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A Great Night For Nantz, As Duke And Houston Won as Slight ‘Dogs and are “Quarters Faves”

March 25, 2022

Paolo Bandero led Duke (actually bet from plus 1 to 1 point faves), and its retiring coach Mike Krzyzewski, who notched his 100th NCAA Tournament win, by 5 vs Texas Tech and will meet Arkansas (they plus 10’d, again 1 seed failure, Gonzaga–why Susan Nebraska and its consequences?!!) in a ’94 title game redux, in one regional final tomorrow.

In the other Saturday “quarter”/regional final game, an even better strictly emotional result team for Nantz, Houston, is menos 2 plus vs Villanova. The winner will gain entry to the national semis for the 7th time.

Villanova has 3 crowns while Houston has none.

Of course, Nantz and the networks are happy with a Duke win and who knows they may “hit the jackpot,” with a Duke/North Carolina “semi.” Let’s hope not, but I have again not heeded Beano’s maxim of being “willing to lose,” so look out (not the mountain near there, but Tobacco Road rivals, still 3 wins away and pretty fair odds vs, may meet later than ever and oh the hype that would yield).

For the record, Houston plus 1’d region top seed, Arizona while “Vill” covered and all teased Michigan, winning by 8 (“get it 8” said Bob Loebman, another whose life was ruined by gambling and drinking) as a 5 point “fave.”


Paolo Banchero, pictured above.

Like him or not and I have no real feeling either way, this Coach “K,” is an all-time great coach.

I regret not speaking to him (was not sure it was him but what was there to lose?!), as he sat near me, waiting for his wife Mickey to return from the bathroom, after a performance of “Beautiful” which is based on Carol King’s career. 

As with Ms. King, who I definitely do like, Mr. Krzyzewski has a prolific, outstanding set of (coaching) achievements. He got over the hump in ’91 and has added 4 more crowns after that. Only John Wooden with 10 has won more.

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