Friday, March 27, 2015

Sportz' NCAA Tournament Recap - Sweet 16, Day 1

Just a quick recap of what I saw in my Sportz Room -- filled with TVs that I can watch all four games going on at the same time.

GAME OF THE DAY: Wisconsin vs North Carolina. This was a high level basketball game.  Both teams played well offensively and it was a back and forth game all night.  North Carolina showed that it can hang with anyone when it gives the proper effort.  Wisconsin showed just how good, poised and experienced they are.  This team can win a championship.

UPSET OF THE DAY: Notre Dame vs Wichita State. There were no true upsets.  In fact, all teams that won tonight have 5 losses or less.  But this game was the lone one where the loser didn't have double-digit losses.  Wichita State is a good team and many wanted to see them get a shot at Kentucky again.  Notre Dame pulled away and kept that from happening.

CONFERENCE OF THE DAY: ACC. Grasping for straws here, but Notre Dame is in their first Elite 8 since 1979.  Yeah, North Carolina lost but they pushed the Big Ten champion to the limit.  The ACC is guaranteed two spots in the Elite 8 with Duke also playing on Friday for a spot.

CONFERENCE WITH A BAD DAY: Big 12. The mighty Big 12 just has one team left (Oklahoma) after West Virginia got spanked.  This hasn't been as banner of tournament for the league as we thought during the season. 

DUD OF THE DAY: Kentucky vs West Virginia. The media really wanted us to believe that the Mountaineers could hang with Kentucky.  Nope.

DOMINANT PERFORMANCE OF THE DAY: Kentucky. The Wildcats just obliterated West Virginia in a way that it wasn't even funny ... and it shut up a lot of the people who were clinging to their bored play in the first weekend.

UNDERLYING STORYLINE OF THE DAY: The muscle moves on. As I mentioned earlier, the top seeds all moved on.  That's what they are supposed to do.  Kentucky, Wisconsin and Arizona all have designs on a National Championship.  They all showed up tonight (though Arizona looked more shaky).  Notre Dame is a wildcard here as this is one heck of a shooting team with an ability to run you around on the defensive end.  Their matchup with Kentucky should be great.

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