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The game will be played in California, but Cincinnati is an Eastern Time team, so the body clocks of the players will be a bit off even if the tip off is 6:45 local time. And when they head back east it¡¯s really going to nail them.
These are all best-case scenario estimates, but say the game will likely end right around midnight Eastern Time. After all the media obligations and transit to the airport an optimistic estimate would have the Bearcats on their plane at 1 a.m. to travel home from Sacramento for a flight that¡¯s around four hours. Wheels down in Cincy at 5 a.m., likely not back to their dorms or apartments until 5:30 a.m. on Monday morning.
Michigan still has a ways to travel to win a national title. The Wolverines will only play excellent teams the rest of the way. But they¡¯ve got that look.
Beilein and Pitino are both among the best coaches of this era, but Pitino had gotten the best of Beilein in a couple of key tournament spots before.
In 2005, Beilein was coaching at West Virginia. He led WVU on a wonderful Cinderella run to the Elite Eight. The Mountaineers hadn¡¯t even been in the tournament in seven years, but their March was awesome. As a No 7 seed, they won by two against Creighton in the first round and by six against No. 2 Wake Forest in the second. They beat Bob Knight¡¯s Texas Tech in the Sweet 16 and were a tourney darling by the Elite Eight.
Then WVU played Louisville, and the magic looked like it would continue. The Mountaineers had a 13-point lead at halftime, but a Larry O¡¯Bannon and Taquan Dean-led Louisville came back to force overtime, where it outscored the ¡®Eers by eight.
Adam Foote Jersey We all remember 2013¡¯s game. Michigan star Trey Burke sat for much of the first half with two fouls, while reserve Spike Albrecht ripped off 17 early points in his absence.