NCAA Tournament: Day 1 Recap

spartyondrumsFor the most part, everyone did what they were supposed to do yesterday, with a few exceptions. Some of the highlights:

  • Despite some fight from Valparaiso and surrendering turnovers in spades, Michigan State pulled away to a win in the tournament’s opening game.
  • Newly anointed Gonzaga nearly blew their opportunity and almost became the first #1 seed to go down in the first round, escaping with a win over a Southern team that would not go away.
  • Harvard University, which has so little going for it, finally found some success in the realm of sport, securing its first tournament win with an upset of #3 New Mexico.
  • New Mexico State also lost yesterday, making this article really sad.
  • Colorado State’s win over continually hapless Missouri was a yawner…until it wasn’t!
  • When will we stop underseeding the Pacific Twelve? Oregon pulled one of the least surprising 12-5 upsets ever by knocking off Eddie Sutton-less Oklahoma State, while #12 Cal eked one out against #5 UNLV.
  • As usual, I got greedy with underdogs in the early rounds, so the dispatching of UNLV and Belmont wasn’t too kind to my ALDLAND bracket. (If you’re a junkie, you can see the updated standings here. We’ll do a deep analysis after the first two rounds are complete.)

On that last point, keep an eye on Ole Miss and Wisconsin today, outcome to be determined by the severity of Marshall Henderson’s inevitable hangover.

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Is this the most Old Testament player in college basketball today?

isaiah canaanProvidence’s God Shammgod likely has an eternal hold on the most deific name in college basketball history, but Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan should at least be able to claim the most Old Testament name of the 2012-2013 season. The above shot probably is the last you’ll see of him this year, though, as his Racers just fell victim to a Belmont comeback in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game.

(Apologies for the poor quality of the above image. I was watching the game almost literally on a web feed from a Pakistani VCR, which is of a quality and nature of which neither I nor the Justice Department are likely to approve.)