Gonzaga claims MARK MADNESS with OT win over Creighton

Gonzaga celebrates victory. (Gonzaga athletics photo)

ASHLAND, Ky. – It was an exciting finish to MARK MADNESS, the 2020 NCAA tournament played with a computer game. It had everybody on the edge of their keyboard.

Gonzaga came away as the champions with a pulsating 100-94 overtime victory over Creighton. Filip Petrusev, who scored 23, was named the MVP.

Creighton tied the game at the end of regulation with a 3-pointer at the buzzer but were outscored 13-7 in the extra period. The Zags never trailed in the overtime period.

In the national semifinals, Creighton defeated Illinois 86-80 and Gonzaga downed Auburn 91-77.

FINAL FOUR

Semifinals

Creighton 86, Illinois 80

Gonzaga 91, Auburn 77

Championship

Gonzaga 100, Creighton 94, OT

Kentucky falls to Illinois 84-83; Auburn makes Final Four

Kentucky’s dream ended in the Sweet 16 of MARK MADNESS, an NCAA Tournament computer game.

Illinois rallied from 10 points behind and defeated the Wildcats 84-83 in a game that featured 12 lead changes.

Immanuel Quickley scored 26 but the Cats fell to Ilinois in MARK MADNESS. (Tammie Brown)

Kentucky was leading 51-41 with 17 minutes to play but couldn’t stretch out the advantage. The game was tight to the end but Kofi Coffman’s clutch baskets won it for the Big Ten Illini.

Immanuel Quickley did his part, pouring in 26 points. Tyrese Maxey scored 18 and Ashlton Hagans and Nick Richards each scored 12. But it wasn’t enough despite shooting 54 percent from the field. Illinois held a 31-24 rebounding advantage and UK had only five offensive rebounds.

Richards, the 7-foot junior, failed to pull down even one rebound in 21 minutes of playing time.

Cockburn scored 21 for Illinois, which faced Marquette in the East Region final and defeated the Warriors 71-64 to reach the Final Four.

Joining Illinois are Creighton (Midwest), Auburn (South) and Gonzaga (West).

Scores through the Elite Eight are below. The Final Four will be played later.

 

SWEET SIXTEEN

EAST

Marquette 74, Maryland 60

Illinois 84, Kentucky 83

MIDWEST

Stanford 62, Kansas 53

Creighton 96, Duke 82

SOUTH

Auburn 69, Baylor 67

Florida State 68. Texas Tech 65

WEST

Gonzaga 88, Penn State 78

Michigan 85, Rutgers 58

 

ELITE EIGHT

EAST

Illinois 71. Marquette 64

MIDWEST

Creighton 78, Stanford 66

SOUTH

Auburn 69, Florida State 64

WEST

Gonzaga 93, Michigan 77

 

FINAL FOUR

Illinois vs. Creighton

Auburn vs. Gonzaga

Kentucky moves on to Sweet 16; top seed Dayton upset

ASHLAND, Ky. – How sweet it is!!!

East No.3 seed Kentucky overwhelmed East Tennessee State 87-57 in the second round of the MARK MADNESS NCAA Tournament. The Cats are headed to the Sweet 16.

Nick Richards collected 16 points and 11 rebounds against East Tennessee. (Tammie Brown photo)

EJ Montgomery scored 17 and Nick Richards collected 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead five in double figures. The game was never in doubt as the third-seeded Wildcats became the highest seed remaining in the East bracket.

Top-seeded Dayton and No. 2 seed Villanova were both stunned. Marquette defeated Dayton 69-59 and Illinois shocked Villanova 70-63.

Kentucky will play Illinois in the Sweet 16 game.

The Cats were a sizzling 58 percent from the fiel and held a whopping 37-28 rebounding advantage. Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Keion Brooks Jr. scored 11 apiece.

Kentucky led 49-27 at the half.

Elsewhere in the tournament, top overall seed Kansas crushed USC 80-42, Duke defeated WVU 81-63, and Rutgers upset high-scoring and second-seeded San Diego State, 63-60.

Below is a complete list of second-round scores and the schedule for the Sweet 16.

(Games are being played through Dave Koch Sports computer game. It’s computer vs. computer except for Kentucky when I’m stepping in for Coach Cal.)

Second-round scores

MIDWEST

Kansas 80, USC 42

Stanford 58, Liberty 40

Creighton 94, Iowa 92

Duke 83, West Virginia 71

EAST

Marquette 69, Dayton 59

Maryland 69, Akron 53

Illinois 70, Villanova 63

Kentucky 87. East Tennessee State 57

SOUTH

Baylor 80, St. Mary’s 75

Auburn 79, Bradley 69

Florida State 76, Providence 63

Texas Tech 77, Michigan State 74

WEST

Gonzaga 83, Houston 68

Penn State 83, Oregon 72

Rutgers 63, San Diego State 60

Michigan 73, North Texas 54

SWEET 16 SCHEDULE

Midwest

Kansas vs. Stanford

Creighton vs. Duke

East

Marquette vs. Maryland

Illinois vs. Kentucky

South

Baylor vs. Auburn

Florida State vs. Texas Tech

West

Gonzaga vs. Penn State

Rutgers vs. Michigan

 

Kentucky defeats Hofstra; Louisville stunned

With the help of a computer game, Dave Koch Sports, the 2020 NCAA Tournament is being played on Holt Street in Ashland, Kentucky.

It’s computer vs. computer except when Kentucky plays and that’s when yours truly becomes Coach Cal. The Cats were a No. 3 seed in an East bracket where Dayton was No. 1 and Villanova was No. 2.

Ashton Hagans was MVP of the win over Hofstra. (Tammie Brown photo)

Kentucky was matched against Hofstra in the opening round and came away with a 61-48 victory. Nick Richards had two fouls in the first 45 seconds and was rendered ineffective. The Cats still led most of the way and looked like they might pull away, but then Hofstra fought back to keep it close (sound familiar?) before falling.

UK’s Immanuel Quickley scored 13 and Tyrese Maxey added 10. Ashton Hagans, the game MVP, had nine points and eight assists. UK shot only 38 percent and went 2-for-12 on 3-pointers – a bad overall shooting game. But the Cats defended well and especially on the 3-point line, where Hofstra was 3-for-21.

Quickley was hot early, scoring nine, as Kentucky took a 22-7 lead, matching the largest margin in the game. The Cats maintained a double-figure advantage most of the game.

Kentucky plays 11th seed East Tennessee in the second round. The Bucs shocked No. 3 seeded BYU 90-76.

Elsewhere in the tournament, Bradley stunned Louisville 89-81, North Texas shocked Seton Hall 74-67, Texas Tech pummeled defending champion Virginia 71-39. Akron upset Ohio State 82-74 and West Virginia edged Indiana 74-73.

In the SEC, Auburn advanced but LSU and Florida both fell in the opening round.

Looks like MARK MADNESS has as many surprises as they real thing. Tune in tomorrow for the second-round games.

First-round scores

EAST

1-Dayton 67, 16-Boston U. 62

8-Marquette 81, 9-Colorado 73

4-Maryland 66, New Mexico State 42

12-Akron 82, 5-Ohio State 74

2-Villanova 79, 15-Northern Kentucky 60

7-Illinois 66, 10-Cincinnati 62

3-Kentucky 61, 14-Hofstra 48

11-East Tenn. State 90, 3-BYU 76

MIDWEST

1-Kansas 73, 16-NC Central 57

8-USC 85, 9-Florida 55

13-Liberty 64, 4-Wisconsin 53

12-Stanford 61, 5-Butler 55

2-Creighton 84, 15-Eastern Mich. 69

7-Iowa 85, 10-Arizona State 76

3-Duke 94, 14-UC Irvine 57

6-West Virginia 74, Indiana 73

SOUTH

1-Baylor 87, 16-Winthrop 79

8-St. Mary’s 70, 9-LSU 65

13-Bradley 89, 4-Louisville 81

5-Auburn 80, 12-Yale 67

2-Florida State 82, 15-North Dakota State 46

7-Providence 70, 10-Utah State 64

3-Michigan State 102, 14-Belmont 80

11-Texas Tech 71, 6-Virginia 39

WEST

1-Gonzaga 89, 16-Sienna 72

8-Houston 75, 9-Oklahoma 68

4-Oregon 84, 13-Vermont 57

5-Penn State 64, 12-Stephen F. Austin 59

2-San Diego State 82, 15-Arkansas-Little Rock 79

10-Rutgers 85, 7-Arizona 74

14-North Texas 74, 3-Seton Hall 67

6-Michigan 73, 11-UCLA 64