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Women 2nd round go:
https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-wo ... n=trending

Tuesday, March 23
1 N.C. State > 8 South Florida :clap:
5 Iowa > 4 Kentucky :thumbup: Small upset
8 Oregon State > 1 South Carolina :thumbdown:
7 Virginia Tech > 2 Baylor :puke-left:
1 Stanford > 8 Oklahoma State :thumbup:
Another upset: 6 Michigan > 3 Tennessee
Another small upset: 5 Georgia Tech > 4 West Virginia

3-2

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Tue Mar 23, 2021 7:51 am
Women 2nd round go:
https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-wo ... n=trending

Wednesday, March 24
2 Maryland > 7 Alabama, REVENGE!
7 Alabama 64
2 Maryland 100
:happy-cheerleaderkid:
6 Oregon > 3 Georgia
6 Oregon 57
3 Georgia 50
Upset! :clap:
4 Indiana > 12 Belmont :thumbup:
7 Iowa State > 2 Texas A&M :thumbdown: on a buzzer beater :(
3 Arizona > 11 BYU :clap:
6 Texas > 3 UCLA is an upset.

4-1.

Now the entire Sweet 16 is set. It should approximate 4 each of 1s, 2s, 3s & 4s. Instead, it will be:
https://www.espn.com/womens-college-bas ... e/20210327

1 UConn, NC State, South Carolina, Stanford
2 Baylor, Texas A&M, Louisville, Maryland
3 Arizona
4 Indiana
5 Iowa, Georgia Tech, Missouri St
6 Michigan, Oregon, Texas

Much better seeding than the men, but it's a little weird how successful 5s and 6s are relative to 3s and 4s. All the 1s and 2s are alive. In theory they "should" comprise the Elite 8.

Sat March 27 go:
6 Michigan > 2 Baylor
1 NC State > 4 Indiana
3 Arizona > 2 Texas A&M

Sun March 28 go:
5 Georgia Tech > 1 South Carolina
1 Stanford > 5 Missouri St
6 Oregon > 2 Louisville
2 Maryland > 6 Texas, GO Terps!

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Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:52 pm
Women

Sat March 27 go:
6 Michigan > 2 Baylor
Arrrggghhh, 75 - 78 in OT.
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Sun Mar 21, 2021 8:51 pm
I'm guessing the ones responsible for assigning the seeds, as well as those responsible for hiring those who assigned the seeds have been sacked. Or at least roundly ridiculed and many farts passed in their general direction.
This article opines that Loyola Chicago "should have been a No. 3 seed, bordering on a No. 2. The committee gave it an 8," but it's complicated.

Did an NCAA selection committee mistake set up Illinois for March Madness upset?

If so, the committee should turn the seeding over to Sister Jean.
12 Oregon State 65
8 Loyola Chicago 58

Possibilities:
Loyola should have been seeded an 8 or worse.
Oregon State should have been seeded higher than 12.
Sister Jean somehow offended god.

Anyhow, a 12 in the Elite 8 is impressive.

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Men:
Vrede too wrote:
Mon Mar 22, 2021 7:34 am
5 Villanova > 1 Baylor
Crap. Go UConn on Monday!
Vrede too wrote:
Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:52 pm
Women

Sat March 27 go:
1 NC State > 4 Indiana
Crap, almost came back, 70 - 73.

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Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:52 pm
Women 2nd round go:

Sat March 27 go:
3 Arizona > 2 Texas A&M
74 -59 :clap: . 1st ever Elite 8, which is weird given the Arizona men's success. Beat 4 Indiana on Monday!
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Tue Mar 23, 2021 1:09 pm
I'm happy with anybody not named "Oral" or "Alabama."
15 Oral Roberts 70
3 Arkansas 72
Whew, 1st Elite 8 since '95. <holding my nose> Go 3 Arkansas > 1 Baylor on Monday.

Also on Monday, go 12 Oregon State > 2 Houston.

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Women

Sun March 28 go:
5 Georgia Tech > 1 South Carolina
Ugh.

Emily Gartner, Missouri St, 6' 4" Senior:

Image

:shock: I dare you to take a charge.

Stanford is leading 36-20 in the 2nd. :clap:

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BRUINS!

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I'm happy with anybody not named "Oral" or "Alabama."
Oh no, Alabama sinks a buzzer beater 3-pointer to force OT. Final:
11 UCLA 88
2 Alabama 78
:happy-cheerleaderkid: Good day for you.
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Sunday go:

5 Creighton vs 1 Gonzaga. I'm rooting for the Catholics. Yes, Catholics (Gonzaga) won. :wave:
1 Michigan > 4 Florida State. Crushed them!
11 UCLA > 2 Alabama. :thumbup:
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Women

Sun March 28 go:
5 Georgia Tech > 1 South Carolina. :thumbdown:
1 Stanford > 5 Missouri St. :thumbup: Rout.
6 Oregon > 2 Louisville. Nope, but I don't hate Louisville.
2 Maryland > 6 Texas, GO Terps!
Halftime
6 Texas 25
2 Maryland 32
:thumbup: So far.

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Sunday go:
https://www.espn.com/mens-college-baske ... e/20210328

7 Oregon > 6 USC
Really bad day for Oregon.
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Wed Mar 24, 2021 11:52 pm
Women 2nd round go:

Sun March 28 go:
2 Maryland > 6 Texas, GO Terps!
6 Texas 64
2 Maryland 61
Dammit!

Elite 8 is set. It "should" be just the 1s and 2s. Instead:

Men

1 Baylor, Gonzaga, Baylor (3 xtian, secular Illinois is the only 1 to have lost)
2 Houston
3 Arkansas
6 USC
11 UCLA
12 Oregon State (3 Pac-12 :thumbup: )

Mon, go:
12 Oregon State > 2 Houston
3 Arkansas > 1 Baylor

Tues, go:
11 UCLA > 1 Michigan
6 USC vs 1 Gonzaga, go basketball!

I'm rooting for 3 underdogs, ut-oh.

Women

1 UConn, South Carolina, Stanford (NC St is the only 1 to have lost)
2 Baylor, Louisville
3 Arizona
4 Indiana
6 Texas

Mon, go:
1 UConn > 2 Baylor (a "should be" game)
3 Arizona > 4 Indiana

Tues, go:
6 Texas > 1 South Carolina
1 Stanford > 2 Louisville (another "should be" game)

I'm rooting for 3 out of 4 favorites.

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Men

Mon, go:
12 Oregon State > 2 Houston
Almost came back, the fairy tale is over.
3 Arkansas > 1 Baylor :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown:

Women

Mon, go:
1 UConn > 2 Baylor (a "should be" game)
Lived up to the hype, 69-67. Whew. :clap:
3 Arizona > 4 Indiana
Hoosier daddy? Arizona is. :thumbup:

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It looks like a good chance the Final Four will be 1s and 2s after all. I think I'll root for the Zags and Wolverines.

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It looks like a good chance the Final Four will be 1s and 2s after all. I think I'll root for the Zags and Wolverines.
Maybe, 6 USC and 11 UCLA are still alive. I'm rooting for but not necessarily predicting, in descending order:

11 UCLA
1 Gonzaga or 6 USC
1 Michigan or 2 Houston
1 Baylor

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It looks like a good chance the Final Four will be 1s and 2s after all. I think I'll root for the Zags and Wolverines.
Or not.
Opps.
Go Bruins!

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... Another oddity, it's no surprise that these teams are in play-in games:
...

However:
...
11. Michigan State/UCLA
???!!! :wtf:
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Maybe, 6 USC and 11 UCLA are still alive. I'm rooting for but not necessarily predicting, in descending order:

11 UCLA
1 Gonzaga or 6 USC
1 Michigan or 2 Houston
1 Baylor
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Or not.
Opps.
Go Bruins!
Play-in 11 seed to Final Four, wow!
:happy-cheerleaderkid:

Sat go:
11 UCLA > 1 (30-0!) Gonzaga, but I don't hate Gonzaga.
2 Houston > 1 Baylor, and I do hate Baylor.
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Mon Mar 29, 2021 5:57 am
Women

Tues, go:
6 Texas > 1 South Carolina :puke-left:
1 Stanford > 2 Louisville (another "should be" game) :clap:
Sat go:
1 Stanford > 1 South Carolina (the only "should be" game in either tourney)
3 Arizona > 1 UConn

I'm rooting for but not necessarily predicting, in descending order:
3 Arizona
1 Stanford
1 UConn
1 South Carolina

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... Go Bruins!
College Basketball Las Vegas Odds

Baylor -4 vs Houston. :( , but possible. Whatever, I want Gonzaga or UCLA to win the next game.
Gonzaga -14 vs UCLA! :o

Women's NCAA Tournament - Final Four

Connecticut -13.5 vs Arizona. :(
Stanford -6.0 vs South Carolina. :thumbup:

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One bad season might be accepted as a bad run of luck, fluke, loss of veterans to NBA, yada, but two bad seasons in a row and some heads may have to roll. The team had some very good games, but in a way that made the lack of consistency and overall team quality look even worse. I'm not sure they pay ol' Roy $4 mill a year in the top 10 highest paid coaches so he can tank two seasons in a row.
Whoa, that was fast.
Ol' Roy is out.

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A few things I notice about the combined FFs:

Only the Pac-12 has more than 1 team playing. It has 3 - UCLA, Arizona, Stanford.
The American Conference, Houston, is doing better than the Big 10, ACC and others, and as well as any conference other than the Pac-12.
The Women's Championship could be all Pac-12, Arizona vs Stanford. Stanford dominated the 2 regular season games.
Before the season no one would have picked South Carolina to be the sole SEC rep.
Only 2 eastern states remain, both women's - South Carolina and UConn. The championships could be all western.
Only 2 states have more than one team alive - Texas with Baylor, Houston, and California with UCLA, Stanford.
Only Texas is certain to have a championship contender since Baylor and Houston play each other on Sat.
Only the Pac-12 and/or California can have 2 champs.
The Men's Championship could be all xtian, a rehash of the Reformation wars, protestant Baylor vs catholic Gonzaga.
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The original St. Aloysius Gonzaga was a pandemic worker. Maybe he'll hang with them this year, too.
Luigi left home at 17 and joined the Jesuits. Such a rebel.

As the eldest son of an accomplished military man, Luigi had been promised family money and status with his expected commitment to military life. When your dad hands you a set of miniature guns and takes you to work with him, the message should be clear. But the message Luigi reportedly learned? A salty vocabulary from real soldiers.

His path to Jesuit life evolved from his own illness and isolation. Kidney disease left young Luigi struggling and alone. He read spiritual books and learned to pray, creating his own path.

While on a family trip to Spain, Luigi met a Jesuit whose influence compelled him to join the Society of Jesus. Dad was not happy and did what many fathers might do with an out-of-control teenager: He sent him away. Luigi spent 18 months touring Italy. The travel did not sway Luigi; he renounced his inheritance, his status and headed to Rome, where he entered the Society.

“I am a piece of twisted iron; I entered religious life to get twisted straight,” he said.

Luigi moved through formation and pronounced his vows of poverty, chastity and obedience to missions of the pope. He received minor orders and began theology studies at the Roman College.

And then the pandemic struck.

No, not our pandemic. The 1590 plague that struck Rome. And that rebellious Jesuit? We know him today as Aloysius Gonzaga. St. Aloysius Gonzaga – the son of powerful Ferrante Gonzaga, the marquis of Castiglione.

The plague ravaged thousands of people, bringing horrible fevers that induced delirium, killing mostly men.

Aloysius walked the streets of Rome, begging for alms on behalf of plague victims. He carried dying, abandoned persons into a hospital founded by the Jesuits.

“There he washed and fed the plague victims, preparing them as best he could to receive the sacraments,” writes Jesuit priest and author James Martin. “But though he threw himself into his tasks, he privately confessed to his spiritual director, the Rev. Robert Bellarmine, that his constitution was revolted by the sights and smells of the work; he had to work hard to overcome his physical repulsion.”

When many younger Jesuits became infected with the disease, Aloysius’ superiors prohibited him from coming to the hospital. But he insisted on caring for dying people, and soon superiors granted him permission to care for patients at Our Lady of Consolation, a hospital not admitting infected patients.

We easily create romantic notions about caring for the sick; but conditions in Rome were extremely grim.

“In August 1590 a plague broke out in Rome. Its impact on the people of Rome was worse than the famous Sack of Rome in 1527,” writes Jesuit priest and history professor emeritus John Patrick Donnelly.

“Rome’s population was about 140,000. By January 1591 it was down by some 23,000 people, mostly victims of the plague. Food was scarce, families often locked themselves in their homes but then fell victim to plague or hunger, their bodies left to rot.”

The young boy who refused to become a powerful soldier fought a bigger war, armed only with deep faith, compassion and determination to answer God’s call. Aloysius stepped into battle against an enemy impossible to identify until it pulsed with fever and destruction, indiscriminately killing Romans.

Aloysius tended to patients, washing and feeding them. One day he lifted a man out of his bed and cared for him, then put the man back in his hospital bed. The patient was infected with the plague and soon Aloysius fell ill, too. He struggled with feverish pain and coughing.

For three months he remained bedridden, sometimes appearing stronger. Through his prayers, he believed he would die on the Feast of Corpus Christi, June 21. He struggled to say, “Jesus” as he took his last breaths at age 23 – on June 21, 1591.

Aloysius’ remains rest at St. Ignazio Church in Rome in the Lancellotti Chapel, and each year Gonzaga family members visit the chapel on June 21 to honor him.

Pope Paul V beatified Aloysius Gonzaga (step one to sainthood) in 1605 and Pope Benedict XIII canonized him (official sainthood) in 1726. He was named a saint of youth, of plague victims and the people who care for them.

While Aloysius Gonzaga is a patron saint of pandemic sufferers, artists often render images of a young adult dressed in a stark white surplice (frilly top) over a long, black cassock (ankle-length “skirt”). He may hold a white lily to symbolize his purity and manage a crucifix in his hands, his eyes fixated on the body of Jesus.

These paintings and statues – suggestive of 19th century piety – do not depict Aloysius walking the pandemic-stricken streets of Rome, caring for dying strangers. Instead, they are theological symbols.

Yet a statue of Aloysius on the edge of the Gonzaga University campus captures my heart these pandemic- weary days. Gazing at this image, I weep.

Aloysius’ strong hands carry a thin, weak, dying man. Their garments flow together, indistinguishable, as though the two men are one. Aloysius looks forward, focused and strong.

In his face, I see legions of undeclared saints: caregivers and families who lost their lives during COVID-19. People who voluntarily enter the pandemic battle, working until exhaustion

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The original St. Aloysius Gonzaga was a pandemic worker. Maybe he'll hang with them this year, too.
Interesting, thanks. :-|| to all pandemic workers. What do you think his being killed by the plaguedemic does to the metaphor for the current team? ;) :angel4:

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Women

Sat go:
1 Stanford > 1 South Carolina (the only "should be" game in either tourney)
3 Arizona > 1 UConn
Opps, TONIGHT ESPN. Go:
1 Stanford > 1 South Carolina, 6:00 PM ET
3 Arizona > 1 UConn, 9:30 PM ET

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