Friday, March 20, 2009

Let the Mad Marchness Begin

I spent the entire first day of this years tournament in a room no bigger then a jail cell watching every minute of the tournaments coverage on TV and radio. I can't think of to many better ways to spent a day. Here were a few notes I took from the day one of the tournament....

- I knew how good Marcus Thorton of LSU was this season. He has had tendencies to force bad shots but when he plays like he did against Butler in round one (30 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals), North Carolina better have a healthy Ty Lawson in the line up. It's no secret that the Tar Heels aren't the best defensive team and LSU is good enough to beat UNC is they don't bring their A game. Remember even with a healthy Lawson the Tar Heels allowed Maryland's talented point guard Greivis Vasquez to go for a triple double with 35 points, 10 assists, and 11 rebounds. Marcus Thorton is better then Vasquez.

- I may have underestimated Washington. The Huskies did win the PAC10 and kinda got forgotten about since the were knocked out in the second round of the PAC 10 tourney. They have good guards in Isaiah Thomas and Justin Denton to go along with a post presence in Jon Brockman,who controlled the low post against the Bulldogs, getting Jarvis Varnado in early foul trouble making him a non-factor on the defensive end.

- Maryland is a weird weird team. In one stretch this season they lost to Georgetown by 27, Morgan State, Duke by 41, and Clemson by 29. In another stretch they beat North Carolina and Wake Forest. Bad News for Memphis cause the Terps looked really good in their beat down of California. If the Tigers play defense against Vasquez like they did against the Matadors, he could have another big game and Memphis be done. Memphis was 3-2 this season against BCS conferences. They also beat Gonzaga (WCC) and lost to Xavier (A-10).

I can't wait to see what will happen tomorrow as the first round comes to an end and 65 teams becomes 32.

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