I wanted to set up another open thread for people to discuss games, and this one will be for Saturday's games.
First, some quick notes from Friday's games. The winner of Friday was definitely VCU's band. I'd never seen them live before, but I was at all four games in Chicago on Friday and that VCU band was ridiculous. The band director was constantly jumping around, including one song where he tore his shirt off and threw it into the crowd. During one tv timeout they had a cheerleader walk on her hands from one end of the court, to midcourt, and all the way back. I joked that it was like a traveling circus. But highly entertaining. I was sad every time it was time for Georgetown's band to play, because it meant three minutes without either basketball or VCU's band director in my life. If any of you get a chance to watch VCU play a game, either on a neutral court or at their home gym (so they'll have their band), go do it.
As for the actual basketball, VCU is continuing to play out of their minds on the court as well. They couldn't miss a shot behind the arc against Georgetown. In person, watching the heads of Chris Wright and Austin Freeman slump after every made three was painful. There was a stretch in the second half when VCU missed four out of five at the free throw line, and it was almost like VCU needed to be six feet further back with a Georgetown player's hand in their face to hit shots. But Georgetown's loss wasn't just about VCU's shooting. They also played very, very sloppy. The one highlight was Hollis Thompson, who was Georgetown's best player today, and looks primed to be their next star.
In other games, the biggest disappointment was Tennessee - they just gave up on that game. I know that Michigan can hit threes, and I would have expected Tennessee to be the team committing more turnovers, but to get worked on the boards like that? The Vols quit on this season.
UNLV fans will be disappointed by the way they got throttled, but I actually got a chance to watch a bunch of that one, and it was just Illinois playing really well. The Illini have a very talented team, and they've simply been under-performing for the vast majority of the season. If they can play like this again on Sunday, they could give Kansas a scare.
Only a few lines are up for Sunday's games are up as I type this, so I'm not going to do those previews yet. I'll do those later this afternoon or in the early evening. So just enjoy today's games, and I'll be back to preview Sunday later.