The first day lacked something the tournament always offers: unpredictability. The VCU-Duke game was thrilling, but can you really call it an upset? The best part about that game was the contingent of VCU fans that sat right behind me. They never stopped yelling throughout the entire game. Even one of the VCU radio guys who sat next to me was classic, when he referred to the officials on air as Larry, Moe and Curly and tried to draw a mustache on K's face when the image appeared on the television screen in front of us.
Not sure who I enjoyed watching more, VCU's Eric Maynor or Davidson's Stephen Curry, but they are two terrific guards, young guards, from mid-major teams. Davidson returns essentially its entire team next year, so expect another long Wildcat winning streak heading into the 2008 NCAA tournament. Mock brackets will be out within days.
I'm looking forward to two things today in Buffalo. I'm interested in talking with Butler's A.J. Graves, one of my favorite players in the country. I'm interested in finally getting around Buffalo tonight now that I'll have some time and the fans are all here.
Here is how I rate today's games in order of attractiveness:
Texas-New Mexico State
Holy Cross-Southern Illinois
Long Beach State-Tennessee
Texas A&M CC-Wisconsin