Sorry, everybody. I was in Vegas for the first two rounds, making some money on the tournament. Which was nice. But the nonstop drinking got to me, and I spent the last week laid up with the flu due to my weakened immune system.
Let’s be blunt: this is the worst tournament ever. There’s been absolutely no upsets to speak of, there have been no buzzer beater moments, and there really hasn’t been that many close games. It’s been a bore. Outside of last Saturday, forever to be known as the Day of the Almost Upset, this tournament has had all of the drama of a Steven Segal movie. Hell, at least those games were close.
The top teams are advancing, but do any of them look impressive at all? Ohio State was bailed out several different ways against Xavier. Let’s count how:
- the refs refused to call the most blatant of flagrant fouls
- Xavier missed a free throw
- Xavier’s coach inexplicably refused to contest the rebound
- Xavier didn’t foul when up by three
- Ohio St hit a miracle three to force OT
Then OSU rallied from 20-points down to beat Tennessee last night. Does that speak highly of OSU’s resilience, or speak lowly to the fact they fell 20 points behind and needed their second straight miracle to advance? You tell me.
Frankly, I was wrong on Memphis. I didn’t believe in them, but they played a tough, hard-nosed game against Texas A&M. The exact sort of game I thought they could not win. They even hit free throws down the stretch. Count me as a believer now. Which means they are going to lose to Ohio St.
Though A&M did go into the tank. Acie Law missed a gimme layup with 15 seconds left to set up the loss. And while it was a fairly ticky-tack call which put Memphis on the line with a chance to win, A&M can’t really complain given the fact they allowed Memphis to get rebound after rebound in that last possession. Something happened that hasn’t happened to the Aggies all year: they got outhustled with the game on the line. You lose all bitching rights when that happens. Memphis made their own luck. And we won’t even get into that miserable final playcall.
Kansas, however, is about the only team that has looked like a dominant force. Yes, they turned the ball over 19 times last night. And yes, they had a terrible night shooting the ball. This just in, the Salukis play some mad defense. There’s no shame in struggling to find rhythm against probably the best defensive team in the country. Though UCLA is on the list of top defensive teams. And they get Kansas essentially at home, but we can see how much that helped A&M.
Two 1-2 regional finals after four games in which the lowest seed was a 5. Yeesh. This sucks.