Your Madness Wave Two Open Thread

By 11W Staff on March 15, 2012 at 6:30p
57 Comments
SYMBOLISM!
Tipoff (ET) MATCHUP TV Region Location Favorite
6:50 PM #16 W. Kentucky v #1 Kentucky TBS South Louisville, KY UK (-25)
7:15 PM #12 VCU v #5 Wichita St CBS South Portland, OR WICH (-6.5)
7:20 PM #10 WVU v #7 Gonzaga TNT East Pittsburgh, PA GONZ (-1)
7:27 PM #14 S. Dakota St v #3 Baylor truTV South Albuquerque, NM BAY (-8)
9:20 PM #9 UCONN v #8 Iowa St TBS South Louisville, KY CONN (-2)
9:45 PM #13 New Mexico St v #4 Indiana CBS South Portland, OR IND (-6.5)
9:50 PM #15 Loyola v #2 Ohio State TNT East Pittsburgh, PA OSU (-17.5)
9:57 PM #11 Colorado v #6 UNLV truTV South Albuquerque, NM UNLV (-5.5)

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slippy's picture

My fiance is a South Dak St grad.  I will be proudly rooting the Jacks on if anyone cares to join me.

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

Zags have some extra motivation.

Idaho Helga's picture

Howdy. I live 30 miles from Gonzaga.... told the folks at work I love the Zags but being a woman I will change my mind immediately after the Loyola beat-down to come. Zags looking good but I didn't expect this good.

Idaho Helga's picture

er...meaning Bucks beatdown of somebody from Maryland. My bad.

Ian_InsideTheShoe's picture

Baylor starting out REALLY strong.

I kill me.

LadyBuck's picture

West Virginia looks extremely flat against Gonzaga. 

Bucksfan's picture

What an understatement.

LadyBuck's picture

VCU is leading Wichita. Busting your brackets again this year, indeed.

Idaho Helga's picture

Howdy Ladybuck, yep WVa not getting ANY boards which they would need to fix. Frankly I'm not rooting for them. Sully vs Sacre would be great, Craft vs Pango would be interesting. Pango not used to such defense and I think Craft really contains him. I don't like the WVA ability to go inside
which they are not using now...strange.

LadyBuck's picture

Hey Helga! I feel like it's a mental thing with WVU. They can play with Gonzaga, but they aren't hustling, and their heads are down. It's like they've already beaten themselves for some reason. Gonzaga is simply outworking WVU, which doesn't help at all.Gonzaga is hustling for loose balls and are intense on defense. As for Pango (geez, I think of the daddy dal from 101 Dalmations), I don't know how he would do against Craft. Outside of the Big Ten, who's really faced the special kind of D he brings? And now they are using the inside out a bit, but not too much.

Idaho Helga's picture

Actually they play a really hard schedule before their league. They played Sparty (bad loss at home) they play a lot of ACC and Big East teams which the SMART Mark Few knows they need to get to this tournament. He always has a very united good team and Gonzaga has a very good academic history so he can recruit. And , strangely, some of his best gusy (Sacre, etc) have come from France. Paris in the spring for recruiting, not a bad venue.

LadyBuck's picture

That tough early season schedule is really paying off. They are playing with great energy and hustle. I've always known Gonzaga as a more academic versus athletic school, and looked at it briefly during my college search. Tony Parker (for the SA Spurs) is also from France, and he's once heck of a point guard. Plus, how much fun would it be to go to Paris for work and just watch basketball?

Idaho Helga's picture

I think I need to volunteer to scout for the Zags.. At OSU I was fluent in French and if they wout just OFFER I would bone up on it. Alas, I don't see that offer coming.

Gonzaga lookin' dangerous because all Zag teams are good with the 3. Our losses seem to be (except MSU...) where team shooting 3 vs our lack of 3's was the difference.

But WVa defense not ours. I'm still stymied on the lack of boards on WVa this game.

Idaho Helga's picture

Oh and I have VCU and Gonzaga (uh, until saturday) so I'm good but I has THE Osu vs. Syracuse and I thing the Orangemen go soon, like even the next game. They are a shadow of that dominating team w/ out the center. Boo, hoo, hoo.

LadyBuck's picture

I have VCU for a while, since they're my main bracket busting team in the South. I've had 'Cuse going out to KState since the brackets were announced, though. I agree. There was something shady with their timing of that announcement, too.

Idaho Helga's picture

I have VCU for awhile. Interestly, Syracuse in the past stated Acadedmic as disqualification but are now stating student privacy. Drugs? WHo knows. I take whatever. (ps I can't type now...)

LadyBuck's picture

That's fine, and whatever it is -it's fishy.

RedStorm45's picture

uh oh, these wave 2 scores need to change real fast to keep my perfect bracket alive.

LadyBuck's picture

Bwahaha! My bracket is right now perfect, and staying that way. Called VCU. However, if WVU decides to step it up, my bracket would be quite happy.

Ian_InsideTheShoe's picture

Seeing lackluster effort from a lot of different teams. Disappointing in more ways then one. 

LadyBuck's picture

Anyone seeing why Baylor is failing so hard?

dbit's picture

No, I am repeatedly blinded by their jerseys. I can't see anything

LadyBuck's picture

They should be illegal. Those and TTUN's highlighter yellow uniforms, too.

rdubs's picture

SoDak came out on fire, now they have cooled and Baylor has asserted themselves.  I was a little surprised, because I think Baylor is a really good team, but it looks like they may take control and run away from here.

LadyBuck's picture

Thanks for the info! Sounds like it could be interesting.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

It happens a lot the true test will be rather they can hang around or not.

 
LadyBuck's picture

Wow, that's disappointing to see. All of West Virginia walked down the court after that last shot by Gonzaga. Even though they scored on that possession, that's not something you want to see from your team at this point in time.

Squirrel Master's picture

Okay, how many of us truly underestimated Shaka Smart? I still think wichita State could pull this out but VCU is killing it!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

LadyBuck's picture

Gonzaga is absolutely putting this away. 52-29 right now, and the Zags are running away with it.

Idaho Helga's picture

Damn, I'm gonna hear so much trash talk at work tomorrow...no matter what we hang on Loyola-whomever. But it's all good.

Idaho Helga's picture

Is it me, or does WVa seem to AIM for the rim?????

rdubs's picture

Why is VCU pressing?  It seems like the main way WSU scores is by beating the press for a lay up.  If you want to slow them down, but a guy up, but no need for an all out press against a team that is more athletic.

LadyBuck's picture

I don't know why VCU is pressing. Maybe trying for a steal and a lay-up?

rdubs's picture

But when you are winning the last thing you want are quick points for the other team.

Squirrel Master's picture

not sure it will matter much. VCU can't seem to miss a shot!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

LadyBuck's picture

VCU: Breaking your brackets again.

Squirrel Master's picture

yep. Although last year the whole bracket went kablooey! not just VCU. lol

I tell you what, this might be the first good game today. Might come down to the final shot!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

LadyBuck's picture

I remember that. The whole country was just hitting it's head after the first night.

Squirrel Master's picture

where is the live chat? No need to wait for the buckeye game. We need to talk live now!!!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Witchita choke. Now need a miracle, but VCU can just foul them if it's looking like WSU might get a good look at a 3.

LadyBuck's picture

VCU just made my night. Great job!!

Squirrel Master's picture

Damn VCU. first loss so far.

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

RedStorm45's picture

dang it.  that was the shot Wichita State got at the end?

Squirrel Master's picture

never want your center taking a fall away 3. or anyone!

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

Squirrel Master's picture

lol. I really need to stop doubting Shaka Smart no matter who is on his team!

or Chaka. I can never remember!

 

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

RedStorm45's picture

This Baylor game is getting good.  could be a bracket buster.

Squirrel Master's picture

lol. these baylor jerseys were borrowed from the chain gang detail on the highway leading into Albuquerque. lol

I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!

osubuckeye4life's picture

Congrats VCU and there goes my perfect bracket. 

RedStorm45's picture

WOW perry jones III is having a horrible game

osubuckeye4life's picture

Zags curb stomped WVU we better bring our A game on Saturday! 

DetroitBuckeye's picture

My thoughts exactly and there backcourt is really good.

 
RedStorm45's picture

Serious lag streaming the games right now.

Idaho Helga's picture

WTF? I just payed the sum of my son's bank college bank account, $3.99 , to get all these games. And after the Gonzaga game it's not working. Could they be uberwhelmed w/ Buckeyes? I hope this starts soon.

RedStorm45's picture

Should have used the Coke Zero code.  But yeah, they start charging and all of a sudden streaming is crap this year.  Had no issues the last few years.

RedStorm45's picture

Baylor trying to lose this one I think.