NCAA Tournament, Regional Semifinals, Day 6 open thread
by Bob Timmermann
The Sweet Sixteen has been pared down to a Tremendous Twelve and after tonight it will be an Elite Eight.
Ham Fighter Nation continues his stranglehold on first place of the Griddle contest. However, Monterey Chris is breathing down his neck.
Friday night's action, all times PT
4:10 pm - #10 Davidson (28-6) vs #3 Wisconsin (31-4) at Detroit (Midwest). Davidson seems to be most people's choice to be the upstart that can win a game in this round. A lot of that is because Wisconsin doesn't excite a lot of people. But the Badgers certainly do win a lot of games. The Badgers last lost on Feb. 9 to Purdue. The Wildcats last lost on December 21 to North Carolina State. This game will be played at Ford Field where the Detroit Lions play. And judging by the lyrics to Wisconsin's famous fight song, the Badgers should be at home on a football field. Davidson hasn't made it to a regional final since 1969. Wisconsin last made a regional final in 2005.
4:27 pm - #3 Stanford (28-7) vs #2 Texas (30-6) at Houston (South) - Texas has done something Stanford couldn't do in three tries, i.e. beat UCLA. The Longhorns are expected to have a homecourt advantage although it's hard to think of Reliant Stadium as a court. Stanford's last regional final appearance was in 2001. Texas did so in 2006. The Stanford fight song, for your listening and viewing pleasure.
6:40 pm - #12 Villanova (22-12) vs #1 Kansas (33-3) at Detroit (Midwest) - Another upstart Wildcats in the Midwest, although Villanova isn't given as much of a shot as Davidson. This could possibly be because I don't know the name of any player on Villanova. Both schools have been in regional finals recently. Villanova was in one in 2006 and Kansas was last year. I believe Villanova may have the youngest cheerleader. Can this girl really be 3 and sing that well?
6:57 pm - #5 Michigan State (27-8) vs #1 Memphis (35-1) at Houston (South) - Memphis has made it this far despite shooting just 59.2% from the free throw line. But the Tigers have won by an average of 18 points per game, so it's usually not an issue. Michigan State has lost twice to Wisconsin and once to UCLA. But the Spartans also lost games to Iowa, Penn State, Purdue, Indiana, and Ohio State. Michigan State may have the least inspiring fight song of all.