The hottest coach going right now always seemed to put his time with the Rebels behind him faster than those 19 days over which he actually worked for them.
The Ducks — fresh off their Pac-12 conference tournament title run at T-Mobile Arena — quickly moved to 1-point favorites Sunday night over No. 5 seed Wisconsin after opening as 1½-point underdogs.
The mid-major is becoming less and less of a presence in the 68-team bracket, a shame when you consider the terrific storyline that has been Loyola Chicago this NCAA Tournament.
Dillon Brooks and his assertive nature will be on the college game’s biggest stage Saturday, when the Ducks carry the banner of the Pac-12 against North Carolina in the Final Four.
There weren’t any bad beats in the NCAA Tournament’s first 16 games — other than the intentional foul that cost Vanderbilt a win over Northwestern.
Even the Duke haters have to admit Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski showed class when he stopped by the Mercer locker room to congratulate the Bears on their victory.