OK sorry, it was a Friday night and we got a little crazy. Matt woke up in a different state than his apartment, I woke up with a deflated overzied Detroit Pistons four square ball. Below is what else went down...in college basketball.
- Jeez Virginia Tech, as much as we're not impressed with you, a win yesterday over North Carolina and we would have to reconsider. Lawson was out and Hansbrough stepped it up, so the Hokies will just be on the outside looking in for the second year in a row.
- Simply put, Duke defeated Boston College. Sounds simple enough, but we're convinced over here that BC can do damage in the NCAA tournament, and Duke is going to have to rely heavily on Kyle Singler and Gerald Henderson...just to get to the Sweet 16. Singler had a career high 26 last night and they squeak by the Eagles 66-65.
Wake Forest is quickly becoming an afterthought. The Deamon Decons shot 29 percent from the floor and is who we're pointing the finger at for letting Maryland into the party! "Damn, who invited this Greivis Vazquez kid?" Oh well, the Terps are deserving. They get 16 assists on 24 made field goals last night.
- Georgia Tech's Lewis Clinch really doesn't want to go home. The Jackets guard scored followed up his career high of 32 over Clemson with 25 last night, as his team falls just short of Toney Douglas and Florida State. Douglas is certainly the face of the team, but it was Seminoles sophomore Derwin Kitchen who sealed the win, converting an "And One' with just under eight seconds to play.
Today's semifinal match-ups: FSU - UNC @ 1:30; Maryland - Duke @ 4
- The Syracuse Orange are the team of Championship Week. They've played 115 minutes of basketball in 48 hours, and are one win away from a Big East Tournament championship, one which would amazingly out-impress the 2006 Year of the G-Mac. After getting up down early in the second half, West Virginia fought back to pique the nerves, once again, of Jimmy Boeheim and his coaching staff. What's most impressive about the win: The 'Cuse only went seven deep. They must be on an amazing conditioning program.
- There's no team like the Louisville Cardinals. They can turn it on...and turn it off, better than anyone. Down eight at halftime to Villanova, Rick Pitino did what he does so well, make his players feel guilty. "I told them 'I don't recognize any of you. I don't know who you are.'" Pitino said in his post game press conference. The Cardinals responded, probably because Pitino threatened their livelyhood if they put up an L. So of course his team responded and win by 14. It's just that easy.
- The 2009 Baylor Bears are one win away from being your 2008 Georgia Bulldogs. The boys from Waco knocked off Texas last night, cooling off a sweaty Dexter Pittman who had just seven points and three rebounds. In their run to the finals it's been someone different picking up the slack offensively in each win Last night it was Kevin Rogers who finished with 20.
Missouri took down Oklahoma State in the second semi-final, but I don't think the Cowboys are crying. They're win over OU solidified inclusion to the dance, so now they can regroup and prepare. It was a fairly ugly game; both teams shot a combined 18 percent from three point range. Byron Eaton hobbled off the floor late in the first half, but returned in the second to play the entire 20 minutes. No word on any serious injury. For the finals tongiht, expect a high-scoring affair as Baylor boasts five players scoring in double figures, and Missouri is sixth in the nation in points.
- Oh there's serious bubble trouble down south. Kentucky lost to LSU, so it looks like Jodie Meeks will be your 2009 NIT MVP. Have fun with that.
- South Carolina fell to a suddenly upstart Mississippi State team, so they'll be biting finger nails all weekend in Columbia. The game of most importance was Florida and Auburn. Both are just on the outside looking in, according to Joe Lunardi, so this was as big a play-out game as we've seen this week. The Gators were crippled shooting on 36 percent from the floor and only getting to the line 10 times. These teams have very similiar resumes Florida - 23-10 / RPI 52 / 1-5 against RPI top 50 / SOS 82 / Best win: Washington]. Auburn- 22-10 / RPI 57 / 2-3 against RPI top 50 / SOS 67 / Best win: Tennessee, and winners of 9 of their last 10.] South Carolina- 21-9 / RPI 59 / 0-4 against RPI top 50 / SOS 93 / Best win: Auburn and Baylor
- Now I don't think Auburn is in yet, but a win today over the Vols would give them an even better case. South Carolina is probably on the outside looking in, as unless Baylor wins tonight or Auburn gets in, will have not beaten a single tournament team
Today's semifinal match-ups: Mississippi State - LSU @ 1; Auburn - Tennessee @ 3:15
- "The Big Ten will have a number one seed at the end of the season." If you had uttered those words around the watercooler back in November, you "manhood" would be in serious question. Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartans are now forcing the issue with the Selection committee, after taking down Minnesota, 64-56 onFriday night. If Sparty wins the Big Ten the comical may eventually become a reality.
- Wisconsin drops into serious NIT bubble team talk as they left a 7 point lead evaporate in six minutes, at the hands of the Ohio State. The 61-57 victory makes the Ohio State Buckeyes a lock for post season presence. OSU will face the Michigan State Spartans in an opportunistic contest.
- Michigan is at the epicenter of tournament talks and by losing to Illinois on Friday, the press might not be too aspirational. Illinois stormed away from the Wolverines in the second half in order to capture the 60-50 win.
- Purdue gathers their seemingly untapped talent and rolls on Penn State, 79-65. At one point the Boilermakers led by as many as 23 points. Robbie Hummel and Keaton Grant were the hot hands and this preseason's "sexy pick of the year" might be peaking at the right time. As team's like Maryland keep winning, teams like Penn State are forfeiting their invites.
Today's semifinal match-ups: Phio State- Michigan State @ 1; Purdue - Illinois @ 3:15
- James Harden put his Arizona State team on his back and carried them to a 75-65 win over Washington. Harden looked like the type that will not allow his team to lose in March. I better start getting used to writing their name a few times because this team is looking to go deep in the brackets. Arizona State lead by 21 at one point and coughed up the lead before going on a 17-5 run to close the game.
USC beats up on UCLA 65-55. Well, actually UCLA really just couldn't find
Taco Bell at 2 amthe rim, shooting 27% for the game. USC was looking like road kill at the end of February, as they lost six of their last 7, but they now control their own destiny with a shot at the NCAA tournament. The Trojans, are now public enemy number one for the mid-majors and Penn States of the world.
Today's final: USC - Arizona State @ 6 EST