Thursday, March 06, 2008

Patriotism and Equality

Conference Tourney Action
Higher seeds went 9-3 last night. Two of those upsets were thrillers in the Patriot, as (7) Bucknell upended (2) Navy by one in TRIPLE OT and (5) Army took out (4) Lehigh by three in single OT. The other was a 10-point win by visiting Troy at Louisiana-Lafayette in Sun Belt actions.

In addition, the Patriot's other two quarterfinal games were each decided by TWO points.

See all results in the One Stop Shop.

Lockbox has been mildly adjusted as well.

Bubble Boys
Who helped themselves?
Texas A&M got a massive road win at fellow Bubbler Baylor to help salve their recent wounds. They could put themselves in great position with a win over visiting Kansas on Sat. Syracuse got a much needed road win at Seton Hall. Cuse are still just 2-5 in their last seven, so they may need to beat visiting Marquette on Saturday and do some damage in the Big East tourney. Temple kept its slim hopes alive by taking care of Duquesne and thus maintaining 2nd all alone in the A10. Oh, where would they be without that home loss to Fordham?

Who got hurt?
Baylor suffered and untimely 14-point home loss to aforementioned Texas A&M. They may need to take care of Texas Tech in Lubbock to rest easy. Florida played Tennessee tough, but they need ACTUAL victories, not moral ones at this stage. There will be no bye for UF in the SEC tourney, and they badly need to win at Kentucky. Oklahoma State is now in must win mode to stay alive after losing at home to Oklahoma. If they can win at Texas, they can get back into the conversation.

Last Night's GOI

--Texas A&M 71, at Baylor 57.
--Tennessee 89, at Florida 86.
--Oklahoma 68, at Oklahoma State 56.
--Syracuse 85, at Seton Hall 73.
--at Temple 90, Duquesne 85. Owls TCB.
--at Vanderbilt 86, Mississippi State 85 (OT). Shan Foster made nine straight threes en route to 42 points. Meditate on that for a minute.

Tonight's GOI
--Arizona State at Oregon. HUGE stakes in this one for both teams.
--Xavier at Saint Joseph's. Hawks probably must have this one.
--Stanford at UCLA. Stanford is gunning for a 2-seed, UCLA is trying to hang on to a 1.
--Atlantic Sun quarters, Big South semis, Missouri Valley first round, and Northeast quarters