Views from the Baseline: 2021 March Madness Recap

Chevy brings back the College Experts Cody and John in a bittersweet episode. The madness is OVER! Sure enough, they share the embarrassing news that Cody’s Texas pick for the Final Four still won him a bracket challenge. Cody and John share their thoughts about the Men’s and Women’s tournaments, praise Gonzaga’s future, and give their draft prospect stock updates post-tournament. Finally, the duo goes for a round of “Shoot or Pass” to close out the NCAAB season. They give us an insight on if Gonzaga is frauds, the Men’s AND Women’s PAC-12 Conference dominance, and decide on if the Blue Bloods of College Basketball can bounce back next season.

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Underseeded:

I consider these teams ‘underseeded’ in that I expect that they will perform better than their seed indicates in the NCAA tournament. This has less to do with their overall resume and more to do with how well they have been playing recently.

TeamKenPomNetSeedConfNotes
OK State30294B12Hot! May be the hottest team in the country. 
Uconn16307BELikely NBA lottery pick James Bouknight missed 8 games earlier in the season with an elbow injury.  The Huskies are 10-3 with him in the lineup and have been clicking at the right time.  
Oregon36347P12The Ducks got a boost with G Will Richardson back from injury in Feb. 
Loyola-Chi9108MVCSeeding Inequality
Wisconsin10279B1GSeeding Inequality
St Bona25239A10Seeding Inequality
Georgetown556412BEThe Hoyas are on a roll, went 10-4 down the stretch & won the BET!
‘Underseeded’ 2021 NCAA Tournament Teams


Overseeded:

Note that I consider these teams ‘overseeded’ in terms of how I expect the to perform in the tournament. This is not a reflection of their resumes per se, though in some cases that became relevant.

TeamKenPomNetSeedConfNotes
Michigan241B1GKey G Isiah Livers may be out. The Wolverines have also lost 3 of their last 5 games. Tough competition in the B1G but still not a good look.  
Kansas22113B12Recent positive Covid test, unclear effect.
Texas26213B12Seeding Inequality
WVU27343B12Seeding Inequality
Virgina11124ACCRecent positive Covid test, unclear effect.
FSU15244ACCWaning down the stretch. FSU has lost 3 of 5 against mediocre teams. 
Nova12165BESenior All-American PG Collin Gillespie is out of the tourney. Nova looked poor in his absence.  G Justin Moore may also be out.
Clemson42417ACCSeeding Inequality
Wichita St.747211AACSeeding Inequality
‘Overseeded’ 2021 NCAA Tournament Teams

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Big East Basketball 2021-2022 Roster Tracker

Last updated April 19, 2021


Due to the pandemic, there is another unprecedented situation in college sports. This time it has to do with rosters. Namely, who will be on each school’s roster for the 2021-2022 season will likely be markedly different than any year before or after. The pandemic has forced the NCAA to adopt rules for senior eligibility and one-time penalty-free transfers. Thus, it appears that all 20-21 seniors will be eligible next year and all first-time transfers will be immediately eligible regardless of class (with the latter likely to become a permanent rule). This tracker attempts to detail all men’s Big East basketball roster changes: transfers, returning seniors, and NBA draft entrants. The tracker will be updated periodically as news breaks.


Butler Bulldogs

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
Jair BoldenButlerButlerGStayReturning Senior
Aaron ThompsonButlerButlerGStayReturning Senior
Bryce NzeButlerButlerFStayReturning Senior
Christian DavidButlerButlerFStayReturning Senior
Bo HodgesButler?G?Undecided Senior
Markeese HastingsButlerWMUFOutTransferred to Western Michigan

Creighton Bluejays

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
Alex O’ConnellCreighton?G?Undecided Senior
Damien JeffersonCreightonProFOutForwent Extra Eligibility. Entering NBA Draft But Likely Will Play G-League or Overseas.
Mitch BallockCreightonProGOutHired Agent
Denzel MahoneyCreightonNBAF?ATM Retaining Eligibility
Marcus ZegarowskiCreightonNBAGOutUnclear If He’s Hired An Agent
Christian BishopCreightonTexasFOutTransfer

DePaul Blue Demons

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
Charlie MooreDePaulMiamiGOutSenior Transfer
Jason MalongaDePaul?G?Undecided Senior
Pauly PaulicapDePaulWVUFOutSenior Transfer
Ray SalnaveDePaul?GOutSenior Transfer
Kobe ElvisDePaul?GOutTransfer
Keon EdwardsDePaulNebraskaFOutTransfer
Tyon Grant-FosterKansasDePaulGInTransfer

Georgetown Hoyas

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
Jahvon BlairGeorgetown?G?Undecided Senior
Jamorko PickettGeorgetown?F?Undecided Senior
TJ BergerGeorgetown?G?Transfer
Qudus WahabGeorgetownMarlyandCOutTransfer
Tre KingE KentuckyGeorgetownFInTransfer
Kaiden RiceCitadelGeorgetownGInTransfer

Marquette Golden Eagles

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
Koby McEwenMarquetteWeber StateGOutSenior Transfer
Theo JohnMarquetteDukeFOutSenior Transfer
Jamal CainMarquette?FOutSenior Transfer
Symir TorrenceMarquetteCuseGOutTransfer
Dawson GarciaMarquetteNBAF?Retains Eligibility
Tyler KolekGeorge MasonMarquetteGInTransfer
Olivier-Maxence ProsperClemsonMarquetteFInTransfer

Providence Friars

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
David DukeProvidenceNBASGOutHired Agent
Nate WatsonProvidenceProvidenceCStayReturning Senior
Noah HorchlerProvidenceProvidenceFStayReturning Senior
Greg GanttProvidence?FOutTransfer
Kris MonroeProvidence?FOutTransfer
Jimmy Nichols Jr.ProvidenceVCUFOutTransfer
Jyare DavisProvidence?FOutTransfer; Did not play 20-21
Al DurhamIndianaProvidenceGInTransfer

Seton Hall Pirates

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
Shavar Reynolds Jr.Seton HallMonmothGOutSenior Transfer
Bryce AikenSeton Hall?G?Undecided Senior
Sandro MamukelashviliSeton HallNBAF?Likely Drafted 
Myles CaleSeton HallSeton HallG/FStayReturning Senior
Dimingus StevensSeton Hall?GOutTransfer
Takal MolsonSeton HallJMUGOutTransfer
Jamir HarrisAmericanSeton HallGInTransfer
Kadary RichmondCuseSeton HallGInTransfer
Alexis YetnaUSFSeton HallFIn Transfer

St John’s Red Storm

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
Rasheem DunnSt JohnsRobert MorrisGOutSenior Transfer
Julian ChampagnieSt JohnsNBAFOutRetains Eligibility
Greg Williams JrSt JohnsULLGOutTransfer
Marcellus EarlingtonSt JohnsUSDG/FOutTransfer
Josh RobertsSt JohnsManhattanFOutTransfer
John McGriffSt Johns?GOutTransfer
Vince ColeSt Johns?GOutTransfer
Isaih MooreSt JohnsSouthern MissFOutTransfer
Aaron WheelerPurdueSt JohnsFInTransfer
Stef SmithUVMSt JohnsGInTransfer
Joel SorianoFordhamSt JohnsFInTransfer
Montez MathisRutgersSt JohnsGInTransfer

UConn Huskies

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
Isiah WhaleyUConnUConnFStayReturning Senior
Tyler PolleyUConnUConnFStayReturning Senior; Entering 2021 NBA Draft for feedback but intends to return to UConn
Brendan AdamsUConnGWGOutTransfer
James BouknightUConnNBAGOutHired Agent
Javonte Brown-FergusonUConnTexas A&MCOutTransferred to Texas A&M, did not play in 20-21
Josh CarltonUconnHoustonCOutSenior Transfer

Villanova Wildcats

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
Collin GillespieVillanovaVillanovaGStayReturning Senior
Jermaine SamuelsVillanovaVillanova FStayReturning Senior
Dhamir Cosby-RoundtreeVillanova?F?Undecided Senior, Missed all of 20-21 Season 
Jeremiah Robinson-EarlVillanovaNBAFOutHired Agent
Cole SwiderVillanovaCuseFOutTransfer

Xavier Musketeers

NameOld SchoolDestinationPositionStatusNotes
C.J. WilcherXavierNebraskaGOutTrasferred to Nebraska
KyKy TandyXavierXavierGStayOpted out of Portal
Bryan Griffin Xavier?F?Undecided Senior
Jason CarterXavierOhioFOutSenior Transfer
Paul ScruggsXavierXavierGStayReturning Senior
Nate JohnsonXavierXavierGStayReturning Senior
Daniel RamseyXavier?FOutTransfer
Jack NungeIowaXavierFInTransfer

The tracker will be updated periodically as news breaks.


NCAA Basketball Coaching Moves: Williams Retires, Beard Moves from Lubbock to Austin

While the NCAA Tournament continues to steal most headlines due to the fact, well, it’s the first in two years, and it’s been must-see TV on both the men’s and women’s side this year, there have also been many moves off the court.

The biggest story came today out of Chapel Hill when legendary head basketball coach Roy Williams announced his retirement from North Carolina.

The 70-year-old leaves the Tar Heels after 18 seasons with an overall record of 485-162, leading North Carolina to National Championships in 2005, 2009, and 2017. Before coming to Chapel Hill, Roy Williams coached 15 seasons at Kansas, leading the Jayhawks to four Final Four appearances.

Williams retires as the fourth all-time leader in wins in NCAA Division I with a complete record of 903-264 with a win percentage of .774. Williams’ also provided plenty of top-tier talent to the NBA as 21 of his former players were drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft.

Usually, we’d say the next stop: the basketball Hall of Fame. Still, Roy Williams is passed that as the legendary coach was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

North Carolina now has the hottest job opening in all of college basketball, especially now that Texas has hired their next head basketball coach.

According to sources to ESPN, the Texas Longhorns will be naming Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard as their next coach. Beard has become one of the biggest names in the coaching world after guiding the Red Raiders to an NCAA Runner-Up finish in 2019, and Elite Eight run in 2018.

While the move may rub some the wrong way, it was expected throughout the Big 12 as long as the buyout wasn’t outrageous. Beard began his coaching career at Texas as a student assistant under Tom Penders. Beard has been Red Raiders’ head basketball coach since 2016 and previously served as head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock.

Beard takes over from Shaka Smart, whose underwhelming tenure as Longhorns’ head coach came to an end after six seasons as he left to become head coach at Marquette.

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2021 NBA Draft – Final Four Prospects

The Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Final Four is set! In case you’ve been taking a break from March Madness because your bracket was busted, or now intrigued here are the 2021 NBA Draft Final Four prospects to watch this weekend!

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA

An 11th seed out of the First Four makes the Final Four. UCLA marks the first time a First Four team makes the Final Four since Virginia Commonwealth University did in the 2011 Tournament. On the flip side, Gonzaga has won 30 straight games and their undefeated season continues.

Gonzaga

Jalen Suggs – Gonzaga (Guard)
Suggs is a Freshman who already is in the mix of top 5 pick considerations in the 2021 NBA Draft. The future star guard is said to have star potential further in the NBA. Suggs is shooting 50-percent from the field this season. His speedy ability and composure to finish well at the rim make him an offensive threat that is difficult to guard. He will be considered as one of the top guards in the 2021 NBA Draft.

Corey Kispert – Gonzaga (Forward)
Kispert is a 6’7 Senior that keeps the frontcourt for Gonzaga well balanced. If you look at this season you may not see Kispert’s name in the mix of season leaders in points or rebounds (that actually goes to Drew Timme). Kispert’s three-point shooting is the best on Gonzaga this season. He is shooting the three-ball at 43-percent which is the best out of Zaga’s starting five. The Forward is a long-range shooter but the expectation of him being an overall player especially on the defensive end is unlikely. He is projected to go as a late lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.

UCLA

Johnny Juzang – UCLA (Forward)
A potential Idol of March according to our very own John Glowatz. Here is a guy that came back home and also was looking for an opportunity to elevate his game. Juzang spent his Freshman season at Kentucky primarily as a role player. He serviced the Wildcats as a spot-up shooter more than getting an opportunity to be the main attraction on offense. Juzang isn’t going to wow you with athleticism but he is more so a prolific scorer that makes it look easy. His Elite 8 game against Michigan surely helped his draft stock rise. He scored 28 points on 11-of-19 shooting (58-percent). Johnny is a 6’6 Forward that is projected in the second round of the 2021 NBA Draft at this time. This Final Four can make or break his draft stock.

Honorable mentions: Drew Timme – Gonzaga (Forward), Joel Ayayi – Gonzaga (Guard), and quite frankly mostly Gonzaga players are the best 2021 NBA Draft prospects in this Final Four

No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Houston

The Midwest region featured No. 1 Illinois who was most likely projected as the winner of the region. However, Loyola-Chicago had other plans in the second-round and ended the Fighting Illini’s hopes of a Final Four run early. Houston returns to the Final Four for the first time since 1984 when a team dubbed “Phil Slama Jama” made the tournament’s Final Four. Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon sound familiar? Both now retired from their respective NBA careers sure puts the time frame into perspective. Baylor enters the Final Four after last being there in 1950.

Baylor

Davion Mitchell – Baylor (Guard)
He wears 45 and his name is Mitchell across the back of his jersey. Could he be confused with a potential NBA look-alike? Probably not physically but I would say it’s fair to compare his game similar to a Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz. A late bloomer for Baylor but nonetheless a difficult player to guard. His speed and ability to change pace quickly and finish the rim make it difficult for any team to defend. I sort of compare him to Kemba Walker as he’s a bit shorter listed at 6’2. His speed is getting attention and causing his draft stock to rise into a potential lottery pick. Mitchell as a top 10 lottery pick may be the highest ceiling for him but unlikely to be a franchise turnaround player.

Jared Butler – Baylor (Guard)
Here is the other guard in this game that the 2021 NBA Draft could possibly be kind to. He is not a “pass first” point guard but could make his way into the NBA first as a scoring guard. He’s a bit undersized at 6’3 for the two-guard spot but can knock down the three-ball. Butler’s 16.5 points per game led Baylor in scoring all season long.

Houston

Quentin Grimes – Houston (Forward)
Likewise Juzang, Quentin Grimes played his Freshman season elsewhere which happened to be in Kansas. Now in his Junior season, he’s making a slow climb into the 2021 NBA Draft boards. He averages 18 points on 40-percent shooting for the Cougars on the season. Grimes may not show up on any first-round draft boards but the Final Four could help him boost himself as a second-round pick at best.


Beyond the 2021 NBA Draft – Final Four Prospects see Glo’s Idols of March for this 2021 March Madness Tournament

2021 NCAA March Madness – Sweet 16 Expert Picks

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Views from the Baseline – Episode 30: 2021 March Madness – Sweet 16

Chevy is joined by Glo (John Glowatz) the go-to College Expert at Baseline Times this week to recap the opening weekend of the 2021 March Madness Tournament, share some busted bracket disappointment, and dub some “Cinderellas”. Glo shares his new “Idols of March” from the 2021 Tournament where he chooses top players that cement themselves in the NCAA Tournament history. The duo also gets a reset in the “Sweet 16 Second Chance” bracket where they share a new Final Four selection from the remaining field. Find out which number one see they feel may go down after this weekend!

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Idols of March Madness 2021

Prior to the the start of March Madness, I wrote about the “Idols of March”. Guys that seemingly took over the the NCAA Tournament from Cinderella teams and captured the hearts of America in the process.

I also made a few predictions of who might emerge as such a March Madness “Idol” in the 2021 NCAA Tournament. Some of these were spot on and others… not so much. Now that we are through the first weekend, let’s take a look and see who is still in the running and who has added themselves to the mix.

  • Cameron Krutwig C, Loyola-Chicago – This is really Krutwig’s award to lose. His eight-seed Ramblers took down a severely underseeded Georgia Tech and then dominated one-seed and in-state rival Illinois. Not only is Illinois instate but it is the flagship university, this was like the kid brother finally beating his older brother one-on-one in front of the entire family reunion. No one will let the older brother live this down for years even though it turns out that the kid brother is really freaking good at basketball. Krutwig went for 19 pts, 12 boards, five assists, and four steals in that game by the way. As I mentioned in the previous article, he does have to compete with Sister Jean for the spotlight but I think there is room for both of them on this Rambler hype train.

  • Chris Duarte G, Oregon – We were robbed of Duarte and the Ducks in their first-round matchup against VCU but the Basketball Gods have made up for it with Oregon’s dismantling of two-seed Iowa in the Round of 32. Duarte was electric, posting 23 and seven assists. F Eugene Omoruyi has also come on strong and might challenge Duarte if the Ducks go on a deep run.

  • Buddy Boeheim, G Cuse – The son of Cuse perma-coach Jim Boeheim, Buddy went off for 30 and 25 pts respectively in Cuse’s first two games of the tournament. He’s done it mostly by being blazing hot from three, going 13 for 23 from downtown so far. Buddy and the Orange’s heroics have also given his father the distinction of being the only men’s coach to win an NCAA Tournament game in six different decades!

  • Kevin Obanor F and Max Abmas G, Oral Roberts – Obanor has led the Golden Eagles with 30 and 11 in an OT victory over two-seed Ohio State and 28 and 11 over seven-seed Florida. Abmas was right behind him with 29, five, and three assists and 26 and seven assists respectively. Oral Roberts become only the second 15 seed to ever make the Sweet 16 (2013 FGCU aka Dunk City was the first). Quite the historic team, ORU also has a chance to break Harvard’s record for free-throw shooting percentage in a season (82.18% in 1984). This is because Obanor and Abmas take the vast majority of the free throws!

  • Oregon State – No one player has jumped out for the 12-seed Beavers as a March Madness Idol but my money is between G Ethan Thompson and C Roman Silva if anyone does emerge.

  • UCLA – Again, no clear-cut player has emerged as an idol but both of the Smoking J’s (Gs Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Johnny Juzang) have been pretty great so far. Both are solid contenders for the name portion of the criteria as well.

2021 NCAA March Madness – Second Round Expert Picks

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2021 NCAA March Madness – First Round Expert Picks

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