If you remember correctly, America was stunned that UCLA was even in the field this year. Motivation? Maybe. UCLA jumped out to an early lead in the first half on the shoulders of Bryce Alford, who went 9-of-11 from 3-point range. Alford was draining threes and controlling the tempo of the game as SMU looked like it had just gotten out of bed and was late for class. Larry Brown, SMU’s head coach is suffering from bronchitis and early on it felt as if his players were a little under the weather as well. UCLA took a 4 point lead into halftime.
When looking at this year’s NCAA March Madness Tournament bracket, it’s hard not to automatically think Kentucky versus the field. Well … take these facts into consideration:
- Indianapolis has hosted the Final Four seven times in the past and Kentucky has been in attendance one time … and lost.
- The ACC has six teams in the field this year with an average seed of a little over 3.5. Yes, one conference with basically six 4-seeds.
- The ACC has teams distributed in all four regions of the bracket.
Here is why the Final Four in Indianapolis could be an ACC Tournament, Round 2.
Since the inception of the North Carolina and Duke rivalry, blue-blooded hatred has run through not only the state of North Carolina but through America. Although the Tar Heels dominated the matchup in the early years, Duke and Coach K have made the two games each year very competitive since the early ’60s. Tonight, the two bitter rivals go head-to-head for the first time this season.