Thirty-two games, thirty-two losers. You could read detailed post-game reviews at other news sites, but you don't have time for that. Instead, check out these quick, fake reasons why each team lost their NCAA Tournament
first Second Round game.
- Louisville -- "Evacuate? In our moment of triumph? I think you overestimate their chances!" "Great shot kid, that was one-in-a-million!"
- Hampton, UT-San Antonio -- They were #16 seeds.
- Boston University, UNC-Asheville -- They were #16 seeds but it took their #1-seed opponents a half to remember they were #16 seeds.
- Vanderbilt -- Did not play game in Memorial Gymnasium. Also, Kevin Stallings.
- Clemson, Indiana State -- Zoned to death.
- Old Dominion -- Could not secure the final possesSSSSSHHHAAAWWWNN.
- Penn State -- Talor Battle made a deep 3 to tie, but there was still Juan shot left.
- Princeton -- Prevented Kentucky's Brandon Knight from scoring for only 39 minutes and 58 seconds.
- Northern Colorado -- Expected San Diego State Coach Steve Fisher to choke away the game but didn't do anything to help him.
- UC Santa Barbara -- Too much Tyler Summit.
- Wofford -- Didn't make awful rap music.
- Bucknell -- Thought UConn might be tired.
- Belmont -- Curse of the Expected High-Seed Upset.
- Michigan State -- Tom Izzo got confused, thought media thinking highly of him would add 20 points to the score at the end.
- St. John's -- If Izzo gets 20 points at the end of the game, Steve Lavin gets 15, right? Wrong.
- Missouri -- 11 minutes without a made FG only works when Cincinatti goes 15 minutes without a made FG.
- Memphis -- Referee Jim Burr hates Dan Wolkins and Memphis. (I didn't think Arizona forward Derrick Williams' block was the kind of foul a ref would call at the end of the game. But perhaps a foul should have been called when Arizona forward Jamelle Horne crashed into Memphis' Wesley Witherspoon on the rebound.)
- Utah State -- Wild Bill didn't wear a tutu.
- Oakland -- Not just like Compton.
- Tennessee -- Tennessee AD Mike Hamilton's big fat mouth.
- Akron -- Left Cleveland.
- Villanova -- Despite the lower seed, Villanova was subject to the #ruleofgus.
- Georgia -- Tried to invoke #ruleofgus without Gus present.
- UNLV -- Illinois decided that now was a good time to make-up for every missed jumper they've taken this year. Seriously: The Illini nearly shot 60% for the game!
- Texas A&M -- Scored just 14 points in the first nineteen minutes of the 2nd half. Could have used some of Illinois' scoring.
- Long Island -- Played better defense than UNLV, but not that much better.
- St. Peter's -- This is not 2007, so the Peacocks weren't propelled by gratuitous Family Guy references.
- Xavier -- Jordan's Better! *clap clap clap-clap-clap*
- Georgetown -- Rodriguez and Rozelle at Tanagra! Shaka! When the Hoyas Fell!
More losers soon will join these teams tomorrow and Sunday. They will be most likely the losers President Obama picked. On Monday, Glenn Beck will draw up a chalkboard conspiracy involving the President, Libyan rebels, the NCAA, Enes Kanter and Jay Bilas. In the meantime, enjoy the games everyone!
Vandy used 18 points from 11 Florida turnovers to take a 38-28 lead at halftime. Florida made up the deficit by opening up the the long-range weaponry from guards Erving Walker and Kenny Boynton, who made three 3-pointers each in the second half. Walker, Boynton and Chandler Parsons combined to harass Vandy's scorer John Jenkins.
Vandy perhaps ran too much of the offense through Jenkins, who tried to match Walker and Boynton with step-back 3-pointer attempts and forced shots. He finished with just 10 points (3-15 FG, 2-12 3FG, 2-2 FT). No one besides Festus Ezeli (17 points, 9 rebounds) and Jeffery Taylor (21 points) contributed enough offense to offset Vandy's seemingly inability to guard Walker, Boynton and Parsons. Even the notably 3-pointer-able Vandy forwards Steve Tchiengang and Rod Odom missed all four of their wide-open 3-point attempts.
Florida bombs their way into the SEC Championship game by the score of 77-66. Vandy's solid season has earned them a very likely at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament. Hopefully they'll figure out how to better contain speed and three-point shooting by then.
Combined with Kentucky's 3-point outburst today, the two SEC Semi-Final winners are a combined 20 for 41 attempts for a 48.7% completion rate. If Kentucky's Doron Lamb plays and is healthy, the Georgia Dome floor may be littered with craters.
The SEC Tourney Friday nightcap features several interesting matchups. Florida, the SEC Regular Season Champion, will need all the seasoned leadership it can get from it's core of seniors and juniors to get past a desperate Tennessee team. The Mississippi State, embroiled in controversy early in the season, looks to replicate its season-ending form against a Vandy team that is better than a 3rd seeding. And maybe tonight I'll actually stay awake!
If you can't watch on a local SEC Network partner (PDF), perhaps you can watch via ESPN3. I'll be taking one of my kids to an event tonight, so there will probably be no Quick, Fake summaries tonight. Enjoy the games!
E5 Tennessee vs. E1 Florida
In January, Florida won in overtime 81-75. Florida's starters all scored in double-digits and the Gators as a team shot 52.5% FG against the Volunteers. In the February rematch at Gainesville, Tennessee junior guard Scotty Hopson scored 22 points and he and his teammates took Florida senior forward Chandler Parsons out of the game. But it wasn't enough, as junior guard made a game-winning layup to propel the Gators to a 61-60 victory.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Wario. Seemingly can recover from hits that would knock other teams out. Much better in approach/transition game than advertised. Solid defensively and has a knack for collecting offensive rebounds and steals. When used correctly, can be a very dangerous team to play, but is pretty-much worthless when a coach is just button-mashing (or distracted).
How They'll Win This Game: Harassing Florida's Chandler Parsons is a good start, as limiting his use will stall Florida's offense. But the Vols will need to play defensive without the reckless abandon they showed last night against Arkansas. Florida's non-Parsons players will be able to score if they are left open.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Meta Knight. This senior-laden team means that they can recover from nearly anything. Offensive attacks ebbs and flows freely and efficiently. Limits opponents second chances and then successfully counter-attacks.
Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: This team is the best Florida team since the back-to-back National Championship teams, and the average home attendance was just 10,186.
How They'll Win This Game: Playing much better team defense by limiting Scotty Hopson's and freshman forward Tobias Harris' offensive output. Florida should also flatten Tennessee's emotional play by frustrating every shot and not letting the Vols have a significant run or hardly any offensive rebounds.
Florida by 4. Florida should have no problem dominating pace of play. Tennessee will furiously rally through the game, but won't have enough at the end to win.
E3 Vanderbilt vs. W2 Mississippi State
It took a 12-0 run late in the second half that was fueled by a full-court press that let Vandy pull away from the Bulldogs 81-74. Vandy junior forward Jeffery Taylor had 25 points, 2 assists and 3 steals and sophomore guard John Jenkins had 21 points.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: Snake. Can punish opponents from near, from far away or from the free-throw line. Can rush or contain opponents. Not the greatest defense but does enough to slow the other team down. Powerful and deadly when focused.
Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season: Mr. C, the Vandy mascot, is a bit of a dick.
How They'll Win This Game: Getting John Jenkins well enough to drive and create is going to be important against Mississippi State's defense. Vandy should make sure Mississippi State forward Renardo Sidney stays frustrated and disinterested as possible.
About Mississippi State
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Character That Best Describes The Team: King Dedede. Will slug it out with you if you let him. Will gladly throw teammates into the fray (and off the board).
Stupidest Thing That Happened To Them This Season:: The Renardo Sidney investment being moderately successful. Head Coach Rick Stansbury going insane in the membrane at the end of the season was an entertaining subplot.
How They'll Win This Game: Miss. St.'s Ravern Johnson has got to go ham. It seems the small forward is the spot that Vandy can't defend very well, and Johnson should exploit it. Sidney and junior guard Dee Bost have to make a positive impact, even if they don't score a lot of points.
Vandy-Mississippi State Prediction
Vandy by 6. Vandy has just too many weapons and Mississippi State can't stop them all.