Friday, March 19, 2010

My! Oh My! No. 14 Ohio Shocks No. 3 G'town


Talk about a bracket-buster!

I guess we can call the No. 14 Ohio Bobcats-- the little team that could. Their 97-83 stunner over the No. 3 Georgetown Hoyas was by far the biggest surprise of Day 1, Round 1 of the NCAA Tourney. I'm sure this game was an afterthought for most of us outside of Bobcat country. To be honest, I pencilled in G'town with my eyes closed. I mean, the only reason why the Bobcats made the tournament is because they upset every team in the Mid-American conference tournament and earned the automatic bid as conference champions. If I'm not mistaken they were seeded 9th in their conference tournament, which is not exactly a power-6 conference. But they are living proof of the old adage, "that's why we play the game." Kudos to them on probably the biggest win in school history.

Overall it was a rough day for the mighty Big East conference. They were barely 1-3 on day one. And I say barely because the Villanova Wildcats were lucky to escape alive.

The other big upset was the No. 11 Washington Huskies over the No. 6 Marquette Golden Eagles, 80-78. Another Big East team who bit the dust. The win was huge for the Pac-10 because, let's face it, they barely entered 2 teams (Washington and the California Golden Bears) and neither one was given much credibility. I mean, the Pac-10 is a power-6 conference and all they could muster is a No. 8 seed and a No. 11 seed. Not good! Washington's win was huge (extremely huge) for all the bruised egos out west. Let's see how California fairs today against another Big East bigwig, the Louisville Cardinals.

Although not all Big East teams are having a hard time as the No. 2 West Virginia Mountaineers are "cleaning house" as I write this. And I mean "CLEANING HOUSE!" The Mountaineers look mighty strong.

If I'm John Calipari down in Lexington, Kentucky-- I'll have my people looking at video tapes of the Mountaineers as of this moment.

To be continued....

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