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Madness: Round Two

Monday,  03/23/09  01:09 AM

We are not going to say much about the UCLA game, okay?  We're just... not.  My bracket is a shambles, of course it was a flyer to pick a #6 to go all the way, and so be it.  Meanwhile, there was some great basketball; I watched 'em all (at least partially):

  • Villanova(3) blew out UCLA(6) - 89-69.  Painful.  I'm going to say FS=35:00*, and I mean it.
  • Memphis(2) in a laugher over Maryland(10) - 89-79.  Not fun to watch, FS=20:00+.
  • UConn(1) steamrolled Texas A&M(9) - 92-66.  Third straight demolition (fast forwarding a lot).  FS=20:00+.
  • Purdue(5) squeaked by Washington(4) - 76-74.  Finally a good game, as the Huskies came back in the second half and kept it exciting to the end.  FS=00:20.
  • North Carolina(1) pulled away from LSU(8) - 84-70.  A nice close game, with LSU thinking they could do it until about five minutes to go, when UNC pulled away cleanly.  FS=05:00.
  • Oklahoma(2) powers by Michigan(10) - 73-63.  A really physical game, not pretty to watch...  FS=03:00.
  • Duke(2) grinds it out over Texas(7) - 74-69.  The best game of the day, really well played.  That save going out of bounds was the play of the tournament, and probably won it for Duke.  FS=00:10.
  • Gonzaga(4) wins at the buzzer over Western Kentucky(12) - 83-81.  Close and evenly matched all the way, with a bank shot at the end to win it.  The perfect end to Saturday's games.  FS=00:00.
  • Syracuse(3) handled Arizona State(6) - 78-67.  Not pretty but it worked; Syracuse are pretty physical.  Arizona State kept hanging around but had too many turnovers to win.  FS=03:00.
  • Xavier(4) over Wisconsin(12) - 60-49.  A defensive struggle, with Xavier finally getting on track at the end.  You kept thinking maybe Wisconsin could do it, but FS=02:30.
  • Kansas(3) blew out Dayton(11) - 43-60.  This game was really never in doubt.  FS=12:00.
  • Arizona(12) cleanly defeated Cleveland State(13) - 71-57.  A match between two over-achievers, with Arizona looking like they belonged.  I fear they won't be able to handle Louisville, but we'll see.  FS=03:00.
  • Pittsburgh(1) survived Oklahoma State(8) - 84-76.  Much closer than anyone thought, a fun game.  FS=01:00.
  • Michigan State(2) overpowered USC(10) - 74-69.  A close hard-fought battle, I was rooting for 'SC of course and they almost pulled it off.  FS=00:30.
  • Louisville(1) just nips Sienna(9) - 79-72.  Seemed like Louisville was cruising but then Sienna caught them and made it really interesting before Louisville won the foul shot battle at the end.  FS=00:15.
  • Missouri(3) by a nose over Marquette(6) - 83-79.  Only saw the end of this one, but it was great.  FS=00:00.

* As before FS means "fridge score", the time at which the game is no longer in doubt.

And so pretty much the seeding ran to form, with only Arizona (a #12) a surprise amongst the sweet 16 teams (and I picked them to do it, yay me).  A great great weekend of basketball, I don't know how it happened but the best games each day came at the end.  And despite the crapload of commercials I do think CBS did a nice job of switching around; given they could only show one game at a time (!) they did pretty well.

See you next Thursday, same time, same channel!

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