osu16bb0315bbAnarchy in the NCAA –u$c punks choke in March Madness 70-69, blowing a 5-point lead in the final 2:21, with 2 consecutive turnovers, then 3 missed Free Throws in the final minute, and finally, a blown defense, on an inbounds play with 3 seconds left, allowing Providence’s Rodney Bullock to get the Rock, wide open under the basket, for the easy, game-winning lay-up at the proverbial final Pistol

All we need is ONE basket, Rodney!!

The trojans had this game won.  With Providence’s star player struggling and in foul trouble (on a couple of bogus calls), 8th-seeded u$c was able to take a 1-point lead at halftime, and build it up to a 7-point margin with about 7 minutes to go in the game.

The Friars couldn’t penetrate or get the ball inside sc’s defense, they couldn’t hit their outside shots, and they couldn’t string together any Defensive stops.  Still down by 5 with 2:21 left, the 9th-seeded Friars, who hadn’t won a Tournament game in NINETEEN YEARS, got the help they needed — from the choking trojans themselves.

At the 2:21 mark, up by 5, the trojans turned the ball over twice in a row, allowing the Friars to tie the game 68-68.  Then, in the final minute of the game, THREE DIFFERENT trojans EACH MISSED a Free Throw, so despite several missed shots by Providence, the Friars were still alive.  The last missed Free Throw with 12 seconds left was followed by the Friars’ 4th straight missed shot, but they retained possession.

With 3 seconds left in the game, Providence was inbounding the ball under the trojan basket.  All sc had to do was defend the paint, because no one on Providence could throw a pea in the ocean from the deck of The Love Boat at this point.  But Providence ran a play that confused the trojans, who crowded the wrong guy, allowing Rodney Bullock to receive the pass right under the basket for the ridiculously easy lay-in, which put the Friars up 70-69.

Sc still had 1.5 seconds left but no time outs, so they brought it in and heaved up a desperation shot from the backcourt, which of course missed, setting off the wild Providence celebration, and terminating the trojans’ season.

Along with the trojans going down, Arizona also lost, getting pummeled by 11th-seeded Wichita State.  The Wildcats were down by a whopping 24 points in the 2nd Half before closing to a less-humiliating 10-point deficit at the end.  Colorado also choked, blowing a double-digit lead over UConn before losing.  Only #3 Seed Utah repped the Pac-12 well, handily defeating 14th-Seed Fresno State.

Speaking of repping, the UCLA Spirit Squad is the only group that I am proud to have acting as representatives of my alma mater lately.  And here are 49 more photos showing why.

[T-H’s Note:  For those of you young kids who are confused by this article’s headline and sub-headline — The most famous and influential PUNK ROCK ALBUM of all-time is titled “Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols.”  “Bullocks” is the British term for bullsh!t, and this Sex Pistols LP contained their big hit “Anarchy in the U.K.”]


2 responses to “NEVER MIND THE BULLOCK!!”

  1. JC Avatar

    It’s a Holiday in Providence courtesy of the Dead trojans (and no, I’m not explaining that reference to the whippersnappers).

  2. UCLADal Avatar

    “Anarchy In The NCAA” I love it along with the article title!! Nice T-H! Of course, the pics speak volumes too. IMO, the Spirit Squad was definitely the highlight of the year’s basketball season. Works for me! GO BRUINS!