Tourney Thoughts: Cornell shreds Temple, Crawford leads Xavier
The Cornell-Temple game stands out as the most significant result of the day, and I think the Michigan State-New Mexico game was probably the best game.
The guy on Cornell who is not getting nearly enough credit is
I'm not surprised that Cornell won -- even though I picked Temple to win -- but just the way they just dominated it and shredded that defense was pretty astounding.
Not only offensively but defensively, Cornell is a very good team, too. I just think they're a good team. Seven of their top nine players are seniors. And it's their third straight year being in the tournament.
Now, you'd like to say the official shouldn't call it, but it wouldn't be fair to Michigan State.
The thing that was odd to me about the officiating was the fact that they didn't review the time when the ball went out of bounds during New Mexico State's desperation attempt to send the game into overtime. Anyone who has watched college basketball will tell you that the refs go to the monitor too much. The refs have been erring all season on the side of caution, and going to the monitor. When the play happened, I instinctively looked at the clock and saw some time had run off, and I turned to
Not to take away any credit from Cal. Cal's a good team, and they really played well. And don't kid yourself, they can beat Duke. If they play like they did tonight, they're going to give Duke trouble. Like a lot of teams in this tournament, Cal is capable of playing poorly, but they're also capable of playing very well. And when they're playing very well, they can beat anybody because they just shoot that three-pointer so well. They can spread you out, and they have three or four guys who can really stroke it. They have nothing inside, but that doesn't matter if you can make a lot of threes.
The St. Mary's-Villanova matchup is intriguing. I'm curious to see how Villanova comes out, because they were so bad early against Robert Morris. I want to see if they come out and attack St. Mary's, because they are quicker. But St. Mary's is good. Villanova's suspect in the paint, and St. Mary's has one outstanding big man in