Well the 2nd round has come to a close and as a staff we are doing really well. Chris is in first place by only one point over Jesse and Weaver and on ESPN he is in the 99.83% tile which means that all 3 of them are in the 99% tile. Only at the BSB will you have 3 out of the 8 writers be in the top 1 percentile. Chris is also entered in the Grantland (Bill Simmons) bracket pool where he is on the front page in 9th place and has the highest remaining possible points remaining. I will be doing a Q & A with our local bracket guru Chris in a matter of minutes, to see how he really comes about these outstanding selections. But without further ado here are the BSB Staff NCAA tournament Standings after Round 2:
1. Chris- 49 pts
2. Jesse: 48 pts
2. Weave: 48 pts
4. Wick: 42 pts
5. Robbie: 41 pts
6. Steve: 36 pts
6. Alex: 36 pts
8. Eddie: 35 pts
Now for my thoughts on the 2nd round action:
- My Bracket: My bracket is finished for all intents and purposes. The basketball God’s didn’t make me suffer for long as they did me in after the first game of the day when the team I had losing in the ship (Georgetown) lost to NC State. It was a pretty good game, but Henry Sims being in foul trouble and basically not even playing a role in the game was basically the dagger for my Hoyas. In the last game of the night and weekend I was finished off as my 3rd final four team Florida St. lost to Cincinnati in a dog fight. Either of my teams could have won, but thats just how it goes sometimes.
- Time of Games: I thought this year’s staggering of the game times was interesting and different in some cases. What they did for both days was only put a couple of games during the afternoon than back load the weekend schedule so you would have like 6 of the 8 games being played after 6 o clock. I didn’t like this on Saturday because I went out for St. Patty’s day and missed some of the later games, but this was a nice change up to the usual Sunday where they end the games around 8 and you are just depressed for the rest of the night because march madness is done for the weekend.
- Best Game: #2 Kansas vs. #10 Purdue: There was a number of games I could have picked for this one, but this one sticks out in my mind because it just happened last night. But Purdue was beating Kansas for pretty much the entire game and it looked like Kansas was definitely going down and ruining a lot of people’s brackets (including our local guru’s). Due to Robbie Hummel being on fire and their point guard Jackson being ridiculously quick and really tough to stop from getting to the bucket Purdue was up by about 10 the whole game. With like 6 or 7 minutes left though, the Jayhawks slowly chopped into their lead and eventually overcame Purdue but it was close till the very end.
- Worst Game: #7 Florida vs. #15 Norfolk State: This was a horrible game. It was 6-4 Norfolk and then Florida went on a 24-0 run to make it 28-6 and it was never close again. Both 15 seeds disappointed me last night as Leigh blew a first half double-digit lead against Xavier, but still just to get to the 2nd round is an accomplishment. Even though neither of them could become Cinderella, nobody can ever take away those first round wins.
- Kendall Marshall Injury: This is a huge bummer for UNC and college basketball fans (and him and his teammates of course) because other than Anthony Davis of Kentucky, he is probably the most valuable player on any team. They don’t have a real backup pg, (Dexter Strickland got hurt early in the year and is out for the year) so they really need him if they want to advance. He is supposed to have surgery today and kind of got lucky because their game isn’t until Friday night, giving him another day of rest. I am not a doctor, but if I had to guess I would say he will try to play this weekend and probably be very limited and the Heels will be in for a dog fight Friday night against a very tough Ohio team.