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.