Degen Madness 2020: The Final Recap

Degen Madness 2020: The Final Recap

Degen Madness has officially come to a close, but I don’t say this with sadness. The tournament certainly didn’t disappoint in terms of entertainment. Many teams fought valiantly, but only one team emerged above the others. Big ups to “Our Gals” a.k.a. San Diego State for surviving the gauntlet and adding the 2020 Degen Madness Tournament trophy to their case.

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Degen Madness Final Four

San Diego State 48 – Kansas 43

Spread : Kansas -6.5

Total : 92

Talk about a fun game! The first half this contest was a closely contested, back and forth battle. Neither team could separate from their opponent much although the Jayhawks took a four point lead into halftime. You got the feel that San Diego State should’ve been leading though as they were winning the boards they were just being out-shot.

The third quarter and much of the fourth quarter were close until about two minutes remaining, then the Aztecs took control. Kansas had four blocks in one possession late while facing a two point deficit, but they couldn’t close the gap. San Diego State takes down the blue-blooded Kansas to advance to the Degen Madness championship.

Ohio State 52 – Arizona 45

Spread : Ohio State -2.5

Total : 92.5

There was never much of a doubt for Ohio State backers in this contest. Arizona relied heavily on the booth’s favorite, “Fire-crotch” Nico Mannion, and he couldn’t deliver them to the promised land. The Wildcats somewhat were able to hang around in the first quarter, but then the Buckeyes busted things open.

The Wesson brothers of Ohio State were outstanding in this game, and they showed their dominance. The Buckeyes only trailed briefly for one point, and they led by as many as 14 at one point. They also shot an impressive 62% from the floor and they knocked down eight of 11 three point attempts as they cruised to the championship game.

Final Four Highlights

Degen Madness Third Place Game

Kansas 55 – Arizona 32

Spread : Kansas -6.5

Total : 97.5

If you didn’t think that Arizona was a little overrated after the Ohio State game, then you most definitely did after this third place game. Kansas was much quicker, sharper and just all around better in this contest. The Wildcats were once again reliable on Nico Mannion, and he came up short for the second day in a row.

Mannion was held scoreless in the first half and he only shot 2-8 from the floor the entire game, only scoring five points. Udoka Azubuike was a menace for the Jayhawks. He put up 15 points with nine rebounds as well. This was a dominant end to the tournament for a Kansas team with so much anticipation coming into the event.

Degen Madness Championship Game

San Diego State 41- Ohio State 39

Spread : San Diego State -3.5

Total : 91

I’m very confident when I say that I feel like these two teams deserved to battle for the Degen Madness Championship. San Diego State should have won this contest by a lot more, but they got the job done anyways. The Aztecs held a commanding 14-6 lead in the rebounding category going into halftime although the game was tied up.

Neither team could pull away in the second half, and this made for more entertainment. Ohio State had a chance for a potentially game-winning lay up with around five seconds remaining, but they couldn’t put it to bed. San Diego State did what they did best the entire tournament, and that was pulling off clutch wins when it counted. The San Diego State Aztecs are the winners of the first annual and hopefully not the last Degen Madness Tournament.

Degen Madness : The Final Highlights

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