March Sadness is underway, which I’ve already explained is a tournament consisting of the 16 worst teams in accordance to Ken Pom’s ratings. I’m using a simulator from whatifsports.com to decide the winners, as of course this is a fictional tournament. The first round has been completed and the results are as follows;
#1 Stenson Hatters (9-22) vs. #16 Grambling St. Tigers (2-27)
The Stenson Hatters had no problem getting by the Grambling St. Tigers, using 8 three pointers to pace themselves to victory. The Tigers A’Torri Shine led all scorers with 13 points, while the Hatters were lead by both Kentwan Smith and Brian Pegg, both scoring 12 points. The Hatters will move on to play against are next games winner…
#8 Kennesaw St. Owls (10-22) vs. #9 UMBC Retrievers (4-26)
The UMBC Retrievers pulled off a minor upset, defeating the Kennesaw St. Owls in overtime. The Retrievers were led by three double digit scorers, including Malcolm Brent who scored 14 points and Wayne Sparrow and Jourdan Grant who both added 12 points. The Owls had a 46-34 rebound advantage and had the leading scorer in Yonel Brown with 17, however couldn’t complete the comeback in overtime. The Retrievers will play the top seeded Stenson Hatters in the second round.
#4 Savannah St. Tigers (9-22) vs. #13 Central Arkansas Bears (2-27)
The Savannah St. Tigers held off the upset minded Central Arkansas Bears in a close game. The Tigers forced 18 turnovers, including 12 of which were steals. They also used a 40-32 rebound advantage and had seven players that scored 6 or more points help aide the victory. The Bears were led by Jordan Howard’s 16 points and Thatch Unruh’s 13 points, as well connected on 9 of 19 three pointers. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and the 4th seeded Savannah St. Tigers survive to play…
#5 North Carolina A&T Aggies (9-23) vs. #12 Mississippi Valley St. Delta Devils (6-26)
In our first real upset, the Mississippi Valley St. Delta Devils used a 32-22 second half to edge out the 5th seeded North Carolina A&T Aggies. Despite shooting an abysmal 26.8%, the Delta Devils won it on the defensive end, forcing 18 turnovers, including 8 in which were steals. The Aggies shot slightly better at 29.8%, but failed to capitalize on their free throws, going 15-24. The Delta Devils will look to keep their Cinderella run going against the 4th seeded Savannah St. Tigers in the second round.
#2 Morgan St. Bears (7-24) vs. #15 Florida A&M Rattlers (2-27)
The Morgan St. Bears had no problems in their game against the Florida A&M Rattlers, beating them rather easily. The Bears were led by Blake Bozeman’s 14 points and a double double by Cedric Blossom (12 points, 11 rebounds). They also used 49-38 advantage on the boards to take control. The Rattlers were led Jermaine Ruttley (17 points, 8 rebounds), Jorge Rosa (9 points) and Craig Bowman (9 points). Unfortunately no else really contributed, which in turn has the Morgan St. Bears facing…
#7 UT-Pan American Broncs (10-21) vs. #10 Maine Black Bears (3-27)
The UT-Pan American Broncs used a balanced attack to get by the Maine Black Bears. The Broncs shot an impressive 51.2% from the field and added 8 steals to help aide their victory. The Broncs had four players in double figures; Shaquille Boga (15 points), Shaquille Hines (14 Points), Dan Kimasa (13 points) and Janari Joeesar (12 points). The Black Bears had a sound scoring attack as well, with four players in double figures. However, those were the only players to really contribute, which led to their first round exit. The UT-Pan American Broncs will look to keep it going against the #2 Morgan St. Bears in the second round.
#3 Tennessee St. Tigers (5-26) vs. #14 San Jose St. Spartans (2-27)
In our second upset, the 14th San Jose St. Spartans defeated 3rd seeded Tennessee St. Tigers. The Spartans were led by Rashad Muhammad’s great game, as he scored 19 points and had 7 rebounds. The Tigers had three double digit scorers, but obviously wasn’t enough. The Tigers lost the game was at the line however, going 7-16. Most games come down to free throw shooting and in this case it did. The Spartans will now move on to play….
#6 Central Connecticut St. Blue Devils (5-26) vs. #11 Alcorn St. Braves (6-26)
The Blue Devils were able to use a first half lead to safely beat the Alcorn St. Braves. The performance of the night came from this game, in which the Blue Devils Matt Mobley scored 29 points, including 5 three pointers. Brandon Peel added a double double (12 points, 11 rebounds) and Faronte Drakeford scored 14 points while grabbing 8 rebounds to help pace the Blue Devils. The Braves LeAntwan Luckett tried to keep them in the game, scoring 15 points while grabbing 7 rebounds. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough and it didn’t help that the Braves were 9-21 from the charity stripe. The Blue Devils will look to end the 13th seeded San Jose St. Spartans on Tuesday (March 23, 2015).
The Updated Bracket: