Thursday Night Scores
Maryland 65 – XAVIER 76
 Xavier (+2) (Under 142.5)
VILLANOVA 76 – Mount St. Mary’s 56
 Mount St. Mary’s (+27) (Under 133.5)
SAINT MARY’S 85 – VCU 77
 Saint Mary’s (-4.5) (Over 130)
PURDUE 80 – Vermont 70
 Purdue (-9) (Over 134.5)
FLORIDA STATE 86 – Florida Gulf Coast 80
 Florida State
 Florida Gulf Coast (+12) (Over 146.5)
WISCONSIN 84 – Virginia Tech 74
 Wisconsin (-5.5) (137)
 Virginia Tech
ARIZONA 100 – North Dakota 82
 Arizona (-17) (Over 147.5)
 North Dakota
IOWA STATE 84 – Nevada 73
 Iowa State (-6) (Push 157)
OOOOOOHHH WHEEEEEE what a day one we had folks,,
Well, not really. Only two of the sixteen games were actual upsets. And in the eyes of most I’d argue neither was actually an upset. Middle Tennessee over Minnesota was easily the most selected upset of any bracket after last year’s win over Michigan State. And anyone who didn’t expect a veteran Xavier team to beat a wildly unpredictable, disjointed Maryland team was kidding themselves. Seriously, who trusted Maryland at all in that game?
Shit, we didn’t even have a 9 over an 8. It was chalk after chalk after chalk after chalk. Which is fine. There were some tense gambling moments, exciting runs, and enough decent moments to make us all appreciate the day.
If you missed the Thursday Afternoon Roundup you can find it here…
And you know what that means for today, right? It means that we are going to get a WILD day of upsets, buzzer beaters, tears, dunks, and so much more. Basketball, like life, always finds a way to balance itself out. One drastic swing this way (all chalk, no buzzer beaters, few if any memorable moments), means the see saw is about to go shooting up on the other side. Balance… just in the form of chaos. I’m sorry, this is the way my brain works.
On to the highlights…
We started the night session off with Maryland-Xavier in which Xavier Bluiett wide open with a 14-2 second half run. I’m sorry, I’m sorry.
The Lawnmower will never ever go out of style
I said it before and I’ll say it again… you are an IDIOT if you trusted this Maryland team. Brackets are a total crapshoot. Nobody actually knows anything. But the one thing anyone with a brain knew is that Maryland was never ever winning this game. It was honestly a bigger lock than any 1 over 16 matchup. Maryland STINKS. Don’t ever forget that again.
Also Bill Murray was there
Much like Gonzaga in the afternoon, #1 seed Villanova survived a first half scare before eventually pulling away in the second.
Helping that cause? Shots like this…
LET IT RAIN
Good job, good effort
MY MIND’S TELLIN ME NOOOOOOO
BUT MY BODY…
I honestly see nothing wrong with this picture.
Every… everything okay there Verne?
Not a flop but also not not a flop.
Buzz Williams is a goddamn lunatic and I love it.
Her: Come over
Me: I can’t
Her: You’re literally two hotel rooms down just walk past my parents door
Me: I think the hotel is haunted
Her: Ghosts aren’t re–
Me: GHOSTS ARE REAL
Her: Okay well just suck it up and get over here
Me: Look I want to but I don’t mess with ghosts
Her: I’ll let you do that think we’ve been talking abo–
One of the few games of the day came from Florida State and Dunk City 2.0
And Dunk City 2.0 actually had things going for a while.
If I’ve said it once it was probably back when they first made a run and so now I will say it a second time… DON’T LET DUNK CITY GET HOT
Dunk City vs. FSU is ELECTRIC
Shit, even their missed dunks were electric
If you watched any of Florida State this season you know they are stupid athletic. Their length is absurd. If they ever figure it out offensively they could make a legitimate run. The problem is, their entire offense is just “give it to Bacon.”
Love Xavier in this game on Saturday. L-O-V-E.
When the Bacon 2 thicc
And we closed out with Wisco.
Nigel Hayes getting big boy boards
Action Bronson Sarah Koenig hitting big boy buckets
I wanted to pick Wisonsin over Nova. I genuinely thought about it for a while. And then eventually wussed out. It’s my only real regret of my bracket. (And this has been “Talking About Ham’s Bracket”)
If I could change my pick now I would. And I already absolutely LOVE Wisco at (+5.5) on Saturday.
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS GOLD
Oh, and Arizona had a big blowout win.
Clear Eyes. Full Wallets. THIS. IS. MARCH.
Schedule for MARCH MADNESS DAY TWO
12:15 — CBS
 Michigan (-2.5) (154)
 Oklahoma State
12:40 — TruTV
 Baylor (-12.5) (134)
 New Mexico State
1:30 — TNT
 Arkansas (-1) (146.5)
 Seton Hall
2:00 — TBS
 Oregon (-15) (152)
2:45 — CBS
 Louisville (-20) (134)
 Jax State
3:10 — TruTV
 SMU (-6.5) (138)
4:00 — TNT
 North Carolina (-27) (154.5)
 Texas Southern
4:30 — TBS
 Rhode Island (Pick Em) (141.5)
6:50 — TNT
 Kansas (-23.5) (145.5)
 NCCU/UC Davis
7:10 — CBS
 Wichita State (-6) (144.5)
7:20 — TBS
 Duke (-20) (154)
7:27 — TruTV
 Cincinnati (-3.5) (130.5)
 Kansas State
9:20 — TNT
 Miami (-2) (125.5)
 Michigan State
9:40 — CBS
 Kentucky (-20) (154)
 Northern Kentucky
9:50 — TBS
 South Carolina (-1.5) (144.5)
9:57 — TruTV
 UCLA (-18) (162)
 Kent State