Your March Madness Thursday Open Thread I

By 11W Staff on March 21, 2013 at 12:05p
112 Comments
AND WE'RE OFF

Let the madness begin.

Michigan State gets things started against Valpo at 12:15, and then it's 12 hours of great shots, upsets and buzzer-beaters. Buckle up.

TIPOFF Game TV / Internet Region Location Favorite
12:15 PM #3 Michigan St vs #14 Valparaiso CBS / NCAA.com Midwest Auburn Hills, MI MSU (-10½)
12:40 PM #6 Butler vs #11 Bucknell truTV / NCAA.com East Lexington, KY BUT (-3½)
1:40 PM #8 Pittsburgh vs #9 Wichita St TBS / NCAA.com West Salt Lake City, UT PITT (-4)
2:10 PM #4 St. Louis vs #13 New Mexico St TNT / NCAA.com Midwest San Jose, CA STL (-9½)
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hail2victors9's picture

Let's go Valpo, Pitt, St Louis, and Butler!  Did I mention go VALPO, the fightin' Bryce Drew's!
It's simple.  Valpo beat Wright State, Wright State beat Sparty (2000) = Valpo > Sparty.  Go Horizon league!

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

sb97's picture

I love March Madness.  Easily my favorite sporting event even if I prefer college football as a sport.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Really nice set of first four games. Pitt/Wichita St. and Butler/Bucknell should both be close.

IBleedSandG's picture

I think I picked chalk as far as these first four matchups go. Although, I can't remember if I switched my Butler pick to Bucknell or not...
I put some $ on St. Louie -9 vs NM St. a few days ago.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

oregonianbuckeye's picture

What was the line on the SLU game?

IBleedSandG's picture

I got it at -9, might be up to -9.5 now.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

CanadianBuckeye's picture

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, my productivity for the week just ended.  If my work is not going to block the live streams of the games it means they WANT me to watch them right?

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Bobby Capobianco went to Loveland in Cincy, and started his college career at IU. Rarely saw the floor so he transferred to Valpo.

BUCKfutter's picture

CBS is out on dish in phoenix...thank god for computers. epic dish fail.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

RedStorm45's picture

Got the dual 47 inch TVs set up.  Ready for a great day.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Michigan State is playing lazy, they better get into it.

RedStorm45's picture

There might be 14 people at this MSU game.

droessl's picture

which is odd since most people in MI wouldn't have to skip work. 

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Remember when CBS had 'regional' coverage? I give them props for putting all the games on now, even if it is on a weird channel. Living in Oregon we would always get screwed with the crappy pac-10 games.

dubjayfootball90's picture

Well, Valpo was holding on, and now there is a mini run on MSU... I am rooting for valpo, but i do got MSU winning

oregonianbuckeye's picture

What's the line on rebounding in favor of msu this game? I set the line at -22. Currently 13-6 msu. 

sb97's picture

MSU has put the clamps on Valpo

Buckeye Chuck's picture

How you like the Big Ten now, America?

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

BME_Buckeye's picture

We like the Big Ten real good. 
Iowa win in the NIT 
Purdue win in the CBI
MSU beat down in the process 
Michigan offensive blowout on deck
The end of Marshall Hendersen at the hands of Wisconsin in the hole. 

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I have this feeling that Bo Ryan is going to knock him out.

 
Dougger's picture

ahh im so happy there's an open thread for this!!! down with work, up with basketball!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I like football

slippy's picture

As much as I'd like to win money and Jared Sullinger singed basketballs, once the games actually start I just constantly root for the underdog.

ArTbkward's picture

Oh how I wish I wasn't at work right now..

We should strive to keep thy name, of fair repute and spotless fame...
(Also, I'm not a dude)

builderofcoalitions's picture

Man, Sparty looks really good. Makes one realize just how well the Buckeyes have been playing.

Because we couldn't go for three.

hail2victors9's picture

Yeah, hopefully this bleeds over to all the B1G schools.  Take advantage of the lesser competition and exploit it.
Note: I still hope Sparty and some other B1G schools go down early, but the consolation prize is conference pride.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

osubuckeye4life's picture

Sparty is in complete control, no surprise. 

IBleedSandG's picture

Damnit, I knew Sparty -10 looked pretty good... Valpo barely snuck by Wright State at home in the conference tourney final.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

Dougger's picture

yeah this butler bucknell game looks like it will be way better. malace in the palace pt II goin on in auburn hills

I like football

Dougger's picture

is there anything more deflating as a shooter than getting your ball stuck between the glass and the rim?

I like football

hail2victors9's picture

Hitting the shot clock?

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

William's picture

Getting your shot blocked back into your face?

IBleedSandG's picture

That would be my vote. I would probably go sit my ass on the bench.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

hail2victors9's picture

Actually, I found it.
http://itsalwayssunnyindetroit.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/jordan-morgan.gif
Accidentally tipping it into the opposing team's basket, only to have the ball hit you in the head on its way down.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

builderofcoalitions's picture

Ugh. 21-14. I'm avoiding work for this?

Because we couldn't go for three.

Dr. House's picture

That's how butler plays basketball it's fugly but it works

sb97's picture

Would you rather be discussing your TPS reports?

dubjayfootball90's picture

Ugh, bucknell needs to get their heads out of their arses quick

Buckeye1996's picture

Mich. St. dismantling poor Valpo.

dubjayfootball90's picture

damn, MSU twerking poor old Valpo

Buckeye1996's picture

I like twerking over dismantling better. Ha. Hard to come up with an adjective to describe the beating....lol.

xFactor11's picture

Anyone else watching the live feed on ncaa.com and notice the "boss button"? Gave me a pretty good laugh.

Buckeye1996's picture

I saw that last year too. I'm glad I am the boss... :)

tennbuckeye19's picture

Butler is 0-9 from 3 point range @ the half. Can they go pre-1980's and win the game without hitting a 3?

Dr. House's picture

i doubt they do that they are getting incredible looks they will start falling eventually. clark is too good to be shut out.

hail2victors9's picture

I'm sure your probably referring to the last time it happened in the tourney, but Michigan beat MSU without making a three-pointer, a few weeks ago.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

IBleedSandG's picture

Hey, we beat Whisky shooting 1-16 from 3.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

Buckeye1996's picture

Haha. I love the Bob Knight applebee commercial. "You got anger issues"..lol.

tennbuckeye19's picture

They just listed Thad Matta as a "Notable Alumni" for Butler. Coach getting some love.

dubjayfootball90's picture

got the earplug in at work, Bucknell coming back, and I am yelling and cheering, people think I am crazy. I love this time of year

RedStorm45's picture

This Pitt/Wichita state game could be the most intriguing of the day.  Early ones at least.

tennbuckeye19's picture

Pretty wild to think Butler has gone from the Horizon League to the Atlantic 10 and next year to the New Big East/Catholic League in such a short span. 

tennbuckeye19's picture

Bucknell takes the lead. Butler still hasn't hit a 3.

osubuckeye4life's picture

About damn time one fell!!! First 3 ball for Butler of the game. There goes another! 
 
Come on Butler!!!!

osubuckeye4life's picture

Congrats Sparty on moving on to face Memphis/St Mary's.
 

osubuckeye4life's picture

Keep it up bulldogs!!! 

LadyBuck's picture

And Bucknell finally comes back to earth....

dubjayfootball90's picture

and Bucknell is now sh**ting the bed hardcore down the stretch

BrewstersMillions's picture

So I was intrigued by this Sim Bhullar fella from NMSU because he's so big...he flat out sucks. 7'5 might as well be 4'1. He's just awful.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

GABuckeye's picture

where is everyone watching the games online?  ncaa.com isn't working for me.  I was able to watch the MSU game, but the rest won't pull up.

William's picture

First Row, make sure you use AdBlocker, because it's annoying otherwise

tennbuckeye19's picture

cbssports.com
click on watch live (although it redirects you to ncaa.com)

GABuckeye's picture

It only lets me watch games airing on CBS... weird.  It's letting me watch this St. Mary's/Memphis game.

Buckeye1996's picture

You have to click the red "live games" button in the upper right corner to switch games.

William's picture

Butler hits more ridiculous threes per game than any other team in the country. 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

That's all she wrote for Bucknell.

Unky Buck's picture

Nice set of early games here. I'm getting practically nothing accomplished at work this afternoon, lol.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

So this means you're 1-1. Yeah me too. :/

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

dubjayfootball90's picture

I ALWAYS OUT THINK MYSELF. haha

William's picture

Don't pick against Brad Stevens in the tourney. 

osubuckeye4life's picture

I like Butler to the Sweet 16 and to give Miami a huge scare. They might even be able to pull off the upset. 

William's picture

I have them in the Sweet 16 as well. I have St. Louis going all the way to the Elite 8. 

osubuckeye4life's picture

I could see St Louis in the Elite 8 but I have them losing to the Russdiculous and the Cards. I think they have a chance to pull off the upset though. 

BrewstersMillions's picture

The STL\NMSU game is a total suck fest.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

William's picture

St. Louis plays nausea-inducing basketball, but they just win.

Dr. House's picture

They play a type of basketball that would make the late rick majerus proud 

Dougger's picture

bucknell makin it interesting!
edit: for 30 seconds of real time

I like football

IBleedSandG's picture

2-0 thus far. C'mon Pitt! I got you knocking out the Zags.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

hail2victors9's picture

that makes two of us.  Go Pitt!
Edit:  F*** Mark may

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

IBleedSandG's picture

I'm just glad we don't have to hear his a$$ for another few months.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

dubjayfootball90's picture

I am opposite of you with the shockers. Just don't see the Zags going far either way

osubuckeye4life's picture

Pitt is notorious for going down early. I barely like them to get past today. The coin flick picked them to beat the Shockers but I'm not confident in that pick. 

Unky Buck's picture

Yeah, I flipped on that pick in my polls. I did 3 total. I know one has Wichita St. winning it and the other has Pitt. Not sure what my 11W one is though. I think I went with the Shockers there as well.

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osubuckeye4life's picture

The last time Pitt won more than two games in the tourney was 2009. 
2009 - As a one lost at the very end to Nova in the Elite 8. 
2010 - Three seed and lost in second round to Xavier.
2011 - A one seed lost to Butler in the second round.
2012 - Didn't make it.
2013 - ?

William's picture

How can anyone pick against a team named the Shockers?

hodge's picture

I hear they're pretty electrifying.

Unky Buck's picture

I find cbssports.com's broadcast of the games funny. They're like a news network calling states during an election. They've already put up "Final" with 22 seconds going in the Butler game. Just found that funny.

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Dougger's picture

has anyone using ncaa.com had to use the "boss button" yet

I like football

Unky Buck's picture

I did. That was funny in a way. Not what I expected at least, especially it being interactive.

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BME_Buckeye's picture

Number 22 (Hall) for the Shockers reminds me of Von Bell on Signing Day...

Look closely, because the closer you think you are, the less you will actually see.

 

Bucks43201's picture

Anybody see the 7'5" 360 Indian guy for NMSU?
He played at my alma mater here around Pgh. - Kiski Prep. I think he also has a brother who is over 7'2". Anyways, he transferred to Huntington Prep in West Virginia, and is now a freshman at NMSU.
He is Huuuuuge!

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

IBleedSandG's picture

7'5'' 360? Daaaaaaaaaamn. I heard they had a 7'5'' guy, but I didn't know he was 360. Jeeeesh.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Michigan, we're from O-HI-O!

Bucks43201's picture

Yeah man...Sim Bhullar. He makes the 6'8" dudes around him look like midgets.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

osubuckeye4life's picture

Pitt is tuuuuuuuuuurible!

Buckeye1996's picture

Pittsburgh? Yawn! They are horrible.

LadyBuck's picture

So, marquette has finally topped Davidson before the half. This should be an interesting game.

Buckeye1996's picture

I'm watching that too. Davidson is falling apart.

LadyBuck's picture

And then they came back. This is a good one. Marquette is not playing as well as I thought they would.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Thanks to Pitt I have my first miss of the day. At least I didn't have them beating the Zags. 

osubuckeye4life's picture

St Mary's came very close to upset Memphis.
Davidson had a ton of heart. What a second half!
 
St Mary's and Pitt ruined my perfect bracket. 

osubuckeye4life's picture

Come on  John Deere U!!!!!!!!!!
 
Anyone out there? HELLO? 
 
I think someone forgot to tell the Zags they are a 1 seed. 
If Southern pulls this off it will be EPIC!!!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Zags were sleepin today.