LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — My bracket is busted. Thanks, Villanova. Your bracket is busted. Thanks, Louisville. Everyone’s bracket is busted. Thanks, Duke.
So let’s overlook the brackets and focus on the Candy Sixteen. This NCAA Event seems pleasant, particularly the South Regional that Tom Lane, John Lewis and I might be overlaying for WDRB.
Sorry for the 24-hour delay — and the altered format. However welcome to the Tuesday Version of the Monday Muse.
A take a look at the Candy Sixteen by the numbers.
24 — Mixed NCAA males’s basketball championships gained by the groups competing within the South Regional in Memphis (UCLA eleven, Kentucky eight, North Carolina 5).
9 — Mixed titles gained by the faculties competing within the three different regionals. (Kansas three, Florida 2, Oregon 1, Arizona 1, Wisconsin 1, Michigan 1 will attempt to interrupt the Blue Blood Parade.)
$1,232 — Listed worth at SeatGeek.com for a middle-courtroom, decrease bowl,sixteenth row seat for the Friday night time semifinals at FedEx Discussion board. Deliver cash to Beale Road.
$119 — Listed worth for a nook, higher area, seventeenth row seat Friday Night time in Memphis.
thirteen.9 — Common margin of defeat by the eight Atlantic Coast Convention faculties that exited the event. Paging John Swofford.
5 — Groups that weren’t ranked within the Related Press pre-season Prime 25 (Butler, Florida, Michigan, Baylor, South Carolina). Decide up your recreation, sports activities media.
2 — Coaches who ought to request a increase — Frank Martin, South Carolina and Scott Drew, Baylor. Their groups didn’t obtain a single vote.
7 — Variety of groups with a minimum of one projected first-spherical decide within the 2017 NBA Draft: UCLA, Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Arizona, Baylor, Purdue. Marty Blake, the late, nice NBA director of scouting, all the time thought-about having first-spherical picks a necessity to win the title.
2 — Faculties which have multiple projected first-rounder: UK three (De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo); UCLA (Lonzo Ball, T.J. Leaf).
2 — Corridor of Fame coaches nonetheless competing for the championship — Roy Williams and John Calipari.
four — Corridor of Fame coaches watching Candy Sixteen on tv — Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino, Tom Izzo and Jim Boeheim. Springfield ensures little.
three — Coaches remaining who’ve gained the NCAA title — Williams, Calipari, Invoice Self.
10 — Coaches scrambling to make their first Ultimate 4 — Mark Few, Gonzaga; Mike White, Florida; Scott Drew, Baylor; Matt Painter, Purdue; Steve Alford, UCLA; Dana Altman, Oregon; Sean Miller, Arizona; Greg…