Saturday seemed like an exciting day in the NCAA basketball tournament. I had to work. So I didn't see much except the end of the Butler-Maryland tilt and the end of the UCLA-Indiana UFC bout.
Again I will state that my 8th grade team at De La Salle School of Granada Hills scored more points in its game against Guardian Angel of Pacoima than UCLA and Indiana did. That game back in 1979 ended, I'm pretty sure 57-56 with 6 minute quarters. Ultimately, we missed the playoffs when we lost the tiebreaker rematch with Guardian Angel as their coach had to managed to figure out a way to beat our full court press. We would have played a zone defense, but our coach wasn't an Allstate agent. Interestingly, the team that won the league (we tied for second) was the only one that played a man-to-man defense. We couldn't score against them. That was Santa Rosa of San Fernando.
So now that you are thoroughly bored by tales of CYO basketball, on to today's agenda. Again all times PT
9:15 am - #5 Tennessee vs #4 Virginia in the South Region in Columbus - The Cavaliers try to avoid joining commonwealth pals VCU on the sidelines. The Vols wish to show that men can play hoops too!
11:15 am - #9 Purdue vs #1 Florida in the Midwest Region in New Orleans - The Gators need to be stopped, but unless the Boilermakers suit up Purdue Pete or bring back Glenn Robinson or Rick Mount, that likely won't happen today.
11:30 am - #7 UNLV vs #2 Wisconsin in the Midwest Region in Chicago - Remember when UNLV was the team people feared and Wisconsin was just a joke in basketball? I think they called that time the 1990s. You kids should look into it. Back then we used things called payphones and rode to work in Toyota Corollas that were powered by sheer gumption.
11:40 am - #5 Virginia Tech vs #4 Southern Illinois in the West Region in Columbus - If the Hokies win this one after beating Illinois Friday, they will keep looking for schools further south in Illinois to play. I looked for a while and after you get south of Carbondale, well, let's just say you don't really want to go south of Carbondale. Actually, you probably should just skip Carbondale while you're at it.
11:50 am - #11 Winthrop vs #3 Oregon in the Midwest Region in Spokane - When these traditional rivals meet up, you know the action will be hot and heavy. I remember once when some dudes from Rock Hill, South Carolina walked into a bar in Eugene and they wearing adidas sneakers! So the Oregon guys took 'em out back and challenged them to a race. Over a 15-mile cross country course. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed.
1:45 pm - #7 Nevada vs #2 Memphis in the South Region in New Orleans - Remember it's the Nevada Wolfpack, but the North Carolina State Wolf Pack. Wolves are deadlier when they travel in typographically smaller groups.
2:00 pm - #8 Kentucky vs #1 Kansas in the West Region in Chicago - This one's for bragging rights to see which state that starts with the letter K is best in basketball.
2:15 pm - #5 USC vs #4 Texas in the East Region in Spokane - Yo, guys, use the round ball, not the pointy one. It's sort of orangish. Yeah, that one. That's the one. No, you can't wear pads and a helmet.
In the Griddle's contest, Monterey Chris (continuing his shameless plugs) leads with 43 points, just one ahead of Suffering Bruin and two ahead of jkm1927 and the mysterious "bobsbrother." And he had to list his Final Four in print in a newspaper.