March 16, 2006

Not Counting My Chickens Yet...

But how is one of the lowest scoring, most deliberate offenses in the country (Air Force) going to score 42 points in the second half against one of the best defenses in the country (Illinois)? Then again, that assumes Illinois will match its first half output. I never get cocky about rooting for Illinois in the tournament. While the comeback against Arizona gives teams well behind hope forever, I was in the third row across from the Illiinois bench when Illinois lost to Austin Peay.

P.S. Anybody seen Billy Packer lately? Does anyone else get the idea that Billy "the committee should look at performance over the last five years" Packer is frightened by change? What exactly would be the rationale for that, other than guaranteeing Duke a #1 seed in perpetuity?

P.P.S. And I see Chevrolet has joined the Duke/Vitale/ESPN/Amex recruiting team.

DOWNDATE: Well, Air Force got 41, but they needed 51. Now I can watch another Big 10 team (Indiana), a game 5-12 matchup between Texas A&M and Syracuse, or a blowout featuring Duke. Naturally, CBS believes the good people of St. Louis cannot get enough of Duke.

Posted by Charles Austin at March 16, 2006 09:41 PM

Sorry about your Illini over the weekend.

Like most folks my bracket took a beating over the weekend, but I'm still in the hunt for the prize. I still have 6 of my Elite 8 teams left and all of my Final 4 teams left.

Posted by: Jon at 10:00 AM

I haven't written anything about it since it is difficult not to seem as though I'm whining about the officiating. It was nice to see how weel Illinois could play for about 15 minutes in the middle of the game without a whistle on almost every possession though.

Having the Big 10 eliminated somewhat damaged my brackets for this year.

Posted by: charles austin at 06:00 PM