Honestly, ESPN techs – as a techie myself, I gotta say: You only had ONE job… And for the producers who decided which games to broadcast when? YOU only had one job….Fix this, @CStiffESPN
As for the games…anyone notice there’s a lot of history being made this Tourney? Amongst the fantabulous player performances, the equally fabulous @ncaawbb informs us that
(Seriously, @WNBA, HIRE THIS TWEETER!!!!!!!)
MAAC ATTACK, Pt. 2. Not satisfied with their first NCAA tournament win, the Bobcats raced out to a 15pt lead over the host Hurricanes, then held on for dear life as Miami clawed its way back into the game. But Quinnipiac did. not. fold. Helllllloooooooo, the (other) team from Connecticut makes their first Sweet Sixteen!
PAC ATTACK: Yes, #2 Duke was without guard Kyra Lambert, but that doesn’t diminish #10 Oregon’s accomplishment – winning on the Blue Devils‘ home court. With all the pieces finally healthy, the Ducks are really clicking. Boom – a 74-65 victory means the program is going to its first Sweet Sixteen.
#4 Louisville kicked it into high gear in fourth to put away #5 Tennessee, 75-64. Fouls and free throw shooting hurt the Vols, and Mariya Moore’s perfect night of three-point shooting really helped the Cardinals. Anyone feel like Jeff has his team cruising, shark-like, under everybody’s radar?
So, how does that old Jim Croce song go, “You don’t tug on UConnGuards’ cape…” #1 UConn crushed the #8 Orange#8 Orange, as Kia Nurse made like Katie Lou Samuelson and went 9-12 from three (tying the NCAA Tournament single-game record). Rest of the Huskies weren’t too shabby, neither: 62% shooting, 30 assists on 33 made baskets.
The Cal Bears were no match for the Baylor Bears who look loaded for…bear on their way to an 86-46 win.
Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer has been doing this a long time — 37 seasons as head coach, to be exact — and so when she gets a feeling a player will have a big game, she’s usually right.
And she had a feeling about guard Brittany McPhee on Monday. The 6-foot junior set the tone for No. 2 seed Stanford in an NCAA tournament second-round matchup with No. 7 Kansas State. By the time she’d finished a 21-point, seven-rebound, five-assist night, McPhee had helped break down the Wildcats’ zone, and her team’s post players had done their thing, too.
So, ya gotta believe before the game Osahor turned to Plum and said, “You’ve never had double-double? What’s wrong with you?” Pluminator goes out, breaks Jackie Stiles’ women’s NCAA D-I single-season scoring record AND notches her first double-double. ’bout time, woman! Oh, yah, and Washington mauled the Sooners, 108-82.
So you know what all this means (beyond some of us being able to catch up on our sleep):
Friday, March 24th:
#5 Ohio State v. #1 Notre Dame (7:06pm)
#3 Washington v. #2 Mississippi State (7:11pm)
#4 Louisville v. #1 Baylor (9:00)
#3 Texas v. #2 Stanford (9:00)
Saturday, March 25th
#10 Oregon v. #3 Maryland (11:36am)
#4 UCLA v. #1 UConn (1:30pm)
#12 Quinnipiac v. #1 South Carolina (4:06pm)
#3 Florida State v. #2 Oregon State (6pm)