The Early Afternoon Sesh

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"Butterflies and Basketball" that's Clark Kellogg's opening remark?  He has been stirring in his hotel room for hours and he came up with, "Butterflies and Basketball...Here we go!" 

  • #8 LSU - #9 Butler.  LSU jumped out to a 9-0 lead, looking much more athletic and fast than the Butler Bulldogs, and carried a 35-29 lead into the locker room.  Butler came out inspired and closed the gap, before eventually snagging the lead by one with 15 minutes to go.  A back and forth battle ensued until LSU was able to push it to a five point lead and sign their name on the second round line, 75-71.  LSU was led by Marcus Thornton and his 30 points, seventh time this year he has gone off for 30.  As I type UNC is up by 30, and will be the Tigers second round matchup.  We'll call it a mis-matchup.
  • #2 Memphis - #15 Cal State Northridge.  If the coach of Cal State Northridge dared John Calipari to beat them with his second team, the Coach of the Memphis Tigers made a big statement while still sneaking out a narrow W.  Calipari got 35 points from Roburt Sallie, a Memphis reserve.......huh? Sallie converted on 10 of his 15 attempts from long range and the Memphis Tigers move on, 81-70.  We do need to give credit where credit is due.  The Cal State Northridge Matadors actually held the lead on two different occasions.  The last lead surrendered was at the eight minute mark in the second half.  Memphis now awaits the winner of Cal-Maryland.
  • #8 BYU - #9 Texas A&M.  In a an exact redux of last year's 8-9 match up, the Aggies proved once again that they are too much for the Cougars of BYU.  Texas A&M could not miss, shooting 58 percent from the floor.  The Aggies were led by Bryan Davis' 21 points.  Texas A&M will meet up with UCONN on Saturday.  If they shoot as well as they did today, Jim Calhoun just might have to return to the sidelines for Saturday.

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