4:25pm With 5 games done and 3 currently in play, doing alright bracket-wise. Wichita St.’s win over Pittsburgh slightly screwed me over and I’m keeping my eyes on 2 games: Marquette v. Davidson & Oregon v. Oklahoma St. Rooting for Oklahoma St. & Marquette, but both are trailing their lower-ranked opponents well into gameplay. Okay with Marquette losing as everyone else in my tournament picked it so everyone’ll lose points if it loses, and some had it going further than I did. But some picked Oregon and some picked Oklahoma so I’m really rooting for Oklahoma St. A little more than halfway through the first half and they’re trailing 22-16, ccccccc’mon Ducks-or-whatever-the-OkSt-mascot-is! Actually I think it’s the Oregon Ducks, Cowboys. It’s the OK St. Cowboys. Gah, 24-16, yah killin’ me Cowboys! (24-18)
The Memphis v. St. Mary’s game was a nailbiter, thankfully Memphis managed to keep its lead though big up’s to St. Mary’s who closed the gap considerably in the last minutes of the game, getting a 3-pointer in the last minute and a turnover in the very last second and could’ve tied/won the game in literally the last second. Liked their hustle and effort, but thankfully for my bracket, Memphis persevered.
5:33p Marquette managed to eke out a narrow 59-58 win over Davidson, Iwas okay with losing that one since that would’ve hurt everyone in my tournament. Unfortunately it looks like Ok. St. will lose to Oregon, with 7:08 left in the game, Oregon is up a whopping 14 pts 59-45.
But, the big story right now is #1 seed Gonazaga struggling against 16th seed Southern University. With 3:01 left in the game, they’re both shooting 2 and 3-pointers left and right, Gonzaga is struggling with a narrow lead 59-56. This would seriously wreck my bracket so I’m really rooting for Gonazaga. Props to Kelly Olynyk doing a lot of the scoring for Gonzagas.
5:49p phew Gonzaga manages to win 64-58. 17 of Olynyk’s 21 points in the game apparently came from the second half. Nice. Nearly a ⅓ of Gonzaga’s points came from Olynyk. Things don’t look so good for Ok. St., down 62-48 with only 4m left in the game. Sigh, there goes some more points.
6:03p 12 points down and less than a minute left, my second wrong pick of the 64-bracket. Thought I’d get a 2-hour respite between games but the North Carolina A&T v. Louisville game is just starting up and I need to see how Louisville plays. No rest for weary, halfway through today’s 16 games!
7:36p 4 games going on, at or a couple minutes after halftime, 3 games seem to be leaning to favor my bracket:
-North Carolina v. Louisville 62-37 favoring Louisville with 12:14 left
-South Dakota St. v. Michigan 47-38 favoring Michigan with 12:27 left
-Arizona v. Belmont 32-20 at the half
One game I’m NOT feeling too secure in is that between California and UNLV which is tied (28 each) at the half. Rooting for UNLV but they are struggling against California right now. C’monnnnn my bracket’s doing well so far with the second half of today’s games, don’t let me down UNLV!
Took a nap feeling fairly confident the rest of the games would shake out in my bracket’s favor, not so! Damn you Harvard! Damn you to Yale! Though no one in my tourney thought Harvard would win over New Mexico and most had New Mexico advancing pretty far (one unlucky soul had them going all the way to the finals), so the damage was evenly distributed. Well done Harvard.
All in all, after Day 1 of March Madness, after watching about 10 straight hours of college basketball (my brain…it hurts…), my bracket hasn’t been horribly damaged (knock on wood), with 11/16 picks right, and the worst wrong picks being New Mexico (knock on wood again it’ll stay that way).
Game-wise, lotta upsets today #12 seeds California and Oregon beating out #5 seeds UNLV and Oklahoma St., respectively. The 8 v. 9 seeds were expected to be difficult calls and I blew both of them (Colorado St. over Missouri and Wichita St. defeating Pittsburgh). And of course, those 14-seeded Harvtards (ha! with wit like that I don’t know why I wasn’t accepted! Besides not applying.) beating New Mexico, which was ranked in the top 10 by many polls.
Here’s to tomorrow, and my most eagerly-anticipated game UCLA v. my almost-but-not-really-at-all-alma-mater Minnesota. Relied purely on stats and numbers and sadly will have to root against the Golden Gophers. Will they continue the string of upsets characterizing this tournament? Or will the fairly evenly-matched UCLA team give me a leg up bracket-wise. TBA tomorrow, as the very last game of another 10-12 hours of straight college basketball viewing, brought to you by Visine and perhaps a couple pops of Tylenol (I don’t know why I didn’t see either of those advertised during the tournament, it fits in so well).