Sunday, February 24, 2008
I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time on a preview for this crap game. Penn State has been garbage on the road since Claxton went down, losing all five road games including a fifteen point loss at Iowa. The Gophers are an eleven point favorite, and that seems about right. Minnesota 72, Penn State 60.
How awesome was that Tennessee 66, Memphis 62 win for the Vols. You don't get to watch a #1 vs. #2 that often, and this was truly a classic with former Hawkeye Tyler Smith hitting a nice turnaround in the lane with 28 seconds left to give Tennessee the victory. After getting out to a huge start, Memphis cooled off and let Tennessee back into it. The Tigers biggest weakness didn't help them hear, as they shot 8-17 from the free throw line. Awesome, awesome game, and it really got me all fired up for March. Tennessee is truly a contender for the title, and I'm very happy to have them at 30-1 to win it all.
Almost as interesting was the BracketBuster matchup between Drake and Butler, with Drake coming out on top. I wasn't sure what to make of either of these teams, but Butler was a veteran squad with sweet sixteen experience and some very good wins this season, so I figured they were for real. This means Drake is better than I thought, and could scare somebody in March.
Oklahoma State knocked off Kansas, in a game the Jayhawks usually save until the tournament, a bunch of cheaters and cry babies from Indiana managed to rally to beat Northwestern in a tough game, and Texas A&M somehow managed to lose at home to a shitty Nebraska team. A&M is a fraud. First round exit.
As far as good wins, a bunch of bubble teams go huge victories yesterday. Villanova followed up a win earlier in the week over WVU with an upset over UCONN. Baylor beat Kansas State in a high flying offensive shootout, and Arizona won at extremely overrated Washington State. The biggest win may have been Kent State beating St. Mary's. That win may be enough to get Kent State in the tournament even if it doesn't win the MAC tournament, as the win over the Gaels joins wins over George Mason and Illinois State.
Wisconsin PK @ Ohio State (W)
Louisville PK @ Pittsburgh (W)
Xavier -4 @ Dayton (W)
North Carolina -15.5 vs. Wake Forest (W)
Minnesota -11 vs. Penn State (L)
Notre Dame -6.5 vs. Syracuse (W)
California +10 @ Stanford
Wright State +9 @ Illinois State (W)
Wisconsin/Ohio State UNDER 120.5 (W)
LaSalle/Duquesne OVER 165.5(L)
Wake/North Carolina OVER 159 (W)