March Madness pays a visit to Austin this year, and staff writer Kevin Lyttle offers a weekly package of information on men’s basketball teams you might see at the Erwin Center.
Format: Eight teams will be assigned to Austin for second- and third-round NCAA games (four on March 22, two on March 24).
Tickets: $180-$225 for an all-sessions pass. Go to ncaa.com or call (866) 208-0048. There are three sessions, each with a doubleheader. Upper mezzanine seats are still available.
Barry Larkin’s son Shane is the star point guard for the hottest team in the country, the Miami Hurricanes. The Bob Cousy Award finalist grew from 5 feet, 8 inches as a high school junior to 5-11 in college and added 16 pounds of mostly muscle. For years, all he heard were doubters. “I wasn’t a point guard. All I do is look for my own shot. I was too small. Not athletic enough. Couldn’t defend at this level. Not strong enough,” Larkin said. With Miami ranked third and 11-0 in the ACC, the critics are silenced.
If you haven’t seen them yet, check out Colton Iverson, Dorian Green and Colorado State (20-4, 7-2). The Rams are ranked for the first time since 1954, when they were known as Colorado Agricultural and Mechanical College. Only Syracuse (37) and South Dakota State (29) have longer home winning streaks than the Rams (27).
For the record
■ Pitt is 13-1 vs. the top 10 at the Petersen Events Center.
■ Wisconsin is 179-17 over the last 12 years at Kohl Center, including 29-11 vs. the Top 25.
■ Alabama is 55-13 under Anthony Grant when foes don’t reach 60 points and 24-34 when they do.
Did you know?
Only Kansas (12) has won more regular-season and tournament championships than Belmont’s 10 since 2006. Belmont and Kansas also are the only schools with a dozen or more league wins in 10 straight seasons.
8 SEC’s weak RPI. It trails the Big Ten, Mountain West, Big East, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and the Atlantic 10. This ain’t football, folks.
Most players in NBA
1. Kentucky, 19
2. Duke, 17
2. North Carolina, 17
4. UCLA, 15
5. Kansas, 14
6. Connecticut, 13
7. Texas, 12
March 13-16: Big 12 tournament, Kansas City
March 17: Selection Sunday
March 19-20: First Four games, Dayton, Ohio
March 21-24: NCAA second-and third-round games at eight sites, including Austin
March 28-31: Sweet 16 (Arlington is a host site)
April 6, 8: Final Four, Atlanta