The Only Opponent Villanova Has Left Is History

101991Duke682.868.8+14.0+6.0 171998Kentucky685.772.3+13.3+3.7 82008Kansas675.060.8+14.2+6.5 SeasonChampionGamesTeamOpponentAveragevs. Expected Which champion had the most impressive tourney run?Best NCAA tournament points per game margin vs. expected (based on Elo ratings) for men’s champions, 1985-2018 321997Arizona678.272.8+5.3-0.2 181995UCLA686.372.0+14.3+3.6 291994Arkansas687.576.3+11.2+0.3 301987Indiana689.278.7+10.5+0.1 251986Louisville685.573.7+11.8+1.6 In the battle between the nation’s best (Villanova) and hottest (Michigan) teams, it was the latter that started Monday’s NCAA men’s national championship game right on script. The Wolverines led by 7 about a quarter into the game, and it looked like Michigan was tracking for a title-game upset that would rank alongside Syracuse over Kansas in 2003, UConn over Duke in 1999 and Arizona over Kentucky in 1997.1Just to name a few comparable upsets from recent memory.Soon, though, reality set in, and the superior Wildcats asserted themselves. With its 79-62 victory over Michigan, Villanova ended any debate about who was No. 1 this season — and instead opened up the discussion about where coach Jay Wright’s team should rank among NCAA champions from history.When things were going well for Michigan, the Wolverines were perfectly playing to their strengths — and shutting down Villanova’s. Led by the versatile 6-foot-10 forward Moe Wagner, Michigan had the big advantage over Nova in Ken Pomeroy’s effective height metric (which measures frontcourt size), and it flexed that muscle early on. Michigan outrebounded Villanova 7-4 in the game’s first seven minutes, while Wagner scored 9 quick points in the same span. At the same time, Michigan’s staunch 3-point defense — which held opponents to the sixth-lowest rate of attempts from beyond the arc during the season — gave Villanova few clean looks from deep. Uncharacteristically, the Wildcats missed eight of their first nine shots from the outside.But after the textbook start, the wheels fell off for Michigan. Midway through the first half, Nova embarked on a 16-5 run that saw them take the lead for good. The rest of the game was a clinic for Villanova; the final stats for the title game bore little resemblance to the numbers that generated Michigan’s early lead. Nova ended up outrebounding the bigger Wolverines 38-27 and knocked down 10 of 27 3-pointers. (In the end, it was Michigan — another team heavily reliant on the three — that went cold from deep, missing 20 of 23 attempts from long range.)It helped Nova that sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo saved the game of his life for the championship. Despite starting the game out on the bench, DiVincenzo poured in 31 points, including 15 from 3-pointers alone. Every time Michigan appeared to be on the verge of mounting a comeback, DiVincenzo came up with a big shot to quell the rally. Monday’s performance, on the heels of a mega-efficient 15-point outing in the national semifinals, earned DiVincenzo well-deserved most outstanding player honors for the tournament.Now the only real question that remains is where Villanova ranks in history. By winning two championships in three years, the Wildcats have already earned some measure of immortality: Before Villanova, just three teams in the 64-team bracket era — since 1985 — have won twice in three seasons. (The others were Duke in 1991/92, Kentucky in 1996/98 and Florida in 2006/07.) But this season’s team is also in elite company by deeper metrics than simple ring-counting. According to KenPom.com’s power ratings, Villanova ended the season as the second-best NCAA men’s champion since 2002, trailing only Kansas in 2008. The Wildcats also rank eighth among champs in the 64-team era according to our Elo ratings,2Behind 1992 Duke, 1996 Kentucky, 2001 Duke, 2016 Villanova, 1993 North Carolina, 2008 Kansas and 2009 North Carolina. which estimate a team’s quality at a given point in time, and their impressive title run should elevate them on anybody’s list of all-time champs.How to judge a champion’s tournament performance? One way is to look at how much more it outscored opponents than we’d expect based on those opponents’ Elo ratings. During the 2018 tourney, Villanova trounced opponents by an average of 17.7 points per game — never winning by fewer than 12 and covering the Vegas spread in all six games — against a set of foes that we’d expect the average champ3With an Elo rating of 2150. to beat by just 9.8 per game. That difference of 7.9 points per contest ranks fifth among men’s champs since 1985: Points/GameMargin 11996Kentucky689.267.7+21.5+13.0 111993North Carolina684.568.8+15.7+5.7 22016Villanova683.562.8+20.7+12.9 32009North Carolina687.867.7+20.2+10.2 132000Michigan State671.756.3+15.3+4.6 241992Duke682.369.8+12.5+1.7 52018Villanova683.866.2+17.7+7.9 162010Duke671.356.8+14.5+4.2 62001Duke686.870.2+16.7+7.5 122013Louisville679.563.3+16.2+5.4 41990UNLV695.276.5+18.7+8.2 332003Syracuse677.068.0+9.0-0.4 311988Kansas673.865.0+8.8-0.1 222017North Carolina681.770.5+11.2+2.1 341985Villanova655.050.0+5.0-2.6 232004Connecticut677.263.8+13.3+2.0 201989Michigan690.080.2+9.8+2.4 92006Florida672.756.7+16.0+6.1 142005North Carolina684.270.3+13.8+4.4 282014Connecticut671.763.8+7.8+0.9 192007Florida682.768.5+14.2+2.5 152002Maryland683.569.5+14.0+4.4 212012Kentucky681.369.5+11.8+2.1 262011Connecticut666.356.0+10.3+1.5 72015Duke671.856.3+15.5+7.0 Show more rowsExpected margins were generated for an average champion with an Elo rating of 2150. 271999Connecticut675.864.0+11.8+1.1 Of course, as impressive as Villanova was this season, Elo still thinks more highly of the team’s championship run two years ago. So it’s not completely open-and-shut where this season’s Wildcats even rank relative to themselves in terms of recent champs. But after the way Nova dismantled Michigan and Kansas in San Antonio, it’s run out of yardsticks from 2018 with which to compare anyway. The only opponents left to vanquish at this point are the ghosts of the past.UPDATE (April 3, 2018, 1 p.m.): This post has been updated to reflect the latest data from KenPom.com, which shows Villanova as the second-best NCAA men’s champion since 2002. (Villanova’s new +33.76 rating moved them ahead of Duke’s +33.29 mark from 2010.) read more

Balanced attack helps Buckeyes outlast Western Carolina at St John Arena

Following a record 40-point performance from freshman Jared Sullinger in its last outing, No. 2-ranked Ohio State (8-0) featured a much more balanced attack Sunday afternoon, easily handling Western Carolina (4-8), 85-60. On a snowy Columbus day, OSU traveled just down the street from the Schottenstein Center to historic St. John Arena, the Buckeyes’ former home, and got off to a hot start on both ends of the court. “I thought today we came out and had a little more intensity to our defense,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. “Offensively, especially in the first half, we did a good job of sharing the ball. … I was pretty pleased with how guys played.” The Buckeyes garnered double-digit scoring from five players, including 17 from Sullinger, as the team shot 51.9 percent from the floor. OSU stormed out of the locker room, putting together an 18-4 run in the game’s first nine minutes. The Buckeyes would not relinquish their double-digit lead the rest of the afternoon. “I felt like a little bit early in the game we almost gave them too much respect,” said WCU coach Larry Hunter. “They came out and jumped right on us to their credit.” Paced by 12 first-half points from Sullinger and nine from junior guard William Buford, the Buckeyes took a 42-25 lead going into halftime. Defensively, OSU was just as dominant in the contest’s first stanza. The Buckeyes’ defense forced 14 first-half Catamount turnovers, which led to 14 OSU points. “Coach Matta said we needed to let them know we’re there on defense and try to push the turnovers,” Sullinger said. “The whole practice, the last couple practices have been about toughness, and I think we showed that today.” OSU opened the second half with another big run, this time an 18-8 surge, extending its lead to 27 points. Despite the Buckeyes’ overall dominance, the Catamounts held a distinct advantage over OSU on the glass as they outrebounded it 39-26. “We didn’t rebound at all tonight,” Sullinger said. “They were a real scrappy team and they’re going to be a good team by the end of the year and they outrebounded us just because they wanted it more.” Still, Matta said he was content with his team’s effort overall. The Buckeye coach was able to get all 11 of his available players on the court. “I think the more we can build our bench, the better off we will be,” Matta said. Buford, Deshaun Thomas and Dallas Lauderdale each contributed 13 points apiece, and Jon Diebler added another 10 of his own to OSU’s balanced scoring. After completing final exams Dec. 9, the Buckeyes will be out of class until Jan. 3. Sullinger said this period of time is of the utmost importance for the team. “Right now this is where players are made,” he said. “You can relax and just go clubbing and have a good time, or you can be in the gym, getting better and hitting the weights hard. “We really have a tough basketball team and I think we are going to be mentally tough to handle the obstacles that are going to come our way.” The Buckeyes will return to action Dec. 15 as they welcome Florida Gulf Coast University to the Schottenstein Center for a 6:30 p.m. tipoff. read more

Barca record comfortable win over Alaves

first_imgFC Barcelona began their La Liga title defence with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Alaves on Saturday, according to Sky Sports.Lionel Messi scored the club’s 6000th Spanish League goal with his first goal of the night.The Catalans came closest to opening the scoring in a quiet first 30 minutes, with Luis Suarez, making his 200th appearance for the club, firing just over the crossbar.Messi, who also scored the club’s 5,000th league goal in 2009, fired a free-kick against the bar after 38 minutes but the game remained goalless at the break.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.The Argentine captain broke the deadlock in the second half when his free-kick went under the wall and into the net to give Barca the lead.Coutinho who came in at the start of the second half for Nelson Semedo doubled Barcelona’s advantage with a lovely curling strike into the back of the net.Messi completed the rout with his second goal of the night coming in added time, as Barca secured their first La Liga win of the season.last_img read more

Pogba enjoying his game under Solskjaer

first_imgPaul Pogba revealed he is enjoying the free-role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after admitting it was ‘difficult’ to play under Jose Mourinho’s tactics.The French midfielder’s displays have dramatically improved since Solskjaer came in as caretaker manager three weeks ago.Pogba was in the thick of the action as he provided a world-class pass for Marcus Rashford to score United’s match-winner to draw level on points with Arsenal in fifth.After another dominant performance from the 25-year-old, he was asked what had changed after his disappointing start to the league campaign.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I am enjoying playing football it was really difficult with the system and tactics we used to play,” Pogba told Sky Sports after the game.“I like to be more attacking, pressing and play high rather than defending. When I have to defend, I miss my lucidity it is not my best place but when I play there (further forward) with the team I think my position that is when I feel the most comfortable.”He added: “The manager told me to get in the box and get goals because I will score if I’m in the box. It helps me to know Matic will be there and we can press high, that’s what I have been doing since the manager came I know I have security there and I have the freedom to go.”last_img read more

Assemblymember Todd Gloria announces 2020 run for Mayor of San Diego

first_img January 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, More information about Gloria’s campaign for Mayor can be found on his campaign website at www.toddgloria.com.Todd Gloria is the second person to formally enter the 2020 Mayoral race. Councilmember Barbara Bry announced her candidacy January 2nd. Assemblymember Todd Gloria announces 2020 run for Mayor of San Diego 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO, (KUSI)  – California State Assemblymember Todd Gloria announced his candidacy Wednesday to be the next Mayor of San Diego.Gloria is a former city councilman and served as council president in 2013 and 2014. During that time, he briefly served as interim mayor between former Mayor Bob Filner’s August 2013 resignation and the March 2014 swearing-in of Mayor Kevin Faulconer.In his time as interim mayor, Gloria oversaw the drafting of the city’s Climate Action Plan. He also helped to author the city’s Minimum Wage and Earned Sick Leave ordinance while on the council.Since leaving the council due to term limits in 2016, Gloria has represented the 78th Assembly District, which includes most of San Diego proper and coastal communities like Imperial Beach and Del Mar. He is currently the Assembly’s majority whip.Should he win, Gloria would become the first person of color and the first member of the LGBTQ community to be elected to the office of mayor in San Diego’s history.“It’s clear that San Diego needs strong, experienced, and progressive leadership in the Mayor’s Office – leadership that has the courage to take our city beyond business as usual and solve the long-standing problems that have faced our city. That’s why I’m running for Mayor,” said Assemblymember Todd Gloria. “San Diego may be America’s Finest City, but we should strive to be more than just fine. We should dare to be great.”Gloria made his announcement official in a video. Updated: 5:25 PM Posted: January 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

GoAir considering IPO worth 150 million

first_imgGo Airlines Ltd (GoAir), India’s fifth-biggest carrier by passengers travelled, is considering an initial public offering (IPO) and has begun talks to appoint bankers, three sources directly involved in the process said.GoAir, part of the Wadia Group whose flagship companies include Bombay Dyeing and biscuit maker Britannia Industries, could look to raise as much as $150 million in the IPO, said the sources.The bankers made presentations to the company earlier this week, the people said, adding that it was early to say whether the company would sell new shares or existing shareholders will reduce their stakes in the planned public offering.A spokesman for GoAir, which has a fleet of 19 Airbus A-320 planes and had an 8.4% domestic market share last quarter. The company would not comment on what he called ‘market speculation’, the spokesperson said.GoAir is estimated by consultant CAPA to have made a profit of $14 million-$15 million in the year to March, which would make it the second most profitable Indian airline after market leader IndiGo.IndiGo is selling shares in an IPO to raise as much as $464 million.last_img read more

State grant approved for Lumberman Park updates

first_img09Feb State grant approved for Lumberman Park updates Categories: News The Village of Wolverine is in line to receive a $289,500 state grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund to help with renovations and improvements at Lumberman Park and Trailhead, state Rep. Peter Pettalia announced today.House Bill 4078, legislation that allocates the MNRTF grants, recently passed the House with overwhelming bipartisan support and is now before the Senate. The funds come to the MNRTF through state-owned mineral resources development, largely oil and natural gas, and their use is restricted for public land acquisition, natural resource protection and public outdoor recreation enhancement.“The first step toward awarding the grants has been made in the House,” said Pettalia, R-Presque Isle. “Every slate of recreation and resources improvement projects that get funded each year improves the Pure Michigan experience for local residents and visitors across the state.“I congratulate the Wolverine officials and supporters whose hard work is making a difference at Lumberman Park.”The $393,700 project at Lumberman Park and Trailhead will modernize and make accessible this critical part of the North Central State Trail by upgrading toilet, shower and dump station facilities, and adding trail connections, signs, an accessible fishing pier and a looped walking trail with a pedestrian bridge over the Sturgeon River.MNRTF grants are provided through the development of state-owned oil, natural gas and mineral resources, and awarded to assist local governments and the Department of Natural Resources with public land acquisition, natural resource protection and public outdoor recreation.This year’s grants total more than $24 million and will be awarded to 69 projects in 40 Michigan counties.last_img read more