Saturday, March 17, 2007

NCAA Tournament Day 2 Recap & Highlights

I'm relatively exhausted from a long day of school, a little bit of work, and watching basketball (obviously), so before I go to bed I will hit you with some analysis and videos from today- or rather yesterday's action. In case you missed any action I'll throw some highlights in as an added bonus.

Kansas vs. Niagara
KU proved they were really serious about getting out of the first round this year. But seriously...The Jayhawks mean business this year. Look for them to win convincingly against Kentucky
VIDEO:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qV7S_7N0K8g

Winthrop vs. Notre Dame
Winthrop came out and shot like they needed to to win. If they shoot like that again I think Oregon and Winthrop could make for a truly lights out game. Look for a lot of 3's to be thrown up in this one. So, who is this year's George Mason...will it be Winthrop or VCU? Or, just merely for thought, what if they played each other? Here is some "Razzle Dazzle" from the game.
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ7KzocN9ok

Purdue vs. Arizona
Purdue really surprised me. I felt like they were possibly the weakest of all the Big 10 teams in the tournament. Coming in to the game I felt like Arizona's athleticism really gave them the edge. Apparently I was wrong....here are some highlights.
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQRGxLqadwo
Also this was a goofy play.
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJdIHU4Ri3U

V Tech vs. Illinois
Illinois earned the title of the first Big 10 team to exit the tourney in what indeed has been a pretty good 2 days for the Big 10. I thought Illinois was really going to pull of the upset but the inconsistently resilient Hokies (down by 13 at one point) battled all the way back to win it in the final minutes. This was a good game, I just wish Illinois could have pulled it off.
VIDEO:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t1ZzroeEeI

Texas vs. New Mexico St.
Durant does it all
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8ESrvsxwWo

Oregon vs. Miami-OH
Despite the slowish start the Ducks were able to pull it together and consider their steak of some really pretty good play. I think the Ducks are a team to be reckoned with and I wouldn't be surprised to see them be playing Florida in the Elite 8 at this point. They are a great shooting team and that is how they live and die. Right now they're shooting well and I think they can ride this a long way. I also think Aaron Brooks is a really great player....fun to watch
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjtQ8PBDkVc

Nevada vs. Creighton
This was a really good game. Nevada and Marcellus Kemp proved that it can be done without Nick Fazekas down the stretch. I've got Nevada over Memphis in a lot of my brackets and I'm going to continue to stand by that pick...look for it. Gotta love the OT games come tourney time.
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCcHoiCEwUY

GTech vs. UNLV
UNLV really surprised me here, maybe I just wasn't giving them enough credit because I had GT in almost all of my brackets. I just really felt that their athleticism gave them the edge over UNLV. GT looked pretty good to me in the ACC tourney and I really thought they could win 1 or possibly two in the tournament...oh well it was a pretty good game at least.
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiotMZjdaO8

Virginia vs. Albany
I think I must have been heavily under appreciating Virginia because I really thought that this was Albany's year to win 1 or 2 in the tournament. They were close last year and I felt like this matchup this year actually fared pretty well for them. Virginia's guards proved dominant and really helped them run away with this one. When i saw the score after school I was a little surprised- I at least thought it would be close.
VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKVQwm2BQ2o

ENJOY ROUND 2!

5 comments:

grittysquirrels said...

Anything that stood out to you in relation to Friday's games?

ming01 said...

I think KU will beat Kentucky. But it won't be a blowout. Look for them to play the Jayhawks tough.

~Erin~ said...

Creighton was soooo close!! They did a lot better than most people expected them to.

grittysquirrels said...

THere are no moral victories...except in SMCHS Bball, then we must resort to them.

~Erin~ said...

True story...