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Post subject: NCAA Tournament replays  PostPosted: Mar 30, 2017 - 08:29 AM

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In an effort to familiarize myself with the new Final Score College Basketball game, I am replaying the NCAA Tournaments to see what the outcomes might be, starting with the 1950 Tournament.

The 1950 tournament was notable for a couple of reasons. First, it is the first (and only time that the NIT champion also won the NCAA Tournament. City College of New York (CCNY) was the top team, winning both tournaments on what was essentially their home court, Madison Square Garden.

Unfortunately, the Beavers are also the only former champs to no longer play in Division I, having dropped down to Division III as a result of the point-shaving scandal that also involved three other New York schools, as well as Bradley and Kentucky. The Garden was also a victim, as it would never host another NCAA championship game.

This was also the last eight-team NCAA Tournament. In 1951, the field would expand to 16 teams. In 1952, regional finals would move to the same site as the national final, thus creating the Final Four as we know it today.
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Post subject: RE: NCAA Tournament replays  PostPosted: Mar 30, 2017 - 09:03 AM

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East Regional (New York City)
CCNY (21-5) vs. Ohio State (21-3)
N.C. State (25-5) vs. Holy Cross (27-2)

The hometown favorite Beavers got their invitation on the strength of their NIT championship. They'll face Big Ten champs Ohio State in their first game. The second game pits Southern Conference champions N.C. State battle independent Holy Cross and their star player, Bob Cousy.

West Regional (Kansas City, Mo.)
Baylor (13-11) vs. BYU (21-11)
Bradley (30-4) vs. UCLA (24-5)

Baylor had a paltry non-conference record, but their 8-4 performance in the Southwest Conference was good enough for a share of the title and a Tournament invite. They'll be underdogs against Mountain States champ BYU. The second game pits Missouri Valley champion Bradley, runner-up in the NIT and tournament favorites, against UCLA of the Pacific Coast Conference

East Regional
CCNY 71, Ohio State 62
N.C. State 85, Holy Cross 62

CCNY beats the Buckeyes, as expected, and the Wolfpack crush Cousy and Holy Cross. The win wasn't unexpected, but the margin was. A big second half by N.C. State (50 points on a double BG roll) broke open what had been a close, 4-point game at halftime.

CCNY 58, N.C. State 60
Ohio State 67, Holy Cross 69

A couple of close games to round out the regional. Cousy and the Crusaders had a 12-point halftime lead, 41-29, before holding on to win the regional third-place game. And the regional final was a cracker, with the teams tied at 29 at halftime. But Sam Ranzino and the Wolfpack overcame a raucous CCNY home crowd at the Garden to book another game in a few days against the Western Regional champs.

West Regional
Baylor 39, Brigham Young 49
Bradley 59, UCLA 49

A couple of low-scoring affairs. To no-one's surprise, the Baylor Bears scored a paltry 39 points, offsetting BYU's own mediocre effort. And Bradley jumped out to an 11-point halftime lead, holding on to beat the Bruins.

BYU 58, Bradley 62
Baylor 48, UCLA 56

UCLA claims third place in the West. Baylor scored only 19 points in a half for the second straight game, but fared much better in the second half with 29 points. And Bradley booked its second tournament final of the season. BYU was game, but the Braves were stronger, winning by four points.

CCNY 67, BYU 54 (National 3rd place game)

Surprisingly, the Cougars led, 31-29, at halftime, but the Beavers found the edge, scoring 38 points in the second half while supported by the hometown fans.

N.C. State 58, Bradley 59 (National Championship)

An absolute nail-biter! The Wolfpack led by two, 28-26, at the half, but the Braves' strength of schedule modifier gave them a stronger second half roll. They took advantage, and when N.C. State scored 30 points in the second half, Bradley scored 33, just enough to win the game and the 1950 NCAA title!
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Post subject: 1951 NCAA Tournament replay  PostPosted: Apr 02, 2017 - 10:58 AM

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Time for the 1951 Tournament. This is the first tournament with a 16-team field, but there still is no true "Final Four" as only the National Final and third-place game will be played in Minneapolis. The first real Final Four, with national semis and the final in the same building, will be next season.

Here are the brackets:

East Regional (most games played in New York City)
Columbia (21-0) vs. Illinois (19-4)
N.C. State (29-5) vs. Villanova (25-6)*
Kentucky (28-2) vs. Louisville (19-6)*
St. John's (24-4) vs. Connecticut (22-3)
*Played at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.

West Regional (all games played in Kansas City, Mo.)
Kansas St. (22-3) vs. Arizona (24-5)
BYU ( 25-8 ) vs. San Jose St. (18-11)
Oklahoma A&M (27-4) vs. Montana St. (24-11)
Washington (22-5) vs. Texas A&M (17-11)

Although there were 16 teams in the field, only 13 were actually in the 1951 equivalent of Division I and thus included in the set. As such, I made the decision to use the real-life results for St. John's/UConn, BYU/San Jose St. and Oklahoma A&M/Montana St., thus giving three teams essentially what is a bye. It's not elegant, but it's all I can do.

The results of the first round:

Columbia def. Illinois, 66-63
N.C. State def. Villanova, 74-68
Kentucky def. Louisville, 85-62
St. John's def. Connecticut, 63-52

In real life Illinois made the Final Four, but they couldn't overcome a six-point Columbia halftime lead, as the Lions held on to win by three. N.C. State played at home, and their 38-30 halftime lead was good enough, scoring 36 more in the second half to dispatch Villanova by six. Kentucky is the tournament favorite, and the Wildcats didn't disappoint against in-state rivals Louisville, winning comfortably. St. John's beat UConn in real life, and that result transferred over due to the Huskies not being in the game in 1951. With that game having been played at Madison Square Garden, it's likely the Redmen would have won, anyway.

Kansas St. def. Arizona, 69-49
BYU def. San Jose St., 68-61
Oklahoma A&M def. Montana St., 50-46
Washington def. Texas A&M, 53-28

Two "byes" in this regional as both San Jose State and Montana State weren't present, so those are the results that actually happened. Kansas State and Arizona were tied, 28-28, at the half, but the Wildcats pulled away in the second half thanks to a 13-point strength of schedule differential, with the Big 7 being a much tougher conference than the Border League. And SWC champs Texas A&M were known for their defense, not offense. Unfortunately for the Aggies, Washington was better, holding the Aggies to 17 points at halftime and an obscene 11 points in the second half.

The next update will finish off the 1951 Tournament.
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