Thursday, March 20, 2014

NCAA Tournament, Day 1, Part 2

Syracuse 77 - Western Michigan 53
NARRATIVE ALERT: Western Michigan clearly wasn't ready for the 2-3 zone of Syracuse. Syracuse presents a unique defensive look and it's hard to simulate this look without actually playing the Orange during the season.

Checks box score, sees Western Michigan shot 34.7% from the field, and 22.2% from behind the three-point arc. 

Narrative approved. 

Oregon 87 - BYU 68
Hmmm, another not very interesting game. Would it be bad form to bring up Super Bowl XLVIII again? You guys all remember that one, the one where Seattle won their first Super Bowl? Anybody? Anyone? Hello......?

Florida 67 - Albany 55
I have to give Albany lots of credit as they hung in all game long. There was one stretch in the second half where their point guard got accidentally kneed in the head and missed maybe 1-2 minutes of game time. In that short period, Florida went on a 6 or 8 point run as no one else on Albany could deal with Florida's press. By the time the point guard came back in, it was too late. Florida had a lead they would not relinquish.

Michigan State 93 - Delaware 78
Holy cow. Adrian Payne had 41 points in this game. That's the first 40-point game since Stephen Curry did it back in 2008.

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