I just Googled “I hate Duke” just to see how many websites I could find that share an obsession with hating the newly-crowned NCAA Basketball champions.
Chasson Randle hit two free throws with 3.4 seconds left in overtime, and Stanford won the second NIT title of his career, edging Miami 66-64 on Thursday.
Amber Orrange scored 24 points and Lili Thompson added 19 as Stanford’s backcourt mates took the game over in the second half Monday to lead the fourth-seeded Cardinal to an 86-76 victory over fifth-seeded Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Reshanda Gray spent the closing minutes pounding her chest in celebration and running up and down the bench high-fiving as California’s supporting cast closed out an impressive NCAA Tournament opener at home in Haas Pavilion.
Every March, 60 million Americans or more fill out NCAA brackets, predicting the winner of the men’s basketball championship. A good percentage are doing it to be part of the pop culture phenomenon, not because they are sports fans, and this fact leads to mind-numbing confusion about the championship and the office pool.
If you’re just now remembering to fill out your March Madness bracket then you may also just be learning that not a single Northern California team qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Assuming your alma mater is also out, then you’re scrambling to find a team to care about.
One sure way to see your bracket busted is to bet on the local team going too far in the tournament. Most Californians won’t have that problem.
Let’s face it, 70 percent of self-proclaimed sports fans have pretty much ignored college basketball up until this point. But by the end of the month, many of us will be screaming at our television sets hoping some 19-year-old from a university we’ve barely heard of hits his free throws. How are we going to get there?
This is the dilemma when you don’t win enough in January and February: You’re left in March scoreboard watching, hoping other teams lose. That’s where the Stanford men’s basketball team finds itself today as it prepares for its final two regular-season games.
In his final season with the Cardinal, Randle is the utensil which stirs the pot for Stanford, which headed into play this week with an overall mark of 18-10 (lost to Oregon on March 1 73-70) and 9-7 in league play.
The annual battle between the California Golden Bears and Stanford Cardinal is one of college football’s oldest rivalries. Here are photos from the most recent editions of the Big Game.