SMC has Zona struggling a bit early. Butler and MTSU is also close!
Florida vs UVA will be a slog I'm sure. Iowa St. vs Purdue should be entertaining.
Just read that there are exactly 3 perfect brackets left in existence.
Is someone here one of the clairvoyant??
Arizona looks nervous, rushing everything.
My brackets are busted. At this point I'm just rooting for Michigan and as many upsets as possible.
Looks like he's with his family
Did Rita bring nachos?
yeah, it was crazy
You'd only have a .001% chance of getting them all right. There's a reason brackets get busted
I don't think think you phrased this correctly, but I get your point
"each" for "every" and I think it's more clear.
MTSU took a bunch of runs, but could never get all that close. Butler wins.
Florida #24 shootin granny free throws like his dad
First to 50 is going to win Florida/Virginia. We would bomb both of these teams.
51 to 26 ten minutes left. Florida will win and we will bomb them.
ACC basketball = SEC football. The average teams ride the coattails of a few elite teams.
St. Mary's holding strong. Kenpom very well may hold true here.
This Iowa St.-Purdue game has the makings of a graet game
I filled out a bracket using only kenpom (as much as I could) and was surprised to see St Marys (#14) would be outright favored vs Arizona (#22). At minimum, seems like the even matchup in front of us was spot on by kenpom
which were his third and fourth of the night. the last one was an 'over the back' where he is falling backwards. seems like ariz is getting the calls. pulling for SMC in that environment, even though ariz is better for my bracket.
Yeah... pretty bad.
ACC is getting bombed in this tournament as Virginia is down 14. If Virginia loses, we're down to just UNC, Duke, and Louisville.
I hear sentences like that and I get into "bargain" mode where I say things like "I don't care how the ACC does as long as Louisville loses." Which is true. But it would be nice for the ACC to be down to just two (or fewer) teams in the Sweet Sixteen, and if we can help make that happen, let's go for it.
Well with Iowa State and Purdue one team that chokes all the time is guaranteed at least the sweet sixteen.
49-46 Arizona. 10 minutes left. Good game. St. Marys still hanging tough.
ACC - Absolute Crap Conf. What a joke
then Florida went on a little 23-0 run
as our head coach earlier this year.
Said it then, I'll say it now, please, no, never.
Boring as shit basketball and always a fucking choker.
Please let that never come to pass.
as the warm up for Frank SInatra
Refs won't let SMC win this game.
Thank heavens UVA is catching a beat. We as a nation didn't deserve Wisconsin-Virginia.
Not like Wisconsin/Florida is going to be us and OK State.
It's definitely a lesser of two evils thing, but at least someone is likely to crack 50 now.
but they did clear out the bracket on their own, so...
How do you call that? That's awful.
Sigh, basketball officiating. Though since I have Zona in the title game, I probably shouldn't complain.
that call on Zags was as bad and as game changing as the NW game.
Speaking of things not deserved, St Mary's deserved better than this crew...
Refs are killing my enjoyment of the tourney. Terrible officiating ALL DAY
Yeah this day has sucked. Half the games are blowouts, the others have been ruined by the refs.
This has been a terrible day in the world of basketball refereeing
I need Arizona to win for my bracket (it's still probably fucked but I did go a cool 28-4 in the 1st round), but that call on the St Mary's guy was AWFUL.
Is it me, or has the officiating been way worse in the tournament so far than in other years?
I've seen some truly horrible calls, to say nothing of missing the fucking hand through the basket goal tend (fun fact - same exact thing happened to us in the NIT final vs. South Carolina and... Amaker did the exact same thing, running on to the court and getting T'd up - must be a Dukie thing!)
But seriously, what's with the refs?
Yeah, fergodsakes if you are not sure, don't call anything.
You are not a player. You don't have to impact the game.
Feel bad for kids that aren't allowed to decide their own fate and instead have officials ensuring outcomes
Top seeds got some help out in Salt Lake tonight, that's for sure.
Basketball is setting basketball back 50 years. Just brutal offensively.
I can't stand watching their games. I don't care how successful Tony Bennett is, his teams are brutal to watch.
I know they win some games, but I can't even imagine rooting for a team coached by him. Pretty sure you have to convince yourself you enjoy watching boring ass shit like that.
We don't have to watch them play Wisconsin.
worst calls ever that cost the underdog a 3-pt game. It's embarassing that the only people running up and down the court and getting paid can't do their job. Three men, three vantage points, no stones to get it right.
Purdue is so much more comfortable with bigs they don't have to guard 20 feet out.
The tournament is perfect for them until they run into us. Good shooters, great big men. They could make a run.
Suddenly I like two Big Ten teams (Wisconsin and either us or Purdue depending on tomorrow's game) to make the Final Four. What the hell?
listening to all the talking heads say the B1G was soft this year. Guess not. Especially with NW being a BS call from pushing Gonzaga to the edge.
Purdue looking good. Nice day for the B1G.
I'm scared shitless of Louisville.
I just don't know if we can hang with all the athletic length they put on the floor. Foul trouble will be so key - hope they have it and we don't.
But man if these results don't make you think the Big Ten ain't half bad, and the ACC... been getting bombed.
Still, I think this is a very good Louisville team. Fuck, I'm already sick to my stomach and have been all day.
If we got the damn six we deserved, I'd feel so much better against one of these 3s. Except UCLA, the one team in this tournament I do not want to play Horse against.
I swear he fucked over the whole conference just to steer his Izzoes into a matchup against the one #1 they match up pretty well with (KU is lacking in size).
Louisville's lost 8 games this year. They're pretty good, but this is not their 2013 outfit.
hope we have a lot left in the tank!
We could just make 16 threes again.
I don't think fatigue is an issue here. Big difference between getting 48 hours of rest and 24 hours (not that that even fazed us last weekend).
that'll put some pep in your step
and that game was played at a pretty fast pace, while Louisville had a much more comfortable game, but let's hope they have another surprise in store for us!
Also assuming Little Ricky has been with the team and he's run two scouts against us...
and they are not the 2013 team. The thing that gives me comfort is they don't have a Russ that can match a Trey. This team is efficient on O but it's because of transition moreso than great shooting. They remind me of a slightly better VCU that we beat in 13. This team can handle that.
But I'm still going to be nervous until it's over.
this team doesn't handle being pressed nearly as well as our 2013 team did.
Just have to pray we handle the press alright, stay out of foul trouble, and win a jump shooting contest...
specifically to complain about the horrible refereeing in the Arizona-St Mary's game and see several others have already voiced the same complaints.
And I have Arizona in my brackets, too, but c'mon!!!!! This game went from being tied with almost 7 minutes to go, to an easy 9-point Arizona win, almost solely due to a 4- minute stretch of "Screw St. Mary's!" by the refs. I'll give Zona credit for hitting almost all those gifted FTs down the stretch, but St. Mary's got severely violated in the (rear) end there!
and what is up with spike's hair? since when is he a red head? only his barber knows...
Matthias can get red hot. He got red hot there.
twisting, bad form that we'd tell our kids to never use - but of course give matthias credit, the guy is a legit D-1 player so he'll make those on occasion. pulling for purdue and the B10, excepting ELCC.
I've seen him do it before. His form is never textbook - he has a weird body for an athlete.
Just noticed Canyon Barry throws FTs like his pops.
I want the underhand FT to make a comeback. It's awesome.
Watching that Pizza Hut ad makes me wonder: why did the Reebok Pump die out? It was a good idea.
If Adidas made them they would blow up.
Virginia misses a free throw to avoid 40. Appropriate somehow.
Wisconsin and (sigh) PSU just started OT in the Big Ten hockey title game.
US just tied it up at 2 in the WBC vs DR
the seeding. And the fact that 3 Big 12 and 3 B1G teams are in the same region. 6 of 16 teams are from 2 conferences. WTF?!
It's not like each conference got 12 teams in. It's another example of how poorly this tournament was structured.
although I still say it was all about Hollis manuevering Sparty into a 2nd rounder with KU.
Swanigan has an 8/8/6 already.
The mic just picked up a player saying "catch the fucking ball." Lol
Good luck in the NBA next year. We will (not) miss you.
Yes and no. He's a fun presence to have in the league.. To be honest, I think the same thing about Nigel Hayes who is one of the more interesting dudes in the whole country.
And that young man should go get paid. Matt Painter can't teach him anything else.
The kid is a great story and is nothing to root against other than he plays for a different squad. His shot (I mean or course he's big too) I hope allows him to prosper in "the league".
I feel like that is never called correctly.
Theoretically: I do not want to have to beat Purdue three times in what, seven weeks?
Purdue looking sexy guys...
but I'm pretty sure I'd watch a sitcom with Spike (NNTS), Chuck, and Sam.
21 assists on 23 FGs. Dang, Purdue.
Makes the run last weekend even more impressive with purdue and wisconsin killing it.
baby Shaq diving onto the floor (and you) for a loose ball.
Go get it big fella.
when he gets this interested, things get dangerous fast.
Big Ten teams see zone so rarely they all seem to struggle against it.
with Swanigan out was looking for the under 12. Ok, they got it there anyway.
Time to switch over to GGG-Jacobs fight.
Can't say it enough, Fuck Hollis.
that festival is coming.
to have Drago as your center.
needs to stop shooting.
he keeps passing it up and passing the ball back out
Also, what the fuck is Painter doing
Painter you fucking idiot
Why have swanigan on the bench that long?
Yeah, Biggie should probably play the last 10.
I mean, my reaction to my big man clearly getting that into it and getting the team PUMPED is to sit him for four minutes. Fuck.
Double OT at the Joe. Wisconsin had the best chances and looked like the better team. Hit one pipe on a power play.
Why does Painter always do this? He always kills his own teams momentum lol.
seeing a team knock away so many loose balls with so few fouls called. Iowa St. must unusually good at that.
as the coach who didn't foul with 33 seconds on the clock and a full shot clock.
Painter that is unforgivable.
This is a good game.
Vincent Edwards is going to be a pain in the ass for however long he's there. Doesn't really seem like a pro talent, either. Dammit.
which is a very strange thing to me.
Guess he wanted an early heads up on what he needed to work on...
has completely stopped running their offense. Settle down and get back to running their stuff.
Think we may have a ball game on our hands here - ISU storming back
it was just too awesome, Painter couldn't handle it and wanted to see what he could do to fuck it up. I mean fuck me, I am out of explanations.
come on, Purdue, don't Purdon't this game!
but wouldn't a Walton-Morris E8 showdown be awesome?!
So is Painter's job in jeopardy if Purdue blows this? I know we'd be all over Beilein if he left his 2 best players on the bench for so long and killed all of their positive momentum.
In a game of emotion and momentum, Painter tipped both in favor of the Cyclones and they've roared right back.
ISU playing with some heart. Thought Purdue had it in the bag.
Edwards got a shove in the chest.
Next year it will be Michigan, msu, indiana, and purdue at the top of the big ten. Maryland and wisconsin will be decent.
I think Northwestern will be pretty good.
I'm not sleeping on northwestern
Spike was in while ISU made their run :(
And Swanigan is turning Burton into a first rounder.
tide - what the fuck was Painter doing killing his flow?
Motherfuck Painter, that was just asinine.
this is one of the worst things I've seen a coach do in a long time.
If anybody but Swanigan takes a shot from here on out, Painter should be sued for malpractice.
just fucking unfathomable what he's done to this game.
I get what you sorta mean but V Edwards has 19 himself. It's a pretty well rounded team.
Buried the shoulder.
Purdue going huge. I am skeptical.
Does Iowa State recruit any players out of high school?? Seems like their teams have been made up of transfers for years now.
Niang was a beast for them for years.
What a frigging game...knew it would be
can't shoot 3s. Need to go inside. Shooting 3s is what let ISU back in.
Are you suggesting they should play through their national player of the year candidate who has like a 19/12/7?
That's why I'm not a fan of Coach B's style of not putting any of our players at the free throw line for our attempts. You can get a big offensive rebound every now and then.
That was a big offensive rebound put back for Purdue at the free throw line.
Who knew that so many Iowa State fans even existed?
If you watched the Big 12 tournament you know they travel well for this team.
Purdue perennial chokers.
Boilers gonna boil...it's gonna happen.
doesn't everyone understand what he just did to this game?
Fucking fuck Iowa State is a super emotional team, and he fucking gave them the runway.
He should be fired if they lose this game (and if they weren't Purdue and wouldn't get anyone better).
you're totally right. But his players may save his hide in this one still.
Got some money on this game or something?
it pains me to see a coach fuck his team like that.
Also, I love the Big Ten when it's not named Sparty, OSU, or PSU. I think that's the list.
that 3 took forever to drop. Great low post move by Swanigan. Who knew?
games like this are what make March Madness the best
Iowa State. Their football team sucks balls so they have to have something to cheer for.
Yea cuz they're the only team/program to say that across the country. Who cares?! Good on the program.
Whoa. I stopped watching at halftime - how did ISU come back?
Purdue rested Swanigan for too long, basically. 2-3 zone also bothered them a little and got them out of their hyper-efficient first half offense.
so it all is of one piece.
Loving this game everyone! ISU made a damn good comeback. Got a lead...& now back to a 3 pt Purdue lead. Helluva finish coming up...
Have some faith in the boilers boys.
I can't stop being mad at Painter. It's going to be hard to get to sleep I'm so worked up no matter how this game turns out.
Dumb color commentator over values timeouts.
the possession arrow is fucking gold right now, you stupid muppet.
Swanigan tried to flop and didnt get it
but it didn't look like Burton extended the arm.
What a great game.
What an unnecessary shot.
Why are you drawing up a play for Matthias? Painter you moron.
that was the play you drew up out of the timeout?
Dakota needs to stop shooting.
Caleb's hand weren't going that direction. Burton poked it that direction.
I know Mathias is a good shooter, but you don't need that. A two clinches it.
I think I said this last year, but how the hell did Morris get away from Izzo if he's from Flint?
what a block
Caleb didn't know where that came from.
What kind of stupid ass coaching was that?
B-side Julius Randle out here saving ISU's season LOL
I have NEVER seen a team knock the ball out of hands without getting a foul as much as ISU.
to be fair
Wow, that is an amazing block.
My bracket is awesomely fucked
it's way more fun to root for the conference and seed underdogs.
one pump fake away from the sweet sixteen
TV Teddy can't get from Milwaukee to Indy by noon tomorrow, can he?
doing this game? Does he work multiple conferences?
They all do. Usually in similar geographic regions, but not always.
this is the best the NCAA has to offer?
on my tv.
Last 20 seconds have been poorly handled by ISU. Not a coaching clinic in this game.
I wish Nike wouldn't make the same shirt for every team.
these stoppages omg
Refs are using the monitor as a huge crutch. God Valentine sucks.
Swanigan playing an incredible game.
Nobody wants this game I guess
now we can talk about how bad Matt Painter. May he reign at Purdue forever.
I think Swanigan is still furious at him.
He's a pretty bad tournament coach. He was 9-9 entering today, with five (!) first-round losses.
That was my tiebreaker in that game. I was almost 100% justified.
Swanigan is pretttttttty good.
Painter's best efforts...
Thank you refs for letting the players decide the game
In shitty news, Penn State wins the fucking Big Ten in hockey.
I think I had Iowa State in 2 of my 3 brackets, but I couldn't help but root for Swanigan there.
Lord Painter did his best to give all his money back to the bank.
Well then! Glad to have another great game. March is fun
I will never understand pulling for other Big Ten teams. They can all go to hell.
(OSU and MSU)
the slightly less douchey programs (IU bball, Wisconsin)
and the disgusting degenerates at PSU
and then there's the rest of the conference.
Illinois hates us irrationally, so I unethusiastically think they can get fucked.
Went there for a game and we all sang the Victors. An Illinois alum came over and said it's the greatest fight song and asked us to sing it again.
That... was not my experience with Illinois fans.
Yeah, I've actually had some shockingly bad experiences with Illini fans. Like OSU/MSU level-bad. It was really weird because I had never really given them much thought before.
and they seem to really hate us.
They seem to hate themselves, too.
I live in the heart of Illini country, and I tell them that jealousy will get you nowhere. They usually want to fight me after that.
Conference perception matters.
If it was better for the Big Ten this year, we'd be playing Baylor tomorrow instead of Louisville.
If the perception was better Purdue has FSU's 3, Wisconsin was a 5, we're a 5 or a 6.
There is a difference between rooting for a team and wanting them to do well for your own self benefit.
Praytell, who do you pull for then?!
The one thing is I know we're a bad matchup for Purdue but beating them three times seems like it would be hard.
I will admit that, on a normal day, I tend towards the following:
2) Incidental games that help Michigan
However, the NCAA Tournament makes for odd bedfellows here and as we're noticing this year, conference perception matters when it is being weighed against a broad spectrum of criteria and other conferences as well.
I believe that win makes the over on Big Ten victories a winner. Think it was 6.5
the league got no respect and apparently it's not too bad. With some proper officiating, we could already be 3/8 of the S16. 1/4 so far ain't bad with two more chances tomorrow.
and Nigel Hayes. I hope he drops "onomatopoeia" in a presser again.
I liked his presser answer regarding the BS call. Turns out the NCAA issued an apology on the play.
Why can't they get this important stuff right.
They can stuff their apology.
You want to know how they can apologize? Bring the teams back on the court and replay the rest of the game from the bad call forward.
in the GEICO motorcycle ad is my spirit animal.