Without Tyus Battle, Syracuse tops Pittsburgh, 73-59, in ACC Tournament 2nd-round matchup

first_img Published on March 13, 2019 at 11:36 pm Contact Matthew: [email protected] | @MatthewGut21 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ To get there, Syracuse broke from the norm. Boeheim rarely deviates from his starting lineup. Usually, he only does so when he has to. Wednesday, Battle’s absence and senior center Paschal Chukwu’s early foul trouble put the Orange in new lineups, including one with Howard, freshman guard Jalen Carey, and three forwards: Hughes, Oshae Brissett and Marek Dolezaj.“The zone stunned us a little bit,” said Carey, who scored two points in seven minutes. “With Tyus being out, we had to do extra. We needed better ball movement, better penetration.”center_img The lineup with Buddy at the second guard spot, not Carey, became the jolt SU needed. The Orange worked the basketball with more speed and direction as the game wore on and they gained more practice against the defense they deploy themselves. The result was a second-half surge that set them on track for a double-digit victory. Production came from several places, including Chukwu, who had seven points, six blocks and nine rebounds.“Paschal was a key for us,” Boeheim said, “no question.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerIn the first half Wednesday, Pittsburgh threatened. Wilson-Frame shot 6-of-9 from deep, scoring half of his team’s 36 points. The Panthers, who’d lost 13 of their previous 15 games, once maintained a 10-point advantage. They led 36-30 at the break. They attacked the zone with vigor, unafraid to squeeze through the top two guards or drive toward the foul-line area and kick to the wings.Playing in a 2-3 zone defense themselves, the Panthers found success limiting the Orange — until SU developed a rhythm, feeding Hughes and Buddy for shots. Soon, they started to knock them down. Hughes kicked off the second half with a jumper and a 3-pointer in front of SU’s bench, which beamed with elation. Later, a Buddy 3-pointer gave the Orange their first lead since the opening minutes, and the arena rocked. He carried SU on an 8-0 run by himself. Juli and Jamie Boeheim, seated behind the SU bench, stood up and cheered. SU had taken control.“Pittsburgh’s record doesn’t really reflect how challenging of a team they are,” said Howard, who drilled four 3-pointers and added two steals and two assists. “They’re just pitbulls on the court. They’re gonna play till the end with a great coach. That’s a bad mix for opponents. We had to come out and get a run, get some separation. We didn’t want to take them down to the wire.”The Orange did that by pouncing on many openings, bursting through the silvers of space. Pitt had no answer, and the better team won. When the buzzer sounded the red lights went off, the Orange had earned their first win since March 2. Battle, in his blue jumpsuit, wore a wide smile as he high-fived each of his teammates, from the starters to the walk-ons, one by one. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — For the past two seasons, the Syracuse Orange comforted themselves by knowing what they’d get from one player in particular. Guard Tyus Battle, now a junior in his second year as a full-time starter, would more often than not score his 15-to-20 points. No player on Syracuse matches his ability to score. And the 2018-19 Orange have looked to him to push the team forward.On Wednesday, Syracuse needed some sort of push, a jolt to help them out of a stalemate. It couldn’t be Battle, who missed his first game ever for the Orange with a lower-back injury he sustained Saturday in a loss at Clemson. He sat next to assistant coach Allen Griffin in a blue jumpsuit, and head coach Jim Boeheim expects him to be back in two or three days. Without him, the Orange came out as they have many times before this season: they backed themselves into a corner, then muscled their way out.No. 6 seed Syracuse (20-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) erased a six-point halftime deficit to beat No. 14 seed Pittsburgh (14-19, 3-15) for the third time this season, 73-59. The Orange’s two wins over the Panthers came by a combined 20 points. In the teams’ third meeting, freshman guard Buddy Boeheim — making his third career start in Battle’s place — led SU with 20 points, and junior forward Elijah Hughes had 18 to engage the pro-Syracuse Spectrum Center crowd at the second round of the ACC tournament. Senior point guard Frank Howard, who’d struggled in recent weeks, chipped in 18 points as well.“When you lose your best player, somebody has to step up,” Boeheim said. “We started the game and let (Jared Wilson)-Frame shoot. But this was a really good win. I thought everybody had a part in it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerThe Orange square off against No. 3 seed Duke for the third time this season. Tip-off is slated for 9 p.m., with the winner guaranteed a spot in the tournament’s semifinal game Friday against either North Carolina or Louisville.While Syracuse had already appeared to be headed to its third NCAA Tournament over the past four years, the Pitt game didn’t come without NCAA Tournament implications. Two weeks ago, expert bracketologist Patrick Stevens Stevens told The Daily Orange he thought the Orange were well on pace to make the Big Dance. This week, he reiterated his case, saying a win over Pittsburgh would eliminate the possibility of SU not making the Tournament, despite the fact that Syracuse lost four of its last five regular-season games. Even though they were sliding, they’d done enough — three Top 25 wins, few bad losses — to play next week. The win Wednesday likely stamped their ticket in earnest.More coverage:Tyus Battle ‘realistically 2 or 3 days away’ from returnCareer night for Buddy Boeheim, more takeaways from Syracuse’s ACC tournament win over PittsburghBuddy Boeheim shines with career-night in ACC tournament win over PittsburghSyracuse’s next opponent: What to know about DukeJalen Carey reflects on diminished playing time after expanded role in SU’s ACC Tournament winlast_img read more

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LA Clippers beat Denver Nuggets to snap three-game losing streak

first_imgDanilo Gallinari led Denver with 20 points and had a career-high 18 rebounds. Crawford scored the Clippers’ first seven points of the fourth quarter to push the lead to 90-76. He finished with 15 points.Denver started fouling Jordan, and the center was just 7 of 16 from the line in the fourth, but Denver couldn’t hit enough shots to close the gap.His dunk on a lob from Paul gave the Clippers a 110-93 lead.Griffin was struggling from the field until he hit a 3-pointer to beat the shot clock midway through the third. He hit two more shots and fed Jordan for a dunk to give the Clippers a 73-62 lead. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error DENVER >> Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan each scored 18 points and the Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets 111-94 on Tuesday night to snap a three-game losing streak.Jordan finished with 11 rebounds and four blocks, while Griffin had 10 rebounds. Chris Paul had 15 points and 10 assists to give the Clippers (7-7) three players with double-doubles.The Clippers, who hadn’t been under .500 this far into a season under Doc Rivers, made eight 3-pointers after coming into the game at 31.3 percent. The Clippers hit their first four shots from deep, missed their next seven but found the stroke again when Jamal Crawford hit a halfcourt shot to give them an 83-72 lead at the end of the third.center_img Rookie Nikola Jokic had 16 points and Gary Harris scored 14 for the Nuggets, who have lost four straight and fell to 3-5 at home.AlsoJ.J. Redick had 16 points for the Clippers. … Griffin reached double digits in rebounds for the first time in seven games. He averaged 6.5 boards in his previous six games. … The Clippers were outrebounded for the 12th time in 14 games. They are 5-7 when that happens.last_img read more

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Meyer battles injuries ahead of Bok opener

first_img29 May 2014 Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer has been dealing with numerous injuries to players ahead of his team’s first test of the year against a World XV at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday, 7 June. On Wednesday, it was confirmed that lock Eben Etzebeth, who has missed the entire Super Rugby season thus far, will have to undergo approximately three more weeks of rehabilitation on an injured foot before he can be considered for selection.‘A major setback’ “Eben’s situation is a major setback as he’s been one of our best players in the last two seasons,” Meyer said at the Springbok training camp in Durban. “We’re continually monitoring his injury, because he really wants to play for the Springboks next month. However, he is still young and has a highly promising career ahead and his welfare is the most important to us.” Etzebeth was one of 10 players who took no or little part in the field sessions at the Springbok training camp in Durban, which concluded on Wednesday. “We evaluated Eben’s injury at the camp and he did not take part in any of the field sessions as we are managing the process of his return to the field,” said Springbok team doctor Craig Roberts. “We’ve been in discussion with his franchise, his rehab specialist and the foot specialist who operated on him last year. We’re happy with his progress and will work closely with Western Province to ensure he gets back on the field without any risk of further aggravating the injury.”Training camp injury list The other players who missed training sessions at the camp, were Frans Malherbe (prop), Schalk Burger (loose forward), Willem Alberts (loose forward), S’bura Sithole (centre/wing), Frans Steyn (utility back), Juan de Jongh (centre), Johan Goosen (flyhalf), Bismarck du Plessis (hooker) and Duane Vermeulen (No 8). Malherbe is struggling with a significant concussion, which he picked up in a Vodacom Super Rugby match a few weeks ago. As he’s not met the criteria of returning safely to playing, he did not participate in any of the training sessions. Burger suffered a knock to the neck in the DHL Stormers’ last match, against the Toyota Cheetahs. As he was still experiencing some stiffness in his, he was withdrawn from training as a precautionary measure. Alberts and Sithole both picked up grade one hamstring strains while playing for the Cell C Sharks against the Blues last weekend. Their injuries were treated and managed at the training camp. Steyn has been suffering from a chronic knee dysfunction, which has been managed by the Cell C Sharks and upon a request from his franchise, the load on his knee was limited by keeping him out of training. De Jongh did not train on Monday as he suffered from a bout of flu, Goosen had some stiffness in his neck on Tuesday, while the workloads of Du Plessis and Vermeulen were managed during the training camp.‘Incredibly important’ “Player welfare is incredibly important to us,” said Meyer. “We’ve been working closely with the franchises and have taken the decision not to take any risks with players carrying injuries at this camp. “Our medical team worked very hard at the camp, performing medical assessments on all the players and ensuring they get the best possible treatment on behalf of the franchises, as four of them are still playing Vodacom Super Rugby this weekend. “A final decision on the involvement of all the injured players will be taken later this week, before we announce the final squad for the Castle Lager Incoming Series on Saturday.”Out of contention Twelve players who were involved with the Springboks last year are already out of contention for the four tests in June. They are Springbok captain Jean de Villiers (knee), Scarra Ntubeni (foot), Chiliboy Ralepelle (knee), Frik Kirsten (neck), Pieter- Steph du Toit (knee), Franco van der Merwe (ankle), Arno Botha (knee), Pierre Spies (bicep), Louis Schreuder (hand), Pat Lambie (bicep), Gio Aplon (elbow) and Jaque Fourie (ankle). SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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2015 Soybean Crop Performance Trials had higher than expected yields

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Despite the heavy rains that hit the region early during the growing season this year, soybeans in the majority of test plots planted by researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University still managed to beat expectations.In fact, in four of the six test sites for the 2015 Ohio Soybean Performance Test, soybeans averaged over 70 bushels per acre, said Laura Lindsey, a soybean and small grains specialist with Ohio State University Extension.“Although this year was very unusual in the amount of rainfall that fell in June, our yields were very high — much higher than expected,” she said. “We averaged over 70 bushels per acre on some sites, with two sites averaging over 60 bushels per acre.“This shows that soybeans can overcome stress very well since they were impacted by the historic rainfall earlier in the season. It also shows that beneficial August rainfall helped to fill the seed out.”Statewide, Ohio soybean production is expected to total 239.5 million bushels this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service, Great Lakes Region. In its Nov. 10 crop production report, the agency said Ohio soybean yield is forecast at 50 bushels per acre.“Ohio soybean producers expect to see fairly good corn and soybean yields despite setbacks caused by excessive rains for the first half of the season,” the agency said in a statement.The results of the 2015 Soybean Crop Performance Trials provide growers with the latest information on how well some conventional, Liberty Link, and Roundup Ready soybean varieties grown at six Ohio locations in Henry, Sandusky, Mercer, Marion, Preble and Clinton counties have performed this year.The test is designed to evaluate soybean varieties that were grouped, tested and analyzed by maturity both early and late, and that were sprayed with conventional herbicides, to allow for head-to-head comparisons, Lindsey said.“These performance tests provide soybean producers with comparative information to help them make informed decisions when selecting varieties best suited for their production and market,” she said. “Because soybean varieties differ in disease and insect resistance, yield potential, standability and maturity, information on how they performed can be extremely helpful for growers.“We generally recommend that farmers pick high-yielding varieties when planning their soybean crops. So we have test sites at six locations across Ohio to see how the varieties perform on a variety of soil types and growing conditions to help farmers determine the best soybean varieties for their farm.”The results show that the 2015 growing season likely turned out to be better than expected for soybean growers with well-drained fields in Ohio, Lindsey said, although she noted that yields vary across the state.last_img read more

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Can IoT reduce unnecessary road sanding in the UK?

first_imgRelated Posts Follow the Puck Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#grit#Hampshire#Internet of Things#IoT#Libelium#Mayflower#Sensor#Waspmote#weather#Winchester#winter#Zigbee Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…center_img A new deployment of Internet of Things (IoT) weather sensors may reduce the amount of unnecessary sanding of roads in Winchester, a city located in the southern coast of the UK.Hampshire County Council is working with a consortium of companies, including Amey, Mayflower, and Libelium, to reduce the amount of grit used in the winter. Mayflower will be deploying the IoT sensors and Libelium is providing the sensor platform.See Also: PARC secures federal funding to develop peel-and-stick sensorsLibelium’s Waspmote Plug & Sense! Sensor Platform, coupled with the Weather Station WS-300 and Smart Agriculture PRO hardware, is able to provide highway maintenance with highly precise and accurate data on the weather near to the highway.This, according to Libelium, “enables highway maintenance teams to make more informed gritting decisions” and reduce the amount of time spent gritting the road.Most maintenance teams still use the Met Office to track the weather, but the tracking data can vary in temperature by up to 15-degrees in some areas. This creates situations where grit is unnecessarily placed on roads.The effects of over-gritting are two fold: it saves the council money to spend on other services and it reduces the carbon footprint, by lowering the amount of vans on the road or awaiting orders. Exact percentages of grit saved have not been publicized, we can expect more information after winter 2017.Mayflower will be deploying several of the IoT sensors onto main highways in the Winchester area. From there, maintenance teams will be able to see temperature, humidity, and other weather data in real-time, through the Sentilo platform, based on Amazon Web Services.Initial outcomes have been “very encouraging”, according to Rob Humby, executive member for the Environment and Transport at Hampshire County Council. The results may push other councils to look at adopting the technology in their own counties.Mayflower and Libelium also see the possibility of expanding to Nordic countries, where the climate is much colder and grit is deployed more heavily in the winter. David Curry Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to…last_img read more

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Bagley’s big 2nd half leads No. 5 Duke past No. 9 UNC

first_imgFamilies in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Mushers, fans gather for world’s most famous sled dog race For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Duke was 8 of 15 from 3-point range in the second half — the Blue Devils made just 1 of 10 from that distance in the first half — and outrebounded North Carolina 24-13 after halftime.Cameron Johnson scored 16 points for the Tar Heels (22-9, 11-7), while Kenny Williams and Luke Maye each had 13. Three weeks after they rallied from a double-figure deficit to beat their fiercest rivals, it was the Blue Devils’ turn to flip the script.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDuke trailed by 11 with 14 1/2 minutes to play before the ACC’s top offense finally found its rhythm, hitting four 3s in 4 1/2 minutes to erase that deficit. That came as part of a 25-10 burst keyed by six 3s that put the Blue Devils ahead to stay.BIG PICTURE North Carolina: The Tar Heels had a chance to spoil Duke’s Senior Night for the third time in their last four regular-season-ending visits to Cameron, and sweep their fiercest rivals. Instead they’ll enter the postseason on a two-game losing streak.Duke: This very well might have been the final game at Cameron for a good chunk of the starting five, with Allen — the team’s lone senior — surrounded by three potential one-and-done freshmen and coach Mike Krzyzewski acknowledging in the leadup to the game that “it’s the last game probably for a few of our other kids, too.” The offense came alive just in time to send Allen — and maybe the others — out the way they wanted.UP NEXTNorth Carolina: Heads to the ACC Tournament next week in Brooklyn.Duke: Heads to the ACC Tournament next week in Brooklyn.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Duke’s Marvin Bagley III (35) dunks over North Carolina’s Brandon Robinson (4) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Durham, N.C., Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben McKeown)DURHAM, N.C. — Marvin Bagley III had 18 of his 21 points in the second half along with 15 rebounds, and No. 5 Duke pulled away to beat No. 9 North Carolina 74-64 on Saturday night.Grayson Allen added 15 points in his final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Gary Trent Jr. had 13 points — including three 3-pointers in the final 10 minutes — to help the Blue Devils (25-6, 13-5) clinch the No. 2 seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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Duke Basketball Posts Instagram Video Of Freshman Guard Luke Kennard’s Impressive Hops

first_imgLuke Kennard reacts after hitting a three-pointer.DURHAM, NC – FEBRUARY 28: Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after a play during their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Cameron Indoor Stadium on February 28, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Duke will be counting on several true freshmen to help the program defend its national championship next season. One of them is five-star shooting guard Luke Kennard.The Blue Devils’ team Instagram account posted video tonight of Kennard throwing down an alley-oop to himself off the backboard with one hand. Pretty impressive. Duke fans are no doubt hoping to see some of that in game action this year.last_img read more

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How FiveThirtyEight Is Forecasting The 2016 NCAA Tournament

CaliforniaSouth4187186.54.00.7 IndianaEast5193887.45.81.1 BaylorWest5183785.56.01.0 DaytonMidwest7178882.41.60.1 Florida Gulf CoastEast16154471.4<0.1<0.1 North CarolinaEast1207593.943.615.0 VirginiaMidwest1205292.530.49.8 Note, however, that Elo is still just one of six computer rankings that we use for the men’s tournament. The other five are ESPN’s BPI, Jeff Sagarin’s “predictor” ratings, Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Joel Sokol’s LRMC ratings, and Sonny Moore’s computer power ratings. In addition, we use two human-generated rating systems: the selection committee’s 68-team “S-Curve”, and a composite of preseason ratings from coaches and media polls. The eight systems — six computer-generated and two human-generated — are weighted equally in coming up with a team’s overall rating.We’ve calculated Elo ratings for men’s teams only. For women’s ratings, we rely on the same composite of ratings systems that we used last year. You can find more about the methodology for our women’s forecasts here.As has been the case previously, our ratings are also adjusted for travel distance and (for men’s teams only) player injuries. Our injury adjustment has been slightly improved to account for the higher or lower caliber of replacement players on different teams: Stony Brook, for example, won’t be able to replace a star player as easily as Kentucky can.As a final reminder, these forecasts are probabilistic — something especially important to consider in the men’s tournament this year when there’s about as much parity among teams as we’ve ever seen. In some sense, every team but the UConn women should be thought of as underdogs to win the tournament this year.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. Michigan StateMidwest2207891.833.98.9 VillanovaSouth2204591.322.46.4 Weber StateEast15162373.3<0.1<0.1 North Carolina-AshevilleSouth15155374.2<0.1<0.1 ConnecticutSouth9187285.32.10.3 Middle TennesseeMidwest15163875.0<0.1<0.1 SouthernWest16139268.0<0.1<0.1 DukeWest4191087.312.11.7 XavierEast2197387.79.91.8 IowaSouth7190485.93.20.6 Arkansas-Little RockMidwest12173478.90.2<0.1 Stephen F. AustinEast14182481.00.4<0.1 KentuckyEast4201490.715.94.4 OregonWest1203388.022.62.6 KansasSouth1209794.545.1%19.1% TexasWest6178884.75.90.9 UtahMidwest3188786.65.30.8 Miami (FL)South3193387.14.91.0 Holy CrossWest16142066.9<0.1<0.1 Texas A&MWest3191586.812.42.4 VanderbiltSouth11184685.62.40.5 MarylandSouth5187687.46.31.3 Fresno StateMidwest14170876.6<0.1<0.1 West VirginiaEast3195689.316.23.4 2016 NCAA Tournament team ratings Wichita StateSouth11189386.62.70.7 Stony BrookEast13166377.10.1<0.1 CincinnatiWest9179483.73.20.3 WisconsinEast7189684.82.90.4 OklahomaWest2197290.032.06.8 HawaiiSouth13173778.0<0.1<0.1 PittsburghEast10178782.31.20.1 Saint Joseph’sWest8181481.61.10.1 ColoradoSouth8175681.50.4<0.1 Northern IowaWest11175180.20.8<0.1 Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s forecasts of the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball tournaments. We’ve been issuing probabilistic March Madness forecasts in some form since 2011, when FiveThirtyEight was just a couple of us writing for The New York Times. While the basics of the system remain the same, we unveil a couple of new wrinkles each year.Last season, we issued forecasts of the women’s tournament for the first time. Our big change for this year is that we won’t just be updating our forecasts at the end of each game — but also in real time. If a No. 2 seed is losing to a No. 15 seed, you’ll be able to see how that could affect the rest of the bracket, even before the game is over.Live win probabilitiesOur interactive graphic will include a dashboard that shows the score and time remaining in every game as it’s played, as well as the chance that each team will win that game. These probabilities are derived using logistic regression analysis, which lets us plug the current state of a game into a model to produce the probability that either team wins the game. Specifically, we used play-by-play data from the past five seasons of Division I NCAA basketball to fit a model that incorporates:Time remaining in the gameScore differencePre-game win probabilitiesWhich team has possession, with a special adjustment if the team is shooting free throws.These in-game win probabilities won’t account for everything. If a key player has fouled out of a game, for example, his or her team’s win probability is probably a bit lower than we’ve listed. There are also a few places where the model experiences momentary uncertainty: In the handful of seconds between the moment when a player is fouled and the free throws that follow, we use the team’s average free-throw percentage. Still, these probabilities ought to do a reasonably good job of showing which games are competitive and which are in the bag.We built a separate in-game probability model for the women’s tournament that works in exactly the same way but uses historical women’s data. Thus, we’ll be updating our forecasts live for both the men’s and women’s tournament.Excitement indexOur March Madness “excitement index” (loosely based on Brian Burke’s NFL work) is a measure of how much each team’s chances of winning changed over the course of the game and is a good reference for picking the best games to flip to.The calculation is simple: It’s the average change in win probability per basket scored, weighted by the amount of time remaining in the game. This means that a late-game basket has more influence on a game’s rating than a basket near the beginning of the game. We give additional weight to changes in win probability in overtime. Ratings range from 0 to 10, except in extreme cases where they can exceed 10.The index isn’t perfect — this year’s play-in game between Holy Cross and Southern was good, but perhaps not deserving of its 9.4 rating. But even if it doesn’t quite capture the difference between a closely contested slog and a Dunk City run to the Sweet 16, it does a nice job of quantifying how tight a game was and how many big shots were hit.Elo ratingsOtherwise, the methodology for our men’s forecasts is also largely the same as last year. But we’ve developed our own computer rating system — Elo — which we include along with the five computer rankings and two human rankings we used previously.If you’ve followed FiveThirtyEight, you’ll know that we’re big fans of Elo ratings, which we’ve introduced for the NBA, the NFL and other sports. We’ve now applied them for men’s college basketball teams dating back to the 1950s, using game data from ESPN, Sports-Reference.com and other sources.Our methodology for calculating these Elo ratings is highly similar to the one we use for NBA. They rely on relatively simple information — specifically, the final score, home-court advantage, and the location of each game. (College basketball teams perform significantly worse when they travel a long distance to play a game.) They also account for a team’s conference — at the beginning of each season, a team’s Elo rating is regressed toward the mean of other schools in its conference — and whether the game was an NCAA Tournament game. We’ve found that historically, there are actually fewer upsets in the NCAA Tournament than you’d expect from the difference in teams’ Elo ratings, perhaps because the games are played under better and fairer conditions in the tournament than in the regular season. Our Elo ratings account for this and also weight tournament games slightly higher than regular season ones.Elo ratings for the 68 teams to qualify for the men’s tournament follow below. North Carolina-WilmingtonWest13172277.70.2<0.1 YaleWest12179280.21.0<0.1 Cal State BakersfieldWest15163575.00.1<0.1 GonzagaMidwest11191686.03.20.5 TEAMREGIONSEEDELOCOMPOSITEFINAL 4CHAMPS Southern CaliforniaEast8173381.40.2<0.1 IonaMidwest13175978.20.1<0.1 Texas TechMidwest8177781.30.4<0.1 TempleSouth10173078.50.2<0.1 ArizonaSouth6195389.06.01.8 Oregon StateWest7174077.60.2<0.1 Seton HallMidwest6191484.51.80.2 Virginia CommonwealthWest10179883.12.20.2 Fairleigh DickinsonEast16141766.7<0.1<0.1 ChattanoogaEast12161076.6<0.1<0.1 South Dakota StateSouth12173578.60.2<0.1 ButlerMidwest9181584.22.50.3 MichiganEast11176879.60.3<0.1 BuffaloSouth14161375.7<0.1<0.1 PurdueMidwest5193888.713.02.7 Iowa StateMidwest4186786.56.41.0 Austin PeaySouth16147768.8<0.1<0.1 RATINGSPROBABILITY OF… HamptonMidwest16148868.6<0.1<0.1 SyracuseMidwest10177282.71.30.1 ProvidenceEast9182482.50.80.1 TulsaEast11169079.90.2<0.1 Notre DameEast6183284.42.60.3 Green BayWest14166776.20.1<0.1 UPDATE (6:30 p.m. March 18): We’ve updated this post to add information about the excitement index. read more

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Undefeated in Big Ten Buckeyes take win in overtime

Ninety minutes wasn’t enough time to for either team to find the back of the net, but it was Paige Maxwell’s overtime goal in the 96th minute that gave the Ohio State women’s soccer team (8-2-1, 2-0-0) a win over rival Penn State (3-7-1, 1-1-0). “Any win you pick up at home is fantastic,” coach Lori Walker said. “Penn State gave us quite a few problems and we pushed through. Our soccer was definitely quality enough to result in a win.” The game-winning goal is Maxwell’s second in as many games, after scoring the difference-maker in last week’s win over Michigan. This week’s goal came after Maxwell intercepted an errant pass from Penn State goalkeeper Krissy Tribbett and then dribbled in and floated a kick over the diving goalie. “My first thought right after the goalie passed it to me was ‘Holy moly, I’m all by myself,” Maxwell said. “It’s my job to just score like a forward is supposed to do.” Maxwell appeared to have an opportunity to score in regulation, but her shot attempt sailed over the goal and out of bounds. “I kind of lost my concentration,” Maxwell said. “I did a whoopsie-doo right over the goalie and right over the goal, too.” Walker said that she was happy to see Maxwell make amends for her previous missed opportunity. “She felt a bit of responsibility ‘cause there was one in the first half that she felt she should have buried,” Walker said. “Good for her to get that back and kind of get the monkey off her back.” As the Buckeyes’ offense struggled to put the ball in the net throughout regulation, it was their tenacious defense that helped carry the scoreless game into overtime, as they limited the Nittany Lions to just two shots on goal, with goalkeeper Rachel Middleman making both saves. “Our defense is pretty much unstoppable and they’re just working so hard,” Maxwell said. “This is our year, we really just want to shine, and we’re putting everything we can toward it.” The Buckeyes will now look forward to a two-game road trip this weekend for a pair of Big Ten games against Iowa and Northwestern, before returning home for a three-game home stand. read more

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I wouldnt swap Ronaldo for even Neymar – Casillas

first_imgFormer Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas has revealed that he would not swap Cristiano Ronaldo for Neymar and that he expects his former teammate to remain at the clubThe Portugal captain cast doubt on his own future at the Santiago Bernabeu by reflecting on his time at the club in past tense after Real’s 3-1 victory against Liverpool in last weekend’s Champions League final.But Casillas insists that Ronaldo is now a symbol at Real and is irreplaceable.“Even with all the things that have been said [Ronaldo] has always stayed,” said Casillas, according to AS.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“The same as Alfredo Di Stefano was a symbol of that Madrid, now Cristiano is on a level with Di Stefano.“I know him and he is very competitive. I would not change him for anybody, not even Neymar. For me, Cristiano is Real Madrid.”Following Ronaldo’s comments last Saturday, he has been linked with a return to Manchester United with Paris Saint-Germain also believed to be interested in a shock move.last_img read more

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