The tourney kicked off Thursday but we were pre-occupied with South by Southwest. Now that Kanye has exited the FADER Fort, we can park ourselves on the couch and enjoy watching some dudes play b-ball for the love of the game (sit down T-Mac).
On Sunday (March 22), playing with a bum toe (those things can be a big deal—just ask Shaq or LaDainian Tomlinson), North Carolina star Ty Lawson scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half of the top-seeded Tar Heels’ win over LSU to reach the Sweet Sixteen. Answering any lingering questions about his heart, the explosively athletic Lawson will probably be the first point guard taken in the NBA Draft in June.
One name to forget: Percy Miller, Jr. While daddy’s starring in Snickers commercials (Better Black TV not going so good, eh?), Lil’ Romeo rode the pine for USC’s first game, not clocking a single second. Expect to see him rooted to his seat once again when USC plays tonight.
Tourney Notes Thus Far:
- If you couldn’t get your little nephew to fill out your brackets for you, then you probably didn’t pick 12th-seeded Arizona, Wisconsin, and Western Kentucky to all win in the first round over their respective 5th-seeded opponents. Do your homework next time. 12 over 5 is the most common upset in the tourney, occurring 33% of the time.
- UConn’s 56-point win in the first round isn’t exactly good news for Huskies fans. The last few teams to defecate that massively on their opponents failed to make the Final Four, so don’t expect UConn. But you should’ve already known that after Pitt smacked them around a bunch.
- Speaking of which, Pitt, another one seed keeps struggling. Let’s hope they keep it together for at least two more games so they can at least beat Duke because, you know, rooting for Duke is like rooting for AIG.
The Sweet 16 tips off on Thursday (March 26th).
– Devin Chanda