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NCAA Tournament Recap- Saturday 2nd Round Part 3

9. Northern Iowa over 1. Kansas (69-67)

  • By far the biggest upset of the tournament, and in my opinion the biggest upset since George Mason knocked off Uconn to make the Final Four.
  • Northern Iowa just hung on at the end.  They committed turnover after turnover after turnover as the Jayhawks pressure defense clamped up on the Panthers.  Then, Ali Farokhmanesh said screw it.  Up by only a point with 35 seconds left, Farokhmanesh was wide open on the right-wing beyond the 3-point line.  Instead of holding the ball, drawing a foul, and go to the line, Farokhmanesh put it all on the line as the ball left his  fingertips.  All of the Northern Iowa faithful held their collective breath as the ball hung in the air for what seemed to be an eternity.  Then, jubilation as the ball split the strings.  Northern Iowa hit the knockout blow reminiscent of Buster Douglas.
  • Game Rating- 3 3/4*

3. Baylor over 11. Old Dominion (76-68)

  • Old Dominion rallied in the 2nd half, but Baylor hung on for the win.
  • Baylor lost a 14 point lead in the first half to allow the Monarchs back into the game.  The Bears used a 8-1 run to close to put the Monarchs away.
  • LaceDarius Dunn had 26 for Baylor.  Baylor C Josh Lomers had a career-high 14, 12 in the 2nd half.
  • Game Rating- 2*

11. Washington over 3. New Mexico (82-64)

  • Washington is utilizing their talent at the correct time.  The Huskies continue to win as they pound New Mexico.
  • Washington’s speed just ran past the Lobos.  Quincy Pondexter had 18, and Matthew Bryan-Amaning had 15 points and 9 rebounds.
  • Game Rating- 3/4* 

NCAA Tournament Recap- 2nd Round Saturday Part 2

5. Butler over 13. Murray State (54-52)

  • Murray State wouldn’t go away, but it was Butler’s Ronald Nored’s three-point play with 25.4 away that raced the Racers away.
  • Butler went small in the 2nd half because Matt Howard was plagued with foul trouble.  The Bulldogs outscored Murray State 32-26 in the 2nd half.
  • Butler extends their winning streak to 22, the nation’s longest.
  • Game Rating- 3*

6. Tennessee over 14. Ohio (83-68)

  • Unlike Georgetown, Tennessee actually played defense en route to an easy victory.
  • It’s the 3rd sweet sixteen appearance for Tennesee out of the last 4 years.
  • Tennessee absolutely annihilated the Bobcats in the paint 55-12.  J.P. Prince had 18, while Scotty Hopson put in 17.
  • Game Rating- 1*

NCAA Tournament Recap- Saturday 2nd Round Part 1

10. Saint Mary’s over 2. Villanova (75-68)

  • On paper it was an upset, but after watching these two play on Thursday it really wasn’t.  It was a hard fought game, but St. Mary’s won it late to advance to the sweet 16.  The NCAA Tournament gods must have been watching, especially after the Gaels Mickie McConell banked in a desperation 3 high off the glass with 1:15 to go.  That gave St. Mary’s a 3 point lead. 
  • Villanova’s “weak” frontcourt showed.  The Gael’s F Omar Samhan dominated inside scoring 32 points and grabbing 7 boards. 
  • Villanova star Scottie Reynolds had a forgettable tournament showing.  He had just 8 points on just 9 of 11 shooting.
  • Game Rating- 3 1/4* 

NCAA Tournament Recap- Friday Evening Part 2

  • 4. Maryland over 13. Houston (89-77)
  • Maryland’s freshman forward Jordan Williams picked a good spot to have his best game as a collegian.  He stepped up huge scoring 21 points and grabbed 17 rebounds. 
  • Maryland’s star guard Greivis Vasquez did his usual shindig scoring 16 points, pulling down 7 boards and dishing 6 assists.
  • Houston’s Aubrey Coleman is the leading scorer in the nation at 26 ppg.  He was held to his average of 26 in the contest, although only 10 came in the 2nd half.  He was held without a point for an 11 minute stretch.
  • Game Rating- 2*

8. California over 9. Louisville (77-62)

  • Everyone wanted to see Rick Pitino and Coach K square off in the 2nd round one more time, but like Lee Corso says “not so fast my friend.”  Cal gave some more credibility to the Pac-10 as they cruised to a win.  The Pac-10 is 2-0 in the 1st round.
  • It really never got close, Cal led 22-4 to open the game and closed on a 15-4 run to seal it.
  • Cal’s stars Jerome Randle, Theo Robertson and Patrick Christopher each had solid outings.  Randle and Robertson each had 21, while Christopher had 17.
  • Game Rating- 1*

2. Ohio State over 15. UC Santa Barbara (68-51)

  • It wasn’t the Evan Turner show, he struggled.  It was the Jon Diebler show.  Ohio State never really got a fight, but it was Diebler and Dallas Lauderdale who had good showings.  Diebler poured in 23 hitting 7 from beyond the arc in the process.  Lauderdale was a man-child inside swatting 8 shots and snatched 12 rebounds.
  • Evan Turner was off.  He went 2/12 from the field finishing with just 9 points.
  • Game Rating- 1/2*

1. Syracuse over 16. Vermont (79-56)

  • For the Orange’s sake, T.J. Sorrentine and Taylor Coppenrath have graduated.  Vermont basketball fans will all remember the game when T.J. Sorrentine knocked one down from the parking lot in overtime to upset Syracuse in 2005.  Vermont was a 13 seed at the time, now they’re a 16.  Taylor Coppenrath has been replaced with Marqus Blakely.  Blakely was the same guy who portrayed Vince Carter with that ferocious throwdown against Boston in the America East Title Game. 
  • Anyway, with all that blabber, all I’m saying is that it’s not the same two teams squaring off.  Syracuse cruised to a win in this one, but it was a chance for Vermont fans to reflect and appreciate their 1st round accomplishment, just 5 years ago.

NCAA Tournament Recap- Friday Evening Part 1

5. Michigan State over 12. New Mexico State (70-67)

  • The Spartans led 42-29 at half, but New Mexico State started the 2nd half with an 11-2 run to get right back into the game.  The rest of the half went back and forth like a see-saw. 
  • With 18.6 left, Raymar Morgan was about to take his 2nd free-throw.  He missed, but a “questionable” lane violation was called.  Morgan drained his 2nd attempt to make it a 3-point game.  New Mexico State couldn’t hit a 3 to tie it up, therefore, coming up just short.
  • Kailin Lucas led all scorers with 25 points.
  • Game Rating 3 1/4*

10. Georgia Tech over 7. Oklahoma State (64-59)

  • It was intense, competitive and close.  In the ACC Tournament, the Yellow Jackets implemented a bold strategy, get the ball into the post and in the hands of Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors.  Georgia Tech has tried the strategy all season, but a lot of the time they got impatient and didn’t execute properly. 
  •  The Yellow Jackets defense swarmed the Big 12 Player of the Year James Anderson all night.  He had just 11 points on 3/12 shooting.
  • Game Rating- 3*

8. Gonzaga over 9. Florida State (67-60)

  • Gonzaga played great in the first half, not so great in the 2nd half.  The Zags were up 16 at intermission, and seemed to lose focus in the 2nd half.  Florida State on the other hand was the complete opposite.  The were horrid in the 1st half, and tried to make a surge, but it was simply too late.
  • The Seminoles Deividas Dulkys had 11 points in the final 5 minutes, but it wasn’t enough.
  • Game Rating- 1 3/4*

1. Duke over 16. Arkansas Pine-Bluff (73-44)

  • Well at least Arkansas Pine-Bluff chalked up its 1st ever NCAA Tournament win against Winthrop in the “play-in” game.
  • Game Rating- 1/4*

NCAA Tournament Recap- Friday Afternoon Part 3

5. Texas A+M over 12. Utah State (69-53)

  • Texas A+M looked impressive in their dominant win over Utah State. 
  • When Texas A+M guard Derrick Roland went down in a gruesome leg injury in December, the Aggies took a step back.  Freshman Khris Middleton was put into the starting lineup, and he’s been solid.  Against Utah State, Middleton scored a career high 19 points.
  • Game Rating- 3/4* 

NCAA Tournament Recap- Friday Afternoon Part 2

4. Purdue over 13. Siena (72-64)

  • This was the trendy upset pick, I mean Siena was supposed to win.  Purdue has talent even without Hummel, ever heard of E’twaun Moore, Jujuan Johnson?  Siena won their last 2 1st round tournament games, but Kenny Hasbrouk isn’t coming through the tunnell anymore.  I was flabbergasted that everyone just gave up on Purdue.  Even without Hummell, this team can make a run.
  • Jujuan Johnson dominated inside, scoring 23 points and snatching 15 rebounds.
  • Siena made a valient comeback late, but Purdue held on.
  • Game Rating- 2 1/2*

10. Missouri over 7. Clemson (86-78)

  • Poor Oliver Purnell, he still can’t get that elusive NCAA Tournament win.  He’s now 0-6.
  • Missouri’s “Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball” forced 20 Clemson turnovers, 15 of them steals.  Missouri had only 9 turnovers.
  • Game Rating- 2*

4. Wisconsin over 13. Wofford (53-49)

  • Wofford was pesky in their 1st NCAA Tournament Appearence.  Wofford was pummeled early on, but in the 2nd half, they scratched and clawed their way back into it.  The game went back and forth the last 10 minutes, but Wisconsin’s Jon Leuer hit a key shot late to give the Badgers the bucket they needed to advance.  Leuer’s two free-throws with 4.2 left sealed the win.
  • Leuer had 20, and Trevon Hughes chipped in 19.
  • Game Rating- 3*

3. Pittsburgh over 14. Oakland (89-66)

  • Pitt’s defense just overmatched Oakland’s offense.  The Grizzlies shot just 33% from the field and 4/21 from beyond the arc.
  • Oakland’s Derick Nelson took a nasty flailing elbow to the face in the first half which halted the game for several minutes.  Nelson lost a lot of blood, but did come back into the game in the 2nd half.  The elbow was incidental.
  • Game Rating- 1/2*