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Morning Report: 3.11.18

Stewart Mandel of the Athletic:

I don’t hold out much hope for Louisville, Syracuse or Middle Tennessee.
Also keep in mind that if Davidson upsets Rhode Island in Sunday’s Atlantic 10 championship game, it will tighten the bubble even further (Baylor would fall out of my bracket).

Marshall as the 13th seed in San Diego against Clemson

Solid Verbal Podcast:

Ty and Dan are joined by Seth Littrell, head football coach of North Texas, to discuss the evolution of his air raid offense, the process of teaching his players and staff, the ways that defenses are adapting to his system, and emerging trends in offensive football.

Scott Gleeson of USA Today:

In a postgame news conference back in 2016, when questioned if his team became too reliant on the three-point shot, D’Antoni provided a memorable rant about analytically high percentage shooting (from beyond the arc) vs. analytically low percentage shooting (in the paint).

“You’re old school, aren’t you?” D’Antoni asked the questioner. “Do you watch the NBA ever?”

Rick McCann of the Herald Dispatch:

Marshall’s C.J. Burks missed a 3-pointer with 51 seconds to go, ­giving the Hilltoppers a chance to take the lead. WKU’s Lamonte Bearden dribbled in for a shot from the right elbow, but missed and Herd forward Jannson Williams came down with the rebound and called a timeout with eight seconds to play. Marshall inbounded the ball against the Western Kentucky press and Josh Anderson fouled Burks with seven seconds left. Burks then took an inbound pass and whipped it up the court as time ran out.

Brad Stephens of the BG Daily News:

“This hurts,” said WKU forward Justin Johnson, who posted 21 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. “Elmore hit some tough shots and they did a good job there of making some plays late.”

Saturday marked the second straight game the Hilltoppers struggled from the field. They shot 36.7 percent from the floor Friday in a semifinal win against Old Dominion before shooting a season-worst 35.5 percent in the title game.

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