More and more sick days are being used and the tournament action is picking up as we near the weekend of conference tournament week. Today marked the first afternoon with a solid schedule of the nationally televised, major conference games.
If you are a fan of the NCAA contenders, I assume you're saving your sick days for the Big Dance. So, let me recap what you missed this afternoon while you were at work flipping through paperwork and flirting with that secretary that's half your age.
Big XII: Kansas 80, Texas Tech 68... Cole Aldrich scored 12 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as Kansas became the third team to reach 2000 wins. The Jayhawks struggled in the first half and had to fight off a second half Texas Tech run to pull of the win over the Red Raiders. Sherron Collins scored 19 and dished out six assists and Xavier Henry added 13 points in the win for the number one team in the land. Kansas will go on to face the Texas A&M-Nebraska winner in Friday's Big 12 Semifinals.
Big East: Georgetown 91, Syracuse 84... Just in case you're too lazy to scroll down, the top-seeded Georgetown might've cost Syracuse their #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas upset the Orange in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament today. Syracuse's Arinze Onuaku went down with what appeared to be a serious right-knee injury but early reports are that he'll be good to go for the NCAA Tournament. Georgetown will play the winner of Villanova-Marquette.
SEC: Alabama 68, South Carolina 63... South Carolina lost a heartbreaker to Alabama in the first game of the 2010 SEC Tournament. With the Gamecocks down two with under a minute to play, Devan Downey missed the first of two critical free throws. S.C. would get another shot at tying the game after an Alabama layup but Sam Muldrow threw the ball away while trying to get it to Downey on the inbounds. Alabama advances to lose to Kentucky.
ACC: Virginia 68, Boston College 62... Virginia's Sammy Zeglinski scored 16 of his season high 21 points in the first half in the win over Boston College. The Cavaliers move on to face Duke in a rematch of a game we caught on our Road Trip.
Conference USA: Houston 66, Memphis 65... Houston's Aubrey Coleman made a bucket with 4 seconds to go to give Houston the win over Memphis. Coleman scored 21 in the victory. Hey, remember when Mario Chalmers hit that 3-pointer at the buzzer in the NCAA Championship? That was awesome.
MAC: Western Michigan 69, Central Michigan 60... David Kool "As The Other Side of the Pillow" scored 24 points in the second half to rally Western Michigan to a 69-60 win over Central Michigan in the MAC Quarterfinals.