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Running Blog Of The 2011 NCAA College Basketball National Championship Tournament — Day 2

Are you ready for 16 more games? If you’re actually reading this, that’s a question that doesn’t need to be asked.

No time for a real introduction today, so I’ll just cut to the chase: Here is a running blog of the second day, the first Friday, in the 2011 edition of March Madness

9:16 a.m. Our first games today are Texas-Oakland, which has already tipped off. That will be followed in 25 minutes by Tennessee-Michigan. I know a few people have taken Oakland to win this game, but I went with the Longhorns, who really should dominate this game if they play up to their talent.

9:19 a.m. How is your bracket looking today?

Mine has a bit more red than I would like right now, but yesterday dealt no major blows. I lost Louisville and Utah State as Sweet 16 teams, and I really needed Belmont to win. But all of my Elite 8 that played yesterday (Pittsburgh, Florida, UConn) looked good.

9:26 a.m. Nice to see both the Longhorns and the Golden Grizzlies trying to play up to the fans. I didn’t know this basketball game was actually an elementary-school presidential election.

9:28 a.m. I have yet to see Craig Sager’s suit, but I’m sure it’s so flashy, it’s already caused three epileptic seizures.

9:31 a.m. Sorry for the late start today. I knew I needed to catch up on some hours of sleep and I did so. But it was a little too much.

9:34 a.m. The one thing I ask for Friday’s slate of games: Give me a reason to watch after 4 p.m. Yesterday’s action couldn’t do it.

9:36 a.m. Of course, Gus Johnson will be with us during four games today. He alone should make a couple of the nightcaps — Xavier-Marquette and Syracuse-Indiana St. — exciting just by extension.

9.38 a.m. I loved what I heard from Oakland’s head coach, Greg Kampe, about getting the fans in Tulsa, Okla., to root for your team over their rival, the Longhorns. But fan support only do you so much. The Longhorns, now up by 10, are starting to take over.

9:40 a.m. That last string of possessions was completely out of control. Both teams like to run, but Oakland can’t keep up with Texas.

9:42 a.m. Tennessee-Michigan has tipped off on truTV. I’m going to that one because I just want to see if Tennessee actually brings some effort today.

9:45 a.m. By the way, I took Michigan. As much as I have seen the Vols this year, I know they are more talented, but it’s so hard for me to root for them. And in these sort of toss-up games, it basically comes down to which teams do I want to win.

9:49 a.m. According to ESPN’s resume on the Texas Longhorns, their secret strength is getting ahead in the opening minutes: “When the Longhorns have been at their best, the game is characterized by big runs, usually early. They jumped out 20-8 on Texas Tech, put a 34-12 spurt on Texas A&M, were up by 15 over Oklahoma midway through the first half and grabbed control over Oklahoma State with a 14-0 first-half breakout.

They lead, 33-23, with 5:12 to play in the first half against Oakland. Does that count?

9:52 a.m. The Golden Grizzlies need more of that — A steal, an offensive rebound and an easy basket. They have scored seven straight to cut the Texas lead to five.

9:58 a.m. Michigan’s best big man, Jordan Morgan, already has two fouls. Tennessee’s defense is really doing a great job against these sets John Beilein likes to run.

10:00 a.m. Sager has a tad of competition today, I have yet to see his suit — I just haven’t tuned in at the right moments — but get a glance at what Greg Kampe is wearing. A black sweater vest with his school’s “O” logo over the left breast being worn

10:03 a.m. Did the court mics just catch Kampe telling a ref “I DON’T GIVE A FUCK, THAT’S BULL!!”? Awesome.

10:06 a.m. Finally, I see Sager’s suit. Light pink with a tie and a handkerchief that let you know, loudly, that this man is ready for Easter.

10:07 a.m. Back to Kampe: There is a heirarchy of swear words and “fuck” is definitely above “bullshit.” I love those people who have no problem dropping the F-bomb, but feel the need to censor themselves with words you hear on network television. “Fucking A” is my favorite. Because you can’t say ass!

10:09 a.m. Oakland goes to the half trailing Texas by eight, 46-38. That’s fairly encouraging for the GGs. Keith Benson really has to have a big second half.

10:12 a.m. The Tennessee Volunteers have entered the one-and-one bonus with about eight minutes left in the half. Michigan can’t matchup up with them inside.

10:14 a.m. That’s going to be one of those games where I kick myself for going with my heart over my head.

10:16 a.m. Michigan averages more than eight 3-pointers per game; the Wolverines are 1-0f-9 so far today.

10:17 a.m. The next game to start — Notre Dame-Akron — comes in about 20 minutes. I might check that out for a few minutes. I don’t know why, but I just think Akron can hang around at least better than Northern Colorado or UCSB did yesterday.

10:21 a.m. Michigan now up by one after a couple of forced turnovers and some great play by Matt Vogrich.

Make that up by four. It’s a 10-0 run.

10:22 a.m. Michigan is up by two with four minutes left. If it can get to the half leading or tied, that’s a big win for Big Blue.

10:23 a.m. Due to foul trouble or poor shooting, their starters haven’t given them much. Fourteen of Michigan’s 27 points have come from reserves.

10:25 a.m. The second half has started between Texas-Oakland, but I’m going to stick with the other game until the break, then flip back to see if the GGs can make a push.

10:27 a.m. There’s that Princeton’s offense as Vogrich gets a layup and now has nine points off the bench. He averages 3.2 on the year.

10:28 a.m. In no way — in the college game or the NBA — was Tennessee’s last offensive foul a charge. That’s a horrible call.

10:29 a.m. And with that foul, Tennessee is in the double bonus for the final 89 seconds. The Vols, after those two by Harris, have made 10-of-12 free throws. Michigan has missed its only attempt.

10:31 a.m. Now THAT is a charge.

10:33 a.m. Darius Morris, just 2-of-8 from the field today, throws in a sideways running right-hander just before the buzzer to put the halftime score at 33-29, Wolverines. They closed on a 16-6 run.

10:34 a.m. So which positive spin carries more weight: Michigan should be happy to be up by four after a half in which it didn’t shoot the ball well for the majority, had its stars on the bench due to foul trouble and attempted just one free throw to the Volunteers’ 12, OR …

Tennessee should be pleased to trail by just four after a half in which it took Wolverines’ best shot and are still in the fight, got nothing from anyone other than Tobias Harris and was outrebounded by a smaller, less-physical team.

10:42 a.m. I think I would go with the Michigan argument.

10:43 a.m. But it can’t be understated that Tobias Harris was sensational in that first half. Hit all six field goals and all seven free throws. He added four rebounds and two blocks. He’s a freshman.

10:47 a.m. Notre Dame and Akron are off. It’s a 4-3 Akron lead early on. I think I am going to stick with the Texas-Oakland game for a while. The GGs have pulled back to 12 with about 10 minutes to play.

10:49 a.m. Marv Albert has something to say:

“Now, for those of you watching here on CBS, the conclusion of our game will be on TNT … CBS will joining President Obama’s address to the nation.”

As a basketball fan, Barack should know better than to hold a big address during a day of March Madness.

10:51 a.m. And really, what would draw more ratings for CBS: President Obama speaking or Jordan Hamilton and Tristan Thompson straight ballin’?

The answer should be obvious.

10:54 a.m. With 13:27 to play in the first half, Akron trails ND by just five. So the Zips have accomplished one thing: Stay in the game longer than fellow No. 2 seed University of California-Santa Barbara.

10:58 a.m. UCSB went up in that game, 1-0. Then Florida scored the next 10 points and led by at least 20 for the final 25 minutes of the game. We will not see a bigger embarrassment handed to any team for the rest of this tournament, including the three 16 seeds we’ll watch today.

11:01 a.m. At the under-12 timeout, Notre Dame leads, 21-10.

Texas is up by 13, 76-63, with five minutes left.

11:02 a.m. Obama can go ahead and cut into that game now.

11:04 a.m. Meanwhile, Michigan is absolutely rolling! The Wolverines have outscored Tennessee 12-2 coming out of halftime!

11:06 a.m. Zack Novak has hit a couple of 3-pointers, and Tennessee has turned it over three times in past two minutes of game times. Those have led to five Wolverines points.

11:11 a.m. Tennessee has lost itself. The Vols now trail by 21, 52-31, and haven’t scored in the past six minutes.

11:12 a.m. Zack Novak hit another 3-pointer. You don’t even need be related; you will be a great long-range basketball shooter as long as your name is Novak.

11:15 a.m. And no, Michigan’s Novak has no relation to the other Novak shooters in basketball history.

11:17 a.m. Texas is being threatened as its once 17-point lead has been cut to five. But with a minute to play, a tripping call on Oakland leaves Coach Kampe in a state of utter disbelief.

I could describe his reaction — slight head shake, wide eyes, open mouth — but it wouldn’t be doing it justice. Someone needs to get a .gif file of that face.

11:21 a.m. Hahahahaha! CBS is split-screening its coverage of Obama’s statement on Libya and the Texas-Oakland game.

Because, yes, both hold equal importance to the world.

"Obama speaking ... Gaddafi's killing his own people ...yeah, OK, blah, blah, blah. What's REALLY important is the Longhorns getting this win! I have them going to the Elite Eight in my bracket, for Christ's sake!!!"

11:24 a.m. This address, by forcing the CBS game to move to TNT, has also deprived us of a few minutes with Gus Johnson. His Villanova-George Mason game was originally scheduled for TNT.

11:26 a.m. By the way, I took George Mason.

11:26 a.m. Texas beats Oakland, 85-81. Again, it wasn’t that close.

11-6 (1-0 today).

11:27 a.m. ALL GAMES ON BREAK!!!! SHOT!!

I think the president’s address makes that one a double.

11:31 a.m. How about the Zips? Akron is down by only four at the half, 34-30. They are a 3-point shooting team and are 4-of-10 today. They have gotten five offensive rebounds to Notre Dame’s one. That’s something to keep an eye on.

11:33 a.m. Meanwhile, Tennessee is going through its second stretch of at least six minutes without a point. It’s 70-40.


11:35 a.m. I think it’s clear what’s coming for Bruce Pearl.

(Nice cover art)

11:39 a.m. George Mason hanging in, but Villanova is hits its outside shots. The ‘Cats are 4-of-6 from long range. 18-15, ‘Nova leads. Ten minutes left.

11:43 a.m. It’s a final from Charlotte, N.C.

Michigan over Tennessee, 75-45. I am pleasantly surprised that Michigan won. By even the most blatant Michigan homer and Vol critic has to be stunned at that score.

12-6 (2-0 today).

11:46 a.m. But that 8-9 win won’t mean much if I don’t get this George Mason victory. Mason is down by six with eight minutes to go in the first half.

11:49 a.m. Notre Dame opens the second half with a traditional three-point play, but it’s just a seven-point game. I’m going to keep it here for a bit. I think Mason can keep it close until the half.

11:51 a.m. Next game to launch is the 12th-seeded Memphis Tigers versus the fifth-seeded Arizona Wildcats. I’m going with Arizona. Derrick Williams is the best player on the floor and I think Memphis’ many freshmen won’t be able to deal with him.

11:54 a.m. Charles Barkley said it was “inappropriate” for Tennessee’s athletics director, Mike Hamilton, to come out and talk about Bruce Pearl’s lack of job security.

I don’t think it was inappropriate at all. Those players can’t worry about that, they don’t have to carry it in their minds as they go onto the court. They just have to go play basketball and do it for themselves. Obviously, they didn’t. The Vols were distracted and it showed.

11:57 a.m. I guess my previous comment about UCSB has been trumped by Tennessee. Nice job.

11:57 a.m. Michigan shot just one free throw in that game? Wow!

11:59 a.m. At the under-four timeout in Villanova-George Mason, the Wildcats are up by 10. Mason just can’t get anything going from the offensive end.

12:04 p.m. Nine-point games all over the place. Notre Dame, Villanova and MEMPHIS all up by nine at the moment.

12:05 p.m. Memphis’ pressure defense has forced a couple of turnovers in the first four minutes. Arizona missed its first four shots.

But hey, it’s early.

12:09 p.m. George Mason is putting together a strong end to this half.

Despite small contributions from their top two scorers, Cam Long and Ryan Pearson, the Patriots trail by six at the break, 35-29.

12:12 p.m. Notre Dame is up by just five, 49-44, with less than 10 minutes to play. We’re staying here.

12:14 p.m. A 3-pointer by Tim Abromaitis puts it up to eight, but Notre Dame has found itself in this tight position after a bit of cold streak in which it didn’t score for more than than there minutes. So the Zips went on a 14-4 run.

12:17 p.m. A couple of three-point plays has pushed the lead back up to double digits. It’s 55-44, 7:33 to play.

12:20 p.m. I see Hampton and Duke have begun play. Good for them. I know it sounds like I’m underestimating a lot of these games, but there are a lot of matchups here that don’t intrigue me. Hampton-Duke is certainly one of them.

12:21 p.m. If the Pirates give me a reason to watch, I’ll tune in. But I think Duke’s got that one under control.

12:24 p.m. I do want to see what Kyrie Irving has to offer, but I’m sure I’ll see it Sunday.

12:25 p.m. Are you as surprised as I that that game, even if it is only Hampton as the opponent is on truTV? Final Four announcers Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg are on the call. It IS Duke after all. Just an odd broadcast location.

12:28 p.m. It looks like the Irish have restored order. Or maybe Akron just ran out of gas. The Zips haven’t scored in more than four minutes.


12:32 p.m. Not a lot of clean play in the Memphis-Arizona game. The Wildcats (from the desert) have six turnovers. Both teams are already in the one-and-one bonus with 6:36 left. Memphis leads, 26-20.

12:36 p.m. It’s been a rough open to the second 20 for ‘Nova and Mason. The teams are a combined 0-for-7 three minutes in.

12:39 p.m. Three of Villanova’s last four shots have come with at least 25 seconds left on the shot clock. There’s no problem with playing fast, and ‘Nova wants to run with its guards, but that’s too quick.

12:42 p.m. Mouphtaou Yarou has 13 rebounds for Villanova. His season high is 16. Rebounding is certainly a weakness for the Patriots and that’s following through in this game. Villanova has a 7-3 edge on the offensive glass, 24-13 overall.

12:46 p.m. Intentional foul on Arizona’s Kevin Parrom for an elbow to the head. It turns into a five-point possession after the two free throws and a long ball. We’ll see if that sparks Memphis, which has fallen a bit flat in the second half of this first half.

If that makes sense. Game is tied at 37 with less than two minutes to play.

12:49 p.m. George Mason has missed 7-of-16 free throws, is getting pulverized on the boards and has missed 8-of-10 shots from long range. And yet, the Pats are down by just eight.

I guess it could be worse. A lot worse.

12:51 p.m. Notre Dame finished off Akron, 69-56.

13-6 (3-0 today).

12:52 p.m. Whatever spark there was for Memphis after that intentional foul helped the Tigers get a two-point lead didn’t last long. Arizona up by three at the half, 41-38.

12:54 p.m. Jim Larranaga wanted more aggressiveness out of his team after that first half and he’s getting it. The Patriots are hustling to all the loose balls and have made it a one-point game. Villanova still leads, 43-42, with 11 minutes left.

12:57 p.m. As Mason works itself into it and time dwindles, Gus Johnson, the announcer, gives way to Gus Johnson, the fan. I can’t wait!

12:58 p.m. Bruce Pearl said he should have coached up his team better in the second half. When asked if he thinks his career as the coach at Tennessee is done, he said, “I hope not.” He wants to work through this together. I think the Volunteers program will choose to work through Pearl’s lying without him.

1:02 p.m. Four fouls on George Mason’s Ryan Pearson. He has four fouls with nine minutes left and will have to take a seat. He averages 14 points and seven rebounds per game.

Today, just five and two, respectively.

1:05 p.m. Patriots’ Johnny Williams could have gotten a tech right there for unleashing a primal scream toward an opponent after a dunk. I’m surprised the refs let that go.

We’ve reached the under-eight timeout in that game. 47-44, Villanova. The Wildcats have missed its last 10 3-pointers.

1:12 p.m. Three-pointer for Corey Stokes, and that’s a huge 3. 52-46, ‘Nova with less than five minutes to play. Shortly thereafter, Mason missed ANOTHER free throw! It’ll kill ya!

1:15 p.m. Villanova fouls Mason again, but why not?

The Patriots shoot 69 percent as a team. But they are down to 57.1 percent, 12-of-21. Villanova leads, 52-46, with 3:40 left.


1:21 p.m. George Mason doesn’t want to win right now. Two consecutive turnovers in crunch time. 54-48, Villanova, with about two minutes left.

1:22 p.m. But George Mason’s Isaiah Tate takes and hits a 3-pointer. It was an ill-advised shot, but it went in, so it’s a great shot, ri ght? 54-51.

That drew a “pure!” (announced “piyur) out of Gus!

1:24 p.m. And then after Villanova misses both free throws, Mason converts on an and-1 by Ryan Pearson! It’s a tie game and Gus Johnson is boiling!!!

1:28 p.m. Villanova almost threw it away on its next possession, but got fouled.


Gus Johnson: “Fighting, scrapping, JAMMING!”

56-54, Patriots.

1:32 p.m. Corey Fisher gets fouled shooting a 3 for ‘Nova to bail out the Wildcats on that possession. He makes ALL 3!!





1:35 p.m. OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK, OK. I don’t know how to type AND WATCH as fast as that action was happening.

Mason’s Luke Hancock hit another shot that should have never been taken, but somehow, IT WENT IN TO GIVE GM A TWO-POINT LEAD, 59-57, WITH ABOUT 20 SECONDS LEFT.

After a jump ball and a official’s timeout to check the clock (how many of those stupid stoppages are we going to have in this tournament?!?!?!), Villanova gets it in with nine seconds left. Corey Stokes couldn’t hit a two-point jumper from the baseline, the hustle for the loose ball went to George Mason. It got throw ahead to Morrison who put in authoritative two-hand dunk just prior to time expiring. The Patriots win, 59-57.

Gus Johnson: “George Mason makes a statement: We are back and we are reeeeeeeaaady!”

1:45 p.m. A 13-3 run in the final 3:30 gives George Mason the win. I think the most amazing aspect was, for as much trouble the Patriots had at the line, Villanova missed three of its six free throws in the last two minutes.

1:48 p.m. What an amazing ending. And a big win for my bracket.

14-6 (4-0 today). But we’ve got more trouble a-brewin’.

1:50 p.m. Memphis leads Arizona, 65-63, with less than six minutes to play.

1:51 p.m. If anyone is listening to this game, you don’t need to go back and study the box score to find out why Arizona has fallen behind; just listen to U of A alum Steve Kerr. He’s repeatedly talked about how Arizona’s interior player refuse to rotate on the defense end, and it’s led to a lot of easy points for Memphis.

However, we’re back at step one. It’s 65-65 with five minutes left. Memphis ball.

1:53 p.m. By the way, Florida State and Texas A & M are playing. Anyone surprised by that score with just 6:41 to play in the first half. It’s 15-13, Florida State.

I think everyone predicted that would be a game where offense is at a premium.

1:55 p.m. Kevin Parrom, who is a very good defender for the Wildcats off the bench, has fouled out. He had nine points and three steals.

1:57 p.m. As we hit the under-four timeout, Arizona leads, 68-65, coming off of Derrick Williams’ first 3-pointer of the day. He has 22 points, 10 rebounds and has hit all nine of his free throws. Just 3:30 remaining. Memphis is going to the line for a one-and-one.

1:59 p.m. Memphis, which hasn’t been a good free-throw shooting team for a long time, has missed its past three freebies.

2:01 p.m. Memphis made a free throw after a bucket to tie it up at 68-68, and then Arizona’s second consecutive travel gives the ball right back.

2:01 p.m. And just as I post that, Memphis travels. Who doesn’t want to win more? That’s the question right now.

2:02 p.m. Memphis is just collapsing on Derrick Williams whenever he gets the ball and daring every other Tiger to beat them. And rightfully so.

2:03 p.m. Lamont Jones takes the dare and hits a 3 for Arizona! Then Memphis, for some reason, comes down and chucks up a counter 3-pointer hardly five seconds into the shot clock.

It didn’t even hit the rim.

71-68, Arizona with about 90 seconds left.

2:05 p.m. After a couple of Wildcat free throws, Memphis gets a two to drop with 38.8 left. Timeout. Arizona ball and leading, 73-70. Each team has one timeout left. Each team will shoot two free throws on a foul. Possession arrow is pointing toward Memphis.

2:07 p.m. Memphis wants to trap, and it does trap Lamont Jones deep in the backcourt. As he falls to the floor, the official signals that he got the timeout in before Memphis caused a jump ball.

That caused Memphis head coach Josh Pasnor to do about a five-foot broad jump.

2:09 p.m. Memphis gets another good trap locked in, but as Arizona throws it wildly up toward midcourt, Memphis knocks it out of bounds. That takes the trap away. Memphis is forced to foul and Jamelle Horne makes a pair. 75-70 with 23.7 seconds left.

2:10 p.m. That trap finally got ’em! Memphis hit a couple of free throws and then Arizona threw it away on the next inbounds pass. Joe Jackson got an offensive rebound and put it back for a big two. 75-74, Arizona, with 12 seconds left.

Man, this has been a crazy hour in basketball!

2:12 p.m. Memphis fouls with 7.4 seconds left and Lamont Jones makes two free throws. 77-74.

With no timeouts for Memphis, they have to go. Arizona fouls by midcourt, a strategy I always love, but especially with Memphis because the Tigers have a difficult time making free throws.

2:14 p.m. Derrick Williams just made a triumphant statement on his college career!


2:17 p.m. Arizona missed a couple of free throws, but with just a couple tenths of a second remaining, it didn’t mean much.

Arizona wins, 77-75.

15-6 (5-0 today).

2:19 p.m. Whew.


I …

2:23 p.m. OK, let’s also point out that Duke had no problem with Hampton. The Blue Devils won, 87-45.

16-6 (6-0 today).

2:26 p.m. Otherwise, we’ve got Ohio State taking on UT-San Antonio. The Roadrunners have been pesky early, but OSU leads, 17-11.

And the only other game on right now is Florida State-Texas A & M. The Aggies lead, 26-23, heading into the second half. Looking at the box score, Chris Singleton has taken just two shots for Florida State and has picked up three fouls. Everybody has pointed to him as Florida State’s chance to win this game.

2:31 p.m. Both teams are shooting less than 40 percent, which is to be expected.

2:33 p.m. When the opposing coach points out to a sideline reporter that a star player on the other side doesn’t look 100 percent, you know it’s true. I haven’t seen much of this game, but the stat sheet says it as well.

2:35 p.m. The Seminoles have missed 8-of-9 3-pointers. But Texas A &M from the line, just brutal. Absolutely sickening. 7-of-17 from the stripe. Yowsa!

2:36 p.m. Florida State head coach doesn’t expect Chris Singleton to play in “two-minute bursts” in the second half.

Uh-oh. I took Florida State.

2:38 p.m. Florida State has committed 12 turnovers next to just five assists. But its own defense is keeping it in the game.

2:41 p.m. The Seminoles are starting to use their size advantage. They trail by just one with 15 minutes left.

2:45 p.m. There’s Florida State’s six block of the day, and it turns into a lead-grabbing basket for the ‘Noles. They are on a 9-0 run.

2:48 p.m. Make it 11-0. Bernard James is taking over this bitch! He has scored the Seminoles last eight points. He has 10 for the game.

2:50 p.m. Florida State has a guard by the name of Luke Loucks. His brother Jacob played for UCF while I was a student there. Luke doesn’t play much, but at least he has three assists today. When Jacob came into any game, you knew it was over.

2:55 p.m. And at the half, Ohio State is doing what it should. It leads, 37-21 at halftime. Looks like I won’t be going back to that game until this one is over.

2:56 p.m. We are approaching that time of day where the tourney takes a short break in between the second and the third quartet of games. Unfortunately, the third quarter doesn’t hold a lot of excitement on paper. It starts with Kansas advancing playing against Boston. Then North Carolina-Rhode Island and Purdue St. Peter’s follow about 30 minutes later.

But one game looks promising: Xavier-Marquette. The potential is even greater with Gus on the call.

3:02 p.m. The final four games of the night look a bit better: UNLV-Illinois and Washington-Georgia should both be close games. I really want to watch Washington. Like, always. I always want to watch them.

VCU-Georgetown could be decent if Chris Wright isn’t 100 percent.

The latest tip is scheduled to be Indiana State-Syracuse. I have a feeling that game will be better than many suspect.

And no, that link isn’t a Black Eyes Peas song.

3:05 p.m. Chris Singleton just hit a 3 for FSU. The ‘Noles lead 45-40 with about 6:30 left.

3:09 p.m. Derwin Kitchen! He converts an and-1. Now it’s a 48-40 lead with less than five minutes to play. I know the Aggies have been solid from the perimeter today, but that’s going to be a tough hole for them to climb out of given their offense.

3:14 p.m. And that will just about do it for the Aggies. A blocked shot by FSU, its seventh of the day, leads to a fast break (WHAT!?!?!) finished off with a bucket and a foul. It’s now an eight-point game, 50-42, with 2:28 to play. No way Texas A & M can score that many points AND stop FSU with so little time left.

3:20 p.m. There’s a 3 for A & M, but it’s too little too late. Prior to that shot, the Aggies had scored two points in six minutes.

3:23 p.m. Spero Dedes: “This one not quite over just yet.”

Yes, there is 32.8 seconds remaining, so it’s not over. But it’s over.

3:24 p.m. Florida State wins, 57-50.

17-6 (7-0 today).

3:27 p.m. It’s a pretty impressive box score for FSU. Hold your opponent to 31.4 percent shooting. Ten blocks, six steals. A couple of critical 3s late.

3:29 p.m. Why am I still talking about Florida State? Because I don’t want to talk about this Ohio State game. It is what it is. A No. 16 vs. a No. 1.

With 12 minutes left, the Buckeyes lead 55-32.

3:31 p.m. Right now, UTSA can’t dribble without taking three steps. It can’t get the ball to drop when they are right next to the basket. It’s a little sad to watch.

3:32 p.m. If you want March Madness, you might want to take a 45-minute nap. Kansas-Boston is our next game and will tip at 3:50 p.m.

3:34 p.m. Not even the voice of Gus can save this game.

3:35 p.m. Taking a quick cheese and crackers break. Scrumptious.

3:51 p.m. Certainly, this is ending of the day thus far.

3:55 p.m. I’m watching the KU-BU game for the time being. Be patient, basketball fans. Better games are on the way.

4:00 p.m. Ohio State wins, 75-46. And that finishes off an undefeated half-day for me.

You know what that means: This second is going to be horror.

18-6 (8-0 today).

4:10 p.m. Only four lower seeds have won in this tournament so far. That’s a very small number. How small? I need to find out.

4:15 p.m. If higher seeds left to play hold, our four “upsets” will be the second-lowest amount in tourney history, tied with the four from 2004. The 2000 tournament saw just three lower-seeded team win in the first round.

4:17 p.m. The Long Island-North Carolina game is underway. I’ll watch the first few minutes of this one because it should be a track meet. I’m waiting for Marquette-Xavier at 4:27 p.m.

4:19 p.m. Kansas-Boston is just a three-point game with six minutes to play in the first half. I give BU a lot of credit for hanging around this long, but I’m not going to pay much attention to that one unless the deficit is less than 10 with about 15 minutes to play.

4:22 p.m. Purdue-St. Peter’s has begun on TNT.

4:23 p.m. Even though I am not worried about Kansas, I will say that it’s always somewhat concerning when you see the team you picked to win the national championship not assert itself over a clearly inferior team 15 minutes into the game. Look at how Florida and Duke handled business; that’s what you want.

I don’t know what a tight first half for a No. 1 seed in the first round means for that team in the long run, but it just doesn’t look good.

4:24 p.m. By the way, with Boston playing Kansas, I’m surprised that I haven’t heard a joke relating those teams to their ’70s rock music namesakes.

I refuse to believe there is nothing good in that crop.

4:28 p.m. UNC is certainly off the the races. Long Island appears to be stuck in the starting blocks. It’s 14-5 with less than four minutes off the clock. Since LIU doesn’t play much defense — the Blackbirds allow 72 points per game — North Carolina might be aiming for 100 tonight.

4:32 p.m. Fourteen points in 16 minutes from Duke’s Kyrie Irving. And looking at the replays, he looks awesomely quick. I know it’s too reactionary, but that could cause me to regret not moving Duke past the national semifinals.

4:34 p.m. At the half, Kansas is only up by four.

4:35 p.m. I don’t know if he did it for the second game from Tulsa, Okla., but Craig Sager has gone through a wardrobe change. He seems to be going the neopolitan route. His strawberry-pink look has given way to a chocolate-looking suit, cut into squares by white pinstripes. The he has a pink tie with a color mix design and a pink handkerchief.

It’s a good look for him.


Hopefully you started drinking hard about an hour ago to get yourself through this malaise.

4:42 p.m. Another five minutes or so remains until Marquette and Xavier get going.

Please, for the love of God, hurry up!!

4:47 p.m. It’s going to be a late night in Cleveland. With Xavier-Marquette not expected to start until 7:50 p.m. Eastern Time, that means the Syracuse-Indiana State game won’t began until at least 10:20. And you know weird things happen late in the night.

4:49 p.m. St. Peter’s having a hard time doing anything offensively with a 3-for-14 start. Purdue is up by 11. 19-8 with eight minutes to play.

4:51 p.m. Here we go with Xavier and Marquette. I took X.

4:55 p.m. Can Xavier’s guards matchup and stay with the Golden Eagles, who want to run? Can Marquette’s defense hold up? It’s been pretty leaky all season. Can Marquette force Xavier to stay out of the lane and force them to take 3s, where the Musketeers struggle? This will be some things to keep track of.

4:57 p.m. Golden Eagles up, 6-4, in the early minutes.

4:59 p.m. All of a sudden, the Blackbirds have tied the Tar Heels! It’s a 19-6 run in the last 3:40.

5:02 p.m. Xavier’s head coach showed his team the footage of its loss to Kansas State in the tourney last year. He said he wants the team to remember how bad it felt after the game.

Hopefully the team doesn’t realize it needed Jordan Crawford to stay afloat in that game. He’s not around anymore.

5:05 p.m. But yeah, that was pretty epic.

5:06 p.m. Five turnovers for Xavier through the first seven or so minutes.

5:07 p.m. I said I wouldn’t pay attention to the Kansas game until it was within 10 points with less than 15 minutes to play.

Well, with 14:39 remaining, it’s just a nine-point Kansas lead, 41-32. That’ll be my second game to watch.

5:11 p.m. Fantastic, just fantastic defense by Marquette so far. They are all over Xavier’s guards and doing a lot of good work at clogging the middle. Golden Eagles up, 13-7, with 9:47 left.

5:17 p.m. Marquette guard Junior Cadougan. Does that name make you think of one of the best video games ever? I hope so.

5:19 p.m. Xavier guard Mark Lyons has three fouls with about eight minutes to play. That could be gigantic. He is the team’s second-best player, offensively.

5:23 p.m. OK, while I am concerned for the Musketeers, Kansas is up by only nine points with less than 10 minutes to play. I have to check that out.

5:23 p.m. Make it six. KU, 47-41.

5:26 p.m. Well, some 3s and a couple of stops can do a lot for a team. Morningstar, Taylor and Markieff Morris sink consecutive money balls. And it’s gone from six to 15 in two minutes. Kansas by 15 at 58-43.

5:29 p.m. Elsewhere, Purdue has started the second half, and it’s more than doubling St. Peter’s. The Peacocks are shooting just 25 percent from the field (7-for-28). And order seems to have been restored for the Tar Heels. They lead at the half over LIU, 53-42.

5:31 p.m. It’s now 17 clear for Kansas, and I’m going back to the Marquette game.

Right now, it is Marquette’s game. The Golden Eagles lead 23-17 with less than four minutes remaining in the first half and are going back to the line.

5:35 p.m. Xavier shooting only 29 percent tonight. And it’s not bad shots from Xavier; it’s great Marquette defense leading to forced shots. There is a difference.

5:38 p.m. Xavier down by seven with two minutes to play, it has to be kept at that margin right there going into the half.

5:40 p.m. Halftime in that game is going to present us with a question no one wants to answer: What do you want to watch now?

Kansas is up by 22 with 1:30 left.

North Carolina is up by 15 with 17:45 left.

Purdue is up 23 with 15:35 left.

Ugh, ugh and ugh.

5:44 p.m. Well, so much for keeping it at seven. Within those final two minutes, Marquette almost doubles its leads and goes to the break ahead, 33-20.

5:45 p.m. Xavier is not a 3-point shooting team — only 33 percent on the year — so it better not panic.

5:46 p.m. But this game is all about Marquette’s defense. It was one of the worst in the Big East on the year. The Golden Eagles allowed opponents to shoot 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. Today, Xavier is shooting 31 percent and has missed on all five of its 3-point attempts.

5:50 p.m. Hey, Kansas won, 72-53. Woooo! Soon-to-be national champs, baby! I never doubted it

Other when they were up by just six with less than 10 minutes to play, but (rabble) (rabble) (rabble).

19-6 (9-0 today).

5:55 p.m. I am now watching the North Carolina-Long Island game because UNC is only up by nine and that counts as close in this cycle of games.

5:59 p.m. What is it about these afternoon and night games? Hasn’t been much to see for two days now. And usually, the big upsets come at night. And if not upsets, then at least the good games. But these have been rough.

6:03 p.m. Hey hey hey, now. A converted and-one by LIU brings the Blackbirds to within 11. Still plenty of time left at 9:40.

6:05 p.m. Xavier finally makes a 3 as we are two minutes into the second half. But the Golden Eagles still lead by 13.

6:07 p.m. LIU gave it a good run, but it just can’t stop North Carolina. The Tar Heels have 84 points with 7:29 left. I think that prediction of 100 points is going to be fulfilled. 84-70.

6:10 p.m. Marquette has 12 turnovers, but Xavier has scored just six points off of them.

6:15 p.m. Marquette’s traditional 3-point play gives it a game-high 15 point lead. But its really the defense that has impressed me and I bet a lot of other people.

6:17 p.m. Xavier nearly forces a turnover, there is a scramble for the ball near midcourt, Marquette comes up with it, Darius Johnson-Odom gets the ball in his hands and nails a 3 with eight seconds left on the shot clock. And Gus Johnson says it right: Back-breaker.

47-29 with 13:27 to play. This game is over.

6:22 p.m. I am switching over to Illinois-UNLV on tbs. I picked UNLV. It’s 9-8, Illinois with 16:17 left in the first. It’s the beginning of the end of this “first” round in 2011.

6:25 p.m. Illinois is a solid defensive team, but it doesn’t bring the pressure like the Rebels do. It’ll be key to see how the Fighting Illini handle that. But UNLV can be very shaky offensively.

6:31 p.m. Purdue won, 65-43.

20-6 (10-0 today).

6:33 p.m. Xavier made a push to bring it back to within eight at 51-43, but Darius Johnson-Odom hits another 3 to bring it back to 11.

6:35 p.m. Some free throws by Tyler Zeller brought the Tar Heels over 100 points. It’s a final at 102-87. Zeller and John Henson set career-highs in points with 32 and 28, respectively. Yet, the Tar Heels missed 13-of-16 beyond the arc and missed 11 free throws.

They could have put up 120.

21-6 (11-0 today).

6:40 p.m. And now Illinois is out to a quick start. UNLV is not hitting from the field, which doesn’t allow for its pressure D to set up. It doesn’t help the Rebels have committed four turnovers in the first 10 minutes.

22-12, Illini.

6:45 p.m. UNLV looks completely out of sync. This is painful so far. 26-12, Illinois.

6:50 p.m. I am speechless right now. I am just waiting for something to happen. And Marquette or Illinois just won’t have any fun with me.

6:52 p.m. The next game to go is VCU-Georgetown. Chris Wright is starting for Georgetown and I took the Hoyas.

6:54 p.m. I know Demetri McCamey is the best player on the floor for Illinois, but he looks amazing tonight. He’s driving through the lane for buckets. He hit a step-back 3. He is finding his open teammates with four assists.

6:55 p.m. Meanwhile, UNLV is shooting just 23 percent from the field and is being really bothered by the illini’s length.

6:57 p.m. VCU and Georgetown have started. I am watching that game just because I want something with a tight score. You can’t get much tighter than 0-0.

7:00 p.m. Marquette wins, 68-55. The Golden Eagles had kept just two teams to lower totals this season: Centenary and Texas A & M Corpus Christi.

And that ends my perfect day!

Damn you, Xavier!

21-7 (11-1 today).

7:05 p.m. Speaking of games that are over, you can also count another loss for me coming up. UNLV trails 43-21 with less than a minute to play in the first half.

7:08 p.m. Washington-Georgia just started. I took Washington, and this will be a game all about pace. If it’s fast, Washington has too many athletes. But if Georgia can slow it down, the Bulldogs have a good chance.

7:09 p.m. On the first possession of the game, Washington gets two offensive rebounds. The Huskies aren’t bigger than the Bulldogs, who run through 6-foot-10-inch Trey Thompkins. But they can jump higher.

7:11 p.m. Isaiah Thomas called for a double dribble. Right now, the Huskies are going to bit too fast internally. They need to just take a breath.

7:17 p.m. Syracuse-Indiana State will start at 10:32. Man, I would love to be at that game. Even if the matchup isn’t very good, it has to feel awesome attending live sports after midnight.

7:21 p.m. Georgia scored eight consecutive points until Washington finally hit its first 3-pointer in six attempts. Bulldogs lead, 9-7.

7:22 p.m. Another 3 makes it a quick 6 for Washington … then Isaiah Thomas’ zooms to the bucket, layup, timeout Georgia. Just like that, Washington is back in front by three.

7:29 p.m. The VCU rams are up on Georgetown by two. The Hoyas hit 36 percent of their 3s, but are just 1-of-7 today.

7:33 p.m. Isaiah Thomas was out of the game for 90 seconds. In that time, the Bulldogs hit on seven straight points and now lead by six. Coincidence?

Lorenzo Romar thinks so. Thomas is back on the floor.

7:35 p.m. I’m going to watch VCU-Georgetown for the rest of that half as the Rams are up by eight, 29-21.

7:36 p.m. Syracuse-Indiana State has started. Larry Bird is probably going to be a DNP — coach’s decision.

7:38 p.m. At the under-four timeout, VCU leads by seven, 30-23. The Rams are just faster to everything. They look like they want it more right now and it shows in the stats. Georgetown has seven turnovers.

7:44 p.m. Hollis Thompson is keeping Georgetown in this game as he has 10 points on 3-for-3 shooting. All other Hoys are 6-for-21.

7:45 p.m. The Rams and Hoyas shoot about the same percentage from 3-point range. But the Rams are 6-of-12. Hoyas: 1-of-11. And VCU just got fouled taking a 3-pointer. Joey Rodriguez made all free throws, so the VCU lead is now nine at 33-24 with less than one minute to go in the half.

7:48 p.m. A horrid possession in which no Hoya wanted to take a shot ends in a turnover — if they hadn’t thrown it away, it would have been a shot-clock violation. VCU gets two more free throws and the lead 35-24 at the half.

7:51 p.m. Washington fights back to take a one-point lead with about a minute to go …

7:52 p.m. But the Huskies can’t stop Trey Tompkins. He gets an and-1 in the final minutes.

7:54 p.m. Another sweet basket by Thomas ties it up just before the half.


8:00 p.m. Syracuse leads Indiana State, 29-14, at the under-eight timeout. I guess those ghosts of T.J. Sorrentine can go somewhere else to haunt.

8:01 p.m. And in the only other game not at halftime, the Illinois Fighting Illini lead the UNLV Rebels, a lot-not even close to as much.

8:04 p.m. At least something is holding to form for UNLV. It’s not a good 3-point shooting team and today, it’s not been a good 3-point shooting team. 5-for-21.

8:11 p.m. The physical toll of sitting on a couch and watching TV for 12 hours while typing is starting to wear on me.

8:12 p.m. Or maybe I’m just bored. Yeah, that’s probably it.

8:19 p.m. I will admit I sorely underestimated VCU. I didn’t think they would beat USC, and I thought USC stood a good shot of beating Georgetown. But the Rams strangled USC’s offense late and are doing it again to Georgetown. 46-28.

8:20 p.m. The Washington-Georgia game has returned and is our only hope for a decent game. Washington up, 33-32, 17:18 left.

8:23 p.m. Georgia had a put-back dunk taken away because the refs called offensive interference. But the replays showed the ball was definitely BELOW the rim when it was caught. And then Thomas makes it worse by draining a two. Washington up by five.

8:25 p.m. Illinois beat UNLV, 73-62. If you’ve been paying attention, you understand how deceiving that score is.

21-8 (11-2 today).

8:26 p.m. I turned on the Georgetown game just as the replays were showing the Hoyas hitting a 3 heading into a timeout. I thought the Hoyas were making a run.

They are.

They are now down by just 15!!

8:28 p.m. Seriously though, the Hoyas can’t figure out VCU’s defense. Fifteen turnovers won’t win you any games, you know?

8:30 p.m. Maybe Indiana State can make a run in the second half? The Sycamores are only down by eight at the half.

8:35 p.m. Washington is starting to feel it. The Huskies have hit a couple of 3 in the last few minutes and are now up, 43-35.

8:38 p.m. Isaiah Thomas is on the bench for the Huskies, up by 10. The last time he was on the bench, the offense fell apart.

8:40 p.m. This time, the Huskies maintain their margin and as we head to the under-12 timeout, Washington is up by the score of 55-45. They are showing much more energy than Georgia.

8:42 p.m. Georgetown has officially unraveled. Its spark plug, Chris Wright, just picked up a technical foul. The Rams hit the two free throws and are now up by 20 points, 56-36, with 8:48 to play. I’m just going to do this so I don’t have to later.

21-9 (11-3 today).

8:44 p.m. Syracuse-Indiana State are back from halftime. Syracuse only up by eight. YOU NEVER KNOW!!

But if these games at night the past two days are any indication, I do know: Syracuse is going to win by about 20.

8:46 p.m. Isaiah Thomas just moved past his defender right there, that poor guy’s jersey almost blew off.

8:48 p.m. Offensive foul on the Bulldogs. Washington ball up nine with momentum and just 7:43 to play. And with one of its best interior players, Jeremy Price, on the bench with four fouls, this ending could mirror much of what came before it: lacking drama.

8:51 p.m. Meanwhile, the Fightin’ Larry Legends aren’t quitting at all against Syracuse. They have cut Syracuse’s lead to just six, 42-36, and are going to the line for two more. Time to tune in.

8:53 p.m. There is still 16 minutes remaining, but Gus is starting to get revved up.

8:55 p.m. The Sycamores have been making some headway thanks to their 3-point shooting (6-of-14), and they haven’t let the zone bothered them too much. They have just eight turnovers.

8:59 p.m. But hey, at least a couple of these late games are showing some heart. Couldn’t get a thing going last night.

8:59 p.m. Indiana State has missed its last three 3-pointers. Those kids seem very nervous-antsy right now.

9:01 p.m. As I try to eat a burger and type with two hands, I see that Washington has held Georgia at a continued 10-point distance with about three minutes left.

9:02 p.m. The Sycamores’ bench needs to get up. Stop looking so mopey. Things aren’t going their way now as the Orange are back up by 11 and ISU is in foul trouble. But there is still an eternity left in this game — 12 minutes.

Wake up!

9:05 p.m. Four turnovers for Indiana State in the last four minutes.

9:06 p.m. Despite Venoy Overton’s passionate pleas, the Huskies foul Georgia to set up an and-1. The free throw is missed, but another O-board and foul gives the Bulldogs two more free shots. The Bulldogs are in the double bonus.

Both free throws made. Washington leads, 63-57 with 1:31 to play.

9:10 p.m. Georgia ball with 48.6 seconds left, trailing by six … Washington steals the inbounds pass and Thomas is fouled. After two free throws, it’s back to an eight-point U-Dub lead.

9:13 p.m. Georgia got a quick two, but it’s not going to be enough. Back to the Syracuse-Indiana State game …


9:18 p.m. After two Washington free throws and a 3-pointer by Georgia, it’s only a two-point game! With 4.9 seconds left, C.J. Wilcox is fouled.

All he needs to do is make two free throws and this game is over.

SO OF COURSE! He misses the second free throw. Jeremy Price fires the ball down court. Isaiah Thomas, the smallest guy on the floor, leaps and deflects the pass, but it lands in the hands of Travis Leslie!


It hit nothing but glass. Washington wins, 68-65.

22-9 (12-3 today).

9:21 p.m. But damn, Washington has got to do better than that at closing out games. I actually think they have a chance to beat UNC.

9:23 p.m. By the way, the final of VCU-Georgetown: 74-56. Thanks for playing, Hoyas.

9:25 p.m. Syracuse is finally pulling away, up by 14 with 5:27 left.

9:26 p.m. I think Washington can beat North Carolina because the Huskies have the speed and the length to compete with them. Plus, both teams will find a way to make the score close if the game starts to get out of hand.

9:31 p.m. Indiana State has missed its past four 3-pointers and have seen its turnovers nearly double in the past 12 or so minutes.

9:33 p.m. Syracuse putting on the finishing touches, put by 16 with three minutes to play.

9:35 p.m. The last thing any team needs in the final minutes of a victory: Injury.

Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine feel the floor, grabbing his left wrist and was writhing in pain. It looked bad.

But apparently, it wasn’t. He went to the bench, shook it off and seems OK right now. He’s not in the game.

9:41 p.m. Syracuse wins, 77-60.

23-9 (13-3 today).

9:42 p.m. My computer made it through a full day without one blowup. Huzzah! There were signs of slowing a couple hours ago, but much like Kansas, it persevered and pulled away successfully late in the action.

9:47 p.m. So that’s it for the “first” round of the NCAA Tournament. Was it true Madness? Part of it was, but let’s not overrate it. These night games on both nights were abysmal by majority.

I’ll be back to wrap this up in a few minutes …


So let’s recap what we’ve seen in the last two days.

On Thursday, Butler saved its chances to walk a second road to the Final Four with a tip-in at the buzzer; Morehead State pulled off the the upset of the tournament by taking down Big East Tournament finalist Louisville; Temple finally won a NCAA Tournament game, coming a last-second shot; Kentucky avoided becoming this generation’s UCLA by narrowly defeating Clemson; Richmond upset Vanderbilt to keep the 12-over-a-5 streak going.

And then we saw a bunch of junk during the night.

On Friday, George Mason’s heroics gave us a thrilling finish and another classic Gus Johnson sound clip; Derrick Williams saved the Arizona Wildcats.

And then we saw a bunch of junk.

There were some unbelievable moments and great performances. It can’t be understated how well teams such as Florida, Connecticut, Gonzaga, VCU, Duke and others played.

But past those special moments, this “first” round will be largely forgotten. Of the 16 games that started after 6 p.m. Eastern these last two days, maybe one actually held my attention for more than 30 minutes of game time. There were no great endings to anything after sundown. After UNC-Asheville and Arkansas-Little Rock went to overtime in the first game of the First Four, we were bound to simple regulation for the next 32 games.

This all might sound greedy, but I’m not wrong when I say that the NCAA Tournament is known for having great games, upsets, excitement, close finishes, buzzer-beating shots. But those night games largely went through the motions. It was actually boring at times.

But I believe it will all even out, which means were are in for some exciting stuff either this weekend or next. At least, that’s what I expect. I think that’s what we all expect. That’s March Madness. It might as well have been November for half of these past two days.

Hopefully your bracket is better than mine. With a 23-9 first two days, I am tied for seventh in my main bracket league, which has 35 participants. I am in the 65th percentile on Yahoo! Not great, but I’m hanging.

Thank you for checking out these running blogs, both from Thursday and today. There were some slow moments, but I hope they were somewhat entertaining. I won’t be around tomorrow — only eight games? Pfffff, I could do that standing on my head … or standing at all! But maybe I’ll do this again for the title game. I don’t know. I do know that these last two days of sitting on my ass like a lazy slob and trying follow along with the games and do this blog was totally worth it.

Have a great weekend, everybody.

  1. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 9:24 am

    Bracket bitches? Goin’ to work!
    Degenerate Gamblers? Goin’ to work!
    Lazy couch potatos? Goin’ to work!

    • March 18, 2011 at 9:30 am

      Bitches? That doesn’t sound like the language you use, Mr. Vermeil.

  2. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Already crying looking at Sagers’ suit.

  3. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I get the sense this Tenn-Michigan game might cause you to punch a hole through the wall.

    • March 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

      Yeah, probably, just because I hate Tennessee, but I knew I should have picked the Vols.

  4. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Vegas is getting pounded with all of these games going OVER the past two days.

    • March 18, 2011 at 10:42 am

      In college or pro and college ball?

      • Dick Vermeil
        March 18, 2011 at 10:44 am

        College, the majority of the public takes the OVER in these big games, naturally because it is more fun to root for points.

      • March 18, 2011 at 10:45 am

        And they are paying off?

  5. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Michigan Murphs!

  6. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

    And another game goes OVER with Oakland Texas!

    • March 18, 2011 at 11:37 am


      You in on that action?

      • Dick Vermeil
        March 18, 2011 at 11:45 am

        No counting! Michigan/Tennessee UNDER

      • March 18, 2011 at 11:48 am

        You can blame that one on the Vols.

  7. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Arizona gave me a full blown panic attack for a good 40 minutes.

    • Dick Vermeil
      March 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm

      40 minutes of game time and 2+hours of real tim.

      • March 18, 2011 at 2:23 pm

        Dude, that was some awesome stuff. How far do you have them going?

  8. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm


  9. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Only to second round, but I made a friendly wager on the game with a friend of mine.

  10. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    Spero Dedes wants to get in on this action.

  11. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Combing through previous year’s “pick’ems”…

    I finished
    2010: 3rd place
    2009: 2nd place
    2008: 2nd place

    You can call that solid, or you can call it Buffalo Billian.

  12. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    I’m calling a Georgetown loss right now.

    • March 18, 2011 at 3:19 pm

      First of all, I really like Spero Dedes. I hate that he is so damn young.

      I don’t know how I’ve done in the pick’ems, but I won a while back. And so did my father.

      If G-Town loses tonight, I will be shocked. SHOCKED!

  13. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    Charles Barkley is livid at Greg Anthony in the studio for some reason right now.

    Told him you are the worst… and then CBS cut off the rest of the audio.

  14. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 5:55 pm


    • March 18, 2011 at 5:58 pm

      Hahahaha! Charles Barkley is livid at everybody.

  15. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Lights out UW and Georgia!

    • March 18, 2011 at 7:08 pm

      My lights are on, but I didn’t see it.

  16. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    I am drained.

    • March 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm

      I am fairly bored.

      These night games just haven’t done anything for me.

  17. Dick Vermeil
    March 18, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    Washington and Lakers… Nothing easy!

    • March 18, 2011 at 11:20 pm

      The fourth quarter of that Lakers game was something you just can’t worry about. It was frustrating, yet so typical.

      Thanks for dropping by today, Dick.

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