“Shooting Air Balls & 3’s”
Did you get your money’s worth out of the first weekend of March Madness? Blown leads, last second shots, tons of 3-point shots, and 12-higher seed teams getting beat.
Texas A& M shoots 22% in first half, then comes from 10-points back in final (:30) to force double overtime and win against Northern Iowa. Poor kids from Cedar Rapids.
Arkansas Little Rock’s fabulous (30-4) season ended with a stomping by Iowa State.
Stephen F-Austin knows what Northern Iowa is feeling, after letting a 6-point lead get away in the final seconds, losing to Notre Dame.
Wisconsin, in the memory of former star Frank Kaminski, hit back to back 3’s in the final (:20) to stay alive.
Gonzaga does what they do best, their big men went wild shooting for all over the court, 8-treys early, and a win over Utah, leading at one point by 30. You know Utah, from the PAC-12 conference.
Duke had Yale by 27 at one point, then the Eli’s rallied to cut the lead to four, but the Devils found a way to beat the Ivy Leaguers.
Villanova, playing pretty angry, after a late season fade knocked them out of a number one seed, was relentless in Iowa. 59% shooting in the opening half did not hurt either.
The blue bloods fot it cranked up but it was Indiana kicking Kentucky out the door, as John Calipari ran out of 1-and-done players.
That time of the year, springtime, so Kansas is rolling to a (31-4) record with all its shooters and still alive.
Of course it was tough sledding for some of the little guys early on in the tourney. Just glad to get in but then getting run out.
Austin Peay got popped; Florida Gulf Coast was one and done; no more miraculous comebacks from Fresno State; Stony Brook lost its first game then lost its coach the next day to a better job and Cal Bakersfield put up a fight but then lost to Oklahoma.
Oregon can start breathing again. Top seed nearly got taken out by tiny St-Joe’s, coached by one of the best no one knows about, Phil Marteli. Next up Coach K-Duke.
It was just the first weekend, so on we go to the Sweet 16, and the only ones left will be the big boys, all the other wannabes and hope-to-be’s are now gone.