Thursday, March 18, 2010

Random Thoughts from Day One of the Tournament

Written for your enjoyment by: Raff

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I haven't seen a lot of the action, my loss, I'm sure, but it is that time of year....Obviously, it seems like there have been a lot of upsets. And based on the seedings there have been. But other than Georgetown falling, nothing has been a real shocker....Of course had Robert Morris knocked off Villanova there would have been another shocker....So is the Big East not as good as advertised? Maybe so. But let's wait and see how the Big East's best four teams - Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia and 'Nova fare before we really decide that.....It's got to be a tough night for Robert Morris - they had the Cats on the ropes and let it get away late....I didn't see the game so I don't know if it helps Mike Rice get a different job or not. My original thought on that was that it definitely did. But then when I thought about it, they choked away an eight-point lead at the last TV timeout - they came only three weeks after coughing up the big lead at Knott Arena. I would think that would raise some concerns. I still bet he is gone....If Montana and New Mexico were playing in the regular season would anyone notice. Would it even get top billing on the Mountain Network?....I told you to beware of BYU all season - and Jimmer Fredette came through with 35 points - including some big threes in the second OT....I think the win will loosen up the Cougars - and they'll play even better on Saturday against K State.....Kansas is finishing off Lehigh as I type this. A game effort from the Mountain Hawks - but this is about to become Rock Chalk JayHawk in the Second Half....Was not at all surprised that Old Dominion beat  Notre Dame. The Irish was definitely playing well down the stretch, but ODU was the most impressive team I saw play against the Mount this season. The Monarchs are very good defensively - and were able to slow down a good Notre Dame offense....Keep in mind the Mount plays at Murray State next season....Some of the credit for the Ohio victory tonight would have to goto Tim O'Shea the head coach at Bryant. One would think he recruited a majority of the team that beat the Hoyas. However, the top two scorers Armon Bassett and DJ Cooper both came on board after O'Shea left....

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