Jordan Sibert gets revenge against his old school
CBS Sports analyst Clark Kellogg said it from the outset in New York, “It is like big brother playing little brother…And the little brother has to be growing up.”
And growing up the Dayton Flyers did in their first meeting against the traditional program since a first round NIT game in 2008.
Aaron Craft’s driving layup with over 15 seconds gave the Buckeyes a brief one point lead. But it was Vee Sanford’s driving layup with 3.8 seconds left that gave the Dayton Flyers a 60-59 lead. However Craft, steady most of the way (even committing a flagrant 1 foul late in the second half) did not flinch. All game long, he made threes and dished a lot of punishment on his own in getting baskets to go through.
However, the final shot of his college career curled around the rim and twirled out.
The result was the first of many bracket upsets around the nation (including mine). Jordan Sibert finished with 9 points playing the very school that he had minimal playing time for Thad Matta during his freshman and sophomore years 75 miles away in Columbus. This was only the third time in the storied history of OSU basketball that the Buckeyes were eliminated in their first game.
But looking at the other sites, it looks very good for the long term:
Wisconsin simply pummeled the Eagles of American University after a tense first half (the final was 75-35) in Milwaukee. Meanwhile, down at the Amway Center in Orlando–Pittsburgh showed absolutely no mercy against Colorado (feels more than a 14/3 game than an 8/9 game) with the Panthers shooting 62 percent en route to a 33-9 start and a 46-18 halftime lead.
More impressive are these stats, gleaned over by Kevin Gorman of TribLive Newspaper Services:
Pitt through the first half had 13 assists and only one turnover, while the Buffaloes had zero assists and 10 turnovers. For you history buffs, you have to go way back to 1986 (when the personal computer consisted of an attached keyboard and monitor plus very few colors on the screen), when Pitt led Arkansas by 33 points on a neutral site.
Most of my attention is consumed on Harvard and New Mexico, good back-and-forth game out west in Spokane, Washington. If the Crimson pull off their second double seed upset, I plan to blog about it later this afternoon. Please continue to enjoy the hoops, no matter how you enjoy them or where you might enjoy them–on whatever technological or traditional platform that you plan to view or listen to the games (including your favorite campus radio network).