NCAA Tournament Thursday Open Thread: Window #4

Thursday, March 20, 2008


(14) Cal State Fullerton (24-8) vs (3) Wisconsin (29-4) 9:40 PM Midwest (Omaha): Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner
(12) George Mason (23-10) vs (5) Notre Dame (24-7) 9:50 PM East (Denver): Gus Johnson and Len Elmore
(16) Mississippi Valley State (17-15) vs (1) UCLA (31-3) 9:50 PM West (Anaheim): Dick Enberg and Jay Bilas
(10) Arizona (19-14) vs (7) West Virginia (24-10) 9:50 PM West (Washington, DC): Craig Bolerjack and Bob Wenzel

Spreads: WVU -2 (O/U 139), Wisconsin -12 (O/U 136), Notre Dame -7 (O/U 142), UCLA -31.5 (O/U 125)
AA Picks: WVU -2, Wisconsin -12, ND -7, Miss Valley State +31.5
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"And a lower seed advances to the next round for the first time today" - Dick Enberg on #9 Texas A&M beating #8 BYU. Too bad #11 Kansas State won like 20 minutes ago. (Via SS Reporters

"They'll get some hands on balls."- Len Elmore

If I had to choose between watching Wisconsin play basketball in HD or watching paint dry on HGTV in standard def, it would be a close call. It would probably depend on the color of the paint. (Via Mal)

I agree wholeheartedly.

So much for my hope of Gus getting a game going down to the wire. This doesn't look like the 2006 George Mason team. (Via Captain Redbeard)

"The best way to combat that defense is to put the ball in the basket." Len Elmore (Via Zak)

"Rises... and... f... hits it... hmm"- Gus Johnson

It's been a long boring day for Gussy. (Via Zak)

It's been a long day for everyone. Hopefully tomorrow is better.

Gus Johnson must have company issued Valium from CBS. "Take these this year and you'll never have to worry about James Brown on play-by-play again." (Via Tainted Alligator Souffle)

I feel like they've given me the same thing. After that Duke game I'm drained. All this chalk is boring me to tears. Go Titans.

"That ball pops out like a cork."- Craig Bolerjack

"Akognon is just so...ok, heh heh, I did it."- Dan Bonner (Via Hanrahan)

"Bo Ryan has knees of iron"- Dan Bonner (Via Mal)

85 Comments:

I SEE I'VE MISSED A LOT THE LAST THREAD. BACK TO THE NEWCASTLE!!!!!

Mar 20, 2008, 9:36:00 PM  

"And a lower seed advances to the next round for the first time today" - Dick Enberg on #9 Texas A&M beating #8 BYU

Too bad #11 Kansas State won like 20 minutes ago.

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:37:00 PM  

Please God, spare me the Arizona/West Virginia game

Sam said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:38:00 PM  

@ssreporters: Enberg was told there would be no math in sports broadcasting.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:42:00 PM  

If the George Mason pre-game speech is an indicator, the Patriots are going to get drilled. Quite lame.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:46:00 PM  

That's probably going to be a pretty interesting game, Sam. Too bad it's Wenzel and Bolerjack.

I get Wisconsin-CS Fullerton, once that one starts. That ought to last about ten minutes before we get switched back to GMU-ND.

SpartanDan said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:48:00 PM  

"They'll get their hands on balls and sometimes create loose balls." - Len Elmore

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:50:00 PM  

If I had to choose between watching Wisconsin play basketball in HD or watching paint dry on HGTV in standard def, it would be a close call. It would probably depend on the color of the pain.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:51:00 PM  

I knew pain had color!!

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:52:00 PM  

color of the paint.

Anyway, I get the ND/George Mason game. That pre-game speech was indeed pretty lame. "MAKE 'EM DISAPPEAR!"

Anonymous said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:53:00 PM  

sorry - paint. The color of "pain" is whatever shade Digger's highlighter / tie combo is.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:54:00 PM  

I knew pain had color!!

If you were talking about the multicolored Big 10 halfcourt circle from the Tourney in Indy, you had it right the first time (this from a Michigan fan).

Mar 20, 2008, 9:56:00 PM  

Gus: "The Irish aren't disappearing".

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:58:00 PM  

or perhaps the ridiculous multi-colored strips on Marquette jerseys.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 9:59:00 PM  

So much for my hope of Gus getting a game going down to the wire. This doesn't look like the 2006 George Mason team.

Mar 20, 2008, 10:03:00 PM  

Craig DrinkingJack has gotten the close games today.

Mar 20, 2008, 10:05:00 PM  

Whoever said it earlier was right. I cannot take anymore Wenzel. Good lord he is bad.

Mar 20, 2008, 10:08:00 PM  

After Wisconsin clanks three missed jumpers in a row, Bonner offers this insight: "I don't think that fall away jumper is the shot they want".

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:09:00 PM  
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Zak said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:09:00 PM  

"The best way to combat that defense is to put the ball in the basket." - Len Elmore

Zak said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:11:00 PM  

Also, Gus just stumbled out of a rise and fire.

"Rises... and... f... hits it... hmm"

It's been a long boring day for Gussy.

Zak said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:12:00 PM  

Gus Johnson must have company issued Valium from CBS. "Take these this year and you'll never have to worry about James Brown on play-by-play again."

Tainted Alligator Souffle said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:15:00 PM  

Did you see those losers in the stands dressed in the red and white suits with the red and white hair? Talk about a couple of dorks that will never touch a boob.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:16:00 PM  

Could somebody tell Huggins that they aren't taking auditions for the role of "Tony" in "The Sopranos Movie" yet.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:20:00 PM  

Anybody want to switch it to Lipstick Jungle with me?

Mar 20, 2008, 10:27:00 PM  

I know it's cliche, but with all the chalk today - tomorrow is going to be nuts.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:28:00 PM  

Pick the top games of the day folks...try and think that this wasn't a boring day....

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:29:00 PM  

Ref blows his whistle. Play stops. Wenzel: "I think we have a a situation here where we're going to get a foul". Genius.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:30:00 PM  

after the duke game my body remembered how much beer i'd consumed.

wishmewell said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:30:00 PM  

1. Duke v. Belmont
2. Marquette v. UK
3. Bob Wenzel v. Coherent Thought

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:32:00 PM  

And now to kick you while you're down....

It's Jim Nantz/Billy Packer time tomorrow morning!

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:34:00 PM  

Tell me about WMW...I'm reloaded on the RBVs just to finish out the night.

Mar 20, 2008, 10:34:00 PM  

Wenzel is desperately trying to talk and yell like Bill Raftery.

UCLA by 23 in the other game.

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:35:00 PM  

Viva Viagra!

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

Look out - CSF is back in it.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

CSF is within 2 at the half, maybe we can see a big upset finally

Sam said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

Okay, if you were in a room and you had to shoot one of these people, who would it be? And you can't shoot your self.

A. Bob Wenzel

B. Craig Bolerjack

C. Tim McCarver

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:38:00 PM  

Well articulated Wenzel.

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

McCarver. Hands down, but Wenzel is making a push.

Mar 20, 2008, 10:40:00 PM  

i would shoot myself

wishmewell said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:41:00 PM  

I would shoot McCarver, but only after Deion Sanders dumps water on his head.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:43:00 PM  

Of course this is off topic because all of these late tip off games (even the close ones) are boring.


What if you had to the opportunity to blow up a house with the following people?


A. Tim McCarver, Bob Wenzel, Brent Musberger

B. Steve Lavin, Joe Buck, Stephen A. Smith

C. Billy Packer, Jay Bilas, Hubie Brown

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:43:00 PM  

House A, I actually only dislike Bilas as a color guy, and the oppurtunity to off Musburger and McCarver is too great to pass up

Sam said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:45:00 PM  

buck, lavin and smith

most of the others wouldn't last tooo long.

wishmewell said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:46:00 PM  

To be fair, Wenzel's comment about how Duke should respond with Coach K being sick was not too far off thanks to that scare.

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:47:00 PM  

I thought you guys might find this funny. My 10 year old sister comes up to me after watching I Am Legend in the living room.

She looks at the screen and screams a bloodcurdling scream. I freak out, wondering what's the matter.

She points and says "That guy on the TV is so white, it reminded me of the zombies! Is he infected?"

It was Nic Wise of Arizona shooting free throws at the end of the half. She was serious.

That is my highlight of today. How sad is that?

Zak said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:47:00 PM  

Geez - this is getting violent. What if you had to release a flesh-eating virus on a gathering of people. Which would you choose?

A. The 2008 reunion of the 1972 Dolphins.

B. ESPN's next roast of Mike and Mike.

C. France.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

Bilas are you watching the game? I wouldn't call missing 14 wide open shots holding your opponent.

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:49:00 PM  

B without a doubt.


If you could "spend the night" with one of these women, who would you choose?


A. Pam Ward

B. Linda Cohn

C. Beth Mowins

ssreporters said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:51:00 PM  
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Mar 20, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

i would probably have to choose france, but only because bristol is too close to brooklyn and that might get me, and i have nothing against most of the 72 dolphins, basically just mercury morris. he vacations in france, right?

wishmewell said...
Mar 20, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  
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Mar 20, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

Ha Zak....I watched that yesterday for the first time. I know how she feels.

Mar 20, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

SS, you better check yourself before you wreck yourself dawg.

joe d said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

@ss - gotta be Linda Cohn. She's the only female in the group.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

Now THAT, Joe D, is funny.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:06:00 PM  

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all weekend.

And AA, how 'bout them Terps?

joe d said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

Dude...it's the N.I.T. I do not care. I'm glad the season is over.

Mar 20, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

I think Belmont would have thumped WVU or Zona. This is not high quality basketball.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

Mal, did Wisconsin reject your application for enrollment back in the day?

I don't understand your hatred for the Badgers. "Oh my God, a defensive minded team that manages the clock." It's their style of play. If you don't like it, don't watch them. If it's your only option too fucking bad.

Hanrahan said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:16:00 PM  

Dawg, relax. I'm not hatin, just a friendly jab. Hey, I was a big Juan Dixon fan. I'm a Michigan fan so I don't have any room to make fun of other teams this time of year (except in hockey of course- Frozen Four or Bust).

joe d said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:16:00 PM  

Last time I checked, I didn't think that the Terps (at least, the only ones that matter) started until Sunday against Coppin State.

(shameless plug)

2:00 on WMUCSports.com!

(end shameless plug)

Willmott said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Wisonsin does what works for them. It is a pretty dull brand of basketball to watch. If you can win do it - good for you. Unless your a Badger fan, though, it isn't very entertaining.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Wilmott = Dumbass

See post about Duke headline above for further evidence

Anonymous said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

Ha I know Joe....tis cool. You're now apart of the commenting guild at AA my friend. Like it or not.

Mar 20, 2008, 11:25:00 PM  

I seriously can't take anymore Boler and Wenzel. Someone please make a comeback in one of the other games. Please!

Mar 20, 2008, 11:31:00 PM  

Wenzel: "The Butler is cleaning up". He says this TWICE in a row. Butler is a kid's name for Arizon.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:31:00 PM  

Mal, I gotcha. Sometimes as a Badger fan, I get a little sensitive after listening to countless analysts say that they're not "athletic" enough to contend and people continually ragging on their style. I realize it's not the most entertaining brand, but you can't argue with 29-4. However, we've come a long way since Bennett-ball

Hanrahan said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

Oh, no doubt AA, no doubt. AA commenting brotherhood for life dawg.

Respect.

Word.

Oh, but can we kick out Wilmott, he really is a dumbass.

joe d said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:34:00 PM  

watching basketball at work is awesome, even when the games suck

however, when the games suck and you're home

watching basketball feels like work

wishmewell said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:35:00 PM  

"Akognon is just so...ok, heh heh, I did it." - Dan Bonner

I don't know what you did, Dan. And I don't think I want to.

Hanrahan said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

Bonner: "Bo Ryan has knees of iron"

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:41:00 PM  

if my friend called me to tell me he won "N.C.A.A. Final Four Tickets" i would stop answering their phone calls anyway

wishmewell said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:47:00 PM  

And with the WVU-AZ game getting close, it is even more evident that Gus should be in DC instead of in Denver.

Mar 20, 2008, 11:47:00 PM  

Dan Bonner must be getting tired now too. And I like Wilmott so I'm not going to kick him out. We all have moments where things go over our heads (mine more often than not).

Mar 20, 2008, 11:47:00 PM  

What team(s) looked best on day one?

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:49:00 PM  

Does WVU EVER miss????????? I'm gonna lose another Elite 8 team.

joe d said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:52:00 PM  

You had Arizona in the elite 8? They barely made the tourney!

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:52:00 PM  

I'd say K-State, Purdue, and Xavier's 2nd half team Mal.

Apparently not Joe. They blew them out of the water.

Mar 20, 2008, 11:54:00 PM  

Hey, they were finally all healthy, and at the beginning of the year they were a Top 15 team. They are more talented than WVU, they should've won. Joe Alexander blows. The only game I was worried about was WVU, if they could just get by them I thought they could do it because Duke and Xavier blow my nutsack.

joe d said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:56:00 PM  

I thought Mississippi Valley State and Winthrop looked solid today.

Hanrahan said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:58:00 PM  

K-State was very good with Beasley on the bench a lot. Pitt had a good showing too.

Mal said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:59:00 PM  

Hilarious hanrahan... hilarious

joe d said...
Mar 20, 2008, 11:59:00 PM  

I think that sums up the day Hanrahan. What the hell....

Kent State: 10 point half
Cornell: 17
Winthrop: 11 point 2nd half
Mason: 21
Miss Valley State: with a 13/16 combo

I don't think I've ever seen scores so low.

Mar 21, 2008, 12:03:00 AM  

Poor Gus Johnson sounded like a man awaiting the death penalty at the end of the ND-GM game.

If Saturday is as bad as today, his head might explode from the lack of release.

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Mar 21, 2008, 12:05:00 AM  

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