After all of the absolute CHAOS on day one of the best two weeks in sports, day two was met with a resounding “meh.” We almost went the entire day without a single upset, but Dayton flew in to save the day by winning decisively over Providence. We had two nail-biting finishes, but neither UC Irvine nor Valpo could pull off the stunner. And for the first time since 2007, not a single 12 seed pulled off the upset over a 5 (THANKS BUFFALO). But without further ado, the highlights from yesterday’s slate.
DUKE 85 – BOBBY MO 56
Yawn. Quinn Cook dropped 22 and Jahlil Okafor added 21 as everyone’s March Madness darlings dropped an easy one to the Blue Devils. Did I just call Robert Morris everyone’s March Madness darlings? Check back with me tomorrow to make sure I still have a pulse.
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Bobby Mo coach Andy Toole began his college basketball playing days at the alma mater of this collective Sports Download staff. Yes, he played at Elon, before transferring to Penn because he was fed up with the cover charge at West End on Thursday nights. Allegedly.
SAN DIEGO STATE 76 – ST. JOHN’S 64
San Diego State plays very good defense. It’s the second-best scoring defense in the country. They allowed just over 53 points a game this year, so when they score more than 65, there’s a good chance they’re going to win.
We lost the best name in the tourney last night. Sir’Dominic Pointer is gone. Let’s pour one out for Ali Farokhmanesh. Because he had an awesome name too.
ZAGS 86 – ND STATE 76
Blah blah blah, something about Gonzaga, something about North Dakota State… let’s focus on what’s really important here:
ARVYDAS SABONIS’S KID PLAYS FOR GONZAGA. CUE THE HIGHLIGHT PACKAGE.
MICHIGAN STATE 70 – GEORGIA 63
Anyone have any doubt Tom Izzo’s team would win this game? SHAME ON ALL THREE OF YOU.
NORTHERN IOWA 71 – WYOMING 54
This is the year. This is the year that I pick a team like Northern Iowa to make it to the Final Four, and it HAPPENS. They were 11th in the most recent AP Top 25, and 9th in the most recent USA Today Coaches Poll. And they were handed a 5 seed. I believe this is what they refer to as a MASSIVE CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER.
LOUISVILLE 57 – UC IRVINE 55
I obviously had Louisville in this game, like the rest of the world. But Senegalese wonder Mamadou N’Diaye and the Anteaters (yes, the Anteaters) of UC Irvine had other plans. I think the world would have let out a collective chuckle if they had pulled off the upset, because sometimes we all just need a little less Rick Pitino. But here we are.
Their mascot’s name is Peter. Peter the Anteater. Because what else would it be?
MARYLAND 65 – VALPARAISO 62
Bryce Drew ALMOST Bryce Drew’d all up in Maryland’s grill. But let’s just pretend and instead relive the time that he actually Bryce Drew’d.
WICHITA STATE 81 – INDIANA 76
Was there a rational sports fan in the world that didn’t want a Wichita-Kansas matchup? The Madness gods are smiling upon us today.
While yesterday was somewhat predictable, it’s been a wild first two days of the tourney. Saturday and Sunday should be just as exciting, and if I had to leave you with one final note from the two days of action, it would be this: I don’t think we’ve seen the last of what RJ Hunter can do. Or, for that matter, what he can make his dad do. ROLL THE CLIP.