Best game: Creighton beating Florida. Sure, it robbed us of what should have been an awesome 2nd round matchup with Illinois, but hopefully the Blue Jays aren't done with great games yet. (runner up: Kansas vs. Holy Cross)
Worst game: Indiana vs. Utah (since we border IN we had to watch most of this blowout so that gets "honours" here)(runner up: Duke vs. Notre Dame because Duke won ;-))
Best player: Tayshaun Prince (41 points, 'nuff said)
Best coach: Ralph Willard (who thought Holy Cross would give Kansas a run? Willard's still trying to get some revenge against Williams for that thrashing he gave UK Pitino/Willard's first year in Lexington)
Hottest sideline reporter: I'm tempted to go with Spencer Tilman ;-), but until CBS hires Suzy Kolber, I've gotta go with Bonnie Bernstein.
Best controversey: Creighton probably should have gotten a technical at the end of the 2nd OT. I thought so live, and agreed even more on the replay, but oh well, its Florida.
Best uniforms: San Diego State Aztecs (runner up: Creighton Blue Jays)
Worst uniforms: UNC Wilmington Seahawks (tho it pains me to say it with that mascot) (runner up: Kentucky - why does Nike operate under the assumption that they're really the university of Memphis and put grey in their unis?)
Best commercial: Midas (Yugo jumping the bridge - those of us who remember when these cars were out are dying of laughter) (runner up: Isuzu Axiom - Another nostaliga trip with Joe Isuzu - gotta love the giddyup too)
Worst commercial: UPS "Brown" (to quoth the Sandler/Seinfeld "Who are the advertising wizards who came up with this one?") (runner up: Any Pepsi commercial with Britney Spears)
Of course, these are just my opinions after three days of monster basketball action. Your mileage may vary.
Now it's down the homestretch with antoher 8hrs of b-ball and then 4hrs of Wrasslemania tonight. Going back to work will be hard tomorrow.
I agree that Florida and Creighton was the best game, although i think Notre Dame/Duke was the second best game. Florida/Creighton had two overtimes, a last second shot and and upset though, so you can't beat that. As for robbing us of Florida vs. Illinois, I was looking more forward to seeing Hinrich/Collison/Gooden vs. Nelson/Bonner/Haslem in the Sweet Sixteen.
It's not real fair to pick a best player at this point. Some guys have played two games and some have only played one. I'd say the player of the tournament after the first round was Taylor for the Blue Jays, but yeah after the second round is over it will be hard to find anyone who has been better than Prince.
Worst game for me so far was Duke vs Winthrop because first of all it was a blowout and second of all it's a joke how easy Duke has it...and yet they still struggled to beat Notre Dame.
Best Uniform - I like Cincinnati's uniform even though I hate them and they they are overrated. Worst uniform is definitely UNC Wilmington, although I don't like UCLA's either.
I've got a couple to add...
Best Individual play - Gotta go with Taylor's three against Florida. Second is the dunk that UNC Wilmington player made against USC and third was the next time down the court when Wilmington got greedy and tried to go up again and Sam Clancy went up with both hand and rejected him. That was one of the best blocks i've ever seen.
Best court - Arco Arena, but i'm a Kings fan.
How long before the Creighton vs. Florida game is on ESPN Classics? I was just looking at some of the stuff they are showing this week and later this week they are showing Florida vs. Gonzaga from a few years ago that was won by Gonzaga and the last couple of seconds, then later that night they are showing Arizona vs. Florida from earlier this year, then they are showing it two more times later that night. They might as well throw in Florida vs. Creighton, and Florida vs. Butler from two years ago, and the 4 or 5 games that we lost in the last second this past year.
Originally posted by QuezzyHow long before the Creighton vs. Florida game is on ESPN Classics? I was just looking at some of the stuff they are showing this week and later this week they are showing Florida vs. Gonzaga from a few years ago that was won by Gonzaga and the last couple of seconds, then later that night they are showing Arizona vs. Florida from earlier this year, then they are showing it two more times later that night. They might as well throw in Florida vs. Creighton, and Florida vs. Butler from two years ago, and the 4 or 5 games that we lost in the last second this past year.
My Gators are such entertaining losers.
That probably has something to do with CBS having rights to the broadcast.
DrewDewce said: Worst commercial: UPS "Brown" (to quoth the Sandler/Seinfeld "Who are the advertising wizards who came up with this one?") -- My roommate said the exact same thing (although we question the ad wizards on many a thing in life). I'm using commercial breaks now to check the scores online of my other teams (who are KILLING me today).
I really wish I had seen Creighton/UF, because all I keep hearing is how awesome it was. What I saw of Duke/ND yesterday was pretty good. It's always fun for me to watch Indiana win, though They gave me a scare when that 17 point lead got whittled down to 3 late, but they really showed a lot of poise holding it together at the end.
I didn't think the UNCW uniforms were *that* bad, even though our horrible CBS reception made it wicked tough to tell the difference between them and IU. I loved Stanford's, if only because the design of the numbers reminded me of my old soccer uniform. My favorite is probably Maryland's home jersey (unbiased) or Indiana's (biased).
I love this time of the year. Pool sheet or no, this is my favorite four-day stretch of the year.
Another nominee for worst commercial is Kinko's. That's not what the Cone of Silence looked like.
Having not watched all the games, is CBS using extreme hottie Jill Arrington as a side-line reporter? She's certainly up there with Bernstein as CBS cuties.
I finally found something good about Bill Walton being on NBC's number one NBA telecasts. He's not going any college games for CBS, so we won't have to hear him gush about any of his kids this year.
"The best reason for committing loathsome & detestable acts -and let's face it, I am considerably something of an expert in the field - is purely for their own sake. Monetary gain is all very well, but it dilutes the tastes of wickedness to a lower level that is obtainable by anyone will an overdeveloped sense of avarice. True and baseless evil is as rare as the purest good - and we all know how rare THAT is." - Acheron Hades, THE EYRE AFFAIR by Jaspar Fforde
Team that benefitted the most by "host site" closer to home: Texas, although Illnois comes in a close second. I do believe playing in Dallas compared to say Greenville helped a team like Texas (a 6 seed at that) get into the sweet 16.
BTW I hate Miss. State, but I'm just giving my opinion that I think on a "neutral" (your definition here) the Bulldogs win.
Originally posted by rikidozanterps play 8 mins from home in the MCI center in DC....
That's true, but the point is that Maryland would've beaten the teams they played anywhere, but Texas probably would not have beaten Miss St. if they weren't at home. Therefore Texas benefitted more from it.
We are a day away from the next round of games. We have Missouri playing UCLA tomorrow. I cannot wait. March Madness is in the air. There will be a lot of good games in this round to go along with the games from last round. Who will step up?
I like Missouri's chances of reaching the final 4. Once they beat UCLA (i'm being optimistic... i'm not saying that it's a done deal... UCLA has shown that they are playing very good ball rt now) they have to face Oklahoma or Arizona. I just personally think that Missouri is one of two teams playing the best basketball in this tourney. As of rt now at least.
The other team is Kentucky. I have honestly thought that Kentucky has the most talent player wise but they haven't been able to gel as a team. Well Round 1 proved they can play good basketball as a team. Round 2 showed they can play great basketball with a goto person.
I am the JOBBER TO THE STARS. You better remember that.
As under the radar as it may seem, this was one of the biggest moves of the offseason. Derek Fisher spurns Miami Heat offer, will return to Los Angeles As the local ESPN Radio affiliate noted, the Lakers absolutely had to bring Fisher back.