Don't get bent out of shape over your bracket. If last year taught me anything, it is that no matter how much basketball you watch or don't watch, this is little more than a guess. Texas A&M seemed like the ideal sleeper Final Four pick in the summer. To see its season unravel in a final minute in which the Aggies miss a layup and fail to grab a rebound on about four attempts was difficult. Everyone I was with reacted in disbelief when 1.1 seconds were taken off the clock for that last attempt. Maybe it was the right call, but it didn't seem so at the time after a deflection out of bounds.
Even here in St. Louis, much of the buzz yesterday concerned Tubby. Few weren't shocked by this specific move. The Minnesota beat writer knew something was about to go down because he arrived here the night before only to be summoned back to Minnesota by a late-night phone call. You hear every name from Calipari to Crean to Gillispie to, of course, Donovan. We could have quite the domino effect.
The talk in this region is guards, guards, guards. The UNLV-Oregon game will be particularly entertaining because essentially eight guards should be on the floor when the game starts. My over-under on total number of three-point attempts is 42. The first game between Butler and Florida has a storybook feel, and the Butler kids are embracing the underdog role. But it is hard to figure how the Bulldogs can hang with the Gators late in the second half. The Gators have three starters taller than any Butler player and possess a significant inside advantage. Ball security and three-point shooting theoretically could be the equalizer.
Best game tonight? I'll take Georgetown-Vanderbilt.