NCAA Big Dance (Thursday)

Villanova 61, St. Mary’s 57—The Gaels, who led by two at the half, shot 42% overall, 36% from three-point range and 3-6 at the foul line (although ‘Nova was just 5-9). box

Auburn 78, New Mexico State 77—JoJo Zamora hit a clutch three late to keep it close and Terrell Brown was fouled on a trey attempt at the end but made just 1-3 free throws. box

Michigan 74, Montana 55—Sayeed Pridgett led the Griz with 17 points. box

“Boys basketball: Meet all-Bay Area News Group team” Darren Sabedra

Brett Thompson is Player of the Year and Bill Mellis Coach of the Year.

One quibble: Ezra Manjon deserves a much higher placement.

California United: “Fresno City sophomore Ethan Richardson (Madera, Ca) has received a scholarship offer from the University of North Dakota. 6’10 versatile big man can play with his back to the basket or facing up, with range beyond the college 3.”

“Change made at ART U (CA)” Hoop Dirt

“Morgan State declines to renew basketball coach Todd Bozeman’s contract”

JuCo Recruiting: “6’6 G/F Rich Washington of Tallahassee CC has committed to San Jose State” At 6-foot-6, 195, he played in eight games as a freshman at Wake Forest and redshirted in 2017-18 due to injury before transferring. Washington averaged a team best 16.6 points and 8.1 boards as well as 3.1 assists at Tallahassee this season while shooting 46%, 36% and 72%. 3.7 free throw attempts a game indicates he is not a drive-the-ball-the-the-basket player.

“The F Word and High School: my basketball coaching husband lost his job” Nicole Phillips

Interesting but would like more depth.

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