WHERE DID THAT MARQUETTE TEAM COME FROM LAST NIGHT? A squad that had to rally to beat Davidson and Butler in the first two rounds handles Miami 71-61 to knock the ACC’s representation in the NCAA tournament down to one: Duke, which will face Michigan State tonight.
The other upset last night was Syracuse beating top-seeded Indiana 61-50. Ohio State survived on a late 3-pointer by LaQuinton Ross that beat Arizona 73-70, and Cave Spring grad Gregg Marshall steered Wichita State to a 72-58 victory over La Salle.
TONIGHT FEATURES FOUR GAMES THAT ARE INTERESTING FOR THEIR OWN REASONS. The most competitive matchups figure to be Duke-Michigan State (9:45 p.m., WDBJ, Blue Devils favored by 2) and Kansas-Michigan (7:37 p.m., TBS, Jayhawks favored by 2).
At 10:07 on TBS, Florida Gulf Coast tries to keep its good times rolling against Florida, which is a 13-point favorite. Action gets underway at 7:15 p.m. on WDBJ with Oregon facing Louisville, which would seem to be the least enticing of the matchups. But considering so many people took Louisville to win it all in their pools, it should get strong viewership — at least until Kansas-Michigan tips off.
GOOD STORY BY ANDY ON THE INTENSITY LEVEL OF TECH’S NEW OFFENSIVE COACHES. You can read it here. “The Scot [Loeffler] you saw in the [January] press conference is not the Scot I’ve seen in meetings, not the Scot I’ve seen at 6 a.m. workouts,” Shane Beamer says. “He’s different. He’s not a maniac out there losing his mind, not knowing what he’s saying. He’s very under control. But he brings an intensity and a sense of urgency to this offense. … There were certainly some tight rear ends amongst the players and coaches a little bit too. He’ll let you know how he feels. And that’s good. We need that.”
-The Hokies do need that. We’ve talked about the accountability that Bud Foster and the other defensive coaches require of players on that side of the ball. Offensively, proposed solutions to problems have always seemed vague (“everybody has to do his job for a play to work”) or delusional (“one play away”) in the past.
-Doughty ponders whether UVa basketball was an overachiever or an underachiever.
-Johan Santana likely will need surgery on his shoulder that would sideline him for the rest of the season and perhaps end his career.
-A-Rod’s $29 million salary is larger than the entire Astros payroll ($25 million).
-Former Syracuse basketball assistant Bernie Fine is suing ESPN for defamation.
-The Pittsburgh Penguins win their 14th in a row.
READER COMMENT O’ THE DAY
-Had to get this one in from Perch on Wednesday, during the discussion of soccer: Don’t like fishing on TV? Man you must just not understand the game! The slow build up of cast after cast is just the set up for the eventual score! The good part is that they cut the unproductive stuff out and just give you the thirty minute version. Maybe soccer should try that. Thank goodness there are no time outs in soccer!
NAME THAT TUNE
What’s with these homies dissing my girl?
Why do they gotta front?
What did we ever do to these guys
That made them so violent?
Woo-hoo, but you know I’m yours
Woo-hoo, and I know you’re mine
Woo-hoo, and that’s for all time