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Stephens Basketball Report: Sweet 16's






Robert Stephens, Featured Writer

It's the round of 16 for this year's NCAA Tournament, and the Hoyas will not be there. .


March 28, 2013 - The Hoyas of Georgetown dropped their NCAA Tournament opener to media darling Florida Gulf Coast University 78-68 in Philadelphia Friday night. The Eagles a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference stunned the second seed Hoyas outscoring the Big East club 54-46 in the second half.

"They played well. You know, they outplayed us tonite. Have to give them all the credit for the outcome. You know, its hard to sit here right now just with the extreme disappointment and recap, think about the entire season, because it came to and end quickly. But I'm proud of this group. They worked extremely hard this year. But you've got to give them all the credit." said Hoya coach John Thompson 3rd at his post game press conference.

Six foot four inch Sr. wing Sherwood Brown led the Eagles with 24 points and 9 rebounds. 6'3 So. guard Bernard Thompson chipped in with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Brett Comer who I had never seen until this weekend along with a majority of the nation ran the offense smoothly dishing out 10 assist while scoring 12 points.

Otto Porter and the Hoyas are not dancing anymore.

The Hoyas were led by Markel Starks who finished the evening with 23 points. Otto Porter chipped in with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Porter had an off night shooting (5-17) from the floor. Jabril Trawick
finished with 11 points and 5 rebounds.

The Hoyas shot 37.6% from the floor. The Eagles finished their night shooting 42.9% from the floor. Georgetown finished their season with a record of 25-8.

Florida Gulf Coast University improved to 25-10. Let’s stay in the South Bracket where the Hoyas were the number two seed. What would "March Madness" be without the element of surprise, the buzzer beaters, and what seed were they question which has resonated more in this tournament than prior tournaments that I can remember. There is some validity due to the recent surprises in the tournament. Notice the word choice of suprise is given in this text of one and done.

So what does Florida Gulf Coast University due for an encore after their big win over the Hoyas friday night. The Eagles return to the scene of the first crime and defeat San Diego St. 78-68 to become the first 15 seed to advance to the sweet 16. Okay !

"Our goal was to make history and we did it." said head coach Andy Enfield. "We tried to scrimmage them early in the preseason. Now we get our shot."

I don't wear a suit but in our NCAA MADNESS early edition we discussed the loss of Jordan Adams UCLA's second leading scorer was a huge hit for the Bruins short bench. Minnesota the 11th seed takes out the Bruins 83-63. Less than a week later Minnesota coach Tubby Smith gets fired.

Some other scores from the South Region. Number nine Temple beat #9 N.C. State 76-72. In defense of State those games should always be close. The suprise to me was the dominance of Michigan beating VCU 78-53 after VCU had destroyed Akron by 46 ! Friday and Sunday from Jerryworld in Arlington, Texas its Kansas (31-5) the number one seed versus Michigan (26-7) in one matchup. In the other matchup it’s the number three seed Florida Gators (28-) versus FGCU (26-10).

Conventional wisdom says go chalk on this one but it just seems that chalk doesn't apply this time. I am going with the gut reaction that Michigan will beat Florida for the South Region championship.

Coach Enfield seems to be a bright coach but to call out Donovan in a one game match with these stakes I am going with the Don.

The East regional had two suprises as # 9 Temple edged #8 N.C. State 76-72. In defense of State that matchup should always be a tough out for either team. #12 California defeated UNLV 64-61. In what was one of the best games in the tournament Marquette edged Davidson 59-58 in a thriller which saw the #14 seed Wildcats give the #3 seed Marquette all they could handle.

Marquette (25-8) is leading a charmed life in the tournament sneaking past Butler 74-72 to advance to MCI Arena to face ACC Champion Miami (28-6). Miami will move on without 6'9 reserve man in the middle Reggie Johnson 18 minutes, 6.7pts. 4.8 rebs. Hurricane can get past Marquette but can they best Indiana (29-6) who should get by Syracuse (28-9) and Don Boeheim. Johnson a role player is a big loss for the Hurricane because he plays a big role! Miami in the East. The games at Verizon Center will be played Thursday and Saturday.

Shane Larkin and the 'Canes hope to advance today (i95Ballerz.com).

The Midwest held serve for the most part with the exception of PAC-12 representative Oregon (28-8). The Ducks a #12 seed defeated #5 Oklahoma St. 68-55 and #4 St. Louis 74-57 obviously they didn't get the memo. I was really suprised by the performance of Oklahoma St. thought they would put up a better performance. The Midwest tournament will be played at Indianapolis on Friday and Sunday.

The Cardinals of Louisville were seeded as the number one team in the tournament. Louisville (31-5) will face upstart Oregon in one semifinal matchup. In the second matchup it will be Don K and Duke (28-5) versus Don Izzo of Michigan State (27-8). What is this Don talk, okay if you haven't figured it out NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP is immediate coronation like it or not. Duke and Michigan State!

Speaking of Duke fresh off their win over Creighton in Philadelphia Sunday Tyler Thornton (Gonzaga) "I remembered when we got knocked out in the first round I was in the gym the next day shooting."

"This year we have really focused on the tournament (NCAA) and hopefully we will meet the challenge."

Next to Thornton's locker is soph. Quinn Cook (DeMatha) I am sitting in the middle of these two from the DMV.

"I took this year very seriously their were a lot of things I needed to work on." said Cook. I concentrated on my speed, strength , and handle.

"I was a little frustrated tonite my shot wasn't falling the way I want it to but I did some other things to help us." When I get back to school I'm going to work on my shot.

"We have to play as a team and concentrate on the things that got us here. said Thornton the elder statesmen of the two." There are a lot of good teams in the tournament but if we can execute we should be okay but we have to be able to do that.

"I think we will be okay we just gotta do the things coach as in the (game) plan and we will be fine." said Cook.

"I heard about the city title game. I hope they get it right by letting the WCAC play the city champ." said Thornton. "I wish we were in DC but Indianpolis is the site so hopefully everything we be okay". said Cook. At that point one of the Duke coaches hollers Fifteen minutes ! "Good luck fellows"

Louisville or Michigan State ? How many times will Pitino get to the door step of the coronation.

The Wild West was just that as #1 Gonzaga went down to #9 Wichita State 76-70. Number #3 New Mexico was defeated by #14 Harvard 68-62. Number #4 Kansas St. fell victim to #13 LaSalle 63-61.

So who is left for Los Angeles ? Number nine Wichita State (28-8) versus # 13 LaSalle (24-9) are in one bracket. In the marquee matchup it will be #6 Arizona (27-7) versus #2 Ohio St. (28-7). This should be a cake walk for the Buckeyes who had looked to be the favorite before Gonzaga's demise.

Arizona will have the big crowd at its disposal but Ohio State should be too strong for the Wildcats to handle.


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