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Penn Lost

Kevin Kinkead - March 15, 2018

It was fun while it lasted.

And it was close, too, a lot closer than the 76 to 60 scoreline indicates.

Penn came out flying in Wichita, building a 10-point lead against a sleepy Kansas. The Jayhawks eventually woke up and used a 22 to 5 run and a bullshit foul call to take a 33-26 halftime lead. Big 12 player of the year Devonte’ Graham poured in 19 in the first and finished with 29 points to lead all scorers.

Steve Donahue’s team cut the lead to four in the second and really didn’t play a bad game, but they disappointed with some self-inflicted wounds. The Quakers turned it over 11 times and finished 5-14 from the free-throw line, a miserable 35.7% from the charity stripe.

They shot 40% from the field and 39.3% from the three-point arc, hitting 11 of 29 from deep. Caleb Wood, a 38% three-point shooter, finished 4-12 from beyond as Penn went well-below their season averages against a bona-fide power conference champion. I still think they were under-seeded, but it doesn’t matter now.

This was a home game for Kansas, a first-round game in their home state. They had to travel ALL THE WAY to Kansas City (45 minutes) for the Big 12 tournament and ALL THE WAY to Wichita (2.5 hours) for this game.

They will, no doubt, find a way to underachieve and exit the tournament in disappointing fashion.

And then we will all laugh at them.

They will get their comeuppance.

 

Penn Is Going Dancing

Kevin Kinkead - March 11, 2018

Let’s give it up for your Ivy League champions, the Penn Quakers, who wrapped up a wonderful 24-8 season with a 68-65 win against Harvard in Sunday’s tournament final.

A.J. Brodeur finished with 16 and 10 on 8-14 shooting and senior guard Darnell Foreman, a Camden native, led all scorers with 19. The Quakers used a 24-0 run that spanned two halves to shake off a slow start, then pushed past Harvard with a pair of Caleb Wood three-pointers in the game’s final moments.

Video courtesy of Jonathan Tannenwald over at Philly.com:

Penn was a 13 win team last season and major, major props are due to head coach Steve Donahue for the turnaround. This will be the Quakers’ first tournament appearance since 2007, and they’ll look to win their first March Madness game dating back to 1994, when they knocked off Nebraska in an 11/6 upset:

Penn projects to be a 12-14 seed. They beat a pair of A10 teams in the non-conference schedule and we’ll see where they end up in a few hours, when the selection show kicks off.

The Big Five: Conference Tournament Outlooks for Villanova, Penn, and three Underachievers

Kevin Kinkead - March 7, 2018

Let’s talk about college basketball.

We really haven’t done much of anything on it this season, outside of the occasional Villanova mention, because we were preoccupied with your Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles.

And outside of the Wildcats, it was a down year for the Big 5 and Drexel, a crop that isn’t putting multiple teams in the big dance without pulling some Jon Dorenbos-level conference tournament magic, starting tonight and tomorrow. Temple and Saint Joe’s didn’t give us much this season, while Penn put together an excellent year amid very little press and fanfare.

Let’s take a look at where each squad stands, as we begin what I think is one of the best sporting weeks of the year. I put the conference tournament brackets below each section, courtesy of CBS Sports.

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Selection Sunday is Going to be Even Worse this Year

Kevin Kinkead - March 6, 2018

Let’s be honest; this is one of the best sporting weeks of the year.

You’ve got the NCAA conference tournaments starting midweek and taking you through Sunday afternoon, where we get the brackets for March Madness.

There’s always a number of great games, some really interesting storylines, and a Cinderella performance sprinkled in, which makes for a perennially enjoyable five-day stretch.

Problem is, the selection show gets worse every year.

It’s slow.

It’s dull.

And there’s usually only one or two people who even know what they’re talking about.

This year they’re gonna milk it even more:

Huh?

They’re going to announce all of the teams first, then give us the bracket? That… sounds like an bad idea.

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Tom McCarthy Lost His Mind on the Radio Call of Georgia State’s Game-Winner

Jim Adair - March 19, 2015

Dude’s been holding all of that energy in during Phillies broadcasts because … well … there’s nothing to be excited about.

h/t reader Taylor

Georgia State’s Ron Hunter Falls off His Stool as His Son Hits the Game-winning Three

Jim Adair - March 19, 2015

Nothing in the tournament can top this.

John Oliver MURDERSLAUGHTERS the NCAA

Jim Adair - March 16, 2015

Or, “John Oliver [insert violent action here] the [insert terrible organization here]”

In case you forgot, or you just want to burn 21-minutes at work on a Monday, here’s John Oliver from last night’s Last Week Tonight going through the multitude of ways that the NCAA is a a corrupt sham. Happy March Madness, everyone.

Villanova is Projected as a Top Seed in March Madness and Kyle Needs a Minute

Jim Adair - March 2, 2015

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Villanova’s men’s basketball team is having a hell of a year. After defeating Providence and Xavier (and watching Gonzaga lose to BYU), they now occupy the #4 spot in the top 25 and may be set to land at the top of a bracket in the March Madness tournament as a #1 seed.

With a 27-2 record, NBCSports’ Bracketology has projected Nova to take the #1 seed in the West. They also put Temple on the wrong side of the bubble. It would be the Wildcats’ first number one seed since 2006, when they played their first two rounds in Philadelphia and made it to the Elite Eight. And yes, this post would have a lot more hype and hyperbole if Kyle wrote this, but he passed out upon hearing this news because all of his blood rushed … somewhere.