Posted by Brad @ 6:56 pm on March 15th 2012

March Madness, Round One

Some good games, but I’ve never seen anything quite as tragic as the UNC-Asheville/Syracuse game. Jesus. What a historic performance that will count for nothing.


  1. Oh, Rojas already chimed in:

    The calls down the stretch in the Syracuse-UNCA game represent one of the all-time tournament travesties. Every ounce of the outrage currently erupting in the social media is warranted.

    The correct call on the out-of-bounds alone wins Asheville that game. The crowd reaction over the last five minutes had it exactly right.

    Comment by Brad — 3/15/2012 @ 6:58 pm

  2. Let’s not overstate it. A correct call on the out of bounds gives UNCA a chance to tie.

    There are very, very few situations in which I attribute to corruption what is explainable by incompetence. This comes close. The only thing restraining me is the end of the first half situation in which the referees could have gotten away with awarding Syracuse a basket and a free throw and correctly changed the call. I can’t see a bought official doing that.

    Were it not for that, this would look very much like a fixed result.

    Comment by Rojas — 3/16/2012 @ 12:08 am

  3. Well, and on the out of bounds call, they could have called Asheville on a foul.

    But still, the last four minutes were heartbreaking. You hate to see a historic come-from-behind stymied by officiating. You ESPECIALLY hate it for WRONG officiating. Any momentum or confidence those kids might have gotten from, say, the out-of-bounds call (which I think was more important than just the points from the potential possession) was effectively deflated. You could see it.

    The UNLV-Colorado was also an interesting game, for the lower seed winning but somehow, by the end of the game, looking even WORSE on the floor than their seeding would suggest on paper.

    Comment by Brad — 3/16/2012 @ 9:32 am


    Comment by Rojas — 3/16/2012 @ 7:29 pm

  5. Second best story from the tournament so far.

    Comment by Brad — 3/16/2012 @ 7:45 pm

  6. So if you’re KU, and half of the two seeds have lost, and you’re playing the best matchup against the best 15 seed, how many bricks are you shitting right now?

    Comment by Brad — 3/16/2012 @ 9:51 pm

  7. Not as many as we’re putting up.

    No way this opponent deserves a 15. WAY too good.

    This has been just a magnificent day of basketball, and another reminder that these are the best four days of the American sporting year.

    And check out Butler and Pitt–both winners in the first round of the CBI!

    Comment by Rojas — 3/16/2012 @ 11:06 pm

  8. Sucks for the Temple guy. :(

    Comment by Brad — 3/17/2012 @ 12:34 am

  9. And like a bolt from the blue, the referees decide to resolve an outstanding Notre Dame-Xavier game with that same lane violation technicality that they pulled on UNCA.

    You know what, referees? If you feel the need to impress upon the players that that act, virtually universal in college basketball, is a violation of the rules, the time to make the point is NOT IN THE CLOSING SECONDS OF A CLOSELY CONTESTED NCAA TOURNAMENT GAME. You have THE WHOLE GODDAMN REST OF THE GAME TO DO THAT.


    Comment by Rojas — 3/17/2012 @ 2:33 am

  10. Rock chalk, baby!

    Comment by Rojas — 3/25/2012 @ 7:13 pm

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