Based on that performance, Wake Forest and Texas should both be eliminated and Kentucky should be awarded a bye.
New Mexico hangs on to beat Montana 62-57.
5 point victory today is practically a blowout.
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
Conference records/ thoughts after the first day:
Big XII 3-1
They didn't look all that great, but the tournament is young yet and they moved on. Kansas struggled for 30 minutes, Baylor didn't shoot well at all, and Texas is the biggest disappointment of the year. Only Kansas State played well in their 20-point win. Three more Big XII teams play tomorrow; if they kick tail, the Big XII could lay claim to being the best league in basketball.
Wake over Texas was perhaps the ugliest game the NCAA has seen in years. Neither team deserved to win. Five games on Friday will make or break their reputation as a disappointment this season. Only Duke and Maryland look to be clear favorites.
Pac 10 1-0
And, thankfully for the Pac, this season is now in the record books... Oh, Washington won? Welcome to the NCAA. It's parity, baby.
The SEC was a prayer and an OT game from being unbeaten. Of course, they were also a Melvin Goins' trey from being 1-3. Still, Kentucky may make it all moot in the end. That was the most dominating game on day one by a fairly wide margin.
Mountain West 2-2
Never leave a European player wide open with seconds left. What in the name of Jerry Tarkanian is going on with UNLV's (lack of) D? San Diego State played just well enough to lose against Tennessee. Still, a good first day from an underrated western conference.
Big East 1-3
Ouch. The Georgetown loss killed brackets and Big East momentum. Four teams (all but one a heavy favorite) play on Friday. Perhaps they wash this taste out of our mouths.
Still watching: The Big 10. All five teams play Friday.
The A-10 has two teams playing on Friday, as does the WAC, .
"You can learn little from victory. You can learn everything from defeat."
-- Christy Matthewson
"Show me a good loser and I'll show you an idiot."
-- Leo Durocher
All of this means nothing except to suggest that Wake Forest will be a tougher match up than ETSU.
If Wake wins, it is one of the biggest tourney shockers in a long time.
If Wake loses, it won't matter as the loss will eventually be expunged after the inevitable NCAA investigation of Calipari & Kentucky.
From top to bottom, the Big East is the most powerful conference in college basketball. It's down considerably compared to last year, but its still the top conference in terms of strength.
The problem is the same argument used for the SEC in football, except the SEC backs it up in the championship games. Everybody beats up on each other during the season and conference tournament that the Big East is gassed come the NCAA tournament. It might be a benefit to Syracuse losing early in the Big East tournament as they will likely be better rested than say WVU.
The only team who has done anything in the Big East in terms of national championships is playing in the Not Invited Tournament this year.