It took until the final hours of Friday night before March Madness started living up to its moniker. #12 Wisconsin came back late to upend #5 Florida St in overtime, and #13 Cleveland State added further misery to the ACC by knocking off Wake Forest. The Vikings pretty much owned Wake Forest from the opening tip, and while Cedric Jackson doesn't make CHN's All-First Round team, he deserves to be mentioned.
2009 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament
St. Pete Times Forum (21,655)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2006, Final Four loss to UCLA
The number of impressive performances has been increasing over the past few weeks, as players from around the country try to put up superhuman efforts in an attempt to lead their teams to important victories as the season winds down. Bubble teams need bids, teams that are locks want to improve their seeding, and mid-majors jockey for league titles. In each case, there were a multitude of standout games.
#8 Louisiana St. (24-4, 12-1) has been one of the biggest surprises of the season, running away from the rest of the field to dominate the SEC. The Tigers are the only team that's managed to separate themselves from a mass of teams battling for second place, and to hold on to places in the NCAA Tournament, a group which includes the Tigers' opponent, #49 Kentucky (19-9, 8-5).
The legend-in-the-making Florida QB led the Gators to the national championship last Thursday, their second in three years and the third straight title for an SEC school. Tebow’s performance erased much of a mediocre SEC season in most people’s minds, and gave the conference bragging rights once again. The only bad thing is…Tebow doesn’t play basketball as well.
1 - Why the heck is their no college basketball the next three days? Is someone trying to punish me?
2 - Butler has officially moved into the legit category (which Bulldog fans have been telling me all season) after knocking off Xavier last night. There was a Matt Howard sigting too, as the big man had 19 points and 14 boards.