Michigan State stuns Miami, South Carolina wins first tourney game since 1973

SONG SELECTION:

The Softies, “The Best Days” from Winter Pageant

Released January 21, 1997 on K Records

Michigan State used a 25-4 run towards the end of the first half as the Spartans rolled past Miami (Florida) 78-58 in Tulsa.  Equally as impressive, the Gamecocks of South Carolina State posted 54 points in the second half to turn a tight struggle with Marquette to another 20 point rout 93-73, winning their first NCAA Tournament game since the NBC era in 1973 over Southwest Louisiana State.

The only other game that ended up in single figures was the Norse of Northern Kentucky falling valiant to their bigger in-state rivals of the Kentucky Wildcats and their five McDonald’s All-Americans 79-70.

And yes, Happy Birthday to Tracy Wolfson:).  May this be your best year ever reporting for CBS Sports.

Kansas put up 100 on UC Davis, and before Duke put Troy to sleep, crews had to work on a piece of the floor in the first half which apparently ruptured.  I have heard in the past of tournament games being delayed due to floods, blizzards, and sometimes other strange oddities that life occasionally throws at us–but portions of the wood floor that the NCAA created just for these games?  Players and/or some cheerleaders could have gotten splintered feet over this.  Thankfully, the floor in Greenville was safe to play on and the game ended like any other game typical of the First Round.

As for my picks–I was 13-3 on the day, 25-7 thus far in the Big Dance.

One small coaching piece of news I missed on Wednesday and one prominent ACC school filled their position:

Lorenzo Romar was fired after 15 years leading the Washington Huskies.  So make that four coaches (two each in the Pac-12 and Big Ten each looking for new coaches).  But there was one opening filled on Friday, as North Carolina State lured away North Carolina State Head Coach Keith Keating.  Similar to what Brad Underwood did for a few years in establishing Stephen F. Austin as a mid-major power in 2015-2016, he took over at Oklahoma State and nearly pulled it out in an exciting game to start the day before finally losing by the slimmest of margins to Tracy Wolfson’s alma mater of Michigan.

Second Round has plenty of juicy encounters, but one game remains the one to watch on Saturday

No question, the game to watch on Saturday is on CBS at 5:15 p.m. Eastern time in Salt Lake City.
Will the magic ride by “Chicago’s Big Ten Team” that is Northwestern University planning to derail any dreams of the top seed out West in Gonzaga?

ESPN reporter Michelle Steele had some very interesting observations on her Twitter page late Thursday night.  When she called into the “Freddie and Fitz Show” on ESPN Radio, she remarked that even the taxi cab rides she took around the city, even the drivers did not know about the match-ups.  The question on her mind going into this game is how many more Gonzaga fans will actually show up.  Northwestern fans seemed to outnumber the Vanderbilt contingent by about 3 to 1, so it will be interesting to see in-between the periodic celebrity camera shots of Michael Wilbon, Brad Hall, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, among such special Northwestern alums rooting on their Wildcats every step of the way.

For the full second round schedule, just scroll down with your finger or your mouse to the next link below.

Thanks again for your support and I hope the above song selection is a nice and mellow album for you to sleep with.  Good night and pleasant dreams, everybody.

 

 

 

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