And It All Begins…

21 03 2008

NCAA March Madness is but a few short hours away, and whilst I am by no means an expert on college ball, I definitely appreciate that this tournament is one of the biggest sporting events in the US. For a greater in depth coverage on the games/tournament, I highly recommend Storming The Floor, a blog that specifically addresses NCAA Hoops.

Day 1 games…

  • (13) Winthrop vs (4) Washington St. [East Region]
  • (12) George Mason vs (5) Notre Dame
  • (16) Portland St vs (1) Kansas [Midwest Region]
  • (9) Kent St vs (8) UNLV
  • (11) Kansas St vs (6) USC
  • (14) CS Fullerton vs (3) Wisconsin
  • (12) Temple vs (5) Michigan State [South Region]
  • (11) Kentucky vs (6) Marquette
  • (13) Oral Roberts vs (4) Pittsburgh
  • (14) Cornell vs (3) Stanford
  • (14) Georgia vs (3) Xavier [West Region]
  • (11) Baylor vs (6) Purdue
  • (15) Belmont vs (2) Duke
  • (9) Texas A&M vs (8) BYU
  • (10) Arizona vs (7) W Virginia
  • (16) Miss Vlly St vs (1) UCLA

Greatest of interest for me in the first lot of games is the USC vs Kansas State – a marquis match-up between two guys that are going to attract a lot of attention from NBA teams when they declare for the next draft (and no-one can tell me that they won’t!) – Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo. Looking forward to that one.

Lastly, a reminder to check out the NCAA tournament in greater detail over at Storming the Floor.

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21 03 2008
withmalice

Whoa… Duke use a ‘get-out-of-jail-free’ card to beat Belmont. Scoring a basket to go up by a POINT with seconds to go…

21 03 2008
withmalice

Big upset of the night: Michael Beasley’s Kansas St beat O.J. Mayo’s USC, 80-67. Beasley and Mayo’s former team-mate Bill Walker were huge, scoring 23 & 22 a piece. Beasley also added 10 rebounds. Mayo had 20 points.

Texas A&M become the second lower seed to win thus far, with a victory over BYU… but a ‘9’ beating an ‘8’ doesn’t really count as an upset in my book.

21 03 2008
withmalice

Other scores thus far:
Washington St crushed Winthrop 71-40
Kansas def Portland St 85-61
UNLV def Kent St 71-58
Michigan account for Temple 72-61
Marquette see off Kentucky 74-66
Pittsburgh def Oral Roberts U 82-63
Stanford beat Cornell 77-53
Xavier def Georgia 71-63
Purdue beat Baylor 90-79

George Mason vs Notre Dame is about to kick off. Remember you CAN watch it streaming live to you from NCAA’s own website!
I am.

21 03 2008
The Constructivist

Sorry to hijack a March Madness thread, but you might want to follow the JLPGA event this week–the KLPGA’s top golfer, Ji-Yai Shin is in the field and in the hunt (T2, 2 shots back of Akiko Fukushima). Her presence is already being felt, as last week’s winner Yuri Fudoh opened with a 76 and highly-ranked Shiho Ohyama could only manage a 76.

21 03 2008
withmalice

Sorry TC – hard for me to get excited about golf (even ladies golf!), when there’s so much quality basketball on!

Notre Dame beat George Mason 68-50
Wisconsin see off CS Fullerton 71-56
W Virginia def Arizona 75-65
UCLA killed Miss Vlly St 70-29

Man, Mississippi Valley State have to be absolutely GUTTED. Awesome to make the dance, but then to get toasted like this? I bet they almost wish they didn’t make it at all!

22 03 2008
The Constructivist

Not even when I tell you Fudoh really shot a 78? Get on the Shin train early. Next year when she’s winning on the LPGA, she’ll be as huge around the world as she is in Asia now.

22 03 2008
A.Becker

I drank the USC kool aid and picked em over KSU – what’s with all those KSU freshman?

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