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The 2010 NCAA March Madness Archive

In basketball blogging, march madness on February 14, 2011 at 9:46 pm

This blog represents my attempt to cover the 2010 NCAA March Madness. It was a great year, made exciting by the phenomenal play of several “Cinderellas” – the most prominent of these being the Butler Bulldogs, finalists in an epic coming out party in their hometown .

I hope you will peruse the entirety of Yesterday’s Hoops for a comprehensive flashback of the 2010 Tournament.

Thanks to all of the thousands of followers for a great experience.

Our Bracket: Reeling and Rocking, Sweet 16 Still Solid

In march madness on March 20, 2010 at 6:11 am

It must be considered one of the better opening weekends in the history of March Madness.

The Greatest? No. But California, Gonzaga, St. Mary’s and Washington tore through the first round, Purdue quashed Siena’s perennial upset bid, and Ohio and Murray State moved on, hurling pundits into the toilet. Drowning, they shout: “Greatest 1st Round Ever!” to cover their failure.

click here for Yesterdays Hoops Bracket

We were surprised Gonzaga came out so strong against Florida State as to put it out of reach.

Gonzaga 67, Florida State 60
This was a coaching failure exposed. A total lack of preparation on the part of FSU for the ferocity of a team like Gonzaga in the first round.

Not one of the Florida State’s 3 through 7 guys could hit a basket – going 1 for 18 in the first half. They were utterly stymied by a well-prepared, very disciplined Bulldog squad. And then their poor lil’ freshman got stuck holding the bag and clanked the critical FTs … tsk, tsk, tsk.

FSU got owned by Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few.

Ups to a Bulldog team that, again, was prepared perfectly, has way more weapons than we expected, but that looks really tired now. Matt Bouldin is clutch and Steven Gray and the big men showed their stuff after traveling more than 3,000 miles to play. Well done Zags.

Georgia Tech 64, Oklahoma State 59
Oklahoma State’s loss to Georgia Tech was a crusher, but again, all credit must be given to the GT coaching staff for an excellent approach to a tough, tough, tough game – one of our favorite contests to watch so far [btw, we watched concurrent with the FSU/Zags matchup via the Internet for the first time – from a writing standpoint, it’s perfect.]

GT defense was truly awesome – kept James Anderson out of the game, neutralized Kieter and kept it tied.The offense struggled but produced. Free throws made the difference. Then in the end, Anderson tried too hard to do too much.

This was Evan Turner’s problem at the end of the Big10 Conference Tournament that he eventually saved with a running 37-footer as time expired. On the four previous possessions before ETs epic shot, Turner was forced into a missed shot or turnover by a well-prepared Minnesota defense – forgot he had teammates.

The same happened to John Wall and Kentucky late in the season on national TV against Bruce Pearl’s well-prepared Vols.  Do you remember the 10-0 run and the two turnovers Wall was forced into?

Murray State 66, Vandy 65
We picked the Murray State upset and were thrilled by the jumper that won it and by fine performances by Butler, Xavier, Pittsburgh, Baylor, Texas A&M, Missouri, New Mexico, Maryland and Tennessee.

St. Mary’s 80, Richmond 71
St. Mary’s was so impressive in their victory over the Spiders, we favor them as underdogs over ‘Nova who are putting up their inexperienced center from Benin, West Africa – who first touched a basketball only a few years ago – against the Gaels’ remarkable Senior Omar Samhan from San Ramon, CA.

The first round included polish-offs by Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, West Virginia, Kansas State, Syracuse and Pittsburgh, but squeakers by Villanova and BYU leave us wondering. Siena and Richmond burned out early and scrambled our South Round – which all along was the hardest one for us to pick.

And the Big East took a swan dive from its position of false support – having been buoyed by the prejudiced New York/L.A. media for so long – burn, Hollywood, burn!

We love the era of parity – so let’s do expand the field.