Battle of the Losers 2011 – Southwest Region

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The most stacked region of them all….which means there were a lot of upsets in the Southwest…..isn’t that right VCU and Morehead State? We know Clemson is in the BOTL Final Four, but who will emerge from this bracket? Find out after the jump.

 

1st Round

#1 Louisville vs. #8 Boston U

The Terriers led for just over a minute in the 1st half and then they were put to sleep. Boston U shot just 29% from the floor and this one was a laugher. Louisville 72 Boston U 43

 

#4 Texas A&M vs. #5 UNLV

UNLV got off to an auspicious start, jumping out to a 10-2 lead in the early stages. Unfortunately for them they could not maintain that success and eventually the Aggies fought back to take a 5 point lead at halftime and pulling away in the 2nd half. Khris Middleton led all scorers with 18 points as Texas A&M shot 9 of 18 from downtown. Texas A&M 73 UNLV 58

 

#2 Vanderbilt vs. #7 Akron

As close as the final score was you’d be surprised the Zips never led at any point in this one. The first half was a plodding, low-scoring affair as the Commodores clung to a 29-26 advantage. However, the 2nd half featured an explosion of offense and with every Vanderbilt run leading to a double-digit cushion, Akron returned fire and chopped away at the deficit. Sadly for them, Akron just could not get it below 4 and at 76-72, Lance Goulbourne sank two free throws and then stole the ball on the ensuing possession with :17 left to seal the win. Vanderbilt 81 Akron 75

 

#3 Georgetown vs. #6 Saint Peter’s

The defending champions got off to a flying start and led wire-to-wire. Awful shooting by the Peacocks felled them as none of their starters shot 50% or better from the field. In fact they made only 14 field goals the whole game and the Hoyas were just too dominant against the minnows of Saint Peter’s. Georgetown 71 Saint Peter’s 43

 

2nd Round

#1 Louisville vs. #4 Texas A&M

What a tough loss for the Aggies to swallow. They were up 30-20 late in the 1st half only for Rick Pitino’s side to manage a 32-32 tie at halftime. The momentum shifted to Louisville and it stayed there as A&M never regained the lead and eventually they were blown out. Louisville 71 Texas A&M 58

#2 Vanderbilt vs. #3 Georgetown

A well-played game of basketball between these two came down to free-throw shooting. Vandy was up by 5 at intermission and briefly 8 in the 2nd half but otherwise it was a see-saw battle that was destined to come down to the wire. Lance Goulbourne’s triple cut the Commodores’ 5 point deficit to 2 with :08 left. Austin Freeman was fouled and put to the FT line where he calmly sank both to secure a birth in the regional final. Georgetown went 21-22 from the stripe whereas Vanderbilt went 20-28. Georgetown 75 Vanderbilt 71

 

Regional Final

#1 Louisville vs. #3 Georgetown

In a  largely chalk region the Hoyas decided to put an end to that with a rather surprisingly easy win over Louisville. It looked like it’d be an early night for the Cardinals as they fell behind 28-11 at one point in the 1st half before rallying late to trail only 44-37 at the break. Georgetown held them off and at 60-54 they went on a 14-5 run to put the game’s result beyond any reasonable doubt. Austin Freeman scored 21 points and led the team with 5 assists. Georgetown 79 Louisville 68

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Heh, so Clemson (2009 3rd place) and Georgetown (2010 champion) make up half of this year’s BOTL Final Four. Well that will end the “familiar” teams run because the rest of the bracket includes teams who are either making their BOTL debut or have never made the Final Four.

NEXT REGION: West

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