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March Madness 2011 Second Round Day 1 Talk

Well this was a truly great day of basketball for the first day of the March Madness 2011 second round. It is hard to know even where to start with all of the close games and some big upsets, plus some great individual efforts. We were liking the Richmond Spiders over Vanderbilt all they way and it happened with a hard fought game that Richmond came out on top of 69 to 66 despite being down as many as 11 points in the first half, unfortunately we didn't have them moving on in the next round but they have an interesting opponent now.

Of course the huge upset that we didn't have and probably not many did was Morehead State over Louisville, they won on a three by Demonte Harper with 4.2 seconds left 62 to 61. I mean who could have seen this coming, what a dream for the in state "rival" Morhead State but when you have a big guy who will play in the NBA and a hot shooter you have a shot against anyone. One interesting fact is that a 13 seed has defeated a 4 now for the fourth straight year and that this is the third time it has happened to a Big East team. Morehead State will take on Richmond in their next game, raise your hand if you had that.

Moving on to individual performances how about Kemba Walker folks, that man is on a mission. The most impressive thing about this game is he trusted his teammates and didn't force things and instead dished out 12 assists to go with 18 points and 8 boards. UCONN just took Bucknell apart with Walker doing his thing, final score 81 to 52. With Connecticut's defense and Walker playing well this team actually has a good chance to ride this wave of solid basketball to the Final Four.

For our next individual performances we go to a pair of them at the same school as Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer showed that Seth Davis is just a babble head and not an expert as he somehow picked against a school with two Naismith Award Finalists versus a school without one of them or a single impact player on the roster. Impact players sort of help in March, Taylor had 21 points and 6 assists and Leuer had 22 points and 7 boards and both played solid defense. We told you not to pick Belmont and hopefully you listened.



Speaking of predictions we have had our fair share of ones that we came out wrong on, and if you followed us we are sorry but Penn State played a tough game before loosing to Temple 66 to 64, that one could have gone either way. The one that surprised us most again involved a Big Ten team as we really didn't see Michigan State having trouble with UCLA, but the Bruins showed us more than we thought they had with their 78 to 76 win.

We will leave you pondering this interesting point, yesterday the two basketball powers of Louisville and Kentucky could have lost to Morehead State and Princeton if Kentucky hadn't won 59 to 57 with the help of a layup by Knight with 2 seconds remaining.

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