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By Marc Lawrence — The 2021 NCAA tournament is now in the history books and with it each and every team that participated in this year’s event would have no problem dialing up its worst moment.

With it, ESPN ran through every team’s most painful moment in the tourney. Every team’s exit from the tournament has its own distinctive story, but some are undoubtedly tougher to swallow than others.

For example: the VCU Rams first round contest with Oregon was declared a no-contest due to multiple positive COVID tests…

UCLA’s bitter overtime defeat to Gonzaga in the Final Four was a brutal way to lose a basketball game for a team that began the tourney in the First Four round…

No. 1 seed Michigan’s loss to upstart UCLA in the Elite 8 occurred when the Wolverines missed all seven of their final field goals after the score was tied 46-46 with 5:23 to go…

Oregon State rallied back from a 34-17 deficit at halftime to tie the game against Houston to tie the game at 55-55, only to lose down the stretch in the late stages of the contest…

To see every team’s low-point in the tournament, click here.

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Last night’s NCAA tourney title game was two years in the making.

Baylor and Gonzaga were scheduled to face one another in the 2020 NCAA tournament before COVID crashed the party.

The Bears and Zags were also penciled in to face one another this season back on December 5 before positive COVID tests put up the stop sign for that contest as well.

In the end it was well worth the wait.

Grinding Out The Profits

We’ll be the first to admit it’s been an up-and-down effort for the Celtics this season.

Precariously clinging to the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Boston boss Brad Stevens has been living life in the losers lane much of this campaign.

Part of the reason has been the Sixers’ domination this season in the series, putting a pair of double-digit beat downs on Boston in a pair of back-to-back affairs in Philly in January.

The good news is Stevens has been a long-term winning proposition when seeking revenge in games in which the Celtics sport a .500 or less record, going 77-54 ATS in his career with Boston.

There are key games on every team’s schedule throughout the course of the season and this is one of them for the Celts.

FYI: See the AWESOME ANGLE OF THE WEEK in this week’s PLAYBOOK Hoops Newsletter for a jaw-dropping angle supporting the shamrocks tonight.

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