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WVRed
03-17-2009, 07:49 PM
Morehead State up 9-2 over Alabama State.

Chief Kickingstallionsims has to be one of the best names I have ever heard.

TeamSelig
03-17-2009, 08:07 PM
Morehead State might be my new favorite team since my other can't make it to the tourny ;)

Boston Red
03-17-2009, 08:17 PM
Go Eagles! They are looking good to be Louisville's sacrificial lamb Friday night. Glad to see them in the Dance as they are the only Kentucky team I never remember being there (I was 7 in 1984).

WVRed
03-17-2009, 09:09 PM
Morehead State up by 10 with 8:30 to go.

dabvu2498
03-18-2009, 12:07 AM
I was there. Brutal game. Tindall won't be at Morehead long. He knows what he is doing. Lots of folks up from Morehead. Over 11k in the house. Opening round record. Dayton is the perfect place for that game.

VR
03-18-2009, 12:26 AM
Spoke to Keith Dambrot today for about 10 minutes today....very down to earth guy.
He's also very, very realistic about their chances of winning Thursday.

cumberlandreds
03-18-2009, 10:22 AM
I was there. Brutal game. Tindall won't be at Morehead long. He knows what he is doing. Lots of folks up from Morehead. Over 11k in the house. Opening round record. Dayton is the perfect place for that game.

Dayton has always supported that game well. ESPN focused in on Tindalls daughter during the last part of the game. Very cute little girl having the time of her life sitting on the bench with daddys team. You won't see that at a big time program. I thought it was hilarious when they showed her pulling out a rice krispies bar to snack on. Looked like the players didn't mind her being there either. One of them was carrying her off the flooor at the end of the game.

macro
03-19-2009, 09:16 AM
I've got ESPN2 on right now, and for the fourth morning in a row, Mike and Mike have sat and rambled on and on and on about their brackets. I can't believe they have made this their main talking point every day this week. Change the subject already!

Chip R
03-19-2009, 09:36 AM
I've got ESPN2 on right now, and for the fourth morning in a row, Mike and Mike have sat and rambled on and on and on about their brackets. I can't believe they have made this their main talking point every day this week. Change the subject already!


Yeah, they should talk about something different like the NFL because they never talk about that.

Cyclone792
03-19-2009, 10:01 AM
Here's to cutting out of work at 12:30pm this afternoon and watching hoops all day!

:beerme:

BRM
03-19-2009, 10:04 AM
Here's to cutting out of work at 12:30pm this afternoon and watching hoops all day!

:beerme:

That has been my schedule for the opening round games every year for quite some time. Can't do it today though and that SUCKS.

DTCromer
03-19-2009, 10:24 AM
Do I have some kind of problem that I've taken off the first Friday of every NCAA tournament since I was 16?

BRM
03-19-2009, 10:25 AM
Do I have some kind of problem that I've taken off the first Friday of every NCAA tournament since I was 16?

Yes, because you should be taking off every Thursday as well.

Reds Fanatic
03-19-2009, 10:36 AM
I have been taking off days for the first round for years. I am going to have to miss more of the tournament this year than I ever have because I have to travel for work next week which means I have to miss the whole sweet sixteen round but at least I will see the start of the tournament.

DTCromer
03-19-2009, 10:37 AM
Yes, because you should be taking off every Thursday as well.

:roll:

BRM
03-19-2009, 10:40 AM
I have been taking off days for the first round for years. I am going to have to miss more of the tournament this year than I ever have because I have to travel for work next week which means I have to miss the whole sweet sixteen round but at least I will see the start of the tournament.

I've taken Thursday and Friday off at the start of the tourney every year until now. I'm going to miss all of Saturday's games as well. I'll still get to watch tonight and tomorrow night but it blows that I'm missing so much of it these first few days.

Heath
03-19-2009, 10:50 AM
most wonderful time of the year, baby....

(Andy Williams, excluded)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFtb3EtjEic

Heath
03-19-2009, 10:52 AM
Spoke to Keith Dambrot today for about 10 minutes today....very down to earth guy.
He's also very, very realistic about their chances of winning Thursday.

This Akron "alum" is looking forward to the time if the Zips can Zap the Zags.

Dayton's got issues with West Virginia, but should be a good game.

DTCromer
03-19-2009, 11:17 AM
This Akron "alum" is looking forward to the time if the Zips can Zap the Zags.

Dayton's got issues with West Virginia, but should be a good game.


WVU better win, I got them in the Elite 8.

Chip R
03-19-2009, 11:45 AM
What's the link to watch the games online?

BRM
03-19-2009, 11:48 AM
Here's the link.

http://mmod.ncaa.com/

Chip R
03-19-2009, 11:51 AM
Gracias.

Reds Fanatic
03-19-2009, 01:20 PM
Cal State Northridge is only down 3 to Memphis at the half. Memphis has had several players in foul trouble in the first half.

Razor Shines
03-19-2009, 01:40 PM
Here's to cutting out of work at 12:30pm this afternoon and watching hoops all day!

:beerme:

Well not quite there but here's to watching the games on ncaa.com and while you're supposed to be working. :beerme:

BRM
03-19-2009, 01:44 PM
Well not quite there but here's to watching the games on ncaa.com and while you're supposed to be working. :beerme:

Today is one of those days where I really hate working in a government facility. The On Demand site is blocked.

Razor Shines
03-19-2009, 01:46 PM
I'm contracted by DHS, but it's not blocked for us.

IslandRed
03-19-2009, 01:49 PM
These are the two best days of the year to have a home office.

BRM
03-19-2009, 01:50 PM
These are the two best days of the year to have a home office.

I typically take these days off but I just couldn't this year. CS Northridge is still giving Memphis all they can handle at the moment.

Reds Fanatic
03-19-2009, 01:53 PM
Cal State Northridge still looking good up one on Memphis with just under 14 minutes left.

BRM
03-19-2009, 01:54 PM
Cal State Northridge still looking good up one on Memphis with just under 14 minutes left.

Talk about bracket busting if Northridge were able to pull that upset.

Razor Shines
03-19-2009, 01:55 PM
Talk about bracket busting if Northridge were able to pull that upset.

No kidding. I have them in the final four. But I also have Butler in the final four. After years of picking what I thought was going to happen, this year I went mostly on what I wanted to happen.

schmidty622
03-19-2009, 01:57 PM
Northridge lets go!!! Bust my friends brackets!!! Wooo

BRM
03-19-2009, 01:58 PM
No kidding. I have them in the final four. But I also have Butler in the final four. After years of picking what I thought was going to happen, this year I went mostly on what I wanted to happen.

:laugh: Interesting way to do it. I should start going that route since my picks are always furgled up after the first weekend.

schmidty622
03-19-2009, 02:00 PM
Butler and AM are killing me.

Razor Shines
03-19-2009, 02:01 PM
I don't mean to pour salt into open wounds (BRM) but the mmod site is so much better than it was the last time I used it. Really nice picture and haven't had any freezing at all.

WVRed
03-19-2009, 02:02 PM
I don't even think I picked Texas A&M to beat BYU.

BRM
03-19-2009, 02:04 PM
I don't mean to pour salt into open wounds (BRM) but the mmod site is so much better than it was the last time I used it. Really nice picture and haven't had any freezing at all.

You sir are a cruel, cruel man...

A&M is laying the smack down on BYU.

Reds Fanatic
03-19-2009, 02:07 PM
Northridge now up 6 with 10 minutes left against Memphis. They are not intimidated at all playing Memphis and the crowd in Kansas City is really into the possible upset.

BRM
03-19-2009, 02:08 PM
Northridge now up 6 with 10 minutes left against Memphis. They are not intimidated at all playing Memphis and the crowd in Kansas City is really into the possible upset.

I should be at home right now with a cold beer watching this potential upset. :(

Razor Shines
03-19-2009, 02:18 PM
Butler down 5 now, not looking good.

BRM
03-19-2009, 02:22 PM
Butler down 5 now, not looking good.

I was hoping the Bulldogs would win that one. Memphis appears to have gotten their act together a bit at the moment. So you've got that going for you.

Reds Fanatic
03-19-2009, 02:25 PM
Northridge just went ice cold shooting in the last 10 minutes and Memphis is going to win that one.

Razor Shines
03-19-2009, 02:25 PM
I was hoping the Bulldogs would win that one. Memphis appears to have gotten their act together a bit at the moment. So you've got that going for you.

Yeah, but I was really wanting Butler to do well this year. But this one looks like it's over.

BRM
03-19-2009, 02:27 PM
Yeah, but I was really wanting Butler to do well this year. But this one looks like it's over.

Same here. I like Butler. Then again, I root for all the Indiana schools...except for the Boilermakers of course.

Razor Shines
03-19-2009, 02:28 PM
Same here. I like Butler. Then again, I root for all the Indiana schools...except for the Boilermakers of course.

Haha. Yeah generally I don't root for them, but this year since IU was so bad I'd like to seen even Purdue do well.

BRM
03-19-2009, 02:29 PM
Haha. Yeah generally I don't root for them, but this year since IU was so bad I'd like to seen even Purdue do well.

Blasphemy.

*BaseClogger*
03-19-2009, 02:31 PM
Well guys, I'm 3 for 3... :cool:

BRM
03-19-2009, 02:35 PM
Razor's Boilermakers are on now. He's probably a Kentucky fan now too...

AccordinglyReds
03-19-2009, 02:55 PM
Gahh! Too bad CS Northridge couldn't win.....:(

California-Maryland to come on soon.....Go Golden Bears!!! :)

My tickets came in for the Indianapolis Regional :crosses fingers that Louisville makes it:

Razor Shines
03-19-2009, 03:00 PM
Razor's Boilermakers are on now. He's probably a Kentucky fan now too...

Hey, let's not get crazy. :D

BRM
03-19-2009, 03:09 PM
Hey, let's not get crazy. :D

Here's to hoping our beloved Hoosiers are back in the Dance next season.
:beerme:

BRM
03-19-2009, 03:19 PM
Razor's Boilers have a 12 point lead at the half.

Chip R
03-19-2009, 03:29 PM
Razor's Boilers have a 12 point lead at the half.


:(:all_cohol:explode:

BRM
03-19-2009, 03:31 PM
Did you pick against them Chip?

Hoosier Red
03-19-2009, 03:37 PM
Did you pick against them Chip?

Nah I think he went to No Iowa though. So he's on our side today.

BRM
03-19-2009, 03:38 PM
Nah I think he went to No Iowa though. So he's on our side today.

Gotcha.

Chip R
03-19-2009, 03:52 PM
Nah I think he went to No Iowa though. So he's on our side today.


Indeed.

BRM
03-19-2009, 04:33 PM
Razor's Boilers held on to beat Northern Iowa.

Connecticut and North Carolina are rolling as expected. Maryland/Cal has been a good one.

Heath
03-19-2009, 05:23 PM
The School That Gave Chippers A Degree done well.

The School That Would Have Given Me A Degree plays the Zags at 7:25. Let's go Zippers.

Cyclone792
03-19-2009, 05:38 PM
I don't mean to pour salt into open wounds (BRM) but the mmod site is so much better than it was the last time I used it. Really nice picture and haven't had any freezing at all.

Yea I'm checking out their new HQ features now on the Washington/Mississippi State game since CBS always drops coverage during the 5pm game, and the picture looks really sharp. It's much better than previous years, and I haven't had any buffering issues either.

Reds Fanatic
03-19-2009, 05:42 PM
Yea I'm checking out their new HQ features now on the Washington/Mississippi State game since CBS always drops coverage during the 5pm game, and the picture looks really sharp. It's much better than previous years, and I haven't had any buffering issues either.

The 5PM game is also on the CBS College Sports network if you get that.

Reds Fanatic
03-19-2009, 08:11 PM
American is up 10 on Villanova at the half. Good games going on in all 4 regions right now.

Reds Fanatic
03-19-2009, 08:31 PM
American is now up 14 on Villanova early 2nd half and Akron leads Gonzaga by 3 at halftime.

Reds Fanatic
03-19-2009, 09:19 PM
Michigan was up 16 on Clemson earlier this half and now have not hit a shot in over 5 minutes and the lead is down to 3 with about a minute left.

WVRed
03-19-2009, 09:21 PM
American is now up 14 on Villanova early 2nd half and Akron leads Gonzaga by 3 at halftime.

Villanova leapfrogged American and is now in front.

Cyclone792
03-19-2009, 11:49 PM
CBS coverage is starting to get really annoying. We had the Western Kentucky/Illinois game on, and it goes to a media timeout. After the media timeout, CBS decides to go to UCLA/VCU ... and 30 seconds later that game goes to a media timeout.

It's just nonstop commercials now, and all CBS is doing is bouncing back-and-forth between games to feed even more commercials over.

NorrisHopper30
03-20-2009, 12:43 AM
15 of 16!!! BYU was my only wrong pick.

*BaseClogger*
03-20-2009, 01:59 AM
15 of 16!!! BYU was my only wrong pick.

Ugh, Michigan... :bang:

WMR
03-20-2009, 04:56 AM
Haha. Yeah generally I don't root for them, but this year since IU was so bad I'd like to seen even Purdue do well.

LOL typical from a Dook fan.

TeamSelig
03-20-2009, 08:04 AM
I'm 14 of 16. I missed BYU too. Mainly because they were hyped so much (even as far as beating UConn)... I also went with VCU upsetting UCLA, but missed out by 2 pts.

BRM
03-20-2009, 09:05 AM
LOL typical from a Dook fan.

Dude likes Purdue and Dook? Is he even allowed to set foot in Bloomington anymore?

forfreelin04
03-20-2009, 09:29 AM
I somehow managed 16 out of 16 in the Redszone league.

BYU hasn't won a tourney game since like 94 so that was a gimme. VCU was the obvious Cinderella this year and were picked during the seedings to beat UCLA. That never works out. Close game though. Purnell and Tubby are prone to upsets.

Watch me go 8 for 16 today!

WVRed
03-20-2009, 10:07 AM
11 of 16 for me. VCU, BYU, Clemson, Butler, and the Fighting Tubbies all let me down.

At least I am tied with Barack Obama.:)

Cyclone792
03-20-2009, 10:12 AM
13 out of 16, but still in very good shape since all my Sweet 16 teams are still alive.

cumberlandreds
03-20-2009, 10:27 AM
13 out of 16, but still in very good shape since all my Sweet 16 teams are still alive.

Same with me. I heard yesterday that Oliver Purnell hasn't won an NCAA game while at Clemson? If that's true then I made a bad pick on that one.
I missed on VCU and Butler for the other two.

BRM
03-20-2009, 12:04 PM
Just so you know, Dabvu is in Dayton as we speak. I'm sure he's there cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers. ;)

Razor Shines
03-20-2009, 12:30 PM
LOL typical from a Dook fan.

You gonna use a Duke avatar if they win it, ****** nozzle?

Razor Shines
03-20-2009, 12:37 PM
Dude likes Purdue and Dook? Is he even allowed to set foot in Bloomington anymore?

I never said I like Purdue, I enjoy watching Hummel play. I've got another horrible confession to make, I also enjoy watching Jodie Meeks. :eek:

DTCromer
03-20-2009, 12:44 PM
So I picked SFAU as an upset pick in the thread in the Tavern, but it's a good thing I picked Syracuse in every one of my brackets.:)

BRM
03-20-2009, 12:48 PM
I never said I like Purdue, I enjoy watching Hummel play. I've got another horrible confession to make, I also enjoy watching Jodie Meeks. :eek:

You admitted to rooting for the Boilers....traitor.

Enjoying watching a particular player is a far cry from rooting for said player's team. Jodie Meeks is a special talent. Who doesn't enjoy watching him? I still root against his team when he plays. Same for Hummel.

BRM
03-20-2009, 01:21 PM
WMR and Dab's second favorite team is down 4 at the half to Oklahoma State.

cumberlandreds
03-20-2009, 01:21 PM
So I picked SFAU as an upset pick in the thread in the Tavern, but it's a good thing I picked Syracuse in every one of my brackets.:)

Yea that looks bad for me too. I did in my brackets too. Oh well.:oops:

Reds Fanatic
03-20-2009, 02:08 PM
3 really good games going on right now Marquette-Utah St, Kansas-North Dakota State, and Tennesse-Oklahoma State area all close games in the 2nd half.

WMR
03-20-2009, 02:09 PM
You gonna use a Duke avatar if they win it, ****** nozzle?

:laugh:

WMR
03-20-2009, 02:12 PM
WMR and Dab's second favorite team is down 4 at the half to Oklahoma State.

It feels slightly icky but I actually am pulling for UT today. The SEC has been so maligned this year, gotta pull for the conference.

BRM
03-20-2009, 02:34 PM
Oklahoma State beats the Vols 77-75. Kansas and Syracuse both win fairly easily. Marquette and Utah State are in a tight one.

WMR
03-20-2009, 02:35 PM
What a heartbreaker for Tennessee.

BRM
03-20-2009, 02:36 PM
It feels slightly icky but I actually am pulling for UT today. The SEC has been so maligned this year, gotta pull for the conference.

Were you signing Rocky Top during the game?

WVRed
03-20-2009, 02:37 PM
It feels slightly icky but I actually am pulling for UT today. The SEC has been so maligned this year, gotta pull for the conference.

Sorry, couldn't do it. 1. Can't stand the Vols and 2. Travis.

I will pull for LSU though.:)

dabvu2498
03-20-2009, 03:03 PM
Just so you know, Dabvu is in Dayton as we speak. I'm sure he's there cheering on the Tennessee Volunteers. ;) Posting from section 305 as we speak! Go ETSU! Pittspuke fans drive me nuts.

BRM
03-20-2009, 03:12 PM
Posting from section 305 as we speak! Go ETSU! Pittspuke fans drive me nuts.

You hate Pitt but love Jamie Dixon. You must be so torn.

Matt700wlw
03-20-2009, 03:31 PM
Dayton up over WV 21-15 - just over 7 mins left in the first

WVRed
03-20-2009, 03:33 PM
Dayton up over WV 21-15 - just over 7 mins left in the first

Unfortunately, I have WVU going to the Elite Eight. After watching Kansas earlier, I think WVU could pull it off but it's not looking very promising right now.

Boston Red
03-20-2009, 03:42 PM
The one time a year I can cheer for the Flyers!

Matt700wlw
03-20-2009, 03:48 PM
Unfortunately, I have WVU going to the Elite Eight. After watching Kansas earlier, I think WVU could pull it off but it's not looking very promising right now.

I left my bracket at home, it's bugging me - I guess I'll be playing catchup when I get home :)

I think I have WV winning this game, but Kansas winning the next one...

Reds Fanatic
03-20-2009, 03:57 PM
Dayton with a good first half is up 33-28 at halftime and Pittsburgh is only up 1 point at the half.

Reds Fanatic
03-20-2009, 04:02 PM
Correction Pittsburgh is up 3 at the half. I guess they reversed the East Tennessee State shot at the end of the half. Pittsburgh has 13 turnovers in the first half.

dabvu2498
03-20-2009, 04:07 PM
Pitt looks bad. Unfocused. That tech on Blair was crap. However, Go Buccs!

Matt700wlw
03-20-2009, 04:19 PM
I love March!

Matt700wlw
03-20-2009, 04:38 PM
PITT - 40

ETSU - 40

12:19 to go...

Boston Red
03-20-2009, 05:13 PM
The Atlantic 10 owns Bob Huggins.

WVRed
03-20-2009, 05:14 PM
Dayton is taking it to West Virginia, and I mean that literally.

The players are slashing through the lanes right at the Mountaineer defense.

With Pitt and Marquette having problems and WVU about to lose, I'm starting to question whether the Big East is overrated.

Boston Red
03-20-2009, 05:16 PM
The Big East will still be 6-1 after the first round. Not bad.

Reds Fanatic
03-20-2009, 05:24 PM
Great game by Dayton as they advance to face Kansas on Sunday.

WVRed
03-20-2009, 05:33 PM
The Big East will still be 6-1 after the first round. Not bad.

On paper, it looks great.

Until you consider Marquette, and Villanova could have easily lost (I know Nova won by 13 but American led most of the game). Syracuse and UConn both looked dominant and Pitt had a tough time with ETSU. Louisville "should" have no problem with Morehead State but I don't think this is the same Eagles team from earlier in the year.

dabvu2498
03-20-2009, 05:55 PM
Murray Bartow is one hell of a coach. That team shouldn't have been within 20 points of Pitt. That's what the execution of a game plan should look like. Those kids should be proud as hell of that 10 point loss.

Reds Fanatic
03-20-2009, 08:03 PM
Another number 1 seed in a close game tonight. Louisville with just a 2 point lead at the half over Morehead State.

Boston Red
03-20-2009, 08:33 PM
Pitino's halftime speech was apparently effective.

bucksfan2
03-20-2009, 08:53 PM
Great game by Dayton as they advance to face Kansas on Sunday.

I can't believe that was their first win in the NCAA tournament since 90. I had WVU going to the elite eight so shucks. I guess Huggins has reverted to NCAA form :p:

WMR
03-20-2009, 08:58 PM
That WVU loss screwed my bracket pretty soundly. haha

Boston Red
03-20-2009, 09:28 PM
Xavier cruises to round 2.

WVRed
03-20-2009, 10:37 PM
Another number 1 seed in a close game tonight. Louisville with just a 2 point lead at the half over Morehead State.

Just reinforces my point about the Big East possibly being overrated, although Louisville did win by 20.

Here is my question. I live in West Virginia and obviously I hear a lot about WVU making the NCAA and Kentucky being in the NIT. Which is more humiliating, not making the tournament or making the tournament and being a fairly high seed and getting upset in the first round?

Oh, and just a hunch, but I have a feeling Tindall will not be at Morehead St. very long.

Boston Red
03-20-2009, 10:50 PM
Not making the Tournament by far. Losing as a 6 vs. an 11 isn't that big a deal really (other than being disappointing obviously).

Boston Red
03-20-2009, 11:12 PM
Siena/Ohio State has been a pretty awful game. It had potential, but neither team seems to be playing well at all (at least yet).

Reds Fanatic
03-21-2009, 12:24 AM
A tough double OT loss for the Buckeyes.

AccordinglyReds
03-21-2009, 12:34 AM
So happy Arizona won! :)

I've been a fan since 1996 (9 years old), but they have never played close to home when I've been able to travel. I have tickets to Indy...and I'm a Louisville fan by birth. Gahh that would be surreal if it works out that they meet in Sweet 16. I'd have to go for UofL....but I just hope they win their next games, at the least. :)

dabvu2498
03-21-2009, 12:37 AM
An interesting day of basketball. Siena is better than I thought.

KronoRed
03-21-2009, 12:40 AM
26-6 after 1 round, and no sweet 16 teams lost, this is my best start ever..now comes the inevitable collapse :D

LawFive
03-21-2009, 01:03 AM
24-8 here, but luckily I only had two of my incorrect guesses (Wake and Fla St) winning again, and only one more game each...damage control!

"Upsets" (by seeding) picked correctly: Siena, Arizona, Dayton, A&M, WKU
Upsets I picked, but didn't happen: Utah St, Tennessee, Butler.

cincrazy
03-21-2009, 01:17 AM
OSU just isn't a very good team. How they managed a respectable record in the Big 10 and an 8 seed is beyond me. I love the school, I'm a Buckeye through and through, but it was painfully obvious that this team just didn't have it. The point guard play is absolutely atrocious, they turn the ball over a ton, and they get killed on the boards. If I were an unbiased fan I would have picked them to lose to Siena, but of course I'm not :). What an ugly game though. Louisville will destroy Siena.

cincrazy
03-21-2009, 01:19 AM
26-6 after 1 round, and no sweet 16 teams lost, this is my best start ever..now comes the inevitable collapse :D

I'm 26-6, but I had West Virginia in the Elite 8, so that one hurt.

Danny Serafini
03-21-2009, 01:39 AM
As a Buckeye fan, that was a very frustrating game. Siena played like crap. Fortunately for them, Ohio State played slightly crappier. That game symbolized an entire season of brutal-to-watch Big 10 basketball.

Javy Pornstache
03-21-2009, 02:05 AM
30-2 after the first round for me, only missed Dayton-WVU and, stupidly, I picked Wayne Chism and his yamulke over Oklahoma State. Had neither WVU or UT making it past the second round, so this worked about as well as possible. I have a few crazy picks in the second round, so I'm sure my streak will come crashing down tomorrow.

joshnky
03-21-2009, 08:16 AM
The path to the Final Four just got a lot easier for Louisville. They shouldn't be seriously challenged until the Elite Eight and neither MSU or Kansas are all that frightening.

BoxingRed
03-21-2009, 09:18 AM
The path to the Final Four just got a lot easier for Louisville. They shouldn't be seriously challenged until the Elite Eight and neither MSU or Kansas are all that frightening.

I am just glad the OSU lost. That way we don't have to read posts about how they would have beaten Louisville if they hadn't played 2 OTs. :) (That's a slap at ESPN more than OSU fans)

cincrazy
03-21-2009, 09:30 AM
I am just glad the OSU lost. That way we don't have to read posts about how they would have beaten Louisville if they hadn't played 2 OTs. :) (That's a slap at ESPN more than OSU fans)

I was almost relieved that we lost to Siena, I can tell you that much. Louisville was a horrible matchup for us, and would they would have run us off the court.

Blimpie
03-21-2009, 10:34 AM
Well, my bracket just suffered its first real casualty. I had FSU beating Pittsburgh and making it to the Elite 8.

Ended up going 24-8 in the first round...How did that compare to some of you folks?

Blimpie
03-21-2009, 10:36 AM
The path to the Final Four just got a lot easier for Louisville. They shouldn't be seriously challenged until the Elite Eight and neither MSU or Kansas are all that frightening.Yep. I had Wake beating Arizona--then losing to Louisville. So much for that.

I still think that Louisville might be in trouble if/when they face the Spartans.

Revering4Blue
03-21-2009, 10:45 AM
The Big Ten teams are doing about as well as can be expected. On the other hand, the "mighty" ACC--0-2 head-to-head against the Big 10 in NCAA play-- is proving to be as overrated as the Pac-10 is underrated.

DTCromer
03-21-2009, 10:48 AM
As a Buckeye fan, that was a very frustrating game. Siena played like crap. Fortunately for them, Ohio State played slightly crappier. That game symbolized an entire season of brutal-to-watch Big 10 basketball.

Wisconsin is the worst team in the nation to watch. Illinois is close behind. I don't know how either of their teams managed to get through the season.

Revering4Blue
03-21-2009, 10:52 AM
SI.com caught up with Seth Davis, who's serving as a CBS studio analyst during the tournament, to get his impressions of Friday's first-round action.

SI.com: What happened to Wake Forest today? A lot of bracket's probably busted on that one.

Seth Davis: Those of us who selected them, I think we were anticipating them being something they haven't been for the past six weeks -- it wasn't even a game. Cleveland State is not a good three-point shooting team, they came in averaging five made threes a game and had that in the first five minutes of today's game. Someone's going to have to let me know when Jeff Teague gets to the arena -- he's really not ready for the NBA . If there's one upside for Wake today, it's the realization that none of those guys are ready for the NBA -- they played a good team, a veteran team, and team that's used to playing with its season on the line -- Wake has never been in that situation this season. Cleveland State came out with maturity and edge and took it right from the tip-off .

SI.com: How far can Cleveland State go?

SD: They will play Arizona -- that's a tough matchup. Arizona looked pretty good today I thought. But, if Cleveland State makes shots, they can beat anybody. That's one thing I noticed when they were up against Butler in the Horizon league championship game, is they shot outside and three-pointers, and tonight they shot almost 50 percent from the floor and 40 percent from three, while Cedric Jackson was 3 of 4 from the three. If they make shots, they can beat anyone.

SI.com: What about other Cinderella candidates, like Siena?

SD: Their game was unbelievable -- it was a perfect way to end the first round -- I think it was a great first round. Upsets can be a two-sided coin. A lot of times they don't do that well in the next round and they're not that compelling, but I think these games will be. For Siena, Ronald Moore was zero for three until he hit those two threes -- the first to send into the second OT and to win the game in the second OT. It's got to be very hard for Ohio State, who was ahead the whole game but couldn't put it away.

SI.com: What games are you looking forward to in the next round?

SD: I like Villanova-UCLA, I think that's a great game. There's a lot of good guards on the court, evenly matched teams and it's in Philly so you have to like Villanova. USC- Michigan State is a good contest ... USC's playing really well and Taj Gibson was 10 for 10 tonight. They're playing good defense -- Tim Floyd's a great defensive coach. They held Tyrese Rice to nine points. The only problem is they only play six guys ... DeMar DeRozen, Dwight Lewis and Daniel Hackett played 40 minutes and Taj Gibson played 36 -- between those four players they played all but four minutes. Michigan State has to get to the bench through fatigue or foul trouble, which the Spartans can do.

SI.com: What happened to Pitt? That was almost a huge bracket buster.

SD: I'm sure a lot of people were worried, I picked them -- I'm all about my bracket too. But they were so rattled. They don't like pressure -- they did lose at Louisville and besides Levance Fields, they don't have a really confident ball-handler. I don't know when that will get to them -- maybe against Louisville if they get that far, but if you think about Pitt in the last two weeks they lost to West Virginia in the Big East tournament and they didn't push out until the last two minutes today. They got killed on the boards today and turned it over a lot. Pitt is third in the country in rebounding and gave up 19 offensive rebounds and committed 18 turnovers. ETSU is a 72 percent foul shooting team and today they shot 50 percent from the line. If they shot their standard percentage, they would have won the game. At some point I feel like it's going to happen soon -- a 16's going to beat a one ... you saw that and Louisville was close and these teams can play.

SI.com: Who's your MVP of the day?

SD: I'd have to go with Ronald Moore because of those two shots, maybe because that's the most fresh in my mind. Even though they lost, Ben Woodside was also a lot of fun to watch, with 37 points for North Dakota State.




http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/writers/seth_davis/03/21/friday.qa/index.html


I have to agree with Seth Davis about Wake Forest. It most likely won't happen, but I'd like to see at least two of the three potential Lottery/First Round picks return to school. They could be scary good. From my perspective, It would be nice to have a team not wearing Blue dominate the Conference.

DTCromer
03-21-2009, 10:53 AM
The Big Ten teams are doing about as well as can be expected. On the other hand, the "mighty" ACC--0-2 head-to-head against the Big 10 in NCAA play-- is proving to be as overrated as the Pac-10 is underrated.

What's the record of ACC teams vs Big 10 teams again?

And the Pac-10 beats up on Boston College, Utah, Mississippi State, VCU, and Temple and they're underrated?

I'm still wondering how Utah got a 5 seed in this tournament.

Revering4Blue
03-21-2009, 11:08 AM
What's the record of ACC teams vs Big 10 teams again?

Why count the ridiculous ACC/Big Ten challenge, which is predicated by pre-season polls and really means nothing? The NCAA tourney is the ultimate report card and the ACC is underachieving. Spin it any way you wish to.


And the Pac-10 beats up on Boston College, Utah, Mississippi State, VCU, and Temple and they're underrated?


Most pundits picked most, if not all of the Pac-10 teams to lose in the first round.


I'm still wondering how Utah got a 5 seed in this tournament.

You are not the only one.

cincrazy
03-21-2009, 11:22 AM
Anyone else have Arizona in the Sweet 16? I'm starting to feel pretty good about that pick.

Matt700wlw
03-21-2009, 11:40 AM
Sleep Forest probably screwed some people... I had them winning last night, but losing tomorrow, so not a major blow to me.

Boston Red
03-21-2009, 11:56 AM
I think it's funny how a lot of pundits (like Seth Davis) are talking about Ohio State/Siena like it was some huge upset. It was an 8/9 game, and Ohio State was a two-point favorite. This was not exactly Hampton over Iowa State.

Hoosier Red
03-21-2009, 12:02 PM
I picked the Cleveland State/Wake game, but missed a ton. I only got 21 right.

Matt700wlw
03-21-2009, 12:06 PM
I picked the Cleveland State/Wake game

Good call!

Falls City Beer
03-21-2009, 12:11 PM
I'm taking Maryland over Memphis today.

Hoosier Red
03-21-2009, 12:22 PM
Good call!

I did it mainly to annoy my brother. (He's a Wake grad)

11 bad calls though?

TeamSelig
03-21-2009, 12:38 PM
I have Memphis just making it to the sweet 16 so a loss wouldn't hurt me much, as long as Mizzo & UConn end up meeting.

As bad as Pitt played, I could see them losing their next game to Oklahoma St which would completely destroy my bracket.

I've done pretty good though, tied for first in the Redszone bracket. 26/32. A few next round misses with WVU, FSU, and Wake.

TeamSelig
03-21-2009, 01:27 PM
Nova up 20-9 on UCLA :)

OnBaseMachine
03-21-2009, 01:30 PM
I picked Villanova. They should win this game easily - they are playing in their home city, plus with a 1:00 start it feels like 10:00 AM to UCLA players.

Boston Red
03-21-2009, 01:37 PM
Nova getting to play essentially a home game as a three seed is BS.

TeamSelig
03-21-2009, 01:45 PM
I think it is mostly that they are just the better team. Nova is looking really good. I could see them beating Duke.

joshnky
03-21-2009, 02:26 PM
I think it is mostly that they are just the better team. Nova is looking really good. I could see them beating Duke.

True. They are significantly better defensively than UCLA and that shows. It is ridiculous that they get to play in Philly but this is what the pod system does for the top four seeds in each region. Its not any different than UNC getting to stay in North Carolina for the first four rounds last year.

15fan
03-21-2009, 02:56 PM
I did it mainly to annoy my brother. (He's a Wake grad)


As a Wake grad, he should have seen this one coming.

2001: Wake laid an egg in the ACC tourney quarterfinals against Maryland in the Georgia Dome. In round 1 of the NCAAs, the subsequently got pasted by Horizon League champ Butler.

Fast Forward 8 years.

2009: Wake laid an egg in the ACC tourney quarterfinals against Maryland in the Georgia Dome. The NCAA committee rewarded them by pitting them against...the Horizon League champ Cleveland State in round 1.

(Danger Will Robinson! Danger!)

If they played the Final Four between MLK Day and Groundhog Day, Wake would be in it every 2 to 3 years. But they have to play all of the meaningful games in the month of March. And like clockwork, that's when Wake most likely plays basketball like President Obama bowls. ;)

TeamSelig
03-21-2009, 03:07 PM
Wow, Nova is awesome. I love their intensity. Is this just UCLA playing like crap or is this how Nova always plays? I really haven't got to watch them at all this year.

cincrazy
03-21-2009, 04:21 PM
Wow, Nova is awesome. I love their intensity. Is this just UCLA playing like crap or is this how Nova always plays? I really haven't got to watch them at all this year.

Nova normally plays like this, but they're not immune to laying an egg, they almost lost to American on Thursday, trailing by 14 at one point.

But I have Nova in the Final 4. I think they beat Pitt (which they've already done once this season) and then fall to Carolina.

reds1869
03-21-2009, 04:40 PM
Nova getting to play essentially a home game as a three seed is BS.

No more so than 8 seed Ohio State playing in Dayton! Funny how that worked out for the Buckeyes, though.

dabvu2498
03-21-2009, 06:55 PM
I'm taking Maryland over Memphis today. Good one! Want to pick my lotto numbers tonight?

jmac
03-21-2009, 07:16 PM
Good one! Want to pick my lotto numbers tonight?
In FCB's defense...I heard some guys on the network make the same call.

Reds Fanatic
03-21-2009, 10:26 PM
2 fantastic games going on now. Gonzaga up 2 on Western Kentucky with 24 seconds left and Duke and Texas are tied with about a minute and half left.

Reds Fanatic
03-21-2009, 10:27 PM
Gonzaga beats Western Kentucky on a shot with 1 second left. What a great game.

jmac
03-21-2009, 10:39 PM
Tough loss For WKU ! It was a great game. Lately in the tournament, I've wondered how these guys lose during the season.

Revering4Blue
03-22-2009, 10:06 AM
Maryland point guard Greivis Vasquez declared prior to playing No. 2 seed Memphis that it would have a losing conference record if it played in the ACC

:lol:

Conference USA isn't exactly murderers row, but this is a ridiculous comment.

http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/jherwitt/2009/03/21/Day_3_NCAA_tournament_analysis

Revering4Blue
03-22-2009, 10:32 AM
Good news for Marquette.


For the first time in a month, the Marquette Golden Eagles will be at full strength on Sunday. Late on Saturday night, Marquette guard Dominic James was cleared to play. James has been out for a month since breaking a bone in his foot on February 25th.

http://http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news;_ylt=Agl9afRBMp74LZef3wQBJKM5nYcB?slug=rivals-285136&prov=rivals&type=lgns

Cyclone792
03-22-2009, 10:37 AM
Wow that's huge for Marquette, and I'm glad to see it. I always liked watching James play, and it's good to see he's got at least one more game to play before graduating now.

Plus, I'm feeling even better on my Marquette over Missouri pick. ;)

Blimpie
03-22-2009, 11:05 AM
Wow that's huge for Marquette, and I'm glad to see it. I always liked watching James play, and it's good to see he's got at least one more game to play before graduating now.

Plus, I'm feeling even better on my Marquette over Missouri pick. ;)I also picked Marquette to advance today, so I hope that you are right. At minimum, he will give them a huge emotional lift. I am a little worried about conditioning when a player has been off that long.

As well as Ty Lawson played yesterday for UNC (after only missing three games), he looked completely gassed at times.

DTCromer
03-22-2009, 11:06 AM
It's just a smokescreen.

Mizzou still wins.

WVRed
03-22-2009, 12:20 PM
:lol:

Conference USA isn't exactly murderers row, but this is a ridiculous comment.

http://community.foxsports.com/blogs/jherwitt/2009/03/21/Day_3_NCAA_tournament_analysis

ACC no. Big East maybe slightly above .500. That is this years team anyways.

Last years and next years in all likelihood, that would be even more ridiculous.

Matt700wlw
03-22-2009, 03:50 PM
X and Wisconsin is far from sexy...but these two are scrapping

Matt700wlw
03-22-2009, 04:27 PM
Nice job X...sweet 16 bound! Pretty good program over there on Victory Parkway.... :)

reds1869
03-22-2009, 05:10 PM
Go X! I am in heaven right now. This was supposed to be a down year, so I'll certainly take the Sweet 16. Now go get Pitt boys!

Edited for typos. Too much to drink during the game!

HeatherC1212
03-22-2009, 05:13 PM
Go X!! :D

OnBaseMachine
03-22-2009, 07:07 PM
Siena leads Louisville 61-59 with 9:17 remaining...

TeamSelig
03-22-2009, 07:11 PM
My bracket might be screwed tonight..

Siena beating LOU
Marq beating Mizzou

Mich St just barely winning

OnBaseMachine
03-22-2009, 07:34 PM
Louisville won.

TeamSelig
03-22-2009, 07:36 PM
Whew. It all turned out okay.

joshnky
03-22-2009, 08:06 PM
I was impressed with Siena. Louisville didn't play all that badly instead Siena played that well.

TeamSelig
03-22-2009, 09:35 PM
I love the sweet 16 match up's.

I can't wait to see Villanova/Duke

dabvu2498
03-22-2009, 10:14 PM
I was impressed with Siena. Louisville didn't play all that badly instead Siena played that well. 17 turnovers. Granted, alot of em were forced, but still. I thought they would shred Siena's pressure, but Siena made some effort plays that kept them in the game. Your man Earl has to get his stuff together. He is the weak link right now. Does he ever have fun playing the game?

AccordinglyReds
03-22-2009, 10:18 PM
I was impressed with Siena. Louisville didn't play all that badly instead Siena played that well.

Turnovers and getting tense at the top of the key made Louisville play badly...not the whole game, but there were plenty of times UofL didn't have to turn it over. Siena played very well, though.

Going to Indy. :)

Razor Shines
03-23-2009, 12:23 AM
I know you're all ecstatic that that rarely talked about little school from Durham, NC made it through to the sweet sixteen. They don't get much coverage, but it's good to see the little guy get ahead every once in a while.

bucksfan2
03-23-2009, 08:27 AM
I think it is mostly that they are just the better team. Nova is looking really good. I could see them beating Duke.

I think it will really come down to officiating. Nova plays a very tough style basketball. They will get in your face, guard, play physical big east style of basketball. They looked awesome against UCLA because they were allowed to play very physical. If the officiating is similar to that of the Duke Texas game Duke wins.

BRM
03-23-2009, 09:10 AM
I know you're all ecstatic that that rarely talked about little school from Durham, NC made it through to the sweet sixteen. They don't get much coverage, but it's good to see the little guy get ahead every once in a while.

If only Dick Vitale would mention that team every once in a while. Then maybe folks would know who they are.

You're probably pretty pumped that your Boilermakers are in the Sweet 16 as well. :rolleyes:

Cyclone792
03-23-2009, 09:20 AM
The conference breakdown for the Sweet 16:

Big East: 5 (Pittsburgh, Louisville, Connecticut, Villanova & Syracuse)
Big 12: 3 (Oklahoma, Kansas & Missouri)
ACC: 2 (North Carolina & Duke)
Big Ten: 2 (Michigan State & Purdue)
Pac 10: 1 (Arizona)
C-USA: 1 (Memphis)
A-10: 1 (Xavier)
WCC: 1 (Gonzaga)

WMR
03-23-2009, 09:29 AM
If only Dick Vitale would mention that team every once in a while. Then maybe folks would know who they are.

You're probably pretty pumped that your Boilermakers are in the Sweet 16 as well. :rolleyes:

It's gotta be fun having 15 different "favorite" teams.

BRM
03-23-2009, 09:53 AM
It's gotta be fun having 15 different "favorite" teams.

Sure makes it easy to have a team to root for late in the tournament. 1 of those 15 HAS to make it to the Final Four.

joshnky
03-23-2009, 10:06 AM
17 turnovers. Granted, alot of em were forced, but still. I thought they would shred Siena's pressure, but Siena made some effort plays that kept them in the game. Your man Earl has to get his stuff together. He is the weak link right now. Does he ever have fun playing the game?

He's streaky and a little soft. They weren't calling fouls on his drives to the basket so he kind of faded into the background. When he gets those calls he goes off for big games. He and Edgar Sosa are extremely frustrating because they have the talent but not the brains.

And no, Clark pretty much has the same expression and excitement level regardless of what is going on around him.

Boston Red
03-23-2009, 10:06 AM
Can't wait for Thursday night. I'll be in the building for Xavier/Pitt and Nova/Duke. Should be a fantastic double-header.

Razor Shines
03-23-2009, 11:26 AM
It's gotta be fun having 15 different "favorite" teams.


Sure makes it easy to have a team to root for late in the tournament. 1 of those 15 HAS to make it to the Final Four.

What the hell, bro? You're takin' the side of this...this Kentucky fan? That's a low blow.

BRM
03-23-2009, 11:29 AM
What the hell, bro? You're takin' the side of this...this Kentucky fan? That's a low blow.

The low blow is a fellow Hoosier rooting for the Boilers. You're killing me with that one.

dabvu2498
03-23-2009, 12:47 PM
I am pumped about the Oklahoma-Syracuse matchup. That will be fun to watch.

Heath
03-23-2009, 12:53 PM
I am pumped about the Oklahoma-Syracuse matchup. That will be fun to watch.

Jim Boeheim has size this year to bang with Griffin. Add in the Zone D and Oklahoma will have to hit from long range to stay with the Orange.

BRM
03-23-2009, 04:15 PM
I am pumped about the Oklahoma-Syracuse matchup. That will be fun to watch.

There's a few matchups that I'm actually pumped about. Then again, it's hoops. I can get pumped up to go to a middle school game...between two "not so good" teams.

Both of Razor's "favorite" teams could get bounced by the Big East this weekend. Fun stuff.

Revering4Blue
03-23-2009, 05:50 PM
The low blow is a fellow Hoosier rooting for the Boilers. You're killing me with that one.
I'm doing the same thing.

Gotta root for the Big Ten teams, you know.

reds1869
03-23-2009, 11:05 PM
Can't wait for Thursday night. I'll be in the building for Xavier/Pitt and Nova/Duke. Should be a fantastic double-header.

I'm jealous. I thought about flying up for the games and staying with my sister and brother-in-law for the night, but sadly ye olde wallet got in the way. Enjoy!

Razor Shines
03-24-2009, 12:49 AM
There's a few matchups that I'm actually pumped about. Then again, it's hoops. I can get pumped up to go to a middle school game...between two "not so good" teams.

Both of Razor's "favorite" teams could get bounced by the Big East this weekend. Fun stuff.

That's cute. Are you and WillyMo dating now? I bet you two have matching Scott Padgett jerseys.

Hoosier Red
03-24-2009, 08:54 AM
I'm doing the same thing.

Gotta root for the Big Ten teams, you know.

There's a specific exemption for PurBoo and tOSU.

BRM
03-24-2009, 09:22 AM
That's cute. Are you and WillyMo dating now? I bet you two have matching Scott Padgett jerseys.

I'd never be caught dead with a Scott Padgett jersey. David Padgett maybe. ;)

BRM
03-24-2009, 09:23 AM
There's a specific exemption for PurBoo and tOSU.

Thank you.

Chip R
03-25-2009, 04:09 PM
Dick Vitale during March Madness (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/93971)

cumberlandreds
03-26-2009, 09:36 AM
Dick Vitale during March Madness (http://www.theonion.com/content/node/93971)


:thumbup: That's really funny!


Speaking of Vitale. I really haven't seen or heard him much this season. Maybe I've just missed him when he's on TV. I wonder if he's winding down into retirement? I think he is about 70.

dabvu2498
03-26-2009, 10:02 AM
"Will Xavier fans really feel better if they break through?" Jay Bilas is a maroon. See PDoc's column in the Enquirer this morning.

Boston Red
03-26-2009, 11:05 AM
"Will Xavier fans really feel better if they break through?"

Not the morning after when I have the worst hangover of my life.

DaytonFlyer
03-26-2009, 01:23 PM
As painful as it is for me to say this... go X. Show everyone that the Atlantic 10 is actually decent, unlike C-USA.

Revering4Blue
03-26-2009, 07:51 PM
There's a specific exemption for PurBoo and tOSU.

Nice try.

Big ten NCAA losses.:thumbdown

ACC NCAA losses. :thumbup:

The ACC fan mentality wears on me, though I do have a tremendous amount of respect for the handful of Redzoners with ties to Duke.

dabvu2498
03-26-2009, 07:54 PM
X getting killed on special teams. Dixon stealing points for his team.

OnBaseMachine
03-26-2009, 08:37 PM
Xavier has a 37-29 lead at halftime.

redhawkfish
03-26-2009, 09:06 PM
X is missing too many point black shots!

OnBaseMachine
03-26-2009, 09:30 PM
Xavier should have won that game.

dabvu2498
03-26-2009, 09:47 PM
X beats them 5 times out of ten. They're just as good as Pitt.

Roy Tucker
03-26-2009, 10:31 PM
X had Pitt on the ropes and then Fields pulled that 3-pointer out of his butt. Great D, shot clock down, and then that. It can be a wacky game sometimes.

dabvu2498
03-26-2009, 10:38 PM
X had Pitt on the ropes and then Fields pulled that 3-pointer out of his butt. Great D, shot clock down, and then that. It can be a wacky game sometimes. And that may not have happened if D Brown's foot had been 2 sizes smaller.

Hoosier Red
03-26-2009, 10:58 PM
Nice try.

Big ten NCAA losses.:thumbdown

ACC NCAA losses. :thumbup:

The ACC fan mentality wears on me, though I do have a tremendous amount of respect for the handful of Redzoners with ties to Duke.


No it's true, you can get a dispensation to cheer against Purdue. I heard it straight from the Pope.

I've just never understood the whole idea of cheering for your conference. If Purdue does well, that's likely to hurt IU's prospects so why should I cheer for them?

I mean if Michigan State wins the National Championship, IU still went 6-23 and I don't think the RPI's going to be a consideration by the committee this year.

Reds Freak
03-26-2009, 11:16 PM
Can't complain too much when you make the sweet 16 in a supposed "rebuilding year" for Xavier. But when you have a #1 seed on the ropes all game and don't take advantage, it still stinks. I never really thought X played to its potential all year, even tonight they missed so many opportunities to extend its lead.

But boy will Xavier be good next year. They lose two pretty good seniors in BJ and CJ but they have a wealth of talent coming back with tourney experience and some newcomers...

Brown
Love
Jackson
Holloway
Frease
McClean
Redford

Plus..
Crawford
Lyons
Parrom

Reds Fanatic
03-27-2009, 12:01 AM
Huge comeback from Memphis. They were down 24 early in the 2nd half and are now down 6 with just over 2 minutes left.

WMR
03-27-2009, 12:22 AM
Duke overseeded once again in the NCAAs? Astounding.

Razor Shines
03-27-2009, 12:40 AM
Duke overseeded once again in the NCAAs? Astounding.

That's it? After all the whining and gnashing of teeth you did last year over the officiating during Duke games, all we get this year is "they were over seeded?"

I gotta say that I'm fairly disappointed. I thought you could count on death, taxes and WilyMo whining about officials throwing the game for Duke. Maybe I will live forever.

Caveat Emperor
03-27-2009, 01:13 AM
Xavier should have won that game.

Yup. Pittsburgh got really lucky -- X went absolutely ice-cold to start the second half and missed a lot of really easy shots.

To say I've been unimpressed by Pitt thus far is understatement. They've got all world talent, but look like they're being coached and motivated by a toddler.

With X out of the tourney, I can officially be done with college hoops for the year.

Cyclone792
03-27-2009, 06:23 AM
I've just never understood the whole idea of cheering for your conference. If Purdue does well, that's likely to hurt IU's prospects so why should I cheer for them?

Conference prestige attracts an awful lot of recruits, because it provides for increased national exposure and players know they'll be playing a bunch of stiff competition.

I watched a ton of Big East basketball this year, partly because I'm a UC fan so I naturally followed their games, but also partly because every time I sat down to watch a college hoops game it seems like there was Big East action nationally televised. The Big East was hyped up this year - deservedly so, I might add - and the networks scheduled a barrel of Big East games. As a result, many players in the Big East received a ton of national exposure.

Cyclone792
03-27-2009, 07:35 AM
To say I've been unimpressed by Pitt thus far is understatement. They've got all world talent, but look like they're being coached and motivated by a toddler.

Pitt's been poorly since the Big East tournament when West Virginia beat them, but it actually speaks to how talented that team is to still be alive despite playing as poorly as they have (though to be fair, they played quite well in the second half last night when Blair decided to take over the game on glass).

This is a team that manhandled Connecticut twice and blew out Syracuse during the regular season. If that Pitt team finally shows up in the tourney, they'll probably win the national championship. If they keep playing poorly, though, then Villanova will probably beat them Saturday.

paintmered
03-27-2009, 07:41 AM
Pitt's been poorly since the Big East tournament when West Virginia beat them, but it actually speaks to how talented that team is to still be alive despite playing as poorly as they have (though to be fair, they played quite well in the second half last night when Blair decided to take over the game on glass).

This is a team that manhandled Connecticut twice and blew out Syracuse during the regular season. If that Pitt team finally shows up in the tourney, they'll probably win the national championship. If they keep playing poorly, though, then Villanova will probably beat them Saturday.

I'm rooting for all the Big East teams because people insist on writing stuff like this:


Spartans, Purdue will outlast Big East in NCAAs
Posted by Bill Simonson | The Huge Show March 23, 2009 07:40AM
Categories: Featured, Huge Benchwarmer, MLive - Final Four

Didn't I tell you last week the brackets don't lie? Sure, the Big East basketball bandwagon is full of homers who think they have shut me up because their conference has five teams in the Sweet 16, and the Big Ten has only two.

The Big Least should be as embarrassed as AIG executives by the tournament scheduling bonuses handed to them the first weekend. Does the Big East know the phrase "neutral site games?" CBS is doing its best to keep New York City and the East Coast alive in the brackets.

UConn, Pitt and Louisville all played in close proximity to their schools, and Villanova played two games in its home city of Philadelphia. Big East teams in the tournament have beat only two lower-seeded teams in UCLA and Arizona State. They were untested last weekend, and that kills their chances of getting any team to the Final Four.

Mark my words, the Big East comes up empty this week.

MSU, Purdue impressive
Big Ten basketball is alive and well in this tournament. Purdue and Michigan State are true warriors that have battled their way to the Sweet 16 in impressive fashion. Both showed their toughness with monster wins against Washington and USC.

The Boilermakers' win was even more impressive against a No. 4 seed in front of its fans. Michigan State's win against Southern Cal was as good as any victory for the Spartans this year. The Trojans were a No. 5 seed talent-wise team on the No. 10 seed line.

I think Purdue and Michigan State will benefit big time from those two wins when they face UConn and Kansas, respectively, this weekend in the Sweet 16.

Purdue beats UConn and Memphis to get to the Final Four. Michigan State hammers Kansas and Louisville to get to Detroit, and I enjoy stuffing crow down the throats of the Big East, which will have no team in the Motor City.

Duke beats Villanova, Pittsburgh stumbles against Xavier and North Carolina beats Oklahoma after the Sooners eliminate Syracuse, which will make me seem like a prophet.

So all of you who thought the Big East is better than the Big Ten had better settle down and start doing your homework and take a deep, long look at those brackets. It's not the quantity, but the quality that is left that will show America the better basketball conference.

The Big Least is in for a rude awakening this weekend when all five remaining conference teams never even get to the Elite Eight.

MSU, Purdue, Duke and North Carolina in the Final Four. What a week it will be in Detroit next week.

I wonder how the East Coast ratings will be for CBS?

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Cyclone792
03-27-2009, 07:58 AM
That's perhaps the funniest thing I've read all year, paint. :lol:

BRM
03-27-2009, 10:25 AM
That's it? After all the whining and gnashing of teeth you did last year over the officiating during Duke games, all we get this year is "they were over seeded?"

I gotta say that I'm fairly disappointed. I thought you could count on death, taxes and WilyMo whining about officials throwing the game for Duke. Maybe I will live forever.

He's too busy celebrating their exit from the tourney to go into any real details.

WVRed
03-27-2009, 11:02 AM
The Big Least? That's lame.

Boston Red
03-27-2009, 11:06 AM
I still can't believe Xavier lost. It was right there for the taking.

Jack Burton
03-27-2009, 11:37 AM
Zags got any chance against UNC tonight?

cumberlandreds
03-27-2009, 12:03 PM
Zags got any chance against UNC tonight?

If Lawson isn't 100% they have a good chance. UNC isn't a real good defensive team so I think most anyone left in the tourney has a decent shot at them.

Hoosier Red
03-27-2009, 12:35 PM
Conference prestige attracts an awful lot of recruits, because it provides for increased national exposure and players know they'll be playing a bunch of stiff competition.

I watched a ton of Big East basketball this year, partly because I'm a UC fan so I naturally followed their games, but also partly because every time I sat down to watch a college hoops game it seems like there was Big East action nationally televised. The Big East was hyped up this year - deservedly so, I might add - and the networks scheduled a barrel of Big East games. As a result, many players in the Big East received a ton of national exposure.


I suppose that's a big deal for smaller conferences especially the exposure. Xavier playing well does a lot for the A-10.
In football, the Big East essentially has been like the A-10 in basketball the last few years(at least as far as exposure goes.)

But guys being recruited to IU know they're going to be on ESPN/CBS 7-10 times a year.
Aside from the conference completely embarrassing itself(which the Big 10 has done on occassion.) I don't particularly care if Michigan State wins tonight. And I will always root against Purdue.

BRM
03-27-2009, 12:45 PM
But guys being recruited to IU know they're going to be on ESPN/CBS 7-10 times a year.
Aside from the conference completely embarrassing itself(which the Big 10 has done on occassion.) I don't particularly care if Michigan State wins tonight. And I will always root against Purdue.

Amen brother! I will be rooting for Michigan State tonight though for two reasons. 1) I like Izzo and 2) I've never particularly cared for Kansas. Purdue? I've never rooted for them before and I don't plan to now. I was thrilled they got beat last night.

Hoosier Red
03-27-2009, 01:31 PM
I think Purdue and Kentucky are the only schools I'll cheer against my bracket to boo.

Roy Tucker
03-27-2009, 02:15 PM
Generally speaking, I've always liked this weekend of the NCAAs. These are all very good teams and battle-tested. Great games.

It's rare that the final four games are as good as the sweet 16 ones.

bucksfan2
03-27-2009, 02:19 PM
Zags got any chance against UNC tonight?

Last year the Zags beat UNC pretty good on a neutral site. Heytvelt pretty much dominate Hansbrough all game long. With pretty much the same pieces Gonzaga stands a much bigger chance than many are giving them. Defense will be where the game is won. If Gonzaga can play physical defense they may just beat UNC.

WMR
03-29-2009, 04:06 PM
Michigan State looks like a well-oiled machine right now.

WMR
03-29-2009, 04:07 PM
That high-mid game with Suton is deadly.

WMR
03-29-2009, 04:07 PM
Louisville jacking shots right now.

Boston Red
03-29-2009, 04:12 PM
Rick Pitino apparently does not teach shot selection.

WMR
03-29-2009, 04:16 PM
Rick Pitino apparently does not teach shot selection.

He apparently doesn't teach free throw shooting either... Louisville 298th in the NCAA in FT%. :eek:

WMR
03-29-2009, 04:20 PM
Magic is hyped. :D

joshnky
03-29-2009, 04:27 PM
Louisville depends on turning the ball over and MSU was solid in that regard. Tough loss.

So, I guess I'm ready for baseball season. How are the Reds looking? ;)

Playadlc
03-29-2009, 04:33 PM
What a crappy conference that Big Ten is. :rolleyes:

joshnky
03-29-2009, 04:37 PM
What a crappy conference that Big Ten is. :rolleyes:

Congratulations. You have one good team.

DTCromer
03-29-2009, 04:40 PM
Congratulations. You have one good team.

:beerme:

Louisville was the most vulnerable of all the top BE teams to lose.

But I do think it's a bad matchup for MSU w/ UConn. They're just a better shooting MSU team.

Playadlc
03-29-2009, 04:43 PM
Congratulations. You have one good team.

So because MSU is the only team that is in the Final Four they are the only good team from the Big Ten?

DTCromer
03-29-2009, 04:53 PM
So because MSU is the only team that is in the Final Four they are the only good team from the Big Ten?

PSU's 38-33 win over Illinois has something to say about the big 10.

Playadlc
03-29-2009, 05:01 PM
PSU's 38-33 win over Illinois has something to say about the big 10.

Why? Would it make a difference if the score of that game was 108-106? Would that make them better teams? Maybe they just play better defense than they do offense? I never hear people say, "wow, those teams are terrible because the score was 100-97". Why the offensive bias?

This is what people always say about the Big Ten. They aren't a good conference because they do not score a lot of points. Well, that isn't a good enough analysis. The Big Ten plays at a slower pace, that's the main reason they don't score a lot of points. So if you don't think the Big Ten is a good conference, fine, but please, give me something other than "they don't score a lot of points", for your explanation.

Boston Red
03-29-2009, 05:03 PM
So because MSU is the only team that is in the Final Four they are the only good team from the Big Ten?

No....but they are the only good team from the Big Ten. I might give you Purdue, too. But your initial message would be like a Rice fan coming on here after Memphis won a Regional final and trying to make that say something about C-USA.

Donder
03-29-2009, 05:17 PM
Why? Would it make a difference if the score of that game was 108-106? Would that make them better teams? Maybe they just play better defense than they do offense? I never hear people say, "wow, those teams are terrible because the score was 100-97". Why the offensive bias?

This is what people always say about the Big Ten. They aren't a good conference because they do not score a lot of points. Well, that isn't a good enough analysis. The Big Ten plays at a slower pace, that's the main reason they don't score a lot of points. So if you don't think the Big Ten is a good conference, fine, but please, give me something other than "they don't score a lot of points", for your explanation.

I think the fact that Louisville scored HALF as many points today as they did Friday night supports this argument.

I'm a Purdue fan, so I'm biased, but I think overall the Big Ten has had a bad wrap the past few years. Of course it's not as good as the Big East right now, but they certainly don't get embarrassed when it comes to tournament time.

Playadlc
03-29-2009, 05:25 PM
No....but they are the only good team from the Big Ten. I might give you Purdue, too. But your initial message would be like a Rice fan coming on here after Memphis won a Regional final and trying to make that say something about C-USA.

Really?

If MSU is the only "good" team from the Big Ten, then how come so many, apparently bad, Big Ten teams have so many quality wins?

How does Minnesota beat Louisville? How does Illinois blow out Missouri on a neutral court? How does Michigan beat UCLA and Duke? How does Northwestern beat Florida State by double digits? How does Ohio State beat Butler? How does Penn State win @Florida? How does Purdue beat Washington?

That's a lot of good wins coming from a conference with only one good team.

Boston Red
03-29-2009, 05:44 PM
These things happen sometimes. Harvard won at BC. Does that make them a good team? UMass won at Kansas. Is UMass a good team? UNLV won at Louisville. How good is UNLV?

Michigan State is obviously excellent. The rest of the Big Ten (save for maybe Purdue)? Not so much this year. The Big Ten needs a strong IU almost as much as the SEC needs a strong Kentucky.

*BaseClogger*
03-29-2009, 06:09 PM
MSU lost to Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue, and Ohio State during the regular season and/or conference tournament, and only Purdue was on the road...

Blimpie
03-29-2009, 07:23 PM
For only the second time in my life, I actually picked all four teams correct for the Final Four. That allowed me to go from 21st in my office pool to 1st over the course of the weekend...

By the way, had UNC beating Michigan State for the title (151 total points).

bucksfan2
03-30-2009, 09:38 AM
I watched the UL MSU game with a smile on my face. I thought UL acted classless in their win over Arizona. They were dancing on the side of the court. Making faces and posing for the camera during the route of Arizona. I can't help but seen T Williams dancing on the side of the court Friday and not being able to put the ball in the hole on Sunday. I was surprised that a Pitino coached team would act like that.

I am really looking forward to Villanova vs. UNC. I have thought that one flaw of UNC is that they are soft and Nova will exploit that. Nova is clicking on all cylinders right now.

cumberlandreds
03-30-2009, 09:41 AM
Louisville depends on turning the ball over and MSU was solid in that regard. Tough loss.

So, I guess I'm ready for baseball season. How are the Reds looking? ;)

I heard someone on the radio say Saturday that MSU averaged 22 turnovers a game. I don't know if that's true or not. They didn't look like a team that would do that yesterday. MSU got UL to play a Big Ten style of game pure and simple. UL could not force an up temp game yesterday and that's what doomed them. The biggest play of the game occurred fairly early in the 2nd half. UL held a 34-32 lead. They stole the ball and headed to the other end on what looked like a sure layup. But an MSU guard came up from behind,stole the ball and flipped it back down court to another MSU player for a three point shot. What could have been a four point UL lead turned into 1 point lead for MSU. After that it all seemed downhill from UL.

BRM
03-30-2009, 09:45 AM
So because MSU is the only team that is in the Final Four they are the only good team from the Big Ten?

Only one good team in the ACC as well, I guess. Apparently the Pac-10 and Big 12 have zero good teams. Odd logic.

DTCromer
03-30-2009, 10:30 AM
As much as I like beating my chest like any other idiot who does it in CBB about Big East basketball, conference pride is stupid. It's obvious which conferences are better than others, but rooting for a team because of conference is stupid. I root for teams/programs I like.

Most of them just happen to be from the Big East. :)

BRM
03-30-2009, 10:48 AM
What did you guys think of the new Guitar Hero commercial that aired yesterday? The one with Knight, Pitino, Roy Williams and Krzyzewski. I thought it was pretty funny.

Blimpie
03-30-2009, 10:52 AM
What did you guys think of the new Guitar Hero commercial that aired yesterday? The one with Knight, Pitino, Roy Williams and Krzyzewski. I thought it was pretty funny.I liked it as well...