Well.. I missed most of the game tonight (damn work got in the way!). I listened to a chunk of the last 8 minutes in the car on the radio. I about gave up when Memphis was up 9 and seemed poised. And yet... Did the missed free throws contribute? Of course. What about the point taken away from Memphis? Probably will be talked about. You have to admire the guts of the Jayhawks. Was it a Memphis choke or a Kansas rally?
Wow...Memphis. I had a bad feeling as early as about six or seven minutes in. UCLA seemed out of sync after a couple of minutes. Memphis set an NCAA record for wins in a season with their 38th today. I wonder if UCLA set a record with three consecutive Final Fours without a championship?
Check out this song; maybe this could be the theme song for Memphis: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000S43IFW/ref=dm_dp_trk8
For college basketball junkies, this weekend is the final fling in what has been a very exciting basketball season. Not since the NCAA started seeding close to thirty years ago, and certainly not since there was the expansion to 64 teams nearly twenty-five years ago, have we seen four #1 seeded teams in the Final Four. Is this the best Final Four ever?
After 2 weeks of Madness, we now have what teams have been shooting for all season long: a trip to the Final Four. Today, sadly Texas got demolished. My hopes increased somewhat when Texas made a run early in the second half, but Memphis proved too strong. Was picking Texas misguided on my part? Probably...but...I'm not sure I'd do it differently. Memphis vs. UCLA should be very interesting. Kansas? They had a tougher game than anyone would have expected, and hung on.
I sure as hell did not; I only picked them to win in the first round. They are one win away from being the most improbable Final Four team since George Mason. Which team is (was) more surprising: Mason or Davidson?
Okay...maybe I don't have a gaudy record in the Madness picks, but I have to say so far, I'm money when it counts. 4-0 yesterday; 37-15 overall. 7 of my Elite Eight are still alive (having lost Georgetown on Sunday), with Kansas, Texas and Memphis giving me hope tonight. I rarely ever have a complete Final Four, so I'm hoping nothing strange happens (knocking on wood right now). My Final Four and beyond are also still intact. Interestingly, one of the pools I have money in, I picked Louisville for shits and giggles in the Final Four, but everything else I have UNC. We'll see what happens.
No...not the Billy Idol band from way back..and not...Xavier McDaniel...not Degeneration X. The Muskateers from Xavier gutted out a tough one tonight...finally eliminating the Couch Burners from the Dance. I missed most of the game due to work, but because of the beauty of CBS online, I got to glance at pieces of the end.
Well, after weeks of build-up, the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament are finally over. This year was certainly one of the more interesting years, especially if you were in Tampa. Tampa was the one Regional where not only all upsets occurred, but they were all double digit teams! Truly remarkable and these teams should be applauded.
Before I give a recap, let's update the last set of games:
This is one of those weird years where Easter is not only early this year, but it's during the first weekend of March Madness. I don't personally celebrate Easter, so that will allow me plenty of free time to comment on today's games. But first, check out the following: look at the photo; maybe one of the fallen teams could have used the inside presence.
I also found this comment interesting from the Washington Post's Sports Week Talkback section today:
Is anybody worn out yet from the Madness?