Friday, March 6, 2015

NCAA Early Friday Matchups

Facts, stats and fun stuff for the early Friday games.

NCAA Early Friday Matchups

Facts, stats and fun stuff culled from, among other sources, the thumbnails on all 68 NCAA teams put together by the Daily News sports staff — East, South, Midwest, West. Friday evening matchups will post at 4 p.m. Friday.

12:15 (CBS) Cincinnati vs. Texas
   BoopNotes:
Five of Bearcats’ 10 losses were by two or less or in overtime ... Three of Texas’ 13 losses were to Missouri (30-4).

12:40 (TRU) San Diego State vs. North Carolina State
   BoopNotes
: SDSU has won 23 of its last 28 games in March ... Five Wolfpack players score in double figures.

1:40 (TBS) Creighton vs. Alabama
   BoopNotes:
Bluejays’ Doug McDermott is first sophomore to be named MVC Player of the Year. Larry Bird, who averaged 32.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a sophomore, did not make either of the two all-conference teams that season ... Crimson Tide shoots just 28.5% from the arc, their opponents 28.3%.

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2:10 (TNT) Florida vs. Virginia
   BoopNotes:
Gators lost six of last 10, including four of last five after losing leading rebounder Will Yeguete to a broken foot ... Cavs also lost six of final 10. They have lost freshman guard Malcolm Brogdon and senior center Assane Sene to injuries.

2:45 (CBS) Florida State vs. St. Bonaventure
   BoopNotes:
FSU holds teams to 38.05% shooting from the floor ... Hank Gathers' nephew Jordan starts as a freshman for the Bonnies.

3:10 (TRU) Georgetown vs. Belmont
   BoopNotes:
Hoyas haven’t won an NCAA or NIT game since 2008 ... Bruins lost opener at Duke, 77-76, then by 16 at Memphis. They are 27-5 since then.

4:10 (TBS) North Carolina vs. Vermont
   BoopNotes: Tar Heels
lost by 33 at Florida State on Jan. 14 ... Vermont coach John Becker’s career record was 6-44 entering this season.

4:40 (TNT) Missouri vs. Norfolk State
   BoopNotes: Tigers shoot 39.6% from the arc as a team ... NSU lost to Marquette by 31 on Nov. 14, but by just two a week later in a Virgin Islands tourney.

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

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He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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