It’s starting to get a little kooky.
UPSET: Bradley 72, No. 18 Drake 71
I’m openly pulling for Drake. (Love The Drake!) But you just can’t blow an eight-point lead in the final three minutes against a Bradley team that’s only praying to get to the NIT this year. Still, the Bulldogs only have two losses in the MVC, so they’re still okay (for now).
Baby Korver can’t get the shot off at the buzzer and suddenly Drake might not be all that good.
This Saturday the Drake-Butler matchup looms as a bit game for Bracket Busters.
No. 15 Indiana 77, No. 14 Purdue 68
Purdue should have lost this game by 20, I think. I’m sure it’ll be discussed, but it must be iterated here: Indiana has looked pretty confident in their past two games, even amidst the media circus hovering in Bloomington.
I was happy to see Erin Andrews hit Sampson with the tough questions after the game, but I can’t blame Sampson for his abruptly walking away from her, either. He’s embarrassed and it’s showing.
Meanwhile, IU brings Purdue back to the Big Ten pack and helps to shape an interesting race, with IU, Purdue, Michigan State, and Wisconsin all vying for the regular season crown.
No. 13 Connecticut 65, DePaul 60
Was it a comeback (for UConn) or a collapse (for DePaul), as a 53-40 Blue Demons lead with 11 minutes to go evaporated in Hartford?
UConn is slowly becoming almost as overrated as Georgetown, and I look forward to their over-seeding.
Thabeet continues to push for Big East POTY, however, going for 16 and 13.
Oklahoma 92, Baylor 91 (OT)
You have to see the video of this one. It was one of the 10 best games of the year. The back-and-forth nature of the game leads me to give the Sooners the advantage. In at-large terms, anyway.
Oklahoma had this puppy sewn up, but they got careless and allowed the scrappy (an appropriate adjective, I think) Bears team to fight back and bring it to overtime.
With a little more than a minute to go, Blake Griffin had a fantastic block on Jerrells and just stared him down after the facial. It was a great moment, and truly spoke to the competitive nature of this matchup. I enjoy a good battle with some peppered, controlled hatred.
As for the four-point play, the missed free throws, and the drama, just sit tight. I’ll be bringing it all to you very soon.
Oh yeah, and there was a fracas that caused a couple of ejections for Baylor and an Oklahoma strength coach as well.
Florida State 64, Clemson 55
I almost had Clemson as my 25th team in the BlogPoll (coming later today) this week. Glad I hesitated. Can anyone really trust this team? I’m going to find it very hard to pick them to win a game in the Tournament.
Davidson 75, UNC Greensboro 66
Bobcats remain perfect in conference (18-0).