Sorry i was gone my computer wasnt working, and I have a lot to catch up on, including my joy over watching the Blue Devils conquer the way of the Bulldogs in the end.
Ohio over G'town: In this game, although Austin Freeman only had nine points, it was not the lack of scoring from Georgetown. It was the overpowering of Ohio and their offensive abilities. Armon Bassett led the Bobcats with 32 points, and was dominating down the stretch to pull away. Also, contributing was D.J. Cooper with 23 points and DeVaughn Washington with 12 points and 10 boards. Overall, the Ohio offense was too much for the Georgetown defense and although Ohio would lose to Tennessee in the next round, they definitely went farther then anybody expected.
Saint Mary's over Villanova: The way Nova's season ended, nobody really expected them to go that far, but people expected better then this. The round of 32? Many people thought too early for the Wildcats. They allowed Omar Samhan to dominate down low, giving up 32 points and 7 boards to the big man. Scottie Reynolds finished 2-11 shooting with only 8 points. Not a good way to go out as a senior, although Saint Mary's got crushed by Baylor in the next round.
Georgia Tech over Oklahoma State: People may not think of this as an upset, with Dino Gaudio actually moving to the Round of 32 not being a surprise for many. But Oklahoma State has James Andersen, who was one of the most versatile players in the country, and he was held to 11 points, on 3-12 shooting. Yet the Cowboys played good defense too, only allowing Gani Lawal to 14 points and holding Iman Shumpert to 9. Not a strong game by OKST.
West Virginia over Kentucky: I kept saying to friends that Duke had a shot at the title but that we would lose to Kentucky in the Final Four. When the WVU-UK match-up was set, I was sure to have a Duke-UK Final Four showdown. Frankly, I was afraid. But as I kept checking on my phone, WVU just would not give up the lead, thanks to De'Sean Butler, Joe Mazzulla and Kevin Jones, who combined for a 48 points and 15 rebounds. They carried the team over Kentucky, and held Eric Bledsoe to 7 points and Patrick Patterson to 8.
Now what I think about the Duke win may be different then what you readers think, because I bet that the majority of you despise Duke. But, you have to give them some credit. They beat three tough teams, and blew one of them out with ease. A 7 point win over Baylor, a 21 point win over West Virginia, and a 2 point win over Butler. And in two of those games, one of their "Big Three" was having an off game. In the Baylor game, Kyle Singler had 5 points and went 0-10 from the field. In the Butler game, Nolan Smith had 12 points and went 5-18 from the field. Yet when one was down, the other two filled in. When Singler had the bad game, Smith had 29 and Scheyer had 20 points. When Smith had the bad game in the title game, Singler had 19 points and Scheyer had 15. I am happy to say that I can be a proud Duke fan, and that my pick for next year is a repeat, especially if Singler decides to stay. Duke has Kyrie Irving, Joshua Hairston, Tyler Thornton, and Carrick Felix coming to the team next year.
WVU over Kentucky