Thursday, March 17, 2005

Afternoon Delight ... Not

Bogut better enjoy his success while it lasts
Rough start to the best sports day of the year. So far we've had one game that was in doubt in the final minute and it was a sloppy, grueling affair between Utah and UTEP. In that contest, star center Andrew Bogut controlled the tempo and allowed his team full of scrubs to prevail against a more exciting Minors squad. Now we are all subjected to an awful Oklahoma-Utah matchup in round two. Puke.

As for Bogut, he looks pretty good against college players - makes good decisions, has decent hands, can hit threes, blocks shots - but I can't imagine him being any good in the NBA. People are calling him a top-6 pick in the draft, but if I wouldn't touch him with a 10-foot poll.

The other games played in the early afternoon session were all blowouts as UW, Boston College, and Cinci rolled to victory. Thoughts on those games:

The Bearcats were very impressive defensively and could give Kentucky trouble in round two.

Washington looked like the best team in the country for about six minutes and then mailed it in for the next 34.

Boston College-Penn was notable only because Jermaine Watson ran off nine straight points at one point. In case you missed it, Watson is the guy that jumped out of a second story window to escape a group of armed and masked men that invaded his apartment. That has to be one of my favorite things about March Madness - the crazy stories that pop up along the way. Last year we had DePaul's LeVar Seals getting suspended for the opening round after punching the aptly-named Tony Bobbit in the seeds and two Murray State players getting the boot after they got caught hiding in a closet during a drug bust. Gotta love it!

Anyway, here's to hoping that the evening provides more excitement.

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