2011 March Madness Simulated: West Region

We’re back for another year of simulation goodness! Every game of March Madness simulated via whatifsports.com for your viewing pleasure. Justin F. from Comeback is Complete has graciously helped me run this tournament for a 3rd successive season and since I’ve been busy all day today we’ll start things off with his simulation of the West region.

2nd Round

#16 Hampton vs. #1 Duke
Would this be the first time a #16 seed upset a #1 seed? Well, not exactly. Duke jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, in a game that did not feel as if it was even that close. Duke 96, Hampton 75
#9 Tennessee vs. #8 Michigan
In Michigan’s 1st NCAA Tournament appearance since the days of the Fab Five, the Wolverines had a game they would like to forget, shooting only 31.6% and getting blown out from the Tennessee Volunteers, who much like Duke, dominated from the start and never looked back. Tennessee 72, Michigan 54
#12 Memphis vs. #5 Arizona
After a back and forth start, Arizona would go on to take the lead and hold the lead between 6 and 13 points throughout most of the game. But towards the end, Memphis would go on and make a run. They were able to get within 5, but then Perry connected with a 3 with 1:13 left for Arizona and that proved to be the dagger. Arizona 71, Memphis 66.
#13 Oakland vs. #4 Texas
Never trust Rick Barnes in the NCAA Tournament. It is a good motto to live life by. This time around, Barnes’ Longhorns found themselves on the other hand of a beat down at the hand of Oakland. I’d like to build this game up and add excitement to this upset, but, there really was not any. Oakland shot 54% and Travis Bader was 4 for 5 from 3-point range as Oakland just hammered Texas. Oakland 89, Texas 65.
#11 Missouri vs. #6 Cincinnati
The Tigers and the Bearcats got off to a very entertaining start as they battled back and forth for the first half, as even though Missouri had the lead for most of the half, they never got too far away from Cincinnati. Mizzou led by 4 at the half, and Cincinnati came out guns ablazing to start the 2nd half, including a Bishop 3 which tied the score at 36 with 18:44 left. Cincinnati would go on to take a lead, but said lead would be short lived as Missouri would get it back and eventually cruise to a victory. A close game throughout with a very anti-climatic finish. Missouri 69, Cincinnati 55
#14 Bucknell vs. #3 Connecticut
This game may have summed up the West Region thus far perfectly. Tight game in the first half, blowout in the 2nd half. This time it is UConn picking up the victory over Patriot League champs Bucknell. Connecticut 64, Bucknell 50
#10 Penn State vs. #7 Temple
The Battle of Pennsylvania in Tucson provided us with the first bit of excitement in the West Regional as Penn State and Temple engaged in a close, exciting basketball game. Penn State would jump to a double digit lead in the first half, but Temple rallied right back and cut the deficit to 2 at halftime. Then in the 2nd half, the game remained tight with multiple lead changes. Penn State leads 61-59 with 1:14 left when DiLeo hits a 3! Temple by 1! Penn State wastes no time responding! Jackson with a step back jumper with 1:07 left! Penn State by 1. JACKSON STEALS IT FROM LAVOY ALLEN! Temple chooses not to foul with 44 seconds left and down by only one. BATTLE LAYS IT IN! 13 seconds left. Here is Fernandez…TO TIE THE GAME……NO! REBOUND FRAZIER! Temple foul Battle. He makes both FTs and the game ends! Penn State 67, Temple 62
#15 Northern Colorado vs. #2 San Diego State
Northern Colorado entered Tucson, Arizona with the hopes and dreams of being the 5th 2-seed to ever defeat a 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament. The first half was surprisingly tight as both teams exchanged leads and San Diego State barely had a lead at halftime, up only 37-35. While very slim at times, SDSU managed to hang the lead and eventually expanded it to 70-58 with 2:38 left. Surely the superior Aztecs had put the game away. Well, with 2:05 left, Dave Arnold connects with a 3! 9 point game. SDSU can’t convert on the other side. They foul Northern Colorado and Xzaivier James makes only 1 of 2 FTs. Thomas dunks it for SDSU with 47 seconds left! Would that be the dagger? 5 seconds later, Lloyd answered with a 3 for Northern Colorado! They foul Malcolm Thomas who only makes 1 FT with 40 seconds left. KINGMAN WITH A 3! Northern Colorado within 6! 35 seconds left. They foul White, who misses the front end of a 1-and-1! BEITZEL A THREE FOR NORTHERN COLORADO! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? 3-POINT GAME WITH 23 SECONDS LEFT! Chase Tapley is fouled, who makes the front end of a 1-and-1, but not the back end! Montgomery the rebound. Under 10 to go, OH BEITZEL WITH A THREE! IT IS A ONE-POINT GAME! 9 SECONDS LEFT! Leonard is fouled, AND HE MISSES BOTH FREE THROWS! ONE POINT GAME! 7 SECONDS LEFT! HERE COMES NORTHERN COLORADO! A CHANCE AT HISTORY AND AN EPIC COMEBACK! MONTGOMERY WITH A FADE AWAY AT THE BUZZER…….OFF THE MARK!!! NO GOOD! GAME OVER! SAN DIEGO STATE SURVIVES! San Diego State 75, Northern Colorado 74

3rd Round

#9 Tennessee vs. #1 Duke
In spite of a close first half, this game would turn out to be a blowout. Just one thing, it was not the blowout everyone expected. While most expected Duke to win this game, instead it was Tennessee going crazy on the Blue Devils. The Volunteers held Duke to 34% shooting while 47.5% themselves. Scotty Hopson shot 9/16 from the field and the 2nd half rout was on. Tennessee 72, Duke 52
#13 Oakland vs. #5 Arizona
After the Cinderella Oakland squad built up a 9-point lead in the first half, the Arizona Wildcats slowly crawled their way back. The margin was 5 at halftime, though that Oakland lead grew to 13 in the 2nd half before the Wildcats clawed back in the game again. Fogg hits a 3 with 26 seconds left! Oakland’s lead is down to 4 now. Hudson is fouled, makes both free throws, but six seconds later Hill buries another Arizona three! 3-point game! Larry Wright only makes one free throw with 12 seconds left and Oakland’s lead is at 2. OH! FOGG HITS A 3 WITH 7 SECONDS LEFT! 1-POINT GAME! Benson is fouled. He misses the first! HE MISSES THE SECOND! REBOUND ARIZONA, THEY CALL TIME! 4 seconds left. Here we go. 3….2…..1….HILL FROM 19 FEET OUT TO WIN THE GAME!……..YES!!! ARIZONA WIN! And Cinderella’s heart is broken. Arizona 80, Oakland 79
#11 Missouri vs. #3 Connecticut
Much had been made about UConn winning five games in five days to win the Big East Tournament. While that is certainly a remarkable accomplishment worth celebrating, it bit them on the butt in Washington D.C. A close first half gave way to a second half Missouri blowout. Kemba struggled, going only 7 for 19 from the field and 1 for 6 from three as UConn never put up a fight in the 2nd half. Missouri 77, Connecticut 60.
#10 Penn State vs. #2 San Diego State
Penn State are a Big 10 team. As a result, their offense is prone to Big 10 tendencies, and unfortunately for them, those bad tendencies of little offensive productions showed themselves in Tucson at the worst possible time. Inspired by a 14-0 first half run that extended SDSU’s lead from 15-13 to 29-13, San Diego State had no problem dispatching of Penn State in a game that was never competitive. San Diego State 77, Penn State 60

Sweet Sixteen

#9 Tennessee vs. #5 Arizona
Tennessee are a 9-seed that have gotten hot at exactly the right time. The Volunteers got hot shooting, making over 50% of their shots and jumped out to a 7-0 lead that they would never relinquish to the Pac-10 regular season champions. Hopson was 10 of 17 from the field, Tobias Harris was 6-11, and this game was about as ugly as the final score would indicate. Tennessee 81, Arizona 57
#11 Missouri vs. #2 San Diego State
It is a shame this game was unable to receive the ending it richly deserved. A highly entertaining, well-played offensive basketball game from both sides saw lots of action and excitement, and Missouri hanging with the Aztecs all game long, but in the end, it just was not enough. Both teams shot the ball very well, but in the end, Malcolm Thomas’s reverse lay-in with 1:40 left served as the dagger and despite a great fight, Missouri fell just short of making the Elite 8 as an 11-seed. The score does not indicate how close and entertaining this game was. San Diego State 80, Missouri 72

Elite Eight

#9 Tennessee vs. #2 San Diego State
This is another very exciting game in a region that has really picked up despite its slow start. A back and forth first half ended with San Diego State carrying a 43-40 lead at halftime. The second half started, and the back and forth action continued with each team trading blows. Many ties and many lead changes ultimately led to Tennessee leading 81-75 after a pair of Melvin Goins free throws with 47 seconds left. Can San Diego State cut the deficit and extend the game? Thomas misses from short but gets his own rebound! Tapley from 3….NO! Thomas the rebound again, though! BUT THERE IS ONLY 19 SECONDS LEFT! CAN TENNESSEE HANG ON FOR AN IMPROBABLE FINAL FOUR BERTH? WHITE FOR 3 FOR SDSU….NO! AND THIS REBOUND GATHERED BY CAMERON TATUM OF TENNESSEE WITH 8 SECONDS LEFT! SAN DIEGO STATE NEED FOUR MORE SECONDS TO FOUL! Goins only makes one free throw, but it is a 5-point game with 3 seconds left. White heaves it from beyond half court, BUT IT IS IRRELEVANT! TENNESSEE IS GOING TO THE FINAL FOUR! UNBELIEVABLE! Tennessee 82, San Diego State 75
So there you have it, the Volunteers are in the Final Four after experiencing a heartbreaking defeat against Michigan State last season. Just when you thought we’d have a “no-name” in the Final Four the door was shut by Bruce Pearl and his ridiculously loud orange outfit.

7 thoughts on “2011 March Madness Simulated: West Region

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  3. kt1000

    “In Michigan’s 1st NCAA Tournament appearance since the days of the Fab Five”

    Um, Michigan was in the tourney in 2009. ESPN applauds this cross promotion attempt, though.

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