For the first time in a while, he is the favorite to win.
Per the Wall Street Journal, “just in time for the Masters Tournament, golf superstar Tiger Woods is back at the top of the sport’s rankings.”
The BBC asks “is Tiger Woods ready to reign again?”
And Yahoo tells us “the final Masters odds have Tiger Woods well ahead of the rest of the field.”
Boy, it sounds like the guy hasn’t even played golf for a while. But if you look at Woods’ career Masters record, you can see, despite all the controversy and questions surrounding him and his game, that in 2010 and 2011 he finished fourth both times (-11 and then -10).
The bar is understandably very high for Tiger, one of the greatest to ever play the game of golf. If anyone else put up those scores in recent years, fan and media perspective would be the complete opposite. That golfer might be considered “on the cusp” of greatness.
Tiger missed only one cut of the 18 Masters he has played, winning four green jackets, finishing second twice and in the top five 10! times. Simply incredible.Follow @VinGetz
LIST UPDATED: Apr. 14, 2013 to include Tiger’s 2013 finish. That makes three out of the last four years Woods’ has finished fourth.
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Offense is just not the name of the game in college basketball anymore. These are some low-scoring affairs in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
So, it’s likely that tonight’s Final may produce a team that makes the second list below – lowest scores by a team in the Championship game.
As with a previous post – schools with the lowest scores in any round – this is broken up into two groupings: all-time, and since 1979 for a fairer, modern look. Those old-school teams (literally) didn’t score as much. 1978-79 was the first season when schools were seeded for the Tournament.
Some of the lowest scores were winners (noted by an asterisk).
But first, the highest single-team point totals in NCAA Tournament Finals history.Follow @VinGetz
MOST POINTS SCORED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS
|1.||1990||Nevada-Las Vegas (1)||103||Duke (3)||73|
|8.||1995||UCLA (1)||89||Arkansas (2)||78|
|8.||2000||Michigan State (1)||89||Florida (5)||76|
|8.||2009||North Carolina (1)||89||Michigan State (2)||72|
FEWEST POINTS SCORED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS (ALL TIME)
|7.||1946||North Carolina||40||Oklahoma State||43|
|9.||2011||Butler (8)||41||Connecticut (3)||53|
FEWEST POINTS SCORED IN NCAA TOURNAMENT FINALS (SINCE 1979)
|1.||2011||Butler (8)||41||Connecticut (3)||53|
|2.||1981||North Carolina (2)||50||Indiana (3)||63|
|3.||1992||Michigan (6)||51||Duke (1)||71|
|4.||2002||Indiana (5)||52||Maryland (1)||64|
|4.||1983||Houston (1)||52||North Carolina State (6)||54|
|6.||2011||Connecticut (3)*||53||Butler (8)||41|
|7.||1980||UCLA (8)||54||Louisville (2)||59|
|7.||1983||North Carolina State (6)*
|9.||2006||UCLA (2)||57||Florida (3)||73|
|10.||2010||Butler (5)||59||Duke (1)||61|
|10.||2012||Kansas (2)||59||Kentucky (1)||67|
|10.||1980||Louisville (2) *
Thanks to sports-reference.com‘s play index.
How’s your bracket doing, or bracketS should I say? Hopefully well.
If not, you can still enjoy the tournament. Pick a team and stick with it. Brag about guessing the Final Four. Or just take in all the performances and surely some nailbiters and maybe even a classic to come.
We’re sticking with the NCAA Tournament theme through the weekend and mostly through the week.
Today – the top 20 most points scored by a team in a single NCAA Tournament game, led by the 11th-seeded 1989-90 Loyola Marymount Lions who scored a relatively stratospheric 149 points in upsetting third-seeded Michigan.
The Wolverines scored 115 themselves in that game and also make the list below (as do opponents noted with an asterisk).
The most offensive period in tournament history seems to be the late 1980s and early 1990s, when between 1987 and 1991, 11 of the 20 highest point totals were posted.
If you’re wondering why some schools do not have seeding, that’s because teams were not officially seeded until the 1979 tournament.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||Loyola Marymount (11)||149||Michigan (3)*||115||Mar. 18, 1990||West||Second Round|
|2.||UNLV (1)||131||Loyola Marymount (11)||101||Mar. 25, 1990||West||Regional Final|
|3.||Saint Joseph’s||127||Utah*||120||4OT||Mar. 25, 1961||National||National Third Place|
|4.||Oklahoma (1)||124||Louisiana Tech (9)||81||Mar. 18, 1989||Southeast||Second Round|
|5.||North Carolina (2)||123||Loyola Marymount (10)||97||Mar. 19, 1988||West||Second Round|
|6.||UNLV||121||San Francisco||95||Mar. 12, 1977||West||First Round|
|6.||Iowa||121||Notre Dame||106||Mar. 14, 1970||Mideast||Regional Third Place|
|6.||Tennessee (5)||121||Long Beach State (12)||86||Mar. 16, 2007||South||First Round|
|9.||Arkansas (5)||120||Loyola Marymount (12)||101||Mar. 16, 1989||Midwest||First Round|
|9.||Utah||120||Saint Joseph’s*||127||4OT||Mar. 25, 1961||National||National Third Place|
|11.||Loyola Marymount (10)||119||Wyoming (7)*||115||Mar. 17, 1988||West||First Round|
|11.||Houston||119||Notre Dame||106||Mar. 20, 1971||Midwest||Regional Third Place|
|13.||Notre Dame||118||Vanderbilt||88||Mar. 16, 1974||Mideast||Regional Third Place|
|13.||Princeton||118||Wichita State||82||Mar. 20, 1965||National||National Third Place|
|15.||Arkansas (1)||117||Georgia State (16)||76||Mar. 15, 1991||Southeast||First Round|
|16.||Michigan (3)||115||Loyola Marymount (11)*||149||Mar. 18, 1990||West||Second Round|
|16.||Wyoming (7)||115||Loyola Marymount (10)*||119||Mar. 17, 1988||West||First Round|
|18.||North Carolina State (6)||114||Southern Mississippi (11)||85||Mar. 14, 1991||East||First Round|
|18.||Arizona||114||Nevada-Las Vegas||109||OT||Mar. 18, 1976||West||Regional Semifinal|
|20.||North Carolina (1)||113||Pennsylvania (16)||82||Mar. 12, 1987||East||First Round|
|20.||North Carolina (1)||113||Mount St. Mary’s (16)||74||Mar. 21, 2008||East||First Round|
|20.||Kentucky (1)||113||Mount St. Mary’s (16)||67||Mar. 16, 1995||Southeast||First Round|