Looking at the Tourney Clock
Welcome to a friendly rivalry version of BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all your offbeat NCAA tournament needs. Today’s edition looks into the true length of the final minute in an NCAA tournament basketball game.
We know how you feel: The final minute of a college basketball game seems like it lasts forever, filled with multiple timeouts and, if you’re lucky, plenty of agonizing stoppages for the officials to look at the replay monitor.
Well, the good folks at Deadspin decided to look at the final 60 seconds of this year’s NCAA tournament and, yeah, it takes a long time to get through a minute.
They found that the final 60 seconds took an average of 5 minutes, 57 seconds, with a high of 18:07 to complete the Tennessee-Michigan matchup.
Overall, including the extra minute in the six overtime games — not including Saturday’s Wisconsin-Arizona game — the final 60 seconds of the first 52 games in the tournament lasted 5 hours, 44 minutes, 51 seconds.
At least Billy Donovan saved his shoes.
According to freelancer Clay Bailey in Memphis, Tenn., the Florida coach protected his shoes before going into the Florida locker room after the Gators won the South Regional by beating Dayton 62-52, and by the time reporters got inside a circle of soaked towels were on the floor marking where the Gators had celebrated by dousing their coach with water.
“He knew it was coming because he took off his shoes,” Florida senior Casey Prather said. “Last time, he was telling us we can’t get his shoes wet because they can’t take no more. All I saw was him soaked in water and screaming to the top of his lungs.”
No wonder Donovan was decked out in warm-ups when he finally met with reporters.
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STAT OF THE DAY
With Wisconsin’s win over Arizona, the Big Ten has a team in the Final Four for the 11th time in 16 years, according to STATS. If Michigan or Michigan State wins on Sunday, it will mark the first time since Illinois and Michigan State in 2005 that the conference has gotten two teams through to the national semifinals. And if both teams win, it will be just the second time a conference has had three of the Final Four, joining the Big East in 1985, when Villanova, Georgetown and St. John’s all got through.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The thing about the NCAA tournament is it’s exhilarating when you win and equally as devastating when you lose.” — Arizona coach Sean Miller after the Wildcats lost 64-63 to Wisconsin.
South Regional Final
At Memphis, Tenn.
Florida 62, Dayton 52
West Regional Final
At Anaheim, Calif.
Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63
Midwest Regional Final
Michigan (28-8) vs. Kentucky (27-10), 5:05 p.m.
East Regional Final
At New York City
UConn (29-8) vs. Michigan State (29-8), 2:20 p.m.