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Live Blogging Day 1 of The Tournament

Posted on: March 18, 2010 12:32 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2010 3:18 pm
 
I'm going to be watching the games anyway. So, I've decided why not jump onto this blog here--which I haven't looked at in months and jot down my thoughts. Worst case: I have some organized thoughts which I can share in discussions with my friends. We'll be arguing about these games and I'll be prepared. Best Case: Some college basketball fans come and join me at some point today and we begin an active. If you happen to drop by this page and read the above sentences, I urge you, please join me in discussion. This kind of comradery is what the tournament is all about.

Opening thoughts:

12:24
The Florida-BYU game is on with 16:30 left to go in the first. Florida is up 8 to 6. I've liked Florida's talent from the beginning. You can sift through my infrequent posts and read a quick blurb on the Gators, in which I penned them one of my underrated teams to watch. I love Chandler Parsons, Alex Tryus,  Macklin, Walker and Boynton, all of whom average double digit points. I have picked the Gators in my bracket--however, I don't have them going any further.

This is the game I'll likely stick with through the first series of games. Villanova-Robert Morris? No thank you. And I prefer this Gators matchup to Notre Dame-Old Dominion, in which I've picked the Big East team. Even with Harangody coming off the bench, I think the 'Irish have proven down the stretch in big east play, they have the drive to push forward. They're a team of perseverance, with momentum coming in. These types usually do well come Tourney time.

Your thoughts on the first series of games? Let me know.

3:11

After 2 computer crashes, I've determined that my (4-yo) laptop can't handle both streaming games and constant page updates and posting. So, all I can do i live blog what CBS shows me.

Some quick hits:

Florida-BYU

Despite my disappointment, I have to admit, this was a terrific game. Florida came back down the stretch in regulation, had the lead at times and endured through overtime. However, BYU pulled off... well... they just pulled out a win. Florida was technically the underdog. I maintain, Florida was the better team today.

NOVA-Robert Morris

Game just ended in overtime 70-73. The Referees gave this game away to Scottie Reynolds and Villanova. They should not be celebrating as much as they are. They lost, everywhere but on the scoreboard...

Vanderbilt-Murray State

I've scene none of this game, but I see that Murray State has the lead. I'm going to assume I'm headed there next though. None of these current games interest me as much as the first round of games--or the later games--so, I'm taking a little break. I may even head to the gym for a couple hours. If/when I'm back full on live-blogging, it'll be on a new page. Enjoy the rest of today's games.

My picks for the current set:

Vanderbilt, Baylor, Kansas State... yep chalk. Nothing special. I do have UTEP over Baylor later though.
Comments

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 1:16 pm
 

Live Blogging Day 1 of The Tournament

1:11

Some stat corrections:
Florida is shooting 46% (12-26) at the half.
BYU is shooting 52% (15-29)

Florida has 7 TO - BYU has 6.

It's definitely a slopping game though, 13 TOs in the first half support this.

Florida is 3-10 from 3 pt. territory. Boynton is 2-6... ugh. Walker 2-5... I'll take it I guess, mostly because he's 3-3 from FT line. They NEED to get inside, Tyus is 2-6... ugh. Parsons is 1-4... ugh. Vernon Macklin is 2-2, but picked up two fouls. Same for FR Erik Murphey. Florida needs to take less 3s and let things develop inside. However, this hinges on Tyus scoring more efficiently.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 1:09 pm
 

Live Blogging Day 1 of The Tournament

1:02

I return to the Florida-BYU game with the latter up 35-30.

Florida gets the turnover. Parsons drives and travels. BYU ball. Game looks sloppy, which I believe favors BYU. As I've said before, Florida has the more talented team, they need to stop turning it over though or BYU will take advantege, as they already have.

1:04

1 min. remaining in the half, Florida's ball. Walker fouled while shooting a 3, he'll shoot three. Makes 1... 2... 3. BYU up 35-33 with 50 secs. left. Missed lay-up in traffic for BYU. Florida will get the last shot. Parson's got a 3 off at the buzzer but bricked. 35-33.

Halftime:
Apparently Florida is shooting 48%! But, has only scored 33. What does this tell me? They are turning it over too much! PLaying too sloppy. Not allowing themselves to get enough shots off. The big thing is despite Florida not playing their best, BYU is just barely ahead. I think Donovan will get on his team and have them storm out of the gate in the second half.

Alright, time to look at other games...



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 12:59 pm
 

Live Blogging Day 1 of The Tournament

12:57

Seeing that Nova is still down 4 with 8 min. to go in the half, I drew my eye to it. Watched them throw a bad ball right to a RM player who drove down the court and draw a shooting foul. RM now up 6. Interesting. Oh, wait another turnover by nova... waiting to see RM's possession. They turn it over. Nova down 6 with 7:15 to go. I'm going back to the Florida game now. What's up with Nova though? Thoughts?



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 12:54 pm
 

Live Blogging Day 1 of The Tournament

12:53

I should note, all times are EST, just so you know.

Watching a few possessions of the Florida-BYU game, it seems to me that Florida is playing like the favorite and BYU the underdog. They seem to have the crowd behind them. They're shooting 3s at will. Seemingly like a team trying desperately to keep up with a more talented team. Florida needs to settle down and avoid turnovers, like they've committed the past three possessions. Florida 28 BYU 31 4 min to go.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 18, 2010 12:48 pm
 

Live Blogging Day 1 of The Tournament

12:45
I've spent the last twenty minutes trying to get the Florida-BYU game up on my computer. Let's look at the scores: Nova is down 4 to Robert Morris, it's early so I'll hold off on any judgement till halftime. Florida is up, much to my delight, 24-19 with 8 to go in the half. Finally, Notre Dame is up 18-13 with 8 to go. That game seems to be speeding through, although I haven't seen a play of it. Someone else will have till fill me in, or I'll have to wait until halftime to catch up on it. I don't have much insight since I haven't been able to catch much of anything, waiting on my feed and all, with the Nova game on CBS in Syracuse.


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