Monday, January 11, 2010

That Was The Weekend That Was

I'm still a couple of hours away from unveiling the new bracket, until then, here's yet another new feature to this blog, That Was The Weekend That Was.

Shock it to me, baby
No it isn't to praise Wichita State's 70-58 triumph over Creighton, it's to point out the number of teams that had huge wins over the weekend to bolster their cases. Notre Dame had the biggest, holding off a furious rally from West Virginia to win 70-68. Missouri handled Kansas State with a hard fought 74-68 win. Vanderbilt, in an underrated Bubble Battle knocked off a Florida team that might find itself out of the field. Louisville dispatched of St. John's, but with some 2nd half difficulties. Georgia Tech let Duke's Jon Scheyer run loose, but the Yellow Jackets contained the rest of the Blue Devils to score a 71-67 win. Down in Coral Gables, Miami knocked out Wake Forest 67-66(Mea culpa: I way overseeded the Deacs last week). Lastly, Mississippi State needed a win at Mississippi to bolster it's credentials and they got it, winning 80-75 over the Rebels.

Missed chances
A few teams could not pick up wins needed to keep pace with the pack. Even with Evan Turner back(literally) and healthy enough to play his normal minutes, Ohio State had no answer for Minnesota's hot shot, Blake Hoffarber. The Gophers prevailed 73-62, boosting it's own chances. New Mexico is unexpectedly 0-2 in Mountain West play, losing to UNLV at home 74-62. And Rhode Island failed to defend it's home court in it's Atlantic 10 lid lifter, as Temple escaped with a 68-64 win in Kingston.

And then there's this
I know I'll probably be wrong on this, but I'm going to say it anyway. The Pacific-10 conference does not deserve to have any of it's teams have a shot at an at-large bid. Washington, the only one before this weekend who looked like a decent team, got swept in the desert. California lost to an under-.500 UCLA team and Oregon lost at home to an Oregon State team who earlier in the week lost on it's home court to Seattle by 58 points.

Don't worry, I'll have the bracket up soon.

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