March Madness Round 3 Day 2 Open Thread...

Submitted by M-Wolverine on March 26th, 2010 at 7:11 PM

What, like 20?

Go teams playing schools with STATE in their name.

And anybody see the Ekpe Udoh side article in SI this week? You've been warned...

Comments

Distik

March 26th, 2010 at 7:23 PM ^

I'm cheering for ohio state I think they have the best chance out of the Big 10 teams to win the tourney. I hope msu gets ran out of the building, but I wish they would be healthy so there won't be any excuses. I think Duke will beat Purdue, I did not think Purdue would make it this far without Hummel.

Distik

March 26th, 2010 at 8:01 PM ^

I think they have the best chance to win. I guess I should not have said "cheering" for them, because I could really not care less if they win. With the injuries to Purdue and msu I don't think they have a chance in going much deeper.

M-Wolverine

March 26th, 2010 at 8:16 PM ^

With Kansas bombing, I'm actually better off with Tennessee winning, even though I had picked the Buckeyes to the 8, because it will keep them out of the Final Four.

And St. Mary's, after completely fucking my bracket, is now rolling over. HEY NOVA...that's how you defend a college center!!

Leave it to N. Iowa to lay an egg tonight too. These small teams smash brackets, than don't even show up long enough to balance them out by creating more chaos.

Everyone forgets...GREAT first couple of rounds, usually means pretty shitty middle rounds.

M-Wolverine

March 26th, 2010 at 11:03 PM ^

No one expected them to win. When you're still tight late in the game with the #1 team, you're playing with house money.

Now they've spent a week having their dicks sucked off (figuratively and literally), and they're playing an Izzo coached team a lot have discounted because their missing (probably) their best player. MSU was supposed to be losing to Kansas here anyway. The gains and loses have equalized some.

Same situations- St. Mary's. Cornell. Washington. These runs are usually good for a minor (if even truly) first round upset, followed by a BIG upset, then coming back to earth after a week of pats on the back, and the other team having a week to get ready, and taking them seriously.

Let's hope N.Iowa can buck the trend.

M-Wolverine

March 26th, 2010 at 10:42 PM ^

...what's with the Duke "Tron" jerseys?

And while Duke underwhelming doesn't surprise, where has this Purdue team best-player-less come from in this Tourney? They looked miserable when he went down...

Blue Bunny Friday

March 26th, 2010 at 10:47 PM ^

Nice play Barlow!

It's okay to root for Purdue, right?
If it weren't for injuries (Lucas, Hummel, and maybe Turner) I think it would be pretty clear, at this point, that the Big11Ten was the best conference this year. I would've been okay with having OSU and MSU in the elite 8 if Purdue also made it.

M-Wolverine

March 26th, 2010 at 11:17 PM ^

Appy's Sagrin rating was in the high forties or fifties that year. Certainly better than the likes of Toledo, or even some other teams we played that year. Better than a lot of Div.-1 teams. But N. Iowa got up to 17 in the RPI at one point of the season.

But the main point, the mindset and the teams are in different places right now.

Don't get me wrong. It SHOULD be embarrassing. But I'm guessing it won't be for most, and gets hardly any note.

Even if it does happen, which is looking less and less likely.

M-Wolverine

March 26th, 2010 at 11:00 PM ^

They've spent all week building up how the injury doesn't give them a chance, they're an underdog in their minds. And MSU wasn't Top 5 going into it.

Same year as The Horror, MSU lost to a D-2 squad in an exhibition B-Ball game. THAT was like it. But it didn't really stick.

This would hardly be their worst Tourney loss. They've been bounced in the 1st round a few times.