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The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1

Posted on: March 19, 2009 12:38 am
Edited on: March 20, 2009 12:35 am

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11:32 PM: Western Kentucky knocks off Illinois to conclude today's action. The last game of the night is the first real upset. The Hilltoppers now will take on Gonzaga in round two. I'm signing out! Thanks for all your questions!

11:17 PM: Eric Maynor misses a buzzer beater attempt to beat UCLA and the Bruins win 65-64. UCLA gets Villanova on Saturday. Western Kentucky continues to lead Illinois and there's only two minutes left.

11:02 PM: UCLA is now only up 3 after a huge run by Eric Maynor and VCU. Can the Rams complete the comeback? 1:57 left.

10:40 PM:

Score updates:

UCLA 53, VCU 44
Oklahoma 67, Morgan State 47
Western Kentucky 49, Illinois 36
Duke 83, Binghamton 56

10:03 PM: Updates are getting more sparatic as I get tired (sorry for that). Western Kentucky is up 9 on Illinois.

9:27 PM: Great games on now. A lot of people think VCU and Illinois can win tonight and pull big upsets. Duke and Oklahoma lead by 10 points with those games climbing towards halftime.

8:53 PM: Gonzaga knocks off Akron 77-64. Duke-Binghamton is one of the final night games under way.

8:40 PM: A couple of tv complaints.....

R u kidding?

No action for the past 10 minutes…geico, wild wings and promos… cut away from nova to michigan to gonzaga and nothing…….




Why did CBS take a great game (Villanova v. American) off the air with less than 2 minutes to go and put Gonzaga on with more than 7 minutes to go???? Stupid move- get it right


I hope you guys realize that I don't have any affiliation with CBS at all (I'm not sure if Stephen knows that). My tv coverage went from TX-MN to NOVA-AMER to CLEM-MICH to GONZ-AKRON. No complaints here. I haven't missed a thing.

8:28 PM: Michigan beats Clemson by three and Villanova responds to American by blowing them out in the closing minutes. Gonzaga-Akron is the best game on right now.

8:18 PM: Michigan leads Clemson 58-55 with 59.7 left. This should be a great finish.

8:09 PM: Vilalnova is on a 13-0 run to grab the lead on American.

8:01 PM: American and Akron continue to lead 3 seed Villanova and 4 seed Gonzaga in the second half.

7:46 PM: American takes a 10 point lead temporarily but Villanova is fighting back slowly.

7:38 PM: Score update....

Texas 56, Minnesota 44
Michigan 46, Clemson 34
American 47, Villanova 38
Akron 38, Gonzaga 35

7:14 PM:

Hey i was wondering how many many wrong picks would make up a decent bracket today. So far i picked the Butler and Cal winning so thats 2 wrong. Theres also no telling whats going to happen tonight. For the rest of tonight, i picked Clemson, Texas, Villanova, and Gonzaga, Duke, VCU, WKU and Oklahoma.

My bracket has one incorrect pick because I took Northern Iowa in an upset over Purdue. Based on the potential of upsets I'd say two or less losses is a great bracket at the end of the night.

7:08 PM: Upset Alert! 14 seeded American leads Villanova 41-31 at halftime! And don't look now (it worked when i said it regarding the American-Nova game) but Gonzaga is only up two.

6:54 PM: Don't look now but American leads Villanova 30-26 with 5:12 left in the first half.

6:42 PM:

Score Updates:
American 21, Villanova 20
Minnesota 24, Texas 23
Michigan 19, Clemson 18
Gonzaga 4, Akron 3

6:32 PM: I'm having flashbacks to last year when I begged for an upset. Come on smaller teams it's time to get rolling. Give us a Stephen Curry type Cinderella run to cheer for. Is American the team to give us hope? I'm not sure but they are playing well early against Villanova, down 14-11.

6:28 PM: Had to clear up this comment a bit with some slight editing:

I had thought that the Pac 10 had slovenly played through each other. Guess living in the Midwest and not staying up late enough to view alot of West coast games has hurt my perspective. This was impressive and if they play like they did today they will move past Purdue and may prove to be alot of peoples bracket buster. The only pac 10 team I had advancing was USC. They looked liked a tourney team so I thought.  Hooray washington they deserve to be there KUDOS.

-Patrick Toney

I mean no disrespect Patrick but I'm really not surprised Washington won today. I have them in the Sweet 16 (as a lot of people do) where I have Connecticut beating them. As far as having USC as the only Pac 10 team advancing be careful on that. The Trojans are the least consistent of the Pac 10 teams in the field. Without winning the conference tournament they wouldn't even be in. Arizona is also up and down but I have them winning along with UCLA. Arizona State (close over Temple), and the Trojans.

6:16 PM: Tonight's first round of games are now underway. It looks like I may have picked the wrong 10 seed to win:

Minnesota 11, Texas 3
Clemson 7, Michigan 3

5:58 PM: Washington knocks off Mississippi State 71-58.

5:47 PM: Washington is dominating Mississippi State but don't fret the next set of games is about to get underway. Will we finally see the first monster upset of the day take place? So far it's been a pretty quiet day for a NCAA Tournament.

5:41 PM:

Leading Scorers From Today:
Robert Sallie (Memphis) 35
Marcus Thorton (LSU) 30
Greivis Vasquez (MD) 27
Wayne Ellington (UNC) 25
Stanley Robinson (UCONN) 24

Notice anything about this list? All five players are moving on.

5:21 PM: Washington continues to lead the only game in progress. There are some pretty good games coming up tonight though. Here's tonight's schedule:

7 Texas-10 Minnesota (6:10)
7 Clemson-10 Michigan (6:10)
3 Villanova-14 American (6:20)
4 Gonzaga-13 Akron (6:25)

2 Duke-15 Binghamton (8:40)
2 Oklahoma-15 Morgan State (8:40)
6 UCLA-11 VCU (8:50)
5 Illinois-12 Western Kentucky (8:55)

4:52 PM: Blake Hofstad and I have broken down today's early action in a podcast over at OSF. You can check it out here . Today's early action is almost over with Washington-Texas A&M at halftime and the Huskies up 38-27. What game are you guys looking forward to tonight?

4:07 PM: Mississippi State-Washington is underway and for the first time ever I get the west cost game that most of us miss. Not sure how that will affect my tv coverage for later. So far I am 6-1 on my picks with my only miss being Purdue's win over Northern Iowa. I had that as an upset.

3:56 PM:

Do you think this first round is sending the message that maybe Memphis really didn't deserve that one seed they were griping about?  It seems, with the Tigers barely struggling past Northridge while the Huskies and Tar Heels (minus a coach and MVP, respectively) post 40-point blowouts, that a case can be made

-Ben Plume

Even with two more 1 seeds left to play I think it's pretty fair to say that Memphis was seeded correctly. Good point.

3:32 PM: Purdue survives and ruins my dreams out a perfect bracket. Great win for the Boilermakers, 61-56.

3 17 PM:

Score Update:
Maryland 36, California 31
Connecticut 48, Chattanooga 20
Purdue 62, Northern iowa (2:20 left)
North Carolina 68, Radford 39

3:03 PM: Northern Iowa closes within six after a fastbreak dunk. Then the Panthers miss a three to pull within one basket. Can they complete the comeback after being down 14? My bracket hopes so.

2:52 PM: My upset pick is alive! A huge run by Northern Iowa brings the Panthers to within six of Purdue! Come on UNI! Don't break my bracket. Score update coming soon on all the action. For those wondering, North Carolina and Connecticut are absolutely rolling.

2:33 PM:

Every year, I have heard that it is a down year for the Big Ten.  With 7 of 11 teams getting in and Arizona possibly stealing Penn State's shot, I don't find that weak.  Top of the conference, I give it to the Big East easy.  How many of the 7 do you see getting out of the first round?  I have already seen that you picked N. Iowa but it seems that although a half left, Purdue is still clicking. I have 6 of the 7 getting out with Illinois not because of Frazier but I think they still have a shot. And yes, that does mean Wisconsin too.  I have seen the Badgers consistency too much and Florida State went on a tear at the end and I think are over seeded at 5.  Normally, I pick the Big Ten to win maybe half but these squads and matchups seem very reasonable or favorable.

Regards from the site of the Final Four. I can't believe I will be there.

-Matt Banks

I have MSU, Illinois, and Michigan getting out of round one. Purdue is the victim of my proposed upset (not happening so far), Wisconsin loses to FSU in my mind, Texas beats Minnesota, and Ohio State loses to Siena. It's nothing against the Big Ten. I think it's a very loaded conference but most of the teams do seem to struggle on the offensive end of the court.

2:30 PM:

I know this may sound like a silly question, but why did the NCAA make every site have the same court?  I think it takes alot of the individuality off the different sites and just gets confusing at times to keep up with which games are at the same bracket and all.  Any opinions on this?

-Anthony, Pennsylvania

It's an interesting observation Anthony but it doesn't really matter to me. As long as I have a bracket in front of me I can tell pretty well where each game is going on at.

2:19 PM: North Carolina is on pace to score 100 points. Radford looks tired and done already.

2:13 PM: Can we see the first ever 16 over a 1 uposet? Not likely but there are two 1-16 games in progress. Here's the latest scores:

Purdue 29, Northern Iowa 17
North Carolina 13, Radford 11
Maryland 14, California 10
Chattanooga 6, Connecticut 4

2:05 PM:
In tonight’s matchup between Clemson and Michigan who are you taking.  Over the past several years, my reference to a team that I am leery of is that I trust them as much as a 17-0 Clemson start.  I don’t deny they are solid but I expect the excitement of Michigan’s return along with Manny Harris and a team that plays with no seniors, they will be like energizer bunnies out there.  I even have them ousting Blake Griffin in the 2nd in an upset special and I am a life long Spartans fan so no nepotism.    Side note- I know the MidWest is the toughest bracket but why is everyone overlooking Utah completely it seems.  They beat the LSU team by 30 albeit early in the season, beat the Zags, an RPI of like 13 or something and Arizona (never should be in) would be considered a failure if they didn’t win.  I know it’s the Mountain West.  Your thoughts on the Utes?

-Matt Banks

Matt I have Michigan winning because I can't pick a team as inconsistent as Clemson to go anywhere. And I believe my exact quote yesterday was "When everybody jumps on an upset the opposite usually happens" and I was referring to Utah-Arizona when I said that. The Utes are very good, just over-seeded. The Wildcats as a 12 seed will place the three best players on the court in that game. Usually when that happens the team with the best three players on the court wins. The one thing Utah has going for them is that they show up every night while Arizona does not.

2:02 PM: North Carolina is already up 6-0 with less than a minute off the clock in Greensboro.

1:34 PM: Purdue-Northern Iowa is underway......and remember I have the upset in this one.

1:22 PM: Memphis probably just put CS Northridge away, now up 7 with 1:52 left.  LSU is up 5, 68-63 on Butler with 35.7 left. And pencil Texas A&M into round two on your brackets, up 74-59.

1:17 PM:

Score updates:
LSU 65-Butler 60
Memphis 67-CS Northridge 64
Texas A&M 72-BYU 57

1:11 PM: Marcus Thorton's big three gives LSU a 5 point lead with 3:58 left. Barring a Butler come back it appears the North Carolina-Radford winner will take on the Tigers in round two.

1:06 PM: Northridge is up SIX up Memphis! Can the 15 seed do it? Last year we saw Belmont blow a chance to beat Duke but can Northridge do it?

1:01 PM: Love this question!

If these second-half scores hold up, what's your over-under for the percentage of people who would start 0-3 in their brackets, including an ousted Final Four team (like me)?  

-Ben Silver Spring, MD

I'd say about 50% of people would start 0-3. I have LSU, Texas A&M, and Memphis winning. I considered having the Tigers lose in round two and actually talked to a Memphis fan two nights ago who said (and I quote) "There no way Maryland would beat us with our play on the defensive end of the floor". Well Maryland/California are waiting but Memphis may not even have the defense to beat Cal State Northridge.

12:59 PM:

Score update:
Butler 54, LSU 53
Northridge 52, Memphis 50
Texas A&M 60, BYU 46

12:54 PM: CS NORTHRIDGE IS LEADING MEMPHIS 44-43! WHAT A GAME! Without Robert Sallie the Tigers would be getting killed.

12 :51 PM: Butler tied LSU 49-49 and CS NORTHRIDGE HAS TIED MEMPHIS WITH A THREE! WOW! 40-40 in KC!

12:45 PM: Two really great games going on. Butler leads LSU by one, 44-43 and Memphis leads Northridge 39-35.

12:36 PM:

How funny would it be if Memphis lost first round. No more complaining about number one seeds maybe? Also, four of Memphis's players have 2 fouls at half. I think Cal can pull off the upset! - Brian, CT

It would certainly end all speculation. LSU's lead is now only one, 41-40.

12:25 PM: Jim Calhoun is not going to be coaching Connecticut today. I wish him well. The Huskies play Chattanooga later today.

12:20 PM: Memphis only leads by three at halftime, 34-31. The Tigers were outplayed in the first half but not outscored.

12:10 PM: Memphis is completely out of sync

Score update:
LSU 35, Butler 29 (H)
Memphis 32, CS Northridge 27
Texas A&M 37, BYU 26

12:02 PM: Memphis is winning right now, 29-24, but they are completely out of rythym.

11:54 AM: Texas A&M is up 12 already on BYU. Score update in a second but here's another great comment.

Notice that it took Butler 6 full minutes to make its first field goal?  Not too many teams will win games making a field goal every 6 minutes.  5 of the Bulldogs' first 8 points from the stripe...  

-Ben Plume, Silver Spring

I did notice Ben. The thing is that Butler has survived the LSU storm completely. The Tigers still lead but the score is only 20-15. Butler has outplayed the Tigers since the first six minutes. This looks like it is going to be a game of runs.

11:49 AM: LSU is settling for jumpshots and after their 9-0 start they have cooled down. Butler is on a 11-6 run to get back into the game.

11:42 AM: In Kansas City an upset is brewing. I know it's still early but CS Northridge looks very comfortable playing Memphis. 15-13 Northridge and Memphis is already in the penalty.

11:37 AM: Butler's Matt Howard already has two fouls. That's bad for Butler. They really need their best player on the floor, especially being down 13-6 aready. Memphis has now tied CS-Northridge 11-11 while Texas A&M has jumped out on BYU 11-3.

11:33 AM: Big_red0127 remembers my comment on LSU....

I remember you and Blake saying that either winner would give UNC trouble.

I'm glad somebody was listening!

11:31 AM: Let's get our first score update of the day:

LSU 11, Butler 3
CS Northridge 9, Memphis 4

And yes..the second score is correct. Memphis trails early.

11:23 AM: What a start by LSU! I remember saying during my podcast that LSU could give North Carolina all sorts of matchup problems in round two. Does anyone remember that? Watch out for the Tigers. There's over 38 minutes left to play here but they are off to a great start. 9-0 Tigers.

11:21 AM: Bo Spencer of LSU scores the first points of the NCAA Tournament. 3-0 LSU.

11:16 AM: Finally it's time for play in the 2009 NCAA Tournament!

11:06 AM: Just heard a Chattanooga player say that he believes they can make history by knocking off Connecticut. Now that I really want to see.

10:57 AM: That will be the longest live break the blog will take today. I had to get stuff set up for when the games do kick off. Another great question:

Hey Dan,        I've pretty much based my pick of W. Kentucky over Illinois on the absence of Frazier. How significant is his presence to the Illini. Unfortunately I haven't been able to watch too much B10 basketball this season due to the lack of a certain television station, so I am really unaware of the intangibles he brings to the table.  

-T. White
Albany, NY

He's not going to light it up from the field (5.7 PPG) but he does a little bit of everything which makes his a big part of Illinois's success this year. I think with or without him for the Illini (which they are without him) Western Kentucky has a chance to win today. The Hilltoppers aren't as talented as last year's Sweet 16 squad but they do know how to play on the big stage.

10:39 AM: Great question from Benjamin and he even answered my question as well. Please follow his format.

I'm most interested in LSU-Butler.  It's the Tigers' chance to show that the SEC has at least some strength...or not.  Then again, Texas A&M-BYU is a rare first-round rematch.  Speaking of, take a look at the East does Duke, Pitt, UCLA, VCU remind you of anything?  How about Pitt, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State (look at 2003, I think it was)?  Then there's FSU (who Duke played twice and Pitt played once) and Villanova (who already beat Pitt)....does it seem to you that the committee is lying when they say they don't do matchups for significance?  

-Ben Plume, Silver Spring MD

I agree Benjamin. LSU-Butler looks like its going to be the best game. If LSU wins their length can really give North Carolina trouble in round two, but the Tar Heels do still have to knock off Radford. Benjamin the committee says it strives to avoid rematches until the Sweet 16 and it has this year but I do think they tried to set up a few things. I don't understand, for one thing, why Kansas-Michigan State and Florida State-Pittsburgh are all in the same subregion. That creates out of conference rematch possibilites that we've already seen. There's no doubt the committee places teams where they think they can get the most television ratings. It certainly makes it interesting and very hard on bracketologists like me.

10:35 AM: The only thing I need now is some rotel dip, some hot wings, and a big glass os sweet tea. Of course I also want to see a few big upsets when this thing kicks off. Memphis will be the first the first big favorite to play today and I expect them to win by 30 over Northridge. Why? Mainly because Northridge reminds me of another middle of the pack Conference USA team.

10:26 AM: Which early game do you guys think will be the most interesting? LSU-Butler, Memphis-Northridge, or Texas A&M-Butler? Send me your reasoning through email and the best responses will get posted here.

10:25 AM: Here's the best question I've received so far:

Dan:  I have all 7 Big East Teams in the Sweet Sixteen.  Does this necessarily make me crazy?  I don't think so.  I think 5 of them are virtually locks to get that far, and only WVU over Kansas and Marquette over Missouri would be upsets.  In both cases, I just think the Big East representative matches up well.  I don't think Kansas can stop Butler/Ebanks (and West Virginia's defense is like nothing KU has seen all year) and I just get that feeling about Marquette...I doubt Missouri can guard the perimeter well enough.

-Benjamin Plume

In all honestly I have all seven Big East teams in the Sweet Sixteen also. I have six of them in the Elite Eight and three of them in the Final Four. Either the Big East is about to show its strength from 1 to 7 or its about to really mess up my tournament bracket. My guess is that the latter is more likely.

10:19 AM: Guys the NCAA Tournament will get started in about an hour and I cannot wait to get this live blog started. The early games look like they are going to be fantastic. I got started early so I could answer a few questions ahead of time, so here's the first.

Where on the net are the cbs coverage maps for the ncaa tourney this 

-Ned Morell
Honestly Ned I spent about half an hour looking for the coverage maps the other night and I couldn't find them. My guess is that I will get the LSU-Butler game in my coverage area, but remember MMOD will allow you to watch any game live.

11:37 PM (Wednesday Night): This will be the site of the live tournament blog for the first day of the NCAA Tournament.  Please send in your questions to my email either with the link above or by clicking here . The purpose of the live blog will be to keep all the tournament action together in one place and to get feedback from all of you guys! I already have a few questions lined up and I truly cannot wait to get started. Last year's first day blog (although this year I plan on blogging the whole tournament live) reached over 10,000 hits and that was during a time of loss in my family. This year everything is good except for my wrists hurting from typing but I will be okay.

Today, the opening day of the NCAA Tournament, is the best day of the year. Get ready for buzzer beaters, crazy finishes, and an atmosphere unlike any other in sports. Here's how the live blog will work:

1) I will break down the games as they happen with live updates from scores, nailbiting finishes, and my thoughts on what is happening on and off the court with all things relating to the NCAA Tournament.

2) I will answer your questions and post the best comments on my blog. All you have to do is send them to my email . You can also post comments below (I'd actually appreciate it very much) but please realize that between live blogging, checking my email, and answering questions its going to be very difficult to check in for comments at the bottom of this post.

3) When you send me an email please put your NAME, LOCATION, and QUESTION. If you are a CBS member and would like to include that then I will also include that in your question.

Tomorrow's live blog will get started around 10 AM CT, about an hour and twenty minutes before the tournament kicks off .  If you have any questions you'd like to ask me before the games get started or before a game tips off please have it ready early so that I can answer it early. If you want a preview of the tournament you can always listen to my podcasts previewing each region (South , West , East , Midwest )  on OSF or you can read my quick blog of thoughts here on CBS. The podcasts don't sound very professional but it was the best we can do.

Here's tomorrow's schedule (all times CT):
8 Butler-9 LSU (11:20)
2 Memphis-15 Northridge (11:25)
8 BYU-9 Texas A&M (11:30)

5 Purdue-12 Northern Iowa (1:30)
1 North Carolina-16 Radford (1:50)
7 California-10 Maryland (1:55)
1 Connecticut-16 Chattanooga (2:00)

4 Washington-13 Mississippi State (3:55)

7 Texas-10 Minnesota (6:10)
7 Clemson-10 Michigan (6:10)
3 Villanova-14 American (6:20)
4 Gonzaga-13 Akron (6:25)

2 Duke-15 Binghamton (8:40)
2 Oklahoma-15 Morgan State (8:40)
6 UCLA-11 VCU (8:50)
5 Illinois-12 Western Kentucky (8:55)


Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2009 11:03 pm

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1

Clemson is a big joke

Too bad you didn't tell me that before today.  I might have stifled the urge to vomit and gone with Michigan instead.


Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2009 10:23 pm

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1


Clemson really bungled up the finish to their game.

Oh well.



Clemson is a big joke

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2009 10:21 pm

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1

Hey dan-

What are your thoughts on the Michigan & Oklahoma game, believing that OU will pull their game out? Could the Wolverines spark an upset? I think i could see it happening.

Also, Villanova.They got off to a slow start today, but pulled the win out. They can't perform that way in the next couple of rounds if they expect the Elite 8 or Final 4 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2009 9:44 pm

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1

No complaints here. I haven't missed a thing.


No complaints here either.  I guess those two aren't familiar with MMOD.  :)



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2009 9:31 pm

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1

Clemson really bungled up the finish to their game.

Oh well.



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2009 8:43 pm

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1

A.J. Abrams is lighting it up for Texas!  Woooooooooooooooooot!



Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 19, 2009 7:44 pm

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1

Is American the team to give us hope?

I hope not, cuz I have Villanova going to the Elite Eight.

I'd like to see Binghamton win.


Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 19, 2009 7:19 pm

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1

How 'bout them Huskies?

Nice win. Purdue-Washington should be a dandy!

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: March 19, 2009 7:15 pm

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1

How 'bout them Huskies? Laughing


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Posted on: March 19, 2009 7:00 pm
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