Sports fans attending any sports event may have found themselves watching a College Basketball game. It has been madness before March as no one team has shown they can be dominant. There are a few good teams but not great; however, the games have been exciting. What a week for College Hoops. All I have to say, did you see the Notre Dame versus Louisville game? Possibly, it was best game of the season. It will be a game with 5 overtimes that everyone will be talking tweeting or blogging about for a long time. However, College hardwood saw University of Miami outplay the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Kansas Jay Hawks goes down but when you consider that Top 5 teams loss this week, it will be interesting see what team will have the unlucky option of being number one team in College Hoops. Being ranked number 1, it has meant trouble this season.
The 8th ranked Hurricanes should move into the top 5 with their 87-61 blowout victory over the North Carolina Tar Heels. Their barrage of threes and great defense was more than enough to subdue a subpar Tar Heel team. The Hurricanes tied a school record with 15 treys. When the polls come out this week, you can expect Miami to achieve the highest ranking in school history. The 8th ranking had been the best for the school, and sitting on top of the ACC undefeated, the Hurricanes should get some strong consideration for being next number 1 team. Miami has defeated traditional ACC powerhouses, Duke and North Carolina by 25 points in the same season. This has never been done in ACC play. Miami has looked virtually unstoppable. Shane Larkin led all scorers with 18 points. He dished out nine assists. The one assist that everyone is still talking about is the toss off the glass to Kenny Kadji. Kadji caught the pass off the backboard and slammed it home, the crowd went crazy.
The third ranked Michigan Wolverines lose to a good Wisconsin team 65-62 in overtime. Thanks to game-winning three-point shot by Ben Brust, the Badgers sit on top of the standings of the best College Basketball Conference, the Big Ten. It was an exciting game to watch. Trey Burke led Michigan in scoring with 19 points. Brust was leading scorer for Wisconsin with 14 points. The 5th ranked Jay Hawks dropped their third consecutive game. The Oklahoma Sooners is the last team to send Kansas reeling with a 72-66 win. Sooners were led by Romero Osby in scoring with 17 points. In a losing effort, the Jay Hawks’ Ben McLemore scored 15 points.
The game that grabbed everyone attention was the 104-101, 5- overtime victory by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Louisville Cardinals had no answer for Notre Dame’s Jerian Grant during the closing seconds of the 2nd Half. He did his best impersonation of Tracy McGrady when he hit three consecutive three point shots and completed a three point play that send the game into their first overtime period. Without Grant’s scoring, during regulation, this game would have been a Cardinals’ victory. The game went back and forth. In the final overtime period, it was layup by Cameron Biedscheid and free throws by Eric Atkins and Pat Connaughton that finally brought this historic game to a close. Grant led Notre Dame with 19 points. Chane Behanan led the Cardinals when he posted a career-high in scoring with 30 points.
Words may never really describe how well the Notre Dame and University Louisville played the 5-overtime game. It was great to watch. As top ranked teams lose, it is evident there are a few good teams that will provide some great competition. The rankings will not matter once the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament starts. NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament: Final Four – All Session Strip Tickets can be found here.Teams like Indiana, Miami, Michigan or Kansas are quite capable of getting to the NCAA Final Four and winning it all during March Madness.