Why yes, I had Dayton in the Sweet Sixteen.
But I didn't get to see the game; I was out celebrating a friend's engagement. It was fun, but the best part of March is watching Syracuse lose, isn't it? Dayton finally has a coach who can get the team to execute in crunch time; Brian Gregory's Flyers teams had an amazing ability to get big leads, give them up, and everything else was a crapshoot. They weren't great shooters. They had late swoons. But that's the past.
Today, after Stanford bores us all with a loss to Kansas, the games are going to be straight fire!
Kentucky/ Wichita State - who ya got?
North Carolina/ Iowa State - scoring for days!
Mercer/ Tennessee? A thrill ride!
Stephen F. Austin's poise and skill vs UCLA's explosiveness - did you SEE UCLA on Friday night? They deconstructed Tulsa. They ran all over them. They looked like a real National Championship challenger. Look in on Steve Lavin's former team.
Baylor/ Creighton - the remaining Big East team (geez, Villanova) plays against an athletic but mistake-prone Baylor squad. Also that Rico Gathers guy... the former St. John's commit... what coulda been.
Memphis/ Virginia might be like watching a cat bat at a dying mouse (or like last year's second round NIT game between Virginia and St. John's last spring).
Gonzaga/ Arizona could be a fierce nightcap.
In NIT games, St. Mary's and Minnesota could be quite interesting; and I'm probably going to watch Illinois vs. Clemson. But I have problems.
|South||Stanford Cardinal (10) vs. Kansas Jayhawks (2)||Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO)||12.15p||CBS||Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson|
|Midwest||Kentucky Wildcats (8) vs. Wichita State Shockers (1)||Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO)||2.45p||CBS||Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony/Tracy Wolfson|
|East||North Carolina Tar Heels (6) vs. Iowa State Cyclones (3)||AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)||5.15p||CBS||Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager|
|Midwest||Mercer Bears (14) vs. Tennessee Volunteers (11)||PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)||6.10p||TNT||Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols|
|South||Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (12) vs.UCLA Bruins (4)||Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA)||7.10p||TBS||Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston|
|West||Baylor Bears (6) vs. Creighton Bluejays (3)||AT&T Center (San Antonio, TX)||7.45p||truTV||Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craigh Sager|
|East||Memphis Tigers (8) vs. Virginia Cavaliers (1)||PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)||8.40p||TNT||Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Rachel Nichols|
|West||Gonzaga Bulldogs (8) vs. Arizona Wildcats (1)||Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl (San Diego, CA)||9.40p||TBS||Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston|