NCAA Tourney Talk, Day 1
Thought it would be great to create a topic where we could discuss games of the each day of the tournament.
Personally, today I will be watching Oklahoma St. - Oregon game, which I think could be the most interesting game today and maybe even in the whole round of 64. While having Oklahoma St. going to the Sweet Sixteen in my bracket, I wouldn't be surprised if Oregon wins this game and reaches Sweet Sixteen instead. Still, I expect nothing but a huge showing from Marcus Smart and the tough win for Oklahoma St.
Another game that I hopefully will watch ( if I do not fell asleep, it little bit sucks living in other time zone, when time difference is huge and you have to get up at 4 o'clock at night to watch basketball though it worth it) is UNLV - Califonrnia. Another very interesting game with another super freshman Anthony Bennett. While I'm big fan of Anthony Bennett, I do have California pulling an upset victory over UNLV. That's just what I feel, UNLV is obviously a very good team but I believe they are a bit overated while California is slightly underated and being underdog will only help Cal to win it matchup.
But then again this is March Madness, everything could happen, teams can get a bit Lehigh and lose some games you wouldn't believe they could.
Congratulations everyone, the Madness has begun! Have nice brackets and don't be mad when your team loses.
(just copied and pasted from merry xmas thread)
enjoying this buckenll/butler game right now. butler is about to wrap it up. they made a come back. noteworthy, mike muscala pretty much got man handled on the boards by andrew smith. i don't believe this andrew smith guy is even on mock draft's radars. is this bad tournament showing from muscala going to hurt his draft stock?
Obviously it's only one game but when you have a player from weaker league like Patriot it's really important for the player to show that he can play equally well against teams with some good talent. When he fails to do it, it raises some questions whether his stats against weak competition are legit. That's only one game but as this was the last one for him, it was definitely not a the best way to end your college career.
I also will be watching that Oklahoma State game. I actually have them reaching the NCAA championship game and losing to Indiana. I think if Gonzaga makes the final four Oklahoma State will beat them. They came close to beating the Zags earlier and I think it would be a revenge game for them. I love all the intangibles Smart brings to the game. And they are a physical and athletic team that I feel are sometimes overlooked. Everybody loves Louisville but for some reason they choke come tournament time. I think Oklahoma State would beat them if they eventually play each other.
oh this oklahohma state game against oregon should be a dawg fight.
Biggest games of the year for Marcus Smart and Anthony Bennett. Wins today could really solidify their draft positions. Xfactor for Ok State is Nash showing up. For UNLV it's not letting Crabbe get too hot.
Refs in the Memphis game have been horrible.
I know 8 and 9 seed games are too close to call but I had Pitt against Wichita State winning and apparently Wichita State is up in the second half. There is still time for Pitt to come back and take the lead but is Wichita State that good or is Pitt playing that bad? I saw the leading scorer for Pitt was Steven Adams and he only has 6 points. Thats not a good sign. Is anybody watching the game? I'm only following the scores on my espn ticker on my phone
Combination of both. Pitt is &$#%#&@! me off. I shouldn't have picked a team to go to the Elite Eight who could potentially go down in the 1st round...and it looks like they will.
Muscala looked like he was in a rush today, he kept thinking two steps ahead resulting in ignoring the details or mental lapses. Those kind of nerves were undoubtedly a product of Butler's defensive plan however Bucknell wouldn't go away which makes you think that it may have been a different story if Muscala had hit more of his shots. In terms of Muscala as a prospect, he needs to get stronger as he was bullied in the paint way too often and was clearly shaken by the physical play. I wouldn't say this game harmed his stock in a bad way but it doesn't make me believe that he's a first rounder.
I'm looking forward to seeing Wolters and Burke matching-up.
You know what, this is what I get for listening to others. I originally had Wichita St beating Pitt( as I post this they are up 10 with 10 mins left). But then I changed it to Pitt after listening to different people. If they end up winning I will be livid. Just shows don't listen to others.
Oh yeah, I was all over Wichita. Stuck with them.
Lol...man the same thing happened with me. I was going to go with Wichita St cuz Pitt hasn't impressed me at all this year. But alot of people and some analysts were picking Pitt so I went with them. Should have went with my gut
If Wichita wins my bracket is in trouble.
BTW lets go Davidson
I also picked Davidson.
I'll go nuts if I'm right.
Muscala looked like he was in a rush today,
Malcolm Armstead on Wichita can hit some F*cked up shots...
Honestly f*ck the 3 guys who convinced me Pitt would beat Wichita St. I had Wichita St. beating them up until last night at 11:30 when I finished up my bracket. Terrible mistake.
yeah, how bout that wichitah state? if anything, maybe you learn to trust your own instincts more. but who am i to talk? i have ten brackets.
No great games yet, but last yr the 1st day was a bit of a snoozer before theings got good, hopefully the games pick up as the day goes on. I think part of the reason why is most teams are so nervous/anxious about playing the 1st game of the tourney, once the 2nd half starts teams start to play better. Also thus far, the tourney has confirmed just how offensivly challanged so many team are. I'll def have my eye out for OKST v Oregon, S. Dakota St v Michigan and Belmont vs Arizona later
That Memphis St. Mary's game doe
memphis survived a tough matchup. i guess cusa is not a comlete wash this year. memphis can play. i'm back on oregon/oklahoma state now. i expect a great game here.
Anyone believe Dellaveova will get selected in tHe draft this year. Obviously not 1st round but there is a lot worse guys that seem to get drafted then he is.
@theprophet They survived a lot of bs in that game. I'm proud they showed resilience.
@beard20 I'd draft him for sure. His takes some stupid shots but he's an incredible passer.
I love the colours of Southern University's jerseys.
Diggin that defensive play by Smart to keep the ball inbounds, showing off the athleticism. Looking forward to seeing what he can do on offense now.
Oklahoma St. bigs are playing like trash. Missing shots, turning it over and traveling. So many turnovers for OKC St.. it's not like Oregon would be playing very well they are playing OK, but OKC St are rushing things and turning it over
pitt played the ugliest offense ive ever seen
southern seems to be going toe to toe with the zags. not watching that game, but noticed the score. can it happen? can southern keep it up the entire game?
Southern was the only 16 seed I felt could possibly upset a #1. I don't see it happening, but from watching some tape I had a feeling they would compete.
Did anyone else notice aamir has Ole Miss winning the whole thing? I'd be shocked if they beat Wisconsin.
Smart should post up the rest of this game.
Arselan Kazemi is a NBA player. He is an undersized 4 but he could fill a role on a team somewhere. I've thought that even when I saw him play at Rice. He is active and stronger and more athletic than he looks.
I've seen him miss 3 essentially uncontested layups and I've only watched like half the game.
including the dunk rejection off the rim from point blank.
It happens. I've seen him play for more then a half and he is legit. Over 9 rebounds a game for his career and he has energy. I never claimed he would be a starter but if he consistently hit a mid range jumper, he will find a place in the league. Eduardo Najera made a career for himself and this guy can too.
F*ck me and my big mouth. I started watching the Davidson/Marqutte game and Marqutte scores 11 in a minute. This always happens to me. I'm terrible luck.
Davidson could have held the ball and got fouled. They throw it away and lose. Ouch.
daaaamn, davidson/marquette finish!
OHHHHH MY GODDDDDDDDD WAS ANYONE WATCHING THE MARQUETTE GAMEE HOLLYYYYYYYY!!!!! EPICCC
oregon is now running oklahoma state out of the gym. i'm sure another run is in line with oklahoma state, but it goes to show that oregon is playing with a chip on their shoulder. pac twelve got very disrespected with the seeds in the tourney, and oregon is one of team that is proving the tournament committee wrong so far.
Oregon 26-8, 4-1 vs rpi top 25, PAC 12 champs. I would be pissed if I was a 5 seed and had to play that caliber of 12 seed.
Muscala (not sure if I spelled it right) disappointed me today... If he played good I think they wouldve easily won... That hurt my bracket sadly
tune into the southern Gonzaga game
indeed, have to have both games on now and more interested in the zaga game.
anybody look at the southern/zaga score? within two
Upset Alert hahah its gonna screw my bracket up if it happens, but this is a great game