What Saturday's games lacked in drama, they made up for it in the sideshow
A slow afternoon of NCAA Tournament games means we’re watching the sideshow.
Colorado State’s unofficial mascot won’t be making an appearance in the Sweet 16, as his Rams lost 82-56 to Louisville.
But, hey, what’s a mid-major without a great story to accompany it?
Justin Stank, 16, has been wearing Colorado State mascot gear since he was six months, the latest editions have been stitched together by his mother, writes the New York Times.
While he yawned during a late-night Colorado State rout of Missouri on Thursday, the lopsided loss to Louisville brought out the worst in the Rams’ superfan.
Photo from Card Chronicle
But what more could he say of Colorado State’s performance -- or rather Louisville’s domination. The Cardinals’ press continued to dismantled opponents as it has since the Big East Tournament. Colorado State shot better than 50 percent for most of the game (and finished shooting 46.3 percent) yet lost by 26. The culprit was 19 turnovers.
That’s not a fluke: Louisville’s last five opponents -- since the start of the Big East Tournament -- have averaged 21.4 turnovers.
Harvard has little reason to smile
Maybe that’s a good thing? At least for guard Siyani Chambers. The freshman took an elbow to the face and chipped a tooth. The best part? Chambers’ teammates picked up the pieces of tooth on the court.
Speaking of bruised egos, Harvard fell behind 17-2 to Arizona.
Elsewhere in a game already decided...
Michigan State pulled away easily from Memphis in a 70-48 win, but try telling Derrick Nix and Keith Appling.
Even with Michigan State leading comfortably, Nix and Appling -- high school teammates at Detroit Pershing -- got into a bit of a disagreement during a timeout.
And back to basketball
Michigan answered any skepticism about their Final Four credentials with a dismantling of VCU. Where Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. picked up the scoring slack from Trey Burke in the round of 64 against South Dakota State, Mitch McGary did the same in the 78-53 win over the Rams. McGary scored 21 points on 10-of-11 shooting while adding 14 rebounds.
And how’s this for an encouraging sign? Michigan is in the Sweet 16 without Trey Burke playing at his best. Burke was 2 of 12 from the field in the round of 64 and turned the ball over seven times in the win over VCU.