The Tournament Finally Decides To Get Interesting

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sure there were a few close games in the opening round (I was even at the VCU-UCLA game but it certainly wasn't nearly as exciting as it probably looked on television), but tonight the tournament officially started. Within 10 minutes of each other, both Gonzaga and Duke survived with amazing finishes and advanced onto the Sweet Sixteen....



Ahh yes. That's more like it. I certainly would have liked to see the Duke-Texas finish the same way as the Gonzaga one, but I'll take it. Great play by Scheyer too. He may look like a freak, but the guy is damn intelligent.

Posted by Awful Announcing at 10:30 PM

9 Comments:

I thought the Ohio State vs Siena was an exciting game. Two overtimes is always exciting!

panderson1988 said...
Mar 21, 2009, 11:42:00 PM  

Seriously, last night's final set of games topped tonight, though the last two games were great once again.

You had a 15 seed hanging around with a 2 seed for a half, a 13 seed throttling a 4 seed, a 12 beating a 5 in OT, and a 2OT game featuring two incredible buzzer beaters from the same guy to give a MAAC school the win over a Big Televen school.

ultrapeanut said...
Mar 22, 2009, 3:30:00 AM  

Finally getting interesting? Two OT games going on simultaneously with (multiple) buzzer-beating finishes and Duke-Texas is more exciting? Give me a break.

Charles said...
Mar 22, 2009, 9:04:00 AM  

you forgot to include nantz slurping scheyer for knowing exactly where the ball was going to land with that behind the back whip-around...9 times out of 10 that ball hits the scoreboard or lands back out of bounds somehow in favor of texas...just because duke got lucky last night about 27,319,281 times...doesn't mean it was a good finish

James L. Jazz said...
Mar 22, 2009, 9:56:00 AM  

I broadcast some of Dimitri Goodson's games in high school when he played in the greater Houston area for Klein Collins. A fantastic player.

Michael said...
Mar 22, 2009, 10:45:00 AM  

The Dayton subregional Friday had three very exciting games. Ok State makes a shot with 6 seconds to win in a game that seemed was never separated by more than 5 points. Freakin Pitt led by two with about six minutes left and then the Siena thrilling win. What about any of those three games wasn't exciting?

TomahawkFlop said...
Mar 22, 2009, 11:43:00 AM  

This tournament has only been exciting in bits and spurts. Friday's games in Dayton were interesting and last night's thrillers were about all we had.

JFein said...
Mar 22, 2009, 12:43:00 PM  

So have we gotten to the point that all 48 games in the first weekend have to be nailbiters to make the tournament interesting?

14 games have been decided by five points or less in the first two rounds.

None of those 4 include Pitt's two games in which they led the 16 seed by 2 with four minutes left, and trailed the 8 seed with 3 1/2 minutes left. Does not include Memphis trailing the 15 seed with 6 minutes left...by 6. Does not include Dayton or Cleveland State's upsets. Does not include UNC or Louisville inside of 10 minutes left in the second round games. Does not include 2 OT games in the first round.

That's 23 out of 48 games pretty damn exciting to me. Not every game is going to end with Tyus Edney going full court or Bryce Drew hitting a buzzer shot.

TomahawkFlop said...
Mar 23, 2009, 8:11:00 AM  

None of those 5, not 4*

TomahawkFlop said...
Mar 23, 2009, 8:12:00 AM  

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