Sunday, November 12, 2023

Larry Bird and 3 Elite 8 Teams from 2023 Vie for Last 2 Sweet 16 Spots

 Larry Bird and 3 Elite 8 Teams from 2023 Vie for Last 2 Sweet 16 Spots

Only two Sweet 16 spots are open in our tournament of new teams in the Value Add Basketball Game. Actually we had an odd number of new teams, so we added one team that we already had in the game, but had only played one game – Larry Bird’s Indiana State.

Since Bobby Knight became only the fourth coach to lead a team to a undefeated title (Indiana 1976), only two teams have made it to the championship game undefeated. Bird’s Indiana State in 1979 and Gonzaga in 2021 – but both lost in the title game. Therefore the only three other coaches to win a title undefeated were Phil Woolpert’s 1956 San Francisco team, Al McGuire’s big brother Frank McGuire 1957 North Carolina, and John Wooden with four UCLA teams (1964, 1967, 1972 and 1973).

Here are the two final 2nd round games in our tournament to set our Sweet 16 for this tournament, followed by 10-player rosters for each team and images of the finalized team cards (slight adjustments were made to a couple in the dunk/lay-up range before verifying as final).

Indiana 1979 vs. Texas 2023

1-seed Indiana State backed up the seed by crushing Virginia Tech and Oklahoma to make the Elite 8 before needing thrilling two point wins against Arkansas and DePaul to go undefeated into the 1979 championship undefeated for Larry Bird vs. Magic Johnson.

2-seed Texas 2023 beat Penn State and Xavier to go to the Elite 8 before losing to Miami.

K-State 2023 vs. Miami 2023

3-seed Kansas State beat Kentucky and Michigan State to make Elite 8 before being upset by 3 points by Florida Atlantic.

5-seed Miami crushed Indiana and Houston to make the Elite 8, then beat Texas to go Final 4 before losing to eventual champ UConn.

Indiana St. 1979HeightSummary
Carl Nicks6'119.3 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 5.0 Ast
Bob Heaton6'57.3 Pts, 3.3 Reb, 1.8 Ast
Larry Bird6'928.6 Pts, 14.9 Reb, 5.5 Ast
Leroy Staley6'47.0 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.7 Ast
Alex Gilbert6'79.6 Pts, 6.1 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Steve Reed6'35.0 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 7.0 Ast
Rich Nemcek6'61.7 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.6 Ast
Scott Turner6'52.1 Pts, 1.1 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Brad Miley6'85.7 Pts, 6.0 Reb, 1.6 Ast
Tom Crowder6'51.9 Pts, 1.3 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Texas 2023HeightSummary
Marcus Carr6'215.9 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 4.1 Ast
Tyrese Hunter6'010.3 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 2.5 Ast
Sir'Jabari Rice6'413.0 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 2.0 Ast
Timmy Allen6'610.5 Pts, 5.6 Reb, 3.5 Ast
Dylan Disu6'98.8 Pts, 4.4 Reb, 1.0 Ast
Dillon Mitchell6'84.3 Pts, 3.9 Reb, 0.4 Ast
Brock Cunningham6'54.6 Pts, 3.4 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Arterio Morris6'34.6 Pts, 1.4 Reb, 0.5 Ast
Christian Bishop6'76.6 Pts, 3.7 Reb, 0.9 Ast
Alex Anamekwe6'51.5 Pts, 0.7 Reb, 0.1 Ast
Kansas State 2023HeightSummary
Markquis Nowell5'717.6 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 8.3 Ast
Desi Sills6'18.7 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 2.2 Ast
Camryn Carter6'36.5 Pts, 3.0 Reb, 1.4 Ast
Keyontae Johnson6'517.4 Pts, 6.8 Reb, 2.1 Ast
Nae'Qwan Tomlin6'1010.4 Pts, 5.9 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Dorian Finister6'52.0 Pts, 2.3 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Ismael Massoud6'85.4 Pts, 1.7 Reb, 0.5 Ast
David N'Guessan6'96.4 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 0.8 Ast
Tykei Greene6'42.7 Pts, 1.9 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Abayomi Iyiola6'93.4 Pts, 2.8 Reb, 0.3 Ast
Miami 2023HeightSummary
Nijel Pack6'013.6 Pts, 2.7 Reb, 2.3 Ast
Isaiah Wong6'316.2 Pts, 4.3 Reb, 3.2 Ast
Jordan Miller6'615.3 Pts, 6.2 Reb, 2.7 Ast
Wooga Poplar6'58.4 Pts, 3.3 Reb, 1.5 Ast
Norchad Omier6'713.1 Pts, 10.0 Reb, 1.3 Ast
Bensley Joseph6'15.3 Pts, 2.1 Reb, 2.0 Ast
Harlond Beverly6'53.5 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 1.2 Ast
Anthony Walker6'92.8 Pts, 1.2 Reb, 0.3 Ast
AJ Casey6'90.9 Pts, 1.0 Reb, 0.2 Ast
Favour Aire6'110.6 Pts, 0.6 Reb, 0.0 Ast

Here are the team cards for the game.

Here are the sweet 16 games

1-UConn 2023 vs. 17-Duke 2022

8-Gonzaga 2023 vs 9-Kansas 2022

20-Indiana State 1979-13-Texas 2023 winner vs. 4-Tennessee 2023

12-K-State 2023-21-Miami 2023 winner vs. 5-Colorado 2021.

18-Stanford 2008 vs. 2-Rutgers 1976

7-SMU 2017 vs. 10-Xavier 2023

19-UNC 2022 winner vs. 3-Houston 2021

11-Marquette 2023 vs. 6-Duke 2015

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