Devang Desai

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The lopsided score indicates otherwise, but this game was decided at the 15:22 mark of the second half with Michigan up 12. Mitch McGary, enjoying a breakout, fairytale tournament, made an impressive drive from the top of key for a tough layup. Backup point guard Spike Albrecht intercepted the ensuing inbound and completed a difficult up and under to increase to the lead to 16 in a span of four seconds. Game over. Read the rest of this entry »

Report: Steve Alford to UCLA

New Mexico v Harvard

After leading New Mexico to a disappointing *second round exit in this year’s tournament, Steve Alford is going to be rewarded with a new job and more money. What a world.

ESPN’s Andy Katz reports the Indiana alum and current Lobos head coach will take the head coaching position at UCLA. Alford began his coaching career at Manchester in 1991. He hasn’t taken a team to the sweet 16 since 1999, when he was the coach at Southwest Missouri State.

Alford signed a 10-year contract extension with New Mexico ten days ago that included a $240,000 raise and a $1 million buyout if he were to leave before April 1, 2015. We repeat, what a world.

*they lost to Harvard in the round of 64, which is no longer the first round because semantics are slowly killing us all.

Tom Crean has developed a reputation for poor sportsmanship. After his team captured the Big Ten Championship at the Crisler Center earlier this month, Crean and Michigan assistant coach Jeff Meyer engaged in an argument after shaking hands. The dust up centered on Crean’s allegation that Meyer, who was an assistant coach during Kelvin Sampson’s scandal plagued tenure with Indiana, helped wreck the program.

Anyways, Crean’s team got thrashed by Syracuse in Washington last night. Indiana’s coach, a brother in-law of the Harbaugh bros,  chose to breeze by Jim Boeheim with a quick shake and head for the exits during the post game handshakes. Classy.

Crean does shake Boeheim’s hand, albeit for .0003 seconds before heading out. He has a history.

Gif via Lost Letterman

VCU v Michigan

The forgotten man of Michigan’s freshmen triumvirate was the catalyst in what quickly became a rout at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Mitch McGary’s path to the spotlight is a familiar one for anyone who has watched Hoosiers. While that statement is a generalization annoyingly applied to Caucasian basketball players from Indiana, that’s not what I meant. I also hated that movie. After spending the majority of the regular season as the sixth man, the 20-year-old from Porter drew a surprise start against South Dakota State. It was well deserved. McGary finished the opener with 13 points and nine rebounds, helping Michigan advance despite a quiet day from star Point Guard Trey Burke.

On Saturday afternoon Michigan’s stars showed up, yet it was McGary once again who stole the show. Read the rest of this entry »

(GIF courtesy of SBNation)

UPDATE: It’s over! South Region No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast has pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, defeating No. 2 Georgetown 78-68 in Philadelphia. The Eagles, who were making their NCAA Tournament debut after winning the Atlantic Sun Conference title, are the third No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2 in the last two years and just the seventh ever to do it.

Scroll down to see the two thunderous dunks that will live on in infamy after this shocker.

Brackets busted. Embrace the madness!

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My cousins moved to Ann Arbor during the mid 90′s, basically at the end of the Steve Fisher era. The romance associated with the ‘Fab Five’ had been replaced by accusations of impropriety. Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock had taken $616,000 from booster Ed Martin and eventually the school imposed sanctions that sent the program into the abyss.

My personal feelings regarding boosters and the role they play in a system that leeches off the talents of youngsters for the sake of making heaps of money is a topic for another day. Michigan basketball was done. Coincidentally, because of my family, this was when I began to follow the exploits of a team that was considered a pariah in the Big Ten. Read the rest of this entry »

Saint Mary's v Middle Tennessee

Saint Mary’s eases past MTSU

The ‘other’ team from the WCC made a statement in Dayton, coasting past Middle Tennessee State University to set up an intriguing first round date with Memphis on Thursday night. Saint Mary’s career scoring leader Matthew Dellavedova notched 22 points, pitching in six rebounds, four assists and one steal in a complete performance. The point guard went 7/14 from the field and 5/7 from downtown. Middle Tennessee was making their first tournament performance in 24 years, but fell behind early and couldn’t make it a game late.

Bracketologists have picked Saint Mary’s as one of their sleepers going forward. Making their first back to back tournament appearance in their history, look for the Gaels to give Memphis a test. Read the rest of this entry »