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All the criticism of Cal's coaching--much of it justified--his continued pushing it to the post has been brilliant game management
Good thing for us is that the refs don't know what clear path foul is either.
But that's a shot clock violation -- Everyone on Twitter before the TV folks.
That's a shot clock violation.
Seems like now is when you'd want to double Towns. He's not used to seeing it
Several Bulls waiting to do postgame interviews until ND-Kentucky finish. Reporters and players standing around watching.
Kareem Abdul-JaKarl-Anthony Towns
Jazz up 68-61 with 2:10 remaining in the third quarter....Enes Kanter leading everyone with 18 points and 11 rebounds
Man, Towns is so tough. I love big guys who actually still play big.
Jerian Grant wanted to take that shot too badly there. Not a good look. Wanted to see him attack. Credit Lyles for good D though.
The number and duration of timeouts along with the over coaching makes the NCAA tournament borderline unwatchable at times.
Kentucky's ability to win close games is both evidence why they can finish unbeaten AND why they are vulnerable.
Great timeout by Brey. But I can't stand that rule. Coaches shouldn't be able to call TO.
Everybody in Portland-Denver has the green light.
Notre Dale tried going no huddle, but lined up in the wrong formation
The 1972 Dolphins have the champagne ready to pop
Oh, good. I'm glad Notre Dame had 8 timeouts remaining.
Stuck in a parking lot while one of the biggest upsets in basketball history is brewing. Curse you, minor-league soccer.
Coach Cal looking just a bit harried ...
Ref called that out of bounds cool as hell ain't he
Stepping on the baseline in crunch time … unclutch.
Jerian Grant and Aaron Harrison deserve more than 3 for those two shots, my goodness those were deep - and contested!
"...and we'll take another quick timeout break..." http://t.co/EXdx9vobNM
I'm in favor of reducing each team's allotment of timeouts from 25 to 15. Seriously, something needs to be done.
Wait you're telling me I can write my blog while IN a Buick?
Let the micromanagement begin.
These long timeouts with like 2+ minutes left are enhancing my enjoyment of this game.
This is actually football. You get to huddle up before every poseession
Horace Grant's twin brother's other son!
Was that Harvey Grant or Stringer Bell?
I <3 you, college basketball
Jerian Grant. http://t.co/kifc9a08RT
Two HIGH-LEVEL games tonight.
This is like the bullllllcrap three point ending.
Jerian Grant...Huge Cojones.
This game can go to overtime fine by the world.
basketball. still the best.
They're playing a heck of a game of H-O-R-S-E right now.
This freakin’ game…
Let's just have a 27' three point shooting contest to settle this game.
Jerian Grant! My oh my what a shot.
Grant shot that from Barry Farms!!
Jerian Grant with the answer.
Is this turning into an NBA three-point shootout?
Knicks fans ogling Towns tonight like the ref staring at this sideline reporter... http://t.co/glqgy50gSS
This game is dope
The Ennis/Bayless/OJ/Dudley/Henson lineup has gone from "frisky!" to "OK, no hope" in about three minutes. Thanks, Steph.
Enes Kanter with his eighth consecutive double-double: 18 points, 10 rebounds with 3:45 left in the third.
Aaron Harrison was 1-7 in the game before that 3.
Notre Dame's been playing free and loose. Looked tight on that last possession.
Aaron Harrison, no longer just a left-wing dagger guy
Notre Dame looks like someone just killed their cat. Relax a bit.
The Harrison's don't care.
Once Pat Connaughton finishes his career, he can suit up as Notre Dame's mascot.
Steph Curry type 3 there
Are you serious!!?
Can we get overtime? Please?
Is anyone more clutch than Aaron Harrison?
Alright alright alright
Aaron. Harrison. Did. It. Again.
Kentucky has no chill.
Aaron Harrison: Nightmare fuel
Eight straight point-rebound double-doubles for Enes Kanter. Again: Previous Thunder record was five.
Has anyone copyrighted "Play like clowns for Towns" in the NBA tanking slogan competition yet?
Chris Kaman with 6pts and 8rebs now.
Harold Lederman? "Jim, I have it 105-104, Notre Dame. Great fight, contrasting styles, and they'll settle it in the middle of the ring!"
What I like about college basketball most right now: unlike the NBA most nights, the big fellas decide games.
Team whose 5-man fouls out first probably loses. Will it be Towns or Auguste?
Bucks announce sellout for tonight's game.
There isn't much at stake here: Just a historic undefeated season, a potential NCAA title and the futures of about 10 NBA Draft picks.
Peeps seem to think Duke over UNLV in 1991 is the bigger upset. I agree. Defending national champ, undefeated going into the game.
Kentucky cuts Notre Dame's lead to one. The Wildcats seem angry: http://t.co/qBZpFBfqHC
Thompson 21, Curry 20. GSW 10/22 3FGAs, 36/69 overall. Bucks 1/13 3FGAs, 25/74 overall. Warriors lead once 19, then 11, up to 92-75 6:19
Karl-Anthony Towns has nearly twice as many points tonight as the Knicks have wins this season...
Sorry, Karl-Anthony. That's a bobble violation in tetherball, a real man's sport.
Curry drills amazing 3 in front of Dudley and Warriors up 92-75. Splash Brothers something to see.
Is there a college basketball game being played right now, or something?
Here we go…last four minutes...
Don't know what it was but Terry Stotts went over to RoLo to say something to him after all the mascots came on to the floor.
Bigtime stuff from Karl Towns right there. Auguste can't handle him by himself.
It may be moot, but even if Notre Dame won as 11-pt dog I couldn't put Irish ahead of Mason '07, 'Nova '85, Duke '91 or NC State '83.
There's 9 mascots out on the court RoLo is really showing some restraint right now.
Chris Webber defending a poor defensive decision. That sounds about right.
Guess I need to flip from Thunder-Jazz to this college game.
Gimme C-Webb as my color analyst over anyone.
Also: Notre Dame is going right at UK's bigs when they switch. Not to score necessarily, but because all other rotations get messed up
Ninth turnover for Russell Westbrook. At least four have been just simple dribbling mistakes.
Westbrook's 1st qtr: 13 pts, 6 asts, 4/7 FG, 2 TOs Westbrook since: 4 pts, 0 asts, 2/7 FG, 6 TOs
31-25 Blazers after 1. Aldridge with 10 to lead everybody.
This time McAdoo folded Henson's arms backwards on tie-up to earn jump ball. Wins it too, then dunks at other end.
Kentucky has won a ton of close games this year. Been unflappable. Know how to win down stretch.
Mark Cuban, in town w/ Mavs, enjoying Indy— first Brip & now downtown, per Twitter. Repping t-shirt of his old IU bar http://t.co/UJlOtKQCCu
Granted, ND's post "defense" is helping Towns look good. But he is by far the better defender compared to Okafor, could be offensive force.
Long way to go, but, this would be the biggest upset since NC State over Houston. Nova knew Georgetown. UConn that GMU beat not Kentucky.
Jazz on a 35-14 run. Flipped a 15-point deficit into a five-point lead.
Dudley with a couple jumpers and a layup off a hustle play in transition. Still no threes, but nice to see signs of life from bench.
They don't call him the Thrill for nothing. Throws the inbounds off Wright's back on the inbounds for a dunk after Wright blocked his lay-up
Barton's first shot attempt results in a huge Wright swat out of bounds. His second shot attempt results in a huge 2-handed baseline dunk.
Enes Kanter handed a technical foul.
Bigger upset: Duke over UNLV in 1991, or potentially Notre Dame over Kentucky?
Will Barton gets swatted on the break by Dorell Wright. But then Barton dunks hard with two hands. Welcome home, Thrill.
Amazing how, even against the nation's best defense, Notre Dame refuses to settle for decent looks. So patient. So aggressive. So purposeful
Okafor more polished, will have better rookie year, but fair amount of scouts think Towns could be better long-term. Not just my opinion.
Ticket brokers and downtown Indianapolis merchants are very nervous right now. Emphasis on very.
4 on Towns? This is getting interesting. Love how Irish just keep attacking
If Zach Auguste played for Baylor he'd have a statue on campus by next year.
Bucks open fourth with 8-0 run and cut deficit to 82-71, forcing a Steve Kerr timeout. Dudley with 6 straight points - he needs that.
Getting real serious now in Cleveland. Karl-Anthony Towns has four fouls after getting completely worked over by Zach Auguste
Zach Auguste. Marlboro, Mass.
This game is the most I've seen Dante Exum get to the rim all season. His aggression is opening things up for the Jazz offense
Nurkic in. Unfortunately no sight of Papa Nurkic.
For what it's worth, UK's played close games this year. OT against Ole Miss and Texas A&M; close calls against LSU and Georgia.
Brilliant Notre Dame gameplan. Spread them out, run side ball screens, cut backdoor on opp side, no Towns doubles to take everyone else away
Will be interesting to see what the People's Champ does on his old court in a foreign uniform. Averaging 11.9 pts in 19 games for Nuggets
Somewhere Bob Knight is wearing green.
First time I've seen Notre Dame for an extended period this season. Love their offense. Fearless, active, unselfish.
That tweet is interesting because it is from Phil's top advisor...an advisor to a team with 60 friggin losses. Wow.
Calipari has no idea what to do. None. This is crazy.
Nerding out to WWF-themed cocktails @RyeOnMarket in Louisville. http://t.co/gyZOuryr65
Kentucky guards are getting destroyed off the dribble.
6:10 left and Notre Dame has the largest lead of the night - 6 points.
Whether Mike Brey wins or losses this game, Wojo and Chris Collins have stopped mentally redecorating Coach K's office.
I won't believe it until there are like 2 mins left, and ND's up by 10 or so.
Towns playing like a future No. 1 pick tonight. (And yes, a number of teams might take him in front of Okafor, Towns has higher ceiling.)
If Zack Auguste wanted to truly cap off a remarkable evening, he'd start spelling his first name correctly.
Karl Anthony-Towns looks terrific in this game, but hard to judge post moves against guys half his size.
Just give it to Towns every time if ND isn't gonna double him
I take it Zach Auguste is the Jean-Ralphio of the tournament?
Weak Barton reception in my opinion. But he does play for the away team so it's cool.
If.. and that's a huge IF…Notre Dame pulled this off, where would it stack up all time? Irish are 11-pt. 'dogs. Villanova was 9 in '85.
Where are all the folks saying Kentucky could beat bad NBA teams?
First minutes for Barton as a visitor in the Moda.
Thompson went off for 17 in third quarter and Warriors' lead balloons to 82-63.
Will Barton enters the game to mild applause from the Moda Center crowd.
Curry, couple GSW 'mates come off bench for Klay 3FG, arms raised as if to taunt crowd. But no pushback from Bradley Center fans.
Just noticed that Lopez isn't playing with a wrap on his hand.
Did Henson reacquire the hitch in his free throw stroke?
Piggy backing on previous Kempin tweet, Scorpions might need as much brilliance as they can get cause the back line looks extremely shaky.
Arron Afflalo revenge game (kind of): 6 pts and rebound in the opening 7:10 vs. his former team.
UK's claim that the shot didn't hit the rim (it did) allowed them to stop game, get Dakari switched back off of Grant
Bogut talked before game how GS had several bench players who could start for many teams: Lee, Livingston certainly could.
Dinky Nuggets lead rebounding battle 9-4 early
Warriors going for 60th win tonight for franchise record. Leading 77-62 in final minute of third.
If Notre Dame beats Kentucky, can I start the "FIGHTING IRISH COULD BE AN NBA PLAYOFF TEAM!" hot takes?
Looked from down here on that end that Bayless was landing and Speights stepped in front of him late to draw charge.
Udonis Haslem to Dan Marino: "I grew up watching you! A lot of fistfights arguing who was the best...."
If you didn't get the hint by the 30-point deficit, the Knicks did not come back. 60th loss. History books.
60 losses for the Knicks. A franchise record.
Whoa, 6-5 Pat Connaughton has twice as many rebounds as any UK player.
That's the Knicks' franchise-record 60th defeat.
Udonis Haslem giving a speech at Reid/Fiorentino: "I'm kind of nervous, I'm up here in front of Dan Marino."
That's the Knicks' franchise-record 60th defeat. Bulls move to within 2 games of the Cavaliers for the No. 2 seed in the East.
Blazers 8, JJ Hickson 6.
Mike Brey can coach his backside off
Unrelated: The Knicks drop their game in Chicago, meaning they have 60 losses -- the most in franchise history.
Bulls win Bulls win Bulls win 111-80 Bulls 45-29 ..Knicks franchise worse14-60
“It’ll be huge. Monday could be the game of the season,” -- Hornets forward Marvin Williams on the matchup with the Celtics.
OK, Curry is on the bench. No problem for Warriors. Klay sinks 3 jumpers and a triple - 9 straight GS points. Warriors 73, Bucks 57.
The Knicks secure their franchise-worst 60th loss in appropriate style. Blown out 111-80 in Chicago.
Karl Towns footwork isn't incredibly diverse like Okafor's, but he does such a good job creating space / high release point, real go-to move
Bulls just committed 13th turnovers, snapping their streak of games with 12 or fewer at 7. That was longest streak since 96-97 season.
Russell Westbrook had seven first half turnovers. His turnovers by game this month: 4, 5, 9, 10, 8, 4, 7, 7, 6, 5, 2, 4, 7.
Paul Allen and the Blazers honor Aldridge for becoming the franchise leader in rebounds. http://t.co/cBqcuNm9mq
Thunder lead the Jazz 49-47 at half. Westbrook 15 and 6 assists (7 turnovers), Kanter 12 and 6 rebounds, McGary 8. Thunder with 14 turnovers
Halftime: Thunder 49, Jazz 47. Burke leads Utah with 11 points; Hayward & Hood have 7 apiece. Westbrook has 15/6/3. Kanter has 12 & 6.
LaMarcus Aldridge getting a piece of the court for becoming the Blazers all-time leading rebounder. He gets lots of milestone knick-knacks.
Good first half comes to an end. Jazz down 49-47 to the Thunder
Would probably be impossible to get a hit on Cauley-Stein in Street Fighter. Like Blanka. His arms just fly in from outta nowhere. So fast.
Kant hear you.
Chris Webber would be good to talk about how great expectation sometimes forgets you are 19, trapped, alone in the corner.
Curry picked up fourth foul and went to bench with 7:43 left in third. Warriors up, 66-54.
It might feel like Ersan is 1/15 tonight, but actually he's only 1/10!
Nikola Mirotic has been outstanding lately.
Bulls 109-74.....Niko with 24--Bairstow enters with 2:43 left....every player dressed plays tonight
Warm cheers for JJ Hickson from the Moda Center crowd.
Change the game? GSW at least led way putting "Fast Break 25' Jump Shot" in the NBA's play-by-play scoresheet vernacular.
If Notre Dame pulls this off, I'm pretty sure it'll be the biggest upset since a young America knocked off the Brits.
A Booker and-one + an Anthony Morrow T later & the Jazz trail by 1.
This is when Jim Lampley would say, ominously, "Kentucky's never been in championship rounds before."
I mean, if you don't aggrandize yourself who will, right?
Withstanding an early 2H push from Kentucky is a win for Notre Dame. Actually taking a little lead with dunks and stuff...
Notre Dame has run gorgeous offense in the regional. A joy to watch compared to so many games in this tournament.
Full-throttle Irish! This is fun. ND playing terrific, not intimidated whatsoever.
Six first half turnovers for Russell Westbrook, 13 for the Thunder.
Damn Towns, you just gonna let dude drive the lane and dunk like that?
I don't know if this NCAA game means that Kentucky can't beat the Knicks or that Notre Dame could.
Stephen Curry goes to the bench with four personal fouls and six turnovers. Shaun Livingston into the game.
A Baltimore Orioles' flamethrower just dunked on Kentucky's mugs. Notre Dame up four with much time left.
A lot of game left, but a situation is definitely developing in Cleveland
The Fighting Irish…
Lookee here lookee here
WHITE MEN CAN JUMPPPPP
Oh, it's on. It is so on.
Any Kentucky possession that doesn't run through Karl Towns in the post is a mistake tonight.
Hayward's 1-for-6, but the Jazz are hanging around. Utah trails 46-41 after being down by 16 at one point.
Joakim Noah's streak of 14 straight games with 5 or more assists will end vs. Knicks. Longest by center since Vlade Divac in 2004.
Latest name to emerge at Fordham: Jeff Neubauer of Eastern Kentucky. Finalist for Skip Prosser award.
Jazz are +5 with Kanter on the floor. This didn't happen enough over the last 3 years.
Trey Burke leads the Jazz with 11
Russell Westbrook leads all scorers with 15 points and 6 assists
Jazz within 46-41 with 2:58 remaining in the first half
It's '90s Night here in Milwaukee so Zubaz.
Ersan with first bucket on a drive to the hoop.
Ilyasova puts ball on floor, drives to snap his 0-for-7.
If my memory is correct, every single NBA player I've talked to over the last month has Kentucky winning the NCAA Tournament.
Enes Kanter just took Rudy Gobert to school with some gorgeous footwork.
Scorpions look like they've made a fantastic pick up in Jon Kempin, season-long loan from Sporting KC. Two great saves tonight, including PK
Taj just missed 10 games with a bad ankle, Playing him in the fourth quarter of a 30+ point blowout is insane.
Jazz - after being down 16 - with a nice little run to make this a 42-35 game...5:25 remaining in the first half
Known Barnes 17 years. Made fun of him a lot, but I respect him as much as anyone I've covered, because he'd always smile and dish it back.
Mirotic has 8 20-point games in March after posting just 2 from November though February.
Want to make sure I have this right. Player E says I didn't bring it every night and then Player E says he was wronged. Do I understand?