With Day 3 in the books, we have officially crossed the half-way point in the Play-in Round. The tournament’s fourth day featured a bevy of close contests and was by-and-large a giant tease of near upsets.
Here is the portion of the bracket for Day 4:
The first game of the day had a 50/50 vote split among our panel of prognosticators. Everyone was split as to whether or not Bob Dandridge could carry the 1975/76 roster of up and comers over the veteran-heavy 1989/90 squad.
A strong second-half carried the 89/90 team as they executed more efficiently than the younger 75/76 squad. Alvin Robertson (28 points, four rebounds, and six assists) and Jack Sikma (24 points, 13 rebounds, and four assists) carried their team up and over the hump in the second half. Dandridge did his part to carry his team, scoring 20 points and grabbing four rebounds. The 89/90 roster will face-off against the second overall seed, the 1971/72 Bucks in the Round of 32.
Game number two of the day featured the lowest seeded team, the 2013/14 Bucks, taking on the 1978/79 Bucks, which missed a bye into the Round of 32 by one seed. Could the 50th seeded team shock the world and prove 90% of pollsters wrong?
Almost! An up-and-down, mostly ugly, game featured a frenetic fourth quarter. Fueled by big, underdog dreams and might, the 13/14 Bucks came one point shy from being the ultimate Cinderella. The 78/79 Bucks were led by Marques Johnson’s 20 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in the tight contest. Junior Bridgeman also stuffed the stat sheet with an 18 point, 5 rebound, and four assist night. The 13/14 Bucks were led by their trio of Khris Middleton, Brandon Knight, and O.J. Mayo. The trifecta combined for 56 points on 4/10 shooting from three-point range. After squeaking by, the 78/79 Bucks will take on the winner of Game 12.
80 percent of tournament watchers felt that the 1977/78 iteration will be the ones to face the 78/79 squad in the Round of 32. With such little faith in the inaugural team deter the efforts of Jon McGlocklin and Co.?
It took an overtime period, but the 77/78 Bucks managed to stave off the upset. Brian Winters and Marques Johnson led the way for the team combining for 46 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. The inaugural squad was led by none other than Jon McGlocklin who had 26 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Flynn Robinson was a key contributor in nearly pulling off the upset. He tallied 16 points on 9/15 shooting from the floor. The 77/78 Bucks will take on the team they were one year away from becoming in the Round of 32.
Now that the action is settled for the day, here is the updated portion of the bracket:
Looking Ahead to Day 5
As we head closer to the home stretch of the Play-in Round, we turn our gaze to three games with teams that span across four decades, including Jabari Parker’s rookie season. Here is the bracket chunk that Day 5 will focus on:
The fifth day tips off with rookie Glenn Robinson (21.9 PPG/6.4 REB/2.5 AST) and the 1994/95 team. Robinson was joined by second-year Vin Baker (17.7/10.3/3.6) as the leading men for the team that ultimately finished 34-48. This was executive/head coach Mike Dunleavy’s third season at the helm for the Bucks, and like his entire tenure in Milwaukee, it was very underwhelming.
Their opponent is the 1987/88 Bucks, who were led by prime-aged Terry Cummings (21.3/7.3/2.4). They pushed the consecutive playoff streak the Bucks had to nine with a 42-40 record where they lost to the Atlanta Hawks in five games.
Will the young front court overcome their coach and overwhelm Cummings and Co.?
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The tournament’s fourteenth game pits a pair of teams next to each other in the history book, but spaced apart by 19 seeds here in the tournament. The 1991/92 Bucks went 1-14 to close out the season and missed the playoffs with a 31-51 record. 36-year old, Moses Malone (15.6/9.1/1.1), was the top contributor on a team that severely lacked star power.
The previous season was much more fruitful for the Bucks as the 1990/91 team capped off 13 straight seasons of playing postseason basketball with a 48-34 record. Jay Humphries (15.2/2.8/6.7) and Alvin Robertson (13.6/5.7/5.5) were the steadying duo for Del Harris’ squad. Unfortunately, with the bulk of the roster being over the age of 30, this was the last team to be competitive for the following handful of years.
Despite being one year apart, these two teams could not be any more different, who ya got?
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Day 5 concludes with a visit from old “friend,” Jason Kidd, and the surprising 2014/15 Bucks. This Bucks team surged to a 41-41 record and made the playoffs despite being one year removed from the worst season in Bucks’ history. Giannis Antetokounmpo (12.7/6.7/2.6) was in his second year and was starting to show flashes of being a core piece by starting 71 games. Khris Middleton (13.4/4.4/2.3) shot 40.7 percent from the beyond the arc on almost 3.5 threes per game.
The fledgling core will take on a 2005/06 Bucks unit that featured first overall pick Andrew Bogut (9.4/7.0/2.3) and a prime-aged Michael Redd (25.4/4.3/2.9). Redd averaged just over five three-point shots per game and he converted on 39.5 percent of those threes throughout the season. Despite finishing under .500 at 40-42, the 05/06 team made the playoffs, but were easily brushed off by the Detroit Pistons in five games.
Can Kidd’s (probably) best coaching season be enough to upset the 05/06 team?
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