Your March Madness Round of 32 Open Thread I

By 11W Staff on March 23, 2013 at 12:05p
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THIS IS MADNESS

Two days in the books and 32 teams remain – six of those teams from the Big Ten. Michigan and Michigan State get things started in today with the Palace going into full Juggalo alert.

Can the B1G go 2-0 to start the day? Will you be able to pull for Michigan in the spirit of conference solidarity, or must they flame out to satisfy you? Can Harvard do it again? So many questions.

TIPOFF Game TV / Internet Region Location Favorite
12:15 PM #4 Michigan vs #5 VCU CBS / NCAA.com South Auburn Hills, MI UM (-3½)
2:45 PM #3 Michigan State vs #6 Memphis CBS / NCAA.com Midwest Auburn Hills, MI MSU (-6)
5:15 PM #1 Louisville vs #8 Colorado St CBS / NCAA.com Midwest Lexington, KY LOU (-11)
6:10 PM #6 Arizona vs #14 Harvard TNT / NCAA.com West Salt Lake City, UT ARIZ (-10)
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bdegroff's picture

It will be interesting to see how Michigan deals with VCU's pressure.

Grant Edgell's picture

So far so good. Getting the easy buckets they should get against that pressure but I don't know that they can keep it up for 40 minutes. Surprised at the efficient start to be honest.

Mr. Slick's picture

Agree.  They will be much less effective/efficient in the last 10 minutes.

Idaho Helga's picture

Note to Michigan: If you are going to flop, watch your head.

oregonianbuckeye's picture

Is it just me, or does Mitch McGary remind you of a giant puppy chasing his tail?

RedStorm45's picture

Michigan is shooting 64% and up 1 lmao

RedStorm45's picture

VCU takes some really dumb shots.  So frustrating.

RedStorm45's picture

Wow, it's a screen Verne.  Calm down.

RedStorm45's picture

VCU....just smh. 

VHX7's picture

This is what happens when VCU's horribly-selected shots aren't falling, and when they play a team that actually knows how to break a press.

Mr. Slick's picture

mich with 6 turnovers already.  I think they will have more in second half than first half.  Ignor the score and this game might be in VCU favor??

oregonianbuckeye's picture

ttun has 1 foul at the under 4 min mark. VCU has 6.

RedStorm45's picture

Neither team can hit a thing.

VHX7's picture

Michigan in charge of transition offense.

Knarcisi's picture

Is VCU building a house?

VHX7's picture

Tim Hardaway Jr. is ridiculous

RedStorm45's picture

VCU air balling layups consistently. Great.

Knarcisi's picture

No worries. And hope you didn't drink the Shaka media Kool Aid. VCU is not good. Period. 

Idaho Helga's picture

These refs are inconsistent.  Last 2 fouls ticky-tack but there were some muggings a short while ago.

740's picture

roger goodell just fined mitch mcgary for that screen

Idaho Helga's picture

lol. At least he didn't lead with his head.

Knarcisi's picture

People can keep talking shit too about the B10 being turrible. 

rdubs's picture

KU is thanking ttun because if they ended up matched up with VCU they might put up 30+ turnovers.

bdegroff's picture

Well, lets see if they can keep it going. Picked VCU, Michigan is looking good. Making me look bad.
 

mitchjacobsen01's picture

I guess I just hate scUM so much that I was compelled to pick against them.

Mr. Slick's picture

Sticking to my theory about second half belonging to VCU.  Just not sure they can overcome 15 pts without mich turning it over a BUNCH.

Yamosu's picture

Well I am glad Michigan is representing the b1g well.  Just wish I had picked them in my bracket...

RedStorm45's picture

How is Michigan looking this good when they were so bad down the stretch in the big ten?

xrox's picture

Because despite Charles Barkley's assertions...the Big Ten was actually pretty friggin' good.

Knarcisi's picture

Hey Belein, here comes that press from Virgina. 

highwire's picture

There are some...interesting...looking women residing in TSUN.

buckguyfan1's picture

I thought it was bring your pet to the arena day

grcunning's picture

grandpa must be turning over in his grave, I'm actually rooting for Michigan

KBonay's picture

Verne Lundquist:  Burke 'may' have pushed off there.....
That's every drive, man.

Mr. Slick's picture

they must have heard you bc they finally called one!!!

Knarcisi's picture

This VCU press garbage breaks down against a superior athletic team. Plus, they are too inept to convert on actually a lot of turnovers they have created this half. 

buckguyfan1's picture

Not a bad way for the Big 10 to start out today.  Meatchicken still sucks in case anybody is wondering...

highwire's picture

"[VCU] will not stop playing, though." How can you tell?

Earle's picture

By the transitive property, Michigan is a bazillion points better than Akron.

Italics are for emphasis.

mitchjacobsen01's picture

Friends of mine who go to Akron were saying this week that if they could get by VCU, they'd be able to do some damage in the tournament.  Fear the Roo?

THE_JUICE's picture

Akron was awful.  Delusional fan base born out of desperation to emerge from OSU's shadow.

xrox's picture

They had lots of guys out with the flu, and I think one was deemed academically ineligible. I think they still lose that game at full strength, but that's a tough way to go out.

Earle's picture

Perhaps your friends are using product procured from the Zips' former PG.

Italics are for emphasis.

Buckeye Chuck's picture

This game may set a record for biggest point swing between consecutive tournament games. 
I'm really shocked by how Michigan is playing today. Just goes to show how B1G teams can look against mortals.

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

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I don't know if anyone cares but the buckeyes in hockey are looking pretty good right now.

 
Dr. House's picture

Vcu is/was a good this year just they came out and had their worst game of the year on the grandest stage

Danify's picture

Trying to understand why Michigan has majority of their starters in still. Up 30+

buckguyfan1's picture

That explains a little

armybuckinva's picture

McGary........I like watching him play.  Sparty up next in what I expect to be another win for the BIG.  Memphis lacks one important key to winning in the the tourny...........making their free throws.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Hilarious rip by Kenny Smith there.

 
ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

VCU's defensive aggressiveness backfired in a big way.  Sure TSUN looked fairly impressive, but VCU was way out of position on defense all game.  Kansas will beat TSUN by double digits.

Class of 2010.

RedStorm45's picture

Uh Kansas looks terrible.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

We said the same thing about Syracuse last year when they were a 1 seed and nearly lost to a 16 seed.  Then they went to the Elite 8.  Kansas is a bad matchup for TSUN and are better than what they looked like last night.

Class of 2010.

highwire's picture

Lmao @ Nix taking the ball up the court!

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

MSU is puttin it on Memphis right now, the team up north won earlier.  At least we're getting some strong showings from the Big Ten.  Now we've just got to take care of business against Iowa State!  Could we get 6 Big Ten teams in the Sweet 16?!?! (We'll could have been possibly 7 if now for Wisconsin's collapse).

UrbanCulture's picture

I can't see Illinois..watch out for minnesota though

bdegroff's picture

I love seeing Barkley having to eat his own words. When have smarts and athletes, aka MSU. It beats athletic all day.

Knarcisi's picture

He'd eat anything. 

buckguyfan1's picture

He should know that better than anybody.  His pure athletic body and ability certainly is not what made him one of the greats. 

Mr. Slick's picture

Triangle and two has MSU stymied. 

buckguyfan1's picture

Izzo is gonna rip some ASS at 1/2!

buckeye4life050233's picture

mstate couldn't hold them off.....that triangle-2 defense killed the momentum mstate was having early

Mr. Slick's picture

Would love to see a stat about MSU's second chance points. 

UrbanCulture's picture

Memphis really speeding MSU up right now

buckeyewalker's picture

MSU already with 5 turnovers in the second half, 13 for the game, with 14:00 to go. SLOPPY, sloppy basketball.

Dr. House's picture

well that was the huddle from hell 

DetroitBuckeye's picture

That is the one thing that worries me about MSU, they just seem to have no composure and if things aren't going well they just lose it.

 
Mr. Slick's picture

Anyone else think Nix was yelling at Appling in that huddle because Appling has done nothing all game?  Or am I way off base here?

Mr. Slick's picture

Not above +1ing myself here lol

buckskin's picture

I know he's from MSU, but great story about A. Payne.

AJW_16's picture

B-1-G! B-1-G! B-1-G!

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

GABuckeye's picture

Easy chief... long way to go, and they're beating teams they're supposed to beat so far.

AJW_16's picture

Touche. Actually I could never see fans from a B1G school chanting this like SECers do. Maybe its because there is not as much regional pride in the midwest as compared to the South, but I just don't see it.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

GABuckeye's picture

I agree.  I cheered when Wisconsin lost!  Overall 6-1 wasn't too bad, but they should've been 7-0.  If they went 1-6, I would've been just as happy as long as that one team is Ohio State.  Screw the rest of the conference!!!

RedStorm45's picture

Nix with another flagrant foul.

Dr. House's picture

couple years ago that would have just been a foul

rdubs's picture

Can't wait for football season. SPARTY NO!!!!

buckguyfan1's picture

They might be right, the Big Ten is weak...............

RedStorm45's picture

These afternoon games have been boring.  Good for the B1G but not entertaining.

AAStagg's picture

I look forward to the studio shows -- hearing Charles Barkley explain away the abject failure of his favorite teams.  I don't mind that he has favorites.  We all do.  But he looks stupid when he offers up fantasy predictions about their prospects, especially with such embarrassing certainty.  Every hour or so, we get to see Charles explain away 'unfair PAC 10 seedings' or the total annihilation of some high-scoring mid-major he adores.  Makes the wait for 12:15 pm tomorrow a little easier to bear.
 

Remain calm.  It's only a game.

AJW_16's picture

If only watching Mark May during a halftime show of a football saturday were as entertaining...

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

AJW_16's picture

Memphis is a team that is always talented but always lacking a lot of basketball IQ. Their coach has done a pretty decent job since Calipari left but I still don't see them doing much in the future.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

xrox's picture

I like their commitment to the tradition of missing free throws.

AJW_16's picture

Yep. Some things never change.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

BME_Buckeye's picture

Rick Pitino looks like walking death! Dude skin is so pale like a dead person he could probably have a starting role as a zombie in the Walking Dead...

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

 

UrbanCulture's picture

Louisville looks scarrrry

AJW_16's picture

Basketballs that defy physics...now I've seen it all.

"Sometimes you eat the bear and sometimes the bear eats you." 

740's picture

harvard is doing its best to cost tommy amaker a lot of money at another gig

Buckeye Chuck's picture

This round ought to be more competitive than what we saw Thursday and Friday, and yet we've had 2 blowouts, Louisville is putting the clamps down at halftime, and Harvard is just about out of it already.

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

skid21's picture

Let's hope we see some good games tonight. So far it has been as boring as I can remember in the tourney.

RedStorm45's picture

Can I get an entertaining game today?? These are all 12+ point advantages early in the game and it's obvious the little guys aren't coming back.

xrox's picture

Oregon/St. Louis, Butler/Marquette, and Gonzaga/Wichita State should be good. I think Cuse blows out Cal though.

740's picture

just throwing this out there: this has been one of the more boring tourneys in recent memory so far. basically all favorites with no close games.

RedStorm45's picture

Lol three 12s, a 13, a 14, and a 15...but all favorites.