Friday, March 19, 2010

Doubleheader today at 4

Because Mother Nature looks like she wants to give us one more round of winter weather, the final two games of the BYU series will both be played today starting at 4:00pm. Goodbye, any potential afternoon productivity...

MWC goes 2-2.

Definitely reconsidering my, "Never fear a grown man named Jimmer" stance.

Well, we won't garner the millions that lyle hinted at yesterday in relation to MWC success in the NCAA tournament, but hey, at least we did better than the Big East, right? Thanks a lot, Georgetown. Liberal pieces of shit. Still, no MWC team looked dominant yesterday and, given the survivors' match-ups on Saturday, it looks like the MWCs time in the 2010 tournament could be more jitterbug than waltz. Here's a quick look.


(7) BYU 99, (10) Florida 92, 2OT. Worked out my my lunch schedule so I could catch the end of this one, and it was a good one. BYUs Jimmer Fredette scored 37 points, including two HUGE threes in the second OT period to lead the Cougars into the second round. Florida had last second shots to win the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime but came up short. BYU's Michael Loyd, Jr, the loneliest player in all of division I sports, - seriously, Provo is the whitest place I've ever been to, and I've been snow skiing AND to the Masters - finished with 26 points including all six points scored by BYU in the first overtime. The Cougars will face second seed Kansas State in the second round after they blasted North Texas.

Next game - (2) Kansas State. Saturday, 7:10 PM.

(3) New Mexico 62, (14) Montana 57. Avoiding becoming the second 3 seed to lose their opening round game on the first day, the Lobos hung on to defeat the Montana Grizzlies by five, a game many thought might be a dark horse first round upset. Roman Martinez led all UNM scorers with 19 and Darington Hobson barely missed a triple double, finishing with 11 points, 11 boards and 6 assists. His low scoring output could be attributed to a sprained wrist, and unfortunately for the Lobos and the conference, his status for the second round remains unclear. I have a feeling he'll play since it is, you know, the Big Dance. Montana nearly overcame a 14 point second half deficit, trailing by only one point with under five minutes to go before New Mexico pulled away. The Lobos will play 11th ranked Washington in the second round after they defeated Marquette with a last second layup in regulation.

Next game - (11) Washington. Saturday, 4:50PM.

One and done:

(8) UNLV 66, (9) Northern Iowa 69. In another one of the day's many last second victories, UNLV dropped a tough one to Northern Iowa when the Panther's Ali Farokhmanesh - surprisingly not on any TSA lists - hit a three with under 5 seconds to go and UNLV's last second heave came up short. UNLV made it interesting late when Oscar Bellfield hit a corner three with under a minute to go to tie it at 66 but were unable to close the deal. Perhaps a viewing of Glengarry Glenross would've inspired them? Lyle informs me that this loss derives directly from UNLV Head Coach Lon Kruger's refusal to wear a tie on the sidelines.

(11) San Diego State 59, (6) Tennessee 62. Well, at least spitpurple will be happy. The Aztecs kept it close, cutting the Vols lead to one late in the game until Melvin Goins hit a three with 15 seconds left to push the lead to four and put the game out of reach. San Diego State, who advanced to the NCAA after winning the MWC Tournament, has yet to ever win an NCAA game.

So, 2-2 which isn't bad considering the considerable opening round upsets that occurred, but BYU has an extremely tough second round match with a Kansas State team who many have picked to win the West Region. Meanwhile, New Mexico should be favored against Washington, but with Hobson's health in question, the playing field is leveled considerably. Will BYU or UNM follow in the steps of UNLV in 2007 and make the Sweet Sixteen? The odds aren't for it, but it's probably worth checking out this weekend. Besides, what else are you going to do tomorrow, not drink and go outside?

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