Friday, June 28, 2013

Midnight Madness in Full Swing

NCAA Basketball kicked off with their “Midnight Madness” culminating with a double header of #1 vs. #2 and #5 vs. #4 matchups. Although there were no Chaminades present on opening day, there were some really good games, even at 3am on the East Coast. Among them was Miami/Georgia Southern, Milwaukee/Davidson, UAB/Rutgers, West Virginia/Virginia Tech, and a shootout between BYU and Stanford where 215 points were scored. The preliminaries have set a high bar for the headliners to reach but no doubt the star power is there to take it over the top. The opening act will be the 2-1 matchup between Michigan State and Kentucky as it appears UK simply reloaded despite being pillaged by the NBA draft and still came out as the pre-season top seed. State only has two seniors on their roster so they should be able to match the Cats in regards to atheism, but come into the game as 3.5point dogs. It sets them up to make a statement to start the season and make a quick jump to the top spot. As the headliner for Midnight Madness the #5Kansas Jayhawks take on the #4 Duke Blue Devils and sets the stage for the most talked about freshman in years, ESPN coverboy Andrew Wiggins. Already possessing NBA pedigree, Wiggins got off to a start worthy of the hype, scoring 16 points in 35 minutes in his first collegiate game, but this will be against premium competition and the first glimpse if he’s really ready for prime time. With all of the story lines opening day the Madness will be starting early this year.

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