Ncaa Tournament First Round Matchup: Running Diary

Another trendy upset could be Murray State over Vanderbilt at 2:30 p.m. Is he worried his meteoric, out-of-nowhere 2005 will vanish if he hangs around lovely Madison one more year? How long can you rely on opportunistic defense to win you ballgames?
The Maryland Terrapins seemed to have all but wrapped up Arizona’s Sean Miller for their head coaching position before being spurned by him at the last minute.

On what leadership means: “A lot of times you get put in bad situations on defense and you need someone with a vocal presence on the field. Or if it is a tight game, certain situations you need a guy who says ‘Hey we’ve been here before, let’s go.'” But also on the practice field and also in the meetings, showing some of these younger guys how to do things and the right way to do things.

The Red Storm figure to finish in the bottom third of the Big East, which currently features eight ranked teams. But St. John’s already has a win over No. 12 Notre Dame and played UCONN to a tough game before falling 67-55.

Louisville’s 73-54 win over Seton Hall Wednesday night bucked the trend that the Big East has been setting in league play to start the year.The four previous Big East games this week were decided by four or fewer points, but the Cardinals (12-2, 1-0) raced ahead 10-0 and 24-2 and never really were challenged, leading by as many as 28.

Ebanks (10.4 ppg, 7.7 rpg), Samuels (11.9 pg, 4.7 rpg) and Walker (8.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg) were all named to the Big East All-Rookie Team in 2008-09, whereas Hazel was named to the league’s third team.

In a way he’s right, but in another way, he’s masking over what was a black eye for the program and for the university. So, as always, winning can solve all problems. It won’t come against Penn State, but if it comes against Buffalo, I’m not sure how many people are going to remember Villanova. The Owls would be 1-0 in the MAC, and everything will be right with the Temple world. For one week.

On what people should expect from this year’s team: “It’s just a new team. We’re not going to be settling for just staying close with everyone. I’m thinking win every game and I’m hoping everybody else feels that way.

BA, Professional Handicapper’s League: I have Villanova as the better team only because they are more experienced and boast more weapons. Aside from Tucker and Gibson, the Longhorns don’t know exactly where their offense will come for night in and night out. Sure, Aldridge will get you some points and Buckman will battle underneath, but the Cats have four players that can light it up on any given night.

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