Jordan Mathews hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with under a minute to play and top-seeded Gonzaga survived a rough shooting night for both teams to beat No. 4 seed West Virginia 61-58 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final.
Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded Oregon ended No. 7 Michigan’s dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Thursday night.
John Thompson III’s departure opens one of the country’s highest-profile coaching jobs at at a time when Indiana and Oklahoma State are also in the market.
Thompson represented the tradition of basketball excellence that put the school on the map — the son of the father, the great Hall of Fame coach, John Thompson Jr. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough for the son of the father that represented the school’s legacy, far more than any rich or powerful alumnus.
In determining whether to part ways with Thompson III, Georgetown had the challenge of choosing between legacy and recent failure.
The folks at Madison Square Garden were drooling at the thought of a Duke-Villanova regional final. Two schools that consider the Garden a home away from home in a No. 1 seed vs. No. 2 seed dream matchup that would make MSG the place to be this weekend.
Thompson is the third player in two days to decide to transfer out of the men’s basketball program at Virginia.
Virginia coach Tony Bennett says junior Marial Shayok and sophomore Jarred Reuter are transferring.
This marks the third straight trip to the Sweet 16 for the Bulldogs and fifth in seven years for the Wildcats. But like the rest of their brethren based in the western United States, they haven’t made a Final Four in that span.
Thornwell has become the Jadeveon Clowney for men’s basketball, the face of a basketball program the way the former No. 1 NFL draft pick was for Gamecock football.
Scoring is up, defenses are being stretched thin and coaches are trying to adapt to change by recruiting bigger, better shooters and fewer true centers.
The 44-year-old Rhoades spent five years as an assistant to Shaka Smart from 2009-14. He replaces Will Wade, who resigned Monday night to take the same position at LSU.