Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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The Clooney of March Madness

The Virginia Cavaliers aren't the only ones looking marvelous this March Madness.

According to Vogue, Cavaliers coach Tony Bennett looks pretty good, too. The magazine called him the "George Clooney of March Madness."

One passage in that story read, "If there were brackets for dangerously good looks and impeccable poise, Bennett would already be cutting down the nets." Another described him as "a little bit George Clooney, a little bit Kyle Chandler."

Asked about it Thursday, Bennett shot back, "I heard you're the Anderson Cooper of journalism. I didn't read the article."

The coach said he's received his fair share of ribbing. Example: Virginia men's tennis coach Brian Boland texted Bennett to tell him he was "about to puke."

"He's always twisting the knife," Bennett said. "I didn't read it and am not interested in reading it, really."

UNC-INDIANA: The 30-second shot clock operator can sit with feet up and enjoy watching North Carolina play Indiana in the East Region semifinals tonight. These teams score and take their shots. "They don't put anybody out on the court that can't defend at a high level or score at a high level," Indiana coach Tom Crean said. "I think one of the things that separates this Carolina team so much is the way they pass the ball. It all starts with your transition because they get out and run." North Carolina averages more than 82 points and 64 shots a game. "They're effective at both ends of the court," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said of Indiana, which averages more than 82 points a game, averaging 58 shots. Everyone on both teams gets out and runs, and the ball doesn't spend much time bouncing. The big difference is 3-point shooting. The Hoosiers make an average of nine a game, almost double North Carolina's five.

GONZAGA-SYRACUSE: With Kyle Wiltjer taking aim from long distance, Gonzaga has seen very little zone defense this season. "Less than 30 possessions," coach Mark Few estimated. That all changes tonight. Gonzaga and its efficient offense take on Syracuse and its famed matchup zone. Gonzaga appears to be peaking, but no one plays defense like Syracuse anymore. "It's going to be interesting …we don't, and there really aren't many teams in college basketball that play 40 minutes of zone, and I think that's the simple brilliance of the whole Syracuse plan," Few said. "

LOVE-HATE: Many fans either love Duke or hate Duke. As for Oregon, the Blue Devils' opponent Thursday night, it's a little of both. "I always hated Duke because my older brother, he always loved Duke," Ducks forward Jordan Bell said. "I was the opposite, whatever he loved, I hated." Freshman Tyler Dorsey doesn't understand all the hate. He was a huge fan of Duke guard Kyrie Irving (now with the NBA's Cavs) growing up. "I did watch Duke," Dorsey said. "I like their game, and I like Coach K and the way he runs things. Growing up and watching them, they had some pretty huge teams. Kyrie Irving comes to mind."

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