Day One of the tournament proved uneventful for the most part. One exciting game was the first of the day when Cal State Northridge gave Memphis a good run. Another good one was watching American University (not to be confused with National American University, who I’m sure has an outstanding Online athletics program) lead much of their game against Villanova. Neither, however, made game-of-the-day status.
A few notable points from Day One:
1. Domination of the day: UConn manhandled Chatanooga with head coach Jim Calhoun in the hospital. Their margin of victory (56) was the 3rd largest in the history of the tournament.
2. Best name of the day: Quincy Pondexter of Washington. Runner-Up: A.J. Slaughter of Western Kentucky.
3. Performance of the day: Memphis’ Roburt Sallie. The guy averaged 13 ppg this year, but exploded for 35 today, including 10 3-pointers! He more or less won the game for Memphis.
4. Best game of the day: UCLA vs. VCU. VCU’s superstar Eric Maynor was short on a shot as the buzzer sounded that would’ve won them a trip to round two.
5. Upset of the day: 12-seed Western Kentucky over 5-seed Illinois. This is the upset of the day simply because it was the only one. I also picked this one.
6. My picks for day one: a respectable 13/16.
7. Gopher Review: A.J. Abrams singlehandedly blew the game open against my beloved Gophers by hitting four of his eight 3-pointers in a 2:11 stretch. As a result I will cease showing any respect to people named A.J. Minnesota actually played a good game with the exception of those 131 seconds. I said yesterday that A.J. Abrams would be the reason the Gophers could lose…unfortunately I was very right.