Friday, March 16, 2007

Good gosh did I pick the wrong upsets

It's bad enough when you draw up your bracket and end up head-slapping over Winthrop/Notre Dame, but what's worse for The Monk is the complete failure of two low seeds he picked for the Sweet 16 getting run out of the gym in the first round -- George Washington, which lost by 33 to a sketchy Vandy team and put in an even worse performance than Stanford, and now LBSU, which is getting punked by Tennessee. Notre Dame's loss is the worst of a higher-seed so far -- the Irish actually started 1-14 from 3-point range and were only a couple of points down at the break. They wound up 5-22 from deep, which means that even as they shot better from outside (their bread-and-butter), Winthrop stretched its lead. At one point in the first half, UND led 26-19; by the 16:00 mark of the second half, Winthrop led 46-30 -- that's a 27-4 run by a midmajor against a top-four Big East team.

Bad loss for the Big East. Much worse than Marquette's loss without its top defender yesterday.

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