In case you missed this wonderful, funderful day of college basketball madness-before-the-madness, here’s a Cliff’s Notes version of it all:
SYRACUSE TOPS UCONN IN EPIC 6 OT BATTLE. (There’s your headline.) Cuse’s Jonny Flynn scored 34 points in 67 minutes of the 70 minute basketball game [(2 x 20 min halves) + (5 x 5 min OT periods)]. Eight fouled out (guess that’s what happens when you ask two teams to play 1.75 games in a night). Oh yeah, UConn is also #3 in the country (Syracuse is #20). Awesome, awesome game.
The Big East is a mess. UConn (#3 in country, #3 Big East seed) is out. Pitt, the nation’s #2 and Big East’s #2 seed, lost to archrival WVU by 14. A few days ago DePaul, the conference’s only winless team at 0-18 beat Cincinnati to move on to the second round (and then lost). Villanova topped Marquette by 1 with a buzzer-beating basket today as well.
In the ACC, twelfth-seeded (out of 12) Georgia Tech moves on to the second round after a win over Clemson. All the other outcomes were expected, except for Virginia Tech’s 18-point drumming of Miami.
Big 12 play may be the most dizzying of all so far — seeds 1, 2 and 4 are out. Oklahoma State beat the nation’s #6 team, Oklahoma, by 1 on a controversial foul call, Baylor toppled Kansas and Texas beat Kansas State by 3.
No major upsets of note in the Big Ten or SEC, but sixth-seeded USC took down third-seeded Cal by 4 in the Pac 10.
That’s all folks. I order you to get a box of Thin Mints and chow down and enjoy the next round of conference tourneys tomorrow (errr, later today now).