A strong defensive effort by the James Madison Dukes held the LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds to their lowest scoring game of the entire season, en route to a convincing 68-55 win in the first round play-in game. Andre Nation led the way with five blocks and seven rebounds to go along with 20 points on the other end. The Blackbirds made a spirited run at the end of the first half to trail by just one, but the Dukes put together a 12-2 run late in the 2nd half to take back a commanding lead with just under two minutes left.
James Madison now joins the Eastern region bracket and will match up against #1 Indiana on Friday.
La Salle tops Boise State
Four La Salle players scored in double figures including Tyrone Garland who was a scorching 9-for-11 from the field, as the La Salle explorers shot over 63% from the field to earn their first win in the NCAA tournament since 1990. The Broncos had a valiant and high-scoring effort including 28 points from Anthony Drmic, but they failed to get enough stops down the stretch.
La Salle is now the #13 seed in the West region, and will face #4 Kansas State on Friday afternoon.
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The ‘other’ team from the WCC made a statement in Dayton, coasting past Middle Tennessee State University to set up an intriguing first round date with Memphis on Thursday night. Saint Mary’s career scoring leader Matthew Dellavedova notched 22 points, pitching in six rebounds, four assists and one steal in a complete performance. The point guard went 7/14 from the field and 5/7 from downtown. Middle Tennessee was making their first tournament performance in 24 years, but fell behind early and couldn’t make it a game late.
Bracketologists have picked Saint Mary’s as one of their sleepers going forward. Making their first back to back tournament appearance in their history, look for the Gaels to give Memphis a test. Read the rest of this entry »
For the next three weeks, let’s forget about all that is wrong with sports, and more specifically college sports. Put on hold the complaints about the exploitation of student athletes, the arbitrary rulings of the NCAA hierarchy and the culture that promotes athletic achievement over scholastic success. Ignore the tendencies we have to celebrate young men as heroes only to spit them out later as villainous scapegoats. Instead, embrace the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament for what it is: the most exciting and dramatic multi-game sporting event in the United States.
March Madness is everything that spectators want sports to be. Upsets, buzzer beaters, foul trouble, swagger and posture. The heart-beating blindness of anticipation. The vicarious elation of triumph. The devastating free fall of defeat. And these are just the qualities that we’ve come to expect. Despite being an annual event with a finite number of potential outcomes, every year the tournament brings with it a fantastic share of surprises.
It’s immense. And it all begins on Tuesday (or Thursday, depending on how you look at it). Here, for your edification, is everything you need to know about the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.