Monday Morning Point Guard: Quick Look Back At NC2A Rounds I & II

Revised 3/22 11:58 a.m.

Before I get to hoops, one question on another sporting matter.

Is that a challah Jimmie Johnson is holding in the winner’s circle of the Food City 500? It sure looks like it in that photo in this morning’s C-J.

Grandma Tillie Kaplan would be sooooo proud.

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If you haven’t been paying attention, Kansas lost. That they did so to Northern Iowa has apparently caught all, experts and run o’ the mill fans alike, unaware.

Wasn’t it just a week ago, in the wake of Selection Sunday, that we were all marveling at how Kansas had the hardest bracket. And thought they’d fall somewhere before Indy?

I liked Kansas because of several gutty road wins on Big Monday. Especially at Kansas State. The Jayhawks seemed the steeliest squad. Yet, as we observe more clearly in hindsight, they never quite got it totally together. Kind of like last season’s overall #1 seed Louisville Cardinals.

And we all discounted the smackdown with the Kansas football players and how that might affect and be a reflection of a weird team dynamic.

But the loss sure makes this fascinating tournament even more so. Plus it puts UK right in the center of that bullseye.

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In my book, Purdue is the most admirable team of the weekend. The Boilermakers lost their team’s best player in Robbie Hummel, but not their soul and spirit. A lot of us wrote them off, didn’t we?

Speaking of that, yet again — haven’t we learned yet that this happens way more than not — Tom Izzo’s Spartans shook off the loss of thier key guy and gutted out a stirring W over Maryland. Sparty always shows up tourney time.

Which is not to mention that Syracuse hasn’t seemed hampered by the loss of one of their key guys. How did they ever lose twice to you know who?

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Unlike the norm, there isn’t a regional semi that doesn’t have some fascinating aspect to it, even the one most of the nation will probably ignore — Baylor/ St. Mary’s.

What I’m praying for — and I can do so because, as usual, my bracket is so busted I haven’t a chance in hell of winning — is Final Four that has the muckety mucks at CBS squirming. You know a No Name Final Four. Say, Northern Iowa from the Midwest, Xavier or Butler from the West, Cornell or Washington from the East and St. Mary’s from the South.

Oh yeah, it would be hoopaholic’s delight. But the TV ratings would plummet.

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Finally. I know all God’s chillun got troubles.

But here’s what I’m dealing with. My significant other, the sweetie known to one and all as The Film Babe, has Duke playing UK in the final. And I’m hearing about it from before my first sip o’ joe in the a.m. until after the lights go out in the p.m.

Which is double trouble. For me. And for her. As would be obvious to anybody with any sense, including especially one loyal reader Patrick, Duke and UK would meet in the national semis. Duh. Of course, I’m so addled I took her grief without realizing the folly of it all. And now that I have been duly corrected, I haven’t the heart to undermine her delusion.

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Alright then, a day of rest.

Unless you’re locked and loaded for the 12 tilts today, divided equally among the NIT, CollegeInsiders.com tourney and the College Basketball Invitational.

Pacific is a point dog to Northern Colorado. You taking the point or giving it?

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. gnash001
    Posted March 22, 2010 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    I’ve thought for a long time that Syracuse is under-coached. I think they proved it in the two games against the Cards this year.

  2. Patrick Whelan
    Posted March 22, 2010 at 11:44 am | Permalink

    Cats would play Duke in national semi’s.

  3. fred
    Posted March 24, 2010 at 10:58 am | Permalink

    I was in Indy for last weeks games. A few observations based on my schedule.
    -Had to listen to the final few minutes of the Kansas-N Iowa game on Sirius -XM. Now I understand why Lattrell Spreewell tried to choke PJ Cahhhhh-lissimo. He sent those last few minutes literally shouting in that raspy east coast shrill.
    -Unlike the Louisville CBS affiliate, you had one channel for viewing on WISH-TV in Indy. We had to find the local UL alumni bar (Jillian’s) to assure we could see Cal-UL.
    -The Film Babe may be wearing that Duke hat all summer ‘cuz them boys look gooood.
    -Can we please retire the term “mid-major” and replace it with “schools no one wants to play outside of their conference?” All hail, King Farok! (After he made that shot, the radio guys said there’s more brass in that huddle than a wheelbarrow can carry.)

  4. Wildcat
    Posted March 27, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    I can’t believe that Puke and those Hilljacks from Knoxville are still alive. Maybe the end of the world doomsayers are correct.

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