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NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

Posted on: March 20, 2009 2:23 am
Edited on: March 20, 2009 12:26 pm
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- There were 16 NCAA tournament games Thursday.

Eleven were decided by double-digits.

(Yawn)

I hope what's on tap is more interesting.

Otherwise, I'm turning my full attention to the NIT.

Here's a recap of Thursday's NCAA tournament action ...

Story of the day: Jim Calhoun missed Connecticut's 103-47 victory over Chattanooga and spent Thursday night in a Philadelphia-area hospital for precautionary reasons. It remains unclear whether the Hall of Famer will return to the sideline in time for Saturday's game against Texas A&M, although Calhoun is expected to be released from the hospital at some point Friday morning.

Game of the day: Eric Maynor had the ball in the final seconds against one of college basketball's storied programs, and stop me if you've heard this one before. Two years ago in a similar situation, Maynor hit a late jumper to help VCU beat Duke in the first round of the NCAA tournament. This time, it was UCLA on defense, and because UCLA played better defense, Maynor never got a clean look. Instead, he forced a shot at the buzzer that missed badly, allowing UCLA to escape with a 65-64 win .

Upset of the day: I'm not even sure it was an upset, because pretty much everybody I know predicted it to happen. Still, a No. 12 seed (Western Kentucky) beat a No. 5 seed (Illinois) by a 76-72 margin, and now first-year WKU coach Ken McDonald is just one win away from becoming the hottest young coach in America, which would translate into a nice pay raise, at the very least.

Predictable star: Marcus Thornton took 15 shots, made 10 and finished with 30 points in LSU's 75-71 win over Butler . The SEC Player of the Year took over, but only in spurts, getting most of his points in succession, either late in the first half or towards the middle of the second. Next up is a showdown with North Carolina in North Carolina. It'll match the SEC champions against the ACC champions, the SEC Player of the Year against the ACC Player of the Year (assuming Roy Williams allows Ty Lawson to play).

Unpredictable star: Roburt Sallie entered the NCAA tournament with 39 made 3-pointers, meaning he basically sank one every game. And then came this game against Cal State-Northridge, a game in which Sallie shot 15 3-pointers, made 10, and finished with 35 points to help Memphis advance with an 81-70 victory that wasn't safe until the final minutes.

-- Three random notes --

1. Oliver Purnell fell to 0-5 all-time in the NCAA tournament thanks to Clemson's 62-59 loss to Michigan . He's now lost once with Old Dominion, twice with Dayton and twice with Clemson. He lost despite having the higher-seeded team last season and this season.

2. Washington barely had to deal with Mississippi State's Jarvis Varnado in a 71-58 win over the SEC tournament champions . The nation's leading shot blocker played just six minutes in the first half because of foul trouble. He finished with five blocks in 23 minutes.

3. One of the stories coming out of Selection Sunday was that only four non-BCS schools received at-large bids. After one day of the NCAA tournament, two of those teams are already gone because Texas A&M eliminated BYU and LSU eliminated Butler. Dayton and Xavier (at-larges from the Atlantic 10) play Friday.

Closing statement: Tyler Hansbrough became the ACC's all-time leading scorer in North Carolina's 101-58 win over Radford. It was another monumental accomplishment for the four-time All-American, but that doesn't mean his teammates couldn't clown him, just a little.

"I'm just glad he broke the record on a free throw," said UNC's Bobby Frasor. "I think that's pretty fitting."

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Since: Mar 15, 2009
Posted on: March 21, 2009 3:46 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

 

 i think one story in particular should have been pointed out...every year people scream about teams that were left out and certain teams should have been in and i was one that thought san diego st and creighton should have been in and dayton and arizona out..the last 3 at larges dayton arizona and wisconsin all won the first 2 in impressive fashion while wisky erased a 12 pt halftime defecit the 2 aforementioned teams creighton barely won 1st round nit game and the 2 teams better than sdst in their conference(byu and utah)got pounded in round 1 so to the selection comittee kudos for getting the field EXACTLY RIGHT.Anyone that still has a gripe now is completely off base

 




Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 11:03 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

 

 "when UCLA won their pac 10 records, they played against high school teams"   Really?    I guess they weren't prepared to win all those NCAA championships against high school teams, too.   Was your school one of them?




Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2009 10:57 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

 

 Roburt Sallie couldn't get into Washington because of academics, and then he was rejected by Nebraska for the same reason.   But, more power to him for persisting and having a great game on the big stage.




Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 3:05 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

Where are the scorers at??  All the scorers in the tournament are having off nights.  I understand you can't take a team from the SOCON if they don't win their at-large bid, even if they have the best scorer in the nation.  But is it me or is this year's tournament just a bore.  There has been a couple good games, but most of the games have been low-scoring affairs and that's just not all that interesting.  Someone needs to step up, I can't wait until Toney Douglas and the Seminoles get started.  Maybe it will pick up then.

 




Since: Sep 26, 2007
Posted on: March 20, 2009 1:27 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

To answer the Duke fan's question: North Carolina is the regular season ACC champs, and Duke is the postseason champ. And yes as the postseason champ Duke is officially the ACC champion. 




Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:24 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

Yea, it kills me that Villanova and UCLA look like one legged guys in an arse kickin contest, but yet we were the biggest losers yesterday. Winners find ways to win when they need to win. Pundits use this logic all the time when talking about classic powerhouses, but not when referring to us. Its insane. We had a bad game, so what. According to everyone were done, but this is when you rise up like the Phoenix lay waste to the miserables. UNC last year beat their first two round teams by 50 and then Kansas took them to bich school and made Tyler cry at the end of the game. So I dont want to hear about margin of victory. Those Cal State guys never, and I mean never shot that well, and not to mention, our top 3 players had six fouls in three minutes which has NEVER happen to any other 2 seed in the history of the tournament. And as far our "weak arse" conference and why thats why were soft, well read this "miserables". When UK won 64 conf games in a row, they played against all white guys, and when UCLA won their pac 10 records, they played against high school teams, but yet our conference is weak? They can eat all of me! Watch out girls, The SuperBowl is coming to town!

 

 

 




Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:22 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

 Yea, it kills me that Villanova and UCLA look like one legged guys in an arse kickin contest, but yet we were the biggest losers yesterday. Winners find ways to win when they need to win. Pundits use this logic all the time when talking about classic powerhouses, but not when referring to us. Its insane. We had a bad game, so what. According to everyone were done, but this is when you rise up like the Phoenix lay waste to the miserables. UNC last year beat their first two round teams by 50 and then Kansas took them to bich school and made Tyler cry at the end of the game. So I dont want to hear about margin of victory. Those Cal State guys never, and I mean never shot that well, and not to mention, our top 3 players had six fouls in three minutes which has NEVER happen to any other 2 seed in the history of the tournament. And as far our "weak arse" conference and why thats why were soft, well read this "miserables". When UK won 64 conf games in a row, they played against all white guys, and when UCLA won their pac 10 records, they played against high school teams, but yet our conference is weak? They can eat all of me! Watch out girls, The SuperBowl is coming to town!

 




Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:22 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

Talk about getting it right????  Memphis' soft conference doesn't mean their entire schedule was soft.  Their current strength of schedule is 49 out of 343 teams, meaning they played a pretty good non-conference schedule.  Same lame argument as last 3 years, but check out their NCAA tournament success in the last 3 years.  They had an off game yesterday.  That's not the end of the world.  They'll be back.

Also, I've got a solution to all of the BCS homers who rant on and on about Memphis' weak conference.  Let us in your conference.  When Louisville, Marquette, Cincinnati and others got invited to join the BCS conferences, do you honestly think Memphis was wanting to stay in Conference USA?  You can't have it both ways.  Either invite us into a BCS conference, or quit whining about our weak conference schedule.  I'm not naive enough to believe we'd win 60 straight conference games in a BCS conference, but I know for certain we'd be at or near the top of any of them with the teams we've had the last few years.




Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:21 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Thursday)

Yea, it kills me that Villanova and UCLA look like one legged guys in an arse kickin contest, but yet we were the biggest losers yesterday. Winners find ways to win when they need to win. Pundits use this logic all the time when talking about classic powerhouses, but not when referring to us. Its insane. We had a bad game, so what. According to everyone were done, but this is when you rise up like the Phoenix lay waste to the miserables. UNC last year beat their first two round teams by 50 and then Kansas took them to bich school and made Tyler cry at the end of the game. So I dont want to hear about margin of victory. Those Cal State guys never, and I mean never shot that well, and not to mention, our top 3 players had six fouls in three minutes which has NEVER happen to any other 2 seed in the history of the tournament. And as far our "weak arse" conference and why thats why were soft, well read this "miserables". When UK won 64 conf games in a row, they played against all white guys, and when UCLA won their pac 10 records, they played against high school teams, but yet our conference is weak? They can eat all of me! Watch out girls, The SuperBowl is coming to town! 




Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: March 20, 2009 12:13 pm
 

First day of tourney...

Yeah.. there weren't any upsets, but there are great teams I watched yesterday: CS Northridge, American, Maryland, Western Kentucky, VCU, and Michigan. UCONN and UNC were supposed to have thrashed their opponents. LSU proved to the nation that the SEC wasn't that pitiful, but Mississippi State proved otherwise. We'll have to wait what the Vols do. Congrats to Psycho-T because he gets a valuable conference scoring record of actually staying all four years in college. Finally, I hope that game gave Memphis a wake up call because I have them in the Final Four. 



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