We set up four blogs to track the results of our tournament between these 30 new all-time great basketball teams in the Value Add Basketball Game.
Here are 1st round results and match-ups from the MIDWEST - 3-seed Kansas (Paul Pierce) BRACKET, and at the bottom of all 4 blogs you can click on links to the other three brackets.
3-Kansas 1997 neat 30-Niagra 1970 84-68.
Final note: Calvin Murphy finished with 26 points in a losing effort, as Kansas won 84-68. Our note with 5 minutes left in the game:
The family pulled me away for a day trip drive before I could finish the game, but we are penciling Paul Pierce and the top seed in our Midwest onto the second round. Right before being called away Pierce had scored and was fouled, completing the traditional 3-point play to give the 1997 Kansas team an almost insurmountable 74-53 lead.
Pierce combined with his Frontline teammate twin towers, LaFrentz and Pollard both at 6-foot-11, to outscore the much smaller Niagra front line 35-17 so far. LaFrentz has a game-high 18 against a Niagra team with no player taller than 6-foot-6.
While the Kansas 1988 squad lost the day before to Marquette 1971, the Kansas 1997 team was the top seed which did not get a bye. Therefore they faced the worst seed, Niagra 1970, which had a strong team that year but was selected based on having one of the greatest college PLAYERS of all time, Calvin Murphy - who already scored 17 points.
WEST - 1-seed UCLA Bracket (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)
- Michigan 1965 vs. Arkansas 1978 (winner faces UCLA 1967)
- UNLV 1987 vs. DePaul 1980
- Duke 1986 vs. Holy Cross 1950
- North Carolina 1998 vs. South Carolina 1973
- Loyola Marymount 1990 beat Kentucky 1970, 142-116
- Michigan State 2000 vs. Miami FO 1965
- St. Bonaventure 1970 vs. Maryland 1984
- Marquette 1971 beat Kansas 1988, 67-58 (Marquette plays Duke 2001 next)
- Illinois 1989 vs. Notre Dame 1981
- Indiana 1981 vs. Georgia Tech 1990
- Kansas 1997 vs. Niagara 1970
- LSU 1992 vs. Kentucky 1948
- Houston 1983 vs. Arizona State 1980
- Jacksonville 1970 vs. North Carolina 1957
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