Sunday, March 23, 2008

March Madness Impressions: Round 2

On to the sweet sixteen and several of the "sexy" upset picks are now gone: Butler and Sienna among others, although Davidson remains alive. My final four remains alive too: Kansas, North Carolina, Memphis and UCLA.

Several experts had Butler picked to beat Tennessee and the Vols did everything they could to prove them right by turning the ball over so many times and playing so sloppy. In the end, their talent won out, but it was a close call. A.J. Graves for Butler played an outstanding game and almost rallied the Bulldogs to the win. Next up for Tennessee is Louisville, who looked very impressive. If Tennessee plays Louisville like they played Butler, they'll be sent packing.

Davidson had a great record coming in, and proved they were no fluke in knocking off Georgetown. Dell Curry's kid is a chip off the old block as a pure shooter!

Western Kentucky is a great story headed to the sweet sixteen. I'm especially happy for Eddyville, KY's Ty Rogers as his college career gets extended at least another week! Go Toppers! although I don't know if they can give UCLA much of a game. That Kevin Love looks unstoppable. Ty better hit a bunch of 3's.

Memphis squeaked by Mississippi State in a game that I'm afraid might be a foreshadow to the Tigers bowing out in the next round against Michigan State, or on down the line. They were ahead pretty comfortably with less than a minute to go, and MSU started fouling, and Memphis started missing their free throws (again). They hung on, but it was too close for comfort.

KFVS 12 in Cape Girardeau, MO had a difficult decision Sunday afternoon. KFVS covers portions of Kentucky, Tennessee and Arkansas and had simultaneous games involving Memphis, Louisville and Arkansas. Did they make the right decision? I don't know! I'm just glad I didn't have to make that call! They DID get some help in that Louisville and Arkansas wound up involved in blowouts. In the meantime, it made me long for the days a few years ago when they split the games with ESPN and you could watch more or less the game of your choosing.
They have a package on DirecTV which allows you to watch any of the games you choose, but I choose not to pay for it! (I'm pretty cheap)

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