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NCAA Tournament, Regional Semifinals, Day 6 open thread
2008-03-28 15:00
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.

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2008-03-28 15:29:23
1.   Andrew Shimmin
The time has come for the people of Griddle to accept that Ham Fighter Nation is inevitable. Really, I think the rest of you should just drop out--I can't make any promises, per se, but I'll say that I'm thinking hard about cabinet positions, and that loyalty is a trait I value. Highly.

Also, I heard a rumor that Monterey Chris's pastor once called Zappala, "Garlic-nose." So, you know. . .

2008-03-28 15:35:56
2.   Bob Timmermann
I dare you to watch the link to the YouTube video for Villanova and not have your heart melt. If it doesn't Shimmin, then you are made of stone!
2008-03-28 15:50:09
3.   Andrew Shimmin
Cute kid. But I'm pretty sure my black, dead heart remains in a solid state.
2008-03-28 16:14:46
4.   trainwreck
They are wasting Gus Johnson in this bracket.
2008-03-28 16:18:05
5.   Bob Timmermann
But Gus is a native of Detroit.
2008-03-28 16:21:12
6.   trainwreck
Well that is too bad.
2008-03-28 16:22:15
7.   trainwreck
Kansas game probably won't give Gus much of a chance to yell and get excited.
2008-03-28 16:22:29
8.   Bob Timmermann
Gus's hero is Pistons announcer George Blaha.
2008-03-28 16:28:24
9.   trainwreck
Greg Brock must be in a state of euphoria.
2008-03-28 16:31:30
10.   Greg Brock
9 Greg Brock had today off, so euphoria was automatic.
2008-03-28 16:35:50
11.   trainwreck
I am glad UCLA did not have to play on these raised courts. One of our players would probably get hurt coming on or off the court.
2008-03-28 16:50:50
12.   Linkmeister
I'd rather watch Davidson-Wisconsin, CBS.
2008-03-28 16:51:09
13.   Greg Brock
Robin Lopez is so frustrating to watch. You're brother is so much better, and he's you!
2008-03-28 16:52:57
14.   Greg Brock
Ugh. Your brother, not you're.


2008-03-28 16:53:44
15.   Bob Timmermann
The Collins twins weren't equal in ability either.
2008-03-28 16:54:04
16.   yankee23
Sadly, even when sung by students the song isn't all that inspiring:

2008-03-28 16:56:06
17.   underdog
12 Y'all do know you can watch these games online, at, right? So pick up the Dav-Wis game there.

Stanford looks disoriented. This is almost unfair, having to play in Texas, but whatever.

2008-03-28 17:01:58
18.   Linkmeister
Thanks, underdog.
2008-03-28 17:31:48
19.   Andrew Shimmin
If trainwreck is around, I found him a new soul mate:

2008-03-28 17:40:38
20.   trainwreck
Keep hating on Keefe.
2008-03-28 17:45:28
21.   Bob Timmermann
A Davidson does not appear to affect the standings for today, but it would have a ripple effect for people who had Wisconsin advancing.
2008-03-28 17:50:22
22.   Bob Timmermann
A Davidson "win", that is.
2008-03-28 17:54:52
23.   Bob Timmermann
Is it time for me to switch over to Texas-Stanford?
2008-03-28 17:55:25
24.   trainwreck
It was time awhile ago.
2008-03-28 17:58:42
25.   Bob Timmermann
Actually, I will have to follow much of the remaining action via BlackBerry. It's so thrilling to watch those text updates.
2008-03-28 18:00:36
26.   dianagramr

They don't have little stick figure players running up and down a "court"? :-)

2008-03-28 18:03:19
27.   trainwreck
Plus, you don't get the gift of Nantz and Packer.
2008-03-28 18:28:01
28.   underdog
Ugh, I left work early for this?

Memo to Stanford: Games are not ten minutes long. Ah well, tough matchup and tough location.

Exciting to see Davidson pushing ahead.

And belated comment, but I was impressed by the comeback ability of the Red Blobs last night, even if I was also nervous about it and ultimately relieved. (Watched it on Tivo late last night.) But some real gumption, those Red Blobs have.

2008-03-28 18:32:55
29.   underdog
Why does CBS have its analysts do the post-game interviews? Packer's terrible at it, and even Bill Raftery, who I like enough as an analyst, fumbled around last night. Bleh.

What else is on?

2008-03-28 18:35:06
30.   trainwreck
Simpsons or In Treatment.
2008-03-28 18:46:36
31.   Greg Brock
Time for Kansas to buckle under the pressure of being coached by Bill Self.
2008-03-28 18:57:59
32.   trainwreck
Even Bill Self cannot screw this up.
2008-03-28 18:59:50
33.   Bob Timmermann
I hope trainwreck has been fired up by the Michigan State fight song.
2008-03-28 19:00:01
34.   Greg Brock
32 Wait for it...
2008-03-28 19:00:47
35.   underdog
Wildcats, heal thy Self.
2008-03-28 19:01:20
36.   Bob Timmermann
Ham Fighter Nation will lead after tonight no matter how the last two games finish up.
2008-03-28 19:01:57
37.   trainwreck
Spartans should start the game out with an intentional foul on the tip-off.
2008-03-28 19:07:51
38.   Greg Brock
Well then.
2008-03-28 19:09:26
39.   Bob Timmermann
I think Villanova is dust in the wind.
2008-03-28 19:24:22
40.   Greg Brock
39 Only for a moment. Now that moment's gone.
2008-03-28 19:25:20
41.   dianagramr
Somehow I can't imagine an old-timer band like KISS sitting around singing "Viva Viagra"
2008-03-28 19:26:12
42.   Greg Brock
41 It would be the best song they've ever performed.
2008-03-28 19:31:37
43.   dianagramr

ding! that's a winner!

(Greg Brock fan)

2008-03-28 19:33:31
44.   trainwreck
KISS would sell themselves out for anything.
2008-03-28 19:33:49
45.   Linkmeister
42 Mr. Brock wins an internet for that one.
2008-03-28 19:34:12
46.   Greg Brock
43 Thanks!

Somebody tell Villanova that when the round thingy bounces of the iron cylindrical thingy, you want to go up and grab the ball.

I believe they call it a "rebound."

2008-03-28 19:34:13
47.   Bob Timmermann
Looks like we're going 0 for 4 in close games tonight.
2008-03-28 19:36:07
48.   trainwreck
I really wish Pitt beat Michigan State. They would put up a much better challenge.
2008-03-28 19:41:02
49.   trainwreck
Start hacking them.
2008-03-28 19:42:12
50.   Greg Brock
When I finally get my religious cult off the ground, I'm going to demand a lot more follow throught than these guys:


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2008-03-28 19:47:06
51.   trainwreck
Would you make them all wear diapers?
2008-03-28 19:48:36
52.   JoeyP
4 Blow outs tonight.

Memphis looks like 1990 UNLV in their dominance.

2008-03-28 19:49:52
53.   Bob Timmermann
I doubt Memphis will be able to take a 30-point halftime lead against Texas Sunday.
2008-03-28 19:50:16
54.   dianagramr

They're still better than the woman who spent 2 years adhered to the toilet seat.

2008-03-28 19:51:40
55.   underdog
Welp. I've had enough. Looks like a night of Entourage reruns, checking the meaningless Dodgers-Sox game, and vacuuming the cats. (And no that's not a euphemism for something.)
2008-03-28 19:53:30
56.   Bob Timmermann
Biggest winning margin in a regional game is 49 by UCLA against Wyoming in 1967.
Duke beat UConn by 47 in 1964.
2008-03-28 19:54:11
57.   Greg Brock
51 You know it.

50 She really likes toilets. I can respect that.

2008-03-28 19:57:27
58.   dianagramr
Vacuuming the cats .... now THERE'S a roto team name!

Catsuck for your fries?

2008-03-28 19:57:52
59.   Andrew Shimmin
Question: does the inevitability of Ham Fighter Nation refute the theory of free will?
2008-03-28 20:01:13
60.   underdog
58 Naw, it sucks. ;-)

Okay, I'm really outta here.

2008-03-28 20:02:25
61.   Bob Timmermann
In 1967, UCLA led Wyoming at halftime by a score of 55-18.

The alltime record for winning margin is 69 by Loyola of Chicago against Tennessee Tech in a first round game in 1963, 111-42.

2008-03-28 20:09:49
62.   dianagramr
I have a new favorite baseball name. The Pods have an outfielder named Callix Crabbe.
2008-03-28 20:35:31
63.   Bob Timmermann
Ham Fighter Nation will be in the lead after Saturday unless BOTH Louisville and Xavier win.

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