Bob Kemp

A SIX PACK OF COLLEGE HOOPS KNOWLEDGE

BOTTOMLINE
        *THE SHORTHANDED WILDCATS RAN AWAY FROM THE BRUINS: The UA completed a sweep of the Pac 12 season matching their regular season championship by ending the Pac 12 Tournament Championship Game on a 43-23 run to beat UCLA 84-76. Benedict Mathurin finished with 27 points while the defense blocked 11 shots, including eight in the second half, led by Oumar Ballo’s six.
        *REMY MARTIN IS A CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT CHAMPION: Martin’s transfer from ASU was a massive disappointment until today. Martin was the pre-season Big 12 Conference Player of the Year before he ever played a game for Kansas, but his poor defense landed him in Bill Self’s doghouse much of the season. However, today, in the Big 12 Tournament Championship Game, Martin finished with 12 points, four assists and zero turnovers in Jayhawks win over offensively challenged Texas Tech.
        *DUKE IS SPUTTERING TO THE COACH K FINISH LINE: His team was outplayed and outhustled by North Carolina last Saturday in the Cameron finale and the Blue Devils were significantly outfought tonight in the ACC Tournament Championship Game loss to Viriginia Tech.
        *KENTUCKY’S WEAKNESS WAS EXPOSED VERSUS TENNESSEE: The Wildcats are best when scoring of their defense. In Saturday’s loss to Tennessee, they shot just 34 percent overall and 10% from behind the arc (two of 20). By, while the Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes is 10-7 against John Calipari.
        *COLLIN GILLESPIE IS A TERRIFIC COLLEGE PLAYER: He has improved throughout his career, combining an all always improving skill set with an elite basketball I.Q, and tonight he scored 17 points, all in the second half, of Villanova win over Creighton in the Big East Tournament Championship Game.
        *COLLEGE BASKETBALL WELCOMED BACK DICK VITALE: From ESPN.com, he made an appearance at the Southeastern Conference tournament on Saturday, getting recognized for his contributions to the sport, the league and his fight against cancer.
        Vitale, who lives about an hour south of Tampa in Sarasota, was presented a basketball signed by the SEC’s 14 coaches before the first of two semifinal games at Amalie Arena. Vitale walked into the venue amid a standing ovation — and shouts of “Dickie V!” — and accepted the autographed ball from league commissioner Greg Sankey at midcourt. He made a brief stop at ESPN’s broadcast seats, the spot he held for decades before stepping back for health reasons.