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The Afternoon Scoreboard

Posted on: March 11, 2010 5:20 pm
Edited on: March 11, 2010 9:24 pm
 

C.M. TOMLIN



All it takes is two weeks of following every conference tournament to realize that there there are so many conferences and D1 teams in this country that it could drive a person crazy trying to touch them all.  This afternoon's rounds saw games from the Mountain West, the Big East, the Big 12, the SEC, the ACC, the MAC, the Pac-10 and several others. That's a full plate, America, so let's dive right in, shall we?


Marquette 80, Villanova 76: Yesterday, we reported that "cartoon thug" Buzz Williams said that close games are "all they know." Guess that knowledge came in handy as traditionally marginal producer Darius Johnson-Odom stepped seemingly from nowhere as the rocketsauce the Golden Eagles needed to bust down the #10 (and no slouch) Villanova. I kept waiting for this one to go into overtime, and Marquette just kept denying that there would be any overtime for them today. So far, you really have to like this Marquette team. They're manufacturing wins any way they can, and they probably have a good shot against #5 Georgetown tomorrow. The Golden Eagles look to have the steam to off some giants if the invisible laser beams shooting out of Buzz Williams' giant, magical head can continue to empower these guys. 

Utah State 84, Boise State 60: The first game of the WAC Tourney was a bit of a snoozer (you'd think Boise State would want this thing more, because if they lose they have to go back to Boise) at a 24-point deficit, but you can't take anything away from the Aggies' Tai Wesley's 18 points and 10 rebounds. In case you're wondering, Boise's bench player Zack Moritz only saw two minutes, because he was busy distracting Mr. Belding from the secret party the team was arranging in the school library. 

New Mexico 75, Air Force 69: The Mountain West Tourney was in full swing today in Sin City as my new favorite-named player Darington Hobson (that's Lord Darington Hobson to you) walks away with 28 points and a stellar 15 rebounds. 

Michigan 59, Iowa 52: It's no secret that the Wolverines need to win the Big Ten Tourney to get onto the mainstage, but beating a similarly limping Iowa isn't the way to do it. Michigan's Manny Harris turned in 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead his crew to a victory, even though Iowa's Cully Payne was doing his thang with 25 points. They'll step forward to play the 1-seeded Buckeyes tomorrow.

Miami 83, Wake Forest 62: The Canes exorcise the Demon Deacons in the ACC Tournament, which is bittersweet for the Canes -- on one hand, they advance and get to play Virginia Tech tomorrow. On the other hand, they're probably going to miss a really good boat party on Friday night. Nevertheless, Miami was propelled into the second round by freshman Reggie Johnson with 22 points. A second half where the Deacons couldn't even get within sixteen points of the Canes means that it was a very, very smart move not to nationally televise this game. 

More's on the way as scores are ticking in constantly. Stay tuned.
Comments

Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2010 3:43 pm
 

The Afternoon Scoreboard

Thanks. And I'll be more kind in my future comments.



Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: March 12, 2010 8:37 am
 

The Afternoon Scoreboard

No worries, and I can understand the heartache. Let's call a truce and I'll do my best to give MWC its due props whenever I can.



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2010 2:54 am
 

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It's just frustrating that 11 years after forming the league, we still get confused for the WAC by lazy national media types. Sorry if I was a little harsh in my reponse. But I think the conference has now done enough (in both football and basketball) for people to take notice and realize we exist.



Since: Feb 16, 2010
Posted on: March 11, 2010 9:28 pm
 

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You're absolutely right, Rebelfan...just got my notes screwed up, and it's been remedied. Covering nine conferences and eleven games in a two hour period will do that to you; heads are spinning 'round here. I'll admit my mistake, and thanks for letting me know I'm garbage.



Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2010 9:10 pm
 

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Umm, New Mexico and Air Force are in the Mountain West. Fresno State and Louisiana Tech are in the WAC. So how are they supposed to play each other this week? The MWC has had one of the top 2-3 RPIs outside of the BCS conferences for most of the decade of its existence. It has three teams looking good for the NCAA Tournament and one on the bublle. And you, the supposed college basketball expert, can't even identify which teams are in the conference. You are garbage and need to find a new career.


N ew Mexico 75, Air Force 69 : The Mountain West Tourney was in full swing today in Sin City as my new favorite-named player Darington Hobson (that's Lord Darington Hobson to you) walks away with 28 points and a stellar 15 rebounds. They'll play the winner of Louisiana Tech vs. Fresno, a game that I can't believe anyone who's in Las Vegas right now would rather watch than do anything else there is to do in Las Vegas.



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