Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rivalries delivering memorable week

As if March Madness needed any momentum it continues to pick up steam as ‘Rivalry Week’ continues to deliver close and exciting games, and if this is a preview of what to expect in a few weeks, then don’t miss a single round. The week started off with a Pittsburgh looking like a top seed as they took care of a persistent West Virginia club by 11 and Missouri came back to upset the defending National Champions Kansas, 62-20 in the “border war”, as DeMarre Carroll dropped 22. Tuesday showcased numbers 12 and 13 matching up as Nova’ upset Marquette at home by 20, and Mich St. and Michigan hooked up again with the Spartans leading from start to finish. It wasn’t a ‘Red River Shootout’ but Texas looked awfully good against Ok. State. Surprisingly, in the SEC they play basketball as well, and watch out for sleepers like Kentucky (18-3) who played a back-n-forth game with the Gators and won by 3 in the last minute. The headliner took place at Cameron Indoor as North Carolina put the cuffs on Duke in the final 10 minutes, and dropped a century spot on them 101-87, winning going away to take over first place in the ACC and hush the naysayers who thought they peaked too early. Out west there’s a 6 v 16 matchup with UCLA and AZ St. in a rematch of the Devil’s upset win at Pauly Pavilion earlier this year. Did this week change your mind about who the top seeds are, or is it too early to call? Let us know here and in the NCAA chat rooms.


7 comments:

marcusjb23 said...

NEEDED THOMPSON to STEP UP....Check.

NEEDED Frasor to step up and make a few shots.....Check.

Ellington & Lawson BOTH needed good games......Check.

Got a little more bench production from Davis & Frasor...Check.

My prediction of UNC winning by at least 10 points....Check.

UNC 101
Duke 87

The Carolina Show rolls on.....

wake1983 said...

Just one question: When the Wake players rushed the court after Wake beat the Tarholes, they were widely decried as poor sports and unaccustomed to winning. So, how should I interpret this mad rush to Hillsborough Street by the UNC faithful, especially since their team was ranked higher and should have won?

heelnation said...

Hey Wake1983, YOU HAVE NOTHING TO SAY!! You guys are sinking like a stone right now! you'd be lucky to get a 6 seed in the big dance! now shut up and take your seat as #3!

soonerhopeful1 said...

I say, which many might not agree;... that the North Carolina's victory over Duke at Durham, will impress the Pollsters more than Oklahoma over Baylor in Waco, to push North carolina ahead of#2 Oklahoma, and Tar Heels will be #2, Sooners #3.... What do you think, I thought this before the Games... but I could be wrong.

gridgods1 said...

Duke played well in spurts...but I think it is pretty obvious UNC is the better team this year.

rigg8280 said...

I still CANNOT believe Singler didn't get ejected for that elbow. That was clearly intentional. How the refs call a technical and not eject him is beyond me. The only thing I can think of is that it's Dook.

cowboy tracy said...

Can we please move Wake and Duke out of the top 10? Wake loses to Unranked NC State and UNC drop 100 on Duke..AT DUKE! I see on local TV here in Charlotte that they didnt bring up the stat that showed the last time that happen to Duke. My god enough of the poll stuffing with the ACC. Why dont they just call the ACC ESPN/ACC Conference and get it over with! I am sure that would make Dukie V and the execs at ESPN VERY happy!