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March 23, 2009

Tournament Thoughts-Round 2 Recap

Filed under: Uncategorized — Eli Savoie @ 3:33 pm

Round two of the tournament was fantastic as the higher seeded teams showed their dominance with only Arizona advancing to the Sweet 16 as worse than a five seed. There were some great finishes and some great performances all over the place.

Best/Worst of Round 2
Best Team Performance: Memphis-The Tigers came out and completely dominated Maryland. They could have won this game by 30 if they wanted, but they took it easy in the second half. When the Tigers shoot well from the perimeter they are very tough to beat and Saturday they were red hot from all over and Maryland paid the price. Greivis Vasquez may want to rethink what he had to say about the Tigers.

Worst Team Performance: Texas A&M-The Aggies at no point were even close to competitive with Connecticut. A & M looked good in round one, but did absolutely nothing in round two.

Best Individual Performance: Cole Aldrich, Kansas-No question whatsoever on this one as Aldrich posted the first NCAA Tournament triple-double since 2003 with 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks against Dayton. Aldrich is playing exceptional basketball and, along with Sherron Collins, has Kansas looking good.

Worst Game: Villanova 89 UCLA 69-Had some high hopes for this one because I thought it would be a competitive game, but it was never close. Villanova, playing in Philadelphia, jumped on the Bruins early and never looked back.

Tracking the major conferences: Big East (11-2) Big 12 (9-3) Pac 1o (6-5) Big 10 (6-5) ACC (5-5) SEC (1-3). No question as to which conference is the best as the Big East gets a record five teams into the Sweet 16.

How it’s playing out in Vegas
Favorites 25-23, 11 underdogs have won outright

The over is 28-20

The lines makers have been very good on the games so far with 36 of the 48 games finishing within 10 points of the line.

Here is the breakdown.Line vs actual outcome
0-5 points: 22
6-10 points: 14
11-15 points: 5
16+ points: 7

Meanwhile, on the totals they are not quite as good but still pretty solid with just over half the games finishing within 10 points of the line.

Over/under line vs actual total
0-5 points: 14
6-10 points: 11
11-15 points: 10
16+ points: 13

That’s a wrap on round two. I’m really excited about this Sweet 16 with all the power programs we have left. The regional here in Memphis should be great with great teams and NBA talent on every roster. I can’t wait to go to those games Friday and Sunday. Enjoy the games and don’t forget you can watch the games online by clicking on the March Madness on Demand link to the right.

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1 Comment »

  1. Nice work Eli!!

    Comment by Chris — March 23, 2009 @ 8:07 pm


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