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NCAA Tournament Update And Notes

March 26, 2017

In a two year, three season span 1977- and 1979, teams from states in the northwest United States, Oregon and Washington, won their only NBA titles.

The Portland Trail Blazers won it all in 1977 but not since that time.

Meanwhile the ’79 title winning Seattle SuperSonics, coached by Len Wilkens, not only have not “titled” since, but are now in Oklahoma City as the Thunder.

Yesterday, college basketball teams from each state ended national semi-finals appearances droughts.

First Gonzaga rolled as a nice favorite, vs Xavier, to its first ever national semis appearance. They will face the winner of today’s East Region final between a pair of SEC teams, favored Florida and South Carolina, each of whose football teams were once coached by Steve Spurrier.

Then Oregon pulled a big upset vs and virtually at Kansas.

The Ducks (Oregon), which won the very first NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1939, will be in their first national semi since that time.

Luckily for Kansas coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks, they took the ’08 title when it was virtually handed to them by a John Calipari coached Memphis team.

Mario Chalmers, who hit some big shots as a two time NBA title winner with the Miami Heat, hit an all-time type clutch shot, to send the ’08 final into overtime, in which Kansas prevailed.

Otherwise the fact Self and Kansas have lost 4 times in a regional final as the one seed, would hurt even more than the considerable amount it does.

Coincidentally, today Calipari, who finally titled with Kentucky in ’12 is with them in Memphis for the South Region final, vs one time Kansas coach Roy Williams, a two time title winner with current team, North Carolina.

The winner in that Memphis tilt, as is the case with Gonzaga vs a yet unknown opponent, will be the favorite vs Oregon, in one national semi next Saturday.

 

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