Wednesday, March 7, 2012

UConn Survives

Wednesday's early session of the Big East Tournament saw UConn outlast West Virginia in overtime. This win locks up a bid for UConn in the Big Dance, while the Mountaineers will have to wait until Sunday to see if their Dance-worthy. Shabazz Napier and Jeremy Lamb were huge, Lamb in the back and forth first half, then Napier making big plays on defense in the second to rally the Huskies, then the winning three by Lamb in OT which clinched it. Meanwhile, Andre Drummond shut down and shut out Kevin Jones in the second half and OT; not allowing him to get the ball. This loss ends the Big East era for West Virginia, who will be missed in my eyes.

Panthers Run Is Over

Georgetown handled the Pitt Panthers today 64-52 and that was significant because with this loss, a ten year run of Pitt making the NCAA Tourney is over. It also means that millions of people won't have their brackets blown up because of an early round Pitt loss. Georgetown moves on to face Cincinnati, which helps the Bearcats avoid a must-win game. Losing to Georgetown wouldn't hurt Cincy, should it happen.

Going to Temple

Temple officially will be in the Big East next year, replacing West Virginia. If this was a relationship, this is like being dumped because you're ugly and fat, then you lose weight (still not the most attractive, though), while the ex gets fat and wants you back. Usually, you should say no, but Temple couldn't resist. While football is barely relevant, basketball should be able to be just as good, maybe slightly better, especially with Temple-Villanova looking like a great conference rivalry.

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