Saturday NCAA Tourney Open Thread

Submitted by mgokev on March 17th, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Well, I know the NCAA Tournament has lost a bit of its luster now that our beloved Wolverines are no longer in the running, but there are still games to be played and brackets to be (further) ruined.

Today's slate:

1 SYR 75 - 9 KSU 59
2 OSU vs 7 Gonzaga - Just started
3 Marq vs 6 Murray St - 5:15pm
4 Wisc vs 5 Vandy - 6:10pm
4 Ind vs 12 VCU - 7:10pm
1 UK vs 8 ISU - 7:45pm
3 Baylor vs 8 Colorado - 8:40pm
4 Louisville vs 5 New Mex - 9:40pm

Anyone see any potential upsets today?  I think the best shot at an upset would be New Mexico over Louisville.  Plus, if you agree with the analysts, Wisconsin winning would be an "upset".  Baylor could potentially lay an egg today too - they didn't look all that great on Thursday.  I was really hoping KSU would give Syracuse more of a fight.

Comments

mgokev

March 17th, 2012 at 3:26 PM ^

I was thinking about this during our game yesterday - do you think there is an adjustment that teams from the B1G have to make when playing in the tourney with regard to physicality of play?  It's pretty well known that the B1G is a physical and "rough" conference, so with teams/players in that mentality would there be a higher propensity for what we would all consider "ticky tack" fouls that would otherwise be allowed in conference play? And do players have to scale back the contact to match the consistency of refs from other leagues?

That was a long winded run on but hopefully you see what I'm getting at

M-Wolverine

March 17th, 2012 at 3:28 PM ^

But it'd be some damn funny Ohio karma.

Not sure 4-5's are really upsets, though technically.... Kenpom loves Wisconsin though....not underdogs there at least.

Murray State not a 3 though...6 I think.

NateVolk

March 17th, 2012 at 3:29 PM ^

Watch out for Iowa State tonight. They have good size, good athletes and know what they are doing as far as sharing the ball.  They slapped an admittedly shakey UCONN team around on Thursday.  

Keep Kentucky on upset watch.