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NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

Posted on: March 22, 2009 8:54 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2009 2:05 am
 

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, Missouri's J.T. Tiller can go from being unable to shoot free throws to being ready to check back in to a basketball game. I know because I saw him do it Sunday . And boy, did it send Marquette's Buzz Williams into a fit.

Here's a rundown of Sunday's NCAA tournament action ...

Story of the day: Pittsburgh beat Oklahoma State and Louisville beat Siena , meaning all four No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fifth consecutive season. The last time a No. 1 seed didn't advance to the Sweet 16 was 2004, when both Kentucky and Stanford lost in the second round (to UAB and Alabama).

Game of the day: Missouri was on defense with a slim lead, needing to prevent its opponent from going the length of the court to ensure a victory in Boise, and why does this sound familiar? Oh yeah. Because Missouri was in a similar position in 1995 against UCLA right before Tyus Edney went coast-to-coast in 4.8 seconds for a game-winning lay-up. For years, Missouri fans have questioned Norm Stewart's decision not to put a man on the inbounds passer, which is why they must've been nervous when Mike Anderson didn't put a man on Marquette's inbounds passer with 5.5 seconds remaining and the Tigers ahead by a basket. But then Lazar Hayward stepped across the inbounds line, the referee blew his whistle, called it a turnover, gave the ball back to Missouri, and the Tigers hit the subsequent free throws to ice an 83-79 victory that ensures 2009 will forever be better than 1995, at least in Columbia.

Upset of the day: Every higher-seeded team beat its lower-seeded opponent, which was a fitting ending to the second round of this NCAA tournament because that's pretty much how things have unfolded, with the teams that are supposed to advance advancing. As proof, consider that all of the No. 1 seeds, No. 2 seeds and No. 3 seeds made the Sweet 16, and two of the No. 4 seeds. The only exceptions were Wake Forest (No. 4 in the Midwest) and Washington (No. 4 in the West). The schools replacing those schools are Purdue (a No. 5 seed) and Arizona (a No. 12 seed).

Predictable star: Cole Aldrich has established himself as an elite college center and future NBA Draft pick, and he looked every bit the part against Dayton. The sophomore center got 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks in Kansas' 60-43 win over the Flyers, becoming the first player to record a triple-double in the NCAA tournament since Marquette's Dwyane Wade did it in 2003.

Unpredictable star: Jamelle Horne took 11 shots, made six and finished with 15 points and five rebounds in Arizona's 71-57 victory over Cleveland State . The effort helped the Wildcats place four players in double-figures, which is rare. But when they do it they're very difficult to defend, and if they do it in the Sweet 16 they could give Louisville a tough time in Indianapolis.

-- Three random notes --

1. James Harden told reporters after Arizona State's 78-67 loss to Syracuse that he hasn't thought about the NBA Draft and isn't sure whether he'll enter it. That's essentially the same answer every talented underclassmen provides after their final loss of the season. But the guys who say that tend to enter the draft within a few weeks, and the smart money has Harden doing it, too, especially when you consider that he's a projected lottery pick.

2. Xavier's 60-49 win over Wisconsin pushed the Musketeers into the Sweet 16, where they will face their coach's alma mater. Yep, Sean Miller once played for the Panthers, and he's long been considered Jamie Dixon's successor, if Dixon ever were to leave Pitt. Expect to read dozens of stories about that this week.

3. Michigan State's 74-69 win over Southern California means Tom Izzo will participate in his eighth Sweet 16 in the past 12 seasons, and that's a good place to start if you're trying to figure out why Arizona would like to hire Izzo if it had the money (or why Kentucky also might if it needed a new coach anytime soon). The guy has been remarkably consistent despite early entries to the NBA Draft and departures from his staff, and now he's just two wins away from his fifth Final Four in the past 11 seasons.

Final thought: More than a month ago I provided a list of six schools -- plus one school that was at the time ranked outside the Top 20 -- and promised that the national champion would come from that list. The six schools were North Carolina, Connecticut, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma and Wake Forest, and the school ranked outside the top 20 that I included was Syracuse.

Six of those seven schools are in the Sweet 16 (Wake Forest screwed me).

And if you don't mind, I'd rather focus on that instead of my bracket.

Because my bracket is garbage.

Just like always.

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Mar 28, 2009
Posted on: March 28, 2009 1:52 pm
 

NCAA tournament /REPLACE BRACKET BUSTER

 this is a message I Sent to Creighton
Hi Mr. Rasmussen,
Congrats to you and Coach Altman for a GREAT YEAR, punctuated by the GREAT game vs KY! I was just wondering if anyone thought of a Mid Major’s vs Big 12/Pac 10 kind of set up, where you get the top Mid Majors to play different conference every year and have a random pick of home and away games. That way they might be more apt to play because the RPI wont be hurt playing a GOOD Mid Major. thanks, Rick




Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 28, 2009 1:40 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

NOVA.. 




Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2009 10:46 am
 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

 Duke?  Are you serious?  Duke loses to all five remaining Big East Teams.  Villanova is a horrible match-up for them.

Big East Baby




Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: March 24, 2009 10:10 am
 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

LOL - like it's Louisville's fault UCON and Pitt got knocked out early in the Big East tourney??? You MUST be a UNC fan - no one else is remotely capable of making such an idiotic comment. 




Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2009 11:03 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

 Novadouche85 posted:

 Jharv posted: "Wake Forest was a 4 seed. Syracuse is a 3 seed. 3 < 4.

What do Syracuse and Wake Forest have in common? Both lost to Cleveland State this season.

What was different about those losses? Syracuse lost AT HOME to Cleveland State."

You forgot one thing...

SYRACUSE IS STILL PLAYING,

Way to miss the point, genius.




Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2009 11:01 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

mfaoya 

 Louisville didnt play pitt or uconn int the beast tournament and duke didnt play north carolina and unc play radford ,lsu and gonzaga you say hand louisville the freekin trophy ? yea cause when you think a tough road to the title you think radford lsu and gonzaga.  

 

 

GET OUT OF HERE COME WITH SOMETHING BETTER THAN THAT!!!! ACC CRYBABIES 

 

 

                                                                                       




Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2009 10:29 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

bluedevilcat the difference between the seeding with wake and nova is the point u made wake couldnt even win 1 game in the conference tourny nova did and then they got blasted by cleveland st come on man how can u even make a case and novas in the sweet 16 were they belong and wakes at home were they belong they couldnt wake!!up#3or#4 seed dont make a difference if u came to win a national title u beat whos in front of u as for ur arguement that memphis deserved a #1 over the beast top 3 when u play in a conference were u won like 61 straight conference usa games u need a much stronger out of conf case their cusa title game was against tulsa not even a team that made the field of 64 crappy but well give it to them they have 3 losses and geuss were 2 of those losses came from u geussed it the beast and not the top of the beast they lost to georgetown and syracuse yes the same syracuse you sayin didnt deserve a higher seed than fla st  so syracuse beat 2 of the potential #1 seeds or 2 of the best teams in the country and fla st beat unc weres their other great wins who u beat does count thats why u get a higher seed u beat 2 of the top 5 teams in the nation then go to ur conference title game and have a good rec and somebody disputes ur seed get real thats why fla st home were they belong and syracuse in the sweet 16 were they belong all yaw no the truth when the beast is havein a down year we admit it but you acc cats never do yaw were pitiful and the world saw it once again yaw ridein the coattails of duke and nc maryland got in how? make the case vasquez is the only thing they got and u think nova gotta gift that was the biggest gift of the whole ncaa tourny and memphis blasted them but the cuse beat memphis you want a better seed quit crying and beat!!! somebody providence and cinn wouldve played memphis and cle st way tougher and come on did yaw see the way nova choked beat and manhandled ucla like they never belonged in the tourny as for the 3 no 1 seeds who dont believe uconn and pitt aint no1s they been in the top 5 to 10 all year long and uconn undefeated on the road and top5-7 in the country all year and it shows they havent even had a close game yet in the tourny blasting teams and louisvilles case speaks for itself they ended the season on a 10-11 game win streak win the reg season beast title and the tourny title and finished no1 overall!!!and as predicted all 3 advanced to the sweet 16 end of disscusion! acc 2-5 in the tourny because the numbers dont lie like u said memphis aint cryin about seeds because they had a big dose of the beast already they no thats a tough conf to play in thats why when we(lou fan )left lou, cinn,depaul,marquette they stayed back in that cupcake league i mean 61 straight cusa wins come on they can get more comp playin beast women teams

 

 




Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: March 23, 2009 8:04 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

There is no doubt that Duke will fall to Villanova this week. Will you still be talking smack at that point? I agree that UNC is the class of this tournament (if they can get past the Zags)- but that only means that the ACC has one great team... Will you still try to compare conferences if the rest of final four comes from the Big East? I hope not. In any event, the fact that you resort to name-calling during the discussion shows how unimportant your thoughts on the subject really are and clearly highlights which person in this thread needs to find a life asap.



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2009 7:22 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

 

 Yeah, UofL only won the regular season and conference championships in the best conference ever (being backed up as we speak).  We are so lucky.  Like UNC has a tougher road to this point?  Siena is BETTER than LSU.  If you don't believe that, you're blindly picking and choosing what you see, or as the Bible says, "hearing what your itching ears want to hear".  And Arizona is just as talented as Gonzaga, although not as deep.  The national title is not decided in Sweet 16 games, though.  There are no easy games left (Sienna was not an easy game, anyway).  If UofL wins the title, it won't be because of their draw, it will be because they are the best team in the country.

Oh, and LMAO at Duke being better than any of the Top 3 (at least) teams in the Big East.  You're talking a lot of crap - you do know that Duke plays the #4 Big East team next, right?  I guess that means that should blow them out if, apparently, no Big East teams could even possibly beat the Dookies

Only 2 of 7 ACC teams made it to the sweet 16.  It's time to STFU about the ACC being as good as the Big East this season, because it is just not true.  And this is with Marquette losing maybe their most important player a couple weeks ago, and UConn losing their best guard.  It's STILL worlds better than the ACC!

 




Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: March 23, 2009 7:19 pm
 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

 

NCAA tournament recap (Sunday)

 

 Yeah, UofL only won the regular season and conference championships in the best conference ever (being backed up as we speak).  We are so lucky.  Like UNC has a tougher road to this point?  Sienna is BETTER than LSU.  If you don't believe that, you're blindly picking and choosing what you see, or as the Bible says, "hearing what your itching ears want to hear".  And Arizona is just as talented as Gonzaga, although not as deep.  The national title is not decided in Sweet 16 games, though.  There are no easy games left (Sienna was not an easy game, anyway).  If UofL wins the title, it won't be because of their draw, it will be because they are the best team in the country.

Oh, and LMAO at Duke being better than any of the Top 3 (at least) teams in the Big East.  You're talking a lot of crap - you do know that Duke plays the #4 Big East team next, right?  I guess that means that should blow them out if, apparently, no Big East teams could even possibly beat the Dookies

Only 2 of 7 ACC teams made it to the sweet 16.  It's time to STFU about the ACC being as good as the Big East this season, because it is just not true.  And this is with Marquette losing maybe their most important player a couple weeks ago, and UConn losing their best guard.  It's STILL worlds better than the ACC!



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