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March 24, 2008

Tournament thoughts

Filed under: ncaa tourney — Eli Savoie @ 8:19 pm

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Now, some thoughts from the first two rounds of NCAA Tournament action.

Best Team: North Carolina and Louisville have both looked spectacular. Both have completely dominated their opponents from tip-off to final buzzer. In yesterday’s second round games, they each dismantled a pretty decent opponent. The thing is, though, only one can make the Final Four since both are in the East, and for that matter, both have very tough games coming up in the Sweet 16. Others receiving votes: Washington State, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Villanova

Most disappointing team: Vanderbilt getting beat by 20 by Siena is just inexcusable. I understand that upsets happen and once in a while a 13 beats a 4, but it should never be a blowout like that game was. A terrible showing by the Commodores. Others receiving votes: Indiana, USC, Clemson, Duke

Best player: No contest here, Stephen Curry of Davidson. This is a guy that the big schools definitely just missed on. 40 points in round one including a 30 point second half and then 30 points in round 2 with 25 in the second half to beat Georgetown. Are you kidding me? This kid can flat out play. The win over Georgetown helped to ruin my already bad bracket, but I’m glad Davidson won just so we can see Curry some more. Others receiving votes: Chris Douglas-Roberts of Memphis, Scottie Reynolds of Villanova, Kevin Love of UCLA.

Best Game: Western Kentucky’s 101-99 OT win over Drake. This game had more big shots hit then you could possibly imagine including a long three-pointer at the buzzer to win it. Without a doubt the best game among a strong field. Others receiving votes: Stanford vs Marquette, Memphis vs Miss St., Tennessee vs Butler, UCLA vs Texas A&M, Duke vs Belmont, San Diego vs Connecticut

– My favorite announcer line from the tournament goes to Mike Gminski during the Villanova-Siena game. With about eight minutes to go in the game, Scottie Reynolds of Villanova had 20 points. Gminski was not just impressed by that though, as he added that Reynolds was only six assists and two rebounds shy of a triple double. Really?

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