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March 16, 2009

NCAA Tournament Thoughts and Info

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Peter Edmiston @ 10:36 am

Before I get to my thoughts on this year’s bracket, here’s the information you need to know about the University of Memphis heading to Kansas City for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament:

  • The Tigers will play 15th-seeded Cal St. Northridge on Thursday morning at 11:25 Central time.
  • The Tigers/Matadors game is the second to tip-off in this year’s tournament (LSU/Butler is the first).
  • The Tigers are scheduled to practice from noon until 12:40 at the Sprint Center in KC – that practice session is open to the public.  If you, for some unknown reason, want to watch CSUN practice – they’re at 1:30.
  • The practice session for Friday should the Tigers win is also at noon, though it is closed to the public (and to the media).
  • If you plan on driving to Kansas City (like me), here are the directions from FedExForum to the Sprint Center.  An easy 8 hour trip…

About Cal State Northridge:

  • CSUN is located in Los Angeles, CA.
  • CSUN is the 13th largest school in the entire country by enrollment (29,484).
  • CSUN was 0-3 against the RPI Top 50, and can count as its best win the Big West Tournament Final win over Pacific (#146 RPI).
  • CSUN lost its starting PG Josh Jenkins to an auto accident last month – he was the leading assist man in the entire Big West conference.
  • CSUN lost its leading scorer Deon Tresvant (13 ppg) along with the coach’s son Jeffery Braswell after the pair was charged with theft of more than $6,000 of merchandise from a Best Buy (Braswell was also an employee at Best Buy).

But let’s be honest here – this will be a cakewalk for the Tigers.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say they got the best potential draw they could have gotten.  The winner of the Maryland/California game in Round 2 isn’t going to be a bad matchup for the Tigers, and while Missouri is a talented, uptempo, good shooting team, they are vulnerable to teams that can slow the pace down, and the Tigers can certainly do that.  I think it’s a relatively smooth road on paper until UConn, and quite honestly, UConn is one of the better matchups for Memphis in terms of personnel.  Without Jerome Dyson, UConn will have real difficulty defending Tyreke Evans on the perimeter – now, obviously, dealing with Hasheem Thabeet at the rim will be a difficult matchup, but the mid-range game and physical finishes at the rim will be available.  I think it looks quite good for Memphis to make it to its second straight Final Four.

I’ll be following the Tigers throughout the tournament…wherever they go, I’ll be right there doing the Morning Rush and all manner of web coverage. I’m pumped because I get to drive to Kansas City in a beautiful 2009 Acura TL thanks to Greg Hapke and the great guys at Acura of Memphis.  They have stepped up and are helping us bring you the tournament coverage this year, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Also, let me remind you that our annual Sports 56 WHBQ Bracket Challenge presented by All-Star Chevrolet is up and ready to go – check it out at sports56whbq.com.  We have GREAT prizes, including an incredible sound system from Dilday TV ($899 value) and a two night stay at the fantastic Lindsey’s Resort on the Little Red River.  For those that participated last year, you can use your email and password from last year – no need to register again if you don’t want to.

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3 Comments »

  1. Good info Peter unlike that idiot Asskew who tries to be slick with his undercover cheap-shots at the Tigers

    Comment by mike — March 16, 2009 @ 11:57 am

  2. CSUN actually practiced before Maryland, who practiced before the Tigers. Inaccurate info here.

    Comment by Cheese — March 18, 2009 @ 2:34 pm

  3. Yeah, they had it listed on my information as “lower” seed first, which I interpreted to mean Memphis. My bad.

    Comment by Peter Edmiston — March 18, 2009 @ 2:56 pm


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