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NCAA Tournament(S) Update And Notes

April 6, 2019

Today, while Michigan State (3-6) in previous national semi-final games, bids for its fourth Final game appearance, (their lone crown manifested in the famed “Magic” Johnson and Greg Kelser Michigan State win vs Larry Bird and Indiana State forty years ago), Virginia, Auburn and Texas Tech, the latter two in their first national “semi,” hope to make their first final game.

In far less publicized tournaments, Texas won its second NIT crown, forty one years after their first, when co MVP’s Jim Krivacs (later a baseball agent to and a friend of Don Mattingly) and Ron Baxter led the Abe Lemons coached team, to the title.

Additionally, Marshall won the College Insider Tournament, while South Florida took the best of three CBI Final.

In women’s play, both Baylor and defending champion Notre Dame were 5 point “semis” victors vs Oregon and Connecticut respectively, (this was the second straight season Notre Dame took Connecticut in the semis, last year as big underdogs, this time as favorites) and will meet in tomorrow night’s title tilt.

 

A great college basketball player, North Carolina University’s Lennie Rosenbluth, pictured above.

The 1957, three overtimes, North Carolina victory vs Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain, is rightfully, greatly remembered.

Less known, is that the night before in the national semi, “N.C.” also needed 3 overtimes, in a win vs Michigan State, in Mich State’s first such game.

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