Tournaments, Contests, And Games
The Iowa loss results in speculation that Steve Alford will leave for the newly vacant Indiana job. One of the few great Kentucky teams to fail to make it to the Sweet 16. Kentucky is listed as the No. 1 general seed in the inaugural yr of the choice committee making that distinction. Mo Finley’s 17-footer with 12.2 seconds to go pushes the Blazers past the Wildcats; Gerald Fitch’s three-pointer with 2.2 to go, and Chuck Hayes’ put-again, rolls mistaken. It’s UAB’s first Sweet sixteen look in 22 years and almost 23 years to the day since UAB beat Kentucky in the ’81 tourney.
The tournament fails to get two of its No. 1 seeds to the second weekend; earlier within the day, Stanford falls to Alabama. The defining play is Ronell Taylor’s quick-break steal and instinctual/no-look over-the-head cross to his twin brother, Donell, whose dunk puts UAB up 10 midway via the second half.
Three nominees for Stephen Curry (he wasn’t Steph but) within the ’08 Dance. (The Kansas one was close, but low-scoring, and KU had rickety management for many of that one.) Gonzaga actually should have won here.
Few winners in NCAA Tournament historical past are as unlikely as Wallace’s prayer. He tells reporters afterward that he noticed the shot fall by way of by trying behind the backboard glass, because of the place he landed. The upset comes because the crescendo of a 17-point rally in the last eight-plus minutes. It’s the seventh time Northwestern State wins after trailing by double digits that season.
- Citizens from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Chile were eligible to compete.
- The preventing game Street Fighter II popularized the idea of direct, tournament-stage competitors between two gamers.
- The reputation of combating games corresponding to Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom within the 1990s led to the inspiration of the worldwide Evolution Championship Series (EVO) esports tournament in 1996.
- Games from the 1994 championships included NBA Jam and Virtua Racing.
Gonzaga was consistent from deep, and then Curry dropped 30 of his 40 factors in the final 20 minutes. This is the sport that elevated Curry to oh-that-man status, and then the Elite Eight run made him a household name. The No. 1-ranked defense in the country is upset when Jermaine Wallace buries a miraculous 3-pointer from the decrease-left-hand corner of Oakland’s completely hideous residence flooring.
In OT, X’s Jordan Crawford (profession-excessive 32 factors) sinks a 34-footer with the clock dying for 5 extra minutes of free hoop. Jacob Pullen’s 3-pointers within the second extra time gets Kansas State to its first Elite Eight since 1988. Huge photographs, wonderful atmosphere, Gus Johnson on the call in Salt Lake City. Afterward, Xavier coach Chris Mack proclaims it’s “nearly as good a game as I’ve ever coached or been a part of.” It’s the fourth game in as many seasons between these groups.