>> Tuesday, March 9, 2010
While last night lacked the buzzer beaters that we have come to love during championship week, we were blessed with some great games and a look at teams that could cause some damage come the opening weekend of the Big Dance. Siena, St. Mary's, Wofford & ODU all punched their tickets to the dance and all four of the teams will cause higher seeds trouble in opening round games. However, the one thing I took from watching the games last night was Omar Samhan may be the most annoying player to grace the floor since Jared Dudley.
Yes, this Jared Dudley.
Samhan is the low-top wearing, moob-possessing, ghetto kid that puts up absurd numbers for the Gael's. I tried hard to give this kid a chance and appreciate what he does with his extreme lack of athleticism, but the more I watch him, the more I dislike him! If you didn't get the chance to watch him last night, I want you to come back and let me hear your opinion when you see him in the NCAA tournament. If he doesn't drive you absolutely insane, I want a list of five legitimate reasons, and I'll let you be guest blogger for the day!
Now onto tonight's possible tournament ticket's. I was an unflattering 2-2 in my predictions last night, but who in the world expected St. Mary's to knock off the Zags?
Butler has developed into a program that receives noteworthy praise from the beginning of the season and are stacked with Sweet-16 talent this season. Lead by Gordon Hayward, Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard the Bulldogs bulldozed through the Horizon with an 18-0 record, including two double digit victories over tonight's opponent, Wright State. The PMB expects nothing short of a double digit victory tonight. The Raider's don't have the upper echelon talent needed to stick with the Bulldogs.
It seems like its been decades since The Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky haven't represented the Sun Belt in the NCAA tournament, but tonight they are absent from the Sunbelt championship game. Troy and North Texas both finished tied atop the regular season standings with 13-5 records, with North Texas winning the lone game between the two teams, 75-72. North Texas is the better defensive team and comes in riding a ten game winning streak. The Mean Green win a close one tonight by the slimmest of margins.
The Oakland Grizzles and IUPUI Jaguars both steamrolled the competition within the Summit League this season and their game may be the most exciting on tap tonight. The teams split their season series, but the Grizzles ran into a buzzsaw and lost by a healthy 24 points on the Jaguar's home floor. IUPUI's offensive firepower will once again be too much for the Grizzles to handle and the Jaguars and their shoeless coach punch a ticket to the dance.