Sunday, March 21, 2010

Welcome to Bracketville, Population 9, Version 1.6

Kansas, Vandy and Villanova are the top three culprits in bracket busting thus far. No one did better than 4-4 yesterday…a brutal day. As said before, nothing is more humbling than watching your bracket dissolve.

If you think, you feel badly about your bracket, imagine how Bill Self and all those Kansas seniors feel.

How about Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen's nifty, no-look assist to Dominique Sutton flying down the wing on a break? You could make a movie around that play. BYU never quit, but Pullen was simply a monster all over the floor.

Kentucky, which looks like the biggest favorite still alive after a comprehensive destruction of ninth-seeded Wake Forest. Now, that’s the Wake Forest I thought would show up.

In this tournament, the 82-64 second-round victory of Washington over New Mexico qualifies as a rout. Washington’s defense sure knocked New Mexico off their game. Washington dished out 21 assists on its 32 field goals.

Glad to see St. Mary’s and Butler advance, even though I didn’t have them. The fewer tattoos in the Sweet Sixteen the better.

Give ODU a bunch of credit. Their zone gave Baylor problems, and they wouldn’t go quietly. Baylor was up by one with 4:41 left.

Only once has the No. 1 overall seed (highest rated of the four top seeds) won the national title (Florida in 2007). It's the 13th time a No. 1 seed of any kind has lost in the second round, and third time it has happened to the Jayhawks.

Northern Iowa’s
Ali Farokhmanesh has ice water in his veins. However, it was not just one shot…he did score 16 points and made a couple of clutch foul shots.

What a shame to see Scottie Reynolds, Luke Harangody and Sherron Collins to go out with a combined 22 points. Sort of like Duke’s J.J. Redick’s final game. I guess the bigger they are, the harder they fall applies.

Omar Samhan’s 32 points for St. Mary’s showed what a force he is. Quite a two-day (61 points) exhibition.

Butler and Murray State were tied with 25.4 seconds to go in as tight a game as you could see. High drama for 40 minutes. Butler big man, Matt Howard, was on the bench for over 15 minutes in the second half with foul trouble. Butler went small and showed some pretty creative versatility.

Ohio got as close as six down with about 11 minutes to go, before Tennessee pulled away for a comfortable win. Ohio came to play and had a quality tournament.

This from ESPN:
How surprised is America about Northern Iowa? Let's take a look at ESPN.com's Tournament Challenge, which includes just under 4.8 million brackets: Northern Iowa:
42,500 brackets (0.9%) had Northern Iowa making the Sweet 16
16,169 (0.3%) have them in the Elite Eight
5,720 (0.1%) have them in the Final Four
2,620 (0.005%) have them in the championship game
1,546 (0.003%) have them winning it all
And, that folks is why they the games on the court and not on paper.

On paper, there seem to be some quality matchups today. Looks like another day with the TV on one game and NCAA.com with another. I mean, how do you choose between Georgia Tech/Ohio State (tips at 2:20) and Michigan State/Maryland (2:30 tip), etc.

In the first day of the Women’s NCAA Tournament, the higher seed won all 16 games.

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