Your March Madness Thursday Open Thread III

By 11W Staff on March 21, 2013 at 6:47p
67 Comments
AND WE'RE OFF

Here we are, halfway through the first day of action and 90% – [refreshes standings] make that 95% of the brackets – in the 11W challenge are wounded. Some multiple times. Love you, March.

The Louisville game should be ugly, but the other three matchups could be interesting. And remember, tonight, we are all Jackrabbits.

TIPOFF Game TV / Internet Region Location Favorite
6:50 PM #1 Louisville vs #16 NC A&T TBS / NCAA.com Midwest Lexington, KY UL (-26)
7:15 PM #4 Michigan vs #13 S. Dakota St CBS / NCAA.com South Auburn Hills, MI UM (-11)
7:20 PM #6 Arizona vs #11 Belmont TNT / NCAA.com TNT Salt Lake City, UT UA (-4½)
7:27 PM #5 UNLV vs #12 Cal truTV / NCAA.com East San Jose, CA UNLV (-3½)
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osubuckeye4life's picture

I hope these are equally as compelling as some of the games earlier today. 

Smanpoint10's picture

Belmont better get this W!

BUCKfutter's picture

dont look now, but gonzaga looked horrible and one of their "quality" wins just got bumped by a 12 seed

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

hodge's picture

I think they'll handle/escape Wichita State, but I don't have them going past the Sweet Sixteen.  I've got Wisconsin "Princeton-ing" them do death.

BUCKfutter's picture

that's where i have them going out as well

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

rdubs's picture

NC A&T will probably get blown out, but they play a fun style.  Pressing and trapping all over the court.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Winners

  • Cards
  • WE ON's
  • Belmont
  • UNLV

I want to see one of these Pac-12 teams to fall before the night is over. 

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

 

Kevbo714's picture

Let's go South Dakota State!

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

osubuckeye4life's picture

Awwww they are not wearing the Zubaz. :(

osubuckeye4life's picture

Louisville is trucking them. 

William's picture

Belmont, Michigan, Louisville and UNLV, let's keep my bracket perfect boys. 

osubuckeye4life's picture

Wildcats, Skunk Weasels, Cards, and Runnin Rebs.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Mcgary looks really good so far. I'm glad Beilein let him start. 

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

 

osubuckeye4life's picture

Hey Zags see what the Cards are doing....THAT IS HOW A 1 SEED should play their first game of the tourney. 

brandonbauer87's picture

TSUN really struggles against quality team defense.

BME_Buckeye's picture

Hey if they lose, they won't have far to go back home! Lol!

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

 

brandonbauer87's picture

It's a win win situation for me.  A TSUN win means my bracket survives.  A TSUN loss is always a good thing.

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Trey Burke isn't gonna let TTUN lose. He has too much Ohio born skills.

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Buckeye Chuck's picture

I'm surprised South Dakota St. has kept it this close with Wolters not doing much. Either he gets hot and TSUN is in trouble, or the bad guys eventually pull away for the 15-20 point win I expected.
 

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

VHX7's picture

So how many of you fell for the Belmont bait again this year?

Smanpoint10's picture

only down 3 towards the end of the first half. I wouldn't say thats bad

William's picture

Well they're missing lay-ups and wide open jumpers. You can hardly say that anyone "fell for them."

Squirrel Master's picture

I'll own up, I did. Not so much for the hype though, more because I really think this year is very unpredictable and I went with some big upsets. I didn't follow the Davidson one though. I stuck with Marquette.
Although with Belmont shooting poorly, down 12 at the half isn't a horrible deficit. They get their touch back, they could make a run. AZ has fallen apart a few times this year. Could happen in the second half. 

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

William's picture

This.
This was the first year that I picked Belmont, and I picked them primarily because 1) Arizona sucks and didn't deserve a 6 seed and 2) IF Belmont had actually made their 5 missed lay ups, this would be a two point game, and that doesn't even take into account all of their open jumpers they've missed. This game should be a 25 point blowout with how Belmont is playing, but Arizona simply isn't that good. 

VHX7's picture

Yeah, could still be a game.
Also sorry, didn't mean to sound like a douche. I just think it's funny how Belmont is a sexy upset pick every single year and then doesn't even come close.

Squirrel Master's picture

I didn't think what you said was douchy! Belmont was a very bandwagon pick, many people went for it. Can't get upset that your upset pick didn't happen. 
I did find it funny that the president, not going political, went practically all chalk outside of Wisconsin. Same for the esteemed (sic) Jay Bilas. He talks about this crap for a job and he basically went with very little upsets. 

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

VHX7's picture

Yeah, and the few upsets that the "experts" do pick are always those hivemind ones: Belmont, token MWC team, picking Wisconsin to lose in the 1st round even though Bo Ryan never loses in the 1st round, etc. None of them ever go out on a limb or have any originality to their brackets.

osubuckeye4life's picture

I picked Zona but Belmont is hanging around. 

RedStorm45's picture

Trey Burke 0-7.  POY!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Bucks will be beating Louville in the Final Four!!

skid21's picture

Is Charles Barkley always drunk or is he just challenged?

William's picture

He's a Grade A idiot, but a nice guy, I have a couple friends that met him in Pinehurst that said he was a pretty down to earth guy. However, like Foghorn Leghorn would say "He's as sharp as a sack of wet mice." 

VHX7's picture

Well there goes my Akron upset pick. Probably wouldn't beat VCU full-strength and with Abreu anyway.

William's picture

>Mocks people for picking Belmont
>Picks Akron, a team without its PG over VCU
okay.jpg
 

VHX7's picture

Yeah I'm a total hypocrite haha. Knew picking Akron was going to be a dumb choice.

William's picture

Just messing with you. If Akron had Abreu I would've actually made that pick as well. 

VHX7's picture

It's all good. I love me some bracket banter.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Still probably wouldn't have myself but it would be looking better. 

osubuckeye4life's picture

Oh shit Burke hit the floor hard! I hope he's okay. 

highwire's picture

I didn't see his head hit but he appears to be in significant pain...yikes.

brandonbauer87's picture

Whoever downvoted these posts is an idiot.  You may now downvote me also, idiot.

RedStorm45's picture

His head hit nothing.

brandonbauer87's picture

Burke grabs his head when it never made contact with the floor.  That initial impact always scares you more than it hurts.

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Yeah, my wife and I were debating the same thing.....his wig never even hit the floor.  We zoomed in and replayed several times. 

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

osubuckeye4life's picture

At first I thought his head hit the floor but on the replay I saw it didn't. He fell on his backside so that helped absorb the impact. 

wibuckeye's picture

His head or his a$$, what's the difference?

WIBUCKEYE

BME_Buckeye's picture

In terms of anatomy one is superior the other is inferior to the midline! I'm glad he's back!

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

 

One Bad Buckeye's picture

Glad to hear he's okay, but they just said that he hit his "backside" and his elbow?  He was grabbing the back of his head!!!! If I get racked in the junk I don't hold my elbow.  

"I'm One Bad Buckeye, and I approve this message."

VHX7's picture

Michigan sure does live and die by the 3. Business as usual.

hail2victors9's picture

Not much of an argument, but not nearly as much as the last few years.  They actually had several looks inside that they missed...4 or 5 alley oop attempts that weren't converted.  Burke couldn't get any thing to drop on drives.  Mitch McGary had nice game with 3 or 4 dunks and some nice layups.  Stauskas had a nice drive and one.
As Beilein pointed out at half, THjr kept Michigan in the game with his 4 threes in the 1st half. 

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

One Bad Buckeye's picture

To be fair so did we when we had "Three-bler".....As much as it pisses me off to go against a team that lives and dies by the tre....I sure didn't mind back then when it was us raining triplets, that's for sure.  

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William's picture

Arizona going for the throat now. 

Powers's picture

I wish Amir would give half the energy that McGary does

Timotheos's picture

Michigan fans on Twitter are obnoxiously confident right now.

VHX7's picture

Can't wait for VCU to run circles around them.

hail2victors9's picture

Hard not to feel good winning by 15 with Burke only having 6.  They looked like they did early in the year where they shared the ball well and played all right defense.  If GRIII, McGary and Hardaway all score double digits (or swap Stauskas for one of them), Michigan can make a run.  The road isn't easy, but I was pleasantly surprised tonight.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!
~Bo Schembechler

LadyBuck's picture

1) Louisville: This is how you play your first game, Gonzaga.
2) Well, scUM winning helps my bracket, but I wanted them to lose
3) This Cal v. UNLV is a horribly sloppy game.

Squirrel Master's picture

AZ starting to fall apart. Could this be another big comeback today?

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

Squirrel Master's picture

HA! Nevermind!

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

osubuckeye4life's picture

Zona still hitting shots will keep this one out of reach for Belmont.

LadyBuck's picture

And they call big ten basketball ugly. I'm looking at you, Cal and UNLV.

dubjayfootball90's picture

I cannot believe how sh***y UNLV is at free throws.... they lost because they could not hit free throws... Absolutely disgusting fundamentals and a pathetic excuse of a tournament team....
you cann see I am upset because I had them winning a few.

CRAFTFORTHESTEAL's picture

Yea I had UNLV making sweet sixteen, also had SDSt beating Mich. the way mich played the last handful of games, don't think they will get to the sweet sixteen.

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hodge's picture

I had a feeling that their loss to Wisconsin might prove to be an impetus to spur better play, much like Ohio State after Bucky Badger humbled us.  I've got them knocking off Kansas in an epic struggle, and then losing to Georgetown.