March Madness: Day One Scares

March 20, 2009 at 3:14 am Leave a comment

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Although I’m a strong supporter of the March Madness obsession amongst millions of Americans across the country, I must say that it is a love-hate relationship. I love every part of college basketball in March. But I hate it when teams scare the crap out of me by flirting with a loss and potentially ruining my entire bracket. The ‘hate’ part happened to me twice today in March Madness’ Day One Scares…

(2) Memphis v. (15) Cal State Northridge : Memphis is a team that I have going to the Final Four and they pushed this game to the brink of people having a heart attack. They’ve been hyped throughout the past couple of weeks because analysts said that no one really knows how good they really are, blah, blah, blah. Stupid me, I listened to the hoopla and decided to put them in the Final Four on my bracket, upsetting UConn in the Elite 8. After watching Memphis play CS Northridge, I would say that Maryland has a serious shot at beating the Tigers in the second round. Memphis was a 19-point favorite and they simply could not get it going against CS Northridge. Although the final score was 81-70 in Memphis’ favor, the score did not show how close the game really was. In fact, the Memphis Tigers would have fallen victim to one of the biggest upsets in tournament history if it weren’t for a guy off the bench named Roburt Sallie. Sallie, who previously had a career-high 13 points, went off for 35 points including 10 three-pointers. Every member of the Memphis team, including Coach Calipari, should be thanking that guy.

(3) Villanova v. (14) American : I had to personally suffer through this game as American lit it up in the first half and was up by 14 at one point in the second half. Villanova looked “flat” and they were playing extremely stupid basketball. Oh, and by the way, they were playing in hometown Philadelphia, making it that much worse. Villanova rallied, finally, and ended up beating the Eagles 80-67. But again, the game was a lot closer than the score indicates. Villanova was a 17.5-point favorite and they should have pulverized American from the start, but instead they jogged around and made me extremely nervous about their second round draw (against either UCLA or VCU). If Villanova is going to be blessed with the opportunity to play AT HOME in the tournament, then they should really take advantage of it.

What’s my b*tching all about if both of the teams pulled out the win anyway? It’s the fact that these two teams are suppose to have experience and know how to play well in the tourney. I shouldn’t have to worry about Memphis or Villanova in the second round because of a weak performance in the first round against 14 and 15 seeds. Not to mention, if a team like Memphis goes down early, my bracket is g-g-g-gone. But I suppose that’s what makes the tourney, Madness! Hopefully these games were wake-up calls for both squads. Maybe they can realize that they were lucky to get out of the first round alive and tell themselves that they need to play A WHOLE LOT better next game. Keep my bracket alive!

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