Archive for March 18th, 2010

LIVE BLOG: NCAA Tournament First Round

5:50 — Wait, the Gaels have five Australians and Mickey McConnell isn’t one of them? I thought he was the head Aussie.

5:37 — Not much to talk about. Saint Mary’s is running a clinic on offense, and Richmond can’t find the bucket (figuratively). Looks like I won’t get to 6-0.

5:16 — Saint Mary’s is force-feeding a dominant Omar Samhan inside on offense, and doubling on Kevin Anderson on defense, leaving Kevin Smith wide open (for good reason if you’ve seen Smith shoot). Spiders can’t settle.

5:01 — I’m going right ahead and anointing Richmond-Saint Mary’s the best uniform matchup of the first round. Two clean, classic looks.

4:54 — “Dunn! And that may be the operative word for Sam Houston State.” Dick Enberg is still one of the best.

4:50 — I am upset about everyone who bandwagoned on Murray in the last week. Smart guys like me were on that bandwagon before the Ohio Valley Tournament.

4:48 — P.S. I’m now 4-0 including two upset picks. John is 1-3. Plus, if we used my scoring system (two points for the first round, three for an upset), I’m beating him 10-2.

4:45 — BUZZER BEATER!!! Murray State’s Danero Thomas hits a midrange jumper with a guy on him to win it. That’s why you have a balanced offense. This Tournament is awesome.

4:41 — Pet peeve: Why do teams call timeouts between two free throws? Doesn’t whether Beal makes this second shot to give Vandy the lead dramatically alter Murray State’s offensive strategy? Why not wait to see what he does, and then call timeout?

4:39 — Vandy ball, down one, 22 seconds. Beal should drive and look for Jenkins on the perimeter or Ogilvy on the baseline. With Tony Easley fouled out, A.J. and his ‘stache will be tough to stop inside.

4:38 — What better preserves the integrity of a game: letting two seconds run off the clock with a minute left or giving both teams a free timeout and forcing Murray State to inbound against a set defense?

4:28 — Jenkins and Jenkins are going back and forth–one for Vandy, one for M-State. I forget which one’s name is B.J. The Racers are up two at the under-4 timeout. Meanwhile, K-State is up big on North Texas, Richmond and Saint Mary’s are in a tight first half, and Sam Houston State has regained the lead over Baylor by one with 12 to play. I didn’t think it was possible, but I might feel even better about Duke’s draw now than I did this morning.

4:23 — Isaiah Miles has led the Racers this afternoon, relegating Isaiah Canaan to the status of…Deutero-Isaiah. It’s an exegesis joke!

4:17 — Is Repo Men serious or ironic? It looks like it’s trying to be serious, but Jude Law is the lead…

4:14 — Someone has to tell Vandy’s managers at the end of the bench to calm it down a little. Not every bucket deserves a “Leap off the bench, fist pump” reaction. Continue reading

John and Tim Pick the East Bracket

Might the Butler do it again?

1. Kentucky vs. 16. East Tennessee State

Tim: ETSU has given teams trouble in past years as a 16, 15, and 13. No such luck this year as the Wildcats roll.

John: I wouldn’t be surprised if Kentucky played a deceptively close game in the first round; as I’ve said before, the Wildcats have a tendency to let a vastly inferior team into the game through sloppy play, even if they pull ahead in the end.

Tim’s Pick: Kentucky

John’s Pick: Kentucky Continue reading