Sunday, March 24, 2019

Doggy's Doghouse 3/24/19












                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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Cuteness!!!!!!

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Well, that was different. Up 18 going into the final quarter and UConn just fell apart. Full credit to Buffalo. They played a terrific game. But this is not a game that Geno wanted to see heading into the matchup with either UCLA or Maryland in the Sweet Sixteen.

I have a miserable cold and this game did nothing to make me feel better.

Props to Collier who came close to a triple double with 27 points, 16 rebounds and 8 assists. Yes, she is the best player in the country.

The free throw shooting kept Buffalo in the game. Their good shooting and UConn's bad shooting. The Bulls were 17-20 and UConn was a paltry 20-32. Ugly.

The usual low fouling UConn team forgot to show up. They had FOUR starters with FOUR fouls by the end of the game. The fourth foul on Dangerfield was huge. UConn's offense stalled at that point and it never picked up again. It shows how important she is to this team.

I'll have post game videos and plenty of links later. Right now I'm heading to bed!!!      

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Louisville had an easy time with Michigan winning 71-50 to reach the sweet 16. I am so glad that Durr is graduating...lol. She is going to be a terrific pro. It does make me crazy when they talk about what a great shoot she is, but she only makes 35% of her threes and she was 5-14 in this game. She does make them when they count most of the time. She scored 24 points to lead the Cards. It wasn't their best offensive game, but their defense was terrific and that certainly can win games for you in the tournament. They move on to play the winner of the Oregon State/Gonzaga game.  

The Texas A&M vs Marquette game was awesome! Back and forth for most of the game it came down to the wire before  A&M won 78-76. Chennedy Carter is feeling no effects from her finger injury and led the Aggies with 30 points but it was Shambria Washington's three pointer that put A&M ahead to win the game. Talk about a lack of bench, the Aggies played four starters 40 minutes and the other one 39 minutes. Wow!

South Carolina and Florida State had a competitive game too, but a late run by the Gamecocks put the game away, winning 72-64 behind Mikiah Herbert-Harrigan's 20 points. This is the sixth consecutive Sweet Sixteen for South Carolina. Amazingly, Florida State outrebounded SC 50-33 and grabbed 23 offensive rebounds. But when you shoot only 35% and 21% on threes, those rebounds don't mean much. The Gamecocks outscoring the Seminoles from the foul line 20-7 was a difference maker.

Iowa showed why they are a No. 2 seed in really hammering Missouri 68-52. The Tigers had a real tough time shooting the ball in this game and Iowa's defense. It was sad to see the career of Sophie Cunningham end this way. She was really off this game and only scored 8 points. I'm not sure she is talented enough to make a WNBA team. She sure is tough enough!  


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Is Holly time over? Will Warlick last the week? Stay tuned for the continuing adventures of 

"AS THE VOL TURNS"

After the loss to end the season for Tennessee, the fallout for that loss and the season are starting to come to light. 

Holly looks like death warmed over. Just a defeated soul. Here is what she had to say about her future with the Lady Vols.

“I don’t, it’s out of my control. I’ve been a part of this program, I love this program, I love what it stands for, our administration is, when you have an administration that steps up and treats women equally to men, that’s special, and that’s what Tennessee does. Do I want to continue coaching? Absolutely. But if it needs to go in a different direction, that’s not up to me.”

And check out this video of Evina Westbrook after the game. 


She basically threw Holly under the bus. If you couldn't understand it, she said "steps need to be taken with our staff".   Rumor has it (based on comments from her mother) is that she will be transferring. I would suggest any coach that might consider her look at this video before offering her a spot on their team. I'm not sure she has the attitude anyone would want around their players. 

Stayed tuned. It could get crazy!!


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By David in Naples!!!!!

Napheesa Collier entered tonight’s game needing 7 rebounds to tie Stewie. She got 16 and now takes over the #4 spot on the all-time UConn list. Rebecca Lobo is 3rd with 80 rebounds more than Pheesa has now. Even with a possible 4 games left, that might be too far.

Collier also needed 24 points to tie Tina Charles for the #3 all-time spot in scoring. Collier scored 27 and now owns that #3 spot by herself. Stewie is 300+ points away, so 2nd place is safe.

Quite a night for Napheesa, moving up the all-time UConn list in bot points and rebounds..!!

Go Huskies..!!

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UCONN LINKS
WCBB LINKS

Sunday's Games

Louisville Region


Charlotte Region
Iowa Region
College Station Region

Storrs Region

UConn 84 Buffalo 72 (Links in the UConn Section)


Coral Gables Region
Eugene Region

2 Seed Oregon vs 10 Seed Indiana 9:00 PM

Starkville Region

1 seed Mississippi State vs 9 Seed Clemson 9:00 PM

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Monday's Games

Notre Dame Region 


1 seed Notre Dame vs 9 seed Michigan State 7:00

College Park Region

3 seed Maryland vs 7 seed UCLA 7:00 PM 

Raleigh Region

3 seed NC State vs 6 seed Kentucky 7:00 PM

Syracuse Region

3 seed Syracuse vs 6 seed South Dakota State 7:00 PM

Corvallis Region

4 seed Oregon State vs 5 seed Gonzaga 9:00 PM 

Ames Region

3 seed Iowa State vs 11 seed Missouri State 9:00 PM

Stanford Region

2 seed Stanford vs 7 seed BYU 11:00 PM

Waco Region

1 seed Baylor vs 8 seed California 9:00 PM




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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Doggy's Doghouse 3/23/19












                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
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I haven't posted any family shots recently so here are a few.

Logan getting some air!! He will be dunking soon!
Well, as long as he is on a trampoline... 


 Barrett is now a crawling maniac!!! 


I forgot this picture of me and Doggymomma at the game on Friday!

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UConn/Buffalo Preview

UConn looked pretty darn good against Towson. It was a good experience to play a BIG team for possible future games against maybe Mississippi State/Notre Dame/Baylor. I'm not sure how I liked how the played the post. Towson got some good shots on the inside early in the game and were just missing. That being said, this game will be totally different.

Buffalo is not a very big team. They will probably start No. 24 Cierra Dillard, a 5'9" senior guard. More on her later. They also start No. 10 Hannah Hall, a 5'3" sophomore guard and No. 00 Summer Hemphill, a 6'2" forward. The last two starters (from the Rutgers game) are No. 25 Adebola Adeyeye, a 6'2" forward and No. 11 Theresa Unwuka, a 5'10" guard. Going by the Rutgers game, Adeyeye and Unwuka start but don't get the majority of the minutes. No. 12 Courtney Williams, a 6'1" senior forward and No. 13 Autumn Jones, a 5'8" senior guard, come off the bench and get a lot of minutes.

That is pretty much the seven player rotation for the Bulls but when you look deeper into the stats, you can see that they are 100% Dillard, 100% of the time. Dillard is the 2nd leading scorer......IN THE NATION! She averages 25.1 PPG. She takes a ton of shots to score that much. She is a true volume scorer. I do like how she plays. She has a fair three point shot, but it's her ability to get to the basket that allows her to score almost at will. Dillard only shoots 38% from the field and 34% on threes. Not great numbers. But she takes almost 17 shots a game with half of those three pointers. Yes, that's an average of 9 three point shots taken. She also gets to the line around 9 times a game and shoots those at a hefty 80% clip. I don't mean to belittle her skills. She is a dynamic player. And it's not like she doesn't pass the ball. She averages 5.7 APG.  But I'm pretty sure her stats are a product of dominating her team's offense and the level of the opposition.

As I watched the Buffalo/RU game, I just fell in love with Hannah Hall, their diminutive 5'3" guard. She is just fearless. She hit a few timely three point shots and handed out 8 assists in that game. She didn't take many shots but she ran the offense well, getting the ball into Hemphill and Dillard's hands at the right time. 

Hempfill is the second leading scorer for the Bull at 14.5 per game. She is the inside threat for this team. She shoots around 60% from the field and 10.5 rebounds per game. 

Other than Hempfill, three of the top four scorers are guards. 

So, how do I see this game going? UConn does very well against teams like Buffalo. The Bulls are dominated by one player, and UConn does a great job shutting down teams with that situation. And UConn does really well against smaller teams as UConn is a bigger team with small team skills. 

I'm pretty sure UConn will defend Dillard with more than one player. I'll be curious to see how Geno handles it. Dangerfield might be too small, Williams too inexperienced. UConn should dominate the inside scoring. I don't see how Buffalo stops Collier, Walker and Samuelson when they struggled with the Rutgers bigs. It was mostly the out of control guard play by the Scarlet Knights and really hot three point shooting by the Bulls that allowed Buffalo to win that game. I can't see Buffalo shooting 12-23 on threes again.

Toughness does count for something and Buffalo appears to have plenty of that. So my final prediction? UConn by 25+.           

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Pre-Buffalo game Interviews









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We don't have that many folks that joined DoggyDaddy's Bracket so I can cut and paste all the results. Looking good Jenny!!!

Group Results

RankBracket, OwnerBracketPromote / DemoteRemoveR64R32S16E8F4NCGChampionChampMaxTotalTotPCT
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27000000UConn187027084.2
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27000000Baylor187027084.2
4*
26000000UConn186026062.5
4*
26000000Baylor184026062.5
6*
25000000UConn185025048.5
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25000000UConn185025048.5
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25000000UConn185025048.5
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25000000UConn183025048.5
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25000000UConn183025048.5
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25000000UConn179025048.5
12
24000000Baylor180024036.9

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Just a pet peeve. I was watching the Notre Dame game and Arike Ogunbowale  took a corner three and missed. The announcer said "a rare miss for her". Well, she shoots around 35% on threes so she misses 65% of the time. No way that is a rare miss. Now maybe she hits a higher percentage on wide open threes and maybe I'm just nit-picking. Maybe both.

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I only watched a few games Saturday and all were close (for the most part) hard fought battles.

I just saw the end of the Central Michigan/Michigan State game and what a finish! I was rooting for CM (I have them in my bracket) but it was just too bad one of these teams had to lose. Shay Colley a teammate and friend of Kia Nurse in the Canadian basketball system made a driving layup with 7 seconds left for the final margin of victory 88-87. 

I had to watch the Tennessee/UCLA game and the game and final result didn't disappoint. UCLA ran out to a 17 point first half lead and then it looked like the Bruins forgot how to play basketball. They took terrible shots, stopped defending and they let Tennessee actually take a lead in the fourth quarter. But Tennessee slipped back into what has killed them all season. Poor shooting, turnovers and bad defense let UCLA pull away over the last few minutes for the final 89-77 margin. It seemed appropriate that the last shot taken by the Lady Vols was an air ball. Tennessee finishes 19-13 on the season, their first non-20 game win season in 43 years. And after playing in the NCAA tournament for the 38th consecutive season, they lost in the first round for only the second time (Ball State ring a bell?). 

Another overtime game happened Saturday between 4 seed Oregon State and 13 seed Boise State. Boy, did Boise State have their chance in this one. They were up 4 with 17 seconds left in regulation and Oregon State managed to tie it up. But Destiny Slocum was just too much on the OT period and the Beavers took this one 80-75. If you have a chance to watch the replay on ESPN3, do it. It was a really fun game.           

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By David in Naples!!!!!

A reader of Doggy’s blog asked about the relationship between assists and winning. I explained the true correlation is between shooting % and winning. Most of the time, the higher shooting % team wins. I listed the % at 87%.

As odd as it may sound, sometimes the winning team actually shoots at a lower % but still wins. How is this possible? First, the 3 point basket can impact your total points even if two teams shoot the same number of shots. Second, often times the winning team just takes more shots. Taking 10 extra shots and making just two may win the game. Finally, free throws can make a huge difference. Remember when Katie Lou missed all her shots from the field, but went 12-12 from the charity stripe.

Yesterday there were 16 games. The winning team had a better shooting % 14 times. That comes out to 87.5%. Twice the winning team won despite their lower shooting %. In both cases the winner just shot more and had more baskets. In both cases they also had fewer assists.

Go Huskies..!!

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Saturday's Games



Notre Dame Region


College Park Region


Raleigh Region


Syracuse Region


Corvallis Region

4 Oregon State vs 13 Boise 5:30 PM

Ames Region


Stanford Region

Waco Region


Sunday's Games

Louisville Region


1 Seed Louisville vs 8 Seed Michigan 11:00 AM

Charlotte Region

4 Seed South Carolina vs 5 Seed Florida State 2:00 PM

Iowa Region

2 Seed Iowa vs 7 Seed Missouri 2:00 PM

College Station Region

4 Seed Texas A&M vs 4 Seed Marquette 2:00 PM

Storrs Region

2 Seed UConn vs 10 Seed Buffalo 7:00 PM

Coral Gables Region

4 Seed Miami vs 5 Seed Arizona State 7:00 PM

Eugene Region

2 Seed Oregon vs 10 Seed Indiana 9:00 PM

Starkville Region

1 seed Mississippi State vs 9 Seed Clemson 9:00 PM

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