MOTSAG Pretend March Madness Elite 8/ Final 4 matchups (South Region)

Welcome back to the South Region! Today we have the final 4 teams battling it out where 2 will make it to the Elite 8 of the Tournament. Will 2 B1G teams make it out of this Region? Who will be the South Regions Final 4 representative? Below are the matchups with the final results:

  • 1 Baylor vs. 5 Ohio State: Ohio State 78-77-Ohio State keeps the magic alive and pulls the upset over the #1 seeded Baylor. 3 pt shooting and just enough defense get the job done.
  • 3 Michigan State vs. 2 Creighton: Michigan State 75-68- Michigan State ends the Creighton run with the more tournament experienced lineup. Izzo back to the Elite 8 (has to be some kind of record right?)

To go to the Final 4:

  • 5 Ohio State vs. 3 Michigan State: Michigan State 81-75- Unfortunately Ohio State’s run comes to an end here to the more experienced team . The Buckeyes only trailed by 3 and needed a stop to potentially tie the game. Cassius Winston hit a dagger 3 at the end of the shot clock to put the game out of reach in the final seconds.

South Region Final 4 team: 3 Michigan State

Tune in Next week as we send 2 teams to the championship game and as usual we would love your feedback!

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness: East Sweet 16 and Elite 8

Dayton was one of the country’s biggest surprises this basketball season. And it continued that not-really-a-Cinderella story in the Pretend March Madness as Obi Toppin was simply unstoppable in the Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

No. 1 Dayton 101, No. 12 Richmond 75 The only reason Richmond scored that much was because Dayton played most of its subs late and the Spiders scored a ton of garbage buckets. Toppin scored 41 points and Jalen Crutcher added 25 and 14 assists for the Flyers. Everyone on the UD roster played and everyone scored at least one basket. Dayton began the game on a 21-1 run and led 61-20 at halftime. Blake Francis scored 22 for the Spiders.

No. 2 Florida State 67, No. 3 Villanova 60 Villanova gave Dayton a blueprint for slowing down the athletic Seminoles by displaying a patient offense and zone defense that was tough to penetrate. But Florida State found just enough offense to win while the Wildcats struggled down the stretch. Trent Forrest scored 17 points for the Seminoles, while Justin Moore had 14 for the Wildcats.
Just like the committee drew it up, the two seeds advanced to the East Region final.

No. 1 Dayton 77, No. 2 Florida State 72 Madison Square Garden was transformed into the University of Dayton Arena East as Flyer Faithful packed the place. And they weren’t disappointed. With 10 seconds left and Dayton leading by three, Toppin grabbed a loose ball and led a fast break that ended with an emphatic 360-degree dunk, sealing the Flyers first trip to the Final Four since 1967. Toppin finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds and five posterizing dunks, earning a standing ovation from dunkmasters Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins, who were in attendance. After playing to a 32-32 first-half tie, Dayton opened a 10-point lead midway through the second half. But Forrest led the Seminoles back, tying the game with a three pointer with four minutes left. The teams seemingly traded makes and misses until Trey Landers made a three pointer to give Dayton a 75-72 lead with 30 seconds left.

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness; Midwest Sweet 16 and Elite 8

#1 Kansas versus #12 Liberty –  Liberty guards McGhee, Cuffee and Pacheco-Ortiz Continue to give teams fits during their cinderella run through these pretend NCAA’s. Liberty had no answer for the Jayhawks Udoka Azubuike as he finished with a monstrous double-double of 35 points and 20 rebounds. At one point in the game Azubuike outscored Liberty on his own little 12-0 run in the second half to put the game away. Kansas 89 – 74

#2 Kentucky versus #6 Iowa – The match-up of all match-ups between Luka Garza and Nick Richards did not disappoint. Neither chose to play very much defense and each ended with double-doubles. Iowa continues to represent the physical toughness of the B1G and moves onto the Elite 8 to face off against Kansas. Iowa 81 -79 OT

The Elite 8 showdown for a chance to the Final Four between #1 Kansas and #6 Iowa did all it could to make itself an all-time great NCAA game. The triple OT thriller brought the Lucas Oil Stadium crowd to it’s feet to stay halfway through the second half.

The battle between Wooden Award Finalist Luka Garza and Udoka Azubuike was one for the ages and defensively got both layers into foul trouble late. Azubuike sat through the first OT period but returned midway through the second to give the Jayhawks a spark that Garza could squelch. Kansas 101 – 98 3OT

The Kansas Jayhawks are the Midwest regions representative in the Final Four.

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness; East Region Second Round by Scott Halasz

The second round of the East Region only had one major shock as a B1G team blew a big lead in the second half.

No. 1 Dayton 85, No. 8 Colorado 67 Dayton avenged one of its two losses by baffling the Buffaloes. Obi Toppin and Jalen Crutcher combined for 32 points, while Trey Landers added a triple double with 10-10-10. Colorado led 10-7 early but then the high flyin’ Flyers scored 20 straight. Colorado had two use a pair of timeouts within seconds of each other because Dayton’s smothering defense was too much

No 12 Richmond 69, Maryland 68 Jacob Gilyard hit a three-pointer as time expired to give the Spiders an upset. Richmond trailed by 11 points with 4 minutes left, but Maryland missed 8 of 10 free throws down the stretch to let Richmond back in the game. Blake Francis scored a game-high 22 points to help the Spiders.

No. 3 Villanova 61, No. 6 Penn State 57 In one of the most boring games in NCAA Tournament history, Villanova escaped this back-and-forth game. Justin Moore scored 11 points to lead the Wildcats. Neither team led by more than five points and neither team shot better than 30 percent from the field. The Federal Communications Commission threatened the NCAA with sanctions if it ever aired a game this ugly again.

No. 2 Florida State 80, No. 12 Utah State 66 Another laugher in the East Region. Ten Seminoles scored at least five points and Utah State turned the ball over 14 times in the first half as Florida State jumped out to a big early lead. Trent Forrest grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds and dished out 17 assists.

On to the Sweet 16 round in NY city, MSG and some good match-ups! No.1 Dayton versus No. 12 Richmond and No.3 Villanova versus No. 2 Florida State.

Spring Game 2020: Defensive Depth Chart

With the all of the firepower and potential of the offense, the defensive side of the ball is looking to flex their depth and talent as well. With losses of a few key cogs on the defense, the Buckeyes are re-loading once again as they look to not taking a step back in production. Laden with high four stars and many more five stars, the talent in this room is unmistakable. Most have been biding their time and most finally have their shot. Lets take a deep dive into this pretend depth chart for the Silver Bullets.

Defensive End: Zach Harrison, Tyreke Smith, Javonte Jean-Baptiste, Jonathan Cooper, Tyler Friday, Noah Potter, Darrion Henry-Young, Cormontae Hamilton, Jacolbe Cowan, Ty Hamilton and Aaron Young.

Coach Johnson’s room have lost a few key players over the previous few NFL Drafts, but he always finds a way to keep it stocked full of talented players. With the departure of Chase Young, Jonathan Cooper is the unquestioned leader and he has Zach Harrison and Tyreke Smith to make up a trio of experienced players. The talent of the younger players is also an added benefit as they prepare to wreak havoc on opposing defenses in 2020.

Scarlet Team: Jonathan Cooper, Javonte Jean-Baptiste, Cormontae Hamilton, Jacolbe Cowan and Tyler Friday

Gray Team: Tyreke Smith, Zach Harrison, Darrion Henry-Young, Aaron Young and Noah Potter

Reserves: Ty Hamilton (summer enrollee)

Defensive Tackle: Taron Vincent, Antwuan Jackson, Jerron Cage, Tommy Togiai, Jaden McKenzie and Haskell Garrett.

Like at Defensive End, the Defensive Tackles also suffered a few key losses over the years and with both BB Landers and Davon Hamilton’s eligibility being over, the young bucks will continue the great tradition of interrupting the trenches. Experience is there but not to the level that Landers and Hamilton had, but it is a start. Each player on this list has impacted the game in some form–notably Togiai and Garrett have been players that saw time when the game had been put away. They will be counted on, but do not discount Vincent, Jackson and Cage because they’ve also seen some time with Jackson playing SEC football with Auburn before joining the Buckeyes. Jaden McKenzie is the new guy on the block, but with the strength coaches–he is in good hands just as long as he continues to work.

Scarlet Team: Taron Vincent, Haskell Garrett and Antwuan Jackson

Gray Team: Tommy Togiai, Jerron Cage and Jaden McKenzie

Reserves: N/A

Linebacker: Teradja Mitchell, Baron Browning, Dallas Gant, Pete Werner, Tuf Borland, K’Vaughan Pope, Craig Young, Tommy Eichenberg, Justin Hilliard, Ben Schmiesing, Cade Kacherski, Mitchell Melton and Cody Simon.

Linebacker was one of the few positions where they lost a key cog. Out of all the potential players to depart, only Malik Harrison left after his eligibility ran out. It could’ve been more with Werner, Borland, Browning and Hilliard all coming back into the fold. Like all other position groups, this room is filled with star power and talent that have all been waiting on their chance to shine. This room returns starters and they will attempt to dominate as usual. It is another season of waiting for a few, but you better believe during mop-up duty they’ll get their shot.

Scarlet Team: Tuf Borland, Teradja Mitchell, Dallas Gant and Craig Young

Gray Team: Baron Browning, Pete Werner, K’Vaughan Pope, Tommy Eichenberg and Justin Hilliard

Reserves: Ben Schmiesing, Cade Kacherski, Mitchell Melton (summer enrollee) and Cody Simon (summer enrollee)

Cornerback: Lejond Cavazos, Sevyn Banks, Tyreke Johnson, Ryan Watts, Marcus Williamson, Shaun Wade, Cameron Brown, Lloyd McFarquhar and Darryl Sinclair.

Cornerback saw the biggest loss in talent with Arnette and Okudah leaving for the NFL. At one time, they could’ve had Wade on that list too, but he returned after leaving the Fiesta Bowl on that ejection and wanting a shot at redemption. He comes back and the only two experienced players in Amir Riep and Jahsen Wint are currently facing legal issues. The other players who they will lean on are Banks, Brown, Johnson and Williamson and a pair of highly touted 2020 early enrollees Cavazos and Watts are all vying for playing time to help the Buckeyes for the season.

Scarlet Team: Shaun Wade, Marcus Williamson, Ryan Watts and Lloyd McFarquhar

Gray Team: Sevyn Banks, Cameron Brown, Lejond Cavazos, Tyreke Johnson and Darryl Sinclair

Reserves: N/A

Safety: Josh Proctor, Bryson Shaw, Marcus Hooker, Ronnie Hickman, Kourt Williams, Kevin Dever, Ryan Batsch and Lathan Ransom.

At safety, Jordan Fuller had quite a career but he moved onto the the pros. There isn’t much experience at the position but Proctor got everyones attention after laying the wood on the Jack Coan in the Big Ten Championship Game as the time dwindled down. He is the frontrunner for the robber position, but the talent behind him is unquestioned. He leads a young room that could blossom into something special.

Scarlet Team: Josh Proctor, Bryson Shaw and Kevin Dever

Gray Team: Marcus Hooker, Kourt Williams, Ronnie Hickman and Ryan Batsch

Reserves: Lathan Ransom (summer enrollee)

And there you have it! The defense is the hardest to predict with the amount of losses, but the talent is undeniable. The talent is there to take the Buckeyes back to the big dance, but it is all work from here. The Buckeyes are now two weeks away from the Spring Game as the anticipation steadily builds for the players and the fans.

#GoBucks

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness 2nd Round (South Region)

The 2nd Round is here for the South Region and with it comes some interesting matchups that could go either way. The pressing questions in this region are:

  • Will Ohio State continue to the Sweet 16?
  • Will the 11 seed Cincinnati continue its magic and upset Michigan St?
  • Will 4 B1G teams make it to the Sweet 16 in one Region?

Follow along below for the results of the 2nd Round.

  • 1 Baylor vs. 9 Rutgers: Baylor 81-77- I think Baylor being the more tournament experienced team wills them to the victory.
  • 5 Ohio State vs. 4 Louisville: Ohio State 75-68- Ohio State moves on but this was a hard game to predict. I truly went back and fourth with it but in the end I think Ohio States 3 pt shooting ability helps them win.
  • 3 Michigan State vs. 11 Cincinnati: Michigan State 73-62- Cincinnati’s run ends this week but not because they don’t have the talent but because Michigan State knows how to get things done in March.
  • 2 Creighton vs. 7 Illinois: Creighton 71-69 (OT)- First OT game in my region and Big East Creighton moves on.

I just want to Thank you all for reading my 1st round article and participating in the polls! Join MOTSAG next week for the following matchups below:

  • 1 Baylor vs. 5 Ohio State
  • 3 Michigan State vs. 2 Creighton

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness: Midwest Second Round

#1 Kansas versus #9 Marquette – These two teams haven’t seen each other since early in the regular season in 2018 and back then Markus Howard and Sam Hauser were almost way too much for the Jayhawks. This time senior Udoka Azubuike was all Marquette could handle finishing with a triple-double 25 pts, 14 rbs and 10 blocked shots(new career high) #1 Kansas 91 – 68

#4 Wisconsin versus #12 Liberty – The Flames cinderella run continues for this pretend March madness behind hot shooting guards of Liberty as Darius McGhee, Elijah Cuffee and Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz lit the badgers up for 17 total threes and 10 of them coming in the first 15 minutes of the game. Wisconsin never recovered although they made it close in the end. #12 Liberty 84 – 78

#3 Duke versus #6 Iowa – Luka Garza continues to make an argument for the John Wooden Award given to the best overall player in College Men’s Basketball. Exploiting Duke’s foul trouble early on the Hawkeyes went to Luka early and often and had 21 points at halftime. He finished with a double-double in the big win moving to the sweet 16. #6 Iowa 81 – 74

#2 Kentucky versus #10 Arizona State – John Calipari has been here many times and he may just have the best team to win it all. Nick Richards continued his onslaught of opposing post players with his versatility of posting up and just beating them to the hoop. #2 Kentucky 76-54

The sweet sixteen is next week featuring a hodgepodge of seeds from the Midwest and all being played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

#1 Kansas versus #12 Liberty

#2 Kentucky versus #6 Iowa

Spring Game 2020: Offense Depth Chart

The Horseshoe Wide Shot. Credit: News.osu.edu

Since we here at The Men of the Scarlet and Gray have plunged off the deep end with our Pretend March Madness series, I have succumbed and jumped on the hype train. I have this idea in mind that would do two things: fill the void with Buckeye content and to distract us from the on-going chaos around us. This mini-series not only fills the void in my heart, but it keeps me occupied as well so enjoy!

Quarterbacks: Justin Fields, C.J. Stroud, Jack Miller III, Gunnar Hoak, Danny Vanatsky, J.P. Andrade and Jagger LaRoe.

With Justin Fields returning, he will be the unquestioned starter coming into the spring game. Fields’ spot is his to keep, but the depth behind him was a huge question up until reinforcements from the 2020 recruiting class entered the fray to bring some competition to the room. Chugunov left and Hoak had some in-game experience, but he is not ready to contribute just yet. The Buckeye starter job is set, but the back-up battle has just heated up.

Scarlet Team: Justin Fields and Jack Miller III

Gray Team: Gunnar Hoak and C.J. Stroud

Reserves: Danny Vanatsky, J.P. Andrade and Jagger LaRoe

Running Backs: Master Teague III, Trey Sermon, Demario McCall, Steele Chambers, Marcus Crowley, Miyan Williams, Xavier Johnson, Mitch Rossi and Robert Cope.

The tradition at the Buckeyes Cadillac position has been great over the years and with J.K. Dobbins departing for the NFL early, the legacy gets passed onto another back ready to prove his worth. Enter Master Teague III. Coming into the offseason, the starting nod was all but his, but the injury bug bit and an injured achilles later–he is shelved for a little while. Marcus Crowley is still shelved too and the depth was lacking, leaving a single scholarship player at a key position for the Buckeyes in Steele Chambers. True Freshman Miyan Williams won’t be on the roster until the summer and news broke today from Birm that former Sooner and former Buckeye target Trey Sermon has chosen the Buckeyes. I have plugged him into the spring game for funsies.

Scarlet Team: Steele Chambers, Demario McCall and Mitch Rossi

Gray Team: Trey Sermon (Grad transfer), Xavier Johnson and Robert Cope

Reserves: Master Teague (injury), Marcus Crowley (injury), Miyan Williams (summer enrollee)

Wide Receivers: Chris Olave, Garrett Wilson, Julian Fleming, Jameson Williams, Kamryn Babb, Mookie Cooper, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Gee Scott Jr, Jaylen Harris, Jaelen Gill, C.J. Saunders, Elijah Gardiner, Sam Wiglusz, Austin Kutscher and Chris Booker.

In a crowded, talent-stocked room the Buckeyes reloaded at the position once again. With the departure of a trio of leaders in Austin Mack, K.J. Hill and Binjimen Victor, the need for leaders is needed to continue the tradition. Enter Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Two younger players that have been key parts of a lethal downfield attack are back to wreak havoc once again. The legendary 2020 haul featuring Julian Fleming, Gee Scott Jr, Mookie Cooper and Jaxon Smith-Njigba did nothing but boost the profile of Brian Hartline and increased his stockpile of weapons to unleash for years to come. C.J. Saunders is still awaiting an answer eligibility, but he is another one of the leaders on the team until we get a final answer on him.

Scarlet Team: Chris Olave, Julian Fleming, Kamryn Babb, Jaylen Harris, C.J. Saunders, Jaxon Smith-Njigba (H-Back),

Gray Team: Garrett Wilson, Gee Scott Jr, Jameson Williams, Mookie Cooper, Elijah Gardiner, Jaelen Gill (H-Back),

Reserves: Sam Wiglusz, Austin Kutscher and Chris Booker.

Tight Ends: Luke Farrell, Jeremy Ruckert, Jake Hausmann, Cade Stover, Corey Rau and Joe Royer.

Tight Ends saw an uptick of usage in the Buckeyes offense last season and they will look to build on that momentum. Luke Farrell, Jeremy Ruckert and Jake Hausmann all return and a former defensive standout in Cade Stover joined the fold along with Corey Rau, a grad transfer from SMU joined the team. The depth is fairly stocked, but thin due to all three players being upperclassmen after this season. The Buckeyes are looking to secure two additional players in the 2021 class and they have Sam Hart as the only player at the position. They are still searching for a partner to join him, but that is looking too far ahead.

Scarlet Team: Jeremy Ruckert, Jake Hausmann and Corey Rau

Gray Team: Luke Farrell and Cade Stover

Reserves: Joe Royer (summer enrollee)

Offensive Line: Nicholas Petit-Frere, Nathan Brock, Wyatt Davis, Matthew Jones, Luke Wypler, Zach Stevenson, Ryan Smith, Gavin Cupp, Chris Kuhn, Jack Jamieson, Enokk Vimahi, Ryan Jacoby, Max Wray, Trey LeRoux, Thayer Munford, Harry Miller, Paris Johnson Jr, Dawand Jones, Josh Myers, Grant Toutant, Josh Fryar and Jakob James.

The offensive line is still in great shape following the departures of LG Jonah Jackson and RT Branden Bowen. They managed to retain LT Thayer Munford, C Josh Myers and RG Wyatt Davis in another deep position group for the Buckeyes. Stocked full of ballers the one guarantee is that the best players aside from the aforementioned three will get the nod. This could be another ultra-competitive group and it’ll be another great battle.

Scarlet Team: Thayer Munford, Gavin Cupp, Josh Myers, Ryan Jacoby, Paris Johnson Jr; Luke Wypler, Max Wray, Nathan Brock and Jack Jamieson.

Gray Team: Dawand Jones, Enokk Vimahi, Harry Miller, Wyatt Davis, Nicholas Petit-Frere; Trey LeRoux, Matt Jones, Zach Stevenson and Chris Kuhn

Reserves: Grant Toutant (summer enrollee), Josh Fryar (summer enrollee) and Jakob James (summer enrollee)

With the offense set-up for both the Scarlet and the Gray teams, the contest inches closer as we remain three weeks away until game day! The collection of talent at just about every offensive position accompanied by projected gains in the summer make this game more exciting. I hope you enjoyed my little piece of happiness and next week we will bring you the Defensive depth chart. Following that Special Teams and then the game. Thank you to all who have stuck with us and Go Bucks!

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness (East Region) by Scott Halasz

No. 1 Dayton 91, No. 16 Robert Morris 50

Obi Toppin and Jalen Crutcher are too much for Robert Morris, which is still gassed from its double overtime win in the First Four, ironically on Dayton’s home court.

No. 8 Colorado 65, No. 9 Florida 59

Not sure why the committee placed Colorado in the same bracket as Dayton since they played earlier this year. But the Flyers get a chance for revenge in round two.

No. 12 Richmond 70, No. 5 Butler 68, OT

The Butler didn’t do it. The Spiders did. They bit the Bulldogs as a sexy upset pick coming out of the First Four. Blake Francis looked like Steve Francis, scoring 30 points.

No. 4 Maryland 90, No. 13 Akron 56

The Terps pulled away in the second half to cruise to an easy win. Anthony Cowan Jr., was a one-man wrecking crew, scoring 18 points, while dishing out 11 assists and grabbing 14 rebounds to go with 10 steals. He was six fouls away from a quintuple double and was only in the game to see if he would be allowed to commit 10 fouls.

No. 6 Penn State 56, No. 11 NC State 50

In one of the uglier tournament games in recent history, the teams combined for 45 turnovers and 35 fouls.

No. 3 Villanova 72, No. 14 Hofstra 70

Desure Buie had a last-second shot go off the back of the rim and Villanova escaped with a hard-fought win. Neither team led by more than four points and the Pride opted to go for the win at the end after calling a timeout to set up a play.

No. 10 Utah State 81, No. 7 West Virginia 74

The game wasn’t as close as the score indicates as four Aggies scored in double figures. Utah State led by as many as 20 in the second half before a late flurry of WVU garbage buckets made it respectable.

No. 2 Florida State 91, No. 15 Northern Kentucky 75

NKU gave the Seminoles fits early but they eventually pulled away as Malik Osborne scores a game-high 17 points.

Stay tuned to MOTSAG next week for the results of the 2nd Round Matchups in the South Region. Matchups are as follows:

  • #1 Dayton vs. #8 Colorado
  • #12 Richmond vs. #4 Maryland
  • #6 Penn State vs. #3 Villanova
  • #10 Utah State vs. #2 Florida State

We will ask for your opinions in Twitter polls soon so again stay tuned into MOTSAG.

MOTSAG Pretend March Madness (Midwest Region)

The play-ins are complete and it’s time to take a look at what happened in the Midwest Region that will be entertaining to say the least! All games lead to the Final Four in Atlanta and go through what is sure to be a good Sweet 16 in Indianapolis. Below are the pretend results and a couple typical upsets!

  • #1 Kansas vs. #16 Siena – Kansas 94-61
  • #8 Houston vs. #9 Marquette – Marquette 62-61
  • #5 Auburn vs. #12 Liberty – Liberty 81-80 2OT
  • #4 Wisconsin vs. #13 North Texas – Wisconsin 55-45
  • #6 Iowa vs. 11 East Tennessee State – Iowa 68-65 OT
  • #3 Duke vs. #14 Belmont – Duke 75-64
  • #7 Providence vs. #10 Arizona State – Arizona State 79-73
  • #2 Kentucky vs. #15 North Dakota State – Kentucky 74-51

Stay tuned to MOTSAG next week for the results of the 2nd Round Matchups in the South Region. Matchups are as follows:

  • #1 Kansas vs. #9 Marquette
  • #12 Liberty vs. #4 Wisconsin
  • #6 Iowa vs. #3 Duke
  • #10 Arizona State vs. #2 Kentucky

We will ask for your opinions in Twitter polls soon so again stay tuned into MOTSAG.