One of the only contests that went unexpectedly was UNC Asheville holding the lead for most of the game...and in spite of sleep walking through about 3/4 of the game 'Cuse had the lead in the closing minutes. But, instead of letting the game run its course, two horrible officials took any chance of winning away from UNCA...it was a sham. But, so was the play of most of the BE teams.
Now, if the B1G had a day like the BE, we'd hear about that non-stop from sports pundits...instead, barely a word about this Mega Conference's garbage day. It doesn't matter, but inconsistency in the media is tough for me to swallow.
IU played a solid game and kept NMSU at an arms length, or more, for the entire contest. It was a good win; especially in the wake of what many saw as a potential upset (I didn't see it that way, by the way). But, IU
aOSU made pretty light and quick work of Loyola (MD)...the only time the game was kinda in doubt was when Matta pre-maturely pulled all starters to see a large lead shrink to 11 points. When Craft, Biggie and the others were re-inserted, they easily pushed the lead back to 20+ and put away their foe.
The Birdman's squad whipped Montana in impressive fashion during a late-lunchtime tilt. Montana's beards couldn't combat Wisconsin's shooting...Bucky moves on to the
The Forces of Good along with UM and MSU all play today. Purdue will tip-off around 7:30. LewJack sounds like his wrist is doing pretty well and is not hampered during practice by it...and I've heard nothing negative about Hummel's knee; so they're all-go. TJohn will have the un-enviable task of guarding the WCC POY, Dellavedova, who makes the team go in every part of their game.
No news is good news when it comes to pre-game/practice updates for our Boilers in the hours leading up to tonight's game...but there was one interesting tidbit from GBI's Neubert- He reported that our pal, Ryne Smith threw down a two-handed dunk yesterday in open practice...The guy is 6'3"...so it's not shocking, but it is kind of a surprise since he's never done in in a game in his four years in God's country.
My Commodores survived and advanced...and Baylor nearly ruined my South region by messing around while playing South Dakota State. I don't have a ton of upsets in my bracket for today, but I'd like to see the 10 beat the 7 and the 14 beat the 3 in the Midwest...I also think Florida could drop one v. UVA since that's what Florida likes to do in the tourney.
The first game tips off in a little over two hours.