- Associated Press - Saturday, March 29, 2014

Welcome back to latest edition of BracketRacket, the one-stop shopping place for all offbeat NCAA tournament needs. Today’s rundown kicks off with a shooter talking about defense, and includes a jolting experience in the West, the most-tweeted team and celebrities at Madison Square Garden.



Steve Kerr was a sharpshooter at Arizona, hitting an astonishing 57 percent of his 3-poitners for the 1987-88 Arizona team that went to the Final Four.

So as this year’s NCAA tournament winds toward the Final Four, BracketRacket caught up with the now-TV analyst to see what he thought about this year’s Wildcats team.

So what did he want to talk about? Defense, of course.

“They’re extremely long and athletic,” said Kerr, an analyst during the NCAA tournament for Turner Sports and CBS since 2011. “And they’re very well-coached. They don’t give up anything easy.”

But wasn’t just Kerr’s alma mater he wanted to talk about. Some of the nation’s best defensive teams during the regular season are still alive in the bracket, which is hard to not notice.

“There are some teams that can really lock you down defensively and least vulnerable to the upset,” Kerr said. “That’s why I like Florida, Michigan State and Arizona. Those are the three best defensive teams.”

All three made it to the Elite Eight. Seems Kerr knows what he’s talking about.



Players, coaches and fans in town for the West Regional in Anaheim, Calif., got quite a jolt between games Friday night.

Try a magnitude 5.1 earthquake.

The quake, reportedly centered near La Habra, happened just as Kentucky was putting the finishing touches on its win over Louisville and Michigan State was holding off Virginia to reach the Elite Eight.

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