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Posted on: March 20, 2009 11:38 am
Edited on: March 21, 2009 12:24 am
 

NCAA Tournament Live Blog Day 2

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11:21 PM: Siena wins! And through it all 13 seed Cleveland State is forgotten behind two great games. I'm signing out. Great night of games!

11:19 PM: MOORE HITS ANOTHER THREE AND SIENA LEADS BY TWO!

11:17 PM: WISCONSIN WINS! WOW WHAT A GAME!

11:16 PM: Siena leads 71-70 in 2OT with 35.1 seconds left in Dayton. Meanwhile here comes FSU needing a last second shot to win.

11:15 PM: TREVON HUGHES AND ONE FOR WISCONSIN! The Badgers lead 60-59 with 2.0 left in OT!

11:12 PM: Evan Turner hits a three and Ohio State tied is 68-68. Wisconsin trails by one with 10 seconds left.

Siena 68, Ohio State 68 (2OT 1:40)
Florida State 59, Wisconsin 58 (OT :07)

11:08 PM: Tony Douglas gives Florida State a 59-56 lead! Siena leads by three over Ohio State as well 68-65.

11:04 PM: MOORE FOR THREE AND SIENA TIES IT! DOUBLE OVERTIME! WOW!

11:00 PM: Ohio State-Siena is a one point game with 9.1 left in overtime. Wisconsin-Florida State is going overtime now as well.

10:56 PM: Huge three for Wisconsin gives Wisconsin the lead!

Wisconsin 52, Florida State 50 (:45 left)
Siena 61, Ohio State 61 (1:50 OT)

10:53 PM: Florida State and Wisconsin are going back and forth.Two great games on right now. Both MSU and Cleveland State are rolling. Meanwhile Florida State is up 1 and Siena is up 1 in overtime.

10:49 PM: First tournament game to go overtime is Siena-Ohio State! What a game. Kenny Hasbrouck with two big plays down the stretch.

10:35 PM: Siena ties Ohio State on a quick 6-0 run before the Buckeyes retake the lead 61-59 with two minutes left! What a game!

10:30 PM: Wake Forest either needs a miracle run in the next 7:44 or they are going home at the hands of Cleveland State. Michigan State is rolling while both Ohio State and Florida State are holding onto small leads.

9:33 PM: Back from Chic Fil A (no pizza tonight). How about what Cleveland State is doing to Wake Forest? That would be the biggest upset of this tournament so far.

7:34 PM: I am heading out to go to Pizza Hut (yes!) and to watch the rest of tonight's action. I will recap tonight's games when I get back.

7:10 PM: I sure hope Louisville gets a scare from Morehead State. No offense to the Cardinals or their fans but I want to see another 1-16 game that goes down to the wire.

6:51 PM: Morehead State led Louisville but the Cardinals have re-taken a 30-25 lead. Arizona has led Utah the whole game.

6:27 PM: Score updates:

USC 8, Boston College 7
Louisville 17, Morehead State 10
Arizona 12, Utah 4
Xavier 3, Portland State 1

6:10 PM: The live blog is getting back started as the games get back started. Morehead State-Louisville is about to get underway. Louisville has a 38 point win over Morehead once this year already.

4:21 PM: Dayton upsets West Virginia and ruins my bracket. I had the Mountaineers in my Elite Eight. Great win for the Flyers, 68-60.

4:16 PM: Pittsburgh survives 72-62. What a game. Pittsburgh your alarm clock just went off, WAKE UP!

3:43 PM: All my attention is on this ETSU-Pitt game. This is one of the last great achievements yet to happen in sports really. Can a 16 finally beat a 1? Missouri is dominating Cornell and Arizona State has closed out Temple. Dayton-West Virginia is back and forth but the Flyers lead by one.

3:29 PM: I'm not saying ETSU is going to beat Pittsburgh but the effort is clearly there. Clearly less talented the Buccaneers are playing twice as hard, rebounding well, pressing well, and hustling for incredible blocks and great defensive plays. The Panthers lead by two but it's ETSU ball. The whole arena is on ETSU's side. Remember #1 seeds are 98-0 vs. #16 seeds, but isn't it about time that changed? It would only make it so #1 seeds lose 1% of the time in the first round. It's about time! But will it happen?

2:57 PM: Pittsburgh is only beating East Tennessee State by THREE at halftime! Wow! There's no doubt in my mind now (if there was even any before now) that ETSU should've been at least a 15 seed and probably a 14. Cornell is within 4 of Missouri at the half as well. Four great games are going on right now.

2:16 PM: Score updates:

Cornell 6, Missouri 4
Dayton 9, West Virginia 8
Arizona State 29, Temple 24
Pittsburgh 11, East Tennessee State 9

2:04 PM: Arizona State-Temple began a little while ago, tipping off the second round of day games. The Sun Devils have come out red hot and lead 29-16 with about half of the first half left to play.

1:40 PM: And Marquette my attempt to be different Final Four pick has survived by one over Utah State. What a group of games that we just had. Wow. Kansas, Marquette, Syracuse, and Oklahoma State win.

1:34 PM: Oklahoma State knocks off Tennessee by two! What a game! Utah State pulls within two of Marquette with 23.0 seconds left.

1:31 PM: What a shot by Byron Eaton to give Oklahoma State the lead over Tennessee. Kansas will survive and Marquette has stormed back to take a three point lead. The TN-OKST game is coming down to the final seconds.

1:15 PM:

Good call on Tennessee-Oklahoma State being the best game today.  Back and forth affair with both teams spreading out the scoring and shooting pretty well.  

-Ben Plume (pittbaster) Silver Spring

 

Thanks. It has been fun to watch. The Vols and Cowboys are tied 67-67 with 5:20 left to play.

1:13 PM: Syracuse has advanced and will now meet the winner of the Arizona State-Temple game on Sunday.

1:02 PM: Three games appear to be coming down to the wire.

12:48 PM: Score updates (sorry for the delay in posts):

Oklahoma State 49, Tennessee 46
Kansas 49, North Dakota State 44
Marquette 29, Utah State 28
Syracuse 56, Stephen F. Austin 35

12:09 PM:

What are your thoughts on the rather lackluster start by the "mid majors" so far this year?  Will that trend continue today?  Thanks.

Kyle Singleton (huskyonspeed) Wenatchee, WA.

Good point Kyle. The at large mid major teams are 0-2 with losses by BYU and Butler. Today the A-10 is the only hope of the mid majors as both Xavier and Dayton play. Looking at the mid major auto bid winners only a few have been victorious so far, Gonzaga and Western Kentucky. The irony of that is that those two teams will now play in the second round. I have both Xavier (in an upset) and Dayton losing today. Utah State and North Dakota State are the main hope for the mid majors but the Aggies and Bison trail right now in their games. Keep an eye on Utah. Everyone is picking the upset and usually the opposite happens when everyone agrees on an upset.

 

11:54 AM: Score Update:

Syracuse 36, Stephen F. Austin 18
Tennessee 29, Oklahoma State 23
Kansas 25, North Dakota State 25
Marquette 17, Utah State 9

11:33 AM: Great email...

Now, maybe this is an unwarranted gripe, as I'm obviously biased in the argument, but do you agree that East Tenneessee State was horrendously under-seeded?  They have 23 wins, average about 75 points and 8 steals a game, and barely average fewer rebounds than the Panthers, one of the better rebounding teams in the nation.  Doesn't this seem like a much more difficult opponent than the #2 1 seed is supposed to have?

 Ben Plume (pittbaster) Silver Spring

Ben you are completely right. It can actually be argued that East Tennessee State is better than Stephen F. Austin who Syracuse is playing as we speak. I had ETSU as a 14 seed in my final bracketology and was shocked when they were given a 16 seed.

11:25 AM: Tennessee-Oklahoma State is now getting started. This is probably going to be the best game of the day. Expect a battle. And I'm still awaiting some questions/comments. Get on it guys!

11:13 AM: Syracuse-Stephen F. Austin is about to get underway to begin today's games. The Orange are a team I think can make a serious run in this tournament.

10:36 AM: This will be the site of the live tournament blog for the second day of the NCAA Tournament.  Please send in your questions to my email either with the link above or by clicking here . The purpose of the live blog will be to keep all the tournament action together in one place and to get feedback from all of you guys!

Here's how the live blog will work:

1) I will break down the games as they happen with live updates from scores, nailbiting finishes, and my thoughts on what is happening on and off the court with all things relating to the NCAA Tournament.

2) I will answer your questions and post the best comments on my blog. All you have to do is send them to my email . You can also post comments below (I'd actually appreciate it very much) but please realize that between live blogging, checking my email, and answering questions its going to be very difficult to check in for comments at the bottom of this post.

3) When you send me an email please put your NAME, LOCATION, and QUESTION. If you are a CBS member and would like to include that then I will also include that in your question.

Posted on: March 19, 2009 12:38 am
Edited on: March 20, 2009 12:35 am
 

The Official Live NCAA Tournament Blog: Day 1


Send in your questions/comments now!

11:32 PM: Western Kentucky knocks off Illinois to conclude today's action. The last game of the night is the first real upset. The Hilltoppers now will take on Gonzaga in round two. I'm signing out! Thanks for all your questions!

11:17 PM: Eric Maynor misses a buzzer beater attempt to beat UCLA and the Bruins win 65-64. UCLA gets Villanova on Saturday. Western Kentucky continues to lead Illinois and there's only two minutes left.

11:02 PM: UCLA is now only up 3 after a huge run by Eric Maynor and VCU. Can the Rams complete the comeback? 1:57 left.

10:40 PM:

Score updates:

UCLA 53, VCU 44
Oklahoma 67, Morgan State 47
Western Kentucky 49, Illinois 36
Duke 83, Binghamton 56

10:03 PM: Updates are getting more sparatic as I get tired (sorry for that). Western Kentucky is up 9 on Illinois.

9:27 PM: Great games on now. A lot of people think VCU and Illinois can win tonight and pull big upsets. Duke and Oklahoma lead by 10 points with those games climbing towards halftime.

8:53 PM: Gonzaga knocks off Akron 77-64. Duke-Binghamton is one of the final night games under way.

8:40 PM: A couple of tv complaints.....

R u kidding?

No action for the past 10 minutes…geico, wild wings and promos…..you cut away from nova to michigan to gonzaga and nothing…….

-Stephen

 

And...

Why did CBS take a great game (Villanova v. American) off the air with less than 2 minutes to go and put Gonzaga on with more than 7 minutes to go???? Stupid move- get it right

-Valerie

I hope you guys realize that I don't have any affiliation with CBS at all (I'm not sure if Stephen knows that). My tv coverage went from TX-MN to NOVA-AMER to CLEM-MICH to GONZ-AKRON. No complaints here. I haven't missed a thing.

8:28 PM: Michigan beats Clemson by three and Villanova responds to American by blowing them out in the closing minutes. Gonzaga-Akron is the best game on right now.

8:18 PM: Michigan leads Clemson 58-55 with 59.7 left. This should be a great finish.

8:09 PM: Vilalnova is on a 13-0 run to grab the lead on American.

8:01 PM: American and Akron continue to lead 3 seed Villanova and 4 seed Gonzaga in the second half.

7:46 PM: American takes a 10 point lead temporarily but Villanova is fighting back slowly.

7:38 PM: Score update....

Texas 56, Minnesota 44
Michigan 46, Clemson 34
American 47, Villanova 38
Akron 38, Gonzaga 35

7:14 PM:

Hey i was wondering how many many wrong picks would make up a decent bracket today. So far i picked the Butler and Cal winning so thats 2 wrong. Theres also no telling whats going to happen tonight. For the rest of tonight, i picked Clemson, Texas, Villanova, and Gonzaga, Duke, VCU, WKU and Oklahoma.

My bracket has one incorrect pick because I took Northern Iowa in an upset over Purdue. Based on the potential of upsets I'd say two or less losses is a great bracket at the end of the night.

7:08 PM: Upset Alert! 14 seeded American leads Villanova 41-31 at halftime! And don't look now (it worked when i said it regarding the American-Nova game) but Gonzaga is only up two.

6:54 PM: Don't look now but American leads Villanova 30-26 with 5:12 left in the first half.

6:42 PM:

Score Updates:
American 21, Villanova 20
Minnesota 24, Texas 23
Michigan 19, Clemson 18
Gonzaga 4, Akron 3

6:32 PM: I'm having flashbacks to last year when I begged for an upset. Come on smaller teams it's time to get rolling. Give us a Stephen Curry type Cinderella run to cheer for. Is American the team to give us hope? I'm not sure but they are playing well early against Villanova, down 14-11.

6:28 PM: Had to clear up this comment a bit with some slight editing:

I had thought that the Pac 10 had slovenly played through each other. Guess living in the Midwest and not staying up late enough to view alot of West coast games has hurt my perspective. This was impressive and if they play like they did today they will move past Purdue and may prove to be alot of peoples bracket buster. The only pac 10 team I had advancing was USC. They looked liked a tourney team so I thought.  Hooray washington they deserve to be there KUDOS.

-Patrick Toney

I mean no disrespect Patrick but I'm really not surprised Washington won today. I have them in the Sweet 16 (as a lot of people do) where I have Connecticut beating them. As far as having USC as the only Pac 10 team advancing be careful on that. The Trojans are the least consistent of the Pac 10 teams in the field. Without winning the conference tournament they wouldn't even be in. Arizona is also up and down but I have them winning along with UCLA. Arizona State (close over Temple), and the Trojans.

6:16 PM: Tonight's first round of games are now underway. It looks like I may have picked the wrong 10 seed to win:

Minnesota 11, Texas 3
Clemson 7, Michigan 3

5:58 PM: Washington knocks off Mississippi State 71-58.

5:47 PM: Washington is dominating Mississippi State but don't fret the next set of games is about to get underway. Will we finally see the first monster upset of the day take place? So far it's been a pretty quiet day for a NCAA Tournament.

5:41 PM:

Leading Scorers From Today:
Robert Sallie (Memphis) 35
Marcus Thorton (LSU) 30
Greivis Vasquez (MD) 27
Wayne Ellington (UNC) 25
Stanley Robinson (UCONN) 24

Notice anything about this list? All five players are moving on.

5:21 PM: Washington continues to lead the only game in progress. There are some pretty good games coming up tonight though. Here's tonight's schedule:

7 Texas-10 Minnesota (6:10)
7 Clemson-10 Michigan (6:10)
3 Villanova-14 American (6:20)
4 Gonzaga-13 Akron (6:25)

2 Duke-15 Binghamton (8:40)
2 Oklahoma-15 Morgan State (8:40)
6 UCLA-11 VCU (8:50)
5 Illinois-12 Western Kentucky (8:55)

4:52 PM: Blake Hofstad and I have broken down today's early action in a podcast over at OSF. You can check it out here . Today's early action is almost over with Washington-Texas A&M at halftime and the Huskies up 38-27. What game are you guys looking forward to tonight?

4:07 PM: Mississippi State-Washington is underway and for the first time ever I get the west cost game that most of us miss. Not sure how that will affect my tv coverage for later. So far I am 6-1 on my picks with my only miss being Purdue's win over Northern Iowa. I had that as an upset.

3:56 PM:

Do you think this first round is sending the message that maybe Memphis really didn't deserve that one seed they were griping about?  It seems, with the Tigers barely struggling past Northridge while the Huskies and Tar Heels (minus a coach and MVP, respectively) post 40-point blowouts, that a case can be made

-Ben Plume

Even with two more 1 seeds left to play I think it's pretty fair to say that Memphis was seeded correctly. Good point.

3:32 PM: Purdue survives and ruins my dreams out a perfect bracket. Great win for the Boilermakers, 61-56.

3 17 PM:

Score Update:
Maryland 36, California 31
Connecticut 48, Chattanooga 20
Purdue 62, Northern iowa (2:20 left)
North Carolina 68, Radford 39

3:03 PM: Northern Iowa closes within six after a fastbreak dunk. Then the Panthers miss a three to pull within one basket. Can they complete the comeback after being down 14? My bracket hopes so.

2:52 PM: My upset pick is alive! A huge run by Northern Iowa brings the Panthers to within six of Purdue! Come on UNI! Don't break my bracket. Score update coming soon on all the action. For those wondering, North Carolina and Connecticut are absolutely rolling.

2:33 PM:

Every year, I have heard that it is a down year for the Big Ten.  With 7 of 11 teams getting in and Arizona possibly stealing Penn State's shot, I don't find that weak.  Top of the conference, I give it to the Big East easy.  How many of the 7 do you see getting out of the first round?  I have already seen that you picked N. Iowa but it seems that although a half left, Purdue is still clicking. I have 6 of the 7 getting out with Illinois not because of Frazier but I think they still have a shot. And yes, that does mean Wisconsin too.  I have seen the Badgers consistency too much and Florida State went on a tear at the end and I think are over seeded at 5.  Normally, I pick the Big Ten to win maybe half but these squads and matchups seem very reasonable or favorable.

Regards from the site of the Final Four. I can't believe I will be there.

-Matt Banks

I have MSU, Illinois, and Michigan getting out of round one. Purdue is the victim of my proposed upset (not happening so far), Wisconsin loses to FSU in my mind, Texas beats Minnesota, and Ohio State loses to Siena. It's nothing against the Big Ten. I think it's a very loaded conference but most of the teams do seem to struggle on the offensive end of the court.

2:30 PM:

I know this may sound like a silly question, but why did the NCAA make every site have the same court?  I think it takes alot of the individuality off the different sites and just gets confusing at times to keep up with which games are at the same bracket and all.  Any opinions on this?

-Anthony, Pennsylvania

It's an interesting observation Anthony but it doesn't really matter to me. As long as I have a bracket in front of me I can tell pretty well where each game is going on at.

2:19 PM: North Carolina is on pace to score 100 points. Radford looks tired and done already.

2:13 PM: Can we see the first ever 16 over a 1 uposet? Not likely but there are two 1-16 games in progress. Here's the latest scores:

Purdue 29, Northern Iowa 17
North Carolina 13, Radford 11
Maryland 14, California 10
Chattanooga 6, Connecticut 4

2:05 PM:
In tonight’s matchup between Clemson and Michigan who are you taking.  Over the past several years, my reference to a team that I am leery of is that I trust them as much as a 17-0 Clemson start.  I don’t deny they are solid but I expect the excitement of Michigan’s return along with Manny Harris and a team that plays with no seniors, they will be like energizer bunnies out there.  I even have them ousting Blake Griffin in the 2nd in an upset special and I am a life long Spartans fan so no nepotism.    Side note- I know the MidWest is the toughest bracket but why is everyone overlooking Utah completely it seems.  They beat the LSU team by 30 albeit early in the season, beat the Zags, an RPI of like 13 or something and Arizona (never should be in) would be considered a failure if they didn’t win.  I know it’s the Mountain West.  Your thoughts on the Utes?

-Matt Banks

Matt I have Michigan winning because I can't pick a team as inconsistent as Clemson to go anywhere. And I believe my exact quote yesterday was "When everybody jumps on an upset the opposite usually happens" and I was referring to Utah-Arizona when I said that. The Utes are very good, just over-seeded. The Wildcats as a 12 seed will place the three best players on the court in that game. Usually when that happens the team with the best three players on the court wins. The one thing Utah has going for them is that they show up every night while Arizona does not.

2:02 PM: North Carolina is already up 6-0 with less than a minute off the clock in Greensboro.

1:34 PM: Purdue-Northern Iowa is underway......and remember I have the upset in this one.

1:22 PM: Memphis probably just put CS Northridge away, now up 7 with 1:52 left.  LSU is up 5, 68-63 on Butler with 35.7 left. And pencil Texas A&M into round two on your brackets, up 74-59.

1:17 PM:

Score updates:
LSU 65-Butler 60
Memphis 67-CS Northridge 64
Texas A&M 72-BYU 57

1:11 PM: Marcus Thorton's big three gives LSU a 5 point lead with 3:58 left. Barring a Butler come back it appears the North Carolina-Radford winner will take on the Tigers in round two.

1:06 PM: Northridge is up SIX up Memphis! Can the 15 seed do it? Last year we saw Belmont blow a chance to beat Duke but can Northridge do it?

1:01 PM: Love this question!

If these second-half scores hold up, what's your over-under for the percentage of people who would start 0-3 in their brackets, including an ousted Final Four team (like me)?  

-Ben Silver Spring, MD

I'd say about 50% of people would start 0-3. I have LSU, Texas A&M, and Memphis winning. I considered having the Tigers lose in round two and actually talked to a Memphis fan two nights ago who said (and I quote) "There no way Maryland would beat us with our play on the defensive end of the floor". Well Maryland/California are waiting but Memphis may not even have the defense to beat Cal State Northridge.

12:59 PM:

Score update:
Butler 54, LSU 53
Northridge 52, Memphis 50
Texas A&M 60, BYU 46

12:54 PM: CS NORTHRIDGE IS LEADING MEMPHIS 44-43! WHAT A GAME! Without Robert Sallie the Tigers would be getting killed.

12 :51 PM: Butler tied LSU 49-49 and CS NORTHRIDGE HAS TIED MEMPHIS WITH A THREE! WOW! 40-40 in KC!

12:45 PM: Two really great games going on. Butler leads LSU by one, 44-43 and Memphis leads Northridge 39-35.

12:36 PM:

How funny would it be if Memphis lost first round. No more complaining about number one seeds maybe? Also, four of Memphis's players have 2 fouls at half. I think Cal can pull off the upset! - Brian, CT

It would certainly end all speculation. LSU's lead is now only one, 41-40.

12:25 PM: Jim Calhoun is not going to be coaching Connecticut today. I wish him well. The Huskies play Chattanooga later today.

12:20 PM: Memphis only leads by three at halftime, 34-31. The Tigers were outplayed in the first half but not outscored.

12:10 PM: Memphis is completely out of sync

Score update:
LSU 35, Butler 29 (H)
Memphis 32, CS Northridge 27
Texas A&M 37, BYU 26

12:02 PM: Memphis is winning right now, 29-24, but they are completely out of rythym.

11:54 AM: Texas A&M is up 12 already on BYU. Score update in a second but here's another great comment.

Notice that it took Butler 6 full minutes to make its first field goal?  Not too many teams will win games making a field goal every 6 minutes.  5 of the Bulldogs' first 8 points from the stripe...  

-Ben Plume, Silver Spring

I did notice Ben. The thing is that Butler has survived the LSU storm completely. The Tigers still lead but the score is only 20-15. Butler has outplayed the Tigers since the first six minutes. This looks like it is going to be a game of runs.

11:49 AM: LSU is settling for jumpshots and after their 9-0 start they have cooled down. Butler is on a 11-6 run to get back into the game.

11:42 AM: In Kansas City an upset is brewing. I know it's still early but CS Northridge looks very comfortable playing Memphis. 15-13 Northridge and Memphis is already in the penalty.

11:37 AM: Butler's Matt Howard already has two fouls. That's bad for Butler. They really need their best player on the floor, especially being down 13-6 aready. Memphis has now tied CS-Northridge 11-11 while Texas A&M has jumped out on BYU 11-3.

11:33 AM: Big_red0127 remembers my comment on LSU....

I remember you and Blake saying that either winner would give UNC trouble.

-big_red0127
I'm glad somebody was listening!

11:31 AM: Let's get our first score update of the day:

LSU 11, Butler 3
CS Northridge 9, Memphis 4

And yes..the second score is correct. Memphis trails early.

11:23 AM: What a start by LSU! I remember saying during my podcast that LSU could give North Carolina all sorts of matchup problems in round two. Does anyone remember that? Watch out for the Tigers. There's over 38 minutes left to play here but they are off to a great start. 9-0 Tigers.

11:21 AM: Bo Spencer of LSU scores the first points of the NCAA Tournament. 3-0 LSU.

11:16 AM: Finally it's time for play in the 2009 NCAA Tournament!

11:06 AM: Just heard a Chattanooga player say that he believes they can make history by knocking off Connecticut. Now that I really want to see.

10:57 AM: That will be the longest live break the blog will take today. I had to get stuff set up for when the games do kick off. Another great question:

Hey Dan,        I've pretty much based my pick of W. Kentucky over Illinois on the absence of Frazier. How significant is his presence to the Illini. Unfortunately I haven't been able to watch too much B10 basketball this season due to the lack of a certain television station, so I am really unaware of the intangibles he brings to the table.  

-T. White
Albany, NY

He's not going to light it up from the field (5.7 PPG) but he does a little bit of everything which makes his a big part of Illinois's success this year. I think with or without him for the Illini (which they are without him) Western Kentucky has a chance to win today. The Hilltoppers aren't as talented as last year's Sweet 16 squad but they do know how to play on the big stage.

10:39 AM: Great question from Benjamin and he even answered my question as well. Please follow his format.

I'm most interested in LSU-Butler.  It's the Tigers' chance to show that the SEC has at least some strength...or not.  Then again, Texas A&M-BYU is a rare first-round rematch.  Speaking of, take a look at the East does Duke, Pitt, UCLA, VCU remind you of anything?  How about Pitt, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State (look at 2003, I think it was)?  Then there's FSU (who Duke played twice and Pitt played once) and Villanova (who already beat Pitt)....does it seem to you that the committee is lying when they say they don't do matchups for significance?  

-Ben Plume, Silver Spring MD

I agree Benjamin. LSU-Butler looks like its going to be the best game. If LSU wins their length can really give North Carolina trouble in round two, but the Tar Heels do still have to knock off Radford. Benjamin the committee says it strives to avoid rematches until the Sweet 16 and it has this year but I do think they tried to set up a few things. I don't understand, for one thing, why Kansas-Michigan State and Florida State-Pittsburgh are all in the same subregion. That creates out of conference rematch possibilites that we've already seen. There's no doubt the committee places teams where they think they can get the most television ratings. It certainly makes it interesting and very hard on bracketologists like me.

10:35 AM: The only thing I need now is some rotel dip, some hot wings, and a big glass os sweet tea. Of course I also want to see a few big upsets when this thing kicks off. Memphis will be the first the first big favorite to play today and I expect them to win by 30 over Northridge. Why? Mainly because Northridge reminds me of another middle of the pack Conference USA team.

10:26 AM: Which early game do you guys think will be the most interesting? LSU-Butler, Memphis-Northridge, or Texas A&M-Butler? Send me your reasoning through email and the best responses will get posted here.

10:25 AM: Here's the best question I've received so far:

Dan:  I have all 7 Big East Teams in the Sweet Sixteen.  Does this necessarily make me crazy?  I don't think so.  I think 5 of them are virtually locks to get that far, and only WVU over Kansas and Marquette over Missouri would be upsets.  In both cases, I just think the Big East representative matches up well.  I don't think Kansas can stop Butler/Ebanks (and West Virginia's defense is like nothing KU has seen all year) and I just get that feeling about Marquette...I doubt Missouri can guard the perimeter well enough.

-Benjamin Plume

In all honestly I have all seven Big East teams in the Sweet Sixteen also. I have six of them in the Elite Eight and three of them in the Final Four. Either the Big East is about to show its strength from 1 to 7 or its about to really mess up my tournament bracket. My guess is that the latter is more likely.

10:19 AM: Guys the NCAA Tournament will get started in about an hour and I cannot wait to get this live blog started. The early games look like they are going to be fantastic. I got started early so I could answer a few questions ahead of time, so here's the first.

Where on the net are the cbs coverage maps for the ncaa tourney this 
year?

-Ned Morell
Honestly Ned I spent about half an hour looking for the coverage maps the other night and I couldn't find them. My guess is that I will get the LSU-Butler game in my coverage area, but remember MMOD will allow you to watch any game live.

11:37 PM (Wednesday Night): This will be the site of the live tournament blog for the first day of the NCAA Tournament.  Please send in your questions to my email either with the link above or by clicking here . The purpose of the live blog will be to keep all the tournament action together in one place and to get feedback from all of you guys! I already have a few questions lined up and I truly cannot wait to get started. Last year's first day blog (although this year I plan on blogging the whole tournament live) reached over 10,000 hits and that was during a time of loss in my family. This year everything is good except for my wrists hurting from typing but I will be okay.

Today, the opening day of the NCAA Tournament, is the best day of the year. Get ready for buzzer beaters, crazy finishes, and an atmosphere unlike any other in sports. Here's how the live blog will work:

1) I will break down the games as they happen with live updates from scores, nailbiting finishes, and my thoughts on what is happening on and off the court with all things relating to the NCAA Tournament.

2) I will answer your questions and post the best comments on my blog. All you have to do is send them to my email . You can also post comments below (I'd actually appreciate it very much) but please realize that between live blogging, checking my email, and answering questions its going to be very difficult to check in for comments at the bottom of this post.

3) When you send me an email please put your NAME, LOCATION, and QUESTION. If you are a CBS member and would like to include that then I will also include that in your question.

Tomorrow's live blog will get started around 10 AM CT, about an hour and twenty minutes before the tournament kicks off .  If you have any questions you'd like to ask me before the games get started or before a game tips off please have it ready early so that I can answer it early. If you want a preview of the tournament you can always listen to my podcasts previewing each region (South , West , East , Midwest )  on OSF or you can read my quick blog of thoughts here on CBS. The podcasts don't sound very professional but it was the best we can do.

Here's tomorrow's schedule (all times CT):
8 Butler-9 LSU (11:20)
2 Memphis-15 Northridge (11:25)
8 BYU-9 Texas A&M (11:30)

5 Purdue-12 Northern Iowa (1:30)
1 North Carolina-16 Radford (1:50)
7 California-10 Maryland (1:55)
1 Connecticut-16 Chattanooga (2:00)

4 Washington-13 Mississippi State (3:55)

7 Texas-10 Minnesota (6:10)
7 Clemson-10 Michigan (6:10)
3 Villanova-14 American (6:20)
4 Gonzaga-13 Akron (6:25)

2 Duke-15 Binghamton (8:40)
2 Oklahoma-15 Morgan State (8:40)
6 UCLA-11 VCU (8:50)
5 Illinois-12 Western Kentucky (8:55)

Posted on: March 16, 2009 2:55 pm
 

Dantheman's Live Tournament blog

Last year I did a live NCAA Tournament blog and this year I will be doing it again. I expect all of you guys to participate! It was a huge success last year and I can't wait to start it back up. Right now my right wrist is bothering me and it's delaying my NCAA Tournament preview. Hopefully I will get it out shortly.

For the live blog please send your questions to my email . Please put your name and location along with the question/comment.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 20, 2008 10:45 am
Edited on: March 21, 2008 12:05 am
 

Thursday Live NCAA Tournament Blog

SEND ALL QUESTIONS, THOUGHTS, AND COMMENTS TO MY EMAIL AND THE BEST WILL GET POSTED HERE!

11:02 CT: Great day guys although the lack of upsets was aggravating. I'm sorry to say I won't be able to blog any this weekend because I will be in Florida. I will try to post when I can, perhaps a little blog reviewing tomorrow when I get a chance tomorrow night. Anyways thanks for all your comments and questions.

P. S. If you are wondering how I did on my bracket......I'd rather not tell you because I did terrible. I have already missed six games. All the teams I picked other than Winthrop (my one major upset) were very competitive and had a chance to win.

10:57 CT: Mississippi Valley State sets records by only scoring 29 points in the first round against UCLA. Now we have half of the bracket filled out and Saturday's matchups are now fixed.

Saturday's matchups:
(4) Notre Dame vs. (5) Washington State
(1) Kansas vs. (8) UNLV
(11) Kansas State vs. (3) Wisconsin
(4) Pittsburgh vs. (5) Michigan State
(6) Marquette vs. (3) Stanford
(1) UCLA vs. (8) Texas A&M
(6) Purdue vs. (3) Xavier
(7) West Virginia vs. (2) Duke

10:55 CT: West Virginia knocks off Arizona 75-65. A lot of people thought the Wildcats could go a long way in this tournament (and I believed the winner of this game would give Duke fits so now we will see if WVU can).

10:52 CT: West Virginia leads Arizona 71-65 with 1:30 left. WVU has the ball.

10:42 CT:
It's officially March. After watching the crazy Duke ending and watching Arizona nail back to back threes to get within one I know it's going to be a crazy ending just because it is March Madness. West Virginia 60, Arizona 59....

10:36 CT: West Virginia leads Arizona 58-52 with 6:59 left to play. Cal State Fullerton has just nailed a three to pull within 8 of Wisconsin.

10:23 CT: Arizona-West Virginia looks like it is going to be the best game of the night's four....as Wisconsin has taken a 10 point lead on Cal State Fullerton.

9:56 CT: Cal State Fullerton-Wisconsin is about to start the second half.

9:38 CT: The Badgers go into halftime with a 30-28 lead. West Virginia leads Arizona 27-25 with 1:08 left in the half.

9:32 CT: Wisconsin leads Cal State Fullerton 28-24 with 1:30 left to play in the first half. West Virginia leads Arizona 25-20. These are the closest two games. Notre Dame leads by 12 and UCLA leads by 20

9:16 CT: West Virginia leads Arizona 18-13 with 10:48 left to play in the first half.

9:06 CT: 14 seeded Cal State Fullerton leads 3 seed Wisconsin 16-13 early on.

9:02 CT: 17-0 for Notre Dame and the Irish lead 23-7 just nine minutes into their game against George Mason. Meanwhile Mason can't make anything.

8:47 CT: Notre Dame-George Mason is underway and the Irish lead 11-7 early.

8:37 CT: A&M knocks off BYU, and even though they are only a 9 seed they are the second lower seed to advance today.

8:33 CT: Texas A&M leads BYU 63-60 with 32 seconds left.....

8:23 CT: Washington State knocks of Winthrop 71-40. The Eagles only scored 11 points in the second half. Kansas State became the first lower seed to win, beating USC 80-67.

8:21 CT: Duke beats Belmont 71-70 after the final shot goes wide left for the Bruins. In my opinion Belmont outplayed the Blue Devils but all that matters is the scoreboard.

8:15 CT: Henderson gives Duke the lead with 4.0 seconds left. Can Belmont score and pull off the upset?

8:08 CT: 15 seeded Belmont 70, 2 seeded Duke 69......2 minutes left....WOW

8:07 CT:
(15) Belmont 65 (2) Duke 69
(9) Texas A&M 45 (8) BYU 45
(11) Kansas State 72 (6) Southern California 60
(13) Winthrop 37 (4) Washington State 67

8:05 CT: Closing minutes in Washington D, C., Duke leads 67-65 with 2:40 left.

7:54 CT: Washington State begins the second half on a 25-4 run against Winthrop. Scheyer hits a three and a foul for Duke but Belmont comes right back, they never quit. I am very impressed with the Bruins.

7:51 CT: Beasley has 16 points and Mayo has 15.....KST leads 54-53 with under 12 minutes to play.

7:41 CT: Only four times in history has a 15 seed beat a 2 seed. BELMONT IS ABOUT TO DO IT! They are leading Duke 58-56 with 11 minutes left to play in the second half. Could this be the biggest NCAA Tournament upset in a long long time? Perhaps ever? A few days ago we were talking about whether or not Duke deserved a one seed.

7:35 CT: Belmont pulls within one of Duke! Wow! Could Duke go down?

7:30 CT: Taj Gibson already has four fouls for USC, big trouble for the Trojans. AND how about Belmont....within 6 of Duke with 15:22 left in the second half. Wow would that be a huge upset.

7:25 CT: Belmont trails Duke 49-41 but they can clearly play with the Blue Devils as they are running up and down the floor with them with ease.

7:22 CT: We've got two games tied 29-29; Texas A&M-BYU and Winthrop-Washington State. A&M and BYU have :07 seconds left until halftime. Winthrop was one of my only upset picks in the first round.

7:06 CT: Bill Walker is putting on a show for Kansas State. He has 17 of Kansas State's 37 points at halftime.

7:02 CT: Mayo has a slight lead in his point competition against Beasley..Mayo 7, Beasley 5.

6:54 CT: Score update:
(15) Belmont 35 (2) Duke 40
(9) Texas A&M 11 (8) BYU 4
(11) Kansas State 27 (6) Southern California 19
(13) Winthrop 23 (4) Washington State 25

6:42 CT: Right now the battle between Mayo and Beasley isn't much of a battle as both players have only two points a piece.

6:27 CT: We've got four games underway: Kansas State vs. USC, Belmont vs. Duke, Winthrop vs. Washington State, and Texas A&M vs. BYU.

6:15 CT: O.J. Mayo vs. Michael Beasley...this should be a dandy.

6:12 CT: I'm back. Sorry about having to leave. Wow, how about Stanford dominating Cornell. Now they get Marquette Saturday.

4:03 CT: I've got to get a suit for my grandfather's funeral but I will be back within a few hours to blog the next set of games! If I'm not back around 6 it won't be too long after hopefully! Congratulations to all the early game winners and Stanford-Cornell should be very good as well.

4:02 CT:

Zach: Don't fret! We aren't even halfway through the day yet! Winthrop over Wazzu, Cornell over Stanford, GEORGE MASON over Notre Dame, CS Fullerton over Wisconsin, hell, Belmont over Duke! There's plenty of upsets to be had!! Not to mention USC and KState, and WVU vs. Zona. Dont give up on the upsets yet everyone!I know, I know but I may not get to watch much the rest of the weekend because of my grandfather and this is the only day I will be able to blog.

3:53 CT: I want some close games! Purdue, Pittsburgh, and UNLV are all rolling. UNLV has actually finished off Kent State now. Come on underdogs, put up a fight. Higher seeds are 7-0 today.

3:42 CT:
Marquette hands Kentucky their first first round loss since 1987. The Eagles win 74-66.

3:39 CT:
Bradley hits a three and pulls Kentucky within two..Marquette leads Kentucky 68-66 with 20.4 seconds left.

3:36 CT:
Joe Crawford does it again and now Kentucky is within three! Wow.

3:35 CT:
Marquette 66-Kentucky 60 with 54.4 seconds left. Kentucky keeps fouling Burke off the ball.

3:30 CT:
Very interesting.....all three teams getting blown out right now have 37 points

3:23 CT:
Marquette leads Kentucky by six with a little over three minutes left. Joe Crawford has 28 points. This should be an interesting finish.

3:17 CT:
Kentucky trails Marquette by 5....this could be the first loss for my bracket (although Kent State and Baylor are going to make sure it won't be the last)

3:07 CT:
Kent State scored 10 points in the first half and four minutes into the second half they've added 10 more. UNLV leads them 45-20. The winner gets Kansas.

2:51 CT:
Which team down by almost 20 has the best chance to come back: Kent State, Baylor, or Oral Roberts?

2:48 CT:
It looks like we've got a bunch of blowouts and a great game between Marquette and Kentucky. Marquette leads 37-36 with 16:51 left to play.

2:36 CT:
Mary Ann: Hey, Dan! Love the blog. :) Naturally, I think the biggest story is Kansas winning so easily. Their shots fell so easily today. There have been times when they've played poorly and I wondered who those boys were that came out of the locker room, and where were my Jawhawks. :) Please tell CBS and Greg Gumble that I still want to see the end of the game and not be jerked around hither, thither and yon.I wish I had those kind of connections.

2:28 CT:
Wow if you picked Kent State (like I did) then rip up your bracket......UNLV leads 28-9

2:20 CT:
Sorry for the 15 minute break there I had to eat my Zaxbys. Score updates:
(6) Marquette 28, (11) Kentucky 27
(6) Purdue 13, (11) Baylor 11
(9) UNLV 18, (9) Kent State 6
(4) Pittsburgh 15, (13) Oral Roberts 13

2:05 CT:
Within the next five minutes or so Baylor-Purdue and Oral Roberts-Pittsburgh will tip off.

1:59 CT:
UNLV and Kent State is underway. The winner gets the reward of playing Kansas. After earlier today I don't know if anyone wants to play the Jayhawks. UNLV leads 9-2 with 15:51 left in the first half. I'm about to be eating some Zaxbys, this is the greatest day of the year. College basketball AND Zaxbys.

1:51 CT: Here's a new question for all my faithful blog followers: Of the first set of games what is the biggest story?
Here's your choices:
1) Kansas winning so easy and making it look that easy in the process
2) Georgia playing Xavier so close
3) Temple never really giving Michigan State a run

1:48 CT:
All of the second set of games are about to be underway as well. Marquette leads Kentucky 12-10.

1:42 CT:
So far Kentucky looks really comfortable in the environment. That might have a little to do with the fact that the Wildcats have been playing, in a sense, the NCAA Tournament since their terrible non conference start.

1:38 CT:
Gallagsc: Well Dan, so much for my prediction that the SEC would go undefeated in the first round.
1:37 CT:
Two more finals: Xavier 73-Georgia 61........Michigan State 72-Temple 61

1:34 CT:
Marquette-Kentucky is now underway.

1:33 CT:
It looks over now as Xavier leads Georgia 68-61 late. Michigan State is also leading Temple 72-59 late.

1:26 CT:
A missed free throw, and then a dunk by Georgia has them within 3. This looks like it is going to be a thrilling finish.

1:24 CT:
How about Gaines driving to the lane and the ball bouncing on the rim for 5 seconds before rolling in. Georgia within four, that was one of those shots that only fall in March. Only 1:45 left.

1:22 CT:
Move Kansas on in your bracket. They win 85-61. 16 seeds continue to be 0fer all-time versus 1 seeds.

1:20 CT:
Xavier leads 61-56 with 3:13 left. Can the Bulldogs come back and pull the upset?

1:14 CT:
When it rains it pours for Georgia. The basket AND one and now the Musketeers lead 59-51.

1:06 CT:

Scores:
(3) Xavier 52, (14) Georgia 49
(1) Kansas 69, (16) Portland State 42
(5) Michigan State 54, (12) Temple 38


1:04 CT:
Ramon has tied it with a three! 49-49. And another goes! Jackson hits the three and Xavier leads 52-49. Wow. How will Georgia respond.

1:03 CT:

chryslerfan: Kansas looks really tough right now. They have worn out the Vikings.

I knew they'd win big but they are still making a statement because they are killing them.

1:00 CT:
zanderson233: I think Georgia has a great chance to get to the Sweet 16. But you know what, they might have a shot at the elite 8 as well! If the winner of WVU and AZ can upset Duke, it will be Georgia vs. the winner. Certainly winnable if they can beat Duke!Good point. I'm still hoping the first game doesn't screw up my bracket....(I picked Xavier)

12:56 CT:
gallagsc: It's still early in the second half of the Georgia vs. Xavier game, but maybe people will start to see that the West region is weak. Poor job by the selection committee and UCLA will be in SAThat is true. The West is EXTREMELY weak.

12:54 CT:
15 times a 14 seed has knocked off a 3 seed but overall 14 seeds are 17-92 in the tournament.

12:51 CT:
Xavier within 4 now, if they can keep cutting it down little by little then this will be a ballgame. 12 minutes left. Defense will win this game.

12:46 CT:
Last year we couldn't buy a first round upset, other than Winthrop over Notre Dame and VCU over Duke (11 seeds beating 6 seeds). How about a 14 seed making the second round and an upset in the tournament's opening game? The winner of this game gets the Purdue-Baylor winner. If Georgia wins this then I really think they've got a great chance to be in the Sweet 16. What does everyone think?

12:43 CT:
Michigan State continues leading Temple, early in the second half it is 40-26 Spartans. Georgia leads 43-34 with 15:27 left.

12:40 CT:
How about Georgia? After watching them win the SEC Tournament I still couldn't pick them to beat Xavier because they had played so poorly throughout the season. Wow what a turnaround in just a few weeks.

12:32 CT: Gaines is giving Xavier all sorts of trouble. Lavender with a wide open layup and the lead is now 37-30.

12:29 CT:
Georgia-Xavier is about to begin the second half. This should be a great second half. We all know the Musketeers have a run in them.

12:17 CT:
With the other two games at halftime it looks like everyone is focusing on Michigan State-Temple. Of course now it is at halftime, 35-26 Michigan State (the exact same score of the Georgia-Xavier game). cmbs_finest: Temple's cold shooting means it's over. I don't expect a comeback nowpitty618: Michigan State got a nice lead, but Shane Brooks looks like he doesn't want to let it get away

12:15 CT:

Tournament scoring leaders:
Rush (KS) 15 pts
Chalmers (KS) 10 pts
Woodbury (GA) 10 pts
Brooks (TM) 10 pts
Brown (XA) 9 pts

12:09 CT:

gallagsc: The SEC will go undefeated in the first round. It could happen. That means potential seeding upsets by Kentucky (11 over 6 seed Marquette), Georgia (14 over 3 seed Xavier), and Arkansas (9 over 8 seed Indiana). It would also mean wins for Vanderbilt and Tennessee. I actually have one SEC team losing (other than Georgia), and that is Arkansas.

12:07 CT:
How about Georgia? The 14 seeded Bulldogs lead Xavier by nine at halftime, 35-26. Michigan State leads Temple 28-17 and Kansas leads Portland State 46-26.

11:59 CT:

chryslerfan: This may be premature but what do you think of a Memphis / Kansas match-up in the final? That’s the way I’m leaning. And I’m sorry to hear about your grandfather.

It would be a great game. Right this second I've favor Kansas. I don't have either making it that far though, check out my bracket.

11:57 CT:
Move Kansas on in your brackets (as if we already hadn't), the Jayhawks leads 36-18. Georgia looks like they could be the best 14 seed in the tournament's history but after the regular season they had I can't really blame the committee. The Bulldogs lead Xavier 27-24.

11:54 CT:
Could we possibly have two upsets to begin March Madness?

11:52 CT:
Score update:
(14) Georgia 23, (3) Xavier 21
(1) Kansas 31, (16) Portland State 18
(5) Michigan State 15, (12) Temple 14

11:45 CT:
Portland State is making a run against one seed Kansas and are within seven at 22-15. Georgia leads and so does Michigan State.

11:36 CT:
cmbs_finest: Georgia is looking go to start out. I'm hoping for a Temple upset, I have them in a several pools to go to the second round. I really like Gus Johnson, he should commentate more games.I figured Georgia would start out well, I expect this game to be close for a long time. Xavier pulls away late.

11:33 CT:
Temple-Michigan State looks like it will be a dandy so far. The two teams are trading the lead back and forth very early. Also Xavier-Georgia looks great so far, the game is tied 11-11.

11:31 CT:
Portland State is being very careless with the ball and now Kansas leads them 11-3. It might get ugly.

11:28 CT:
Georgia has taken an 11-8 lead. The Bulldogs are on a 11-3 run. How come Georgia couldn't play like this before the SEC Tournament? All of a sudden they look like they can win some games in this tournament.

11:25 CT:
Xavier 5-2, and now Kansas-Portland State has tipped.

11:20 CT:
We have tip off and a quick Xavier dunk and a quick three have the Musketeers up 5-0 already. Can Georgia pull off another huge win?

11:14 CT:
Just in case anyone is wondering I like Xavier, Kansas, and Michigan State to win these early games. This should be a great day of basketball and I can't wait until it gets started in a few minutes.

11:07 CT:
Finally some Feedback! Yay!

Karen: Temple Michigan state will be the best of the three………Kansas will over power, Xavier should do the same."

I agree Karen.


10:45 CT:
I'm ready to get this thing started, so I will ask a question and see how much feedback I can get. Which of the three early games (XAV-GEO, PRST-KAN, TEM-MSU) will be the best game?

9:43 CT:
For those that don't know we are having terrible problems with my grandfather. In a few minutes they are going to turn off the breathing machine and dialysis machine, but he is basically already gone now. Anyways.......last night I said that I wouldn't be doing my live blog. I've decided I want to do it. I need to do it to get away from everything because tomorrow we will probably be headed to Florida for the funeral (we live in Alabama). I will start the blog about 11 CT. Remember I want all the live feedback I can get, meaning questions, comments, and anything else you can come up with. Send all that to my email and the best ones will get put on the blog!
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