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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 01:08 PM
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Today's College Basketball Thread
The first round ended yesterday, and last night's games were great fun to watch, especially the last two games of the night, in which 12 seed Wisconsin beat Florida State in overtime and 9 seed Sienna beat Ohio State in double overtime.

The second round starts today with 8 games, listed below. What are your thoughts on today's games? On the tournament so far?


UCLA (6) against Villanova (3) (1:05)
UCLA held off VCU in the first round, winning by 1 point. Villanova had to come back from ten points down in the second half against American University. The winner plays the winner of Texas-Duke.

Maryland (10) against Memphis (2) (3:20)
The Terrapins upset Cal in the first round. Memphis was sluggish for most of the game against 15 seed Cal State Northfield. The Tigers were down 6 with ten minutes to go, but came back to tie and then dominated the last 5 or 6 minutes to win by 10+.

Texas A&M (9) against UConn (1) (3:35)
The Aggies beat BYU comfortably; UConn destroyed Chattanooga. The winner plays the winner of Marquette and Missouri, who play tomorrow.

Purdue (5) against Washington (4) (5:40)
Purdue was the only 5 seed to win their first round game (over Northern Iowa). Washington beat Mississippi State. The winner plays the winner of UConn and Texas A&M.

LSU (8) against North Carolina (1) (5:45)
Not sure yet whether Ty Lawson will play today for Carolina. LSU looked good in their opening round game against Butler. They are the only SEC team still in the tournament, and the last time the SEC didnt have a team in the Sweet 16 was 1989.

Michigan (10) against Oklahoma (2) (5:50)
Michigan upset Clemson (a team many people picked to go to the Sweet 16) in the first round. Oklahoma beat Morgan State comfortably, lead by Blake Griffins 28 points and 14 rebounds.

Texas (7) against Duke (2) (7:15)
Both teams were ranked in the top 10 at the start of the season, but only Duke lived up to expectations this year. Texas beat Minnesota in the first round. Duke beat Binghamton. The winner plays the winner of UCLA-Villanova.

Western Kentucky (12) against Gonzaga (5) (8:40)
Western Kentucky upset Illinois in the first round. Gonzaga beat the Akron Zips. The winner plays the winner of UNC-LSU.
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Lavender Brown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 01:15 PM
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1. Go Siena!!
:woohoo:
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 02:24 PM
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2. that was such a great game -- and Ronald Moore hitting those two three pointers
one with 3 seconds left in overtime to force the 2nd OT and the next with 3 seconds left in the 2nd OT to win the game--most impressive :bounce:

They'll have a tough row against Louisville ... but anything can happen ...
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 02:30 PM
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3. Hoping Maryland can make it competitive agaisnt Memphis
I'd love to see them upset Memphis but its probably not going to happen. Oh well, they have the distinction of being the only team to beat a PAC-10 team at the moment...
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 03:10 PM
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4. alas, that distinction is about to fall
Villanova is beating UCLA pretty handily :)

If the same Memphis team from the first half against Northridge shows up, then I think Maryland's got a good shot. If the Memphis team from the last five minutes shows up, they'll be hard to beat. But from what I've seen in a few games at the end of the season and in the ACC tournament, Maryland seems to be playing really well right now, so who knows?

Good luck! :toast:
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 03:17 PM
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5. I'm kind of shocked - Nova can run hot and cold...


sad to see UCLA so far down...


I'm thinking Memphis and Oklahoma will advance today - but those are easy predictions!
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 04:10 PM
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6. Hope you're right about Oklahoma :)
Memphis is destroying Maryland right now. I saw Bobby Knight last night on ESPN say that Memphis was the biggest winner in the first round, because they were tested and so that would shock them into playing to their potential. From the first half today, it looks like he was right ...
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 04:26 PM
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7. Memphis is a power house...
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TZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 04:30 PM
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8. sigh. It seems the "lose to Morgan State" Terps showed up today...
They don't look like the team that beat NC a few weeks ago.. :banghead:
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 07:04 PM
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14. isn't it odd how that happens?


shakes head. UNC if now about tied with LSU - who woulda thunk?
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 04:37 PM
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9. crap! It's a bit
Edited on Sat Mar-21-09 04:46 PM by tigereye
:boring: today! It's less David slays Goliath today. No giant killers.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 04:51 PM
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10. no kidding -- I hope the later games are a bit more competitive
:boring:
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 06:53 PM
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11. the Purdue- Wash and Ok games look a bit more intriguing


I just saw the latest Sports Illus. which predicts that my Pitt Panthers are going to win it all. We'll have to see, I think they better have more energy and sharpness before that is going to happen, no matter what my bracket says....



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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 06:55 PM
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12. National championship goes to . . .
George Fox!

http://www.ncaa.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/032109abb....

32-0. Suck it, Bobby Knight.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 07:03 PM
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13. Great first half between Michigan and Oklahoma
The Sooners are up one ... I hope they can get back in control in the 2nd half.
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fishwax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-21-09 09:15 PM
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15. Evening games have been pretty good
Western Kentucky is up one against Gonzaga at halftime, and Duke-Texas is still competitive as well.
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