NCAA First Round: Friday Late Afternoon

What is up with the 6-11 matchups this year? The first two we saw were blowouts, as Stanford and George Washington didn’t show up. But then last night Virginia Commonwealth upset Duke and now Winthrop has beaten Notre Dame. The Winthrop-ND game was pretty strange, with Notre Dame building a double-digit lead in the first half, then Winthrop going on a huge run in the late first and early second half to go up by 20, then Notre Dame mounting a big rally to take a one-point lead with a few minutes to go, only to see Winthrop recover and win by 10 points.

There was a similar dynamic of the teams taking turns making runs in the Eastern Kentucky-North Carolina game last night–the Tar Heels blew out the Colonels, let them back within 4 points, then blew them out again–and there’s something like that going on with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Wisconsin right now. That’s the game to watch as it goes into the second half. A&M led 10-0 and by as much as 18, only to see Wisconsin close the first half on a 12-2 run. The Badgers are continuing to struggle offensively, but they will be desperate to avoid becoming only the fifth #2 seed in history to lose to a #15 in the first round.

MMOD was valuable as TV toggled between ND-Winthrop and A&M CC-Wisconsin and I wanted to keep tabs on the other. I especially like the “Boss Button” on the video player, which shows the following instead of the basketball game when you click on it (click the thumbnail for full size image):

Boss Button

UPDATE: Tennessee scored 121 points against Long Beach State. Was there any defense played against them at all in that game? Also, Creighton-Nevada is headed for an exciting conclusion.

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