2:57p And the story of the underdog upsetting higher-seeded teams continues. Woke up to see 2 games had finished, Duke beat Albany, as expected, and Mississippi triumphed over Wisconsin, wait, what? Didn’t I have Wisconsin going to the Sweet 16? A quick check at my bracket revealed that, alas, that was so. Things aren’t looking so great in the 3 ongoing games, La Salle is has a double-digit lead over my pick Kansas St. 42-26, though after seeing how La Salle played against Boise St. in the First Four game, a part of me is okay with this as they’re a good team, an underdog I can’t begrudge for winning if it messes up my bracket a bit.
On the other hand, not okay with Temple edging out NC State 76-72 (though that lead was 18 points at some point in time, so kudos to NC State for closing that gap considerably). Second-seeded Miami with a commanding 31-point lead over Pacific thusfar, but the evenly-matched game I’m keeping my eye on is that of Creighton v. Cincinnati. Score’s too tight to be hopeful/discouraged either way at the half. With 3 games done and played and 3 in progress, 2 games didn’t go my bracket’s way, and it’s shaping up to 3 bracket busters, 2 easy picks, and 1 up in the air.
4:22p Mixed bag, Creighton pulled off a 67-63 nailbiter win over Cincinnati (great game), but the underdog upset train continues to barrel on as Kansas St (4 seed) was narrowly beat by 13-seed La Salle, Kansas managed to close the gap to a very close 63-61, but in the end La Salle won, like I said before, I like La Salle and this messing up of my bracket isn’t the worst thing as it hurts everyone’s bracket in my tournament since nobody saw this one coming. The game to watch right now is Illinois (7 seed) v. Colorado (10 seed). I picked Colorado over Illinois based on their records and stats, that may have been a mistake seeing as how I didn’t give enough weight to Illinois’s tough schedule, it may be only one of 2 teams going into the tournament with an overall loss record in its conference, but that’s due to this tough schedule in one of the most competitive conferences this season (Big 10). Illinois leads Colorado 37-21 going into halftime. Yikes. This also doesn’t bode well for the Minnesota v. UCLA game tonight as Minnesota’s schedule may have been even tougher than Illinois, preparing them for tournament play. Well, at least Indiana is beating JMU thusfar.
Back to the Creighton v. Cincinnati game for a second, honorable mention to Doug McDermott who made all 11 of his free throws and contributed 27 points overall to the game.
The Last 4 of the 64 The last 4 games of the second round is being played right now. And yes, the trend of strong resistance from lower-seeded teams continue. At halftime, #1-seed (ranked by many as the #3 or #2 team) Kansas is trailing 16-seed Western Kentucky by a point (31-30). On the one hand, if Kansas doesn’t pull off a win, it would do more damage to my bracket than any other incorrect call, but on the other hand, it would seriously hamper everyone else’s (some who had Kansas going farther than I did).
The beginning of the second half of the Oklahoma v. San Diego State game finds them both tied with 38 points each, hoping San Diego St. wins this one.
The beginning of the second half of Iowa St. vs. Notre Dame finds Iowa ahead 39-25.
And, the big one. UCLA v. Minnesota. Little point-scoring early on, Minnesota’s defense was strong in stopping UCLA scoring early on, then scoring 2 and 3-pointers here and there while keeping UCLA’s offense to a minimal, but as halftime nears MN has opened up an ever-widening gap, now 33-19. UCLA just isn’t getting the rebounds it needs to make up for it’s many, many missed shots. Minnesota now has the momentum and it’s tough to see UCLA getting into a groove. Shows me to turn my back on the Gophers.
Well, 3-for-4 in the last 4 games, why oh why didn’t I go with Minnesota. Kansas, Iowa St. and San Diego pulled through. All in all, 21 games called correctly and 11 wrong in the first 32 games Only 8 games to watch tomorrow!
Best Game of Day 2: Creighton v. Cincinnati. Colorado put up a good fight against Illinois too.
As for yesterday, best game would probably be either buzzer-beater Marquette v. Davidson or wild upset Harvard v. New Mexico.