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March Madness: Day 1 - 12PM Games

By hagrin - Posted on 15 March 2007

It's started. See everyone in April. This is my month.

I wanted to give a quick recap to the 12pm EST games if you were at work and didn't get to watch them. In game one, Maryland and Davidson went back and forth all game long, but Maryland was able to prevail over Davidson. Stephen Curry, the Davidson freshman, scored 30 points, but it wasn't enough to out duel the rest of the Terrapins. This was a game of runs with a couple of 10-0+ runs by both teams. Maryland showed a lot of guts being able to fight back every time Davidson hit another 3 pointer and a lot of teams that escape that tough first round game get the wake up call they need to make a deep run into the tournament. Watch out for Maryland Gator fans.

In what can be described as a complete joke, Louisville pressured Stanford out of the gym and won by over 20 points and the game wasn't even as close as the score indicates. Stanford had no answer for Louisville's pressure, speed or athleticism. The wonder twins of Stanford were actually benched at one point for ineffective play and Stanford should be embarrassed by their effort. They shouldn't have made the tournament and their performance today just shows me that the committee was extremely wrong to select the Cardinal as one of the last teams into the tournament. Louisville poses an interesting challenge to Texas A&M in the next round. Oh, and the crowd - VERY pro-Louisville and in fact extremely loud for a 12PM EST start time.

Lastly, Bobby Knight and Jarius Jackson come up small in the tournament as Boston College, the team that looks to have no heart at times, beat the Red Raiders to every loose ball and pulled away late for the win. Sean Marshall, who I despise after he screamed in JJ Redick's face at BC last year, came to play today and knocked down a lot of big time outside shots. ACC Player of the Year, Jared Dudley, was studly as he was able to avoid second half foul trouble after picking up 3 first half fouls and played a great all-around game.

Check back for updates on the second set of afternoon games for all of you at work still.

Hagrin's Picks: 2-1 (thanks Stanford).