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Spooky sweeps the Friday night board, and I close out a series of 4-0 in my bracket on all 12's vs. 5's thanks to Stephen F. Austin outright! VCU's Jordan Burgess misses 2 critical free throws which translates on the other end to Desmond Haymon's left wing all net 3 pointer while being fouled by JaQuan Lewis! Haymon completes the 4 point play and the Lumberjacks edge the Rams 77-75 in OT!
Can't believe I survived a grueling round 1. Can you handle the next two days of round 2's madness? The bracket busting continues!
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Spooky Express Madness continues as they try and avoid the Big Ol' Penis
Spooky Express literally sweeps the board with our posted plays yesterday here at the website and continues its winning ways from Thursday. For everyone concerned about the headline and the Big Ol' Penis scroll to the bottom to see the video.
Spooky Express Plays
North Dakota State +5
That should be enough for today and yes we buy the point as needed.
Random Thoughts and Madness wrap up
-- Texans traded QB Matt Schaub to Oakland; poor guy had one of the worst seasons I can remember last year. Why does Oakland want him?
-- 76ers lost their 23rd game in row but if you're an optimist, they're 5-2 vs spread in their last seven games.
-- Warren Buffett can relax; no one in his bracket contest got out of the first round with a perfect bracket. Someone in ESPN's contest has one.
-- Mercer 78, Duke 71-- Duke's first true road game this year was January 4, a loss at Notre Dame; they played four neutral court games before that. If you wonder why upsets like this happen, well part of it is that Duke does not challenge itself in pre-conference play. Explains a lot- they were 7-27 inside the arc in this game, 15-37 from the arc. Against an Atlantic Sun team.
-- Baylor 74, Nebraska 60-- Bears are 11-2 in last 13 games; they were 38-48 on foul line in this game, Nebraska 10-16, which annoyed Tim Miles enough that he got thrown out midway thru second half. Nebraska made progress in Miles' second season, but they're now 0-7 in NCAA tournament history.
-- Stanford 58, New Mexico 53-- Kendall Williams was 1-9, Alex Kirk 0-3 as Lobos lost another first round game and looked feeble doing it. Teams from the Mountain West are now 18-39 in the NCAA tournament.
-- Arizona 68, Weber State 59-- Weber had 13 offensive rebounds, got to foul line 23 times and didn't look like a team that lost six Big Sky games. Fouls are going to make Sean Miller grumpy as he prepares to meet Gonzaga next.
-- Tennessee 86, UMass 67-- Three days ago, Vols were playing play-in game in Dayton; Sunday, they face a 14-seed to get into the Sweet 16, so there is no excuse for them not getting there. Mercer won at Ole Miss this year, so they will have confidence going up against an SEC squad.
-- Creighton 76, UL-Lafayette 66-- If Doug McDermott somehow winds up as the #2 all-time scorer in college basketball history, both #1/#2 will be guys who played for their fathers in college. Thought that was interesting. By the way, McDermott gave up his scholarship this year, so Grant Gibbs could get one when he got his sixth year of eligibility. Thats $44,000 well-spent.
-- Kansas 80, Eastern Kentucky 69-- Jayhawks were 0-7 behind arc; game was tied at half, but rebounds were 43-19. Stanford will test Kansas' lack of defensive presence inside with Embiid hurt. EKU couldn't do it, but they did make 12-31 behind the arc.
-- Gonzaga 85, Oklahoma State 77-- No one pays to watch referees blow their whistles; there were 61 fouls in this debacle, with Gonzaga way better prepared to play- they led 9-0 off the bat. Gonzaga has college players who care about winning. Oklahoma State has guys who think they're NBA stars already; they did have nice sneakers, though.
-- Memphis 71, George Washington 66-- Colonials will regret going 14-24 on the foul line in contest that got very close late. Would've been a long summer for Josh Pastner had Memphis blown this game-- now he faces Virginia on Sunday with very little to lose.
-- North Carolina 79, Providence 77-- Tremendous game. Bryce Cotton was a WARRIOR for the Friars; 36 points, 8 assists, but its hard to beat really good teams when you only play six guys. Nothing but respect for Ed Cooley and his team this season; he got every drop out of them.
-- Wichita State 64, Cal Poly 37-- Total ass-kicking. Wichita-Kentucky is main event Sunday.
-- Stephen F Austin 77, VCU 75 ot-- Its easier to be the hunter than hunted; Rams gagged this game away by fouling a 3-point shooter when up 4 with 0:03.6 left, after bricking three of four foul shots in last 0:21. Kid who made the stupid foul had a wide-open trey to win game in OT; not even close.
-- Virginia 70, Coastal Carolina 59-- Chanticleers were just 9th #16 seed to lead a #1 seed at halftime, but Virginia pulled away for win despite having no offensive rebounds. None. Coastal Carolina has a young team and might be back in the next couple of years; they played really well for half a game.
-- Kentucky 56, Kansas State 49-- Craig Sager had an awesome bracket tie on last night. Julius Randle had 19 points, 15 rebounds as Kentucky moves on to face unbeaten Wichita State Sunday in a game that will get major amounts of hype.
-- Iowa State 93, North Carolina Central 75-- Georges Dieng got hurt, was on crutches after the game with a broken foot, horrible news for a Cyclone squad that took NCC's best shot, still won easily. Fred Hoiberg seems mild mannered, but he did not look happy near the end of the first half.
-- UCLA 76, Tulsa 59-- Bruins play 13-seed SF Austin Sunday for a trip to the Sweet 16. Southern Miss, La Tech, Middle Tennessee were better teams in C-USA, but Tulsa won the conference tourney and were an easy out here, especially basically playing a road game in San Diego.
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Spooky Express Bad Beats and an insane video as we close out the weekend
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Spooky Express Plays
Iowa State Pk
Gonzaga/Arizona Over 127 Points
Another good day on Saturday which makes 3 winning days in a row, outside of the horrendously bad beat with Oregon.
-- Florida 61, Pitt 45-- You watch Talib Zanna play for Pitt, you wonder how he can go a whole game without taking a foul shot. Panthers look like a team that spends too much time lifting weights, not enough time practicing with basketballs, but thats just me.
-- Louisville 66, Saint Louis 51-- Rick Pitino was encouraging his former assistant Steve Masiello to leave Manhattan for the South Florida job. Bad thing about these Cinderealla teams is that they often lose their coach as soon as their run ends, and have to start all over again. Part of the business.
-- Michigan 79, Texas 65-- Wolverines made 14-28 from arc, ending the fine Texas season that saved Rick Barnes' job. Longhorns are better off not having kids who will jump to the NBA- they can build something now.
-- San Diego State 63, North Dakota State 44-- Aztecs play tremendous defense, were just too athletic for the Bison, who now have to replace three senior starters and maybe their coach, who is rumored to be a candidate to be the new coach at Marquette- he is an old Bo Ryan assistant.
-- Dayton 55, Syracuse 53-- How cool is it that Archie Miller's wife had a "Dayton High Life" t-shirt on, modeled after the old "Miller High Life" logo. How about the Flyers, who beat Buckeyes and Orangemen by total of three points? They're probably playing Kansas in the next round.
-- Wisconsin 85, Oregon 77-- Badgers took advantage of having this game in Milwaukee, 80 miles from home. Ducks led by 12 at half, but Wisconsin hit 11-28 from the arc and pulled away in the last few minutes. Not to mention this has to be the bad beat game of the tournament so far. Fair question: think they'd rather play Baylor or Creighton in their next game?
-- Michigan State 80, Harvard 73-- Part of winning a national title is having upsets in your region, just before you were suppossed to play the team that got upset. In other words, Izzo is really happy Cincinnati got beat Thursday, even though Harvard rallied and scared the Spartans some. And another bad beat if you played Michigan State giving up a last second layup in garbage time.
-- UConn 77, Villanova 65-- Rough end to the season for Wildcats, who lost to Seton Hall in Big East tourney, then slept walked past Milwaukee Friday, before getting drilled by their old conference rival UConn. Starting in 2010, this is how the Wildcats ended the last five seasons.......
2010: 3-6 in last nine games.
2011: 0-6 in last six games.
2012: 3-9 in last twelve games.
2013: 2-4 in last six games
2014: lost two of last three games.
-- If you were a college basketball coach and you know they use a Wilson basketballin the NCAA tournament, why wouldn't you use one in the regular season, too? Wouldn't that help some in March?
-- Steve Alford said that there was at least one NBA scout at 88 of his team's 100 practices this season. Hard to keep a program together that way, but that is the reality now at a program like UCLA.
-- Iowa State's Georges Niang has a broken foot, is done for the year, big blow for the Cyclones, who play North Carolina Sunday.
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