the Rams started just 1-8 from the field, preventing them from setting up their trademark full-court press.
But when the Rams finally started hitting shots, the press made an immediate impact. WhenJuvonte Reddic hit a jumper to cut the Billikens' lead to 12-8, Briante Weber came up with a steal in the backcourt and Jarred Guest converted on a layup to make it a two-point game.
From there, the Billikens settled down. And despite turning the ball over eight times in the first half -- the same number of turnovers they had in total when they beat VCU in February -- Saint Louis forced the Rams into coughing it up ten times.
Saint Louis led 29-21 at halftime and had held VCU to just 29 percent shooting.
Not much changed to start the second half. The Rams continued to struggle on offense as Saint Louis continued to stifle them in the half-court. Leading scorer Treveon Graham shot just 6-16 all afternoon, though he still scored 20 points.
But the team that had overcome so much this season had one last obstacle to conquer: the VCU press, which struck yet again.
Steals, baskets and more steals closed the gap from 11 to just four in less than three minutes midway through the second half. That lead shrunk to one a few minutes later on another steal and a dunk from Reddic.
In need of a boost, and more importantly, a leader, Cody Ellis stepped up. His first field goal of the game came on a crowd-silencing three to push the lead back to four just before the under-eight media timeout. His second field goal came after the timeout and answered a three from Graham.
VCU was never able to finish off the comeback. When time ran out, Saint Louis held on for the win. Dwayne Evans, who will likely find himself on the All-Tournament team, had 16 points and eight rebounds.
Both Saint Louis and VCU are NCAA Tournament-bound, but the Billikens get to go off three wins in as many days in a tournament that could potentially send five teams to the dance. Their seeding and matchup is still to be determined, but they'll worry about that later on tonight. For now, they get to enjoy cutting down the nets.


Ole Miss: 2012-13 SEC Champions



Keep an eye out for Marshall Henderson and the Mississippi Rebels in March Madness, as they punched an auto-bid ticket into the NCAA Tournament by defeating the Florida Gators, 66-63, in the SEC Tournament championship.
At halftime, with Florida leading by 12 and Henderson limited to just three points, it seemed like the Gators had everything wrapped up. Ole Miss and Henderson weren't going to go down so easily, however, as they won their second-ever SEC Tournament and their first since 1981.
Ole Miss started out the half making 8-12 from the floor while the Gators were just 3-12 as Ole Miss took its first lead of the game. Henderson, the SEC's leading scorer and all-around thorn in opponents' sides, also heated up, scoring 18 of his 21 in the second half.
Henderson, who has dragged the Rebels through the SEC Tournament, emphatically answered any questions about whether Ole Miss would make the NCAA tournament, after many of the latest brackets from various experts had the Rebels squarely on the bubble.
Senior guard Mike Rosario led the Gators with 18 but after a hot start, the Gators' shooting cooled in the second half as they shot just 38 percent overall. The Gators got complacent and settled for the long ball too often, shooting 30 three-point attempts compared to just 28 two-point attempts.
Ole Miss has been a second-half team throughout the SEC Tournament, scoring 38 against Vanderbilt and 40 against Missouri. Senior forward Murphy Holloway led the Rebels with 23 points off of 11-14 shooting to go with 10 rebounds, three steals and two big blocks.

Miami: 2012-13 ACC Champions


The plucky University of Miami basketball team had just advanced to the first conference championship in school history, just quieted nearly 22,000 opposing fans with an 81-71 semifinal win against North Carolina State, and surely made a case for a No.1 NCAA Tournament seed, hard as that might be for the nation’s college basketball bluebloods to stomach.
UM, ever the outsider in this basketball-crazed state, earned the right to play North Carolina for the ACC championship at 1p.m. on Sunday, further validating its regular-season first-place finish and No. 9 national ranking.
“We’re getting ready to play somebody who has beaten us twice by about eight million points,” Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said of UM, which actually won by margins of nine and 26.
“Miami deserves everything, all the special things that have been said about them. They have scorers at every position. [Kenny] Kadji is a tremendously difficult matchup. Julian Gamble and Big Reggie Johnson are loads inside. Shane Larkin has had as good a year as any point guard in college basketball. Durand Scott today was off the charts. Trey McKinney Jones and Rion Brown give them other shooters. They’re a big-time team and have shown it all year long.”
And where did the Canes (26-6) celebrate their momentous ACC tournament victory on Saturday? In a tiny makeshift game room in the bowels of the Greensboro Coliseum — a room big-time players often walk right past without notice.
Not these Canes. They’re having too much fun, soaking in every moment of this wild ride. Gamble played foosball with walk-on Steve Sorenson. Kadji, Johnson and Brown yukked it up on a sofa. Other players hit the video games.
The one player missing from the postgame party was Scott, who was still being interviewed by the media after scoring a career-high 32 points — the most by a UM player at an ACC tournament.
Scott doesn’t usually get the media attention Larkin or Kadji get, but ask any of his teammates or coaches, and they will tell you that the hard-nosed senior from the Bronx is the heart and soul of this Hurricanes team.
He was voted ACC Defender of the Year, and Saturday he proved to be a lethal scorer as well. Scott scored 11 of Miami’s first 14 points, had 19 by halftime, and he wasn’t done.
Dashing around the court in his florescent highlighter sneakers, he gave the Wolfpack fits. He drove through traffic to the basket like the daring South Florida drivers on I-95. When he wasn’t beating them inside, he was launching rockets from the perimeter.
A day earlier, his no-holds-barred second-half pep talk fired up the Canes for their comeback against Boston College. He called his teammates together in a huddle and scolded them for being too passive. He told them he was the only one talking on the court, that he could hear himself. He implored them to start communicating and lift their game. They listened to their leader, and obeyed.
Said Larkin: “Durand’s one of the best guards in the country, not just the ACC. He’s proven that with the amount of points he has, the steals, rebounds. He’s the leader, heart and soul of the team, definitely.”
“Tonight, Durand was on fire offensively,” said UM coach Jim Larranaga, “but he plays great defense every night. He shares the ball. He leads us on and off the court. In my estimation, this game just symbolizes the kind of player he’s been for four years.”
Scott credited his teammates for getting him open. Scott was 5 of 8 from beyond the arc on Saturday.
“Once I got a couple of baskets, I got confident in myself, especially from the three-point line, I think I missed my first two, but after that I told myself, ‘When I’m open, shoot it.’ That’s what Shane tells me every time, and when I don’t shoot it, he gets upset at me,” he said.
“He’s not the only one!” chimed in Larranaga.
When Scott fouled out of the game with 1:53 to go, he got a standing ovation from the UM family and friends behind the bench and a few hundred UM fans sprinkled throughout the crowd of 22,169. The crowd booed during Hurricane player introductions, and booed even louder as the game clock ran out.
Larkin, who scored 23, said the Canes are not satisfied.
“We’re a hungry team, and we want more and more,” he said. “We’re not satisfied with winning the regular season. We want the ACC title and eventually we want to make it to the national championship game. We’re not going to settle for less and hopefully we can get out there and get it done.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/17/3290052/miami-hurricanes-men-defeat-nc.html#storylink=cpy

BoBA 2013 ISML Predictions: Preliminaries Match Day 13

ARENA 01: [Takanashi Tōka] Mōri Ran by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 02: Mine Riko [Sakura Kyōko] by <=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 03: Onjōji Toki [Makise Kurisu] by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 04: Ayukawa Tenri [Kamikita Komari] by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 05: Miniwa Tsumiki [Kaname Madoka] by <=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 06: [Araragi Karen] Kanoe Yūko by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 07: [Haqua du Lot Herminium] Akaza Akari by <=800
Over/Under: 7000
Under

ARENA 08: [Shirakiin Ririchiyo] Matsumi Kuro by >=1000
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 09: Kurokami Medaka [Honma Meiko] by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 10: Oda Nobuna [Kurugaya Yuiko] by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 11: Saigusa Haruka [Hanekawa Tsubasa] by >=850
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 12: [Roromiya Karuta] Nishizumi Miho by >=1100
Over/Under: 7000
Under

ARENA 13: [Irisviel von Einzbern] Toshinō Kyōko by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Under

ARENA 14: Watashi [Kanzaki H. Aria] by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 15: [Akemi Homura] Kusaribe Hakaze by >1000
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 16: [Elucia de Lute Ima] Takenaka Hanbee by <=700
Over/Under: 7000
Under

ARENA 17: Erica Blandelli [Momo Belia Deviluke] by <=800
Over/Under: 7000
Under

ARENA 18: [Tōjō Koneko] Tomoe Mami by <=750
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 19: [Nyarlathotep] Ibara Mayaka by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 20: Gasai Yuno [Lala Satalin Deviluke] by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 21: [Dekomori Sanae] Himenokōji Akiko by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Under

ARENA 22: [Kotegawa Yui] Nishizono Mio by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 23: [Tainaka Ritsu] Shimada Minami by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 24: Shiina Mayuri [Araragi Tsukihi] by >=850
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 25: [Inaba Himeko] Okita Sawa by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 26: [Kirishima Shōko] Natsume Asako by >=750
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 27: Morgiana [Neko] by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 28: Nagase Iori [Konoe Subaru] by >=900
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 29: [Sanka Rea] Mizutani Shizuku by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 30: [Tsuyuri Kumin] Shiomiya Shiori by >=800
Over/Under: 7000
Over

ARENA 31: [Kurasaki Fūko (Sky Raker)] Rias Gremory by >=850
Over/Under: 7000
Under

ARENA 32: Sakai Wakana [Kushina Anna] by >=850
Over/Under: 7000
Under