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March Madness 2010:Saturday's Best

  1. What about St. Mary's effort in that upset win over Villanova, sure Omar Samhan is a beast and played like it with 32 points and 7 rebounds but there is so much more to this team. The team passes very well which plays a key role in Samhan's scoring, in addition they play very solid defense. It is true that the team has 5 Australians on the team but don't think that this team plays international ball, they don't.
  2. OK now to Omar Samhan he is a beast and that was probably the best game by a player so far in the tournament. Omar runs the court well and puts a lot of pressure on the other teams big to get back and cover him. He scores in multiple ways with terrific touch and has great awareness to where he is around the basket. We had seen a little bit of him before the tournament but what he has done against more stellar competition is truly eye opening.
  3. BYU put up a fight and actually led for a lot of the first half but Jacob Pullen got knocked down and it must have been one of those bumps that gets motors to start because he was running on high after that. Pullen scored 20 points in the first half in addition to playing stellar defense much of that coming after he injured his hip. Pullen ended up with a career high 34 points shooting 7 of 12 from beyond the arc. Kansas State gave up 72 points to BYU but that is pretty good considering that they are normally a scoring juggernaut, Fredette was held to 21 points on 5 of 13 shooting his first game under 30 in 4 games.
  4. Butler is used to the role of the underdog but versus Murray State they were the Goliath that hung on for the win 54 to 52. Give a lot of credit to both teams and the coaching as they made excellent counter moves and traded leads multiple times. How about the defense by Butler on that last chance by Murray State, how many times do you see a team not even be able to get a shot off.
  5. Hello Northern Iowa, you screwed up our bracket and everyones else's and we couldn't be happier. How about that shot from Farokhmanesh I bet he never thought that so many people would ever be able to pronounce his name correctly. Northern Iowa did a great job of playing in your face defense and keeping the game played at the pace they dictated. They had to survive a valiant effort from Kansas but they did it despite some problems inbounding the ball. Kansas has nothing to be ashamed with as they ran into a team that played their heart out, had a game plan and got the job done.

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