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Games To Watch: College Football Week 6

Posted by Mike on October 6, 2007

#5 Wisconsin at Illinois (12:00 ET, ESPN): Despite being the #5 team in the land, the Badgers haven’t looked very impressive this year, and they’re the Vegas underdogs against Zook and the Illini. Can Wisconsin prove their skeptics wrong?

Kansas at #24 Kansas State (12:00 ET, FSN): It’s the Battle for the Governor’s Cup (aka the Sunflower Showdown), and for the first time in recent memory, both teams are good heading into this matchup. It’s “GET IN MY BELLY!”…

…versus the Power Towels. Who ya got?

Miami at North Carolina (12:00 ET, ESPN2): UNC comes home after a road trip against two ranked opponents, and the next two home game’s aren’t any easier. But the Hurricanes didn’t look too impressive against Duke, and UNC pulled the miracle upset against a top 5 Miami team the last time they came to Chapel Hill. A  s always, the live blog is at Tar Heel Mania.

#10 Oklahoma vs. #19 Texas (3:30 ET, ABC): One week ago this might have been the week’s premier game, between two top 10, undefeated conference opponents in one of the nation’s biggest rivalry. Unfortunately for them, Kansas State and Colorado spoiled that party. Well, at least there’s always the artery-clogging experience that is the Texas State Fair. Seriously, they found a way to fry soft drinks!

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#12 Georgia at Tennessee (3:30 ET, CBS): Without a successful season, Phil Fulmer could be in serious trouble in Knoxville. In the way of a win today is the Bulldogs, who are a staggering 23-3 on the road in SEC play under Mark Richt.

#15 Virginia Tech at #22 Clemson (6:00 ET, ESPN): Past history says that this is the kind of game that Clemson will lose. Can Tommy Bowden’s team change the status quo against the Hokies’ tough defense?

#4 Ohio State at #23 Purdue (8:00 ET, ABC): Both teams are undefeated, but neither have really been challenged this season. Now is the time for them to prove whether or not they are true contender.

#20 Cincinatti at #21 Rutgers (8:00 ET, ESPN2): Of all the BCS teams in the top 25, the Bearcats probably have to be the biggest surprise. At 5-0, they face a Rutgers team reeling from a loss to Maryland last week, and looking for revenge after Cincy dashed their conference title hopes last year.

#8 Florida at #1 LSU (8:00 ET, CBS): The big matchup of the week, possibly the entire year. Even though Florida lost to Auburn last week, they’re right back in the title hunt with a win in Death Valley. But can anyone beat the Tigers right now?

Needless to say, today will be a great day in college football.

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Games To Watch: College Football Week 4

Posted by Mike on September 22, 2007

  • UNC at #23 USF (12 ET, ESPN): I’ll be live-blogging this game over at Tar Heel Mania. This game features two of the NCAA’s best underclassman Quarterbacks, UNC’s T.J. Yates and USF’s Matt Grothe.
  • #3 Florida at Ole Miss (12:30 ET): You might think that Florida will blow away the Rebels, but Ed Orgeron has the perfect game plan this week.
  • #12 South Carolina at #2 LSU (3:30 ET, CBS): Steve Spurrier. Les Miles. Hilarity, and great football, shall ensue.
  • #10 Penn State at Michigan (3:30 ET, ABC): For the Wolverines, the real season is about to begin. They’ve got a chip on their shoulder, and the Nittany Lions haven’t played anyone. But I have a question for Michigan: What kind of freaky stuff between the sheets do you have to do with NCAA President Myles Brand to play your first four games at home and eight home games in a season?
  • #21 Kentucky at Arkansas (6 ET, ESPN2): For Arkansas, they’re in desperate need for a marquee win after their offseason turmoil. For Kentucky…holy crap, Kentucky is ranked?

 

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Ohio State vs. Florida Live Blog: 2007 NCAA Final Four

Posted by Mike on April 2, 2007

Tonight Ohio State plays Florida for the National Championship in basketball. If Ohio State wins, I will have lost my bracket pool to a bracket determined by coin flips and picked Davidson to face the Buckeyes tonight. At least I will be in the company of three friends:

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The Sports Flow

8:39 pm: Watching the ESPN preview. If Bruce Pearl were a broadcaster, he would be the heir apparent to Dick Vitale. He has the energy, and he really knows his basketball. You probably knew that; the Vols would be in big trouble if he didn’t.

9:00 pm: Everyone is picking Florida to win. Under normal circumstances I would consider that a clear sign that the Buckeyes will win tonight. But Florida is such a good team, and this tournament has been so chalky, I don’t know what to think.

9:15 pm: Ladies And Gentlemen, Jim Nantz and Billy Packer!

9:23 pm: The game begins! Florida wins the tip, but misses their first shot. OSU fares no better.

9:24 pm: 3-2, Florida. A bad inbound pass is stolen by Mike Conley, who gets the easy layup. Florida runs the break and Brewer hits a quick three.

9:25 pm: 5-3, OSU. Great passing leads to an open three by Ivan Harris.

9:27 pm: 5-5. Noah steals a pass in the halfcourt, and Humphrey gets the easy layup on the break.

Considering the strength in the middle, I’m surprised that both teams are settling for outside shots so far.

9:28 pm: 7-5, OSU. Conley drives to the right and gets another layup to give the lead to the Buckeyes.

9:28 pm: 9-5, OSU. We finally have our first true points in the paint, as Oden hits a shot with his left hand.

9:29 pm: 9-7, OSU. Taurean Green drives in for a tough basket in the lane. The Gators did a good job of creating space for him.

As we hit the first official timeout, Florida is using their bench early, much more so than the Buckeyes.

9:33 pm: 9-9. Walter Hodge ties the game with another inside drive. I didn’t expect to see so much inside play by the guards against some of the best big men in America.

9:36 pm: 11-11. Florida is doing a good job of pressuring Conley. He’s being forced to make bad passes, and he almost threw one away there.

9:37 pm: Considering how tight the refs are calling this game, you think that Oden would have been called for a foul for elbowing Corey Brewer in the ribcage.

9:39 pm: 14-11, Florida. Green give Florida the lead on free throws. Jamar Butler comes in for Conley, who has two fouls.

9:40 pm: 17-11, Florida. Hodge steals the ball from Butler and gets three the hard way. Conley is being missed already. Florida has been very opportunistic, getting 10 of their 17 points off OSU turnovers.

9:42 pm: 17-13, Florida. Official timeout.

9:46 pm: 20-15, Florida. Brewer hits another three on the fast break.

Greg Oden has played for 10 straight minutes, but he’s been putting in a lot of effort. He needs a breather.

9:47 pm: 21-15, Florida. Conley is back in the game despite foul trouble. Ohio State needs the ball handling.

9:49 pm: So far it’s clear that Florida is the deeper team. I think they can take the approach UNC normally takes in their games, dictating a faster tempo until they run Ohio State ragged. It’s foolproof, because unlike the Tar Heels, I don’t see a mental collapse from these Gators.

Official Timeout. 7:59 left, first half.

9:53 pm: 23-17, Florida. Horford get his first basket, a bank shot from the left side. Conley drives in for a layup on the next possession.

A lot more points are coming from the guards today than one would expect.

9:54 pm: 23-19, Florida. A great pass by Conley, and Mark Terwilliger gets the emphatic dunk! The Buckeyes are a completely different team with Conley at point instead of Butler.

Florida is starting to miss free throws. This could become trouble later, as the game winds down and their legs get tired.

9:56 pm: 27-22, Florida. Ivan Harris hits a three to bring the lead to two, but Lee Humphrey responds immediately.

9:57 pm: 30-22, Florida. What a sweet shot by Brewer. He hasn’t missed one yet from three.

9:58 pm: 33-22, Florida. Taurean Green hits another three for the Gators, as they take the game’s first double digit lead. Florida has been on fire from the bonusphere. Their effectiveness is sort of sneaky, in that so much emphasis is put in Florida’s frontcourt, but games like this they kill you from the perimeter. Although Lee Humphrey shooting lights out should not surprise anyone.

10:03 pm: 35-24, Florida. Brewer swipes Conley clean, breaks away and delivers the windmill jam. Brewer has 11 points. Not that it matters now, but it would have been a lot of fun to see Brewer vs. Kevin Durant in a college game.

10:07 pm: 37-26, Florida. Oden has scored the last two baskets for Ohio State, but he’s looking very tired. He didn’t even challenge Horford’s jumpshot.

10:08 pm: 40-27, Florida. Green hits another three. The Gators are 6 of 8 for beyond the arc, and have made their last 5.

10:09 pm: The first half ends, and Florida leads, 40-29 at halftime. Florida dominated the pace of the game in the first half, and in particular did a great job taking Oden and Conley out of their comfort zone. To comeback in this game Ohio State will need to clamp down on perimeter defense, win the rebounding battle, and attack inside against Florida’s frontcourt, who already have two players with two fouls each.

10:31 pm: 40-31, Florida. As the second half begins, Oden gets position inside and gets an easy shot off the glass. He’s scored the last 9 points for the Buckeyes.

10:32 pm: 42-35, Florida. Conley steals from Green and makes a great pass to Ron Lewis, who posterizes Corey Brewer.

10:33 pm: 42-36, Florida. As I suggested, Ohio State is attacking the inside, and Noah picks up his third foul.

10:34 pm: 44-36, Florida. Chris Richard gets an easy dunk, a putback of a miss by Brewer.

This has nothing to do with the game, but I saw an ad for CBS featuring CSI: Miami, and I just couldn’t resist showing you the best CSI spoof ever.

10:36 pm: 49-38, Florida. Lee Humphrey cannot be stopped.

10:46 pm: 51-42, Florida. Conley brings the Buckeyes within five, as Ohio State finally gets to the free throw line. But Florida gets an easy shot inside on the next possession.

10:47 pm: 51-44, Florida. Ohio State continues to score in the paint, where they have 32 of their 44 points.

10:50 pm: 53-44, Florida. With 12 minutes left, Florida’s frontcourt is in deep foul trouble now. Let’s see if Ohio State can use that to take the lead back.

Official timeout.

10:53 pm: 53-46, Florida. Conley hits the tough revers layup, as Ohio State tries to attack the foul troubled frontcourt of the Gators.

10:54 pm: 56-46, Florida. On the very next possession, Lee Humphrey fakes out Jamar Butler and hits another three to give Florida a double digit lead.

10:57 pm: 58-47, Florida. In spite of the foul trouble, Florida is running Oden ragged. He can’t outfight the Gators for a rebound anymore, and Horford is able to slam it on the other end uncontested.

10:59 pm: 61-50, Florida. Noah picks up his fourth foul but Oden is absolutely exhausted now. Before the commercial break, I think I heard Jim Nantz say “The F—eyes!”

8:23 left.

11:01 pm: 64-52, Florida. A great initial block by Oden, but how can anyone leave Humphrey so wide open?

11:04 pm: 64-56, Florida. Ohio State scores two straight baskets, and is starting to run a press against the Gators. With Florida’s good passing, this could backfire.

6:14 left.

11:11 pm: 66-60, Florida, 5:00 left. You have to commend Greg Oden, He’s had to play three different Florida players for 33 minutes and is still producing a solid performance.

11:12 pm: 69-62, Florida, 4:30 left. Just as Oden cuts the lead to 6, Taurean Green hits a three at the top of the key.

11:13 pm: 73-62, Florida, 3:25 left. Florida is beginning to kill time. Richard and Horford both hit shots inside, and Florida regains a double digit lead.

11:14 pm: With two and a half minutes to go, the Gators up 11, and Ohio State running on fumes, this game looks pretty much over.

11:17 pm: So that’s why Ohio State is losing. Jim Tressel isn’t wearing the sweater vest.

11:19 pm: 75-63, Florida, 2:15 left. As Florida is closing in on being at the pinnacle of college basketball, I begin to wonder: whatever happened to Teddy Dupay, one of the players that first put Billy Donovan’s team on the map? He was their star point guard when they shocked Duke in 200 en route to the 2000 NCAA Tournament finals before losing to Michigan State. Yet I have not heard from him since.

11:22 pm: Damn. If you thought Joakim Noah was ugly, you should take a look at Yannick. Nnnyyyagghhh…

11:29 pm: It’s official: Florida wins, 84-75, and captures their 2nd consecutive national championship. Congratulations to the Gators, who executed a near perfect gameplan, giving Oden and Conley fits all night, shooting lights out from three, and silencing all the critics (myself included; I had them losing to Maryland in my bracket). Most importantly, with Ohio State’s loss I am spared the embarrassment of losing a bracket challenge to a penny. Corey Brewer is the Most Outstanding Player, which he deserves. His overall play was insane tonight.

I’ll be liveblogging the Women’s National Championship tomorrow night, but now I’m going to bed.

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NCAA Final Four: Prepare Yourself for Billy Packer

Posted by Mike on March 30, 2007

It’s that time of year again, the Final Four, the time we finally determine the best team in college basketball. It also means one can no longer avoid listening to Billy Packer. So to help you prepare for the his onslaught upon your eardrums, I have assembled a collection of clips to help you prepare…and survive.

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(Photo: Billy Packer looks into a mirror.)

First, the clip of Gerald Henderson’s elbow to Tyler Hansbrough. Who can forget this call by Packer?

By Comparison, here’s a call he made in a Duke-Kentucky NCAA Tournament game.

Here are some lesser known Billy Packer moments, many of his outbursts that never make it to television. I think this is what you’re most likely to see beginning tomorrow night.

I hope that you are now immune to whatever Billy is going to say on Saturday and Monday. Lord help us if he’s in a Taco Bell commercial.

UPDATE: I saw this after I posted and uhh…wow.

That’s it. I’m going to avoid him for the sake of my sanity and watch the Women’s Final Four. At least the Tar Heels are participating.

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Oregon vs. Florida Live Blog: 2007 NCAA Tournament Elite 8

Posted by Mike on March 25, 2007

Today Oregon plays Florida for the Midwest Regional championship and the right to play UCLA in the Final Four. Oregon will need a big day out of their guards, Aaron Brooks, Tajuan Porter and Bryce Taylor, while Florida will rely on the frontcourt of Brewer, Horford and Noah.

2:42 pm: 3-3. Taurean Green hits a three for the first basket of the game. Aaron Brooks responds in kind before the shot clock expires.

2:43 pm: Damn. Tajuan Porter is 5-6? Really?

Brooks and Brewer each drive in for nice layups. 5-5. Corey’s basket was especially tough.

2:45 pm: 8-5, Florida. Oregon played good defense, forcing a turnover on the inbound pass, but Porter makes a bad decision by taking a three in transition. Florida quickly rebounds, and on the Humphrey hits an open three on the other end.

Official timeout.

2:50 pm: 8-7, Florida. A nice shot in the post by Malik Hairston cuts the lead to one. Florida turns it over on the next possession, and the have a chance to take the lead.

2:51 pm: 10-9, Florida. The Gators rebound a bad shot and Corey Brewer drives inside for a sweet layup across the lane. Bryce Taylor posterizes Al Horford on the other end.

If Florida has a weakness today, it’s that they haven’t been taking care of the ball. The Ducks are making it tough on them.

2:53 pm: 11-10, Oregon. Hairston hits a jumper in the lane to give Oregon the lead.

Walter Hodge is in for the Gators. Man, he is ugly, and the facial hair isn’t helping.

2:56 pm: 11-11. The Ducks have done a good job of neutralizing Noah and Horford so far, but they seem to be taking a few too many ill-advised shots. Just as I say that, Hairston scores inside again. I did not expect him to be so successful in the paint. 13-11, Oregon.

Official timeout.

3:01 pm: 16-13, Oregon. Taylor hits a three off a great pass from the inside.

Aaron brooks commits his second foul nine minutes in. Let’s hope Porter and Hairston can pick up the slack.

3:02 pm: 18-13, Oregon. Porter extends the lead at the line after Florida commits their 8th turnover.

3:04 pm: 18-16, Oregon. At the midway point of the second half, Humphrey hits another three. Still, Florida has 9 turnovers and only 5 field goals.

3:06 pm: 20-18, Oregon. Who would have thought that the best post player for Florida today would be Chris Richard?

3:07 pm: 22-19, Oregon. Malik Hairston is having a very good game in the post. I should point out that he’s 6-6.

Florida is keeping it close because what the frontcourt has done well so far is offensive rebounding. Oregon is simply outmatched in that regard.

3:11 pm: Len Elmore points out that the problem for Oregon is bad technique in boxing out. I’ll need to keep my eye out for that.

3:13 pm: 25-22, Florida. Good screening by Noah gives Green an open three to take the lead. The Gators steal the ball on the next play, and Humphrey lays it in easily. Ernie Kent calls a timeout during the Gators’ 7-0 run.

3:18 pm: 28-24, Florida. Hairston continues to have his way in the offensive paint, but Joakim Noah gets three the hard way against Joevan Catron, his third foul.

3:19 pm: 30-26, Florida. A great post move by Horford, and Florida really seems to have woken up from their early slumber.

3:20 pm: Oregon coach Ernie Kent says that center Adam Zahn is the team’s best leaper. I guess white men can jump.

3:23 pm: 33-27, Florida. Wow. What a shot by Lee Humphrey. The spin on that ball was so pure, and the shot was so on target, that the ball tore apart the net swishing through it. Unbelievable. A description cannot do justice to that shot. Again…wow.

There now a delay as the officials need to replace the net Humphrey just ruined.

3:35 pm: 39-38, Florida. I’ve missed a lot. I stepped away a little too long. I rejoined the game at 39-34, after which Brooks has hit a nice jumper, Porter stole a Gator pass, and delivered a great pass to Taylor, who slammed it in. Oregon has the momentum now. Brooks has 14 on 6 of 8 shooting.

3:37 pm: Oregon has a chance to tie before the halftime buzzer, but Florida does a great job of clamping down on Brooks, and The Gators are hanging on to a 40-38 halftime lead. Florida looks poised to take over this game, as their offense has finally found a rhythm and they’re winning the rebounding battle. But they need to cut down on turnovers and find a way to stop Aaron Brooks and Malik Hairston. For Oregon to win, they need to stay out of foul trouble, clamp down on the defensive perimeter, rebound, and hope that they continue to shoot the ball well.

4:00 pm: 44-40, Florida. The second half begins, and Florida is having some early success in the paint. They’re also doing a good job of slowing the tempo down so far in the second half.

4:04 pm: 45-43, Florida. Porter makes a great pass as Brooks hits a three, but Hairston picks up his third. The Oregon frontcourt is now in deep foul trouble, with three players and three fouls each.

4:06 pm: 50-45, Florida. Porter is really struggling on defense. Taurean Green and lee Humphrey are tearing him apart.

Official timeout.

4:09 pm: 50-47, Florida. Marty Leunen, who averages 11 points a game, only has 4, all from the stripe.

4:10 pm: 53-47, Florida. Humphrey hits another three to put the Gators up 6. He has 17 points.

4:12 pm: 55-51, Florida. Even Walter Hodge is getting in the act to abusing Porter, driving in for an easy coast-to-coast layup.

Brroks gets a nice basket inside to give him 21 for the day.

4:13 pm: 59-53, Florida. Taking advantage of the foul trouble, Florida is now attacking inside without much resistance.

4:21 pm: 61-55, Florida. Oregon is still in this game because they’re finally rebounding the ball well. In particular, Hairston continues to overachieve in the post.

4:26 pm: 61-57, Florida. Oregon is still playing well on defense, but it simply isn;t Tajuan Porter’s day. He can;t score, and he’s a defensive liability. Ernie Kent needs to bench him.

4:28 pm: 64-57, Florida. Lee Humphrey cannot be stopped.

Oregon isn’t forcing turnovers anymore. This could mean doom for the Ducks.

4:29 pm: 67-57, Florida. And Humphrey hits ANOTHER three! He’s hit 7 of those, and now has 23 points. Why hasn’t Porter been pulled?

4:31 pm: 67-60, Florida. Leunen hits his first shot of the game, a three pointer. The Ducks will really need him to step up late in the game.

7:52 left.

4:34 pm: Wow. That defensive set was just bad. Mismatches across the board. Brroks on Richard, Hairston on Humphrey, Porter on Green-Ugh.

4:36 pm: You don’t know the definition of awkward until you’ve heard a sports announcer plug his network’s newest sitcom.

4:41 pm: 70-64, Florida, 4:55 left. Oregon is finally getting some nice opportunities in the second half. Taylor dunks in transition off a steal, and then Brooks drives in for another layup. I think that gives him 27 for the day.

4:43 pm: 3:54 left. Hairston fouls out. That’s bull! There wasn’t enough contact to call that a foul.

4:48 pm: 72-64, Florida, 3:15 left. Porter throws up an airball, continuing his struggles today. But that’s not the important part. I just saw that something is very, very wrong with his right ear. The bottom of it curves out and up. Things that make you go…..Brrrbrbbrbbrbr.

UPDATE (3/26): Apparently I’m not the only person who noticed Tajuan Porter’s left ear. 21 people have found my site via a search term pertaining to this subject. Here’s a good picture of it below.

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According to several threads in Yahoo! Answers, it’s a keloid scar, possibly from a piercing gone wrong. However, I cannot confirm this.

4:52 pm: 72-66, Florida, 1:50 left. Marty Leunen shows great patience, letting Horford and Noah leap past him before making the easy layup.

Florida has done a good job of cutting down on turnovers. I think they’ve only had 4 TOs compared to 13 in the first half. Humphrey’s shooting helps, but I think that’s the biggest reason Florida is winning this game.

4:56 pm: 75-66, Florida, 1:12 left. Leunen fouls out, Florida hits their free throws, and the Gators are putting the game out of reach.

4:57 pm: 75-69, Florida, 1:01 left. Chamberlain Oguchi comes off the bench, hits a three, and the Ducks are back within 6.

5:00 pm: 78-72, Florida, :40 left. Tajuan Porter finally hits a three, and then Florida travels. This game may not be over yet.

5:02 pm: 78-74, Florida, :31 left. Brroks is fouled and hits two free throws. Green is sent to the line but only hits one.

5:03 pm: 81-74, Florida, :24 left. When Oregon absolutely needed a shot, Brooks’ layup was rejected by Brewer. He goes to the line and hits two free throws. It looks like this game has finally been put away.

5:04 pm: 81-77, Florida, :17 left. Just as I say that, Porter hits another three to bring it within 4.

5:06 pm: 82-77, Florida, :08.4 left. Porter travels, and this game is officially over.

5:08 pm: Oregon’s desperation shot goes begging, and Florida wins, 85-77. With this win, they return to the final four, and will play UCLA in the National Semifinals. Aaron Brooks and the Oregon defense played well for the most part, but Florida’s guards, Taurean Green and Lee Humphrey, really stepped up today.

I’ll be at Tar Heel Mania to cover UNC vs. Georgetown.

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Georgetown vs. Vanderbilt Live Blog: 2007 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16

Posted by Mike on March 23, 2007

Tonight #6 seed Vanderbilt plays #2 seed Georgetown in game 1 of the 2007 NCAA Tournament East Regional Semifinals. Georgetown will rely on a halfcourt offense and their frontcourt of Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert. Vanderbilt will look to get big contributions from their backcourt of Derrick Byars, Dan Cage, and Shan Foster. Whether or not Vandy can shoot lights out from the outside will likely determine whether or not they can win this game against the heavily favored Hoyas.

7:28 pm: 2-0, G’Town. The Hoyas draw first blood as they force a turnover, and Green makes a great pass to DaJuan Summers, who slams it in. Green hits a jumper on the next possession to make it 4-0.

7:29 pm: 4-2, G’Town. I wonder if John Thompson II, announcing on Westwood One radio, will say during tonight’s broadcast “THAT’S MY BABY!” about his son and current Hoyas coach, JT III.

7:32 pm: 5-4, G’Town. Foster gets a great pass from Cage in transition and makes an easy layup.

7:33 pm: 9-5, Vandy. The Commodores are doing a good job of keeping Hibbert out of the paint. He now needs to defend the perimeter, and Cage is having a field day with it. He hits two straight shots, the last a three, to give Vandy the lead.

7:34 pm: 12-5, Vandy. Alex Gordon hits another three for Vandy, and they are now very much in control of this game.

Official timeout, as Hibbert commits an offensive foul.

7:37 pm: Vanderbilt’s lack of size has actually given them an advantage. The Hoyas have had to adjust with a smaller lineup.

7:39 pm: 15-6, Vandy. Byars finally gets on the board with a three.

Either Vanderbilt fans are well represented, or all of the Tar Heel fans have learned the cheers and are rooting for the Commodores. I’m guessing the latter.

7:40 pm: 18-6, Vandy. Georgetown’s smaller lineup has given them a new problem. Vanderbilt has been able to get offensive rebounds on the Hoyas, the latest leading to a three by Cage to give Vandy a double digit lead seven minutes into the game.

7:45 pm: 18-13, Vandy. After JT3’s timeout, Georgetown has scored three straight baskets, the latest by Patrick Ewing (?!?!?), to cut the lead to five before the official timeout.

7:50 pm: 20-13, Vandy. As we reach the midway point of the first half, Foster hits a tough turnaround baseline jumper.

7:51 pm: 23-13, Vandy. Byars has only hit one shot, but that doesn’t mean he’s a non-factor. He drives inside and makes a great pass to Foster, who hits a wide open three from the right wing to bring the lead back to double digits.

Nine minutes left, first half.

7:54 pm: 25-13, Vandy. The Hoyas are going deep into their bench, as the team is now in foul trouble.

Official timeout.

8:00 pm: 27-14, Vandy. Foster has an unbelievable turnaround jumper.

8:01 pm: 27-18, Vandy. Summers gets a putback inside, the Hoyas’ first basket in quite a while. Hibbert’s first basket of the game bring the difference back to single digits.

8:04 pm: 27-19, Vandy. The Commodores’ outside shooting has suddenly gone cold, and the Hoyas are finally attacking the inside. G’Town seems to be playing the game they’re more comfortable with now.

8:09 pm: 27-24, Vandy. Now that the Hoyas are attacking the inside Vandy will be in foul trouble very soon. Now that their outside shots aren’t falling, Georgetown will have more possessions (and more importantly, possessions on their terms).

8:12 pm: 32-24, Vandy. Just as it looks like G’Town has all the momentum, Cage hits a three, Vadny gets the steal on defense, and Byars is able to score on a putback.

A great stat: Vanderbilt has 12 field goals on eleven assist. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that the Commodores have done a great job of passing.

8:15 pm: Alex Gordon is unable to get a good shot before the buzzer, but Vanderbilt leads 32-24 at halftime. Vanderbilt has done a good job of keeping the game in the perimeter rather than in the paint. For the Commodores to hang on in the second half, they will need to continue dictating the style of the game and keeping Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert neutralized.

8:19 pm: Florida leads 35-29 at halftime. The Gators have scored the last 14–

Whoa. Clark Kellogg has a scary stare into the camera. I think I now know why he normally keeps looking away from it. I think he just hypnotized thousands of grannies across America to rise up and watch “How I Met Your Mother” with that stare.

8:37 pm: The second half begins.

8:38 pm: 32-28, Vandy. That’s what happens when you allow Hibbert inside position. He hits two straight baskets that were way too easy.

8:40 pm: 33-31, Vandy. Hibbert kicks the ball out to Summers, who drains the three and makes it a one possession game.

8:41 pm: 36-33, Vandy. Byars hits his first three of the game, but Hibbert continues to dominate the offensive glass. The Commodores need to keep him out of position.

8:42 pm: 36-36. Summers ties the game with another three. If Vandy can’t keep Hibbert out of the paint, this game will get away from them.

8:47 pm: 38-36, Vandy. Backup center Ted Skuchas drives inside for layup to give the lead back to Vanderbilt. Let’s see if he can stop Hibbert.

8:50 pm: 38-37, Vandy. Skuchas gets two quick fouls in one minute. He has to return to the bench with four.

8:51 pm: 41-38, G’town. Green drives inside and gets the layup to give Georgetown the lead. Hibbert dunks a putback on the next possession.

Vanderbilt is really struggling in their shooting in the second half. They’ve only scored 2 FGs in over 7 minutes.

8:54 pm: 43-40, G’Town. This is a near replica of the BC game: They keep a lead at halftime because they’re ale to contain Hibbert and keep him from getting the ball, but in the second half he takes over the game.

8:55 pm: 43-42, G’Town. Official Timeout.

8:59 pm: 44-43, Vandy. Beal makes a great alley-oop pass to Foster, whose dunk rattles in as Vandy takes the lead back.

9:00 pm: 46-44, G’town. Summers hits a three on the next possession, and Georgetown gets the lead again.

9:01 pm: 48-46, G’town. Beal’s midrange jumper rattles in to tie the game, but Green strikes back.

9:02 pm: 51-49, G’town. The two teams are now exchanging outside shots. Byars finally hits a three in the second half, but Summers is on fire for the Hoyas tonight. Which is odd, because he’s their lowest scoring starter from the regular season.

9:06 pm: 51-51. Ross Neltner catches the Hoyas frontcourt out of position, and he ties the game with an easy layup.

Vanderbilt commits their first turnover in over 23 minutes. Their ball control is amazing.

7:27 left in the game.

9:11 pm: What the hell? CBS put us in Butler-Florida! Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nail biter, but I want to see the Georgetown game!

So let me get this straight, James Brown: Does Butler have a 4.0 basketball IQ?

9:12 pm: 54-53, G’town. …and we’re back. Hibbert commits his fourth foul.

9:13 pm: 56-54, Vandy. Foster hits a three, and Vandy has the lead back! He drives inside in Hibbert’s absence and gets an easy layup.

58-54, Vandy, 4:30 left.

9:15 pm: 58-57, Vandy. Georgetown hits a three, but are dealt a huge blow as Hibbert fouls out with four minutes left. Vanderbilt should now be able to dictate the pace of this game. Jeff Green, Big East POY, must step up now for the Hoyas.

9:20 pm: 60-60. Jeff Green gets the amazing tip in, and the foul to tie the game. 3:30 left.

9:21 pm: Byars has an open three, but he hurries his shot to beat the shot clock, and it falls short.

UPDATE: Florida wins over Butler, 65-57.

9:23 pm: 62-60, G’town. Sapp makes an unbelievable drive to get the tough basket in the lane.

9:27 pm: 64-61, G’town, 1:00 left. An great play by Johnathan Wallace, driving like he’s going inside, but then pulling up for the open midrange jumper.

9:30 pm: 65-64, Vandy, :17.9 left. Vanderbilt is getting theor points a t the free throw line, and with a one point lead, Ewing commits a push foul. Dan Cage hits his free throws to give the Commodores the lead.

Teams like Tennesse and Virginia Tech have been punished so far in this tournament for not shooting well from the free throw line. The shot’s importance has certainly magnified in the last few weeks.

9:33 pm: With 2.5 seconds left, Jeff Green hits a tough shot, from the baseline, double teamed, off the glass to give them the lead. Vanderbilt can;t get a good shot off, and Georgetown wins, 66-65. What a heartbreaker for the Commodores, but Georgetown previals in spite of many obstacles: Vandy’s perimeter shooting, their free throws, Hibbert fouling out, and Green not playing well until the end. Georgetown will go to the Elite 8, as many had expected. However, the path has been much tougher than anticipated.

I will now go to Tar Heel Mania to live blog UNC vs. USC.

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