The 2017 NCAA tournament hasn’t yet given us a memorable buzzer-beater. In many cases, games haven’t come down to final possessions — only a handful in the first and second round did. The latest and perhaps greatest example of this occurred in Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup between West Virginia and Gonzaga.
Chino Hills (Calif.) boys basketball head coach Stephan Gilling hasn’t forgotten the deep voice shouting in the second half from the stands at a quarter-full Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. He knew exactly who was yelling. It was LaVar Ball, the father of Chino Hills’ LiAngelo, LaMelo and UCLA star Lonzo. “Double team! Double team!” The first-year head coach had won his first nine games of the season, but after a pair of close wins at the mid-December Tarkanian Classic, the Huskies faced another test against Roosevelt (Calif.) High. They went into the locker room at half trailing by 12. Chino Hills had been double teaming Roosevelt’s shooters for the first half, but Gilling needed to make an adjustment.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- If you need your one shining moment a week or so early, Kansas’ Lagerald Vick has got you, man. Except that was the problem with Kansas’ latest takedown of an alleged opponent in the NCAA Tournament. There wasn’t just one moment. There were about 100, it seemed. That would be mathematically serendipitous when KU almost reached triple digits with its high-flying exploits in routing Purdue 98-66 on Thursday in a Midwest Region semifinal. But back to Vick, who stole a Purdue pass eight minutes into the second half. The open stretch of hardwood in front of him allowed Vick to think things through in the middle of a 15-2 KU run. “I talked about it before the game,” the sophomore