Me too on "what ifs"" I know had we made it this far... the first semi final game would have been much more entertaining with Illini in place of Houston.Gonzaga is the first team to bring an undefeated record into the championship game since Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979.www.stltoday.com
as a BB fan in general, this was a great game, a classic.....
as an Illini fan .....2005 Illini vs Az
Griffey's last second layup defeating the # 1 ranked loosiers
Kaufman's 3 pter beating the squwaks
many of Ayo's closing shots
I have a vested interest in my beloved.......last night it was just a great tourney game....
I still ache terribling from the Loyola game results and still play the "" what if """" game for this year's tourney....
Agreed ...UCLA loses to USC, Colo, Oregon and Ore State in the last 4 Conf games and gets to F4 and does this in semifinal? Are you kidding me?If the tourney showed anything, it’s that the pac 12 was a really conference
But UCLA also won two OT games in the NCAA tourney. So they're still on the plus side of close games.gotta feel for Bruins 3rd buzzer beater loss of the season.
On the other hand......Agreed ...UCLA loses to USC, Colo, Oregon and Ore State in the last 4 Conf games and gets to F4 and does this in semifinal? Are you kidding me?
My bracket picking has always had bias for end of season W streaks. This run UCLA had crushes that approach/theory.
Now with that said, I don't think any other team in the field of 68 could have beaten either Gonzaga or UCLA last night --- given the way they played on that one particular night.
Gonzaga winning on Monday night makes them the first undefeated National Champ in 45 years, since the Loosiers did in (I believe) 1976. They want to stay the most recent example of unblemished success, not start to hear about Gonzaga being the most recent example.Why is that?
I believe the Illini validated that position very well for you this year.On the other hand......
I've taken just the opposite approach for the past 30 years. I try to never get sucked into "hot streaks" to close out the regular season (including conference tourney play).