03.16.08 10 years ago 3 Comments

I've spent the last several days (justifiably) disparaging the Big Ten tourney, but this ridiculous ending to Minnesota's upset of Indiana (via Fan IQ) goes a long way in making up for all that painful-to-watch hoops — Blake Hoffarber's miracle shot has definitely given me an anticipatory hard-on for the tourney this week.  Of course, the Golden Gophers then lost to #10 seed Illinois (16-18, 5-13 Big Ten) in the semis, so the Illini have a chance to slip into the NCAAs today if they can upend powerhouse Wisconsin.

The Illini aren't the only unlikely team gunning for the tourney: previously woeful Georgia has shown moxie in the face of the tornado-adjusted schedule in the SEC tournament, as a pair of wins by the Bulldogs yesterday — they had four wins in the SEC all season — has put the 16-16 Dawgs a win over Arkansas away from the conference title and a berth in the Dance.

Other NCAA results: Memphis won its conference tourney for the third straight year; Pitt beat G-town for the Big East title; UCLA are your Pac-10 champs; and Clemson-UNC and Texas-Kansas round out the major conference action on ESPN today.

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