ODDS TO WIN NCAA TOURNAMENT
North Carolina 7-1
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TOP NBA PROSPECTS IN NCAAs
1. Lonzo Ball, UCLA. The 6-6 freshman point guard has NBA scouts drooling because of his size and ability to distribute. Possible No. 2 pick.
2. Josh Jackson, Kansas. A 6-8 freshman, he’s an athletic wing who draws comparisons to Kansas product Andrew Wiggins.
3. Jonathan Isaac, Florida State. The 6-10 freshman has a 7-1 wingspan but has guard skills.
4. Jayson Tatum, Duke. A 6-8 freshman wing with a good body, good in the open court and as a defender.
5. De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky. The 6-3 freshman point guard has the speed and athleticism that draws comparisons with John Wall.
TOP NBA PROSPECTS IN BUFFALO
1. Josh Hart, Villanova. The 6-5 senior does a little bit of everything. He’s rated by most in the top half of the second round.
2. V.J. Beachem, Notre Dame. A good spot-up shooter, the 6-8 senior has the length to develop into a capable pro defender. Second-rounder.
3. Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin. A 6-8 senior with good strength, he probably will have to develop better perimeter shooting to stick as a pro.
WINNINGEST DIVISION I COACHES
1. Mike Krzyzewski 1,070
2. Jim Boeheim 903
3. Bob Knight 902
4. Dean Smith 879
5. Adolph Rupp 876
6. Jim Calhoun 873
7. Jim Phelan 830
8. Bob Huggins 817
9. Rollie Massimino 816
10. Roy Williams 810
(In the 2017 NCAA Tournament)
1. Mike Krzyzewski, Duke $7.29M
2. John Calipari, Kentucky $6.87M
3. Rick Pitino, Louisville $5.09M
4. Sean Miller, Arizona $4.94M
5. Bill Self, Kansas $4.94M
HOW BUFFALO SURVIVORS FARED
Oklahoma State defeated Seton Hall, 68-66 in Sweet Sixteen; lost to Florida, 77-65 in Elite Eight.
Seton Hall lost to Oklahoma State, 68-66, in Sweet Sixteen.
Saint Joseph’s defeated Wake Forest, 84-80, in Sweet Sixteen; lost to Oklahoma State, 64-62, in Elite Eight.
UConn defeated Vanderbilt, 73-60 in Sweet Sixteen, defeated Alabama, 87-71, in Elite Eight; defeated Duke, 79-78, in semifinals; defeated Georgia Tech, 82-73 for national championship.
Pitt lost to UCLA, 64-55, in Sweet Sixteen.
Butler lost to Florida, 65-57, in Sweet Sixteen.
Syracuse lost to Butler, 63-59, in Sweet Sixteen.
West Virginia defeated Washington, 69-56, in Sweet Sixteen; defeated Kentucky, 73-66, in Elite Eight; lost to Duke, 78-57, in semifinals.
Dayton defeated Stanford, 82-72, in Sweet Sixteen; lost to Florida, 62-52, in Elite Eight.
UConn defeated Iowa State, 81-76, in Sweet Sixteen; defeated Michigan State, 60-54, in Elite Eight; defeated Florida, 63-53 in semifinals; defeated Kentucky, 60-54, for national championship.
FOUR TO REMEMBER
(The Buffalo buzzer-beaters)
2014 - Vee Sanford’s driving 5-foot bank shot with 3.8 second left propels Dayton, an 11th seed, to a 60-59 victory over Ohio State as the Buckeyes Aaron Craft misses a running 12-footer at the buzzer. The Flyers took down third-seeded Syracuse, 55-53, two days later.
2007 - VCU sophomore Eric Maynor completes his torment of sixth-seeded Duke by nailing a 17-footer with 1.8 seconds left, giving the Rams a 79-77 victory and their first tournament triumph in 22 years. Maynor finishes with 22 points.
2000 - Shaheen Holloway drives the length of the floor for the winning layup Seton Hall beats Oregon in overtime, 72-71.
2000 - With Holloway sidelined by an ankle sprain, Ty Shine steps in and scores a career-high 26 points, including the decisive three-pointer with 18.9 seconds left in overtime, to lead 10th-seeded Seton Hall to a stunning 67-65 victory over second-seeded Temple.
GOATS OF BUFFALO BRACKET
Best all-time players for our visitors:
Villanova: Paul Arizin.
West Virginia: Jerry West.
Notre Dame: Adrian Dantley.
Wisconsin: Michael Finley.
Virginia Tech: Del Curry.
Princeton: Bill Bradley.
Bucknell: Al Leslie.
Mount St. Mary’s: Fred Carter.
New Orleans: Ervin Johnson.