Alanna Smith scored 20 points, freshman Kiana Williams made a sensational women's NCAA Tournament debut, and No. 4 seed Stanford beat cold-shooting Gonzaga 82-68 in the first round of the Lexington Regional.
Another NCAA Tournament pray answered for Loyola-Chicago, and the Ramblers are set to bring Sister Jean to the Sweet 16. Clayton Custer's jumper took a friendly bounce off the rim and in with 3.6 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Loyola beat Tennessee.
The last two Villanova teams that went to the Final Four were veteran teams with exceptional senior leadership – Dante Cunningham, Shane Clark and Dwayne Anderson in 2009, Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu in 2016.
Mark Dantonio wanted his team to vote again. The Michigan State football coach hadn't decided on his starting quarterback, and yet one of the candidates, Kirk Cousins, was voted team captain for the 2009 season. A sophomore hadn't been voted captain at Michigan State since 1949.
Gustavo Pires recently won a world title at the NJJF World No Gi Championships, thought of as the Super Bowl of the sport. He teaches self defense and competition classes at the academy he owns, Siri Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Kennewick.
Bob BrawdyTri-City Herald
Gustavo Pires is a Jiu-Jitsu world title holder
Gustavo Pires shows how to counter an attack from behind
Jiu-Jitsu world champion Gustavo Pires executes his signature move, the ‘Siri Sweep’
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