Day 1 is in the books and 75% of our weekend is still ahead of us. Some very nice upsets yesterday. In my upset preview I did call out Yale as a possibility but I didn't quite go as far as to "call" it. I did nail my guaranteed upset with the Shockers and said that Little Rock concerned me, just figured Purdue would pull it out because of this...
Anyway, here is your Friday slate...
Game of the Day - Michigan vs. Notre Dame, a couple of good offenses that make a lot of threes. Should be an entertaining game.
Upset Watch - I believe in a couple of really low seeds who are capable of a big upset today. Stephen F. Austin is legit, too bad so is West Virginia. And of all the 15-seeds I believe that Bakersfield is capable of knocking off Oklahoma. But the upset of the day will be Hawaii overcoming Cal.
Minnesota Connections: Today' Minnesota local to watch is J.P. Macura of Xavier. Lakeville native who chose the Muskateers over the Gophers. Sure could have used his shooting this year.
Friday March 18: Round of 64
|12:15p||St. Louis||Midwest||(7) Dayton Flyers vs. (10) Syracuse Orange||Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson|
|12:40p||Brooklyn||South||(2) Villanova Wildcats vs. (15) UNC-Asheville Bulldogs||Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce|
|1:30p||Oklahoma City||West||(7) Oregon State Beavers vs. 910) Virginia Commonwealth Rams||Carter Blackburn/ Mike Gminski//Jaime Maggio|
|2:00p||Spokane||South||(4) California Golden Bears vs. (13) Hawaii Rainbow Warriors||Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Ros Gold-Onwude|
|After conc. I||St. Louis||Midwest||(2) Michigan State Spartans vs. (15) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|After conc. I||Oklahoma City||West||(2) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (15) CS-Bakersfield Roadrunners||Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio|
|After conc. I||Brooklyn||South||(7) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. (10) Temple Owls||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|After conc. I||Spokane||South||(5) Maryland Terrapins vs. (12) South Dakota State Jackrabbits||Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude|
|6:50p||St. Louis||East||(7) Wisconsin Badgers vs.(10) Pittsburgh Panthers||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|7:10p||Brooklyn||East||(3) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (14) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|7:20p||Oklahoma City||West||(3) Texas A&M Aggies vs. (14) Green Bay Phoenix||Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio|
|7:27p||Spokane||West||(1) Oregon Ducks vs. (16) Holy Cross Crusaders||Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude|
|After conc. III||St. Louis||East||(2) Xavier Musketeers vs. (15) Weber State Wildcats||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|After conc. III||Brooklyn||East||(6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs.(11) Michigan Wolverines||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|After conc. III||Oklahoma City||West||(6) Texas Longhorns vs.(11) Northern Iowa Panthers||Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio|
|After conc. III||Spokane||West||(8) Saint Josephs (PA) Hawks vs. (9) Cincinnati Bearcats||Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude|
(this is text from yesterday's thread)
It's finally here guys!!! The best four days of the year tips off today. Below are the game times and TV and even who you'll get to hear bringing you the games. But first, here are some things to look for.
Duke vs. UNC-Wilmington Seahawks is the first game of the day and it should only get better from there. Some things to look for by yours truly..
Game of the Day - Arizona vs. Wichita State, this is going to be a good one and probably an upset.
Upset Watch - Iowa State vs. Iona, keep an eye on A.J. English and the rest of the Gaels lineup. They'll bomb threes all day and if they are hitting, say adios to the Cyclones.
Minnesota Connections: Cullen Russo plays for Fresno State who plays a dramatically over-seeded Utah Utes club. Could be interesting.
Thursday March 17: Round of 64 Games
|Thursday, March 17||12:15 p.m.||CBS||Providence I||Duke Blue Devils vs. NC-Wilmington Seahawks||Ian Eagle/Chris Webber/Len Elmore//Evan Washburn|
|Thursday, March 17||12:40 p.m.||truTV||Raleigh I||Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Butler Bulldogs||Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Lewis Johnson|
|Thursday, March 17||1:30 p.m.||TNT||Des Moines I||Colorado Buffaloes vs. Connecticut Huskies||Jim Nantz/Grant Hill/Bill Raftery//Tracy Wolfson|
|Thursday, March 17||2:00 p.m.||TBS||Denver I||Iowa State Cyclones vs. Iona Gaels||Andrew Catalon/Steve Lappas//Jamie Erdahl|
|Thursday, March 17||After conc. I||CBS||Providence II||Baylor Bears vs. Yale Bulldogs||Eagle/ Webber/Elmore//Washburn|
|Thursday, March 17||After conc. I||truTV||Raleigh II||Virginia Cavaliers vs. Hampton Pirates||Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson|
|Thursday, March 17||After conc. I||TNT||Des Moines II||Kansas Jayhawks vs. Austin Peay Governors||Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson|
|Thursday, March 17||After conc. I||TBS||Denver II||Purdue Boilermakers vs. Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans||Catalon/ Lappas// Erdahl|
|Thursday, March 17||6:50 p.m.||TNT||Providence III||Miami-Florida Hurricanes vs. Buffalo Bulls||Eagle/ Webber/Elmore//Washburn|
|Thursday, March 17||7:10 p.m.||CBS||Des Moines III||Indiana Hoosiers vs. Chattanooga Mocs||Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson|
|Thursday, March 17||7:20 p.m.||TBS||Raleigh III||North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Florida Gulf Coast||Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson|
|Thursday, March 17||7:27 p.m.||truTV||Denver III||Utah Utes vs. Fresno State Bulldogs||Catalon/ Lappas// Erdahl|
|Thursday, March 17||After conc. III||TNT||Providence IV||Arizona Wildcats vs. Wichita State Shockers||Eagle/ Webber/Elmore//Washburn|
|Thursday, March 17||After conc. III||CBS||Des Moines IV||Kentucky Wildcats vs. Stony Brook Seawolves||Nantz/Hill/Raftery//Wolfson|
|Thursday, March 17||After conc. III||TBS||Raleigh IV||USC Trojans vs. Providence Friars||Harlan/Miller/Bonner//Johnson|
|Thursday, March 17||After conc. III||truTV||Denver IV||Seton Hall Pirates vs. Gonzaga Bulldogs||Catalon/ Lappas// Erdahl|
Enjoy your Thursday of hoops