NCAA Tournament Sunday Second Round Thread: Who's Says There Are No Cinderellas?

3/23/08 in NCAABB   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

There's that Jordan brand commercial running right now that claims 'There are no Cinderellas.' I beg to differ. The Tampa Bay venue begs to differ.

Maybe the higher seeds were just so frightened when they saw this image. Entirely possible, don't you think?

The second half of the Sweet 16 will be decided today and it's going to include at least two double-digit seeds, maybe even three if Stephen Curry continues to stroke it from downtown.

Let's hope we find a few more upsets in our Easter basket.

12 Villanova vs 13 Siena (12:10) This will undoubtedly be an entertaining up and down game with Tay Fisher and Scottie Reynolds trying to outmatch each other from the perimeter. Siena is hot, but Villanova's inside strength should take over late. Pick: Wildcats 84-78

2 Texas vs 7 Miami-FL (2:15) Either Jack McClinton is hot early and the Hurricanes build confidence to stick around or this will be over in 10 minutes. One way I see Miami hanging in late or even winning is if Dwayne Collins can get the Longhorns frontcourt into foul trouble. There's not a lot of depth there and if McClinton is hitting, Collins could be the same force he was against Duke earlier this season. Should stay relatively close. Pick: Longhorns 80-74

2 Tennessee vs 7 Butler (2:30) I love this matchup for Butler. They're the perfect slower-paced, take care of the ball offense that is needed to beat the Vols. So long as the entire Bulldogs team isn't cold, we'll see a mild upset. Pick: Bulldogs 76-71

2 Georgetown vs 10 Davidson (2:50) Davidson's a fun team to root for, with a 13-year-old that can hit it from anywhere inside half court. Best chance the Wildcats have is an unconscious 3-point effort because there won't be any looks from inside. If I'm John Thompson III I run three-four different bigger bodies at Stephen Curry (Freeman, Rivers, Wallace and maybe even Summers) and where him down with some physical play. Hibbert needs to get in the mindset to start taking over these games. If the Hoyas advance, they'll need that to beat Wisconsin and Kansas. Pick: Hoyas 73-58

12 Western Kentucky vs 13 San Diego (2:50) A matchup between our newest OT buzzer beating friends. The winner here is definitely a Cinderella and I'm not sure I care who it is. Western Kentucky seems like the team that could give UCLA the most trouble with two go-to scorers in Brazelton and Lee. I wouldn't be surprised to see the former go off for another 30+ effort. Pick: Hilltoppers 77-72

1 Memphis vs 9 Mississippi State (4:45) It's been a long time since the Tigers have faced a physical defensive team and I believe it will be a shock to the system, throwing their usually very efficient offense off it's game. Say goodbye to our first #1 seed. Pick: Bulldogs 78-77

3 Louisville vs 6 Oklahoma (5:00) Cardinals defense too much of an advantage. Pick: 66-59

1 North Carolina vs 9 Arkansas (5:15) The only chance Arkansas has of stopping the Tar Heels fast break is if Ty Lawson trips over Steven Hill's hair. Pick: UNC 85-72

Q it up here. 7 more hours of hoops. Enjoy.
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3/23/08   |   Janse

(Edited by Janse)

No idea where to put this. Anyone watching the Warriors v. Lakers game? 72-49 Warriors lead at the end of the first half and the Lakers are now down by 4 with two minutes left.

I haven't watched much of the NBA season this year and you forget how fluid the professional game is when compared to the college game. Shots you would normally yell, "No!" at the screen during a college game is a normal shot in the NBA.
Such a great playoff race going on. Too bad the playoffs will be far less fulfilling when you do not keep up with the regular season. 

3/23/08   |   CUTiger92   |   3 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
How's everyone's brackets looking? I got 11/16 that round and have 7/8 Elite 8 left and all my Final Four. I feel pretty good.

I'm currently in 2nd place, but I think I am going to go down hill from here...  2 of my Elite 8 teams are out and I had Georgetown in the Championship game.  If Davidson goes to the championship game and UCLA wins it all, I might be OK...

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
How's everyone's brackets looking? I got 11/16 that round and have 7/8 Elite 8 left and all my Final Four. I feel pretty good.

I was wrong. I did have GTown in the Final Four, so I'm out of contention.  Thus, I'm hoping for Davidson-WKU in the championship game.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Janse wrote:
7/8 Elite Eight teams (Butler) and 11/16 Sweet Sixteen teams (Butler, Vandy, G'Town, UK, Drake, dook). I am not as happy as you about that.

Well I am feeling good because I am still in the top 100 of the Challenge and I am leading the recruiting so there is the gift card.

3/23/08   |   Janse

Jubanator14 wrote:
How's everyone's brackets looking? I got 11/16 that round and have 7/8 Elite 8 left and all my Final Four. I feel pretty good.

7/8 Elite Eight teams (Butler) and 11/16 Sweet Sixteen teams (Butler, Vandy, G'Town, UK, Drake, dook). I am not as happy as you about that.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

How's everyone's brackets looking? I got 11/16 that round and have 7/8 Elite 8 left and all my Final Four. I feel pretty good.

3/23/08   |   Janse

(Edited by Janse)

Why won't Marc shoot the damn ball! The whole crowd is asking for him to score and he keeps passing.

YEAH!!! He hit the three! All Tar Heels on the roster have scored this tournament.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Whitewash!

3/23/08   |   Janse

So Calapari, how confident are you in your team shooting free throws now? Almost cost you the game this time.

On a great note, Lawson looks like 100% for the second straight game, Deon and Flex are both dominating which they were a little inconsistent during the regular season, and Q is playing better off the bench. For some reason Q only plays well when he is starting, glad he figured out a good role off the bench.

3/23/08   |   Janse

Most teams would shoot a three when down 4 with 7 seconds left. That just shows how much people believe in Memphis and their free throw shooting.

CDR misses the first so I guess the plan worked. Either way Miss St can tie with a three...

AHH! Off the backboard.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Does Memphis want to win?

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Wow, after seeing those cheerleaders, I think I want to go to Memphis.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Janse wrote:
NOOOOO!! What the hell CBS.  I don't want to watch Louisville and Oklahoma!

I don't even want to watch Oklahoma/Louisville.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Memphis has been looking very good as of late here, trying to stretch out that lead of theirs.

3/23/08   |   Janse

NOOOOO!! What the hell CBS.  I don't want to watch Louisville and Oklahoma!

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

God this is ugly quick.

UNC/UCLA Championship is going to be fun to watch.

3/23/08   |   Janse

(Edited by Janse)

<<Taaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar! >>Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeels!

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

It is Longar Longar time! Boomer Sooner! (Even though I picked Louisville to win and go to the Final Four)

3/23/08   |   Janse

Everything is getting blocked in the Memphis vs. Mississippi State game. Don't bring the weak stuff five feet from the basket in this game.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Eric_ wrote:
I just realized the Georgetown loss is probably the deathblow in my Wii hopes. I had them in the Elite Eight, and I was already behind due to the first three days.

Oh well.

I had them Elite 8 also but I have done pretty well so far. I am hoping that someone who does win the Wii wasn't recruited by anyone so I can win that gift card.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

I just realized the Georgetown loss is probably the deathblow in my Wii hopes. I had them in the Elite Eight, and I was already behind due to the first three days.

Oh well.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Mississippi St. is playing pretty well.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
I would love to hear what him and Nantz are saying right now. It would be gold.
(Edited by Eric_)

My guess is they're saying something like "Davidson wouldn't go 6-12 in the Big East, and they'd go 0-a billion against the ACC. Tyler Hansborough is so pretty."

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
I heard him coughing in the background...maybe he was choking on something?

*Don't want to get too hopeful*

I would love to hear what him and Nantz are saying right now. It would be gold.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Note that Packer said nothing.

I heard him coughing in the background...maybe he was choking on something?

*Don't want to get too hopeful*

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Note that Packer said nothing.

3/23/08   |   Janse

(Edited by Janse)

Suck one, Georgetown.

Question is what will Curry do to Wisconsin's defense now? How would you like to face Georgetown then Wisconsin as a scorer.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Well there goes one of my Final Four teams...Curry is still a god though.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Davidson!

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Georgetown is done!!!

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Easy Tennessee player on the bench holding his jersey up like they are big time. You were favored and the higher seed.

3/23/08   |   Janse

Curry is going to the line up four with 16.3 seconds left. Do I smell upset?

BTW, Curry is now easily my favorite player not wearing a Carolina Blue uniform.

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

(Edited by MrNFL)

Awful play by Georgetown.  Does ANYONE know how to pass?  Should've been called for a charge too.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

"I THINK HE WAS FOULED! I THINK HE WAS FOULED! I THINK HE WAS FOULED!"

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Was on Tennessee, since they added two points.

NOW I want to see Davidson/Georgetown.  (LOL at the giant sea of Carolina blue)

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

MrNFL wrote:
Who was that last foul on????  They switched back too soon.  Was it on Butler or Tennessee?

Butler. They are down 5 now.

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Who was that last foul on????  They switched back too soon.  Was it on Butler or Tennessee?

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Gotta miss on purpose and tip it out for the winner.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

MrNFL wrote:
I want to see the end of Butler Tennessee!!!!!!  Switch me back!

Thank you CBS....eventually...

I want to see the end of Davidson/Georgetown, take me there

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

(Edited by MrNFL)

I want to see the end of Butler Tennessee!!!!!!  Switch me back!

Thank you CBS....eventually...

3/23/08   |   Janse

Ohh come on Butler. If you are going to foul a guy shooting then mug his ass. Way to lose the game.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Butler is done.

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

No goaltending???

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Was that not on its way down?

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Is it just me, or is every Butler mistake down the stretch being made by Green?

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Why not a nice picture and picture, put both games on and mute Packer and Raferty?

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

I bet Gumbel is swearing about having to do this every second, hope he gets paid extra.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

back and forth, back and forth...you're giving me a headache Greg!

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

This switch every 5 seconds between But/Tenn and GTown/Davidson is kinda annoying.

3/23/08   |   Janse

Stop taking me to timeouts CBS. jeez.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

CBS doesn't know where to go.

3/23/08   |   Janse

CURRY! That three wasn't pretty, but it counts.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Curry = God.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Packer really wants Curry to foul out doesn't he. What a douche.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Overtime yet again.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Foul?

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dude, pass the ball.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

What a pass to Curry!

Tennessee traveling to give away the ball.

3/23/08   |   MrNFL   |   175 respect

Tennessee blew that chance!

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

TRAVELING!!!

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

What a roll.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

That is why you never jump to pass.

3/23/08   |   Janse

Jubanator14 wrote:
Did anyone besides me pick Butler to win?

I have Butler losing to Carolina.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Why can't they finish those, come on Butler.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Did anyone besides me pick Butler to win?

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Butler's gotta finish those inside.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

These Butler guys need to learn how to make these close shots...

3/23/08   |   Janse

Eric_ wrote:
Holy crap, Davidson came back.

*quickly fires up MMOD*

lol, that was exactly my reaction when I saw the updated score.

I don't know what is a sadder moment. Augustin being one of the best shooters in the nation badly airballing (?) a free throw in the clutch or Ginyard badly bricking a dunk on a fastbreak.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

With all three games within 2 points, hard to complain about quality right now..

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Not to be forgotten, WKU-San Diego is still in doubt.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Holy crap, Davidson came back.

*quickly fires up MMOD*

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Butler needs to run the picket fence. They can't get caught watching the paint dry either.

3/23/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Go Davidson and Butler! Let's have some Madness!

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Anyone else notice that every time we are taken to another game that game automatically goes to commercial? It has drove me nuts for two days now.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Airball on the free throw from Augustin...wow.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Being an OU student, it is en grained in me to hate everything Texas but those Cheerleaders they have look amazing. I feel like that is blasphemous for me to say that.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Miami waited way too long to start playing.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Bill Raferty at his best: "When you lay off those cheeseburgers, good things happen."

But cheeseburgers are so delicious.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Jubanator14 wrote:
Texas is in a semi dog fight now.

How did that happen?

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Bill Raferty at his best: "When you lay off those cheeseburgers, good things happen."

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Texas is in a semi dog fight now.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Great graphic just shown: The #1, #2, and #3 seeds are 17-1 so far, which Duke of course the only loss.

I am hoping Tennessee will join them later this afternoon.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Great graphic just shown: The #1, #2, and #3 seeds are 17-1 so far, which Duke of course the only loss.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Now a 14 point lead...damn, that was quick.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Chief_aka_James wrote:
Wow.

Only reasoning I guess can be from your last post with G'towns foul trouble?

That, and some turnovers, and since I posted that, GTown went on a mini-run and is up 6. Curry is now on the bench with 2 fouls.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Despite Curry having just 2 points, despite shooting 1-8 from three so far, and despite their center being inactive with two fouls, Davidson's only down 2.

Wow.

Only reasoning I guess can be from your last post with G'towns foul trouble?

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Despite Curry having just 2 points, despite shooting 1-8 from three so far, and despite their center being inactive with two fouls, Davidson's only down 2.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Whistles galore so far. Lovedale has two fouls for Davidson, and Hibbert and Summers have two already as well.

Nice to see Butler recover from their slow start.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Does more Stephen Curry make up for having to deal with Billy Packer?

I think it also drives him crazy that he has to praise the Small School he goes to. I wouldn't put it past Packer to root for Georgetown. I am only getting live lookins for it, being in Oklahoma they think that I want to watch Texas play. It sucks.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Does more Stephen Curry make up for having to deal with Billy Packer?

In a word: Definitely.

3/23/08   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Does more Stephen Curry make up for having to deal with Billy Packer?

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Lofton may have just done the most blatant travels, and the ref that had easy position to see it is looking at the Butler coach to finish a convo...nice job guys.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Tennessee may live by the 3 like Duke does, but one big difference: Tennessee can make them, often.

3/23/08   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

(Edited by kantwistaye)

That Nike "No Cinderellas" commercial is awesome.  Nike is on top of their game right now with commercials.

3/23/08   |   Jubanator14   |   367 respect

I picked both Villanova and Siena, and then have Nova moving on so I am feeling really good right now. My bracket looks great so time to enjoy the games today.

3/23/08   |   Chief_aka_James   |   3295 respect

Being that I never picked Siena, Nova, Western Kentucky, or San Diego; those two games don't interest me much, unless we get other buzzer beaters there..

I have all the higher seeds winning today besides those two games, so while I hope for close games and exciting basketball; not hoping for too many upsets...