Sweet 16 Open Thread

By 11W Staff on March 24, 2011 at 7:00p
48 Comments

Fan of great college basketball? If so, tonight is a night to take it in without a worry in the world (things get a little more dicey tomorrow evening when you'll have one eye on the early games and one on your rumbling stomach).

Up first is the UConn Huskies playing a quasi road game against San Diego in Anaheim. The Gators take on the Jimmers next in New Orleans and then Duke meets Arizona before Wisconsin and Butler tipoff to end the night's festivities.

We really want to pull for the Badgers tonight -- Big Ten solidarity and all -- but at the same time, wouldn't mind seeing Bo deal with a loss to the Bulldogs.

Tip (ET) Net Site Game Favorite Announcers
7:15PM CBS Anaheim #2 San Diego St. vs #3 UConn UConn (-1) Lundquist/Raftery
7:27PM TBS New Orleans #2 Florida vs #3 BYU Florida (-3) Johnson/Elmore/Miller
9:45PM CBS Anaheim #1 Duke vs #5 Arizona Duke (-8.5) Lundquist/Raftery
9:57PM TBS New Orleans #4 Wisconsin vs #8 Butler Wisconsin (-5) Johnson/Elmore/Miller

 

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TLB's picture

Why does Steve Fisher remind me of Eldon Miller?

KenK's picture

At first glance I thought Steve Fisher looked like John Wooden; except Wooden is dead and he was a much better coach. But, other than that.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

Alex's picture

UF shutting down Jimmer tonight

JakeBuckeye's picture

I have always thought he was a better than good, but overrated player. The media certainly has a love affair with him though.

TLB's picture

lame technical on BYU turned this game

JakeBuckeye's picture

This SDSU surge has been exciting. My Orange County crowd has been lack luster until this point though.

TLB's picture

UConn is awful at guarding the 3

JakeBuckeye's picture

Thanks for your great commentary, Mr. Toad. /sarcasm

Now for the BYU finish.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Wow, as much as I love Gus I just lost a bit of respect of him from a basketball perspective. Tied at 68-68, Florida has the ball with 14 seconds left and he asks if BYU should foul? C'mon Gus...

oldManAround's picture

Seriously.  That was pretty bad.

Tie game.  Bottom of the ninth.  Bases loaded.  Two outs.  Full count.  Pitcher steps onto the rubber.

Gus: "Should he just hit the batter?"

Dean's picture

I definitely almost had beer coming out my nose at that one.

This sort of thing happens enough that I sometimes wonder if they're not asking that because they think that some people in the audience are wondering it, so the one commentator is just setting the other up to explain why it's a REALLY dumb idea.

KenK's picture

... and The Fightin' Jimmers take FL to OT. Swell.

Johnny Hooker: "He's not as tough as he thinks". Henry Gondorff: "Neither are we".

Alex's picture

I want revenge on UF in the Championship game

TLB's picture

Wonder how good Duke would be if they called all the fouls on them that should be called.

ColdBuckeye's picture

SI should've had Lighty wearing his grays. We'll never see him in his Scarlets again.

Powers's picture

I mean really? i almost feel like rooting for Duke just so we dont have to see Derrick Williams in the final 4

TLB's picture

I haven't seen Jim Burr, Ted Valentine or Eddie H yet.

TLB's picture

Here come the friendly Duke officials.

 

As soon as it gets out of hound, the whistles blow and K whines

TLB's picture

B1G getting blown out.  Taylor is a no show yet again.

TLB's picture

dont have either, so I guess butler would be the best for my bracket.

 

wow.........tomahawk dunk by williams

JakeBuckeye's picture

Arizona is truly blowing me away right now. This kind of looks like a championship caliber team.

TLB's picture

I dont know, they were on the ropes early.  Duke just doesnt have the athletes. 

JakeBuckeye's picture

Eh, I don't know man. Duke is undeniably a pretty good team. Overrated, but still pretty damn good.

TLB's picture

I love watching Duke struggle

 

Corey Carpenter's picture

I just came on here to write the same thing. This Williams kid is a stud and Duke doesn't know what him them. The work of Danny Peters.

ERIC OSU's picture

Arizona looks incredible right now, wow.. two tomahawks in the last 5 minutes over dookies.

JakeBuckeye's picture

Is Arizona's coach by chance a former Xavier coach?

Corey Carpenter's picture

Yes, he took over for Thad and coached under him there. His brother is the one that calls plays for Ohio State now.

TLB's picture

Meanwhile.........2/3 of the game is gone and Wisky still not to 30

JakeBuckeye's picture

My final four of preference at this point would be Ohio State, Arizona, VCU, and Butler.

JakeBuckeye's picture

I admit to not watching him to much during the season, but how does Derrick Williams not garner more player of the year attention?

TLB's picture

I saw him 3 or 4 times and although good, he was never this good and definately wasn't this good for this long of a stretch during a game.

JakeBuckeye's picture

My superstitious side has been eased. As a one seed, I'm always comforted when another one seed loses before us. Its rare to see two one seeds lose in the round of 32 or the Sweet 16.

Hoody Wayes's picture

Wisconsin needs some "Kohl Center of the mind."

JakeBuckeye's picture

Wow! Wisconsin, what the hell! I leave for just a few minutes?

oldManAround's picture

Anybody else have WOW cable and have your video feed on TBS frozen with about 4:59 left in the Wisconsin game?? Had to switch to ESPN Gamecast.

oldManAround's picture

So you can.  Thanks for the tip.  Too late for me now.  This is one of the stranger things I've seen out of cable service and/or my Tivo (watching live, not recorded).  All of my other channels are flowing through just fine, but it's as if this game has been paused at the source.

Has Taylor always had a high, overhead release?  His shot looked terrible while I was watching, even at the free throw line, and I didn't know if his mechanics were that far off or if it has always looked that strange.  I certainly didn't think of him as having "bad form" when he was lighting up the Bucks in Madison earlier in the season.

Marshall's picture

I don't know about the rest of y'all, but I'm thrilled that the Fab 5, er, I mean Arizona isn't in tOSU's bracket.  I haven't seen a team quite like that in years.  Is he a guard?  Is that guy a center?  I don't know.  They're so fast!  Duke puts up about as much defense as a typical Bowling Green co-ed.

My Michigan fan brother thought they looked like the Fab 5.  I need to remind him that they did something scUM didn't:  beat Duke.

Marshall
2002 graduate of The Ohio State University
National champs.  Coincidence?