Monday, March 27, 2017

Raiders Vegas Bound

The only real question is, will they begin playing in Las Vegas in 2019 or 2020?

BLACK EYED SUSIE-Hank Penny and His Radio Cowboys (Recorded July, 1939)





Recorded in Memphis in July of 1939, we have Hank Penny and his Radio Cowboys with "Black-Eyed Susie."



Enjoy!



This is great Western swing right here!!

I LOVE YOU A THOUSAND WAYS by Hawkshaw Hawkins (King-1950)





From King Records in 1950 (recorded on November 10 of that year), here's Hawkshaw Hawkins singing his version of the Lefty Frizzell-penned "I Love You A Thousand Ways."

GETTIN' THAT LOW DOWN SWING by the Modern Mountaineers





From around 1937, here's a little Western swing with the Modern Mountaineers entitled "Gettin' That Low Down Swing."



Vocal by Smoky Wood.



Enjoy!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

T2 Drop Season Opener To Real Monarchs

At Portland, Oregon:

James Moberg (11') and Nick Besler (48') each scored once on Saturday as Real Monarchs SLC knocked off Portland Timbers 2 in the opening match of the United Soccer League season for both clubs 2-1 on the road.

Next up for T2, a road match against the Swope Park Rangers at Kansas City, Kansas on Wednesday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

NCAA South: Tar Heels Nose Out UK, Will Advance To 20th Final Four And Get Crack At Ducks

At Memphis, Tennessee:

In Sunday's final of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Region, Luke Maye (who scored 17 points) hit a jump shot with 0.3 seconds remaining as the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (31-7) defeated the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (32-6) 75-73 to advance to their record 20th Final Four.

The Tar Heels took control by scoring 12 unanswered points over the game's final five minutes.

Justin Jackson led UNC with 19 points.

The Heels will take on Oregon in a Final-Four national semifinal on Saturday at Glendale, Arizona.

NCAA East: Gamecocks Knock Off Gators, Advance To First-Ever Final Four; Zags Next On Tap In Battle Of FF Debutantes

At New York:

Sindarius Thornwell (named regional Most Valuable Player) scored 26 points as the seventh-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks (26-10) overcame a seven-point halftime deficit and outlasted the fourth-seeded Florida Gators (27-9) 77-70 in the final of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's East Region, enabling the Gamecocks to reach the Final Four for the first time in their history.

South Carolina will face off against Gonzaga on Saturday (in the first meeting between Final Four first-timers since 1973) at Glendale, Arizona in a national semifinal.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Crew Hand Timbers First Defeat With 3-2 Home Victory

At Columbus, Ohio:

In Saturday Major League Soccer action, Niko Hansen scored the winning goal in the 84th minute as the Columbus Crew knocked off the previously-unbeaten Portland Timbers 3-2 at home.

Justin Meram (11') and Ola Kamara (19') each scored once apiece for the Crew.

The Timbers' goals came courtesy of Dairon Asprilla (4') and Fanendo Adi (45'+2).

Portland will try to get back on the winning track next Sunday night at 6:00 PM at home against the New England Revolution (ESPN 2).

NCAA Midwest: Ducks Knock Off Jayhawks, Advance To First Final Four Since 1939

At Kansas City, Missouri:

Tyler Dorsey scored 27 points while Dillon Brooks added 17 as the third-seeded Oregon Ducks (33-5) knocked off the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (31-5) 74-60 on Saturday in winning the championship match of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament't Midwest Region.

The Ducks, who advanced to their first Final Four since 1939, when they defeated Ohio State to win the inaugural NCAA Tournament title, will face the winner of Sunday's Kentucky-North Carolina game next Saturday at Glendale, Arizona.

In his final game in a Kansas uniform, Frank Mason III scored 21 points to pace the Jayhawks.

NCAA West: Zags Disarm Musketeers, Reach Final Four For First Time

At San Jose, California:

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points on Saturday as the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs (36-1) dominated the eleventh-seeded Xavier Musketeers (24-14) 83-59 in the West Regional final of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament and advanced to their first-ever Final Four.

The Bulldogs-----who will face the winner of the Sunday Florida-South Carolina game next Saturday at Glendale, Arizona----become the first team from the West Coast Conference since San Francisco in 1957 to advance to the Final Four.

Friday, March 24, 2017

NCAA East: It's An All-SEC Affair As Gators Get Gamecocks In Big Apple Final Sunday

The East Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament took place on Friday with two contests at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

In the opener, Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points as the seventh-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks (25-10) advanced to their-ever Elite Eight by knocking off the third-seeded Baylor Bears (27-8) 70-50.



In the nightcap, Chris Chiozza delivered a game-winning three-point shot at the buzzer at the end of overtime as the fourth-seeded Florida Gators (27-8) upended the eighth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (27-10) 84-83.

KeVaughn Allen topped the Gators with a career-high 35 points, while Nigel Hayes, in his final game in a Wisconsin uniform, paced the Badgers with 22 of his own.



In an all-Southeastern Conference East Region final on Sunday in the Big Apple with a berth in the Final Four at steak, it will be Florida battling South Carolina (the two schools split their regular-season series).

NCAA South: Tar Heels, UK To Face Off Sunday For Final Four Berth

The semifinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Region took place on Friday with two games contested at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee:

In the opener, Joel Berry II scored 26 points while Justin Jackson added 24 as the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (30-7) outlasted the fourth-seeded Butler Bulldogs (25-9) 92-80 to advance to 26th Elite Eight.

Luke Maye contributed 16 points and 12 rebounds (his first career double-double) to the Heels' cause.

Andrew Chrabascz topped the Bulldogs with 21 points while grabbing seven rebounds.



In the nightcap, De'Aaron Fox scored a career-high 39 points (an NCAA Tourney single-game record for a freshman) as the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (32-5) downed the third-seeded UCLA Bruins (31-5) 86-75.

Malik Monk added 21 points to the 'Cats' coffers.


It will be a battle of college basketball bluebloods as Kentucky and North Carolina will square off in Memphis on Sunday for a berth in the Final Four.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

NCAA West: Zags Hold Off Mountaineers; Musketeers Shock Zona, Get Crack At Gonzaga For Final Four Berthj

The West Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament had its' semifinal round on Thursday with two games, both contested at the SAP Center in San Jose, California.

In the opener, Jordan Matthews delivered the key three-point basket with less than one minute remaining as the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs (35-1) held off the fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers (28-9) 61-58 to advance to the third Elite Eight in the school's history.

In the nightcap, Trevon Bluiett scored 25 points as the eleventh-seeded Xavier Musketeers (24-13) knocked off the second-seeded Arizona Wildcats (32-5) 73-71 for their first Elite Eight appearance since 2008.

Allonzo Trier, who scored 19 points, had a chance to pull out the game for the Wildcats, but he missed a three-point shot in the final seconds.

The Musketeers will face Gonzaga in Saturday's West Region final with the winner set to punch their ticket for the Final Four at Glendale, Arizona.

NCAA Midwest: Ducks Outlast Wolverines In Feisty Match; Jayhawks Demolish Boilermakers For Right To Face Oregon For Final Four Berth

Both games in the semifinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's Midwest Region were contested on Thursday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri as the overall round known as the "Sweet Sixteen" commenced.

In the opener, Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points, two of them on a go-ahead layup with 68 seconds remaining, as the third-seeded Oregon Ducks (32-5) outlasted the seventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines (26-12) 69-68, to reach the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year (they fell to Oklahoma last year).

Jordan Bell added sixteen points (as well as 13 rebounds) to the Ducks' coffers.

Derrick Walton, who scored 20 points to pace the Wolverines, had a chance to win the game for Michigan, but his long jumper was not converted.


In the nightcap, Frank Mason III and Devonte Graham each scored 26 points as the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (31-4) blindsided the fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers (27-8) 98-66.

The Jayhawks and Oregon will battle each other on Saturday in Kansas City for a berth in the Final Four at Glendale, Arizona.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

TEAM USA DOMINATES PUERTO RICO TO WIN FIRST WBC TITLE; MARCUS STROMAN NAMED TOURNEY MVP

At Los Angeles:

Pitcher Marcus Stroman---named tournament Most Valuable Player---pitched six-plus shutout innings (not surrendering a hit until the seventh inning) while Ian Kinsler hit a two-run home in the third inning and Brandon Crawford delivered a two-run single during a three-run seventh inning as the United States demolished Puerto Rico 8-0 on Wednesday night to win their first World Baseball Classic championship.

Won't Be Back With Any More Stuff: Farewell To Chuckie Baby

Chuck Barris, a songwriter-turned-game show impresario who created and/or developed The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game before going on to become the iconic host of the original version of The Gong Show, passed away on Tuesday at his Palisades, New York home at age 87.

The Philadelphia native may have had his first taste of fame in 1962 with a song he penned entitled "Palisades Park," which became a big hit for Freddy Cannon.

This was while Mr. Barris was working at ABC as its' investigator in the wake of the Payola scandal of the late 1950s and early 1960s, in an effort to keep American Bandstand host Dick Clark (who had to divest himself of his recording and song publishing interests to keep his job as Bandstand emcee) in line.

In 1965, Chuck came up with The Dating Game, in which a bachelor or bachelorette would pick a date amongst three unseen members of the opposite sex by asking the candidates at times embarrassing  questions.

The following year, he helped developed the next step, known as The Newlywed Game, which, more or least, followed the same premise.

But television viewers got to really know Chuck when he stepped in at the last second to become the master of ceremonies of The Gong Show, which debut on NBC in June of 1976 and ran for two years.  In 1977, after one season in syndication, he replaced Gary Owens as host of the nighttime version, which lasted until 1980, when Chuck ended production of all his game shows.

This program, seen as a parody of such programs as The Original Amateur Hour, featured some very good acts, some mediocre acts, and some bad----and even wretched---acts.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

NCAA East: Bears, Gamecocks Are Big Apple Bound

Two games were played in the quarterfinal round of the East Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday.

At BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Johnathan Motley scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the third-seeded Baylor Bears (27-7) nipped the eleventh-seeded Southern California Trojans (26-10) 82-78.

Chimezie Metu paced USC with 28 points.



At Bon Secours Wellness Center, Greenville, South Carolina:

Sindarius Thornwell scored 24 points as the seventh-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks (24-10) knocked off the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils (28-9) 88-81 to reach the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history.

Grayson Allen led the Blue Devils with 20 points.


NCAA South: UK, Heels, Bruins Pack Bags For Memphis

Three games in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Region were played on Sunday.

At Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis:

Bam Adebayo scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and block what would have been a game-tying three-point shot in the final seconds and the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (31-5) held off the tenth-seeded Wichita State Shockers (31-5) 65-62.

De'Aaron Fox scored 14 points for the Wildcats while Malik Monk came up with a steal and sank two free throws in the final 13 seconds. 

Landry Shamet, whose three-point shot was blocked at the end of the game, topped the Shockers with 20 points.



At Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina:

Kennedy Meeks scored 16 points and produced a big-time tip-in with 44.2 seconds remaining as the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (29-7) finished the match on the 12-0 run and overcame the eighth-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks (26-10) 72-65.



At Golden 1 Center, Sacramento:

Lonzo Ball scored 19 points and dished out nine assists as the third-seeded UCLA Bruins (31-4) defeated the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats (30-6) 79-67.

NCAA Midwest: Wolverines, Jayhawks, Ducks Punch Tickets For KC

Eight games were played in the regional quarterfinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on Sunday, with three of them contested in the Midwest Region.

At Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis:

Moe Wagner scored a career-high 26 points to help lead the eighth-seeded Michigan Wolverines (26-11) past the second-seeded Louisville Cardinals (25-9) 73-69.



At BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Josh Jackson scored 14 of his 23 points in the second half as the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (30-4) dominated the ninth-seeded Michigan State Spartans (20-15) 90-70.

Frank Mason III added to the Jayhawks' coffers by scoring 20 points.

Miles Bridges paced the Spartans with 22 points.



At Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California:

Tyler Dorsey (who scored 27 points) delivered the game-winning three-point shot with 38.4 seconds remaining as the third-seeded Oregon Ducks (31-5) scored the last seven points of the game to upend the 11th-seeded Rhode Island Rams (25-10) 75-72.

Stanford Robinson paced URI (who saw their winning streak snapped at nine games) with 21 points.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Timbers Overcome Dynamo To Maintain 100% Start To Season

At Portland, Oregon:

Diego Valeri scored twice (PK-11', 58') while David Guzman (66') and Fanendo Adi (88') each added a goal on Saturday night as the Portland Timbers came back from a 2-1 halftime deficit to overcome the visiting Houston Dynamo 4-2 maintain their perfect start to their Major League Soccer campaign.

The Timbers will take on the Columbus Crew on the road next Saturday at 4:30 PM Pacific Time (ROOT Sports Northwest).

Chuck Berry, Rock 'N' Roll's Poet Laureate, R.I.P.

Legendary singer, guitarist, and songwriter Chuck Berry, the artist who helped defined Rock 'n' Roll music, passed away on Saturday from pneumonia at age 90.

The St. Charles, Missouri Police Department confirmed Mr. Berry's passing on its' Facebook page after attempts to save his life proved futile.

It appeared that in writting all of those hit songs, Chuck had a better feel of what teenagers in the mid and late 1950s wanted than the teenagers themselves.

Chuck will be remembered for such hits as "Maybelline" (1955), "Roll Over Beethoven" (1956), "School Day" (1957), "Rock 'N' Roll Music" (1957), "Sweet Little Sixteen" (1958), and "Johnny B. Goode" (1958), amongst many, many others.

You can find a more detailed look at Chuck's life and career right here.

NCAA Midwest: Boilermakers Top Cyclones, Head To Sweet Sixteen

At Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

In the lone Saturday contest in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's Midwest Region, Caleb Swanigan scored 20 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out seven assists as the fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers (27-7) upended the fifth-seeded Iowa State Cyclones (24-11) 80-76.

Vince Edwards added 21 points and ten rebounds to the Boilermakers' coffers.

The Cyclones' Deonte Burton scored 17 of his 25 points in the second half as Iowa State battled back from a 19-point second-half deficit to make it a game, even taking a short-lived lead late in the second half.

Matt Thomas added to the Cyclones' coffers with 20 points.

NCAA South: Bulldogs Topped Blue Raiders, Head To Sweet Sixteen

At Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

The fourth-seeded Butler Bulldogs (25-8) , with Kelan Martin scoring 19 points, knocked out twelfth-seeded Middle Tennessee (31-5) 74-65 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in the lone Saturday contest in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Region.

JaCory Williams paced the Blue Raiders with 20 points.

NCAA East: Badgers Oust Defending Champs; Gators Join Badgers On Road To MSG

Two games in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's East Regional are set to be contested on Saturday.

At KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York:

Nigel Hayes scored 19 points---two of them on a layup with 11.4 seconds remaining----as the eighth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (27-9) ousted the defending champions---and top overall seed---Villanova Wildcats (32-4) 65-62.

Josh Hart paced the Wildcats with 19 points.



At Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida:

Devin Robinson scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the fourth-seeded Florida Gators (26-8) devoured the fifth-seeded Virginia Cavaliers (23-11) 65-39.

NCAA West: Mountaineers, Zags, Zona, Musketeers Advance To Sweet Sixteen

The Round of 32 in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament commenced on Saturday with four of them contested in the West Region.

At Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah:

Nigel Williams-Goss scored 20 points as the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs (34-1) ended eighth-seeded Northwestern's inaugural NCAA Tourney run with a 79-73 victory.

Bryant McIntosh paced the Wildcats (24-12) with 20 points.


Lauri Markkanen scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the second-seeded Arizona Wildcats (32-4) came back from a one-point halftime deficit and held off the seventh-seeded Saint Mary's Gaels (29-5) 69-60.

Jock Landale paced the Gaels with 19 points while grabbing 11 rebounds.


At KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York:

Jevon Carter scored 24 points as the fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers (28-8) became the first team to lock up a berth in the Sweet Sixteen by holding off the fifth-seeded Fighting Irish of Notre Dame (26-10) 83-71.

Bonzie Colson paced Notre Dame with 27 points.



At Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida:

Trevor Bluiett scored 29 points as the eleventh-seeded Xavier Musketeers (23-13) shiskabobbed the third-seeded Florida State Seminoles (26-9) 91-66.

Dwayne Bacon topped FSU with 20 points but missed all five three-point attempts.

Friday, March 17, 2017

NCAA South: Heels, Hogs, Shockers, Bearcats, UK, UCLA Advance

Six games were contested on Friday in Round-of-64 play in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Region.


At Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina:

Moses Kingsley scored 23 points while Jaylen Barford---who converted the go-ahead jumper with 57.8 seconds remaining---added 20 as the eighth-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks (26-9) defeated the ninth-seeded Seton Hall Pirates (21-12) 77-71.

Justin Jackson scored 21 points as the top-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels (27-7), with six players scoring in double digits,  demolished the sixteenth-seeded Texas Southern Tigers (23-11) 103-64.



At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis:

The tenth-seeded Wichita State Shockers (31-4) racked up their 16th straight game by defeating the seventh-seeded Dayton Flyers (24-8) 64-58, despite 25 points from the Flyers' Scoochie Smith.  

Landry Shamet tallied 13 points for the Shockers.

Bam Adebayo scored 15 points and grabbed 18 rebounds while De'Aaron Fox scored 19 himself as the second-seeded Kentucky Wildcats (30-5) finally defeated the stubborn fifteenth-seeded Northern Kentucky Norse (24-11) 79-70.

Lavone Holland II paced the Norse, who were playing in their first NCAA Tourney in their first season of eligibility (only the seventh school to do so since 1970), with 22 points.


At Golden 1 Center, Sacramento:

Troy Caupain scored 23 points as the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats (30-5) defeated the #11-seeded Kansas State Wildcats (21-14) 75-61.

T.J. Leaf scored 23 points to help carry the third-seeded UCLA Bruins (30-4) to a 97-80 victory over the 14th-seeded Kent State Golden Flashes (22-14).  Thomas Welsh added 16 points to the Bruins' coffers.

The Flashes were led by Jaylin Walker and Jimmy Hall, Jr. who scored 23 and 20 points, respectively.

NCAA East: Baylor, Southern Cal, Duke Advance

Four Round-of-64 games in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament are set to be contested on Friday.

At BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Al Freeman came off the bench to score 21 points as the #3-seeded Baylor Bears (26-7) defeated the 14th-seeded New Mexico State Aggies (28-6) 91-73.

Ian Baker and Braxton Huggins each scored 19 points for the Aggies.



Elijah Stewart scored 22 points as the 11th-seeded Southern California Trojans (26-9) came from behind to upend the sixth-seeded Southern Methodist Mustangs (30-5) 66-65. 

Semi Ojeleye scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for SMU, whose winning streak was snapped at 16 games.



At Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, South Carolina:

Grayson Allen scored 21 points (15 of them on five three-pointers) while Jayson Tatum added 18 (to go with his 12 rebounds) as the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils (28-8) overpowered the fifteenth-seeded Troy Trojans (22-15) 87-65, ending the Alabama school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.

Sindarius Thornwell scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the seventh-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks (23-10), 44 years to the day after their most recent NCAA Tourney victory, downed the tenth-seeded Marquette Golden Eagles (19-13) 93-73. P.J. Dozier added 21 points (13 in the second half) to the Gamecocks' coffers.

NCAA Midwest: Ducks Coast Past Iona; Michigan, Louisville, Jayhawks, Rhode Island, Sparty Also Advance

16 games are on the Friday NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament schedule, six of them  in the Midwest Region.

At Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis:

Derrick Walton, Jr. scored 26 points and dished off eleven assists as the seventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines (25-11) held off the tenth-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-13) 92-91, despite 23 points from the Cowboys' Juwan Evans.

Mangok Mathlang scored 18 points while Quentin Snider and Deng Adel each added 16 as the second-seeded Louisville Cardinals (25-8) downed the Jacksonville State Gamecocks (20-15) 78-63, spoiling the Alabama school's NCAA Tourney debut.

Norbertas Giga topped the Gamecocks with 30 points while grabbing nine rebounds.



At Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California:

Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points as the third-seeded Oregon Ducks (30-5) built up a 27-point second-half lead and coasted to a 93-77 victory over 14th-seeded Iona (22-13).

In his final college game, Jordan Washington topped the Gaels with 22 points.



Jeff Dowtin scored a career-high 23 points to lead the 11th-seeded Rhode Island Rams (25-9) past the sixth-seeded Creighton Bluejays (25-10) 84-72.



At BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Frank Mason III scored 22 points and dished out eight assists as the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks (29-4) hammered the sixteenth-seeded UC Davis Aggies (23-13) 100-62.

Chima Moneke paced the Aggies with 20 points.

In the 33 years now since the tournament expanded to 64 teams, the #1 seeds hold a 132-0 record against the #16 seeds.

Nick Wood converted eight of nine shots from the field as he netted 19 points as the ninth-seeded Michigan State Spartans (20-14) upended the eighth-seeded Miami Hurricanes (21-12) 78-58.








Thursday, March 16, 2017

NCAA South:Bulter Too Much For Winthrop; Blue Raiders Upset Gophers

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's South Region commenced on Thursday with two games, both contested at Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center.


In the opener, Avery Woodson scored 18 points---all of them on a career-high-equalizing six three-pointers as the fourth-seeded Butler Bulldogs (24-8) defeated the thirteenth-seeded Winthrop Eagles (26-7) 76-64.

Xavier Cooks topped the Eagles with 23 points.

In the nightcap, Reggie Upshaw scored 19 points as the twelfth-seeded Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (31-4) knocked off the fifth-seeded Minnesota Golden Gophers  (24-10) 81-72.

NCAA Midwest: Boilermakers, Cyclones Advance

The NCAA Men's Division Men's Basketball Tournament's Midwest Region is set to open with two games, played at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

In the opener, Vincent Edwards scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to help guide the fourth-seeded Purdue Boilermakers (26-7) past the thirteenth-seeded Vermont Catamounts (29-6) 80-70, snapping the longest current winning streak in Division I at 21.

While grabbing nine rebounds, Anthony Lamb paced the Catamounts with 20 points.



In the nightcap, Monte Morris scored 19 points as the fifth-seeded Iowa State Cyclones (24-10) held off 12th-seeded Nevada (28-7) 84-73.

Cameron Oliver scored 22 points and Jordan Caroline added 20 to pace the Wolf Pack.

NCAA East: Nova, Cavs, Badgers, Gators Advance

The East Region of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament opened on Thursday with four games.

At Amway Arena, Orlando, Florida:

Fifth-seeded Virginia (23-10) survived a scare and held off #12-seeded UNC Wilmington (29-6) 71-66.  London Perrantes scored 24 points while Marial Shayok added a career-high 23 off the bench to pace the Cavaliers, who came back from a 15-point deficit to upend the Seahawks.

Devin Robinson equaled his career high of 24 points as the fourth-seeded Florida Gators (25-8) knocked out the 13th-seeded East Tennessee State Buccaneers (27-8) 80-65.


At KeyBank Center, Buffalo, New York:

In the opener, Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points as the top overall seed Villanova Wildcats (32-3) overcame a sluggish start to overpower the sixteenth-seeded Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (20-16) 76-56.

Miles Wilson topped the Mountaineers with 22 points.

In the nightcap, Bronson Koenig scored 28 points (converting a school-record eight three-point shots in the process) as the eighth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers (26-9) held off ninth-seeded Virginia Tech (22-11) 84-74.  

Zach LeDay came off the bench to pace the Hokies with 23 points. 

NCAA West: Zags, WVU, Northwestern, Xavier, Seminoles, Gaels, Fighting Irish, Zona Advance To Round of 32

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's Round of 64 commenced on Thursday with 16 games, eight of them in the East Region.

At Key Bank Arena, Buffalo, New York:

The fifth-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish (26-9), with Bonzie Coleman scoring 18 points, defeated 12th-seeded Princeton (23-7) 60-85, snapping the Tigers' 19-game winning streak.



Tarik Phillip scored 16 points while Nathan Adrian added 12 (to go with his 10 rebounds) as the fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers (27-8) defeated the 13th-seeded Bucknell Bison (26-9) 86-80.

Kimbal Mackenzie paced the Bison with 23 points.



At Vivint Smart Home Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah:

Jordan Matthews scored 16 points to carry the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs (33-1) to a 66-46 victory over the sixteenth-seeded South Dakota State Jackrabbits (18-17).

Bryant McIntosh scored 25 points (two of them on a pair of clutch free throws with 14. 6 seconds remaining) as the eighth-seeded Northwestern Wildcats (24-11), in their NCAA Tourney debut, held off the ninth-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores (19-16) 68-66.

Matthew Fisher-Davis scored 14 of his Commodores-leading 22 points in the second half, but he committed an inexplicable foul that allowed Mr. McIntosh to sink those free throws in the final seconds. 



Jock Landale scored 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the seventh-seeded Saint Mary's Gaels (29-4) got the better of the tenth-seeded Virginia Commonwealth Rams (26-9) 85-77, offsetting a 30-point performance from VCU's JeQuan Lewis.



 In the final Thursday West Region match in SLC, Lauri Markkanen and Rawle Alkins each scored 20 points as the second-seeded Arizona Wildcats (31-4) ruined the NCAA Tourney debut of fifteenth-seeded North Dakota (22-10) 100-82.

Quinton Hooker scored 25 points while Drick Bernstine added 20 (to go with his ten rebounds) to pace the Fighting Hawks.


At Amway Center, Orlando, Florida:

In the first of two games in Orlando, Trevon Bluiett scored 18 of his 21 points in the second half as the eleventh-seeded Xavier Musketeers (22-13) knocked off the sixth-seeded Maryland Terrapins (24-9) 76-65.

In the nightcap, Dwayne Bacon scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the third-seeded Florida State Seminoles (26-8) held off the 14th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (26-8) 86-80.

Brandon Goodwin paced FGCU with 28 points.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: UC Davis, Southern Cal Advance To Round of 16

Two games were contested at the University of Dayton Arena in (where else?) Dayton, Ohio as the First Four portion of the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament came to a close.

In the opener, Chima Moneke scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the UC Davis Aggies (23-12), in their NCAA Tourney debut, overcame 18 turnovers and overcame the North Carolina-Central Eagles (25-9) 67-63.

The Aggies, as a #16 seed, will face top-seeded Kansas in a Midwest Regional contest on Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma



In the nightcap, Bennie Boatwright scored a career-high 24 points as the Southern California Trojans (25-9) overcame a 17-point second-half deficit to knock off the Providence Friars (20-13) 75-71 as the Trojans avenged their defeat in last year's opening round to the Big East Conference school.

Southern Cal, as a #11 seed,  will take on sixth-seeded Southern Methodist in a East Regional match on Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Nurse Connie!

Here's a photo of Constance Bennett from her 1931 motion picture "Born to Love."

Connie!



Here's a glamor photo of screen legend Constance Bennett.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NCAA Tournament: Mount St. Mary's Outlasts Privateers For Crack At Nova; K-State Tops Wake To Get Shot At Cincy

Two "First Four" contests were played at the University of Dayton Arena in (where else?) Dayton, Ohio as the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament commenced.

In the opener, Junior Robinson, Division I's smallest player at 5', 5" tall, stood tall as he scored 23 points as the Mount St. Mary's Mountaineers (20-15) picked up only their second-ever NCAA tourney victory by outlasting the New Orleans Privateers (20-12), playing in their first NCAA tourney game since 1996, 67-66.

The Mountaineers---as a #16 seed---will take on the defending national champions---and top overall seed---Villanova Wildcats in an East Region contest on Friday in Buffalo, New York.

In the nightcap, Kamau Stokes scored 19 of his 22 points in the second half as the Kansas State Wildcats (21-13) defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (19-14) 95-88.

Wesley Iwundu topped the Wildcats with 24 points.

John Collins paced the Deacons with 26 points while grabbing nine rebounds. 

The Wildcats will be the #11 seed in the South Regional and will take on the sixth-seeded Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday in Sacramento, California.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Ducks Drop To #9 In Both Polls

After falling just short against Arizona in Saturday night's Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament championship match, the Oregon Ducks, seeded third in the upcoming NCAA Tournament's South Region (they'll face #14-seeded Iona on Friday in Sacramento), dropped down four spots to #9 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls.

NCAA Tournament: Field of 68 Set; Ducks Get Iona In Sacramento; Northwestern Finally Makes It

The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament's field of 68 was set on Sunday.

All times are Pacific Daylight.

First Four, with all four contests to be played at Dayton, Ohio:

Tuesday:

Mount St. Mary's vs. New Orleans, for the right to be the #16 seed in the East Region, 3:40 PM (truTV)

Kansas State vs. Wake Forest, for the right to be the #11 in the South Region, 6:10 PM (truTV)

Wednesday:

North Carolina Central vs. UC-Davis, for the right to be the #16 seed in the Midwest Region, 3:40 PM (truTV)

Providence vs. Southern California, for the right to be the #11 seed in the East Region, 6:10 PM (truTV)



EAST REGION:

Thursday:

At Buffalo, New York:

#1 Villanova (top overall seed) vs. #16 (Mount St. Mary's-New Orleans winner), 4:10 PM (CBS)

#8 Wisconsin vs. #9 Virginia Tech, 6:40 PM (CBS)

At Orlando, Florida:

#5 Virginia vs. #12 UNC-Wilmington (9:40 PM truTV)

#4 Florida vs. #13 East Tennessee State, 12:10 PM AM (truTV)

Friday:

At Tulsa, Oklahoma:

#3 Baylor vs. #14 New Mexico State, 9:40 AM (truTV)

#6 Southern Methodist vs. #16 (Providence-Southern California winner), 12:10 PM (truTV)

At Greenville, South Carolina:

#2 Duke vs. #15 Troy, 4:20 PM (TBS)

#7 South Carolina vs. #10 Marquette, 6:50 PM (TBS)



WEST REGION:

Thursday:

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

#1 Gonzaga vs. #16 South Dakota State, 11:00 AM (TBS)

#8 Northwestern #9 Vanderbilt, 1:30 Pm (TBS)

At Buffalo, New York:

#5 Notre Dame vs. #12 Princeton, 9:15 AM (CBS)

#4 West Virginia vs. #13 Bucknell, 11:45 AM (CBS)

At Orlando, Florida:

#6 Maryland vs. #11 Xavier, 3:50 PM (TNT)

#3 Florida State vs. #14 Florida Gulf Coast, 6:20 PM (TNT)

At Salt Lake City, Utah:

#7 Saint Mary's vs. #10 Virginia Commonwealth, 4:20 PM (TBS)

#2 Arizona vs. #15 North Dakota, 9:50 PM (TBS)



MIDWEST REGION:

Thursday:

At Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

#4 Purdue vs. #13 Vermont, 4:27 PM (truTV)

#5 Iowa State vs. #12 Nevada, 6:57 PM (truTV)

Friday:

At Tulsa, Oklahoma:

#1 Kansas vs. #16 (NC Central-UC Davis winner), 3:50 PM (TNT)

#8 Miami (Florida) vs. #9Michigan State, 6:20 PM (TNT)

At Sacramento, California:

#3 Oregon vs. #14 Iona, 11:00 AM (TBS)

#6 Creighton vs. #11 Rhode Island, 1:30 PM (TBS)

At Indianapolis:

#7 Michigan vs. #10 Oklahoma State, 9:15 AM (CBS)

#2 Louisville vs. #15 Jacksonville State, 11:45 AM (CBS)



SOUTH REGIONAL:

Thursday:

At Milwaukee:

#4 Butler vs. #13 Winthrop, 10:30 AM (TNT)

#5 Minnesota vs. #12 Middle Tennessee, 1:00 AM (TNT)

Friday:

#8 Arkansas vs. #9 Seton Hall, 10:30 AM (TNT)

#1 North Carolina vs. #16 Texas Southern, 1:00 PM (TNT)

At Sacramento:

#6 Cincinnati vs. #11 (Kansas State-Wake Forest winner), 4:27 PM (truTV)

#3 UCLA vs. #14 Kent State, 6:57 PM (truTV)

At Indianapolis:

#7 Dayton vs. #10 Wichita State, 4:10 PM (CBS)

#2 Kentucky vs. #15 Northern Kentucky, 6:40 PM (CBS)