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Frosted Flakes: Basketball Blue Bloods in Omaha, A Crazy Race, & the Cornhuskers

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A big weekend in basketball leads today’s flakes

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Midwest Regional-Kansas vs Duke Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Big games and big wins were on the docket this weekend in the NCAA tournament. First off we had the little engine that could, #11 Loyola Chicago, pull off another nice upset over #9 Kansas State. While KSU is a good team, they are like Loyola where no one really saw them getting this far. But, it was a nice win and our feel good story of the week for college hoops.

The Ramblers will take on Michigan in the Final Four in San Antonio, TX. The Wolverines are the one ranked team that the Huskers beat this year that has had a good run in the post season. Whoever thought that they were a proper #3 seed must have known what they were looking at because the boys from Ann Arbor have made a nice run in the tournament and will be the lone Big Ten squad to represent the conference.

On the other side of the bracket we have the last two #1 ranked teams facing each other. While Villanova had little problem with dismantling #3 Texas Tech in Boston Kansas had to push Duke into overtime in Omaha for a stunning 85-81 win.

So, with that we are a week away from the end of the NCAA men’s basketball season. We are still waiting to hear what has or will come out of the Meetings between Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos and basketball coach Tim Miles. I am guessing that no news is good news for the head basketball coach and they are just ironing out details of his new contract and the team moving forward.

But then again, only a few people really know what is going on there.

Also, the Barkley Marathon happened this weekend. If you are unfamiliar with it then I recommend you check out when you get the chance. It’s an absolutely crazy race in the wilderness of Tennessee. It’s a course that basically eats it’s competitors. This year there were no winners crowned but I am sure a lot of great memories were had by all. I would like to say it’s a goal of mine to run in it but even I have my limitations.

Zero finishers at 2018 Barkley Marathons - Canadian Running Magazine
Gary Robbins falls short in his third attempt at the Barkley Marathons as no one finishes the 100-mile ultramarathon in the Tennessee mountains for the first time since 2015

Anyway, on to flakes...

Cornhuskers

No. 4 Nebraska men's gymnastics falls short despite posting season-high point total | Teams | omaha.com
The Huskers (11-3, 4-1 Big Ten) had season highs on the floor (72.25), the parallel bars (69.30) and the pommel horse (69.95).

NU women’s gymnastics claims second at Big Ten Championships | Sports | dailynebraskan.com
Nebraska women’s gymnastics finished in second place at the Big Ten Championships on Sunday, March 24. While the No. 14 Huskers posted a score of 196.950, their highest score of

Minnesota Scene: Two Gophers freshmen pitchers combine to shut out Nebraska in baseball - StarTribune.com
Freshman Pat Fredrickson pitched seven scoreless innings and Ben Mezzenga hit a two-run single in the fifth inning as the Gophers beat Nebraska 2-0.

NCAA Tournament

Villanova's toughness made a believer out of Texas Tech coach Chris Beard - Philly
A tough shooting day for both teams meant other stats determined this NCAA East Region final.

Final Four: Best of both worlds coming to San Antonio this year - SBNation.com
The national semifinals will feature the ultimate Cinderella story on one side and two of the sport’s ultimate heavyweights on the other. That’s perfect.

How John Beilein turned Michigan basketball into a 2018 Final...
Michigan isn't known as a college basketball blue blood, but John Beilein is doing his best to change that.

KU Jayhawks-Duke Blue Devils, NCAA Tournament Elite 8 recap | The Kansas City Star
The Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Elite Eight game Sunday in Omaha, Nebraska. KU advances to the Final Four.

Loyola the 1st team from the state to reach the Final Four since Illinois in 2005 - Chicago Tribune
Loyola beat Kansas State Saturday night to go to the Final Four for the first time since 1963.

Family of Jayhawks strengthens bond in dying dad's final days of cancer fight | Live Well Nebraska | omaha.com
As Chris Jessen's battle with terminal cancer nears an end, a trip to the CenturyLink Center to see Kansas in the Sweet 16 gave him and his family their "best

More Noise and Other Disturbances

The gentrification of college hoops — The Undefeated
An Undefeated analysis shows that first-generation college students are starting to disappear from NCAA sports

Cabela's headquarters loss leaves Cheyenne County at lowest population in 25 years | News | omaha.com
The Census Bureau is beginning to put actual — and discouraging — numbers to what the loss of the Cabela’s corporate headquarters is meaning to Sidney and surrounding Cheyenne County.

'The stench of it stays with everybody': inside the Super Mario Bros movie | Games | The Guardian
In 1993, the makers of The Killing Fields and Chariots of Fire bought the film rights to the world’s biggest video game. The result was a commercial disaster. But that’s only part of the story