Thursday, March 21, 2013

Sparty Soars, Butler Survives, Memphis Escapes

Not a great slate of early games to start this year's March Madness. Michigan State dominated over Valparaiso, despite the 65-54 final score. Butler and Bucknell was the game that was closest in the afternoon. The Bison were up by 6, until the Bulldogs realized that the only one capable of hitting shots was Joe Willman and shut him and the Bucknell offense down at that point. Still didn't stop Bucknell from making the game last about an additional 20 minutes thanks to fouls.

Atlantic 10 power spread to San Jose when Saint Louis dominated over New Mexico State by 20. The shame of the Aggies losing is we no longer get to see 7'5" Sim Bhullar play. Dwayne Evans took great joy in attacking the giant of a human for much of his 24 points. The Billikens continue to show they are a team that Louisville (assuming they make it to Indianapolis) will need to be ready to play.

Finally, in the "this is stunning" department, Pitt lost early in the NCAA's. Today, it was to Wichita State by 18 as their lack of offense caught up to them like always. They head to the ACC where we hope they continue to fail at March Madness (hopefully I won't foolishly take them like I always do). Also, Memphis seemed to have St. Mary's put away in their game, but missed free throws remains the biggest issue with the Tigers. Luckily, they held on after a Matthew Dellavedova missed 3 at the buzzer. Nice to see Josh Pastner is continuing tradition at Memphis. More updates later today.

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