How’s your bracket? Probably looking pretty sweet if you went to undergrad at St. Mary’s and then took a master’s at Northern Iowa. Have they stopped partying at UNI yet? Or campaniling? Or whatever they do there? And if not, who could blame them?
That was yesterday, though. The Panthers and Gaels will be receiving their Official Cinderella starter handbooks in the mail in a couple of days, so the matter now turns to the Sunday games, and any possible candidates that could join them. Your lineup:
- #1 Syracuse vs #8 Gonzaga
- #2 Ohio State vs #10 Georgia Tech
- #4 Maryland vs #5 Michigan State
- #2 West Virginia vs #10 Missouri
- #4 Wisconsin vs #12 Cornell
- #3 Pittsburgh vs #6 Xavier
- #4 Purdue vs #5 Texas A&M
- #1 Duke vs #8 California
Will Northern Iowa’s dismissal of Kansas inspire other underdogs to greater heights? Or will it cause the higher seeds to sharpen their focus and be even warier of the upstarts? Keep in mind, things always start and end a tad earlier on Second Round Sunday, and there’s that glut of four games that all start within 30 minutes of each other in the early afternoon. But no worry, if you can’t see them all — we’ll be here all day, talking about them, updating this post every few minutes, and looking for your comments. Hard to believe we’ll have whittled the field of 64 down to 16 by Sunday night, and the events of Saturday should drive the point home that we need to enjoy this while it’s here. We’re here to help. We’ll start updating the post a few minutes before the first tipoff, and we hope to see you here.
12:00: Here we go, folks! Day 2, second round. The day starts with ‘Cuse/’Zags and you see the rest of the lineup above. Syracuse, Duke, Ohio State…you’ve been put on notice by Northern Iowa. Let’s see what happens.
12:10: One thing that’s got to make you happy if you’re a Syracuse fan is that Wesley Johnson is being VERY aggressive with the basketball. Hit his first two.
12:18: See, I don’t think Matt Boldin needs to fire from three for the Zags to put their best foot forward, today. I think they’ll be better off if he does more creating and dishing, and we know he picks up points that way.
12:27: Goodness, right now it’s Wesley Johnson versus Elias Harris. Johnson has Syracuse’s first ten and Harris has just made the baseline his second home.