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Tag:NCAA Tournament Recap
Posted on: March 23, 2008 8:52 pm
 

NCAA Tournament Recap: Second round

Here were my picks to win in the second round before the matchups were set:

North Carolina- win
Notre Dame- loss
Louisville- win
Tennessee-win

Kansas- win
Vanderbilt- didn't play
Southern Cal- didn't play
Georgetown- loss

Memphis- win
Pittsburgh- loss
Stanford-win
Texas- win

UCLA- win
Connecticut- didn't play
Xavier- win
Duke- loss

Here were my picks once the matchups were set:

North Carolina- win
Notre Dame- loss
Louisville- win
Tennessee- win

Kansas- win
Villanova- win
Kansas State- loss
Georgetown- loss

Memphis- win
Pittsburgh- loss
Stanford- win
Texas- win

UCLA- win
San Diego- loss
Xavier- win
West Virginia- win
  • I went 9-7 in the second round in my bracket.
  • I went 11-5 picking the second round games after the first round was played.
  • Pittsburgh losing yesterday eliminated any hopes of me cashing...
What I noticed:

Davidson is scary good: I knew that they were a very good team having seen them a few times before the NCAA Tournament. I saw their ability to come back in their game against UNC-Greensboro. Stephen Curry is one special player. Too bad he was only offered two D-I scholarships (Davidson and Winthrop). Davidson is very good at hitting timely shots and making smart decisions.

Missed lay-ups: I have seen more and more missed layups- especially on breakaways. These are easy two points that teams are throwing away.

Poor free throw shooting is poison in the NCAA Tournament: Well, I knew this already, but apparently other teams don't. Memphis almost blew their game against Mississippi State by going 6-12 from the line in the final minute. Georgetown shot 8-17 in their loss to Davidson.

There is no college basketball until Thursday, except the NIT where my Sun Devils are playing Florida.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 22, 2008 1:03 am
 

NCAA Tournament Recap: First round

Here were my picks to win in the first round:

North Carolina- win
Arkansas- win
Notre Dame- win
Washington State- win
St. Joseph's- loss
Louisville- win
Butler- win
Tennessee-win

Kansas- win
Kent State- loss
Villanova- win
Vanderbilt- loss
Wisconsin- win
Southern Cal- loss
Davidson- win
Georgetown- win

Memphis- win
Oregon- loss
Michigan State- win
Pittsburgh- win
Marquette- win
Stanford-win
St. Mary's- loss
Texas- win

UCLA- win
Texas A&M- win
Drake- loss
Connecticut- loss
Baylor- loss
Xavier- win
Arizona- loss
Duke- win
  • I went 22-10 in the first round, which is really bad.
  • I was 4-6 picking the lower seed.
  • 13 of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive (Connecticut, Southern Cal, Vanderbilt)
What I noticed:

While watching the Clemson/Villanova game, there was a held ball when Villanova had the ball, with the possession arrow pointing towards Clemson. Villanova head coach Jay Wright thought that there was a foul on the play, and he got a technical foul for his actions. I thought that would be the momentum swing that Clemson needed to come back and win. Thank goodness that Villanova won.

I saw more fouls on three point attempts in one day that I have ever seen. It is ridiculous how undisciplined some of these players can be. Villanova guard Corey Fisher had two fouls on three point attempts a few minutes apart.

Free throws are very important. I knew that coming in, and that is mainly why I picked Villanova to beat Clemson. However, poor free throw shooting could mean the end for a team in the NCAA Tournament. Most of the teams that did well from the line won their game.

There was a record setting day/night in Tampa, Florida. All of the higher seeds won in a region for the first time ever (San Diego, Western Kentucky, Villanova, SIena). This killed many brackets, and the afternoon games were incredibly exciting. That was a bad timeout by Keno Davis in my opinion. That timeout allowed Western Kentucky to set up an offensive play even though they did not have any timeouts left. Still, it was a well defended shot, and it still went down.

Brandon Johnson had one of the guttiest performances in the NCAA Tournament thus far. He injured his groin late in the second half, but he stayed on the floor the rest of the way before fouling out. He was a main reason why San Diego won, also combined with San Diego's superior guard play (in my opinion). It was definitely noticeable to me.

All four teams playing within 175 miles of their campus won in the first round (Kansas State in Omaha, UCLA in Anaheim, North Carolina in Raleigh, and Davidson in Raleigh). I guess home court does make a huge difference in the NCAA Tournament.

What I didn't notice:

Teams were not afraid to shoot the three. There were an NCAA Tournament record 70 combined three-pointers taken in the Drake/Western Kentucky game, and there were a record 30 made 3-pointers in that same game. We see more and more teams rely heavily on the three-ball now.

The referees making bad calls: I thought that the refs did a fine job in the first round. The calls varied depending on the ref, but I think they knew that they should not be the deciding factor in the game.
The second round starts later today, and let's hope it is just as exciting as today. It will be very hard to top what happened in the first round though.
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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