Thursday, March 16, 2006

Madness, Part IV

We'll have to wait at least one more round before Bruce Pearl is ousted. Damn. Winthrop was so, so close. Chris Lofton hits a fallaway, off-balance shot from no man's land in the corner with :0.4 left. Dagger. Done. Go home. We'll be seeing that shot set to cheesy music in CBS montages for years to come.

CBS' Kevin Harlan asked how Lofton had the courage to take such a shot, but I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the expiring game clock had something to do with it.

Winthrop was definitely overlooked. I just don't buy that a team making its sixth tourney appearance in eight years should be hit with a 15 seed. Maybe Gregg Marshall knew what he was doing when he signed a ten-year contract rather than head to a bigger program. Perhaps he's quietly building the Gonzaga for the East Coast. Winthrop is developing a Zags-like habit of hanging with the big boys. With Marshall at the helm, Winthrop should be a factor for years to come.

Who the @#&% is Jean Felix and how did he just hit eight three pointers against Marquette? The Tide rolls.

Dominic James will be back, though. Dude is phenomenal. And with fellow freshmen Jerel McNeal and Wesley Matthews in tow, Marquette's future looks bright.

Montana upsets Nevada. Craig Killborn must be thrilled. I'm assuming he's unemployed and watching from a couch somewhere as he curses The Daily Show.


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