Your March Madness Thursday Open Thread IV

By 11W Staff on March 21, 2013 at 9:17p
93 Comments
AND WE'RE OFF

Remember to hydrate. And by "hydrate," we mean keep "keep bourbon nearby."

The late night lineup is solid with three games that should be close. Syracuse is a heavy favorite, but enter the tournament with a black cloud hanging over the program.

And Harvard, if you could do us this one favor and knock off New Mexico, that would be fantastic.

TIPOFF Game TV / Internet Region Location Favorite
9:20 PM #8 Colorado St vs #9 Missouri TBS / NCAA.com Midwest Lexington, KY MIZZ (-2½)
9:45 PM #5 VCU vs #12 Akron CBS / NCAA.com South Auburn Hills, MI VCU (-7)
9:50 PM #3 New Mexico vs #14 Harvard TNT / NCAA.com East Salt Lake City, UT UNM (-9½)
9:57 PM #4 Syracuse vs #13 Montana truTV / NCAA.com East San Jose, CA SRY (-13)
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BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Two Rams, a Lobo, a grizzly, a tiger, crimson, orange and the Zips. I want to see a Royal Rumble between all these mascots.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Idaho Helga's picture

living here, my money is on the grizzly. but, ya never know. My  understanding is that a zip in a kangaroo.

rdubs's picture

I think the tiger would  win.  Not quite as big as a grizzly (but still very big) but a lot faster.  I guess if the Lobo gets his whole pack then they might win.

osubuckeye4life's picture

Come on UNLV stop messing around! 

brandonbauer87's picture

I think Mizzou will always be a Big12 team in my mind.

RedStorm45's picture

Wow refs giving the game to Cal.

Seabass1974's picture

Calling fouls all night and then when they foul on purpose they don't call it. Oh well I had UNLV losing in the next round so it's not too bsd for me.

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

GoBlueBlood's picture

Damn VCU is looking good. I just hoped Akron would be a semi-competitive opponent to tire them out. 
If there's one overarching prediction I will make about this tourney (which my bracket reinforces)  is that the Big Ten will validate their college basketball dominance. I have three B1G teams in the final four and I feel relatively confident about those selections. Our beating up on each other all year was preparation to take down these lesser opponents. 

brandonbauer87's picture

The BigEast is also strong.  Very well could be 2 from each conference in the Final 4.

William's picture

The Big East is anything but strong. They have one legitimate contender in Louisville, the B1G has three in Indiana, OSU and MSU. The Big East is perennially overrated, and Pitt's getting curb-stomped, along with Marquette's being gifted a game by Davidson validates that theme. I wouldn't be surprised if Syracuse gets bounced by Montana, and I highly doubt they sniff the Sweet 16. Call me a hater, but outside of Louisville the Big East plain sucks. 

brandonbauer87's picture

While I think the B1G is better, you can't deny them being the 2nd best conference.  You failed to hate Georgetown. I agree they're perennially overrated though..

William's picture

Forgot about them. I think their ceiling is the Elite 8. 

Brutus The Champ's picture

"...i wouldn't be surprise if syracuse gets bounced by montana"??!!???!!????

'Cuse smoked them by 50... stick to soccer buddy

Brutus is........The People's Champ!!!!

BME_Buckeye's picture

If there's one overarching prediction I will make about this tourney (which my bracket reinforces)  is that the Big Ten will validate their college basketball dominance. I have three B1G teams in the final four and I feel relatively confident about those selections.

I not only want to see domination, I want to see annihilation. 

  • Three Big Ten teams in the final four
  • Purdue wins the CBI
  • Iowa wins the NIT 

Big Ten will be on full display tomorrow...

  • Wisconsin vs. Ole Miss - Please get Hendersen out of the tournament. 
  • Ohio State vs. Iona
  • Illinois vs. Colorado
  • Indiana vs. Long Island University
  • Iowa vs. Stony Brook
  • Purdue vs. Santa Clara 
  • Minnesota vs. UCLA

I may go crazy if we even 5 of 7 but going 7 of 7 would be insane...
So this is what it feels like to be an SEC fan and root for your conference. 
 

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

 

Idaho Helga's picture

i can see a 6 of 7 seriously.

Seabass1974's picture

This Harvard vs. New Mexico game could end with the score being in the high twenties.
 

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

osubuckeye4life's picture

My "flip a coin" bracket is 11 out of 12. 

BME_Buckeye's picture

At least Michigan doesn't have to worry about losing to another Mac team from Ohio. Zing! 

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

 

osubuckeye4life's picture

VCU is just on fire. 

Squirrel Master's picture

These Lobos look more like puggles! 11 minutes in and they haven't cracked double digits. 9 points! That won't beat anyone. Harvard is playing them hard right now!
At this pace, New Mexico will break 20 sometime in the middle of the second half!

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

brandonbauer87's picture

This is the first I've watched them all year.  They seem to play good D, but they're more lost on offense than we are.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

New Mexico finally figured out that they're taller than Harvard. 

Bucksfan's picture

Have New Mexico in this game, but I hope Harvard wins a few games.  How often do we get to play Harvard in anything?

el duderino's picture

Is it just a coincidence that Syracuse, which is apparently in deep doody with the NCAA, is abbreviated as "SRY" (which is teen girl text-speak for sorry, if my limited knowledge of that dialect is correct) in the favorite column?
Freudian slip maybe?

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

kr66osu's picture

New Mexico is the team we're supposed to be terrified of being upset by? I'm more scared of Arizona and the winner of the 7/10 matchup

William's picture

The only teams I'm afraid of are Iowa State and Wisconsin, because those two teams can be unconscious from three. 

Squirrel Master's picture

Mountain West Conference the toughest my ass! They aren't looking too good.

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

William's picture

Missouri getting smoked by CSU. 

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

VCU is annihilating Akron in every facet. Utter domination. Reminds me of what the old UNLV and Arkansas teams did to you. Brutal. Cant blame Akron though, after all the crazy bad luck they have had

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

Ohio1St81's picture

It didn't help that VCU was still pressing and double teaming with 9 minutes left up by 40. 

hodge's picture

I feel like "Angry Jules" is my spirit animal while I'm watching Missouri helplessly flail against Colorado State.

At least I had them losing in the next round.

kr66osu's picture

New Mexico is letting Harvard do anything they want

William's picture

Harvard has to have the worst PG in the NCAA. I don't think I've seen a PG make more ill-advised, face palm worthy passes in a single game. 

armybuckinva's picture

Harvard is bringing it tonight.  New Mexico looks like a hot mess on offense.

JPBucks3's picture

I swear every time a New Mexico big touches the ball and takes a shot the refs call a foul

osubuckeye4life's picture

I
I think Akron should do it at this point. 

William's picture

Some ticky-tacky fouls getting called on Harvard. 

JPBucks3's picture

It's ridiculous! Like that call right there! Terrible!

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

They spelled Harvard wrong. It should be W-i-s-c-o-n-s-i-n

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

kr66osu's picture

Harvard's offense is really kicking UNM's ass right now

William's picture

Harvard's entire team is going to foul out of this game. 

William's picture

That French Canadian is making it rain. 

hodge's picture

"THREE-Quebecois", eh?

William's picture

Harvard Habs? Or Nordiques?

kr66osu's picture

hold on to your butts we have a huge upset brewing (although is it really that big of an upset if it happens?)

thePhilipJFry's picture

A 14 over a 3 would qualify as huge.

bigbadbuck's picture

New Mexico is the team that looks tired to me

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I picked Montana over Syracuse.  Montana has 17 points through nearly 28 minutes of play.  DERP.
NEW MEXICO in serious trouble.  This is the team that some experts thought could beat OSU and make the Final Four.  MIGHT WANNA TRY BEATING HARVARD FIRST!  Not over yet, but wow.
 

Class of 2010.

thePhilipJFry's picture

anytime you get a chance to take Ken Pomeroy's 133rd ranked team against his 13th you gotta jump on it.

Buckman's picture

Montana only has 17 total points two minutes into the second half.

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

William's picture

I think Montana forgot that the ball is supposed to go in the hoop. 

CALPOPPY's picture

Maybe they're playing Matta's war rebounding game. Do you see bubbles on their basket? That's one sure sign.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Kevbo714's picture

Montana is staging a comeback... Wait no, they are down 55-19... My B

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I wonder what the all-time low is for points scored in an NCAA tournament game.

Class of 2010.

Buckman's picture

29-Mississippi Valley when they played UCLA.

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

Jason Priestas's picture

Finish this, Harvard.

Kevbo714's picture

If he hits a ft it is over...

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

CRow0810's picture

Started 14/14...called the wrong upset, gunna end with 0/2er it looks like...so where was this awesome NM team and MWC I've been hearing about??

Seabass1974's picture

wow

The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender. - Woody Hayes

William's picture

Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds! Nerds!

Buckeye Chuck's picture

New Mexico also had a bad loss as a #3 a couple of years ago. They're officially a paper tiger.
This regional is there for the taking, Buckeyes!

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

kr66osu's picture

Kudos to Harvard, that was a flawless gameplan and it was executed flawlessly

bigbadbuck's picture

Tommy Ammaker is a pretty good coach too

Kevbo714's picture

I bet Harvard was a popular choice for the upset

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

What a win for Harvard!  This so-called threat called New Mexico...I knew they were all hype.  I had them out next round to Arizona. 

Class of 2010.

Buckman's picture

The Nerds Shall Rise Again!!

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

BUCKfutter's picture

HAHVAHD!!! how bout that mountain west chuck???hahahahahahahahahahahaha

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

Danify's picture

I've seen better play from Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman compared to the Mountain West today. Haha.

Kevbo714's picture

Hmm... Time to tune in to watch Montana?

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

kr66osu's picture

Who is with me in having UNM lose to Arizona anyways? This barely hurts me unless Harvard pulls off another stunner

BUCKfutter's picture

yes sir I had OSU vs UA in sweet 16

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

CALPOPPY's picture

And me!
One ups all around! For really no good reason!

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Basso Profondo's picture

Well the West is looking as crazy as ever....

Buckeye Chuck's picture

The New Mexico loss is the only one today that's going to shatter a lot of brackets. Anyone who had them to the Elite 8 or even the Final Four is going to have to come from behind.

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

kr66osu's picture

Missing a final four pick this early is lethal

BTwrestle04's picture

They are gentlemen of Harvard. LAWL.

hodge's picture

...and now everyone's lost at least one.

William's picture

What? No French accent? Damnit, I was looking forward to a Marc Andre Fleury-esque interview. 

el duderino's picture

I thought all along that New Mexico and St. Louis were the two most over-rated teams, based upon their hype-versus-actual talent.

Also, could Hahvahd's win be dubbed the revenge of the nerds?

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

William's picture

Ehh, I'd agree about New Mexico, but I think that St. Louis is the real deal, plus they're playing for Majerus, they're not to be trifled with. 

el duderino's picture

Edit: apparently I put SLU through to the Elite 8 in one of my brackets. So go Billikens, I guess!
What I really meant to say before is New Mexico and Gonzaga are the two most overrated teams in this. Haha.

"This is a very complicated case: a lot of ins, lot of outs, lot of what-have-yous."

MediBuck's picture

MWC is a better conference than the Big Ten? So much for that today, Mr. Barkley ;)

"There is a force that makes us all brothers, no one goes his way alone." --Woody Hayes

CALPOPPY's picture

Can't believe NM actually lost. I mean, Tommy Amaker. C'mon. Harvard beat the team that was going to beat up on OSU. We're in real trouble should we face Harvard.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

Kevbo714's picture

I have 'cuse advancing until they lose against IU in the sweet 16....

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

Jason Priestas's picture
William's picture

Ok, this is brilliant. 

ballgame's picture

I imagine Harvard students setting fires that adequately express their appreciation for the basketball program but will in no way jeopardize their future.

Buckman's picture

I was waiting for the Harvard student section to start the "Who pumps the gas? They DO!!" chant.
I am disappointed. :'(

I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault.

JACK TATUM

ih8rolltyde's picture

Creighton over Duke, and Illinoying over Miami. Brandon Paul 21+

****igan smells like old water that hot dogs were boiled in.  FACT