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Friday, March 11


Drew's Thursday Thoughts

My disgust with the Texas' performance against Colorado will only allow me to comment on college basketball as a whole. Thursday was the beginning of four great days of basketball followed by three days of building anticipation and then four even better days of basketball. Thoughts on Thursdays’ action:

Teams that have played their way in:
West Virginia: 2 wins so far in NYC including one against conference champ BC.
NC State: Blowout win vs. FSU. Looks even better in comparison to Maryland & Miami.
Iowa St: Beat a lesser opponent handily. Texas wasn’t taking notes.

Teams that have played their way into the NIT:
Maryland: Third straight loss to Clemson just won’t cut it. 3-7 in last ten.
Notre Dame: Consecutive losses to Pitt & Rutgers don’t leave the best final impression.
Texas A&M: Poor effort vs. Kansas State shuts the door on their faint hopes.
Vanderbilt: Nothing can help them now.
Arizona St: Great effort vs. Washington comes up short.

Teams crossing their fingers on Selection Sunday:
Georgetown: One win in NYC and a good effort vs. UConn could do it.
DePaul: Lost three of last four including quarterfinal game vs. UAB.
UCLA: Good win at Notre Dame but horrible 1st round loss to Oregon State.
UTEP: Still may need to win WAC title.
Buffalo: Seventh seeded MAC team still has a chance.

Teams in the tourney but heading in the wrong direction:
Cincinnati: Shocking loss to South Florida makes them ripe for 1st round upset.
Texas: Probably “played” their way to a 10 or 11 seed. Sweet 16 trip seems unlikely.
Pittsburgh: Lost four of last six, including blowout to UConn on Senior Night.
Charlotte: Three game double digit losing streak.

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