Thursday, March 17, 2005

Dodge, Dive, Duck, and Dodge

Wake Forest "punches" out Chattanooga
At one point three of the top 12 teams in the tournament were trailing with less than 15 minutes to go in their respective games. #3 Arizona was down one to Utah State, #2 Wake was being beaten by Chattanooga (in spite of the officials' best efforts), and #3 Gonzaga found themselves going back-and-forth with Winthrop. None of the three heavy favorites lost, but each were forced to battle late into the game before securing victory. It will be very interesting to see if the draining contests have any ill effect on those squads on Saturday. Top seeds usually have an advantage in second round games because they were able to coast in round one, but that won't be the case for several teams this year.

In the other evening game, Nevada outlasted Texas in a contest of who could brick one less shot. In fact, I can't remember a tournament with worse shooting and scoring. Every game is in the 50's and 60's. Put the ball in the hoop! Other than the Panthers of UW-Milwaukee, Washington, Pacific, and Boston College, nobody has shown the slightest ability to consistently make jumpers. Hopefully this picks up as we go.

In an unrelated story ... we need more showdowns between Alex and Ryan on The O.C.

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