Sunday, March 18, 2007

Tennessee exploded for a 34-0 run (from a Lady Vols' lead of 21-14 to 55-14) in a first-round NCAA game against Drake. I'll have to look at some materials I've compiled over the years, but this may be the longest run of shutting out an opponent in a game that I'm aware of.


Today closed out the first weekend of NCAA men's play, as the final slots in the Sweet Sixteen were claimed. A couple of games had streak-relevant developments.

UNLV's 74-68 upset of No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the Midwest Regional featured a number of swings (a 10-0 Rebel run in building a lead, a 16-2 Badger rally to get back in contention, and a 26-15 close-out by the Rebels to win the game).

As noted in one of my earlier entries below, UNLV's Kevin Kruger, the son of coach Lon, was 0-for-8 on three-point attempts in the Rebels' NCAA opener. The slump continued for a while in the Wisconsin game, but the young Kruger finally righted himself. Quoting from the above-linked game article:

Kevin Kruger shook off a shooting slump, connecting on three straight 3-pointers late in the second half Sunday as UNLV beat second-seeded Wisconsin 74-68 in the second round of the Midwest Regional...

Kruger was shooting just 1-of-15 in the NCAAs -- including 1-of-7 Sunday -- when he found the range. He tied it with a 3, then hit another to give the Runnin' Rebels the lead with just under six minutes left.

Elsewhere, Memphis scored the final 14 points of the game against Nevada, to extend a 64-62 lead to a 78-62 victory.

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