News factors faculty resources in determining rankings. Mary’s, Baylor, Purdue or Texas A&M – stands to make their way to the 2010 Final Four instead. But who to pick is the ridiculous part of this equation.
SALT LAKE CITY- After No. 10 Temple (24-8) defeated Arizona State surprisingly easily and No. 2 Notre Dame (27-7) was unsuspectingly challenged from Utah Saturday, the two are preparing to clash in the second round of the Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship at 6 p.m. PT Monday on ESPN.
With St. Mary’s College in the Sweet 16, the South region now looks even more topsy-turvy. Duke stands above all others as the No. 1 seed, especially with Villanova gone. But if the Blue Devils don’t win the region, a relative outsider – whether it be St. Mary’s, Baylor, Purdue or Texas A&M – stands to make their way to the 2010 Final Four instead.
The bottom line here is: NFL teams aren’t looking to pay running backs a lot of money anyway, which is why they typically wait and wait and wait to take them on draft day. (Who can forget Steven Jackson’s precipitous fall out of the first round two years ago?) Combine that with the fact that, like, everyone is coming out early, and some of these fellows aren’t going to get drafted until the second day. Is school really that bad?
West Virginia, Marquette, and Pittsburgh will be favorites in their first round games later that day. All three Big East teams are likely to get in the NCAA Tournament, and will likely receive 5, 6, or 7 seeds. Pitt is a perennial underachiever in March, and has fallen off the pace in the Big East quicker than usual. Marquette was a top 15 team for much of the first half of the year, while West Virginia has just gotten on the right side of the bubble. In the Big East tournament, it stands to reason that at least one of these teams can pull off second round upsets and improve their NCAA seeding. Marquette or West Virginia are probably the best bets. The Mountaineers have tended to do well in March over the last several years, and Bob Huggins is likely to get them ready to perform.
The Bruins ripped this one away from the Bulldogs. UCLA scored 11 points to barely pull out a win. This was heartbreaking – remember when Adam Morrison cried after the game?!? What a wild finish. Definitely a top game of the past 10 years.
Heath booted former guard Mike Mercer from the program on Monday after Mercer’s weekend arrest for marijuana possession. It marked the second arrest for Mercer since coming to USF from Georgia and it was the end of the line as far as Heath was concerned.
Speaking of having a nice feel, if you need new running shoes (and you get to the race early), stop by Bryn Mawr Running Company’s Media store at 13. E. State Street and have their expert crew hook you up. For a post-race thirst-quencher, Coach Webs recommends hoisting a pint of fresh beer at the Iron Hill Brewery at 30 E. State Street in Media.