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[ Day Eight of the NCAA Tournament Open Thread ]
2007-03-25 03:59
by Bob Timmermann

The Select Six becomes the Final Four today and then we wait around until Saturday.

Again just two games on the agenda:

11:40 AM PT - #3 Oregon vs #1 Florida in the Midwest Regional in St. Louis - The Ducks are the only team not seeded first or second to make it this far. And the Ducks have been hot lately, winning nine straight. They will unleash their four guard attack with lots of three point attempts against the defending champion Gators. Some people think that Joakim Noah is the most hated man in college basketball. Apparently, people have short memories and have forgotten J.J. Redick. And just think about what Christian Laettner would have had heaped upon him if he played just a few years later?

Remember. An Oregon win makes me take a one-week trip to that state. Travel agents are standing by.

2:05 PM PT - #2 Georgetown vs #1 North Carolina in the East Regional in East Rutherford - I will miss a good chunk of this game. So I will leave you to ponder things like this. Or maybe this. Expect CBS to show lots and lots and lots of highlights of Michael Jordan and James Worthy. And Patrick Ewing. And Patrick Ewing, Jr. And John Thompson III, who something like John Thompson, Jr. Just don't expect Fred Brown to show up and cheer for the Hoyas.

As for the contest, it is explained in excrutiating detail here.

And for your viewing pleasure, the ending of yesterday's Division II championship. The announcers are Ian Eagle and Dan Bonner. Unless Viacom gets upset:

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2007-03-25 05:40:42
1.   Sam DC
Sons of Steve Garvey have a very effective GOTV operation. (And, of course, a fine blog.)

2007-03-25 07:53:18
2.   Bob Timmermann
Again with the nongermane posts!
2007-03-25 08:43:49
3.   Suffering Bruin
In my 43 years, I have seen many, many basketball games. Buzzer-beaters, wild finishes, you name it. Basketball was what I lived for when I was a broadcaster.

I've never seen anything like that. I can't think of anything comparable. Comparing something like Duke-Kentucky to this is like comparing Edgar Guest to Wilfred Owen.

Thanks, Bob. I've got hours of grading to do and I really, really needed that. Great stuff.

2007-03-25 09:02:21
4.   Bob Timmermann
You're welcome. I almost got up twice during that game to take a shower since I thought Winona State had it in hand.

But inertia kept me watching.

And then...

2007-03-25 09:03:35
5.   JasonO
If there is such a thing as cosmic justice, Georgetown will lose by 25. A team should not advance because the referees decide to disregard patently obvious rules violations.

I can't believe I'm saying this, but go tarheels.

Let the players decide? Then why have officials at all?

2007-03-25 09:15:18
6.   Eric Enders
You've got to be kidding me. North Carolina is in the Elite Eight only because of patently bogus officiating that puts the Georgetown call to shame.

I've always hated Georgetown in the past, but I like pretty much everything about this particular team. They play hard, they play defense, they've got an extremely intelligent coach and it shows in the basketball smarts their players display. They never take a dumb shot or make a dumb pass. They've got one of the all-around best players in the country who doesn't really get any pub. They play an innovative style that's never before been seen in major college hoops. What's not to like?

2007-03-25 09:22:05
7.   Vishal
[3] ucla-gonzaga was in the same vein as that one, i thought.
2007-03-25 09:28:01
8.   Bob Timmermann
Except in UCLA-Gonzaga, it wasn't one guy doing all the scoring.

Anthony Atkinson outscored the opposition 10-1 in the last 45 seconds. With no three point shots.

2007-03-25 09:33:35
9.   Vishal
and no free throws, either!
2007-03-25 09:35:27
10.   Bob Timmermann
The fact that Aktkinson drove in for a layup and could get it off just as time expired showed a lot of poise.

I would have just heaved the ball up with two seconds left from 30 feet out.

But guys like Atkinson or Tyus Edney somehow can keep track of the clock in their head.

2007-03-25 09:38:06
11.   El Lay Dave
8 Plus, UCLA-Gonzaga wasn't the championship game. Great clip.
2007-03-25 09:45:18
12.   Sam DC
Yeah, I've been loving this Georgetown team all year. They have amazingly sharp interior passing, which is really fun to watch.

Anyone ever hear Hoyas announcer Rick Chvotkin call a game? He's a faculty member (psych I think) and he's been calling the team forever. He's a total homer, but it doesn't bother me in a college team like it does a pro team. And he's wonderfully good at calling for radio -- he really paints the complete picture and makes it easy to follow the game.

2007-03-25 09:46:00
13.   El Lay Dave
Looking at it again, that steal is pretty amazing. It's one thing when the defender runs up to the ballhandler, going the same direction, and pokes the ball out and the ball flies forward - this kids sprints up, steals and controls the ball, spins around in about 1 1/2 steps and immediately spots the outlet pass, to an Atkinson who is already breaking. Unbelievable.
2007-03-25 09:48:32
14.   Sam DC
Chvotkin profile:

Not a faculty member; he works at what looks to be a separate psychiatric facility.

2007-03-25 09:50:08
15.   Bob Timmermann
The national radio broadcast for Westwood One of the UNC-Georgetown game will be Dave Sims and ... John Thompson.

That's who I will be listening to in place of Nantz and the other guy.

In an area like DC, is there a lot of competition for radio slots for the college teams. I would imagine that Maryland and Georgetown have relatively high profiles. Does GW appear on any station of consequence or are they DC's equivalent of Loyola Marymount or Pepperdine?

2007-03-25 09:51:43
16.   Greg Brock
15 Does radio have a seven second delay to coincide with television coverage?

If not, that would make for very confusing sports watching.

2007-03-25 09:55:01
17.   Eric Enders
Although it wasn't a postseason game, I believe this ending also belongs in the discussion:

2007-03-25 09:58:33
18.   Eric Enders
15 I listened to Big John announce the Georgetown-BC game last week while driving around. No mention whatsoever was made of the fact that he was the coach's father. He rather bent over backward to not show any favoritism toward, or connection with, Georgetown.
2007-03-25 10:15:07
19.   Vishal
[17] hahahah, wow. the guy who made the first three pointer kinda traveled all over the place, but the no-call did allow for two incredible prayer shots to go in, so no complaints from me.
2007-03-25 10:21:25
20.   Sam DC
I don't know GW's radio situation, but I sure don't recall running across their games while looking for Georgetown.

It's a very novel thing for DC to be adjusting to, I'd say, the idea that GW is worth paying attention to re sports.

2007-03-25 10:22:17
21.   Bob Timmermann
If there's a 7-second delay on the radio, I might be in good shape since my digital cable box makes my video feed run behind real time by a measureable amount.
2007-03-25 10:25:12
22.   Eric Enders
21 Didn't he mean it the other way around -- TV has the delay, radio doesn't?
2007-03-25 10:28:48
23.   Bob Timmermann
I don't know if any of the college basketball teams other than UCLA or USC are on the radio with any regularity. Sometimes Pepperdine and LMU show up on FM as does CSULB.

I think most of them are just broadcast over the web. There's not a big demand for people to want to listen to CSUN on their car radio. There's also not a lot of demand for people to see CSUN play in person at the Matadome.

The Matadome looks a lot like a regular gym.

If you create a metro area of L.A., Orange, San Berdoo, and Riverside Counties, you end up with the following schools that play D-I basketball:
UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount, Cal State Long Beach, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Cal State Northridge.

2007-03-25 10:29:48
24.   Eric Enders
I think Pepperdine will be real good real soon with the implementation of that AASAA offense.
2007-03-25 10:29:52
25.   Bob Timmermann
Somewhere there is a delay.

I will just have to reconcile them to see which delays are tolerable. I have one TV which just gets analog cable so that has less of a delay.

2007-03-25 11:00:43
26.   Bob Timmermann
Current co-leader jkm1927 is the only entry that cannot be eliminated as a result of today's games.

There are 16 entries that can win.

2007-03-25 11:55:55
27.   Voxter
Over / unders on Florida's margin of victory? I've got 30.

Go fight Ducks.

2007-03-25 11:56:28
28.   Eric Enders
-6. I want Bob to see Crater Lake.
2007-03-25 11:58:26
29.   Voxter
28 - It is quite a sight.
2007-03-25 11:59:41
30.   Bob Timmermann
I would be surprised if Florida beat Oregon by 30.

Oregon fans are rather pessimistic it seems.

2007-03-25 12:01:55
31.   Bob Timmermann
The biggest margin of victory in a regional game is 49 points by UCLA over Wyoming in 1967.

The regional FINAL record is 47 by Duke over UConn in 1964.

I don't think anyone considers Florida as good as the 1967 UCLA team unless except for JoeyP.

2007-03-25 12:03:02
32.   Voxter
30 - We've just watched a lot of Oregon athletics is all.
2007-03-25 12:05:55
33.   Bob Timmermann
Florida has 16 NCAA championships overall. Oregon has 13.

In other game today, North Carolina has 32 national championships and Georgetown has 1.

UCLA has 99 and Ohio State has 21.

2007-03-25 12:06:11
34.   Voxter
It's not a matter of how good Florida. It's a matter of Oregon's ability to play badly in big games.

In 2002 they gave up 104 points to Kansas.

2007-03-25 12:06:49
35.   Voxter
It's not a matter of how good Florida. It's a matter of Oregon's ability to play badly in big games.

In 2002 they gave up 104 points to Kansas.

2007-03-25 12:07:20
36.   Greg Brock
According to James Brown, Malik Hairston has "A nice package down below"


2007-03-25 12:08:18
37.   Bob Timmermann
But that Oregon team gave up a lot of points to begin with. And they still only lost by 18 to Kansas.
2007-03-25 12:09:16
38.   Bob Timmermann
Florida was beating up the Ducks on that last sequence. Poor gutty little Ducks.
2007-03-25 12:09:20
39.   Voxter
Three consecutive offensive rebounds for Florida, and the Oregon fouls.

That's winning basketball!

2007-03-25 12:14:29
40.   Bob Timmermann
NCAA tournament record for rebound margin:


Notre Dame against Tennessee Tech in 1958.

The Irish had 86 rebounds in the game.

Players missed a lot of shots back then.

2007-03-25 12:15:22
41.   Greg Brock
Florida is always going to make runs. And Porter really needs to stop shooting those ridiculous threes. Dude, they're not falling. Move the ball around a little bit and get into a rhythm.
2007-03-25 12:16:08
42.   Bob Timmermann
So who else gets tomorrow off as a paid holiday?
2007-03-25 12:16:39
43.   trainwreck
Ducks should start doing moves from NBA Street and jumping off their teammate's backs.
2007-03-25 12:17:09
44.   Voxter
I assume the entire state of Oregon will be taking sick leave if a miracle happens here.
2007-03-25 12:23:05
45.   Bob Timmermann
Out of curiosity, does Florida have much of a fan base outside its own state?
2007-03-25 12:27:37
46.   Bob Timmermann
And will this delay take the place of the under 4 minutes TV timeout?
2007-03-25 12:29:24
47.   Greg Brock
I don't know which team's band is playing, but it sounds like a thousand cats being strangled.

Just terrible.

2007-03-25 12:30:13
48.   Bob Timmermann
Right before they went to the studio, Oregon's band was playing.
2007-03-25 12:31:34
49.   Bob Timmermann
Regardless of which band it was, the TV mikes aren't positioned in the right place to hear the band.

The lighting at the Edward Jones Dome creates a glare on midcourt.

Perhaps this will be obviated when I get an HDTV.

2007-03-25 12:32:02
50.   Greg Brock
I had no idea it was this hard to put a net on the rim.

And then Greg says "spurtability" in the studio. This is getting ridiculous.

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2007-03-25 12:34:30
51.   Bob Timmermann
Have you ever put on a net on a rim? It's somewhat tedious.
2007-03-25 12:36:02
52.   Greg Brock
I have put a net on a rim. I don't think it took ten full minutes.

And I'm not even a professional net-putter-onner!

2007-03-25 12:36:06
53.   trainwreck
Come on Ducks. Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack!

Does that work outside of Disney movies?

2007-03-25 12:36:56
54.   Bob Timmermann
Aaron Brooks seems to be out of his slump.
2007-03-25 12:38:13
55.   Bob Timmermann
I do not believe Florida will win this game by 30.
2007-03-25 12:38:28
56.   Greg Brock
Good first half for the Ducks. If Porter can start hitting a few threes, they have a chance.

Quackety Quack Quack Quack!

2007-03-25 12:43:31
57.   Bob Timmermann
If Florida wins, the following entries would be eliminated:
Sam DC
"Grassy Schmoll"

If Oregon wins, the following entries would be eliminated:
"It goes up to 65"
"Fatwa on Florida"

2007-03-25 12:43:38
58.   El Lay Dave
45 I don't think Florida basketball has much of a fan base inside its own state.
2007-03-25 12:53:45
59.   El Lay Dave
Oregon needs not to continue being outrebounded at a 16/9 ratio.
2007-03-25 12:55:38
60.   trainwreck
Please eliminate me from winning Oregon.
2007-03-25 12:59:24
61.   Greg Brock
Even if I pick three of the four Final Four teams, and UCLA beats Georgetown in the final, I lose the bracket challenge by one point to maligNED and beLITTLEd.

Not that I care. I'm just suprised I'm in that good of shape and can't win the thing.

2007-03-25 13:00:22
62.   Greg Brock
The mysterious Notre Dame over Winthrop pick may cost me my name in lights!
2007-03-25 13:00:57
63.   Uncle Miltie
60- me too. I have Florida winning the national championship.

What is Tajuan Porter doing playing basketball? His real talent lies in being shot out of a cannon at a circus. (reverse jinx)

2007-03-25 13:01:39
64.   Voxter
Malik Hairston is such an incredible chump.
2007-03-25 13:02:41
65.   Voxter
Maarty Leunen is pissing me off pretty seriously right now.
2007-03-25 13:04:15
66.   Bob Timmermann
So is Noah headed to the NBA after this year? What position does he play there?
2007-03-25 13:04:49
67.   Uncle Miltie
Brooks will be lucky to get a job playing overseas next year.

Joakim Noah is the French Alonzo Mourning minus the steroids.

2007-03-25 13:05:24
68.   trainwreck
Center for the Phoenix Suns.

They get Atlanta's pick as long as it is not in top 3 and Noah is made for their system.

2007-03-25 13:06:15
69.   trainwreck
Mourning was a pretty good mid-range shooter coming out of college.
2007-03-25 13:06:34
70.   Greg Brock
Yes, Noah will most likely play the 5 spot for the Suns. Pretty good fit, since he can continue to be a soft guy in the post.
2007-03-25 13:06:52
71.   Bob Timmermann
So do we unfairly hate Joakim Noah as his teammates claim?
2007-03-25 13:07:05
72.   El Lay Dave
Leunen has drawn two fouls on Horford.
2007-03-25 13:07:07
73.   Voxter
The UPS guy should get a hair cut. Damn hippie.
2007-03-25 13:08:13
74.   El Lay Dave
I now fear the Timmermann Corollary.
2007-03-25 13:10:36
75.   Bob Timmermann
2007-03-25 13:10:53
76.   El Lay Dave
I now loathe the Timmermann Corollary.
2007-03-25 13:11:39
77.   Uncle Miltie
Lee Humphrey is a better shooter than Michael Redd.

Gilbert Arenas models his game after Taurean Green's.

2007-03-25 13:12:25
78.   El Lay Dave
Take that fast break to the hole!!!
2007-03-25 13:12:59
79.   Bob Timmermann
Is Florida such a loathesome team that they could actually make UCLA a sentimental favorite?

That would be quite an accomplishment.

2007-03-25 13:13:11
80.   El Lay Dave
Aaron Brooks is a better NFL QB than college basketball guard.
2007-03-25 13:13:23
81.   Greg Brock
Oregon's shot selection is garbage.
2007-03-25 13:13:49
82.   trainwreck
2007-03-25 13:14:25
83.   trainwreck
I don't know about that one.
2007-03-25 13:15:20
84.   trainwreck
ESPN did a story on the Florida team before the season and Noah just walked around the entire segment showing off his abs and bragging. He was saying how he was stronger than everyone and no one will be able to handle him.
2007-03-25 13:15:53
85.   Voxter
Malik Hairston's name is no longer Malik Hairston. It's Chumpy McChumperson, Chief Chump of the Chumpalot Clan.
2007-03-25 13:16:15
86.   Greg Brock
If the NFL's Aaron Brooks played third base, he would charge a bunt, field it, and promptly throw it 26 rows into the stands.

Worst. Quarterback. Ever.

2007-03-25 13:17:04
87.   Greg Brock
86 And I don't mean over the first baseman's head. I mean 26 rows deep along the third base line. Yes, backwards.
2007-03-25 13:17:39
88.   El Lay Dave
83 My attempt at reverse jinx.
2007-03-25 13:18:10
89.   Voxter
87 - Does he turn around and fling, or does the ball somehow fly out backwards?
2007-03-25 13:20:39
90.   Greg Brock
Tajuan Porter belongs on a milk carton.
2007-03-25 13:21:57
91.   Bob Timmermann
I think Tajuan Porter can fit in a milk carton.
2007-03-25 13:22:09
92.   Uncle Miltie
Haha, at one point Porter was guarding Noah. That would have been an entertaining postup.
2007-03-25 13:22:27
93.   Voxter
Okay, am I seeing things, or is there something going on with Tajuan Porter's left ear?
2007-03-25 13:22:38
94.   Greg Brock
89 No, he fields it cleanly, pivots, and heaves the ball into the second deck.
2007-03-25 13:24:45
95.   Voxter
92 He got in the face of a 6'10" dude against Winthrop, and the tall guy was so startled he traveled. It was awesome.

Someone should tell James Brown that "big" is an adjective and not a noun. I don't think he knows.

2007-03-25 13:26:07
96.   Greg Brock
John Starks approves of Tajuan Porter's performance today.
2007-03-25 13:28:17
97.   Uncle Miltie
Noah must be relieved that Hairston is out of the game since he was having trouble out rebounding him.
2007-03-25 13:28:24
98.   trainwreck
This game is bringing back horrible memories.
2007-03-25 13:28:34
99.   Voxter
2007-03-25 13:29:44
100.   Voxter


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2007-03-25 13:30:07
101.   Greg Brock
Lee Humphrey can't miss.
Tajuan Porter chucks poo at the rim.

It was nice while it lasted, Ducks.

2007-03-25 13:31:00
102.   Voxter
How long had it been since Oregon hit a three?
2007-03-25 13:31:26
103.   Greg Brock
We have a Maarty Leunen sighting.
2007-03-25 13:31:54
104.   Voxter
Even when Malik Hairston has a good game, he scores chumpteen points.
2007-03-25 13:36:49
105.   Uncle Miltie
Noah fouls Hairston, no call. Nice.
2007-03-25 13:37:02
106.   Greg Brock
Stop shooting you midget!
2007-03-25 13:37:03
107.   Voxter
Being good at basketball despite being short is not adversity, guys.
2007-03-25 13:37:44
108.   Voxter


2007-03-25 13:40:10
109.   Greg Brock
I don't think Noah ever had a coach that taught him how to act on the court.

Most coaches don't countenance such jerkness.

2007-03-25 13:42:02
110.   Uncle Miltie
Total BS. Noah gets a tiny cut so he doesn't have to shoot free throws. That rule needs to be changed; the way it is in the NBA. If you have someone else shoot your free throws, you shouldn't be able to enter the game later.
2007-03-25 13:42:05
111.   Voxter
Malik Hairston's mom named him Malik, but his daddy always called him Chump Sauce.
2007-03-25 13:42:43
112.   Vishal
it really annoys me how often sportscasters say the word "utilize" instead of "use" in an attempt to sound more intelligent than they actually are.
2007-03-25 13:43:54
113.   Uncle Miltie
Horrible call!
2007-03-25 13:43:57
114.   trainwreck
Just give them the trophy refs.
2007-03-25 13:44:35
115.   Greg Brock
You don't get much more ticky-tack than that call.

Wow, and with four fouls, they call that.

2007-03-25 13:44:36
116.   Uncle Miltie
Horford pushed Bryce Taylor out of the way to get the rebound.
2007-03-25 13:44:37
117.   Voxter
That is some of the worst refereeing I've ever seen. Malik Hairston apparently fouled that guy by hitting his arm with his face.

Florida is already better than Oregon; they don't need homer refereeing.

2007-03-25 13:47:24
118.   Uncle Miltie
I love how CBS's camera barely picks up Horford pushing Taylor out of the way to get the rebound. Amazing.
2007-03-25 13:48:10
119.   Uncle Miltie
What the heck is wrong with Porter's ear?
2007-03-25 13:48:22
120.   Greg Brock
2007-03-25 13:49:38
121.   Voxter
119 - I've been trying to figure that out all day.
2007-03-25 13:49:50
122.   Bob Timmermann
I've been carrying on a conversation with my brother at courtside.

Interesting perspective since he's watching the game in real time as opposed to me.

2007-03-25 13:50:17
123.   Greg Brock
Congratulations, Tajuan Porter. It doesn't happen very often, but you have managed to single-handedly cost your team a victory. That is a pretty rare accomplishment.

Good job. Take a bow. Give praise to The Lord for your outstanding effort.

2007-03-25 13:50:58
124.   Voxter
I think I have to stop watching. I'm going to have an aneurysm.
2007-03-25 13:51:23
125.   Uncle Miltie
What a rough foul by Taylor. He should be suspended for that one.
2007-03-25 13:52:51
126.   Vishal
i also hate the phenomenon of celebrity coaches.
2007-03-25 13:53:36
127.   Greg Brock
126 I usually agree, but Pat Summit is awesome.

Pat Summit would have told Porter to stop shooting.

2007-03-25 13:54:49
128.   Voxter
I think I have to kill Joakim Noah.
2007-03-25 13:55:25
129.   Vishal
leunen was just telling his teammates, "that's BS, i got ball."
2007-03-25 13:55:39
130.   Uncle Miltie
I would pay you $100 to shave his head and eyebrows.
2007-03-25 13:56:31
131.   trainwreck
Tajuan Porter meet Taylor Rochestie.
2007-03-25 13:57:04
132.   trainwreck
2007-03-25 13:57:49
133.   Vishal
[127] i like pat summit too, but that doesn't mean she should be doing tv commercials.
2007-03-25 13:57:56
134.   Greg Brock
When you think about it, it's a miracle the Ducks are only down six.

I guess it's up to the Bruins to end this nightmare. Hopefully, it will be like when Duke beat UNLV in the Final Four the year after UNLV destroyed them in the title game.

2007-03-25 13:59:58
135.   Voxter
Joakim Noah was born on 25 February 1985. That year, a beast with seven heads and seven horns roamed the earth. Death rode a pale horse. The fourth seal was broken. There were lies and false prophecies.

The music died.

2007-03-25 14:00:51
136.   Voxter
Now? NOW is when you start making your shots, you midget?
2007-03-25 14:02:07
137.   Voxter
131 - At least Porter has had the good sense not to attempt to take over the game. Rochestie was deeply, radiantly bad. Porter has been run-of-the-mill crappy, really.
2007-03-25 14:03:45
138.   Voxter
Dear Florida Gators,

You are a pack of asses. Each and every one of you.

Yours in loathing,

Everybody in the World

2007-03-25 14:04:03
139.   Uncle Miltie
Breaking News: Size Matters
2007-03-25 14:04:35
140.   Greg Brock
From the "Too Little, Too Late" files.
2007-03-25 14:06:53
141.   Greg Brock
I'm not a Ducks fan, but I will never forgive Porter for this game.


2007-03-25 14:08:18
142.   Bob Timmermann
Besides Oregon being eliminated, these entries in the contest are:
Sam DC
"Grassy Schmoll"
2007-03-25 14:11:36
143.   Sam DC
Vishal, buddy, glad to go down with you.

Interior passing!

2007-03-25 14:13:30
144.   trainwreck
Hibbert is just so goofy.
2007-03-25 14:14:23
145.   Greg Brock
Come on, Georgetown, keep UNC out of the Final Four.

Hoya Saxa!

2007-03-25 14:16:54
146.   Bob Timmermann
If North Carolina wins, the following entries will be eliminated:
Trojan Ron
"It Goes up To 65"
"maligNED and beLITTLEd"
"Grassy Schmoll"

If Georgetown wins, the following entries are eliminated:
Diane Firstman
El Lay Dave
"Bama Yankee"

I also left out that the Confucius entry was eliminated with Oregon's loss.

Catch up with everybody in the second half I hope. I have to go read scholarship applications from overachieving high school seniors.

2007-03-25 14:21:15
147.   Bob Timmermann
From talking to my brother in St. Louis, my TV runs 7-10 seconds behind real time.
2007-03-25 14:21:21
148.   trainwreck
I do not like UNC, but I have them in the title game.

I am indifferent to Georgetown.

2007-03-25 14:22:06
149.   trainwreck
That is a travel!! No need to lie to cover yourself.
2007-03-25 14:23:59
150.   Greg Brock
Pete Carril needs to stay off my television.
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2007-03-25 14:24:41
151.   Uncle Miltie
Random fact: at least 4 players on UCLA (that I know of) were recruited by Stanford.

I want to see Georgetown demolish UNC.

2007-03-25 14:24:51
152.   trainwreck
Hansbrough always acts like he is going to punch someone.
2007-03-25 14:25:54
153.   Sam DC
He just said a naughty word.
2007-03-25 14:29:49
154.   Greg Brock
Georgetown completely forgets what makes them so good. Pass the ball into the post!

11-0 run...Grrr

2007-03-25 14:31:00
155.   ToyCannon
So Noah is going to win back to back NCAA championships and then get drafted by the Suns and win a NBA championship in his 1st year in the NBA. I expect that hasn't been done since Kareem was Lew Alcindor.
2007-03-25 14:36:51
156.   trainwreck
Funny that Randolph Morris is already a Knick.
2007-03-25 14:40:46
157.   Greg Brock
The Hoyas can go ahead and make a four footer sometime in the first half.

Really. Feel free to make a close shot.

2007-03-25 15:06:03
158.   Greg Brock
Georgetown is pretty lucky to only be down six at the break. Man, North Carolina is loaded.
2007-03-25 15:09:46
159.   Gagne55
155 The Suns have the first pick in the draft?
2007-03-25 15:10:31
160.   trainwreck
Lee Humphrey looks like he belongs in the film Gummo.
2007-03-25 15:11:46
161.   trainwreck
They get the Hawks pick, as long as it is not in the top 3. Unless a lot of players do not declare for the draft, Noah will not be the top pick.
2007-03-25 15:16:24
162.   Greg Brock
Noah will probably go somewhere between 5-10.

Oden, Durant, Horford, and both Wrights (Kansas/UNC) will go ahead of him.

2007-03-25 15:21:22
163.   trainwreck
Anyone notice how Noah did not shake hands with any Oregon players?
2007-03-25 15:48:31
164.   trainwreck
This Final Four is like old money vs new money.
2007-03-25 15:51:36
165.   Vishal
[143] high five, buddy. we were on the side of morality and justice, and not on the side of florida.
2007-03-25 15:52:10
166.   Vishal
i want unc to beat georgetown but lose to ohio state, and ucla to go all the way.
2007-03-25 15:55:26
167.   Greg Brock
I have never seen a team rely on interior offense this much and get so few foul calls.

Not necessarily saying it's bad officiating, but it is really unusual.

2007-03-25 15:59:59
168.   Bob Timmermann
UCLA vs. Florida will be the second annual Charles Young Classic.
2007-03-25 16:02:52
169.   Greg Brock
168 How much stuff at Florida is named after him?

I'll bet not very much.

2007-03-25 16:12:21
170.   Greg Brock
Hoya Saxa!
2007-03-25 16:12:21
171.   Bob Timmermann
2007-03-25 16:13:09
172.   Bob Timmermann
At least one regional final will come down to the last possession.
2007-03-25 16:14:22
173.   Jon Weisman
Can it be determined how many NCAA men's hoops championship games UCLA has won wearing its blue uniforms?
2007-03-25 16:15:11
174.   Uncle Miltie
Wow, just got back in time for that shot.
2007-03-25 16:16:50
175.   Bob Timmermann
Yes, I could look through old LA Times online and see what's in the photos.
2007-03-25 16:20:58
176.   Greg Brock
Timmermann's Law is now in effect.
2007-03-25 16:22:53
177.   Bob Timmermann
In 1995, UCLA wore white.
In 1975, UCLA wore blue.
In 1973, UCLA wore blue.
In 1972, UCLA wore white.

More to come as Timmermann's Law of Overtimes is in play.

2007-03-25 16:24:19
178.   Greg Brock
S A X A !!
2007-03-25 16:24:44
179.   Bob Timmermann
In 1971, UCLA wore blue.

I have a feeling they alteranted colors by region back before there was seeding.

2007-03-25 16:25:20
180.   trainwreck
Goodbye Tar Heels. Goodbye me winning the bracket challenge. Oh well.
2007-03-25 16:26:07
181.   Bob Timmermann
1970 was white.
2007-03-25 16:26:40
182.   Bob Timmermann
Hoyas going for the shutout!
2007-03-25 16:27:59
183.   Greg Brock
Wow, total self-destruction by UNC.
2007-03-25 16:28:31
184.   trainwreck
Just let it go UNC.
2007-03-25 16:29:04
185.   Bob Timmermann
1969 - blue
2007-03-25 16:32:05
186.   Greg Brock
I don't know that I've seen many games end like that. From game in hand (UNC) to miraculous comeback (G-Town) to complete domination.

Roy Williams needs Mommy to buy him a Coke right about now.

2007-03-25 16:32:11
187.   Uncle Miltie
The UNC loss just brightened up my day.
2007-03-25 16:33:05
188.   Bob Timmermann
There are four teams left and seven entries that can win.

If Georgetown wins the championship, "It Goes Up to 65" wins. That's the only person left with two chances.

The other six options:
Florida-Georgetown-Floria: ToyCannon
Florida-Ohio State-Florida: Suffering Bruin
Florida-Ohio State-Ohio State: Trojan Ron
UCLA-Ohio State-UCLA: Dodgergabe
UCLA-Ohio State-Ohio State: Sonic Death Monkey
UCLA-Georgetown-UCLA: maligNED and beLITTLEd

2007-03-25 16:38:02
189.   Uncle Miltie
Dick Vitale looks like he was just crying
2007-03-25 16:38:37
190.   Bob Timmermann
1968 - white
1967 - blue (first championship in uniforms with current style)
1965 - white (the uniforms said "Bruins")
1964 - white (also with uniforms that said "Bruins")
2007-03-25 16:42:16
191.   Greg Brock
189 Vitale picked North Carolina over UCLA in the final.

Which means he'll pick Florida over UCLA in the semifinal.

Consistency has never been his strong suit.

2007-03-25 16:44:33
192.   Greg Brock
And with that, he just picked Florida to go back-to-back.

You can't make this stuff up.

2007-03-25 16:45:07
193.   trainwreck
Vitale has already given up on his prediction of UCLA reaching the finals.

Go eat some wings and stare at waitresses breasts you clown!

2007-03-25 16:47:25
194.   Bob Timmermann
First Final Four that consists of two 1s and two 2s.

Ohio State does not need to bring dark uniforms.
Georgetown does not need to bring white uniforms.

2007-03-25 16:48:06
195.   Greg Brock
I wonder who Digger is going to pick?
2007-03-25 16:50:18
196.   Greg Brock
Digger spoke for 45 seconds, and didn't make a prediction. He said it wasn't going to be easy for the Gators, and that UCLA has the revenge factor.

But no pick. Weird.

2007-03-25 16:56:34
197.   Jon Weisman
Six whites, five blues. Will they get a chance to even it out?
2007-03-25 17:01:01
198.   Uncle Miltie
Roy Williams' post game interview segment sounded like a line straight out of Forrest Gump.
2007-03-25 17:02:33
199.   ToyCannon
Crap I need Florida to win for the Bracket championship and I really want those Dodger tickets but I have to root for UCLA even though I'm still ticked about last years comeback against Gonzaga. Rooting for Georgetown against Ohio State will be easy.

Considering how deep they say this draft is I've been less then impressed with everyone except the big two. Some nice players but no other franchise changers.

2007-03-25 17:13:42
200.   das411
Ahhh terrific game, that seemed like the smackdown the Tigers put on the Yankees to finish off the divisional series and now we are in for two awesome LCS's...
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2007-03-25 17:29:32
201.   Greg Brock
200 All I know is that Aaron Afflalo better guard Lee Humphrey...

Goodness gracious, that dude can bomb some threes.

2007-03-25 17:41:27
202.   Eric Enders
194 "Ohio State does not need to bring dark uniforms.
Georgetown does not need to bring white uniforms."

The main reasons being that Ohio State does not have dark uniforms and Georgetown does not have white ones.

Too bad, though, the Georgetown home grays and the Ohio State road grays are two of the sharpest-looking uniforms in college hoops. They might make for a confusing matchup, however, if Georgetown had been seeded higher.

2007-03-25 17:54:38
203.   trainwreck
NBA scouts are too obsessed with potential and not production. There are a lot of prospects with great potential, but I think a lot of these players need to be in college longer.
2007-03-25 18:00:49
204.   Eric Enders
203 Me, too. Especially Kevin Durant. He needs to stay two more years, maybe three.
2007-03-25 18:10:32
205.   Greg Brock
204 Nice try...
2007-03-25 18:13:51
206.   Eric Enders
I do actually think there's a 50-50 chance Durant comes back for another go-round. He's sort of a think-different type and he clearly enjoys the college life. His parents seem to be pushing him to stay, while Nike and Danny Ainge are harassing him to enter the draft.
2007-03-25 18:18:30
207.   Eric Enders
And I was only half-kidding with the "needs more time in college" bit. He doesn't have the upper body muscle yet to succeed in the post in the NBA, and his endurance needs a lot of work. He gets real tired real fast. His defensive footwork could also use a little improvement.

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