Sunday, March 16, 2014

Michigan State: 2013-14 Big Ten Men's Basketball Champions


INDIANAPOLIS -- Adreian Payne scored 18 points and Gary Harris and Branden Dawsonadded 15 each to lead No. 22 Michigan State to its second Big Ten tournament title in three years with a 69-55 upset of No. 8 Michigan on Sunday.
The third-seeded Spartans (26-8) are getting healthy and will have some momentum entering the NCAA tournament with four wins in five games.
Top-seeded Michigan (25-8) was led by Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas with 17 points and Derrick Walton Jr. had 11, but the Big Ten regular season champs had their seven-game winning streak come to an end.
It was never really close.
Michigan State took control with an early 12-0 run, led 38-29 at halftime and opened the second half with an 8-0 spurt to make it 46-29.
Michigan never got closer than 10 points again.
The Spartans had lost their previous two meetings with Michigan this season but weren't about to lose again Sunday.
For the first time all season, Michigan State started the same five players for a fifth straight game. Harris, who hurt his left shoulder early in the second half, returned later.
Harris, an Indiana native who never got to play for a state basketball title at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, took advantage of this opportunity. He scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half. Dawson, another Indiana native who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, scored 10 of his 15 points in the second half.
Michigan State has four tournament titles since the Big Ten started the event in 1998.
Michigan, meanwhile, will be waiting to see if this ugly loss could cost it a No. 1 seed in next week's NCAA tournament.
The Wolverines, who narrowly escaped with wins in the quarterfinals and semifinals, were not their usually strong shooting selves as they played for the third time in three days. They avoided matching their season-low point total when Zak Irvin hit a 3 with 15.9 seconds to go and their shooting percentage (31.5) nearly matched a season low, too. Michigan shot 31.1 percent from the field in a 63-61 loss to Charlotte on Nov. 24. And they were outrebounded 38-28.
Michigan's problems started early.
The Spartans went on a 12-0 run to take a 16-9 lead -- and never gave it up.
They led by as much as 25-14 in the first half, getting Michigan's top two big men -- Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford -- into early foul trouble. Coach John Beilein even was called for a technical foul midway through a dreadful half.
Harris finished it off emphatically by taking a pass at midcourt and driving right through Michigan's defense for a one-handed dunk to make it 38-29.
Things didn't get any better for Michigan in the second half.
Michigan State scored the first eight points to make it 46-29, then closed it out with a late 10-4 run that extended the lead to 69-52.

Florida: 2013-14 Southeastern Conference Men's Basketball Champions



ATLANTA -- Top-ranked Florida capped a perfect run through the Southeastern Conference when Kentucky failed to get off a shot on its final possession, allowing the Gators to escape with a 61-60 victory in the league championship game Sunday.
Florida (32-2) built a 16-point lead early in the second half, but Kentucky nearly pulled off an improbable comeback to hand the Gators their first loss since early December. Two missed free throws gave the Wildcats (24-10) a final possession, but James Young slipped trying to drive into the lane.
The Gators extended their school-record winning streak to 26 games and awaited a sure No. 1 seed when the NCAA pairings are announced Sunday evening. Patric Young andMichael Frazier II led Florida with 14 points apiece, while Scottie Wilbekin and Casey Pratherhad 11 each.
Kentucky, also headed for the NCAAs, was paced by Aaron Harrison with 16 points.

Louisiana-Lafayette: 2013-14 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Champions


NEW ORLEANS -- Xavian Rimmer scored a career-high 27 points, Louisiana-Lafayette rallied from a 9-point deficit in the last three minutes of regulation to force overtime and the Ragin' Cajuns beat Georgia State 82-81 in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Sunday.
The third-seeded Ragin' Cajuns (23-11) earned an automatic bid to their first NCAA tournament since 2005.
Ryan Harrow scored a career-high 37 points for Georgia State but missed an off-balance, driving bank shot in the final seconds. The top-seeded Panthers (25-7) had won 22 of their last 23 games.
After tying the score on a putback with 1.4 seconds left in regulation, Lafayette, which grabbed 20 offensive rebounds, took the lead for good, 80-77, with a 6-0 run in overtime that Elfrid Payton capped off with a layup off a Georgia State turnover.
Rimmer hit seven 3-pointers to keep UL-Lafayette within range until its final comeback.

Virginia: 2013-14 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Basketball Champions


GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Malcolm Brogdon scored 23 points and No. 6 Virginia claimed its first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title since 1976 by beating No. 7 Duke 72-63 on Sunday.
Tournament MVP Joe Harris added 15 points and hit the backbreaking 3-pointer with just under 2 minutes remaining for the top-seeded Cavaliers (28-6).
They shot 45 percent, frustrated the Blue Devils into 38 percent shooting and used a late 12-3 run to pull away and claim the second ACC tournament title in school history.
Jabari Parker scored 23 points on 9-of-24 shooting for the third-seeded Blue Devils (26-8), who were making their 31st appearance in the championship game but were denied their ACC-record 20th title.
Anthony Gill added 12 points and was 10 of 17 from the free-throw line for Virginia.
Duke as a team was just 7 of 11 from the line.

Saint Joseph's: 2013-14 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Champions



NEW YORK -- Langston Galloway scored 19 points and hit yet another huge 3-pointer, and Saint Joseph's beat No. 23 VCU 65-61 on Sunday to win its first Atlantic 10 tournament title since 1997.
The fourth-seeded Hawks arrived in Brooklyn on the NCAA tournament bubble. They all but clinched an at-large berth with a win over fellow bubble team Dayton in Friday's quarterfinals on Galloway's go-ahead 3, then made that moot by capturing the conference's automatic bid.
The second-seeded Rams have reached the A-10 tourney finals in both years in the league but lost both times.
Fellow senior Ronald Roberts had 15 points on 6-of-6 shooting and 11 rebounds for Saint Joseph's.
Rob Brandenberg led VCU with 18 points, but Galloway got just enough separation on him to hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with more than two minutes left.

BoBA ISML 2014 Predictions: Preliminaries Match Day 13

ARENA 01: [Yūki Mikan] Neptune by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 02: Kudō Asuka [Dairenji Suzuka] by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 03: [Noire] Mukaido Manaka by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 04: Kirigiri Kyōko [Dekomori Sanae] by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 05: [Haqua du Lot Herminium] Koshigaya Komari by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 06: [Kamikita Komari] Tsuchimikado Natsume by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 07: [Nyarlathotep] Ichijō Hotaru by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 08: [Yūōji Ōka] Inaba Himeko by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 09: [Frenda Seivelun] Myucel Foaran by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 10: [Roromiya Karuta] Kaga Kōko by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 11: Hiradaira Chisaki [Kurugaya Yuiko] by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 12: [Shiomiya Shiori] Miki Sayaka by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 13: Sakura Kyōko [Mikasa Ackerman] by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 14: [Momo Belia Deviluke] Kuroki Tomoko by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 15: Nepgear [Shokuhō Misaki] by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 16: [Miyauchi Renge] Morgiana by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 17: [Leticia Draculair] Natsukawa Masuzu by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 18: [Charlotte Belew] Nishikino Maki by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 19: [Fuyuumi Ai] Akatsuki by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 20: [Chocolat] Celestia Ludenberg by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 21: Kujō Karen [Laura Bodewig] by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 22: [Yuigahama Yui] Kitashirakawa Tamako by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 23: [Kasukabe Yō] Ai Astin by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
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ARENA 24: [Shirakiin Ririchiyo] Tōma Kazusa by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 25: Yusa Emi [Nōmi Kudryavka] by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 26: [Nase Mitsuki] Matsuoka Gō by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 27: Frey [Gasai Yuno] by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 28: [Yukihira Furano] Matoi Ryūko by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 29: Iona [Natsume Rin] by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 30: [Misaki Mei] Cthugha by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 31: [Takao] Shindō Ai by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 32: [Kaname Madoka] Himeragi Yukina by >=500
Over/Under: 6000
Over