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-- Dwyane Wade Sr got tossed from the Heat-Bulls game Wednesday night for using profanities, and then refusing to stop. Terrific.
-- Drew Carey hosts The Price Is Right? Whose idea was that?
-- Spring training has to be really boring for position players; surprising the players' union never complained about it being too long.
-- Rick Stansbury is out after 14 years at Mississippi State; the one thing that brought him down was recruiting Renardo Sidney, who turned out to be a lot more trouble than he was worth.
-- NC State making the NCAA tournament got Mark Gottfried a 2-year contract extension; they ran Herb Sendek out of Raleigh when he went to the tournament every year. Life is funny sometimes.
-- So if an NBA team fires its coach, then later that night beats your team by 42, then you have to fire your coach? Portland canned Nate McMillan Thursday. Something tells me he'll be working again soon.
Friday's List of 13: Wrapping up a basketball Thursday.......
-- Not the greatest day of basketball Thursday, but VCU-Wichita State was a fun game; UNLV made a wild comeback in the last game of the day but fell short against Colorado, and gutty NC-Asheville got hosed by those refs in a tight loss to #1 seed Syracuse.
Favorites went 6-1-1 vs spread in afternoon games, then dogs went 5-3 vs spread in the night games, so favorites were 9-6-1 for the day.
-- Murray State held Colorado State to 17 second half points, pulling away late from the Rams 58-41. Murray didn't shoot well, 39% from floor, 13-26 from foul line, but they advanced because of their defense.
-- Southern Miss led 45-40 with 12:20 left, but Kansas State played better from that point on and beat the Golden Eagles, 70-64, and now moves on to face #1 seed Syracuse in an interesting second round game. K-State needs to lose the gray uniforms; they look awful on TV.
-- Louisville beat Davidson by 7, despite going just 1-5 behind the arc, the least made 3's by a winning team in the tournament since Boston College in 2004. Cardinals play New Mexico next, a fascinating game.
-- Montana got a bad matchup when they drew Wisconsin in first round, as Badgers do lot of same things Montana does, but with bigger athletes; Griz had a great year, but it ended rudely with a 73-49 loss to Wisconsin. .
-- BYU got down 15 at the half again Thursday, just like Tuesday's game in Dayton, but this time they were playing a Marquette team that defends, so the Cougars went down meekly, 88-68. Jae Crowder had 17 points and ten rebounds.........at the half. He's a tremendous player.
-- Syracuse sleepwalked thru a 72-65 win over NC-Asheville, thanks to some dubious officiating down the stretch. Bulldogs are 7th #16 seed to lead the #1 seed at halftime, but none of them won. Syracuse-Kansas State will be a test of how much the Orange misses Fab Melo.
-- Kendall Williams hit a trey with 4:43 left to put New Mexico up 62-61, a lead they never relinquished, as the Lobos beat Long Beach State 75-68 in one of the better games of the day. New Mexico blocked seven shots, and that interior defense made the difference.
-- Vanderbilt shot 54%, made 8-18 from arc, and dispatched Harvard 79-70 as Vandy shook off the ghosts of upsets past. Most Ivy League teams hit a lot of 3-pointers, but Harvard isn't like that. Commodores had trouble with the Harvard pressure late in game, but they play slow-paced Wisconsin in the next round, so no worries about a press there.
-- South Dakota State got off to a 19-7 lead on enigmatic Baylor, but their star player Nate Wolters got his second foul with 10:02 left in the half, and the game swung from that point on. Jackrabbits have four starters who hit 40%+ from the arc, but were just 10-30 in this game.
-- Western Kentucky ended the game on a 16-1 run, but that was after the cow was out of the barn, as Kentucky built a 45-26 halftime lead and easily beat the Hilltoppers, 81-66. Only people who enjoyed WKU's late run were the investors who took WKU +26.5.
-- Wichita State has to be bitterly disappointed in losing 62-59 to a young VCU team that beat the Shockers 68-67 LY in a Bracket Busters game. In this game, Wichita State went scoreless for the last 2:09 of the game, after grabbing a 59-58 lead.
-- West Virginia has a very young team that just hit the wall late in the year; they were awful Thursday, falling behind 27-10 in an ugly 77-54 loss. Just wasn't a good season for the Mountaineers- Gonzaga drilled them in front of a pro-Mountaineer crowd in Pittsburgh.
-- Ohio State outrebounded Loyola 45-23 and beat the Greyhounds easily, 78-59. Worst Buckeye news of day was Greg Oden getting cut in the NBA by the Trailblazers. OSU didn't play that well in this game, but then again, they didn't have to.
-- Iowa State raced out to a 34-14 lead over UConn, saw lead shrink to six with 7:00 left, but they pulled away again and beat the defending champs 77-64, outrebounding the Huskies 37-20, holding them to 38% shooting.
-- Indiana's players are just more polished than New Mexico State's, inside moreso than on the perimeter. Hoosiers shot 59%, made 7-13 from the arc and won by 13, even though the Aggies shot 55% from the floor. Could be the best game Saturday will be VCU-Indiana.
-- UNLV was down 20 against Colorado, made a furious rally but fell short, losing 68-64 on a night where they were a hideous 9-36 behind the arc. As soon as Colorado got ahead, Rebels seemed to panic and their shot selection became truly awful. They need a better point guard next year.
First of all Im an idiot. I picked VCU in my brackets, I saw them last year in the Final Four when I was in Houston and really thought Wichita State was overrated. So what do I do. I play Wichita State in a parlay on the moneyline. Im an idiot.
Picked wrong games to post yesterday once again. My bad. Will try and get it right today. At least the monitor had some of the right games posted. Lets do better today.
CINCINNATI PK -150
FLORIDA PK -140
If it means anything I have NC State advancing and North Carolina going to the Final Four in most of my brackets. Just saying.
Saturday's List of 13: Wrapping up a basketball Friday.........
After going 9-6-1 Thursday, favorites went 7-9 on a bizarre Friday that will go down as one of the memorable days in tournament history.
-- Mainstream media is obsessed with Duke, but fact is, Norfolk State was a 21.5-point underdog against Missouri, nine points more than Lehigh was in its game with Duke. The Norfolk State win was a much bigger upset, the biggest pointspread upset in NCAA tournament history.
-- South Florida beat Temple 58-44, despite missing 22 straight shots at one point in the first half. Yes, they didn't score for 10:43 and they still won by 14- thats how good USF's defense in. They're also unwatchable; in this day and age, its unusual for a good team to be so poor on offense.
-- LIU went right at Michigan State and predictably lost by 22. Last year they lost 102-87 to North Carolina, so they're a good bet for the over.
-- The winningest basketball coach in Lehigh history has 112 wins; guy named Tony Packer. You may have heard of his son. Billy Packer. Last thing about Lehigh; how did the McCollum kid not get recruited by MAC or Atlantic 14 team? He's a terrific guard at any level.
-- St Mary's had the ball up one in last minute when their inbounder ran the baseline after a violation, which isn't allowed. That was a turnover the Gaels never recovered from, and it cost them the game against Purdue.
-- Creighton had trouble with Alabama's athleticism late in first half, trailed 30-23 and looked beat at halftime, but young McDermott picked up his game and the Bluejays gutted out a 58-57 win over a Crimson Tide club that missed defensive stopper Mitchell.
-- When Creighton plays North Carolina Sunday, it'll re-unite two high school teammates; UNC's Barnes and Creighton's McDermott, whose dad was the Iowa State coach back then. Strangest thing is that two kids like that were in Ames, IA and the Cyclones didn't get either one of them, yet Iowa State still has a very good team now.
-- If any of you know how to get one of the bracket ties that Craig Seger was wearing Friday, let me know. I'd like to buy one. ha
-- Xavier outscored Notre Dame 18-4 on foul line, rallied from down 10 in second half to nip the Irish, 67-63. ESPN's Bob Valvano had this game down pat last Monday on The Experts; he said Xavier would win. I did also
-- Texas was down 19 in first half, fought hard to tie game 52-52, but fell behind as soon as they tied the game and lost 65-59 to Cincinnati in one of those tense games between middle seed teams from BCS conferences.
-- St Bonaventure played their hearts out but couldn't finish Florida State off, losing 66-63 in a pretty good game. Bonnies jumped out to a 7-0 lead, led by six at the half, but the Seminoles were too tough to beat.
-- Georgetown's Henry Sims is my new favorite player; I love big guys who can pass the ball, and Sims plays a little like Vlade Divac used to when the Sacramento Kings were real good. Hoyas are a smart team that shares the ball really well. Fun to watch.
-- John Henson was in a suit for North Carolina, which means he's probably out for Sunday too; if Henson doesn't get healthy, Tar Heels aren't going to win the national title.
-- Watched most of Ohio's upset of Michigan; not really sure to say about it, other than John Groce is a former Ohio State assistant, so folks at OSU will be happy, as they are any time Michigan loses. Bobcats shot 51% and Wolverines were just 7-23 from the arc. If you didn't know and were just watching the game, you wouldn't have had a clue it was an upset.
-- Rick Majerus is now 11-1 in NCAA first round games after slipping past Memphis 61-54. Going to be a long summer for Tiger coach Pastner and Missouri coach Haith after their first round losses Friday.
-- Kansas and Florida won easily; Gators find themselves with a spunky group of Norfolk State Spartans standing between them and a Sweet 16 spot, which I'm sure no one had even considered a possibility.