Monthly Archives: March 2004

Final Oka-Four

Unfortunately I am in a time crunch this week and unable to do much of a detailed investigation into the games in San Antonio. So a few scattershot thoughts on the upcoming finale to the season… Duke vs. UConn – Emeka Okafor is clearly the most dominant defensive player in college basketball. But Shelden Williams […]

Since 1974, every tournament has featured at least 2 overtime games. Thus far in the ’04 edition there has only been one. It was Dayton/DePaul in the first round – and as OT games go, it wasn’t very entertaining. Oklahoma State/St. Joe’s, Kansas/Georgia Tech, and Duke/UConn in the Final Four all present possibilities for bonus […]

Caught in the Wake

I recently heard this from a sportswriter at a major newspaper (on a show featuring “competitive sports banter”) with regards to St. Joe’s chances of making it to San Antonio… They could only beat the 5th place team in the Big 12 [Texas Tech] by 5 points. Most folks believe that the winner of the […]

Coming Attractions

Check this space on Thursday for stuff on the St. Joe’s/Wake Forest game with some tidbits you won’t find anywhere else.

How Sweet It Is

After 4 days of wall-to-wall basketball, the field has been whittled to 16. The first round was as dull as it has ever been. There weren’t any memorable moments. But the second round made it up for with upsets galore and a few games that came down to the final possession. The 1981 and 2000 […]

Sunday’s Rematch

Sunday’s game of the day is Mississippi State/Xavier. This is a rematch of a December 13th game in Starkville. MSU won that one 82-70, and Xavier guard Romain Sato, who leads the Muskies in scoring and rebounding, had one of his worst games of the year – 7 points & 7 boards. December 13th is […]

Saint Joe’s beats Texas Tech, and wins the battle of the boards to boot. Next up is Billy Packer’s alma mater, Wake Forest. Now how sweet would that win be? Wake provides a more athletic frontline than Texas Tech, but overall is a guard-dominated team. They have been struggling of late also. Should the Hawks […]

Good v. Evil

The game I am most looking forward to today is St. Joe’s/Texas Tech. This game is a battle between overacheivers and underacheivers, the little guys vs. the big guys. The unheralded coach vs. the pompous jerk. The kids that aren’t on TV vs. the kids that are. You get the idea. It’s no secret I […]

Devin Who?

The evening slate of games have produced much more intrigue than the daytime games. But this is how CBS sets it up, don’t they? Devin Harris has been held scoreless in the first half, where perennial Cinderella Richmond has a 32-25 halftime lead on Wisconsin. Pacific is proving they were the best of the Big […]

Its a final, Syracuse 80, BYU 75. Mark Bigelow missed a good look at a 3 that would have given the Cougars a lead. McNamara finishes with 43, good for 21st on the single game tournament record list. BYU coach Steve Cleveland got caught sleeping when he failed to remove Araujo after his 3rd foul […]