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Okay a very nice day going 6-2 yesterday. Lets pick up where we left off and throw out a couple. The others are posted on monitor. Gotta love Duke and Missouri going down early especially since I dont have them going far on some of my brackets.
MARQUETTE -4 (buy pt)
Marquette should put up some serious points tonight. Also have Vanderbilt moving on in my brackets for what its worth.
Sunday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports Saturday.........
13) VCU went up 57-48 on Indiana with 12:20 left; I'm sitting there trying to figure out when this tournament turned into a Shaka-thon, but then the Rams stopped scoring points. VCU was outscored 15-4 over the last 12:20 by an Indiana team whose point guard blew his knee out last week, so we will be deluged this week by tons of Kentucky-Indiana stories. Teams play in Atlanta next week, in a rematch of their December thriller at Indiana.
12) Indiana is in the Sweet 16 for the first time in ten years.
11) Kansas State's Jamar Samuels was held out of Saturday's 75-59 loss to Syracuse because his AAU coach gave him $200; are you kidding? School is protecting itself from using an ineligible player and forfeiting the $1M+ they get for playing this March, but its ridiculous to suspend a kid for this, it just totally lacks common sense. Thats politics for you.
10) One quick question that bears asking: How did anyone find out about the $200? Did the kid post it on Facebook?
9) Ohio State didn't get a point from its bench in 27 minutes, but the five Ohio State starters scored enough to fend off Gonzaga, 73-66. Best game I've seen John Stockton's son play for the Zags.
8) 49ers got suckered into signing Mario Manningham to a 2-year contract, and they're now involved in the Peyton Manning drama, after they signed Randy Moss. Wow, imagine if they didn't go 13-3 last year? Its very hard to believe they would jettison Alex Smith after his great 2011 season.
7) So I was switching around with my remote to TVG and; there is this horrible accident in the 11th race at Gulfstream; hope all of the jockeys are OK. Couple of them might've been trampled by a horse or two.
6) Andy Pettitte is coming back, again? Does this mean the Bronx Bombers are deperate for pitching, or does Pettitte's family like his paychecks more than it likes to be around him all summer?
5) Used to be that when a shot hit back of the rim, it had zero chance to go into the basket; heard an explanation why shots occasionally hit the back of the rim and fall in-- think ESPN's Dan Dakich explained it. They changed the makeup of the basketball a few years ago, it is softer now, so once in a great while, shots take a weird bounce and go in when they shouldn't. Just wish it wasn't always when the other team was shooting.....lolol
4) Would love to know why Vanderbilt center Festus Ezili didn't start for the Commodores; he sat out for first 4:00, and Vandy fell behind 7-2. As it turns out, they only caught the Badgers once, and lost by 3 points. Hope it was some hideous crime the kid committed to end the season and the kid's career for. But how bad could it be, since he only sat out less than 4:00?
3) So Iowa State makes a run early in second half to tie Kentucky 42-42; next thing you know, Wildcats are back up by 18 points. Wow are they an explosive team!!!! Cyclones played well, didn't shoot it very well and lost by 16. Fred Hoiberg did a nice job reviving the ISU program this winter; he becomes a lot smarter if Royce White comes back to Ames in the fall.
2) Its interesting to watch games without sound; you get a real feel for how much contact these officials let go, especially in March. There are certain refs, though who love to call the charge, and so they have kids flopping like dead squirrels all game long. Terrific. Kids with less talent win because they can fall down well, and the refs reward them for it. Its not basketball.
1) After Sunday's game, we''ll be down to 16 teams and nobody will be happier than my wife on Monday morning. Been a fun three days of basketball this weekend; wonder how Norfolk State/Lehigh will do Sunday?
Seems like another winning week and have not really deviated in months. Considering basketball is my weakest sport very happy to see it happening. Do not like todays games as much as earlier this weekend but will throw out a couple.
ST. LOUIS +8
XAVIER -2 (buy pt and half)
I think there will be a few lower scoring games today but not sure I want to pull the trigger. GL
6 Straight Posted winners this weekend. So maybe that should be my six-pack for Monday.
Monday's List of 13: Wrapping up a sports weekend.........
13) North Carolina easily beat a defense-less Creighton team, but in process lost its point guard, as Kendall Marshall broke his wrist on a fall midway in the second half. He is scheduled to be operated on Monday. Hard to believe he could play next weekend. Big loss for the Tar Heels.
12) Reality set in for a Norfolk State team that celebrated a little too much after upsetting Missouri. Spartans got shredded by Florida 84-50; it was an ugly 47-19 at halftime. Missouri people must've loved seeing that.
11) The other 15-seed to win Friday was Lehigh- they led Xavier 35-20 in the first half, but ran out of gas, missed 19 of 22 treys and got beat 70-58, the first game they lost by double figures all season.
#15 seeds that pulled first round upsets are now 0-6 in second round games, 1-4-1 against the spread.
10) Saint Louis fought their hearts out against Michigan State, but you can not shoot 35.3% (7-25 from arc) and win; Billikens did Tom Izzo one big favor by beating a Memphis team that was talented enough to beat State.
9) NC State took a long time last spring when they hired a new hoop coach; from everything we read, Mark Gottfried was nowhere near their top pick for the job, but he got the job and now everyone is happy. State is in the Sweet 16 despite shooting 37% from the floor, 19-31 from the line, beating Georgetown 66-63. Henry Sims' foul trouble doomed the Hoyas.
8) Florida State's mediocre guards doomed them down the stretch, as they were outscored 13-6 over the last 1:45, and lost 62-56 to the Bearcats. Was an excellent year, disappointing end for Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles.
7) We don't seee enough MAC basketball on ESPN; teams are athletic and play a fun style. Ohio Bobcats beat South Florida 62-56, the first team in dozen games to score 60+ against the Bulls. Now Ohio plays a UNC squad that won't have a D-I quality point guard playing with Marshall out.
Ohio is first MAC team in Sweet 16 in ten years; last team was Kent State, coached by Stan Heath, the coach Ohio beat Sunday.
Quick question: what does CBS do with Clark Kellogg if Ohio makes it to the Final Four with his son on the team? No way he could broadcast their game and be anything close to impartial.
6) Indiana's last-second shot that beat Kentucky in December was shown on ESPN so much that John Calipari actually thanked them for pissing off the guys on his team. We'll see the rematch in Atlanta this week; Atlanta, by the way, is SEC country. Kentucky fans call it Cat-lanta.
5) New Mexico's loss Saturday night left the Sweet 16 without any teams in the Mountain or Pacific time zones.
4) Four of the Sweet 16 are from Ohio; Cincinnati-Ohio State play next, and Ohio U/Xavier also advanced. Big weekend for the Buckeye State.
3) Conference breakdown: 16 teams left-- four each from Big East and Big Dozen; two each from ACC, SEC and Big X. One each from MAC/A-14. Three double digit seeds made it this far. .
2) When the dust cleared after an outstanding weekend of basketball, out of 48 games, favorites were 23-23-2 against the spread; 16-15-1 in first round, 7-8-1 in second round. Outstanding entertainment.
1) Read interesting article this weekend on how Indiana coach Tom Crean decided how to tweak his program after doing prep work for being on TV during last year's tournament-- Hoosiers reduced their foul rate from #333 to #114 in country, and won a hell of a lot more games. Of course, Zeller was a big reason why, too. At the end of any day, players win games.