Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Duquesne's Grant shuts down Kidd's Cal 1993 team to pull 2024 teams within 1 game

The series between teams that were added from the 2024 tournament and teams added because they had one of the top 75 players of all time continues.

The latest game featured Jason Kidd, who will be coaching the Mavs in Game 3 of the playoffs Friday, and his Cal team - that will be joining the ACC next season of all conferences - against the Duquesne team that stunned Brigham Young in the open round of March Madness for their ninth straight win before falling to Illinois.

The Duquesne 2024 team showed they were for real with a pretty dominant 75-65 win behind 21 points from Dae Dae Grant to give the 2024 teams a 2-3 mark and chance to tie the series if they win the last two matchups.

Duquesne moved up from #225 to #200 in our rankings, while Cal dropped from #153 to #209.

We just took a picture of the simple scoresheet, noting the game took 34 play. Lamond Murray (12 points) was the only Cal player in double digits.

2024 Win?  2024 Team      Favored? Player(s)              OpponentYr       Top 75 All-time player
Win 74-53Purdue24Zach EdeyNYU1948Dolph Schayes #61
TBDNC State11D.J. BurnsWeber St.2010Damian Lillard #68
Loss 67-73Utah St.8Great OsoborMassachusetts1971Julius Erving #19
TBDGrand Canyon4Tyon Grant-FosterGonzaga1981John Stockton #25
Lost 81-82Colorado St.1Isaiah StevensArizona St.2009James Harden #33
Win 75-65Duquesne-9Jimmy ClarkCalifornia1993Jason Kidd #36
TBDYale-9Danny WolfOregon St.1990Gary Payton #48
Lost 72-75Oakland-14Jack GohlkeLouisville1968Wes Unseld #60
1 win 3 lost2024 total    

If NC State, Grand Canyon and Yale can win the final three games, then the 2024 teams would win the series against the great players 5 games to 3, or if 2 of the three win the series would be split. Yale is a 9-point underdog against Oregon State and Gary Payton, which so far in the history of the game has only meant a 19% chance of winning - but Duquesne was also a 9-point underdog against Cal.

Here are the two teams in our current rankings, with notes for any team with one of the greatest players ever - such as Louisiana Tech's Karl Malone as the #16 greatest player of all time. In their 2024 conference ratings on that link Duquesne improved from 14th to 11th among A10 schools and Cal dropped from 28th to 40th among schools in their new ACC conference.

Rnk  Pre Team                 Year  Player(s)WinLossScoreAllowSOSRatingConf
200225Duquesne2024Jimmy Clark1075.065.0-6.0-10.2A10
201204Louisiana Tech1985Karl Malone #161176.586.0-2.5-9.8CUSA
202180Princeton1965Bill Bradley0162.079.0-1.0-9.8Mid-maj
20383Wake Forest2005Chris Paul #300364.385.34.0-10ACC
204181Northwestern2017Vic Law0170.085.0-5.0-10.3B10
205215Stephen f austin2016Thomas Walkup0194.095.03-10.3Mid-maj
206142New Mexico1974Bernard Hardin0168.095.0-3-10.5P12/MWC
207216VCU2011Bradford Burgess0360.371.33.3-11.3A10
208165Creighton2020Ty-Shon Alexander0172.0106.05.0-11.8BE
209168California1993Jason Kidd #360165.075.0-15-11.5ACC
210222LSU1970Pete Maravich #730166.067.02.0-11.8SEC
211217Grand Canyon2024Tyon Grant-Foster00   -12Mid-maj

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