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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.

Most memorable buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history

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Most memorable buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history

On top of upsets, the Final Four, and Cinderella stories, there is one thing that March Madness is known for:

Buzzer-beaters.

Nearly every NCAA Tournament we are treated to another marvel that is a mix of athleticism and a little bit of luck.

Whether they are a No. 15 seed overtaking a No. 2, or a simple No. 8/ No. 9 matchup, there is nothing that beats the enjoyment of a ball going through the net at the last possible second. There is a reason why they call it March Madness.

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Already we have our first buzzer-beater of the 2018 NCAA Tournament with Donte Ingram making a straightaway three-pointer to give us the first upset of big dance. Loyola's first win en route to making the Final Four.

Although it was not technically a buzzer-beater (0.3 seconds were added on to the clock), it makes the list. 

And here we have another Final Four team with Michigan's Jordan Poole in the Second Round:

As of today here are the ten most memorable buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history.

Most-Memorable Buzzer-Beaters in NCAA Tournament history

No. 10 Georgetown vs. Weber State, 1995 Second Round

Don Reid gets us started with a lay-in off the airball to end a magical run for Weber State.

No. 9 Texas vs. West Virginia, 2006 Sweet 16

The composure of Texas and Kenton Paulino to prevent Kevin Pittsnogle from going down in NCAA history.

No. 8 UCLA vs. Missouri, 1995 Second Round

No one could stop Tyus Edney as he just took the ball down the court for UCLA.

No. 7 Northern Iowa vs. Texas, 2016 First Round

It goes down a couple of pegs because if he didn’t hit it the game was going to overtime. But we all know Paul Jesperson’s name because of this.

No. 6 Connecticut vs. Clemson, 1990 Sweet 16

Sometimes you do everything right defensively and luck prevails.

No. 5  Arkansas vs. Louisville, 1981 Second Round

After the Louisville Cardinals hit the go-ahead basket with five seconds to go, U.S. Reed from Arkansas took the ball up to half-court and threw up a heave that would upset the defending National Champions.

No. 4 Valparaiso vs. Ole Miss, 1998 First Round

There are so many things to love on this play. Beautiful basketball for Valparaiso

No. 3 Duke vs. Kentucky, 1992 Elite Eight

Labeled as ‘The Shot’ and one of the most iconic videos in sports history. Christian Laettner gave us another reason to hate him.

No. 2 NC State vs. Houston, 1983 National Championship Game

How do you give up ‘The Dunk’ on the final play of the National Championship Game? I don’t know but it further cemented Jim Valvano and Lorenzo Charles legacy in college basketball. A buzzer-beater for the national championship is every sports fan dream.  It will not ever be beat….

No. 1 Villanova vs. North Carolina, 2016 National Championship Game

Kris Jenkins lived that dream as well.

Honorable Mentions:

Georgia Tech vs. Oklahoma State, 2004 Final Four

Maryland vs. UNC-Wilmington, 2003 First Round

Northwestern vs. Iowa, 2006 First Round

Georgia Tech vs. USC, 1992 Second Round

Wisconsin vs. Xavier, 2016 Second Round

Connecticut vs. Washington, 1998 Sweet 16

Duke vs. Connecticut, 1990 Elite Eight

Western Kentucky vs. Drake, 2008 First Round

Florida vs. Wisconsin, 2017 Sweet 16

 

Big East Tournament Bracket 2018, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

Big East Tournament Bracket 2018, How to watch, Dates, Preview, Location

Nothing says March college basketball like the Big East Tournament.

And in 2018 it appears to be a collision course between two of the top four best teams in the country, Villanova and Xavier.

Behind those two teams, everyone could use a win to ensure their placement in the NCAA Tournament. The Big East will still, unquestionably get five or six teams in the tournament. Like conference play though, they will beat up each other in the tournament.

Butler, Seton Hall, Providence, and Creighton all are NCAA Tournament teams but they all play each other in the quarterfinals. The winners of each matchup are in; the losers need to hope there is no craziness around the bubble.

Marquette is on the bubble and needs a handful of wins as well and who knows if St. John’s still has an upset left in them.

Basically everyone is in need of a win(s), making the Big East tournament the place to be on the final weekend of the season.

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BIG EAST TOURNAMENT 2018 INFORMATION:

When is the 2018 Big East Tournament?

The Big East Tournament is March 7-10. The Big East Championship game is on Saturday, March 10 at 1:00 pm.

Where is the 2018 Big East Tournament?
The 2018 Big East Tournament will be at Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

How to watch the 2018 Big East Tournament?

The Big East Tournament will be televised on Fox Sports family of networks. FS1 will be the home of the First Round through the semifinals. The Big East Championship will be on FOX.

Who is the defending 2017 Big East Champion?

Villanova won their third Big East championship in 2017 as the No. 1 seed.

BIG EAST TOURNAMENT 2018 BRACKET:

Big East Tournament First Round (3/7)
 - No. 9 St. John’s 88, No. 8 Georgetown 77       
 - No. 7 Marquette 72, No. 10 DePaul 69

Big East Tournament Quarterfinals (3/8)
 - No. 1 Xavier 88, No. 9 St. John's 60          
 - No. 5 Providence 72, No. 4 Creighton 68    
 - No. 2 Villanova 94, No. 7 Marquette 70
 - No. 6 Butler 75, No. 3 Seton Hall 74

Big East Tournament Semifinals (3/9)
 - No. 5 Providence 75, No. 1 Xavier 72 (OT)
 - No. 2 Villanova 87, No. 6 Butler 68

Big East Tournament Championship (3/10)
 - 6:30 PM - No. 2 Xavier vs. No. 5 Providence (FOX)

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BIG EAST TOURNAMENT 2018 PREVIEW:

It is difficult to suggest someone other than Villanova or Xavier will take home the 2018 Big East Championship.

Both the Wildcats and the Musketeers were well above the rest of the league through the regular season. Week-in and week-out they were the top teams in not only the Big East, but the entire country. 

Jalen Brunson (19.0 ppg) and Mikal Bridges (17.6 ppg) are one of the best pairs in all of college hoops. As a team, they keep their system clean and simple. They limit turnovers and are a threat from every spot on the court.

Thankfully for the Wildcats, they do not have St. John’s on their side of the bracket.

The Red Storm started the year 11-2, and many believed they would be a team that could make it to the second weekend in the NCAA Tournament. The Marcus Lovett injury quickly took them out of that conversation and they quickly dropped to the bottom of the conference.

But with late wins against Duke and Villanova, and the Big East leading scorer, Shamorie Ponda, they can knock off any of the teams in the tournament.  

PICK: No. 2 Villanova