OT - NCAA Round 1 and NIT Open Thread

Submitted by EZ Bud on March 19th, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Open thread to discuss opening round games in Dayton. North Carolina A&T just narrowly escaped a late game collapse to Liberty.

St. Mary's will be playing Middle Tennessee State in the next game.

Edit: Robert Morris is also up on Kentucky in the second half in the NIT.

Comments

EZ Bud

March 19th, 2013 at 9:01 PM ^

Tru TV is sandwiched between the Game Show Network and the Crime Investigation Channel in my cable package. I can honestly say I didn't know these channels existed.

Hoke-a-maniac

March 19th, 2013 at 9:07 PM ^

I'm loving this Robert Morris/Kentucky game. The crowd is so hyped and what a feeling it would be for a small school like that to take out the defending champs on their floor even if it is the NIT.

Slim_Hype

March 19th, 2013 at 9:14 PM ^

I've never seen just a soft team from Coach Cal. Say what you want about him but he always has tough teams with great point guards. Coach Cal can coach but these guys have no confidence at all. Freshman man.

Wolverine Devotee

March 19th, 2013 at 9:23 PM ^

Hey NCAA: Dump the First Four. 

If I want to go watch two medicore mid majors play, I'll go watch the CIT on whatever public access channel it's aired on at 3am. 

Sorry, I don't think a 15-20 team should be allowed into the tournament even if they won their conference tournament. It's rewarding mediocrity, or in Liberty's case, just plain bad. 

MGoRossGrad

March 19th, 2013 at 9:30 PM ^

Very aggressive game between St. Mary's and Middle Tennessee already.

Someone got laid out by a pick in the opening possession and another player just got rocked bringing down a rebound.

I like the winner of this game taking Memphis to the wire.

MGoBender

March 19th, 2013 at 9:37 PM ^

Have you guys heard? The low guy wins.

Interesting from Robert Morris here - going to the corner to set up an inbounds play?  Hmmmm...

Annexation of Puerto Rico?

MGoBender

March 19th, 2013 at 9:55 PM ^

I was thinking it was either that, or:

They thought Kentucky would simply rely on their athleticism and chase the double screen around, not respecting the athleticism of RM, which appeared to happen.

Or, maybe that was a shooter that they had previously done the same screen out to the corner, causing the chase, but instead turned back and dove down.

So much goes into those OOB plays and they can be defended in so many ways. It's very rare when one works as well as that did (and they needed the poor inbound guarding on top of it). I really would love to get a more in depth explanation as to why/how they knew that play would work.

DK81

March 19th, 2013 at 9:41 PM ^

Flood the court in the NIT? I love college hoops!

Also jimmy dykes is such a SEC homer with his crying hold on at the end of the game.

DK81

March 20th, 2013 at 1:07 AM ^

Ohh wow, i didn't even think of that possibility! That makes it even better. I was just so used to Jimmy dykes defending Arkansas in every way possible, so i assumed he would do the same for the rest of the SEC. I like your answer better though.