It's the last day of the first week, so sit back and enjoy the action with another open thread. I've previewed today's games already here.
I just wanted to add some thoughts on yesterday's games:
1) Pitt had the easiest route to the Final Four, and seemed like the safest Final Four team, but it just goes to show you that other than the 14-16 seeds, just about everybody can beat everybody. But that was a truly amazing ending. I have seen many times a player commit a dumb foul 50+ feet from the basket in the final two seconds to blow a game. Oklahoma State's Roger Dowell committed a similar gaffe this year, and the closest example from the past few years was Jemelle Horne three years ago. But to happen to both teams, back-to-back? I've never seen that. And both were correct foul calls - particularly the final foul that put Matt Howard on the line for the win. I support refs not calling ticky tack fouls in the final few seconds, but Howard has arm grabbed and pulled... you've got to call that. The biggest over-looked thing from this game? That Andrew Smith should have been the hero for hitting the game winning shot with 2 seconds left, but now he's an after-thought.
2) BYU is a soft 3 seed, but they're still a team nobody wants to face because of the way Jimmer Fredette can go wild. And he's got teammates that can shoot threes when you put too much defensive pressure on him. Fredette was 7-for-12 behind the arc, and his team as a whole hit 14-for-28 against Gonzaga. But that said, Gonzaga's defense has been soft for much of the season because of poor effort. They had been playing good defense the past few weeks, but they regressed against BYU. BYU vs Florida will be an interesting game to preview.
3) UConn is definitely playing very well. There has been no post-Big East title swoon, which is rare.They're handling success well. I will do a preview for their game against SDSU later this week, so stay turned for that.
4) The story that Wisconsin is all Jordan Taylor and Jon Leuer was obviously proved wrong last night. Leuer played well, but not great, and Taylor couldn't hit a shot to save his life, and all while K-State's star Jacob Pullen couldn't miss a shot. Instead it was Wisconsin role players that stepped up and hit the big shots, got the big rebounds, and made most of the big defensive plays. Coming into the Tournament I thought Wisconsin was the second best team in the Southeast and would be the toughest match-up for Pittsburgh. With Pittsburgh going down, and the fact that Wisconsin has an easier Sweet 16 opponent (as opposed to Florida and BYU, who have to play themselves), Wisconsin has to be the favorite to win the Southeast region now. I think Butler matches up well with them, though, so that could be another great game. But like I said, I'll have previews coming for these games later.
Enjoy the games today, guys! I'll see you in the comments section.